Greenpoint Street Furniture Du Jour: Artfully Discarded

April 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


I’m not too sure why the person (presumably someone from Ladder 106, where these fine specimens of street seating were found) who discarded these comfy chairs saw fit to paint yellow stripes on them.


But let’s just be happy he (or she) did; they coordinate very nicely with the curb. Whoever you are mystery person, BRAVO!

Miss Heather

TONIGHT: Beer Tasting

April 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


Those of of you looking for something to do this evening (unlike me— who has been busy with Robert Guskind’s memorial service*, tonight I get to write my speech) will be pleased as punch to know Brouwerij Lane will be hosting beer tasting this evening starting at 4:00 p.m.

10 taps + 8 ounces pours + $2.00 samples = GOOD TIMES!

Brouwerij Lane
78 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

*Hence why the bloggage has been a little sporadic of late. Hopefully next week things will be back to normal.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: PROJECT MEGAPOLE

April 1, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


Since yesterday, March 31, was on the heels of none other than April Fool’s Day I decided it would be fun to engage in a little tomfoolery. It took me a little while to figure out how I was going to go about this but after walking around Greenpoint a couple hours it finally came to me:

Geez, there are sure a lot of businesses whose names integrate “Poland” in some way, shape or form here.

I know what you’re thinking:

NO SHIT SHERLOCK, you live in ‘Little Poland”!

Yes, I know. But previous to yesterday afternoon I had never pondered how many business names here reflect the cultural vibrancy of my fair ‘nabe. I decided I simply must know once and for all how many of them there are. To this end I started documenting them. Here are my findings/observations thus far:

  1. There are a darned lot of them! In a casual 1 1/2 hour search I turned up 25 businesses on the west side of McGuinness Boulevard alone. I imagine once I expand my search to the area around McGolrick Park I will find many more.
  2. Most were pretty mundane and descriptive in nature, e.g.; Polish Meat Market, Poland Farm, Old Poland Bakery, and so forth. This is a shame, as some of the most stunning examples of marketing I have found here in the 11222 employ a suffix/prefix formula: Anna – Pol Travel, Dunne’s Polemost Liquors, POLSERVICE, POLMART and (my personal favorite) MEGAPOL Music. Granted, this is not the is not the stuff of Saatchi & Saatchi but they do have a certain je nais sais quoi. Besides, if it is good enough for The Garden Spot of The Universe it’s sure as hell good enough for me…

and YOU! On that note and without further ado here is a slide show featuring the findings of what I have christened “Project: MEGAPOLE”. When I have completed my mission you can look forward to a map, statistical breakdown and yes, maybe even a pie chart or two. Enjoy!


Miss Heather

Crosstown Local Photo Du Jour: Greenpoint Avenue

March 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crosstown Local, Greenpoint Magic 

The Crosstown Local (otherwise known as the G) on any given day has a lot of angry passengers. Sometimes they their frustration by defacing subway posters. In this case the Metropolitan College of New York was the target of their ire.


Thankfully we also have copy editors.

Miss Heather

Public Service Announcement: Brouwerij Lane Hits Cyberspace!

March 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

openthumbYesterday afternoon I found a most wonderful and welcome missive awaiting my perusal. It was from Erik Olsen of Brouwerij Lane and read as follows:

Ed Raven and I want to thank everyone who showed up for the beer and goulash party on Saturday.  We had people lined up out the door and little standing room.  We went through all of the Viennese goulash and a tremendous amount of tap beer. (! — Ed. Note) We consider it a warm welcoming to the neighborhood, and look forward to seeing all of you in the future.

As promised, I have established a web page to keep up to date info, future events and a current tap list for growler fillin’…

You read that right folks: these fine chaps have harnessed the power of the Internet so all you sud lovers can learn what beers will be on tap at Brouwerij Lane on any given day! Will the wonders ever cease?

My advice: add this site to your RSS feed. NOW.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Vernal Fur

March 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Art, Williamsburg 


Greenpoint Avenue



Green Street





North 6 Street

Miss Heather

Great Moments In Product Placement: Crosstown Local Edition

March 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crosstown Local, Culture War, Greenpoint Magic 


There is a time and place for this sort of thing. 3:17 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on the Smith – 9th bound platform of the G train at Greenpoint Avenue is not one of them.

Miss Heather

P.S.: For a larger view of this schmaltzfest click on the above image— at your own risk.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: AIG

March 17, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 



From Greenpoint Avenue.

Miss Heather

Borough Of Found Toys: Special St. Paddy’s Day Edition

March 17, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


Beadel Street.





Bedford Avenue.



Greenpoint Avenue.

I know what you’re thinking:

What the hell does any of this have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?

That’s where the following select find from Havemeyer Street comes in.


Be sure to drink responsibly tonight or you might end up like this poor pachyderm.


No sir, being found in a pile of rubbish in a parking lot the next morning would really suck. Note that someone has gone to the trouble of tagging this toy. (Priceless.)

Miss Heather


March 15, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


Brouwerij Lane is open for business!

growlers-for-ten-bucksthumbWhile the Mister was in awe of the wonderful selection of suds they have on tap I spoke to the store’s Manager. Here’s the scoop:

1. “Growlers” can be had for a $5.00 deposit.

2. (Re)fills of beer can be had for $10.00 bucks a pop. To see the selection of beer they have on tap click here.

3. Personalized six packs of beer (or “Pixs of Six”) are in the offering. In other words, you can mix and match your beer to your personal taste from freezers which are sorts by price. These range from $2.00 – $3.00 per bottle up to $8.00 per bottle.

4. No mention whatsoever was made of massages so I guess we Greenpointers will have DIY it.

5. Brouwerji Lane’s official Grand Opening will be Saturday, March 21, from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. Goulash, ‘wurst and a beer tasting will be in the offering!

Brouwerji Lane
78 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

You can see more pix from my trip down Brouwerji Lane by clicking here.

Miss Heather

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