Long Island City Photo Du Jour: Spring Is Here!

March 20, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens 

From Gantry Park.

Miss Heather

Long Island City Street Art Du Jour: Jackson Avenue

March 12, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, Street Art 

Taken March 9, 2010.

Miss Heather

Long Island City Photos Du Jour: Urban Garden

March 12, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, Queens 

From Vernon Boulevard.

Miss Heather

Long Island City Photo Du Jour: Ethix

March 11, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, Street Art 

From Crane Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Cat In The Hat

March 11, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island, Long Island City, Street Art 

From Davis Street.

Miss Heather

Long Island City Gentrification Watch

March 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens 

I am certain a number of you have noticed I have been posting a lot of Long Island City material of late. I want it to be known there is a reason for this: yours truly is going to have a show of her photography at Creek & Cave next month!* Shortly after this deal was finalized with the curator (a very nice lady I would like to add) I came to the realization that if I am going to have a show in Long Island City it might behoove me to feature a photograph (or two) of Long Island City. To this end yesterday I bravely marched across the Pulaski Bridge in search of shutter bug fodder. What awaited me, however, was enough to make the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

Before I proceed I want to make something abundantly clear: it takes a lot to truly disturb me. When I climbed down the stairs at 53rd Avenue I heard the most gut-wrenching coughing you can imagine. Did this faze me? No, it didn’t. If anything it made me feel right at home. Eventually I happened upon the source of said sound. It was a woman. She was coughing up blood on the street. She looked up at me and said.

Excuse me miss, would you happen to have a napkin?

I gave her what I had: one paltry little napkin. I apologized that it was all I had (because I really did feel bad about this given the situation). She replied:

Thank you very much.

And then went back coughing in the most blood curdling manner imaginable. The rest of the afternoon I thought about this exchange. One simply does not see this kind common courtesy much anymore. This is a shame as the way I see it, if a woman coughing up blood under the Pulaski Bridge can be bothered with such pleasantries as “please” and “thank you” there really isn’t any excuse for the rest of us. Then again, I suppose I should expect as much from Greenpoint’s tonier neighbor to the north. But I digress.

It was about fifteen feet from this woman that I encountered something which disturbed me at a fundamentally core level. Words failed me. Fortunately I had my camera.

Apparently drinking Olde English 800 with a straw is more common that I had previously suspected. God help us all.

Miss Heather

*When the opening date is finalized I will post the detail— but I have been told Creek & Cave will be providing free food. Hot damn!

Long Island City Street Art Du Jour: Ymi

March 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, Street Art 

From 5Pointz.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: To Whom It May Concern

Why is this gate open? Why hasn’t anyone seemed to notice this gate is open? I am hardly a criminally inclined person but when I see something like this I cannot help but think of bad things. Anyone seeking access to the Long Island Railroad need only simply waltz through this gate and lo, he (or she) can play Thomas The Tank Engine. Perhaps I am overreacting here— but I find this rather disturbing. It is a matter of no one noticing— or simply not caring?

Miss Heather

Long Island City Street Art Du Jour: Weathered

March 9, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, Queens 

46 Avenue

11 Street

44 Avenue

24 Street

Taken March 10, 2010.

Miss Heather

Long Island City Photo Du Jour: 11 Days Til Spring

March 9, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens 

From 10th Street.

Miss Heather

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