From The New York Shitty Inbox: Another Greenpoint Car Crash

May 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Ashley writes:

Woe that I do not have a picture of this for you (though I did beg my husband to try and get one when he called me) but it appears that reckless driving has once again (dis)graced our ‘hood. Around 3:30 this afternoon, a driver going at a very high rate of speed crashed into the front doors of the church located on Leonard between Nassau and Driggs. He fled on foot.  Word on the street is that no one was hurt, thankfully. (The details of the crash that claimed the life of the neighborhood woman in April continue to make my heart heavy.)

When my husband walked by, they were trying to remove the car and had to take down the front awning of the structure to do so. There was emergency equipment all around and the fire department had blocked off the street to traffic.

What the hell, man? This is Greenpoint. Drunks – I am okay with. Crazies – I welcome for entertainment value.  But seriously, this shit scares me. Apparently no sidewalk is safe in our Garden Spot.

I am curious if anyone else has any more details on this incident…

Indeed. If anyone reading this knows more about Greenpoint’s latest incident of inanimate objects colliding with motor vehicles please share them via the comments. I have said it before and I will say it again:

What the hell fuck is happening to our community?

Is the Garden Spot of the Universe becoming the next Rock Ridge? This would certainly appear to be the case. I’m not a big fan religious institutions in general but someone seeking a closer relationship to his (or her) maker should be able to do so with the reasonable expectation that someone behind the wheel of an automobile isn’t going to hasten the process.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Matthew Glasson writes:

When I saw your post, I ran out… to get some pics of the Abundant Life Assembly church on Leonard. There were several people out in front and while I was initially across the street, once they saw I had a camera they invited me over to get better pictures of the damage for insurance purposes. The car had already been removed. According to the pastor, Irene Hanna, the guy stole the car from up the block (it was uncertain whether the owner of the car had left his keys in the ignition or not).  The car thief then drove down Leonard St. before losing control, hitting a parked car and then crashing into the front awning of the church, destroying the gate and causing the awning to collapse. Apparently, the driver then got out of the vehicle and high-tailed it out of there, but he didn’t get very far and was apprehended by the police.

…What the hell is going on out there?

Once again, indeed. You can see Mr. Glasson’s photographs of the aftermath of our latest car theft “incident” by clicking here. CAVEAT: viewing said contents might make you consider becoming an athiest— or at the very least an agnostic.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Good Day, Sunshine!

May 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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From Manhattan & Nassau Avenue.

Miss Heather

Crosstown Local Photos Du Jour: What A Piece Of Work Is The Crosstown Local

May 5, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy People, Crosstown Local, Greenpoint Magic 

Nassau Avenue

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O Wonder!

How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O Brave new world
That has such people in it!

Greenpoint Avenue

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What piece of work is a man the G train! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so. — William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, Scene II

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Greenpoint Orcs?

May 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: Advanced Life Forms, Greenpoint Magic 

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Kevin Gillespie (the person who shot the above photographs) writes (in an email entitled elves and orcs on eckford and leonard):

hey miss heather, i think we’re about to be thrust in the middle of some kind of ancient battle of monsters and magic folk… or just an itchy case of dork-rash.  some uh– person– is tagging in what looks like elvish.  i found the first set on leonard and norman and the second on eckford and nassau. i would have translated these myself with the power of the internet but im a 31 year old man.

Indeed. If anyone out there is up to translating the above missives please leave your findings in the comments. Inquiring Greenpoint humans want to know!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 5:54 p.m.: Here are two more examples of this mystery writing courtesy of Bitchcakes (see comments).

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THIS WEEKEND: Service For Violetta Krzyzak

April 30, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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Those of you who wish to pay your respects (and/or offer your condolences to her family and loved ones) will be interested to know the service for Violetta Krzyzak will be conducted at the Evergreen Funeral Home this Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m.

Service For Violetta Krzyzak
May 2, 2009, starting at 1:00 p.m.
Evergreen Funeral Home
131 Nassau Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Question Of The Day

April 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

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Manhattan Avenue

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Wythe Avenue

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Nassau Avenue

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Kent Avenue

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Maujer Street

QUESTION: What do you call a municipal government (and the people who elected it) when a year’s worth of rent on a two bedroom apartment in north Brooklyn meets— if not exceeds— the median income for family of four?

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ANSWER: A disgrace.

Although quite a fuss has been raised over the glut of “luxury” apartments in my community (and the high vacancy rates which have come as a result), no one seems to have noticed the visible increase in homelessness that has come with it. Among the “benefits” Greenpoint was promised as a result of the new zoning were park space and affordable housing. As of April 22, 2009 we have received neither. Instead we have been saddled with a colossal number of empty lots, vacant properties and half-finished “nondos” while more people and more people are finding themselves on the streets.

Am I the only person who is angered by this?

Miss Heather

New & Noteworthy: Rafcio Deli

April 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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Although I am a vegetarian I have the presence of mind to know a number of you who read this blog are not. Hence why I wanted to pass along the above item: a new fish and chips establishment with a decidedly Greenpoint twist…

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its Polish.

I glanced at the menu (which you can see by clicking here) and I have to say this place carries a LOT more than your run-of-the-mill fish and chips. Offerings include but are not limited to:

  • Roasted French bread with cheese and mushrooms
  • “Hot-Dog” with vegetable
  • Sauerkraut and mushroom croquettes
  • Chicken wings
  • Red borscht
  • Greek salad

Rafcio Deli & Chip Shop
178 Nassau Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

If anyone out there has tried this establishment please share your experience/thoughts via comments. I’d love to hear what you think!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Video Du Jour: A Musical Interlude

April 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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Today’s selection of music comes from my walk around the Garden Spot March 19th. As you will see we folks in the 11222 carry both kinds of music: country (as played by the above gents— who are damned good!) and western. Enjoy!

You can see more photographs from my Sunday excursion by clicking here.

Miss Heather

P.S.: On a somewhat related note I will be uploading more footage from the Robot Monkey World Chimpionship this evening so stayed tuned!

Reader Contribution Du Jour: HELP WANTED

April 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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This item comes courtesy of Bitchcakes who writes:

I simply had to pass this along. I noticed this this morning on Manhattan Ave, by the corner of Norman. I thought it was serious at first, but as I read along, I am convinced it is just the work of some prankster. Either way, I found it amusing. Enjoy!

I agree: this is probably a prank. The idea of creating an indoor beach in Greenpoint, however, strikes me as being an excellent business proposition— especially for our older friends whose Social Security checks are not going as far they used to. Get a few lawn chairs, a cooler (or two) of PBR, charge admission and the rent will be paid in no time! You know how the saying goes:

If you build it, they will come!

Of course I also see the potential for this turning into some kind of Spahn Ranch kind arrangement and, well, we all know what that got us. Now that I think about it I have seen quite a few men in the greater 11222 area lately whose fashion sensibilities are of the Charles Manson and/or Tex Watson variety. In any case those of you who are interested in following up on this most unique employment opportunity can contact this Greenpoint grannie (aspiring Mrs. Robinson?— the bamboo around the bed begs the question) at:

peterpanofcarpenters (at) gmail (dot (com)

Good luck!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Moments Of Zen

April 20, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

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McGolrick Park

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Manhattan Avenue

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Nassau Avenue

Miss Heather

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