Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: Broke, But Not Broken

June 23, 2009 ·
Filed under: Recession, Williamsburg 


From Bedford Avenue.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: The Sleep Of Reason Creates Monsters*

June 10, 2009 ·
Filed under: Street Art, Williamsburg 


From North 7th Street.

Miss Heather

*This comes from Francisco de Goya’s “Los Caprichos” and is the only explanation I can muster as to why someone who so vehemently defends the life of the unborn—in the name of god— would elect take to take the life of another, albeit already born. In a church, no less. Disgusting.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Summer Fun

June 7, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 









I cannot think of a better way to close this lovely weekend than with a few shots of my neighbors (which, yes, includes a sock monkey) having a little fun in the sun… north Brooklyn style!

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: Found On North 7th Street…

June 2, 2009 ·
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Williamsburg 

a feline with a taste for the finer things in life.


The details on this flier are pretty scant but among the young Mr. Claus’s more distinguishing characteristics are a taste for:

  • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Fine Scotch and
  • 16th Century French literature

If you are missing a cat fitting this description (or simply want to make the urbane Field Marshal’s acquaintance*) please contact his temporary caretaker/concierge at the above email address.


Miss Heather

*Tip: men need only inquire.

Notes From The 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting

May 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: Advanced Life Forms, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg 


Last night’s meeting of the 94th Precinct Community Council was, curiously enough, not very well attended. This certainly came as a surprise to yours truly as I thought a woman being struck and killed by a stolen car would elicit more interest in our community. Go figure.

Regardless of turnout there were plenty items of interest brought up at this forum as you will see in the following video footage. For the sake of brevity (hey, I like a break from ye olde keyboard as much— probably more— than anyone reading this) I have embedded my You Tube footage below along with a synopsis for each segment. Before we get to them here are some facts/observations from this meeting which merit mention:

1. Per D.I. Fulton although crime is (still) “down” overall compared to last year grand larceny auto, burglaries (13) and robberies (7) are up. The car of choice for auto thieves here seems to be the good ol’ reliable Honda Civic. On the burglary front, the police recently made two separate arrests of four suspected thieves.

2. Per D.I. Fulton traffic accidents are— believe it or not— down (47).

3. Now that the weather is getting warmer we were admonished to exercise caution when wearing jewelry in public, watch our personal belongings (especially hand bags, credit cards and i-Pods) and be hyper vigilant about destroying any and all financial records before placing them in the trash for pick-up.

4. On the subject of Violetta Kryrzak’s death:

  • Although he expressed his condolences to her family numerous times during the course of the discussion the overall perception of  people present was that D.I. Fulton’s recitation of the events leading up to Violetta Kryrzak’s death did not “jibe” with other accounts from those who had witnessed the event. For example:
  • D.I. Fulton claimed there was “no pursuit”. Rather, two officers on patrol noticed the minivan driving erratically at Frost Street and Graham Avenue. It was ascertained the vehicle was stolen and the man took off. The police followed him.
  • For those of you who are wondering, the distance between where this man was allegedly spotted and where Mrs. Kryrzak was hit is 1.2 miles.
  • When queried about whether or not there was any “back and forth” between the squad car and police headquarters P.I. Fulton said there was. Apparently a number of higher-ups were aware of the situation.
  • D.I. Fulton made it clear the police did not follow the stolen vehicle all the way up to Dupont Street. One person present contested this although the accounts I have heard bear Fulton out: the police stopped following the car once Mrs. Kryrzak was hit.

5. On the subject of the Abundant Life Assembly incident D.I. Fulton professed no knowledge.

6. I found two Williamsburger’s firsthand accounts of drug overdoses (in one case finding a man with a needle stuck in his arm in the bathroom of the pizzeria across the street from Oasis) and squatting in the Northside particularly troubling.

7. On a lighter note: You wanna know what really pisses one Greenpoint citizen off? No, it ain’t Mister Softeeit’s honking school buses! I strongly advise each and every person reading this to watch this touching and piquant testament to democracy in action. Sure, our system may be obtuse. Some would go so far as to even say it’s downright dysfunctional. But that doesn’t mean it cannot be fun on occasion!

Without further ado here are the videos!

PART I: In this segment D.I. Fulton gives a general run down of the crime stats for the last 28 days and a discussion ensues about honking school buses (Be sure to watch this one to the end kids, you will not be disappointed!)

Well. Who can argue with that?

Yeah, I posted this before. I really like the movie Blazing Saddles. Is this a crime? What’s more what we beheld at last night’s meeting was genuine Greenpoint gibberish.

PART II: After D.I. Fulton (and everyone present) took a moment to absorb the previous rant about honking buses a discussion about the circumstances leading up to Violetta Kryrzak’s death commenced. First we get Fulton’s take.

PART III: A continuation of the discussion about the circumstances leading up to Violetta Kryrzak’s death and truck traffic.

PART IV: Junkies and Squatters at North 7th and Bedford.

PART V: Bikes attached to street signs, car services honking their horns at 3:00 a.m.

All things said and done I suspect I speak for many present when I say I came away from this meeting with more questions than answers. You can (and should) read Graham T. Beck’s take on this meeting over at Streetsblog.

Miss Heather

TODAY: Empty Cages Collective Hits Bedford Avenue!

March 28, 2009 ·
Filed under: Williamsburg 


After the big success at last week’s adoption event (as of 4:00 p.m. they had FOUR adoptions pending!) Empty Cages Collective is hitting us up with another adoption event, this time right on Bedford Avenue! Lisacat writes:

Make your way to Williamsburg’s main drag to meet Empty Cages Collective’s wonderful cats looking for homes. The N.S.A.L adoption van will be parked on Bedford Ave at North 7th St, steps away from the Bedford Ave / L train stop. Adoptions require approved applicaton & adoption fee, all of our cats & kittens have been rescued from our Trap-Neuter-Return efforts in New York City, or rescued from AC&C’s kill list.

One such animal Empty Cages rescued from the “Euth List” is a little guy named Joshua. Follows is some footage where we get to watch him contentedly play with a catnip mouse while a volunteer tells his story!

In closing I would like to announce that Empty Cages Collective is one of four charities Robert Guskind’s  friends and family have selected to receive donations in his memory. Head over to The Gowanus Lounge for more details.

Empty Cages Adoption Event
March 26, 2009 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Bedford Avenue and North 7 Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Miss Heather

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