A Revue Of Greenpoint Street Furniture

April 1, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This week the street furniture gods have smiled upon Greenpoint. Perhaps this is due to a number of people moving? Or the fact I live in Bedbug central? I try not to think about it too much to be perfectly frank. In any case, here’s a revue of my latest finds. Enjoy!

newelstcouch

This stunning ensemble hails from Newel Street. Not only has a stylish three legged coffee table been thrown… in for good measure…

newelstreetsock

but you also get a sock. Use it wisely.

normanavenuecouch

This much worse for wear bit of street seating comes courtesy of Norman Avenue. If only these cushions could talk; I bet they’d have an interesting tale to tell!

nassauavenue

I found this saucy number on Nassau Avenue. Why someone would discard something this stylish is beyond me. I am certain they had their reasons.

meekeravecouch

Last— but hardly least— Meeker Avenue hits us up with this cream colored sleeper. There are a lot of home furnishings roaming the streets of our mean city. These are but a few. Until next time…

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: PROJECT MEGAPOLE

April 1, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

kucharek

Since yesterday, March 31, was on the heels of none other than April Fool’s Day I decided it would be fun to engage in a little tomfoolery. It took me a little while to figure out how I was going to go about this but after walking around Greenpoint a couple hours it finally came to me:

Geez, there are sure a lot of businesses whose names integrate “Poland” in some way, shape or form here.

I know what you’re thinking:

NO SHIT SHERLOCK, you live in ‘Little Poland”!

Yes, I know. But previous to yesterday afternoon I had never pondered how many business names here reflect the cultural vibrancy of my fair ‘nabe. I decided I simply must know once and for all how many of them there are. To this end I started documenting them. Here are my findings/observations thus far:

  1. There are a darned lot of them! In a casual 1 1/2 hour search I turned up 25 businesses on the west side of McGuinness Boulevard alone. I imagine once I expand my search to the area around McGolrick Park I will find many more.
  2. Most were pretty mundane and descriptive in nature, e.g.; Polish Meat Market, Poland Farm, Old Poland Bakery, and so forth. This is a shame, as some of the most stunning examples of marketing I have found here in the 11222 employ a suffix/prefix formula: Anna – Pol Travel, Dunne’s Polemost Liquors, POLSERVICE, POLMART and (my personal favorite) MEGAPOL Music. Granted, this is not the is not the stuff of Saatchi & Saatchi but they do have a certain je nais sais quoi. Besides, if it is good enough for The Garden Spot of The Universe it’s sure as hell good enough for me…

and YOU! On that note and without further ado here is a slide show featuring the findings of what I have christened “Project: MEGAPOLE”. When I have completed my mission you can look forward to a map, statistical breakdown and yes, maybe even a pie chart or two. Enjoy!

TO BE CONTINUED…

Miss Heather

Happenings At 978 Lorimer Street

March 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

978lorimerst

There has been a lot of speculation about this converted storefront (whose address is 978 Lorimer Street but is actually located on Norman Avenue). Yesterday, after spying a recently-installed hood vent I asked the gentleman what was going on. He was more than happy to  take a break from from his work and oblige. Here’s the scoop:

  • The left-hand storefront will house a catering establishment which will serve box lunches.
  • The right-hand storefront will be a coffee shop.

So there have you. While they still have a ways to go I will prognosticate that this will be a most welcome development for many a Greenpointer’s morning commute.

Miss Heather

Greenwick Photos Du Jour: The Word On The Street

March 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Bushwick, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

kyle

Lorimer Street

haveagreatday

Norman Avenue

visa

Jewel Street

now

Meeker Avenue

yorsnys

Vandervoort Avenue

iloveyoupowersst

Powers Street

i-heart-money

Grand Street

bornrulermeadownys

Meserole Street

yo

ourheartslie

White Street

exceptusnys

no-war

Cook Street

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Pretty Lady

March 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

prettyladysarah

Sarah (the discoverer of the above items) writes:

I snapped the attached photo Friday night around 8pm. This garbage bag was out on the curb with a ripped piece of binder paper taped to it reading “PRETTY LADY.” No one else seemed phased, of course. This was on Manhattan near Norman.

What I want to know is whether “PRETTY LADY” is the intended recipient of this bag or a description of its contents.

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Furit

March 15, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

groceryfuritjeffhinton

Jeff Hinton (who found this wonderful bit of Greenpoint goodness) writes:

Yet another “Gourmet Deli” rears it’s ugly head in Greenpoint… this one on the corner of Nassau and Leonard.  Obviously, whoever wrote the copy for the awning went to NYC public schools.  Sorry for the crappy pic… all I had was my iphone.

I don’t know about you but I don’t think the fact this was shot from a cell phone diminishes this item’s Greenpoint glory one bit. Great catch Jeff!

Miss Heather

A Very Green(point) Public Service Announcement

March 12, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

saveearthbexrox

When I came across this wonderful missive (which hails from Norman Avenue) in bexrox’s Flickr photostream I simply had to share it here on New York Shitty. I for one am a big fan of the second point and last points: “tell friends to help clean” and “don’t pollute”. I don’t want to sound cynical (although I suppose I am being just that) but try telling that one to some of the businesses along Newtown Creek, kid.

Miss Heather

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Greenpoint In Black & White

March 1, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Yesterday I received an email from a gentleman named Kris. It was entitled “some photos of greenpoint” and its body contained a Flickr link with the following commentary:

nothing particularly interesting… no story, no nothing.

Intrigued, I ventured over to Flickr to see these “not particularly interesting” photographs. The work I discovered was anything but dull; it was quite beautiful. Enough so that I had trouble deciding which photographs to run so I decided to simply embed the whole set below. Enjoy!

If the previous strikes Kris as being nothing special I can only hope he will share some “extraordinary” shots of the Garden Spot with us in the future. Thanks for bring these shots to my attention Kris, they made my day!

Miss Heather

Williamspoint Photos Du Jour: Presidents Day Closer

February 16, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 

lincoln

From Lorimer Street.

presidentialdonuts

obama

From Manhattan Avenue.

hope

votefornothing

From Norman Avenue.

Miss Heather

Subway Wars: Greenpoint Vs. East Williamsburg

February 11, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crosstown Local, Greenpoint Magic 

knowhope

Next to the Morgan Avenue L train entrance on Bogart Street.

hopeless

From the Smith – 9th Street bound entrance of the Crosstown Local at Norman Avenue.

Miss Heather

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