Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Viridian

June 25, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

The one thing that has always struck me amusing about the The Viridian (AKA: 110 Green Street) is the fact it has no green in it or on it whatsoever. Had this building been located elsewhere I suspect this absurdity would have been noticed and commented upon. Often. But this is Greenpoint: a neighborhood that is decidedly short of one half of its namesake. That being, green. Just for fun I decided to look for some viridian in the Garden Spot of the Universe. I was not disappointed either. I merely had to look up instead of down.


Apollo Street


Cherry Street


Lorimer Street



Norman Avenue


Banker Street

Miss Heather

Spotted In Greenpoint: Hipster For Bloomberg

June 14, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

During my knockings about north Brooklyn over the years I quickly learned there are certain things that mean nothing but trouble. First and foremost among them is anyone bearing a clip board.

Back in the early 2000’s this was a sure fire indicator of a real estate agent. I clearly recall the summer day I was standing with a few friends on Manhattan Avenue when a  gaggle of suit men lead by a woman wearing her best power blazer stopped, pointed at us and— like some hitherto unknown and exotic zoological discovery— identified us to her retinue (bearing clip boards all) as:

the new artistic influx!

The men furiously took notes on their clip boards. I was aghast. Not so much at being identified as such; I probably am just that. What pissed me off was that someone— a self-appointed Jane Goodall or Dian Fosse, if you will— had the temerity to point at another human bring and commenced to give a spiel usually found on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom or in National Geographic. Simply put, it was dehumanizing.

Since things got sour, real estate wise, most of the folks I see bearing clipboards nowadays are IDT agents going about their nefarious business. And today, June 14, I can add a new animal of prey stalking our (not so) mean streets: hipsters canvassing for Bloomberg.


When I saw this young woman (bearing an XOXO handbag and a satchel reading “Bloomberg NYC”) making annotations on her clipboard at the intersection of Lorimer Street and Norman Avenue I simply had to hang around and watch her go about her business. As you can clearly see in the above photograph I was not the only one who took interest in her activities.

It amuses me to no end how hard politicians (for example: my good friend David Yassky and his sidekick Rami Metal, among others) are shilling (or as they would put it: “reaching out”) to 20-something voters. Inasmuch as I bust my born in the 1980’s compatriot’s chops (usually because they are sporting 1980’s fashion without all the horrible memories that go with it), the fact of the matter is they’re not stupid. I suspect I speak for many— be they 20-somethings, 30-somethings, 40-somethings and beyond— when I say the manner in which Mr. Bloomberg secured his run for a third term was one of the most deplorable, under-handed and revolting abuses of the democratic process I have ever seen.

And no amount of canvassing or “coolness” is going to change my opinion. Period.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Rattus Garden Spottus

June 1, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crosstown Local, Greenpoint Magic 

From the Smith – 9th bound platform at Nassau Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Contrast

May 27, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


From Norman Avenue.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Greenpoint Orcs?

May 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: Advanced Life Forms, Greenpoint Magic 



Kevin Gillespie (the person who shot the above photographs) writes (in an email entitled elves and orcs on eckford and leonard):

hey miss heather, i think we’re about to be thrust in the middle of some kind of ancient battle of monsters and magic folk… or just an itchy case of dork-rash.  some uh– person– is tagging in what looks like elvish.  i found the first set on leonard and norman and the second on eckford and nassau. i would have translated these myself with the power of the internet but im a 31 year old man.

Indeed. If anyone out there is up to translating the above missives please leave your findings in the comments. Inquiring Greenpoint humans want to know!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 5:54 p.m.: Here are two more examples of this mystery writing courtesy of Bitchcakes (see comments).



Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Three

May 3, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


Dobbin Street


Guernsey Street


Norman Avenue


Manhattan Avenue

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Street Seating Du Jour: Chartreuse Special

April 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Furniture 


From Norman Avenue.

Miss Heather

Openings & Closures

April 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


First up, the good news. When I walked by Bowian Market this afternoon I noticed a flurry of activity. Curious to see how things are going I trotted over and talked to the owner. This very affable chap told me their proposed opening date (provided everything goes to plan, of course) will be this Friday, April 23. As for the kind of food stuffs you can expect to find at Bowian; I noticed a number of buffet tables, a bar appointed with all the accouterments required to serve coffee and espresso; and many a Polish culinary delicacy. Why not swing by this weekend and welcome them to the neighborhood?

Bowian Market
Opening Date: April 23, 2009
664 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

And now the bad news… (sort of)


After only one year in business GreenTree is leaving us. But it’s not all doom and gloom.


The proprietress is going back to her true love: massage therapy. As the flier indicates she is selling the remaining merchandise (for anywhere between 50% and 75% off) by appointment (which can be arranged via the above telephone number or email address) or “chance”.

95 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: A Selection Of Springtime Street Seating

April 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Street Furniture 





From Norman Avenue.

Miss Heather

Happy Easter From New York Shitty!

April 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


Mister Heather took this great photograph of a not-so-rascally rabbit getting a little play time in McCarren Park recently. Follows is a slide show I compiled of some shots I took in the greater 11222 area to celebrate this Easter Sunday. Enjoy!

Get off the computer already and enjoy the sunshine!

Miss Heather

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