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

December 30, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Snowzymandias, a photo-poem, part 1

The person who took the above photograph, WarmSleepy, writes about this find:

I met a traveller from a Greenpoint land
Who said: Three vast and frozen balls of snow
Stood in McGolrick.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Slide Show Du Jour: District Dog Halloween Parade & Costume Contest

November 1, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As promised I have assembled a slide show of yesterday’s festivities for your viewing pleasure. Before I proceed, however, I would like to tender a few thoughts/props.

AC Unit

1. I confided to my fellow judge, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, that I felt the air conditioning unit entry should be given an honorable mention because “I cannot imagine why someone would dress up their dog as one.” To wit he replied:

Maybe it is in heat?

I can honestly say I never thought of that.

Three Legged Squirrel

Peg Leg

2. Two three legged dogs were contestants in this year’s contest. One placed and one received an honorable mention.

Hollywood

3. I really, REALLY liked this entry but was overruled. So it goes.

Janitor and mop

4. I have no idea why this duo, a janitor and his “mop”, didn’t enter. I loved it!

Garden Gnomes

5. This gaggle of garden gnomes gets points for concept but I found the execution lacking. Maybe they’ll take another stab at this next year? I can only hope so.

Lobster in a pot

6. Arguably the most difficult decision was Second Place for best “Group”. It basically came down to this entry, which is absolutely adorable, and the G, L and Z trains. The judges’ collective disgust with the MTA prevailed.

And on that note and without further ado here is the slide show. Enjoy!

As always you can view these images in larger format by clicking here.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Dogs On Parade

October 31, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Rounding out today’s posts I leave you with a cavalcade of cuties from today’s parade at McGolrick Park!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: And The Winners Are!

October 31, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crosstown Local, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

HONORABLE MENTION

Degas


Air Conditioning Unit


Three Legged Squirrel

SECOND PLACE, GROUP

The G, L & Z Train

FIRST PLACE, GROUP


Popeye, Olive Oyl & Bluto

SECOND PLACE, SOLO


Slutty Pirate

FIRST PLACE, SOLO


Log

I suspect fellow judge Joe Lentol would agree with me that selecting this year’s winners of the District Dog Halloween Costume Contest was very tough indeed! There were so many great entries. I would like to thank everyone who came out today. I hope you had as much as I had! Now, if you do not mind dear readers I am off to enjoy my evening for a bit. You can look forward to a slide show tomorrow!

Miss Heather

Mark Your Calendars: District Dog Halloween Parade & Costume Contest

October 17, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11232, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Anyone who has attended this event in the past (as I have) can attest it is a lot of fun. I have no doubt this year will be no different. You have two weeks (left) to get your costumes ready Greenpoint dog lovers. Do not disappoint me!

District Dog Halloween Parade & Costume Contest
October 31, 2010 starting at 1:00 p.m.
McGolrick Park
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Oh yeah, this year a new category has been added: Best Duo/Pack. I have been assured inter-species participants are allowed!

Miss Heather

FRIDAY: McGolrick Park Dog Run Benefit

October 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This upcoming Friday, October 15, the folks at District Dog (and a lot of friends) will be hosting a fundraiser for the McGolrick Park dog run at the Church of the Messiah. Food catered by Cafe Royal and affordable spirits are promised in addition to a raffle whose prizes include:

  • Dinner for 2 with wine pairing at Dressler
  • Dinner for 2 with wine pairing at Dumont
  • $50 dollar gift certificate from The Brooklyn Kitchen
  • Gift Basket from Stella & Chewy’s
  • Gift Basket from Zuke’s
  • A weekend stay at Unleash Brooklyn
  • 1 private session with Empire of the Dog
  • Artwork by Urbnpop
  • 5 Class card – $65 value- from Usha Veda Yoga

Tickets for this event (as well as raffle tickets) can be purchased in advance for $15.00 at District Dog or Unleash Brooklyn. Otherwise the price of admission will be $20.00 at the door. Check it out!

McGolrick Park Dog Run Fundraiser
October 15, 2010 starting at 8:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

McGolrick Park Photos Du Jour: What Is Wrong With This Picture?

September 20, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

(Or: Heart Of Glass)

Ever had one of those moments when you’re like “Ah, that’s kind of neat!” and then you look more closely and find yourself muttering:

Holy shit!

Well last Saturday I had one such moment at the Bathtub Race at McGolrick Park.

I like bathtubs— and balloons!

Watching two of New York’s Finest remove an intoxicated individual (who, it should be noted was not a member of the Lion’s Club) is another matter altogether.

Our Park’s Czar/Executive Director of OSANB (Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn) Stephanie Thayer, was (fairly recently) paraphrased by the New York Times as saying (in regards to a public art project located in said park):

…that vandalism occurred in the park daily, and that someone had once poured concrete down the toilets*. “For no good reason,” she added.

I beg to differ. I have not seen vandalism per se at this park. What I have seen is (on any given day) is anywhere between 10-12 seemingly homeless people— many of whom appear to have addiction “issues”— and a manifold number of empty “baggies”.  The previous consider this park to be their living room (because, in fact, it is). Obviously drug dealers like to ply their trade here as well. I have also heard rumblings that used hypodermic needles have been found here. I have yet to find any. But I have seen gentlemen “nodding off” so obviously something is going on. As for concrete being poured down toilets all I have to say is this:

I make it a point to avoid the “comfort stations” at this park** if at all possible— because they are anything but. Comforting. They were and remain to be utterly disgusting. Perhaps this act of intransigence was a critique of the condition of said “facilities” and Ms. Thayer’s “management” of them? Who knows? Greenpoint works in mysterious ways.

Ms. Thayer (in the above-mentioned article) also opines:

Because this is such a good monument to humanity and compassion, it is really necessary to keep it in play.

While no one can argue with the above statement (It’d be sort of like saying “Yes, I’m all for clubbing baby seals!” and it was undoubtedly willfully and deliberately word-smithed for this chilling effect) I would like to humbly suggest Ms. Thayer get a better grip on the parks under her “watch” and the humanity who use and, in this case, inhabit them. Public art is nice (and I’m all for it) but this park (and many others in Greenpoint) have much more urgent matters requiring Ms. Thayer’s compassion. Some attention to the bathrooms— a very human amenity— and an acknowledgment that this park is a haven for people who clearly have substance abuse problems— if not out rightly homeless— would be nice for starters.

Miss Heather

*If my memory serves me correctly this came to pass well before Ms. Thayer came on the scene. I could be wrong. Verification/fact-checking, anyone?

**I hold it and go to Cooper. The bathrooms are always in a reasonable state of repair and the Parks employees there are very nice. For those of you who have heartier bladders I also recommend Maria Hernandez Park (always neat) or, best yet: Sternberg. The latter is— by north Brooklyn standards, anyway— plush.

New York Shitty Photos Du Jour: Live From McGolrick Park

September 18, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I wasn’t able to hang around and watch the bathtub races (as conducted by the Lions Club) but at the very least I saw my first (and to date only) intercontinental ballistic bathtub and made the acquaintance of Philip Ras*, the gent who was kind enough to give me the 411 about those memorial plaques at 80 Franklin Street!

Miss Heather

*It was a pleasure meeting you! You can see Philip’s photographs of last year’s race by clicking here. Check ’em out!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Best Little Park In NYC

September 16, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

McGolrick Park

Ryan Murphy (who took the above photograph) muses:

Best little park in NYC, with the awkwardest name. I’m going to miss having it a block away.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: McGolrick Park

August 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken August 14, 2010.

Miss Heather

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