Nifty Consumer Item of The Day: Subway (He)art

February 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: New York City, Subway 

When I saw this delightfully frivolous and fun item— a heart-shaped map of the New York City subway system— on the Subway Art Blog* yesterday it was love at first sight. So you can imagine my disappointment when I learned it is not available in the United States… yet. Today I was informed by the owner of Greenpoint’s very own Word Books (who saw them at the recent gift show at the Javits Center) that she will be selling them once they get a U.S. distributor. I can hardly wait!

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Zero Per Zero via Subway Art Blog

*Which is really nifty. I highly recommend you check it out.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Great Moments In Sign Placement

January 22, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

This rather compelling juxtaposition has nothing whatsoever to do with north Brooklyn. Nonetheless when I discovered it over my first cup of morning coffee I knew it had to be showcased here for all to enjoy. So here it is. This hails from South Street Seaport and comes courtesy of Flatbush Gardener. Nice find!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Bedbug Seminar Tomorrow!

January 19, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

Renee of New York Vs Bedbugs writes:

I thought you would be interested in a free educational evening about bed bugs.

The New York Entomological Society is presenting a bedbug seminar on
January 20 at 6:30 p.m. entitled What Do You Really Know About Bed
Bugs?

SPEAKER: NYC entomologist Lou Sorkin (other speakers TBA)

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE: Kaufman Theater, First Floor, American Museum of Natural
History, 79th St. and Central Park West

Admission is free and topics of discussion will include bed bug identification, biology and pest management.

Speaking as someone who has seen Mr. Sorkin in action I can tell you he knows his stuff. If any of you, dear readers, attend this seminar be sure to ask him about how bedbugs mate. It’s fascinating.

What Do You Really Know About Bedbugs?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Kaufman Theater, Museum of Natural History
79th Street at Central Park West
New York, New York 10024

Those interested in learning more about this event click should click here. You will be directed to the New York Entomological Society’s web site.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Mystery Train

Yesterday I finally met up with a very nice reporter. She is working on article which will hit the stands next year (January 2010). Among the numerous questions she asked me while taking in the marvel that is a very packed junk shop was one regarding what I like to collect. This was a very prescient question given that anyone I’ve ever known who worked at a thrift store is invariably a “collector” of one thing or another. I am no exception— but do try to keep my acquisitions as portable (and cat proof) as possible. I stick to photographs nowadays. I have acquired quite a collection over the years. Many are of a highly “adult” nature and as such are unsuitable to publish here. But some are. Like the following negative that I managed to finesse into a positive last night.

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14th Street Local with two proud employees. I’m guessing this is the L train— but who knows? I’ll leave it to you, dear readers, to render a verdict. To this end I will leave with a slide show of my mystery train and mystery men. Enjoy!

You can see the above images in larger format by clicking here.

Miss Heather

P.S.: In my research I stumbled upon this map of featuring the pride of the New York City subway system: the Crosstown Local. If you thought service was limited now, you should see it what it was like in 1939!

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Edie’s Big Adventure!

November 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

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Okay, this has nothing to do with north Brooklyn per se but when I saw these shots of Edie the strap-hanging hamster enjoying a ride on the 4 train I went into an extreme fit of cute overload. Wanting— no make that NEEDING— to know the story behind these I shot an email to Edie’s “person”, Victoria. Here’s the scoop:

I’m a photographer for the DA’s office and there is a women there who makes these models (trains, apts, buildings, etc) for court cases, as a visual aid for the jury. The train is perfectly hamster sized so I brought my super tame hamster into work yesterday for a little photo shoot. They came out better than expected. I’m really excited about them.

Well done, Victoria! I can only hope Edie will go on more adventures in the near future. Perhaps next time she can ride the G train or drive one of those new buses with fellow rodentia in tow?* In any case, you can see more of Edie and her introduction to the joy that is mass transit by clicking here. WARNING: by clicking the aforementioned you will view images that are mind-blowingly adorable!

Miss Heather

*Replete passengers sporting earbuds, i-Pods, and and i-Phones.

New York Shitty Slide Show du Jour: Manhattan Selections

November 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

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Yesterday the Mister and I made a late afternoon trek to Manhattan. It had been a good while since I had knocked around 14th Street. Boy has it changed! Follows is a mini slide show of some of the more noteworthy items I saw while pounding around the East and West Village and places in between. Enjoy!

On that note, I’m off to enjoy this lovely day. If what I have heard is true it will almost the 70 degree mark. The heat at Chez Shitty is on full blast and we once again have no hot water.

Just felt like sharing. More later.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Hey Ladies!

October 29, 2009 ·
Filed under: Advanced Life Forms, Culture War, Manhattan 

Christina writes (in an email entitled “An Offer You Cannot Refuse”):

Go ahead, admit it…you know you want him!

HEYLADIES

You know, I have procrastinated coloring my hair because I simply cannot make up my mind. This may very well be the deal maker: clearly blondes do have more fun!* In Harlem, anyway.

Miss Heather

*Or not. It has been brought to my attention that this solicitation has since been annotated.

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Why can’t we all just get along?

Happy Primary Day From New York Shitty!

Yes folks, today is the big day. I suspect I speak for many when I write that —regardless of who wins what has turned out to be one of the sleaziest races for a city council seat in recent history— I’ll be delighted to simply to have the barrage of mailers and automated phones cease and online excrescences such as this* to lose their raison d’etre and vanish in a puff of irrelevance. To close on a related note, Atlantic Yards Report has written a splendid post as to why they endorse Jo Anne Simon. I strongly recommend that any and all who will hitting the primaries today to vote for the 33rd district’s next Democratic party candidate read it.

Happy voting!

Miss Heather

*Until recently these clowns were spamming the unholy bejeezus out of the CB1 Yahoo group. Here’s an example of one of their more insane tomes. Goodbye and good riddance.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Gentrification?!?

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Interesting things happen when I stay up late. Mind you, they are not usually good things. But this case may very well be an exception: in the wee hours of the morning today the following found its way into my inbox.

Anni Atkinson of Earthsharing.org.au (Yes kids, that’s Australia) writes:

have you ever heard of GENTRIFICATION?

well, not many people have which is surprising as it effects us all.

so, I am attempting to do something about this! well, me and the team at Earthsharing Australia! I work with a not-for-profit called Earthsharing that offers free education services on economics and we focus on economic justice for all.

Currently we are working on an international film competition with the theme of ‘Gentrification’ which looks at issues of gentrification and how such cycles effect creative communities and artists in our cities. First Prize is $3000, with runner up prizes from Madman and Crumpler.

your blog is rad and we would be honored if you could throw a little love our way and mention the film competition to your readers!

Please contact me for more details including a press release or an e-flyer.

In the mean time, check out our website for more details!

The first line of this email made me erupt into fits of uncontrollable (and demented) laughter. Have I heard of gentrification? Feeling more than a little raffish, I wrote back:

You are asking  ME, a resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, USA (which is located pretty much halfway around the globe from you), to inform my readership about film competition about  GENTRIFICATION?!? Greenpoint: a neighborhood where a “luxury” condos proliferate in the shadow of the east coast’s largest WASTE TREATMENT PLANT? Where environmental issues the likes of which you cannot begin to comprehend remain unabated. And yet artists are being pushed out because there are people willing to dole out $2,000+ USD rent for a one bedroom/studio for this?

Give me the fuggin’ flier, your creds and press release— STAT.

Well, she did.

earthsharingNYS

I’ve done some poking around and this contest is 100% legit. Let’s show our friends down under how our fair city treats the creative community and everyone else who cannot a condo or $2,000 a month rent? You can get the 411 on how to enter this contest by checking out Earthsharing’s web site or by emailing them at: timmah (at) earthsharing (dot) org (dot) au

NOTE: they are currently requiring that entries be mails. I have suggested they accept submissions via YouTube as mailing matter overseas can be both costly and dicey. They are looking into it.

Otherwise, you can play the Gentrification Game by clicking here. Simply put you are a landlord/speculator and your goal is to kick out tenants. Play it. It’s a fucking HOOT!

Miss Heather

P.S.: Earthsharing also has a number of interesting videos on YouTube. Check ’em out. You’ll find the tales contained therein eerily familiar.

Labor Day Photos Du Jour: Chanties

September 7, 2009 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

Last night I knocked around the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives for a nice, leftist, Greenpoint, Labor Day item to share today. I came up empty-handed. Luckily the Mister and went to Chelsea today in the pursuit of a very non-proletarian item: a business suit. Afterward we took a stroll down 6th Avenue.

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Methinks it was Lenin who once said something to the effect that there were two types of people: the ones for the revolution and the ones against the wall.

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Here they are.

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I’m not too sure if these panties (Chanties?) are for women or men. I suppose it really doesn’t matter.

lingerie

The revolution is dead. Long live the revolution!

Miss Heather

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