New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: East Williamsburg Gothic

Yesterday, despite my better judgment (90+ degree weather and the aftermath of a cold do not mix), I took a walk. I went to the no-man’s land some call Greenpoint and others call East Williamsburg. Over the years I have developed a cynical disdain neighborhood taxonomy. This is due in large part to the real estate industry.

What I saw was the past, present and future of north Brooklyn. Do we, as a community, want to be the same or enjoy being different? Should we accept derelict testaments to speculation and greed such as 64 Maspeth Avenue as being a fact of life?

Miss Heather

THIS WEEKEND: Cooper Bark Yard Sale

This item comes courtesy of the peeps of the Cooper Bark. This upcoming Sunday, May 2, at 10:00 a.m. they will be hosting a yard sale with all proceeds to benefit the Cooper Park Dog Run. Those of you who you have the opportunity should pop by and show your support.

Cooper Bark’s “I Do Not Have Fleas” Market
Sunday, May 2, 2010; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
249 Skillman Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

I have also have it on good intelligence that they are accepting donations of items to sell at this event. If you wish to contribute in this manner please contact Katherine at: katharine25 (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: NO PARKING

February 4, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Maspeth Avenue.

Miss Heather

A Williamspoint PSA: The Cooper Bark Calendars Are In!


Needless to say when I received word from the head honcho of the Cooper Park Dog Run that the 2010 Dogs of Cooper Bark calendars are in I simply had to pass it along here. The purchasers of this delightful and very affordable product (they’re priced at a measly $15.00 a pop!) will not only have the some of Williamspoint’s most comely canines grace their wall for an entire year, they will also be supporting a wonderful cause: a portion of the proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the Cooper Park Dog Run! In years past these calendars have provided funding for such improvements as new fencing and furniture. Why not lend ’em a hand (or would that be paw?) this year and purchase one of these calendars? They make great gifts!

Interested parties can purchase the Dogs of Cooper Bark calendar at Muddy Paws:

447 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

or online via paypal at:

Be sure to include your name, contact information and an additional $5.00 (making the grand total $20.00) for shipping and handling.

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photo Du Jour: The Rules


From the women’s restroom at Cooper Park.

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

Williamspoint Video Du Jour: Slow Down

April 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


On April 6, 2009 my buddy down at Brooklyn11211 wrote (in regards to this post):

What is more wacky is why there is a sign for the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg.

To wit I replied:

It’s your ‘hood, dude— you tell me!

Which brings me to the above bit of signage. It is one of several such signs that some rugged individualist has seen fit to erect on Maspeth Avenue across the street from Cooper Park (which I should add is firmly located in the 11211 zip code). While the provenance of these signs is unknown the people I spoke to on this block agreed that “crazy drivers” deemed them necessary. What I wanted to know is if they work. So I took a leisurely stroll down the block to find out.

I suspect anyone who is reading this post and has the pleasure of interfacing with 311 (it’s a hit or miss affair— some operators are better than others) will agree that filing complaints in this manner seems to be a futile endeavor. This has often been my experience, anyway. But dial them anyway, take down the complaint number and forward it to your community board. Yes, this will entail some work on your part, dear readers, but I suspect we can all agree that one person— much less a child— hit by a speeding car is one too many.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Al Fresco Living

April 6, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Furniture, Williamsburg 





Driggs Avenue


Maspeth Avenue


South 1st Street


Ainslie Street


Metropolitan Avenue

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Recession Watch: Priced To Move

April 6, 2009 ·
Filed under: Recession, Williamsburg 


This fully loaded mode of transportation comes courtesy of Maspeth Avenue in East Williamsburg. Not only has it been reduced from $500 to a mere $100, but it touts “cold AC” and (presumably contingent on the physical condition of the purchaser) purports to have “full power”. What a steal!

Miss Heather

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