Reader Contribution Du Jour: Twelve

December 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

The number twelve is interesting for a number of reasons.

  • There are twelve apostles.
  • There are twelve months in a year.
  • Twelve ounces is the usual amount of beer per can in any given six pack.

Unless you’re in Greenpoint. We kick it up a notch. Hence why I found the following item in my inbox from this, the twelfth month of this year, compelling.


Jay Lombard (who sent me the above photograph) writes in an email entitled Party in a phone booth:

Corner of Norman and Manhattan. It was either one really long conversation (long enough to consume a dozen bottles of alcohol) or 12 people had a party in this phone booth.

I’m guessing the previous— but given the Zeitgeist in the Garden Spot nowadays who’s to say? In any case I’d feel remiss if I didn’t close this post with the following George Thorogood classic.

And this.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Christmas Eve at Connie O’s

December 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


From Norman Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: SNOW!

Calyer Street


Guernsey Street


Norman Avenue



Manhattan Avenue



Bedford Avenue



Taken December 19, 2009.

Miss Heather

Image Credits: The photograph of Calyer Street and the Greenpoint Savings Bank come courtesy of Caryn Rose!

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Polemic

December 13, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


Today, having been as rainy and dreary as it is, has left me feeling sluggish. Needless to say this when I found this in my photo pool I perked up considerably. This item comes from Norman Avenue (note the public library in the background) and comes courtesy of janejai1000. Great find!

Miss Heather

Found On Norman Avenue: Cat

December 6, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


As you can see this flier (which I found today on Norman Avenue) gives no identifying information about this lovely feline whatsoever. Nonetheless if this furkid looks familiar to you— or if you know who he (or she) might belong to— please give his (her) rescuer(s) a call at the above telephone number. Thanks!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Street Seating Selections

shabby chic

Shabby Chic & Three-legged Chair, Norman Avenue, 11222


Northside Naugahyde, North 12 Street, 11211


Armless with Smirnoff, North 10 Street, 11211


Disemboweled & Fabulous, Calyer Street 11222

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: The fantastic find from Calyer Street comes courtesy of Caryn Rose.

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Bad Santas

November 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


Norman Avenue



Manhattan Avenue

Miss Heather

Follow-up to The Greenpoint “Hate Sticker” Post

November 16, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

antiSemitismTHUMBI wrote a post on Sunday about an anti-Semitic sticker I found affixed to a Greenpoint pay phone (which can be seen at left). Well, it has been brought to my attention by three commenters that a number of such items (dis)grace the Garden Spot. To cite an example, bob writes:

hi, miss heather. i checked your blog this morning and saw this entry. later, i was walking up manhattan from driggs to the produce store. on the way, i saw a sticker from the same folks (or, “volk” i suppose), only this one substituted “fags” for “jews” as a gay jew living in greenpoint, my morning sure got off to a great start. it was on the window of the laundromat directly across the street from dunkin’ (the one with the red awning). before getting shooed away, i managed to rip the “fags” part off. the rest is still there, or it was when i left anyway. alas, the camera was at home.

This morning I went for a walk and documented all the stickers my commenters noted. In so doing I (unfortunately) found a hitherto undiscovered one. I made sure to note the address and/or intersection where each sticker was located. When I got home I printed out my findings, annotated them and took them tonight’s 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting. In said meeting I brought them to D.I. Fulton’s attention. My grievance was taken seriously— if not by some attendees present (a few of whom sighed, groaned and rolled their eyes). Here’s the deal:

I have been advised that moving forward I am to bring these stickers (when I find them) to the police department’s attention, be it by calling them or forwarding images (with location) to an officer who will henceforth be my “point person”. This same gentleman guaranteed there will be an investigation. In addition, D.I. Fulton told me that ripping these stickers down is perfectly legal. So there have you. All I asked in return was that he have these stickers removed stat. Mister Fulton assured me this will happen.

In other words if you, dear readers, find such stickers/hate speech on your block the NYPD has your ear. Call ’em.

Miss Heather

UPDATE, November 17, 2009: This has been referred to the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force.

New York Shitty Day Ender: High Rise

October 29, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


From Norman Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Big Money

October 29, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 



I stumbled upon this most unusual piece of currency (and its creator, Christian Hooker) earlier this week on Norman Avenue. You can see more of his Dollar series (one of which graces the art collection of Russell Simmons!) by clicking here. Go ahead, he’s a really nice guy!

Miss Heather

P.S.: On a related note, anyone care to guess where in Greenpoint the following can be found?



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