Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Digging Out

January 27, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Milton Street.

Miss Heather

The Word On The Street: It Starts With F

Williamsburg Brooklyn, 11211


Greenpoint Brooklyn, 11222


Miss Heather

Greenpoint Snowman Watch, Part I: Milton Street

January 1, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken January 1, 2010.

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: Babies Wanted

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

(for a good cause)

Ann Kansfield, the co-pastor of the Greenpoint Reformed Church, writes (in regards to my inquiry as to how Ann K 2.0 is doing):

Ak 2.0 is coming along, although I wish she’d show up in time to play Jesus in the Christmas pageant on Sunday. Maybe you could post a request saying that we are casting a baby Jesus. Applicant must be a baby. Nothing else required except showing up on Sunday at 10:30. The pageant runs from 11:00 am- noon. It’s gonna be hilarious, and very Greenpoint. Potential Jesuses (or their agents) can email me. If only our kid would have arrived sooner, she coulda been a star…

Any and all Greenpoint— or Williamsburg— babes can contact Ann via email at: kansfield (at) yahoo (dot) com. STAT.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Kids arrive when they want to. Just ask Pa Heather. I arrived exactly seven days after his desired birth date (for tax purposes). And despite being born two weeks early I have been a week late and a dollar short ever since!

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: What’s Up At The American Playground?

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

A lady named Michelle writes the evening of December 12, 2010:

Hi Miss Heather,

Was walking my dog a few nights ago and we happened upon a curious notice posted at the American Playground on Franklin – right across from Word.  Seems the place has been condemned and is “imminently perilous to life.”  I’ve seen these outside gnarly looking buildings that seem like they may cave in on the squatters living in them, but any idea why American Playground has earned the notice?

Would send a picture, but I’m never out there with my phone.

Just curious.

As you can imagine I found this more than a little disturbing so this morning I headed over without delay.

Sure enough, there was a Vacate Order on the premises— but why?

When I checked the Department of Buildings database I could find no indication whatsoever such an order was issued. On a lark I then checked the Department of Buildings database regarding the adjacent property, 60 West Street*. What I found was quite interesting.

Was this the reason such an order was served? There is no way to tell conclusively (this complaint is from last year) but I would not rule it outside the realm of possibility. Especially since I have it on excellent intelligence that falling debris from this property has been an issue in the past. But I suppose for the time being we’ll have to be content to walk away from this mystery with more questions than answers. On that note, I would like to leave you with this final question.

If the American Playground has a Vacate Order in place due to “conditions imminently perilous to life”, why is it open today? Thoughts anyone?

Miss Heather

*Which, as some of you may recall, is a live poultry storage facility.



New York Shitty Day Starter: FTR

December 2, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

From Milton Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: Milton Street

November 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken November 15, 2010.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Annual Bazaar

November 11, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes from Jan, who writes:

Here’s the flyer for St. John’s Annual Bazaar Nov. 13th.  The fun stuff is really cool!

The Ham dinner is OUTSTANDING.  The Gerke family who makes this are multigenerational St. John’s members and many years ago ran a pub (like Teddy’s) over here.  This was one of their specialties.

Annual Bazaar
November 13, 2010 starting at 4:30 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
155 Milton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Somewhere

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

This items comes from my friend at the Greenpoint Reformed Church, Ann Kansfield. She writes:

Hey Heather,

I have a favor to ask…We’re starting a queer friendly youth group at the church, and we need some help getting the word out.  It’s open to everyone, and I’m hoping that you might help us reach teens who are looking for such a group.  I’ve attached a flier, and it’s posted on the church website at http://greenpointchurch.org/archives/224.  Feel free to put a shout out that we’re an LGBT-affirming church. Also, I’m more than happy to be a supportive clergy-person to anyone who might be struggling with matters of faith.

While hardly the church-going type I for one think this is a wonderful (and long overdue) idea and want to help spread the word!

Somewhere: A Queer-friendly, God-centered Sanctuary For Youth
First Meeting: November 5, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather
Miss Heather

LAST GASP: A Birthday Wish

October 26, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

It does not take a rocket scientist to know times are tight for a lot of people in north Brooklyn. Even the Mister and I are feeling the pinch. But we have the presence of mind to know we are lucky. Very, VERY lucky. We have a roof over our heads; we have food (even if it means eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches went rent time comes around). We have it good. Much better than a lot of our neighbors and friends. Which brings me to the purpose of this post.

Jennifer Aull— one of the co-pastors of the Greenpoint Reformed Church and overall great gal— turns 21 tomorrow! Just kidding: she’s turning 22. Anyhoo: her birthday is tomorrow and her wish (via Facebook) is as follows:

I believe that the Greenpoint Church food pantry changes lives. I know it has changed mine. Please make a donation in honor of my birthday.

I can personally attest that the Greenpoint Food Pantry has changed lives. What’s more I want the compassionate ladies of the Greenpoint Reformed Church to continue serving our neediest! Give what you can Greenpointers. Every little bit counts!*

Miss Heather

*Those of you who are reading and possibly wondering (mom and dad— I shit you not my parents read this— I do not come from a broken home— I come from a more or less functional and intact family) what I want for my third fifth** wedding anniversary (which will come to pass on Halloween) it is this: donate to the Greenpoint Food Pantry. You can do so by clicking here.

**Yeah, I’m in trouble.

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