Street Trash, Revisited

In light of the recent controversy regarding the residential conversion of the Greenpoint Hospital and the fact that Halloween is just around the corner I cannot help but make mention— once again— of a very special cinematic feature which inhabits yours truly’s DVD library. I speak of none other than Street Trash. What is this Street Trash, you ask? I’ll let IMdb clue you in:

When a liquor store owner finds a case of “Viper” in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of its true properties. The drinks causes its consumers to melt, very messily. Two homeless lads find themselves up against the effects of the toxic brew, as well as going head to head with “Bronson” a Vietnam vet with sociopathic tendencies, and the owner of the junkyard they live in.

The premise is interesting enough. It is even more one takes into consideration that this film sports a scene from the Greenpoint Hospital (more specifically, its Outpatient Annex) and the Garden Spot itself is prominently featured! Those of you who want a glimpse as to what our ‘hood (and the surrounding area— including Maspeth) looked like circa 1897, Street Trash delivers. My favorite scene is arguably the shoplifting scene which was shot in none other than the Met Food across the street from McGolrick Park. Unfortunately I have decided it is a little too risque (READ: “language”) to post here. The trailer will have to suffice.

It would appear that someone has been thoughtful enough to upload this entire film onto YouTube for your (free!) viewing pleasure. WARNING/CAVEATS:

  1. This movie is most decidedly NOT safe for work.
  2. Some of the material in said film is quite offensive. So if you have delicate sensibilities do NOT watch it. Seriously.

Enjoy!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part III: The Creek

This absolutely stunning shot of Newtown Creek comes courtesy of Noah Devereaux.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Scrap

Taken by Noah Devereaux.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: English Kills

Taken by Noah Devereaux.

Miss Heather

Happy Feral Cat Day!

Kitty Empire 4

Jesse writes:

Thank you for covering feral cats (and domestic cats), as well as doing posts about TNR workshops.  I’m writing to see if you’d consider doing a post for National Feral Cat Day (on very short notice – it’s 10/16!) to raise awareness about feral cats and what people can do to help.

Every neighborhood in NYC has feral cats and most people innocently feed them, not knowing you can do anything else to help out these feline underdogs. But they can – through Trap-Neuter-Return! Our website with general information is here. And the workshops, including one on 10/16, are listed here.

We’re always willing to provide feral cat content at any time, National Feral Cat Day or not, so please keep us in mind!

Duly blogged!

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Yours truly— with the help of a few feral feline friends from Queens.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: The Maspeth Three

October 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11378, Crazy Cat Lady, Maspeth, Maspeth Queens, Queens 

That my friends is a defensive line....

Taken by Carnade.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Newtown Creek

October 9, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11378, Maspeth, Maspeth Queens, Newtown Creek 

Taken October 9, 2010.

Miss Heather

Maspeth Photos Du Jour: Bob

October 9, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11378, BAD ASS, Maspeth, Maspeth Queens, Newtown Creek 

This evening my buddy Carnade and I went on a quick sojourn around Newtown Creek. It was at the end of 58th Road that we met Bob. He seemed surprised by us and we were certainly surprised to encounter him: a man in a van smoking a cigar and watching the world go by. We explained to him we were taking photographs of the creek. This interested him (a retired DEP employee) considerably and he told us stories about coming to Newtown Creek in the 1950’s a child. Bob then proceeded to explain to us why he happened to be in such a desolate area on a Saturday evening: he is not allowed by his wife to smoke cigars. Period. He clarifies:

So I come down here, have my cigar and turn on Sean Hannity. That gets my anger going.

Your secret is safe with us, Bob!

Miss Heather

Quicklink: Creek Speak

What is “Creek Speak”, you ask? Here’s how the folks at Habitat Map describe it:

Creek Speak is an oral history project that uses online interactive maps to present the stories of people and places near Newtown Creek…

You can check this out by pointing and clicking here. Do it. It’s fascinating!

Miss Heather

Have You Ever Been To DUGABO?

Newtown Creek Cruise 5

If not, here’s your golden opportunity! Next month the Working Harbor Committee will be conducting its annual fall cruise of the ‘creek! For more details (or to order tickets) you should contact the tour chairman, Bernard Ente, via email at: bernard (at) workingharbor (dot) org. Otherwise, you can get a sneak peek of what visual (and olfactory) delights await you by clicking here!

Miss Heather

Image Credits: Mitch Waxman of the Newtown Pentacle

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