New York Shitty Feral Appliance Watch: You Would

April 25, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Feral Furniture, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From North 4 Street.

Miss Heather

The Word On The Street: Noodle Cat

April 24, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, The Word On The Street, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From North 4 Street.

Miss Heather

Spotted On North 4 Street: Joann Berman Boutique

April 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Being a lover of brightly-colored fettle I simply had to wave down the woman working inside this store front and ask what gives. She kindly told me a designer named Joann Berman was opening shop there and they hoped to up and running by May. I can hardly wait!

Joann Berman Boutique

North 4 Street between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street (I could not find a street number)
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Community Canvas

April 13, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From North 4 Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Street Art du Jour: Elle

April 6, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From North 4 Street.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Unicycle

April 3, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Abjectecture, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Kent Avenue

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: A Bank Robbery On Bedford?

March 30, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Criminal Activity, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

This item comes courtesy of an anonymous tipster we’ll call “E”. He writes:

Hi Miss Heather,

Just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you haven’t heard, that there was a bank robbery at the new HSBC on Bedford Ave yesterday afternoon.  I was walking by with my wife and son maybe around 1pm and people were running out yelling “call 911” (some ducking in to Duane Reade).  An unmarked police car came up and did a crazy u turn in the middle of Bedford, coming dangerously close to pedestrians and lightly hitting a parked car before tearing down N 3rd the wrong way.  I guess large amounts of stolen money trump citizen’s safety.  No surprise there and no big deal I guess.  Anyway, not sure what exactly happened in the end but there were police swarming in from every direction and I heard there was a gun involved.  Never a dull moment.

WOW. If anyone has the 411 regarding what happened please share via comments or email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so desire. Thanks!

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: someone who was present when this dastardly deed came to pass has stepped forward to give his/her account of what happened!

I was in the bank when it was robbed. The guy came in and told everyone to get on the floor. He told the tellers to give him the money or he’d start killing people. The tellers didn’t do anything, just hid below their desks. He took one guy’s wallet and another guy’s iPhone and took off. The cops didn’t get there in time. Missed him by like 15 seconds. He only got $40 and a phone. What a loser, pretty scary stuff though.

A robbery. During lunchtime. On a weekday. On Bedford Avenue.  Yes, I would say that is very scary stuff indeed!

UPDATE, March 31, 2011 10:45 a.m.: I just received the following email from a person we’ll call “L”. It is rather compelling so I am adding it here.

Hi Miss Heather – Unfortunately bank robberies don’t seem to be something new here (altho this one seems to be the most potentially violent so far – & also the first on Bedford) – but wanted to pass these on, fyi  — (curious about the underreporting of local crime; began compiling my own area “crime reports” list) Found these 2 in Jan 2011: 

from probably The Brooklyn Paper police blotter –

Bank stick-up

A robber held up the Apple Bank on Manhattan Avenue on Jan. 20, scampering away with $1,096.

The robber entered the bank at 4:10 pm, approached a teller window and passed a note that read, “Give all the money or everybody dead.” The perp then took the money in a black bag and fled towards Meserole Avenue.

from Gothamist crime reports map –

Bank Robbery
| 185 Broadway & Driggs Ave Brooklyn, NY | 1/26/2011 5:21 p.m.  (the Wmsbg / Dime bank bldg??)

As always, thanks again for your great community coverage!

Thanks for the kind words and rather disturbing data, L!

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo du Jour: Faerie

March 25, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From North 4 Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photo du Jour: Posse In Effect

March 22, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Art, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From North 4 Street.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Live From The 94th Community Council Meeting

That’s right folks: another month, another Community Council Meeting. Naturally I shot footage and am in the process of uploading it. How long this will take is anyone’s guess. In the meantime here are a few teasers/spoilers:

  1. The recent hate crime was brought up by a member of our local Community Board, Tom Burrows.
  2. Phyllis (a neighborhood and Community Council institution) was in particularly interesting form this evening.
  3. As is often the case, bicyclists and bikes were discussed. Those of you who are tired of seeing old, rusted out bike carcasses attached to street signs, fences, etc., do not despair: Hurson tells us how to get them removed!

They’re uploading. Albeit NOT in order.

Samuel Pierre From Mayor Bloomberg’s Office Speaks

D. I. Hurson gives a run-down of crime stats and opens the forum for questions.


  • Crime is down by 22% for the month.
  • Crime is down for the year (?) by 14%
  • Burglaries, stolen cars (down 12%) and grand larceny (especially material stolen from cars— Hurson’s own wife made a “collar” on Calyer!) are down.


  • The matter of the hate crime which came to pass February 22, 2011. No arrests have been made.
  • A shooting on Jackson Street (NOT AVENUE near the “Cooper Projects”) Hurson then goes on to assure us that despite reports in the press, the staff at the 94th is at its usual level and opens the forum for questions. Community Board 1’s very own Tom Burrow’s kicks it off.

Q & A Session Continued: the matter of the Greenpoint Hotel is brought forth. Among other things.

Q & A Session Continued: The Subject of Graffiti Arises

Lincoln Restler Speaks About What Happened To Barie Shortell & Suggests A Group Be Created to Better Address North Brooklyn’s Growing GBLT Community

Ending: An(other) Announcement about the Town Hall Meeting regarding the latest proposal for a 200 bed assessment center at 400 McGuinness Boulevard.

UPDATE, March 23, 2011: After numerous attempts it would appear that my footage of some really nice folks from the Greenpoint Youth Court is unusable. This is a shame since this is a really neat endeavor. For this reason I encourage you to check out their flier by clicking here. NOTE: they are recruiting and participants (between the ages of 14 and 18) receive a $100 stipend per month!

Miss Heather