Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: St. Cecilia’s Convent

January 31, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Vomit 

Looks like someone had one hell of a party.

Beer was consumed.

Brooklyn Beer.

Are those carrots?

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Sunset Diner

January 31, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken January 30, 2011.

Miss Heather

From The New New York Shitty Inbox: Community Forum

January 28, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Remember the post I wrote regarding the widening of the sidewalks on Monitor Street? Well, thanks to our Transportation Chair Karen Nieves and Joe Lentol’s office a community forum has been scheduled for February 2nd! Here’s the 411″ :

ATTENTION: Community Forum on the reconstruction of Nassau Ave

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Councilmember Steve Levin, and Senator Martin Dilan will be hosting a community forum on the reconstruction of Nassau Avenue, Wednesday February 2, 2011 6:30PM at Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell Street) in the Community Room.

Representatives from the NYC Dept of Design and Construction and NYS Dept of Transportation as well as the MTA and 94th Police Precinct have been invited to respond to your concerns.

For further information, please contact Assemblyman Lentol’s office at 718-383-7474

Community Forum Regarding the Reconstruction of Nassau Avenue
February 2, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Mark your calendars Monitor Street residents!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Monitor Street (de)Construction

January 25, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Jay (who sent me the above item) writes:

These flyers were distributed to all residents on Monitor St between Nassau and Norman. I’m just a renter so only got to hear about the plan from my landlord. There was an all-block meeting a couple of days ago and it sounds like the people who own property on this block are going to fight this all the way to city hall. I can’t imagine why the city would want to go through with this… if 5 feet of sidewalk are added on each side then the sidewalks will be wider than the street!

Here’s the deal: I do not profess to have any knowledge whatsoever about this kind of thing. However, this does strike me as being a wee bit ridiculous. Follows are two more avenues the folks on Monitor Street should consider:

  • Contact  City Councilman Steve Levin’s (who, it should be noted does not live too far away from the block in question) office. This can be done via email at Slevin (at) council (dot) nyc (dot) gov
  • Keep a watchful on the Community Board 1 calendar— both the public meetings and the Transportation Committee meetings (which are also open to the public!).
  • In closing, I would like it to be known that I have dialogued— albeit via email— with Ms. Nieves on a number of occasions. She is not only very dedicated to addressing the manifold number of transportation issues hereabouts but she’s a really nice lady to boot! Do not hesitate to contact her.

    UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: Jay has been kind enough to provide some visual aids so as to help us understand what is being proposed.

    UPDATE, 11:39 a.m.: Here’s what our Transportation whiz, Karen Nieves, has to say!

    Dear (excised),

    Thank you for your email concerning the Nassau Ave/Monitor Street reconstruction project.  At my last CB#1 Transportation Community Meeting many of your neighbors attended and has shared your concerns.  We are working with Assemblyman Joseph Lentol’s office to get a meeting with NYC Department of Design and Construction(DDC) to go over everyone’s concerns for sometime in February.

    Please understand this Capital Improvement Project has been in planning stages for many years and the Community Board is not in charge of the project.  We are only advisory and try and mitigate the concerns of the community during the process.

    Although the Community Board does support Infrastructure Improvements in our community we do not support lack of outreach in which clearly DDC has not provided in your case.

    Please be assured we will do everything we can to have all your voices heard and try to get a meeting together with the appropriate agencies as soon as possible.

    In the meantime if you have any questions please contact Mr. Shane O’jar (718) 391-2358 at the NYC Department of Design & Construction regarding this project .

    Miss Heather

    Quicklink: More About The Shooting at 211 Monitor Street

    January 22, 2011 ·
    Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

    For those of you who are following this story, now it would appear this was a botched mugging attempt. You can view the latest report by the New York Post by clicking here. Do check it out.

    Miss Heather

    LAST GASP: Shots Fired On Monitor Street?

    January 14, 2011 ·
    Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

    Jay writes at 10:45 p.m.:

    Just heard two shots fired across the street from my apartment on monitor. Neighbors spilled on to street a few seconds after. Took less than two minutes for NYPD to appear and set up yellow tape. Something bad happened but don’t know what.

    Katie writes at 11:27 p.m.:

    Hi Miss Heather,

    Don’t know if you have seen the police choppers circling the neighborhood tonight, but if you see this you might want to spread the word to be extra safe in Greenpoint tonight/this weekend — someone was just killed on the street on Monitor between Norman and Nassau. It happened across from my brother’s apartment, and he says the street is currently swarmed with emergency vehicles and concerned neighbors.  Evidently they aren’t sure of the victim/shooter/situation yet, but that the shooter ran away and (as far as he knows) has not been found. I’m not sure when exactly it happened — definitely in the last two hours.

    Thanks — your blog and reporting are such an invaluable resource to our neighborhood! I’m sad to be writing in about something so awful.

    Whoa. If anyone reading this has any more information please share via comments or email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com.


    UPDATE, January 15, 2011: Here’s a little more information per Jay.

    Adult male victim taken in ambulance. Suspect fled on foot. Street still blocked off by yellow tape and detectives in trench coats and flashlights searching the area. There was a helicopter with search light over Nassau St and mcgolrick park area.

    UPDATE, January 16, 2011: According to the New York Post the victim of this shooting was a 35 year old male. He was taken to Woodhull Hospital and is listed as being in “critical condition”.

    UPDATE, January 19, 2011: I have received word this gentleman has died. My deepest heart-felt condolences go out to his family. He was only 30 years old.

    Miss Heather

    New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: Perched

    January 3, 2011 ·
    Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

    From Monitor Street.

    Miss Heather

    Greenpoint Photo Du Jour, Part II: Santa’s Little Helper

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

    Okay, I know Christmas 2010 is long gone but I’ve gotta know:

    Why the hell didn’t this little fella visit my house?!?

    Miss Heather

    From The New York Shitty Inbox: Saturday at St. Cecilia’s Convent

    This item comes to me from a lady named Amanda Schmidt of the Physical Center. What can you expect at this event, you ask? If the press release is any indication quite a lot!


    We are pleased to present Physical Center: Brooklyn, a one-night exhibition, video screening, and performance event at the Convent of Saint Cecilia in Brooklyn, NY; a tactile soirée featuring both local and international artists, performers, and musicians. Physical Center will be a celebration of material existence, and a showcase for emerging talent in the arts.

    “…I truly believe that the lack of adequate imagery is a danger of the same magnitude [as over population and global warming]. It is as serious a defect as being without memory. What have we done to our images? What have we done to our embarrassed landscapes? I have said this before and will repeat it again as long as I am able to talk: if we do not develop adequate images we will die out like dinosaurs.”               – Werner Herzog

    In answer to Herzog’s call, Physical Center will showcase performances, videos and installations that promote new images of physicality, engaging and responding to the contemporary contexts that frame material being. The works in this exhibition seek to challenge the viewers’ minds and bodies with visual, tactile, and aural sensory experiences that undermine purely conceptual readings.

    Physical Center: Brooklyn is an opportunity to bring together emerging Brooklyn and London-based video and installation artists. The event will act as a fundraiser for Physical Center: London, a two-month series of performance art, video art, photography and sculpture that will take place between January and February 2011 at artist Yinka Shonibare’s warehouse, Guest Projects, in Hackney, London. Our Brooklyn edition’s after-party, with DJ sets from Luiza Sá of Brazilian pop group CSS and DJ Lauren Flax, aims to raise funds for flying two Brooklyn-based performance artists to London. This is a unique opportunity for these two artists to take part in a not-for-profit international exchange and perform in London.

    A main exhibition addressing the artist’s reaction to physicality will feature work of varied media by New York based artists such as Paul Bergeron, Jenn Brehm, Adam Cruces, Jonathan Ehrenberg, Kerry Downey, Danny Durtsche, Leah James, Chris Marshall, Naomi Schliesman, Eric Shows, Sallie Smith, iO Tillet Wright, Weston Ulfig, Hans Viets, JD Walsh,Kristof Wickman and many more. In addition to the main group exhibition, there will be scheduled performances throughout the evening by various artists including Eliza Swann, Genevieve White,Shantell Martin, Lisa Sikorski, Oliver Warden and sex-advice comedy by Rose Surnow.

    The video screening room at Physical Center: Brooklyn will both bombard and numb the viewers’ senses with its program. One might enter the room and leave relaxed and/or nauseated. The works will continue in a 90-minutes loop throughout the evening. Featured video artists include: Jesper Carlsen, Marrianna Ellenberg, Chelse Isaac, Erica Magrey, Sean Simpson, Patrick Smith, Hyla Skoptiz, Andrew Steinmetz, and Jennifer Sullivan.

    In addition to both live performances and video art Physical Center: Brooklyn will house a collection of installations by an international group of artists. Philip Hausmeier, a German artist based in London and Berlin will coordinate the installation of Black no. 2. Visitors are invited to enter the work and be engulfed by thousands of strips of black plastic made from trash bags, which are quickly transformed from ordinary everyday objects into something terrifying and foreign as one moves deeper into the overwhelming sounds and darkness of the installation. Awst & Walther, the Berlin and London based Welsh/German art duo, will install Das süße Leben, a large chandelier made of real grapes that will fill the space with the smell of fruit, creating an intense visual and olfactory experience. Amelia Whitelaw, a London-based artist, will exhibit new work developed specifically for this show. Amelia has exhibited her work extensively in London and often uses uncooked dough, hung and slowly pulled by gravity through a series of nets, breaking up and mixing as they work they way to the floor. Viewers will be invited to lay underneath Melanie Schiff’s video, Perfect Square,and become entranced by the repetition and variation of the work. The viewer looks upwards from what appears to be the bottom of a lake at the silhouette of a female figure swimming circles in the water. Her movements alter the light’s reflection in the water – we hover between a relaxed state and suspense, unsure of where our point of view originates.

    And here are some samples of participating artists’ work that Amanda was kind enough to provide me!

    Philip Hausmeier, Black Room, installation

    Jennifer Sullivan and Andrew Steinmetz, Sexual Healing, video still

    Amelia Whitelaw, no title,  installation

    Awst & Walther, Das sube Leben, 2010, grapes, neon

    Art Happening/Fundraiser For The Physical Center
    November 20, 2010 starting at 5:00 p.m.
    Price of admission: $10.00 (Includes beer!)
    Convent of St. Cecilia
    21 Monitor Street
    Brooklyn, New York 11222

    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.


    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

    • NYS Flickr Pool

      Homeless JesusWilliam Wegman Dog MuralLove ConeBrownsvilleCanarsie PierMeat MarketAmerican & Puerto Rican FlagsFootprints
    • Ads