Greenpoint Photo du Jour: California Dreamin’

November 5, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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From Monitor Street.

Miss Heather

Found In Blissville, Made In Greenpoint!

WATCHYOUSTEP

I found the above at the Van Dam Street yesterday. Needless to say I found its use (abuse) of grammar amusing. Upon closer inspection I found a nugget of Greenpoint goodness.

BrooklynVault

BROOKLYN VAULT LIGHT CO. 262 Monitor St. Brooklyn, N.Y.

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten my Greenpoint geek on. Today I did. Here’s what 262 Monitor Street looks like nowadays.

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To say the least I was disappointed.* But I did find a few nifty items about Brooklyn Vault Light Company online. Here they are:

Industrial Progress

The above hails from the 120th Volume of American Architect. It would appear that I have stumbled upon a state-of-the-art coal hole cover! By 1921 standards, anyway.

BVLCglassiandotorgNYS

This classy piece of correspondence comes courtesy of Glassian.org.

And last, but hardly least, what would a piece of Greenpoint history be without a lawsuit? Involving high society, no less! From the March 13, 1921 edition of the New York Times:

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To get a peek of Mrs. Vanderbilt’s digs click here.

To see what has happened to Mrs. Vanderbilt’s manse (666 Fifth Avenue) click here.

Miss Heather

*There are no sidewalks to speak of on Monitor between Greenpoint Avenue and Norman Avenue. Just a bunch of pot holes and a bunch of parked/idling cars mostly. Northside Car Service seems to be particularly fond of parking/hanging out on the “sidewalk” in this area.

TOMORROW: Balinese Dance at St. Cecilia’s

cuchifritaThis item (which is too damned interesting to resist posting) comes courtesy of my buddy Dizzy Swank. Per the Dame CuchiFrita’s Facebook announcement:

Come and see rare performance behind the woman known as Dame CuchiFrita. She will be performing traditional Balinese Dance that is centuries old , in a convent, about virgins… You will experience Bali in one evening as she will take you through her repertoire from contemporary to the oldest form of classical Balinese dance. If you have a love for centuries old traditions and love bending the rules, this show is for you. If you love Dame Cuchi on stage strutting her stuff and want to see her fully clothed and be transported to a different world, this one is for you too. If you love seeing modern dance juxtaposed w/traditional ethnic dance this is most definitely the show for you. This is part of AUNTS ROADSHOW, an evening of modern dance based performances that travels all around Brooklyn.

Check it out. It’s FREE!

Dame CuchiFrita in Dance of the Virgins
November 5, 2009 8:00 -11:00 p.m.
Convent of St. Cecilia
21 Monitor Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

To learn more about AUNTS ROADSHOW click here.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Videos du Jour: Dog Parade Redux

November 1, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Here it is: highlights from yesterday’s dog parade from McGolrick Park. Nothing fancy (try filming dogs— they’re harder than cats. Felines don’t give a damn about attention; canines care a lot.). Noetheless you’ll see a couple prize winners and many other winsome pups in the following footage!

Part I

Part II: Featuring Eeyore

Part III: Featuring Amelia Earhart

Over and out!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Slide Show du Jour: Dogs On Parade

October 31, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

MirthNYS

As promised, here’s a slide featuring highlights from today’s dog parade and costume contest at McGolrick Park. Enjoy!

On that note, dear readers, I am off to cook up a little Halloween fun (and food)!

Miss Heather

And the winners are…

October 31, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

There ended up being so many great contestants at the District Dog Halloween Parade today my fellow judges and I had a very hard time deciding picking a winner! In fact, we decided to hand out six instead of three honorable mention awards just to give recognition where we felt it was due. On that note— and without the further ado— here are the best dressed dogs in Greenpoint!

HONORABLE MENTION

Frida KahloNYS

Frida Kahlo

Liver Flukenys

Liver Fluke

WonderNYS

Major Wonder

Amelia EarhartNYS

Amelia Earhart

Log

Log of Fire

THIRD PLACE

eyeore

Eyeore BackNYS

Eeyore

SECOND PLACE

3 HeadsNYS

Cerberus

FIRST PLACE

Sushi1nys

Sushi2nys

Sushi!

I want to give props to all the folks (and their pups) who participated in today’s parade. You’re all winners as far as I’m concerned. This evening I will not only post a slide show from today’s festivities but also (paws crossed) some video footage as well. So stay tuned!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, November 2, 2009: You can read a fellow judge’s take of the 3rd Annual District Dog Halloween parade and costume contest by clicking here.

P.S.: As you have probably noticed I have only listed five out of the six Honorable Mention winners. This is because I have forgotten who the sixth winner was! Any and all help jogging my memory (via email or comments) would be most appreciated. Thanks!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: St. Celilia’s In Flames!

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No, not really! It’s a film shoot for Rescue Me. Lisacat (who took the above footage and photograph) notes:

Filming RESCUE ME with stage smoke and flames in the St. Cecilia’s Rectory building. Nice to learn series creator and actor, Dennis Leary is also an animal person.

Closing on a related note, Rescue Me will be setting the Greenpoint Terminal Market on fire for our collective post-May 2, 2006 dark delectation this evening. Fortunately this time the Fire Department will be on hand before anything goes up in flames. You can learn more about tonight’s fire works by pointing and clicking your way over to Gothamist.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Slide Show du Jour: Creepy Cavalcade!

October 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

devilgoose

As All Hallow’s Eve draws closer Greenpoint keeps getting more and more ghoulish (like this goose I found on Noble Street). Follows are some highlights from my sojourn around the neighborhood today. Enjoy!

648 Humboldt Street didn’t disappoint. However, I am concerned about the absence of the demonic clowns. They’re my favorite (after the Humboldt Hurler). But we have thirteen days to go…

Miss Heather

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 3rd Annual District Dog Halloween Parade

October 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

HALLOWEEN_NYS

Yes, I realize this isn’t until the end of the month but I wanted all you dog owners to have ample time to get a costume prepared for your pups! Some of you might recall that last year’s winner was canine dressed up as our very own and beloved Crosstown Local.

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Victoria writes:

The G Train Dog won! And in keeping with tradition, when called upon, the G Train (dog) would not move. He had to be coaxed from his spot by his owner. Hilarious!

3rd Annual District Dog Halloween Parade
October 31, 2009 starting at 1:00 p.m.
McGolrick Park
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Borough Of Lost Pets

grattancat

Just as was the case yesterday I went out for another walk to enjoy the lovely fall weather. I followed my usual m.o., e.g.; taking subway somewhere (in today’s case the Jefferson Street stop of the L) and walking home. This may not be everyone’s idea of a good time but I enjoy it. Today was no exception save one disturbing trend: the numerous lost pet fliers I found along the way. Here they are— along with a few furkids who were lucky enough to be found by some very kind humans.

FLUSHING AVENUE

FOUNDKITTEN

Notes/observations: I found a number of these fliers around the Morgan Avenue stop of the L so it is safe to presume he was probably found in this area.

GRATTAN STREET

meatball

Notes/observations: Judging from the condition of the flier I’d say this one has been around for a while. I found it around the corner from where Meatball calls home: Roberta’s Pizzeria. If you have seen Meatball— the coolest named dog EVER— please call his people at the above telephone number.

BOGART STREET

founddog

Notes/observations: This is disturbing as hell.

HERBERT STREET

littleman

Notes/observations: This one hails from a little closer to home: Herbert at Monitor Street. If you have seen Little Man (which happens to a nickname for one of yours truly’s felines) you know what to do.

CALYER STREET

bella

Notes/observations: Although the flier was found at Calyer and Eckford Street, Bella was last seen at Manhattan Avenue and India Street. Judging the wording of this flier I have to wonder if Bella was lost or stolen. Stealing pets for resale (or reward money) is a cottage industry in Brooklyn. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: KEEP AN EYE ONE YOUR PETS. DO NOT LEAVE THEM UNATTENDED. PEOPLE CAN AND WILL TAKE THEM!!!

In closing I will leave you with this lost dog alert from my friends at District Dog.

MISSING DOG: GREENPOINT/LIC
RED WENT MISSING ON FRIDAY NIGHT. HE IS A 1 YR OLD RED LABRADOR, HE IS NEUTERED AND HAS A BLACK SPOT ON HIS TONGUE.

HE WAS LAST SEEN HEADED OVER THE PULASKI BRDGE TOWARDS L.I.C.

INFO: NAME: RED
BREED: RED LAB

PLEASE PASS THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW IN THE AREA.
WE CAN BE REACHED 24/7 AT 718.290.7434
OR
BY EMAIL rob (at) districtdog (dot) com

PLEASE HELP US!

Miss Heather

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