From The New York Shitty Inbox: Holiday Bizaar

November 11, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

The details are scant on their web site but here it is: Holiday Bizaar will be opening this upcoming Sunday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. This may very well be worth a look-see!

Holiday Bizaar
GRAND OPENING: November 14, 2010 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Greenpoint View
82 Oak Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Pumpkins

Taken October 26, 2010.

Miss Heather

Urban Fur: An Oak Street Sunday

This post is dedicated to Jane who keeps a careful eye over these furkids!

Miss Heather

Something Neat: What Do These Two Things Have In Common?

September 16, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Fur 

(Or: Meet Eddie)

This, a SRO (and formerly a home for the aged), at the intersection of Oak Street and Guernsey Street…

and this stretch of Green Street. The answer (as I discovered this week on the premises of the aforementioned SRO) is this!

It reads as follows:

H.C. Fischer Iron Foundry
234T324 Greene St. B.E.D.

For those of you who are not in the know before E.D. became a buzz phrase associated with “male enhancement” products it meant “Eastern District”: a moniker employed to describe the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area. So this manhole cover —which is found in the Garden Spot— was, in fact, made in the Garden Spot. Or to use the parlance of the day: Brooklyn Eastern District. Naturally I had to look into who this Fischer chap was (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives of course).  I couldn’t find anything for H.C. Fischer— but I did find something about a H.E. Fischer. Without further ado (and in nod to this week’s primary) here it is: an item from October 17, 1900 edition the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Enjoy!

Another item of (macabre) interest I found is this. It dates from December 18, 1885. One word: YIKES!


To close this post on a more informational (and upbeat) note:

1. You can read more about Greenpoint’s former home for the aged (as bequested by Samuel J. Tilden!) by clicking here.
2.
Here are a few shots of the premises and my host: Eddie!

He muses:

When you sit out here at 5:00 a.m. with a cup of coffee you can hear at least sixteen different kinds of birds singing!

And of course Eddie’s on-again/off-again* companion…

Patrick! Eddie found him as a wee little kitten in an earth mover. He nursed him back to health.

Patrick loves squirrels. Or more accurately: killing them.

But Eddie told me that occasionally Eddie’s prey of choice have elected to fight back: one such varmint— in the heat of battle— ripped out part of Eddie’s throat! This set Eddie back $1,000 in veterinary bills.

They build ’em tough in Greenpoint!

Miss Heather

*As Eddie told me Patrick seems to sense when a vet visit is around the corner. Let’s just say this fetching feline is currently keeping his distance!

P.S.: This post goes out to my friend, Jen Blossom, who lost a very good friend today. Kali rests with (or would that be chases?) the angels now.

LAST GASP: Ode To A Bike Thief

To

I thought I was going to end today’s postage with a woman giving not-so-thinly veiled ministrations to a bottle of wine. What can I say? My mind has decided to join my mouth in the gutter of late. Personally I blame the weather. Anyhoo, when I checked out my photo pool and found this item from algul siento my inner 14 year old squealed with delight. Something this special (and strangely sexual) simply could not wait until tomorrow!

…I hope you die riding on my parts.

(priceless)

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Oak Street Tom

August 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Oak Street cat

Taken by algul siento.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Oak Street

August 3, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken August 1, 2010.

Miss Heather

Spotted On Oak Street: Sunflowers!

July 13, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

If you want to see something neat (well, maybe not right now) go to Oak Street just east of West Street. There you will find two plots filled with sunflowers. They’re absolutely stunning!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: Faile

June 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 

Taken June 10, 2010.

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: Tipper R.I.P.

It is with a heavy heart I announce that Tipper, the big brother and den mother to the Oak Street kittens, has passed on. I learned this today from the woman whose property his little pride inhabits: her name is Jane. She said it happened a couple weeks ago and she has no idea what happened. One day she left her house and found him dead.

Goodbye little angel. You will be missed.

Miss Heather

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