From The New York Shitty Inbox: Dead In The Water?

March 16, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek 

This item comes courtesy of an anonymous tipster:

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 1310 hours in the confines of the 94 pct.  Police responded to a male in the water (Newtown Creek) in the rear of 16 Bridgewater Street.  Upon arrival officers discovered a M/H-W/30-40 floating in the water unconscious and unresponsive.  EMS responded and pronounced the aided DOA.  Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing and the ID of the victim is pending.

First it was a horrific hate crime on the Northside and now this. This is proving not to be a good week in north Brooklyn. It goes without saying I will be asking about this (among other things) at the next 94th Precinct Community Council meeting…

Miss Heather

Quicklink: Nathan Kensinger Does Newtown Creek

I am pleased to announce Nathan Kensinger is back with another installment of photo essay goodness! This time he has directed his camera and commentary to Newtown Creek. Do take a moment and give this a read. It’s very good stuff!

Miss Heather

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).

New York Shitty Day Starter: Pulaski Bridge


Taken by Gina Herold.

Miss Heather

…And The Results Are In!

Remember that vote about how the ~$7,000,000 of funds the DEC recently allocated against nearly 40 years of being non-complaint with DEP regulations should be spent? Well, here are the results.

One thing I found of particular interest was individuals under the age of 21 we classified as “youth votes”. It rather bothered me, truth be told. If 18 years of age is good enough for city, state and national elections (and registering for the draft which would theoretically— if not in reality— result in some of these youths being sent to fight for their country) why are these individuals not classified as adults? So I emailed David Rivel (of the City Parks Foundation, which conducted this process) to ask why.

And here’s his answer.

So there have you.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Only 699 responses?!? God that’s pathetic.

The Word In The Street: Yes/No

From the Pulaski Bridge.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Newtown Creek

January 8, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


Taken by Gina Herold.

Miss Heather

The Word On The Street: Special Pulaski Bridge Edition

Taken January 6, 2011.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: From The Other Side

Noah Devereaux, who took the above photograph, opines:

I should wake up early more often.

Agreed. Truly stunning!

Miss Heather

Tomorrow: VOTE

December 1, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Newtown Creek 

A number of people have brought this to my attention* and even though I think this “process” is a dog and pony show, here it is anyway. Given the manifold issues extant at our parks and playgrounds currently, I cannot believe the Open Space Alliance is endorsing (of all things) a boat house on Newtown Creek. My buddy over at Queens Crap— after I brought the above wretchedly comical item to his attention— made a very prescient point:

…it’s highly inappropriate for a group purporting to be looking out for “north Brooklyn” to endorse any single project on the list.  They should support all of them.

This (once again) illustrates exactly how out of touch this organization is with the very “public” it purports to serve. Do yours truly a favor: take the time to vote tomorrow and make it known we should be spending this money on maintaining and/or upgrading our current facilities. Or better yet: projects that will benefit everyone in the community, not a select few.

DEC Vote on Funding Allocations
December 2, 2010 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
P.S. 43
131 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

*To cite an example:

You probably have this. I hope you will write about it so people will vote. The peanut gallery certainly needs to be heard from , because there is no way that evil doers will not be stuffing the ballot boxes in any way they can. How the fuck did bathrooms NOT get worked into the 5o million McCarren pool renovation already? And why attach that proposal on with a super slide that is handicap accessible? I don’t get it. Also, how is the estimate so high on the field house bathroom reno and WHY add tennis court lighting onto this proposal along with the field house, and path lights? If it was just the field house , I might say yes. OR  just field house and pathlights. But not all 3. Very greedy. None of the McCarren ideas got my vote for that reason. They overshot.

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