New York Shitty Day Ender: A Pile Driver Update

January 20, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Courtesy of an anonymous tipster:

After many complaints from NCMC and the community, and a long conversation at our recent monthly NCMC-DEP meeting, the contractor has agreed to change the schedule for pile driving. For one more week (through January 27) the pile driving will continue in the evenings until 9:30 pm and then pile driving will be restricted to daytime hours on all future work. If you hear any pile driving after 9:30 pm next week, please send me an email and contact 311.

We are aware that the noise from the pile driving over the last month or so has been aggravating and troublesome. NCMC was not apprised of the pile driving before it started and as gone to some lengths to set up a process with the new Construction Management team to ensure that it does not happen again. And, thank you to those of you who filed complaints, those complaints force DEP to pay attention and help NCMC protect the community.

Christine Holowacz

Community Liaison

So we have one week left. In the meantime any and all 311 complaints should be forwarded to Ms. Holowacz via email at (at) verizon (dot) net. In closing, I want to thank Ms. Holowacz, the folks of NCMC and our Community Board Environmental Chair, Ryan Kuonen, for their dedication and persistence in making that our voice heard!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: What’s That Noise?

December 24, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A person we’ll call “J” writes (last night at 7:54 p.m.):

Is it my imagination or has somebody been piledriving at night over the past week(s)? Can’t tell where its coming from but it is not far.

If you too have been hearing such sounds, fellow Greenpointers, is it NOT your imagination. It IS a pile-drvier. Here’s what the Community Liaison for the Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee, Christine Holowacz, has to say on the matter:

In the last week or so, you may have noticed a loud banging noise during the evening hours in Greenpoint. The Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee (NCMC) was very recently informed that a contractor has and will be driving piles at the plant between the hours of 6 pm and 11 pm until December 31, 2011 (emphasis mine, Ed. Note.).

The Contractor received the permit variance without NCMC’s knowledge. Had NCMC been aware of the plan to pile drive we would have alerted you sooner and asked the contractor not to pile drive during these two holiday weeks.

Those of you who have been bothered by this activity be advised you are to call 311, file a noise complaint noting the location is the Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant and forward your complaint number to Ms. Holowacz via email at: (at) verizon (dot) net.

Happy Holidays!

New York Shitty Day Ender: The Shit Tits

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

305/365 - Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Greenpoint.

Taken by Gina Herold.

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Paradise

July 13, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Provost Street.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: This Week At The Shit Tits

May 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Pa Heather once told yours truly she had no ambition. I took issue with this at the time but in the cold, cruel clarity that is hindsight he was correct: I was lacking direction. This has since changed. I have found my happy place (that being Greenpoint, of course) and while living here I have discovered a manifold number of things which engage me. Among them: being the goodwill ambassador of and mascot for our beloved Waste Water Treatment Plant. More specifically: The Shit Tits. While this might not be everyone’s idea of “making it” in Greenpoint (or in New York City and at life for that matter) it is mine. Don’t shit on my dreams and I will not shit on yours.

I was not shit talking when I wrote my snow globe was progressing nicely. It is.

After no less than three attempts methinks I have it right this time around. The first prototype was simply too “busy”: too much shit in too little space. I realized a trifecta of turdiness was in order:

  • One snow globe of a Shit Tit (as seen above in unfinished form)
  • One snow globe of the Nature Walk (replete with a kayaker!)
  • One snow globe of the Dupont Street sludge tank (for obvious reasons)

But back to the events at hand:

The Green Apple: Recycling
May 19, 2011 starting at 6:00 p.m.
The Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Visitors’ Center
329 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Unbottle Your Crafting Skills
May 21, 2011 starting at 11:00 a.m.
The Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Visitors’ Center
329 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

P.S. (and this goes out to the folks NYC Department of Environmental Protection): This is one of the best email exchanges I have had in ages. Please do not fire this person because of this post. It made my day!

LAST GASP: Monthly Tit Tours?

March 19, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek 

Yes, gentle Greenpoint readers, this would appear to be the case! Per

We’re #1 at processing (and publicizing) #2! I know where I am taking my mother when she visits our fair city this spring. How about you?

Miss Heather

P.S.: Special thanks go out to Laura Hofmann for bringing this to my attention!






New York Shitty Day Ender: Audience Participation Time!

(Or: Divine Inspiration)

If there is one thing being unemployed and this downright frigid weather is good for it is contemplation. My mind has been awash with many an idea. Most of them are admittedly rather bad— but there have been some good ones. Which brings me to this:

I realize this doesn’t seem like much but I assure something very special is going on here. And this is how it all got started.

Yours truly (fairly) recently received an email from a Professor at the City University of New York. It read as follows:

Would you kindly consider giving me permission to use your photo of the Newtown creek Wastewater Treatment plant and Park?  This image very much suits my purposes in an article and book I’m doing on infrastructure. Both publishing organizations are non profit, and I do not receive a fee for the article.

However, I’d be willing to pay a small amount for use of the photo. I’m attaching a jpeg of the image. If this is ok, I will send you a form to sign.
thanks kindly.

Here’s the image in question.

As you can imagine I was absolutely delighted by this development. The Shit Tits have long been a source of fascination and adoration for yours truly. I would even go so far as to say I put these “girls” on the map, in manner of speaking. I allowed her to use this image without fee provided I get a copy of both the article, book in question and am cited credit. Yes kids, you have read me correctly: I will soon be adding “published photographer”* to my rather anemic resume! But instead of resting on my laurels I got to thinking:

Why doesn’t the Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Visitors Center have a gift shop?

and more importantly

Why hasn’t someone seen fit to create a Shit Tit snow globe?

I have no control over the former— but I recently used an Amazon gift card to make the latter happen! My snow globe kit came replete with pink and blue “snow” which I have every intention of using as they look like the manifold number of plastic bags one sees on the creek after any given rainfall. It also allows for a musical movement. I plan on hacking a jewelry box the Mister purchased me (under the erroneous notion I would actually use it). “Everything is Beautiful” by Ray Stevens will provide the soundtrack for this, the first and only snow globe featuring Greenpoint’s most prominent “assets”. After some informal “crowd sourcing” I determined a kayaker should be present. He is present and accounted for— as are tiny turds and “Coney Island whitefish”. I’m seriously considering adding a rainbow. We’ll see. But I digress from the purpose of this post.

As I have been feverishly sculpting miniature digester eggs and assorted detritus it hit me:

Why not do a series of snow globe souvenirs documenting places of dubious distinction?

This too, I have “crowd sourced”. One chap suggested the Greenpoint Terminal Market. I disagreed; this would be better rendered as an ashtray or incense burner (fodder for a later project, I can assure you). I for one think Woodhull Hospital and Karl Fischer Row are excellent candidates. As is Gowanus Canal, which was recommended by my/Greenpoint’s favorite “crazy yoga lady” Christina. Have any ideas/suggestions for my “Dubious Distinctions” series of souvenirs from hell? Tender ’em via comments or email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Miss Heather

*And contributing writer for another publication. More about that later (Think: March).

Best of 2010: You Go, Girls!

October 21, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

That’s right folks, our very own Nature Walk and digester eggs Shit Tits got some more recognition via the Village Voice’s 2010 “Best Of” issue! Don’t believe me? See this much-overdue accolade for yourself by clicking here.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Special thanks go out to my buddy Kevin Walsh of Forgotten New York for bringing this item to my attention!

New York Shitty Slide Show Du Jour: Veni, Vidi, Vici!

October 9, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

As I have mentioned— or at least intimated— this morning I got up bright and early morning so as to prepare myself for the Digester Egg Experience. I prepared my outfit for the day the night before: Subtexture’s awesome Greenpoint tee featuring the ‘Tits (as customized by yours truly) paired with coordinating pants. The sneakers? I will readily admit they do not coordinate: but they are pretty much the only thing I have in the way of sturdy “closed-toed” shoes. In this respect I think some leeway is allowed. Let’s face facts: I was not exactly going to have tea with the Queen. Rather, I was going to see the largest waste treatment plant in New York City. One man on our “tour” called the digester eggs “those Turkish dome looking things”. I corrected him:

Hereabouts we call them the Shit Tits.

And see them I did— along with the “Flushing Camera Club” (this made me giggle like a teenager) and a couple of folks that could be best described as sewage treatment “foamers”. I was not quick enough on the draw to get their questions/commentary. So it goes. But I did enjoy one volunteer admonishing us not to smoke— and a fellow OHNY goer asking why.

Methane gas.

The vollie relied. To wit I added:

Click, BOOM!

He found this tremendously amusing. My fellow tourists not so much. Anyhoo (and without further ado) follows are some shots from the Shit Tits. Enjoy!

As always you can view this slide show in larger format by clicking here.

Miss Heather.

Thumbnail Credit: Mister Heather

New York Shitty Mini Slide Show Du Jour: The Sights & Sounds Of The Garden Spot

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

It is on days such as this that I am reminded— once again— that I live in a very special place. God bless you, Greenpoint!

Miss Heather

P.S.: As always, you can view this slide show in larger format by clicking here.

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