Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Boneshakers

September 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


From Kingsland Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Shots From The Red Shed Garden

July 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


As the (relative) dearth of postage today probably indicates, I spent the day away from the keyboard and out enjoying this unseasonably delightful weather. Among the numerous things on my itinerary was the Red Shed Garden fundraiser and barbecue. When the Mister and I arrived the event was in full swing. While he was getting his fill of sausage from Emily’s Pork Store I took a little tour of the premises. If it is possible I’d say they have really topped themselves this year; it was lush and teeming with all manner and variety of tasty foodstuffs (and Brussels sprouts). But don’t take my word for it— see for yourself!

Any of you who are interested to learn how you can become a part of this bona fide urban oasis click here and you will be directed to the Red Shed Garden’s Yahoo group.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Red Shed Barbecue & Fundraiser Tomorrow!

July 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


I have learned via the Community Board 1 Yahoo group that the Red Shed Garden— arguably one of the most breathtaking community gardens in Williamspoint— will be having a barbecue and fundraiser tomorrow, July 11, starting at 1:00 p.m. Per their web site here’s a few of the delights which will await you:

…burgers from Lorimer Market, sausages from Emily’s Pork Store and raffle prizes from Sel de Mer (dinner for two, anyone?), Brooklyn Kitchen , Treehouse , Brooklynski , Abhyasa Yoga Center and Stencil 1.

Those of you who are looking for something inexpensive to do tomorrow (that benefits a really good cause, I will add) really should swing by and check this event out. What these people have done with this site (which formerly housed a gas station) is absolutely amazing. Follows is a slide show of some photographs I took a year ago to give you a better idea of what I am talking about. Enjoy!

Red Shed Barbecue & Fundraiser
Saturday, July 11, 2009 starting at 1:00 p.m.
Kingsland Avenue at Skillman Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: “Shotgun”

June 20, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


Ordinarily this would qualify as a “person in my neighborhood” but “Shotgun” (as seen in the above photo at right) was so extraordinary I felt he deserved a post of his own. Here it is.

Yesterday and friend and I went for a walk. Just to mix things up I decided we would go to the “hinterlands” of the Garden Spot— in other words: east of Kingsland Avenue, due south to the on ramp to the Kosciuszko Bridge and beyond.

It was at the intersection of Vandervoort Avenue and Cherry Street— an area which can best be described as the “armpit” of Greenpoint— that we encountered a truck selling watermelons, potatoes, fruits, nuts and vegetables. And a very unexpected ray of sunshine.


Or would that be “Shotgun”  Having interfaced with a number of gun nuts in my life— mostly from the south— I asked the proprietor what gives.


After striking a pose (actually two) he told me:

That’s my nickname! Are you a visitor?

Me: Yes, I’m a visitor… from THAT (pointing north) end of Greenpoint.

SHOTGUN: Greenpoint? That’s (pointing north) over there!

Me: But I am over here! I like to be a tourist in my own neighborhood…


Me: I hope you have some earplugs or aspirin, Shotgun. How can you deal with all this noise?


Hell, I’m 70 years old. I can take it!

(Even more laughter)

Anyone who can spend 8+ hours next to the:

  • loudest
  • filthiest and
  • overall depressing

part of the Garden Spot and still have a sense humor, much less display a joie de vivre rarely seen by anyone nowadays, gets my infinite respect, admiration, and yes— affection.

I really like you, Shotgun. You rock!

Miss Heather

*Lest I have offended anyone by calling this area such, it was not intended. I use this term with tongue firmly placed in cheek.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Heaven & Hell On Kingsland Avenue

May 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 








Taken May 13, 2009.

Miss Heather

North Brooklyn Photos Du Jour: Urban Fur

April 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 



Kingsland Avenue



Manhattan Avenue


McCarren Park


Roebling Street


South 1st Street



South 2nd Street

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: <3 Over $

March 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


From Kingsland Avenue.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Bike Lover’s Special

February 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crosstown Local, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Before I go out to savor today’s lovely weather I will leave with this selection of photographs I put together with bike lovers in mind. Enjoy!


From South 4th Street.


From the Smith – 9th bound platform of the Crosstown Local at Greenpoint Avenue.


From Kingsland Avenue.


From North 14th Street.


From Monitor Street.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Special Valentine’s Day Edition

February 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner I am going to kick off today’s offerings with a few photographs to help get my fellow north Brooklynites in that lovin’ state of mind. Enjoy!


From Kingsland Avenue.


From Metropolitan Avenue.


From Graham Avenue.



From Newel Street.

Miss Heather

The Boneshakers Makeout Party Experience

January 14, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

boneshakersthumbOn November 18, 2008 I wrote:

…I cannot wait to try these folks out for lunch. I mean, how can you NOT try a sandwich called “Makeout Party” (spicy tofu, garlic, hummus, sauerkraut, tomato, red onions on a hoagie)?

Well, today dear readers, was that day. I awoke with a strange hankering for foodstuffs that would render my kisser completely unfit for human habitation. What’s more, I am married. I have no need to impress anyone anymore. If it gives me gas so much the better. It’ll give me yet another thing with which to torment the Mister (can you say “dutch oven”?). Our marriage is— for better or worse— one long Beavis and Butthead marathon. But I digress.

I bundled up, tossed on my sneakers and headed over to Boneshakers. I first ordered a couple of their chocolate mint cupcakes. Then I got right down to business:

I’d like one Makeout Party sandwich please.

It took them a little while to whip it up but it was totally worth the wait.


Behold, eight full inches of social suicide for a mere $7.00! That’s less than a buck per inch. Try one of these bad boys for yourself; not only is it a tasty concoction (especially on a cold day like today), but you get the added value of having garlic/sauerkraut breath for at least a full two hours after consumption.

134 Kingsland Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Culinary tip: be sure to wash your Makeout Party sandwich down with a can of Budweiser. Trust me on this one.

Miss Heather

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