New York Shitty Halloween Watch: Noble Street

Taken October 21, 2012.

 

Spotted On Graham Avenue: Mya is MIA!

July 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I stumbled upon this flyer on Graham Avenue and Engert Avenue this afternoon. If you have seen Mya, who is described as a one year old a Shitzu (Shih Tzu)/Poodle mix (which was last spotted on Franklin and Noble Street) or know of her whereabouts please contact her person at the above-listed telephone numbers. She is VERY missed!

UPDATE 8:18 p.m.: I have received word from my friends at Dog Habitat/Unleash Brooklyn Mya is safely back home! Hooray!

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part I: Carrots Anyone?

May 30, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Those of you who wish to boost your beta carotene should head over to Noble Street. This is where the above Greenpoint goodness was captured by french toast. Nice find!

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Bok! Bok!

May 10, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Greenwich Village 

A fellow we’ll call “A” writes:

look who had a little adventure last night outside the shady eastern poultry / abc pet food company on noble and West..

didn’t see her again this morning, hopefully she’s relaxing in one of our fine waterfront parks…

Nice! Come to think of it, this reminds me of a story

New York Shitty Day Ender: Noble Street

April 28, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken April 27, 2012.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Passover At The Greenpoint Shul!

April 2, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A lass named Marcia writes:

Hello Miss Heather! It’s that time a year again, to take out the wine and the matzah! We are having a first seder blow-out at the Greenpoint Shul on Friday April 6th and hope our local Jewish friends in Greenpoint in Williamsburg come dine with us, especially the young folks who haven’t been to our synagogue and experience our diverse melting pot of people tucked away on beautiful Noble St. Here are the details – thanks for posting!

SAVE THE DATE
Passover Seder at the Greenpoint Shul
First Seder: Friday, April 6, 2012

Join us on the first night of Passover for a beautiful seder evening with a lively reading of the haggadah, singing, and a full-course sit-down meal

The seder will be led by Rabbi Maurice Appelbaum and his wife Rebeccah, and will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and three delicious courses of traditional Passover foods.

6:30 p.m. Pre-Seder Snacks
7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer Service
7:30 p.m. Seder Begins
8:40 p.m. Dinner is Served
9:30 p.m. Afikomen & Final Songs

Passover at The Greenpoint Shul
Friday, April 6, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Cost of Admission: $42.00 per person (tickets can be purchased by clicking here)
Congregation Ahavath Israel
108 Noble Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Anyone desiring more information about this event should contact Rabbi Appelbaum via email at rabbi (at) greenpointshul (dot) org.

 

Great Moments In Greenpoint Hospitality: Mr. Tambourine Man

Yesterday some of you might have noticed that New York Shitty was offline for a considerable period of time. Apparently the host for this site had a problem at one of its data centers and, well, you get the idea. Ordinarily this would infuriate yours truly to no end— but not this time. Given the lovely weather I was not the least bit inclined to sit in front of a monitor. My site’s dysfunction and my own were in perfect synchronicity. Thus, I opted to go for a walk.

What started as an ostensible shopping foray for socks (which have been disappearing at an alarming rate of late) ended up with a little value-added in the way of a tambourine and travel guide for Greece (as seen above). How did this happen, you ask? I will tell you.

On March 16th I wrote (in this post about an ad hoc art exhibition on Noble Street):

…In any case the creator of these works is a seriously nice fellow. So much so I feel compelled to warn my fellow Greenpointers: if you demonstrate too much interest you may very well find yourself walking home with one. For free! That’s what happened to me back in 2008.

During yesterday’s peregrinations I spied a new work of art gracing Noble Street…

and being a lover of sunflowers and hearts I paused to get a closer shot. That’s when I caught the attention of this work’s creator, Yusef, (who happened to be wearing the above-depicted tambourine on his head). After applauding him on his fashion sense a discussion ensued.

First, he told me about his latest series of paintings which are of sunflowers. I concurred that sunflowers are quite wonderful (because they are). He then suggested I take the sunflower he had affixed to nearby street sign (at left) and wear it in my hair. I demurred, stating that I much preferred it in its current location (because I do). That’s when he removed the tambourine from his head and offered it to me. Upon discerning it was not a good fit (too big) I opted to use it in a more conventional manner: shake it with my hand. After having had my share of fun with this item, I attempted to give it back to Yusef. He would not hear of it. He said (and I quote):

I’ll probably be drunk soon anyway and I should probably not have it. Besides, I have twelve more at home.

He then proceeded to give me a Greek travel guide, told me to call him from Greece when I went there and concluded our discussion by shouting at nearby companion to watch his work while he went to acquire some cognac.

Does the story end here? No gentle readers, it does not. Now jump forward to 7:30 p.m.

That’s when I spied this festively clad fellow guarding a cup of coffee at a public pay phone on Manhattan Avenue. The owner of both noticed my shutter-bugging and came over. This was, of course, Yusef. It took him a moment to recognize me, but recognize me he did. He applauded my husband on his fashion sense and offered to share the contents of this cup (which was most assuredly NOT coffee) with us. We politely declined. Nonetheless, we were touched by the offer.

I have said it many times before and I will say it again: Greenpointers have an incomparable generosity of spirit— or would that be spirits? This is a large part of the reason I live here. And while a Garden Spotter may not give you the proverbial (or literal) shirt off his (or her) back, you might find yourself walking home with a tambourine and travel guide for Greece.

Spotted On Noble Street: Art For Sale

Today yours truly awakened in a similar state as yesterday: puffy eyes and sniffling. Yes, gentle readers, spring has arrived in Greenpoint— or fall never left. Take your pick. Mother Nature is not only a bitch, but given recent trends (READ: going from 74 degrees yesterday to 50-something today and purportedly back to 70’s again tomorrow with a chance thunderstorms) I suspect she might be a mite bit manic depressive as well. But I digress.

Given the options available to me, these being:

  1. staying indoors and feeling crappy or
  2. going outdoors and feeling crappy

I elected to do the latter— I am very glad I did! Nothing shakes off a case of the “grumpies” like knocking around one’s own neighborhood and finding ad hoc art exhibitions such as this one. While perhaps not to everyone’s taste these works do appear to be affordable…

or not. In any case the creator of these works is a seriously nice fellow. So much so I feel compelled to warn my fellow Greenpointers: if you demonstrate too much interest you may very well find yourself walking home with one. For free! That’s what happened to me back in 2008.

TOMORROW: Purim Party!

March 6, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

View From Balcony

You know what they say:

Better late than never!

I have been woefully remiss in sharing this item, thus I will seek to correct this egregious over sight now! A lady named Kylie writes:

Hi Heather,

…I’m a representative of the Greenpoint shul. Next week, we’re doing a Purim party. Here are the details. If you could post it on your site, that’d be great.
Thanks so much!
WHEN……………Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:30pm
WHERE………….Greenpoint Shul, 108 Noble Street, Brooklyn
HOW…………….. Buy Tickets online or pay at the door!
 NOW! …………….www.greenpointshul.org $13/pp
  • Dress up in your favorite outfit for our masquerade and Purim celebration
  • Come for Megillah Reading starting at 7.30pm
  • Then join us for our Masquerade Party
  • Cover: $13 including open bar and snacks and music

Done! Anyone interested in learning more about tomorrow’s festivities is advised to contact the incredibly nice gentleman who presides over this congregation, Rabbi Appelbaum, via email at rabbi (at) greenpointshul (dot) org. Check it out!

Purim Party
March 7, 2012 starting at 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Ahavas Israel
108 Noble Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

 

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Taken January 31, 2012.

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