Greenpoint Halloween Watch: Dem Bones

October 24, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Milton Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Nuit Blanche

October 3, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken October 2, 2010.

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: Bring To Light

September 22, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of Gregor Nemitz-Ziadie, the mastermind behind Williamsburg Walks. He writes:

I hope you are doing well. I just wanted to mention to you that Williamsburg Walks’ genius partners – DoTank:Brooklyn – are adapting the famous concept of “Nuit Blanche” – which begun in 1997 in Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg –  to the neighborhood. On October 2, from sunset to dawn, the streets of Greenpoint will host Bring to Light an all-night public art festival. The first ever “Nuit blanche” in NYC. Link to the press release



This sounds like serious fun. Check it out!

Bring To Light
October 2, 2010 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Greenpoint Terminal Market
West Street at Noble Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Found On Milton Street: A Real Cutie

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

This handsome fellow (a small male dog with “beagle like markings— a rat terrier mix perhaps?) was found on Milton Street yesterday by a very nice lady named Teresa. If you know to whom this chap belongs please give the folks at Dog Habitat (where he is safe and sound) a call at: (718) 710 – 0707


UPDATE, 11:18 a.m.: Teresa is the bearer of VERY good news! She writes:

Post it as a happy ending – his owners’ “missing!” flyer crossed paths with our “found!” flyer.  As I type they’re probably picking him up at Unleash right now. His name is Boo! I woke up in the night thinking about him.  I am tickled silly that he’s going home.  He’s a really sweet little guy! Now I have to email everyone…

Miss Heather

Tip From “The Strip”: Milton Street

September 17, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Shortly before the storm hit yesterday my Greenpoint compadre on the strip that is Manhattan Avenue, co-proprietress of The Corner Frenzy’s empanada and ice cream stand, Miriam, advised me that M.I.A. shot a video on Milton Street— and that there was a new mural which (purportedly) provided the backdrop. While not a connoisseur of such stuff (my tastes run more “old school”) when she tells me to check out something I DO IT. Five minutes ago.

Here it is. Along with another morsel of Greenpoint goodness!

Thanks Miriam— and see you tomorrow!

Miss Heather

FRIDAY: Supper For A Good Cause

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

It’s been a long time— too long— since I have a nod to the wonderful Co-Pastors who operate the Greenpoint Reformed Church. Not only do these lovely ladies give succor to our neediest—- but they’re really cool to boot! This post is an attempt to catch up. Here it goes.

This upcoming Friday, September 17, they will be conducting a fund-raising supper for their food pantry and soup kitchen.

The (tentative) menu (whose produce/foodstuffs has been donated from local farms/businesses!) is as follows:

  • Soup—Sunchoke with crispy brussel sprouts
  • Salad—Vegetarian Nicoise: Lettuce, string beans, potatoes, boiled eggs, etc…
  • Main Course—Creamy Polenta, fire roasted tomato ragout, grilled veggies, garlicky greens
  • Dessert—(the most tentative menu item!) Sugared crepes, carmelized apples, Van Leeuwen ice cream (!)

A cocktail hour will be conducted in the backyard from 6:30 – 8:30 as well. Among the offerings are:

vodka with mint syrup and raspberries and bourbon with ginger juice and lemon—as well as wine–$8 suggested donation per drink.

This includes “snacks”. Check it out!

Greenpoint Supper Club Fundraiser
September 17, 2010 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $15.00
The Greenpoint Reformed Church
138 Milton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Oh yeah: can (and MUST) RSVP via email at: annefay (at) gmail (dot) com

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: The Greenpoint Reformed Church

FRIDAY: Fashion On Franklin Street

September 8, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This items comes from via the New York Shitty inbox via one of the inimitable (and fabulous) boys of Alter. Roy writes:

Hey Miss Heather,

Hope you are well. I wanted to a share with you that this Friday, Sept 10th is Fashion’s Night Out. A global outreach to get people excited about shopping produced by Vogue, NYC and the CFDA. Most of the shops on Franklin St are participating and we all have collaborated on promoting the night. I have attached the flyer for it and would love to see if you are interested in featuring it on your site. Each store will have different events going on. Some will have DJ’s, free giveaways, complimentary drinks, discounts etc. (Alter will also be selling the official FNO tee shirt as well as having a photo studio in the shop to shoot all customers who attend and of course champagne) Its going to be fun night on Franklin St. There will be an after party at Veronica People’s Bar as well!

This is the second year for this event and last year was great for all the shops that participated. Only 4 last year, this year 10!

Duly blogged! Show your local indie businesses a little love this upcoming Friday and check this out!

Fashion’s Night Out
September 10, 2010 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Franklin Street (between Milton and Freeman Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Audio/Visual Presentation Du Jour: The American Playground

Given that we are embarking upon a holiday weekend (celebrating our nation’s birthday, no less) I feel it is only fitting to showcase Greenpoint’s very own American Playground. Rutila wrote regarding the above image (which I posted June 20th):

There was a homeless man sleeping in the jungle gym this morning when jumping rope in one of the handball courts. He was coughing, and I wasn’t sure if he was sick or clearing his throat to let me know I was interrupting his sleep. Should I have apologized?

Oh, and one of the trees/bushes that flank the storage shed/bathroom was pulled — roots and all — from its planter and dragged to the middle of the basketball courts. I don’t see how this would be possible without a vehicle.

I have been keeping a careful watch over this park ever since.

It isn’t pretty.

But what I was most puzzled by was the womens bathroom’s “new arrangement”.

I have no idea why the Parks Department, in their infinite wisdom, would do something like this. And here’s why:

1. This bathroom is located at a playground. Children will invariably get dirty and need to wash their hands. Most of the children I have observed at this park are tended to by their mothers. Thus, they will need to use the womens bathroom. And if someone is using it they are shit out of luck.

2. This kind of open space (with added privacy) is an enabler for all manner and variety of criminal activity. Foremost in my mind is drugs, as heroin addicts seem to have taken a shine to this park.

And then of course, there is this.

A detergent bottle (Tide, methinks, this brings a whole new meaning to Tidy Bowl) being retrofitted for some hitherto unknown purpose.

Here’s a close-up of its contents. And on July 1st, dear readers, I finally got the wherewithal to flush said toilet and film it.

It appears to be collecting water from the faulty plumbing. Incoming or outgoing I do not know. What’s more, it’s not important. This is yet another (and exemplary) half-assed solution to the manifold problems our parks “comfort stations” face. On that note I have word via a tipster/leaked email that port-o-lets are one the way. Four to be precise:

  • One for Bushwick Inlet Park
  • One for Barge Park
  • Two for McCarren Park

In regards to the lattermost, here’s what one board member of Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn— not the Parks Department— had to say:

They’re portable so, if you or other parks users have strong feelings about their placement, they can probably be moved. Personally, I think it’s a good idea for the condo-dwellers on Bayard to fundraise for the park.

This statement is in regards to a Bayard Street resident calling 311 and complaining about public urination; getting a letter from Adrian Benepe advising him/her to talk to our Parks Administrator, Stephanie Thayer, only to be asked by Ms. Thayer if he/she would be interested in fundraising for more garbage cans and bathrooms in McCarren Park (via Open Space Alliance, which is Ms. Thayer’s other employer). Fundraising for amenities one would presume (hope) would have already been paid for via our tax dollars. But I suppose I am being old fashioned.

To recap: a 311 complaint seems to have been employed as a recruitment tool for a not-for-profit org which, theoretically, has nothing to do whatsoever with a public urination complaint. But I suppose that’s what happens when you have a public/private partnership which is out of touch with the very people it purportedly serves. Here’s my advice for anyone who has issues with our public parks:

  • Call 311. Repeatedly.
  • Document and send your complaints to our local Community Board.
  • Don’t bother with our local Parks people, copy the head honcho: Adrian (dot) Benepe (at) parks (dot) nyc (dot) gov
  • It criminal activity is involved, go the the 94th Precinct Community Council meetings and make D. I. Fulton aware of it.

Miss Heather

P.S.: If our Port-O-Potty point person at OSA is listening (because it’s become all too apparent this organization holds the purse strings, not our Parks Department), you might want to toss one WNYC Transmitter Park/”Playground’s” direction.

It’s very popular.

Albeit not by not children.

When I saw this gent walk away from a secluded part of this “playground” a few days later I decided to investigate.


From The New York Shitty Inbox: Vendors Wanted

June 24, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As many of you know, every Friday this summer the Greenpoint Reformed Church is hosting the Greenpoint Flea Market Bazaar: an indoor/outdoor market where crafters, cooks, junk mavens and thriftsters can sell their wares. Will, last night I was contacteds by the people organizing this market. They they have special offer for vendors and they want me to pass it along. Here it is. Greenpoint Flea writes:

Just wanted to let you know we are running a special discount for all vendors $25-$45 for all spaces in the market the next two Fridays 6/25 and 7/2.

Anyone interested in taking renting a table for these or any other upcoming Greenpoint Flea Market event should contact Greenpoint Flea via email at: greenpointflea (at) gmail (dot) com.


Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Hanging Out

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

From the American Playground.

Miss Heather

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