Bushwick Inlet Watch: Progress

This weekend the Mister and I took his parents to Pop’s Clothing— and in so doing I stumbled upon a most pleasant surprise.


The owner of this property has begun removing all the overgrowth and garbage. Sort of.


The box with the dead rat is still there.


And now he has a friend! I made it a point this out to my mother and father in law. When I brought the sorry state of Bushwick Inlet up with the owner of Pop’s he had a number of interesting observations to share. Among them:

  1. This is a chronic problem.
  2. He was once almost ticketed for littering when he attempted to clean up this property (because he couldn’t take it anymore). He was told in no uncertain terms that he cannot mow his neighbor’s yard.
  3. There is a homeless encampment on this site.

Sure enough, he was right.


Curious to see if the clean-up at Bushwick Inlet was a fluke (or a figment of my imagination) I returned yesterday to see what’s shaking.


Sure enough, they had cleared a little more. At this (glacial) pace I imagine they’ll be done in a week.


The “box-o-fun” is still there— as is the dead rat. Albeit a little worse for wear.



Miss Heather

*Which was recently the subject of a story by Aaron Short. I strongly recommend you read it.

Lost In Greenpoint: Green Card

October 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


I found this flier today on Manhattan Avenue between Kent Street and Java Street. By I “Greenpoint” I am presuming this person means Greenpoint Avenue. If you have seen Mr. (or Ms.?) Tutka’s green card do the right thing: contact him (or her) at the above telephone number. Thanks!

Miss Heather

A New York Shitty Love Connection

CORNrowanTHUMBSome of you might have gathered from the preponderance of non-Greenpoint content of late that I have been lurking our fair city. This is because my inlaws are in town and they want to see the sights, sounds, and yes, SMELLS of the Big Apple during their brief stay.* Fortunately I have my good friend Rowan and Crappy to keep me in an “outer borough” state of mind.

It all started with a corn stalk (which can be seen at left). My inlaws happen to reside in Iowa. Corn is very common there. Corn is not, however, very common in Greenpoint (which is where this stalk was found). More specifically it was found on Bushwick Inlet between North 14 Street and North 15 Street: an ill-kept, trash ridden sidewalk which sits atop brownfield.

I found this fascinating. Enough so to write a post about it. A week later I walked by only to discover that someone had killed the corn— and the cobs were nowhere to be found.

Rowan (who provided the above photograph) wrote on September 28, 2009:

Saturday evening, around 6:30pm, I decided to check the corn plant. It’s broken in two. Photos to come, but I’m a bit sad that someone destroyed it. Also the Marlboro packet was still there.

To wit I replied:

I noticed that today. Even more frightening is the corn appears to have been taken. Presumably someone ate it. YIKES!

This morning I had the pleasure of moderating Rowan’s rebuttal:

Someone’s going to have very toxic corn poops.

Shortly thereafter I received an ominous email from Queens Crap. It read as follows:

Do you, in your vast annals of dog shit photos, happen to have one that’s laden with corn? If not, you will when I get home from work tonight.

I replied that I did not have such a find in my “vast annals”. Follows is Crappy’s reply:

You won’t be disappointed.

I wasn’t.


This delightful artifact was found at the intersection of DeKalb and Cypress Avenue in Ridgewood. It is proof positive that my buddy across the creek knows blue chip crap when he finds it.


Miss Heather

*And they most, assuredly have. They walked by the Newtown Creek Waste Treatment Plant on Thursday afternoon and partook of a particularly fragrant subway ride today.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Obey

September 30, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


From Kent Avenue.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Southside Duet

September 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: Dog Shit Signage, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


Kent Avenue


South 6 Street

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Six Years Later

September 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


North 3rd Street circa fall 2003


North 3rd Street September 25, 2009

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Animal Lover’s Special


Green Street


North 5 Street


Metropolitan Avenue


North 6 Street


North 1st Street


Kent Avenue


Grand Street

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Brownfield Farms?

On Labor Day I posted an item entitled (appropriately enough) Happy Labor Day From New York Shitty. Among the scenic points of interest I pointed out to my fellow Greenpointers was Bushwick Inlet…


and this dead rat. This was several weeks ago. Not only is the dead rat box still there, but more garbage has accumulated and the weeds have overgrown the sidewalk to a point where pedestrians are taking their chances on the bike lane nowadays.


The owner of this property, Motiva, also has holdings on Paidge Avenue. For some inexplicable reason those facilities there are better maintained.

Perhaps my buddy, fellow Greenpointer and New York Shitty contributor, Rowan, offers an explanation: they’re trying to go green on brownfield.


They’re starting a farm. Rowan writes (in regards to the above photograph):

Yes. A lone corn plant.


I couldn’t believe it. Is this really corn?

Hell if I know. Can anyone out there verify if discarded Marlboro containers and dead rats make good compost in a brownfield? Is this a halfhearted attempt to restore some much needed greenery to The Garden Spot of the Universe? A foray into alternative fuel? Or simply a public nuisance?

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: This Is Your Neighborhood

September 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Bloomblight, Recession, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


Kent Avenue



Driggs Avenue

Miss Heather

P.S.: To see a larger image of the latter most flier simply click on the image.

New York Shitty Day Starter: Homeless Bound

September 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 


From Kent Avenue.

Miss Heather

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