New York Shitty Videos du Jour: Live From 400 McGuinness Boulevard

May 23, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As promised, here is footage from yesterday’s rally to protest the proposed 200 bed homeless assessment center at 400 McGuinness Boulevard. Enjoy!

Steve Levin, Joe Lentol and CB1 Public Safety Chair Kalita Speak

A Woman (Greenpoint resident?) Rebuts

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: Mark Your Calendars, North ‘Pointers

April 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This afternoon yours truly spent the afternoon communicating with a number of public servants and getting caught up. Once I thought my day was over I remembered one thing I forgot: getting a time and date from Steve Levin’s office regarding the rally he promised regarding the homeless assessment center at 400 McGuinness Boulevard. I am pleased to say his Community Liaison, Rami Metal, delivered! You can download a print quality version of the above missive by clicking here. Otherwise, you can download a print quality version of their joint Polish/Spanish flier by clicking here.

Rally to Stop the Proposed Homeless Shelter at 400 McGuinness Boulevard
May 1, 2011 (May Day!) at 2:30 p.m.
400 McGuinness Boulevard (at Clay Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

P.S.: Something I failed to note in this post is that this shelter has passed the “Fair Share” review by our fair city. Apparently being host to the largest sewage treatment plant on the Eastern seaboard; a lack of follow-through on the manifold number of promises made by our fair city during the 2005 re-zone (*ahem* affordable housing) and a rather problematic SRO and 3/4 house one block away does not preclude our community from bearing its “fair share”. Go figure.

P.S. #2: Those of you who are so inclined might want to check out the New York State Sexual Offender Registry for 11222. What you will find is interesting— and very disturbing. Tip: look at 1109 Manhattan Avenue and 66 Clay Street.

LAST GASP: JOIN US

March 23, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

This comes from an anonymous tipster:

It’s amazing how a little blog post by yours truly and the deluge online attention which followed motivates some of our electeds* to actually do something say something. Albeit over a month after Barie Shortell was brutally assaulted.

CRIME ALERT FLYER SESSION
March 24, 2011 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
North 7 Street and Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Miss Heather

*Make no mistake about it, gentle readers: ALL our elected officials knew about this before I or the Community Board did. The police are required to give this information to them. Why not swing by and ask our Public Servants what took them so long? Or why Ms. Quinn refused to go to the “Gay Bash” because she found its name “offensive”? If the victim of said “bash” was present (he was) I fail to see why she would have a problem. Or is the real matter at hand politics?

 

 

New York Shitty Video du Jour: Notice of Eviction

February 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As I have mentioned previously, earlier today I attended Lincoln Restler’s Notice of Eviction press release at 65 Commercial Street. Without further ado here is the footage. Enjoy!

Miss Heather

A New York Shitty Public Service Announcement: VOTE!

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Yours truly has received a lot of emails (and Twitter followers) of late. Yes, dear readers, the Democratic primary is upon us. The proprietress of Teddy’s, Felice Kirby, writes:

Tuesday, Sept. 14, is a big day in the neighborhood. There is a real Primary election where your vote for various Democratic party candidates make a difference. I will heartily vote for incumbent, Joe Lentol, Assemblyman, and the only sitting Northside/Greenpoint Williamsburg local elected who has consistently been accessible, interested and active in our local issues; he has commited $150,000. in State funds for the Northside Town hall Community and Cultural Center at the former Engine Co. 212.  And I will enthusiastically vote for two upstart young people running for female and male District Leader, Lincoln Restler and Sarah (Kate — Ed. Note) Zidar. They have been working on our local environmental and affordable housing issues, and are effective and smart. This is an unusual election, GO VOTE! This year, this day, it matters.

AFTER the polls close on Tuesday, come over to Teddy’s to enjoy live Cuban music, frozen Mojitos, and Brooklyn brews. other live music Wednesday, Thursday and now, Friday. Sorry, we’re having too much fun!!!

I cannot honestly say I share her enthusiasm about this primary. Here’s why:
  • A real democracy would entail at least two viable political parties so as to provide a “check and balance” to each other.
  • These primaries should be “open”.

Inasmuch as people decry corruption in the Democratic party the above two points are the best way I can think of to root it out. Not that I see this happening anytime soon. This is why I am (and remain) in my obstinacy an Independent.*

The previous having been written, as far as constituent services go Joe Lentol is great. I speak from experience when I write this. I also have no reason to disbelieve Mr. Restler (who I have met personally— nice guy) or Ms. Zidar are earnest in their desire to reform “the system”. I just wish we had more than one. System. But I digress.

Tomorrow you, New York Shitty Democrats, can and should make your voice heard! Greenpoint’s voter turn-out is deplorable. If you want to see change in this neighborhood (and I suspect many of the people reading this do): VOTE. The mojitos can wait.

Miss Heather

*If Democrats are represented by a donkey and Republicans by an elephant what is the Independent totem in Brooklyn? A unicorn, perhaps? In any case one of the perks of being an Indy is no one cares about your opinion. This frees up my (increasingly) precious free time to field calls  on the Mister’s (who is a registered Democrat) behalf from the various and sundry phone banks/pollsters who call our humble abode. And I can assure there have been plenty. Tee. Hee.


Photo Credits: autovac

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Support The Bedbug Law

I rarely repost press releases verbatim but given the subject matter of this one (which comes from our very own State Assemblyman, Joe Lentol) well, let’s just say it will be of great interest to a great many north Brooklynites.

You can shoot David Paterson an email encouraging him to make this bill a law by clicking here.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Party At 66 North 1st Street?

August 1, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

As noted on Brownstoner this property has had a rather troubled history. Nonetheless 66 North 1 Street recently went back on the market— and as of two weeks ago had nine units in contract. If my inbox is any indication, I’d hazard to guess at least one of them has sold.

Anonymous writes (in an email written at 7:24 this morning and is entitled “Al Fresco Dance Party”):

My wife and I and our 16 month old daughter have been kept up all night by a quite clearly illegal dance party hosted in a stalled condo project on North 1st, between kent and wythe I called the police a total of 4 times during the night, and 311 as well. Do you know how to get hold of the details of the owners of buildings like this ? Also, is there anything we can do as members of the community ? Community board meetings or similar? It’s 7.30 and it’s still going on. I’m concerned that if they think the cops are powerless, they will carry on for the rest of the summer. If they do, we’re moving out. Any suggestions you could make would be greatly appreciated.

Um, is that lady wearing a boa? On a Sunday?

Not just one— not just two— but three turntables. This is one professional operation!

He goes on to write:

90th were on the case last night apparently. They sent out cars 3/4 times apparently and just asked them to turn it down (?!?!)… Actually got in touch with the developers.

Anonymous has called the police and contacted the developer of this property. This is a good start. Regrettably the police did not fix the problem and exactly how the developer will respond remains to be seen. I would recommend he follow-up at the next 90th Precinct Community Council meeting. If my memory serves me correctly the 94th (which I am much more familiar with) does not conduct meetings in August. Therefore, I would encourage him to call their Community Affairs Office at: (718) 963 – 5309 and learn when the next meeting is scheduled (I’m guessing September).

Although this is clearly a police matter, attending the next Community Board 1 meeting might also be worth Anonymous’s time. The next combined public hearing/board meeting will be September 15, 2010 starting at 6:30 p.m. (NOTE/CAVEAT: you must sign up to speak by or before 6:00 p.m.). In the meantime CB1 can be contacted via email at:

bk01(at) cb (dot) nyc (dot) gov

Other resources/contacts I’d recommend are:

  1. His local City Councilman, who happens to be Steve Levin. His district office can be reached via telephone at: (718) 875-5200
  2. And of course there is his local state Assemblyman, Joe Lentol. His office can be reached via telephone at (718) 383-7474.
  3. Lastly, Anonymous’s State Assemblyman is Daniel Squadron. His office can be contacted via email at: squadron (at) senate (dot) state (dot) ny (dot) us

This is just a short list. Anyone out there have advice to tender? If so please submit them via comments or email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so desire. In closing it goes without saying that Anonymous could contact the neighbors in question. My recommendation would be to wait a few more hours. They’re probably sleeping.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.: An eagle-eyed reader (and I would presume, disgruntled neighbor) writes:

That stupid party at 66 North 1st finally stopped at 9 am. Did you notice the 2 gas cylinders on either side of the DJ table? I wonder if they’re oxygen, acetylene, or maybe nitrous oxide?

I have now! This latest revelation has been a source of serious debate between the Mister and me. He says they’ve been “huffing”. I beg to differ. Being the kind of gal who likes to see the glass gas tank as “half full” I prefer to see these tanks filling balloons for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding reception. Is the barefoot woman in white Hillary? One can only hope so. After all, Willyburg already has one Bill— what’s another one?

Update, 8:40 p.m.: Per a commenter no one lives in this building at all! And so the mystery of the 66 North 1st Street “party” continues. It is also interesting to note a complaint was filed on June 9, 2010 stating this was a derelict construction site. The Department of Building’s inspection (which dates from July 14, 2010) is as follows:

Heh.

Update, August 2, 2010: and now a word from this building’s PR firm…

I handle the public relations for 66 North1st, and I just saw the recent post on 66 North 1st. Wanted to let you know that it was definitely not a pr/sales stunt and the brokers truly had no idea. This party was held without permission from the owners and without management’s knowledge…

Update, August 3, 2010: it would appear this was the second party thrown at this nondo. A tipster writes:

That was the second of those parties at 66 North 1st. The first was a month or two ago. It was just as loud, but must have ended sometime during the night, because I couldn’t hear it in the morning.

But it was definitely at that location, because I could see the lights in the back yard.

Photo Credits: 66 North 1 Street thumbnail comes courtesy of Brownstoner.

Quicklink: A Timely New York Times Editorial

It was recently brought to my attention by a buddy of mine at Joe Lentol’s office that legislation has been brought forward by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried to end the nuisance that are illegal hotels in our city (such as the now defunct Luxe Guesthouse which operated at 184 Eagle Street right here in the Garden Spot and can be seen at left) once and for all. What’s more, the New York Times has seen fit to print a pretty good editorial supporting this legislation. Please give this item a read and, if you agree, take a moment to make our Governor aware that you do not support residential apartments— especially those in rent stabilized buildings— being pressed into service as transient housing. Housing in New York City should be for New Yorkers, not tourists.

Thanks!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Slide Show & Videos Du Jour: Visitor’s Center Grand Opening

April 24, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek 

It was (and is) a beautiful day in the Garden Spot of the Universe. The sun is shining and it is a very comfortable 68 degrees. In other words, the conditions were ideal for Greenpoint’s event of the year: the opening of the Visitor’s Center for our fair Waste Treatment Plant. I awoke bright and early to prepare myself for this most auspicious occasion. My shit shirt was laundered, my camera and flip cam were fully charged. I was ready. Before I proceed to the body of this post (a slide show and ample video footage!) I’d like to tender a few thoughts:

  1. I for one was pleased that a number of neighborhood children were present to witness this moment in Garden Spot History.
  2. I applaud the DEP for providing a number of activities and souvenirs for the kids. The “Drip Patrol” badges and Commemorative Silly Putty were nothing short of inspired (And yes, I grabbed one of each for myself. I am a child at heart!).
  3. All the north Brooklyn notables were there: Joe Lentol, Steve Levin, Marty Markowitz and Diana Reyna. The latter most I had never met in person. She’s a really nice lady and had never seen the Nature Walk before. She was impressed. What’s more, she was not aware that the digester eggs (as the eggheads call them) are popularly known hereabouts as the “Shit Tits”. She found this tremendously entertaining. I like Diana.
  4. I made it known to Ms. Reyna that the digester egg lighting ceremony had cake and voiced my disappointment that this ceremony did not have cake. Now that I think about it, a number of people were rather despondent over the lack of confections.
  5. When do we get a gift shop? I want Shit Tit snow globes and I want them NOW!
  6. I was also disappointed that Vito Acconci, the artist who designed the fountain which graces our new Visitor’s Center, was unable to attend.
  7. I met one of the peeps from Polshek Partners (the blue chip brains behind the “boobs”). I brought it to his attention that the Shit Tits (as we call them) have become a point of civic pride in my community and then showed him my shirt shirt. I am pleased to report he liked it! In fact, he wanted to know how to order one. As you can imagine, I provided this chap all the information needed to make this happen!

Without further ado, here is a slide show from today’s opening. Enjoy!

Introduction

Representative Joe Lentol

Mister Brooklyn Himself: Marty Markowitz

The First Lady of North Brooklyn (or at least the 34th City Council District), Diana Reyna

Polshek Partners

Percent For Art Program

NCMC Speaks

The Money Shot

WONDER!

The wonders never cease in the Garden Spot of the Universe!

Miss Heather

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