Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Whiskers

March 19, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


From Quay Street.

From The North Brooklyn Community Group: Light On The Inlet

September 27, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Much has been made of Bring To Light, which is slated to grace our waterfront this upcoming weekend. So much so, that I do not think it merits further attention here. However there is an event coinciding with it that I feel compelled to pass along: Light On The Inlet. Here’s a run-down per one of the organizers, Stephen Zacks:

A community event at the site of the future home of The Greenpoint Monitor Museum, produced in conjunction with Bring to Light 2011 – Nuit Blanche New York, will feature The Greenpoint Monitor Museum, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Oliver Tilden Camp No. 26, and The Depressionaires.

The public will have a rare opportunity to visit scenic Bushwick Inlet, a cove on the East River accessible at the end of Quay Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Greenpoint Monitor Museum will dedicate a sign to the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the Museum’s 15th Anniversary while identifying the place as the site of its future home honoring Greenpoint’s history. Funds for the sign were obtained through Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, and a donation from the Greenpoint Lions Club covered a sign support system and installation on land donated by Motiva Enterprises.

The first of a series of USS Monitor and Civil War 150th anniversary events celebrating the “Laying of the Keel of the USS Monitor,” Light on the Inlet will feature Civil War tents, uniforms, artifacts, photos, video projection of archival materials, and live music by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Oliver Tilden Camp No. 26 and The Depressionaires.

Event commences at 2:00 PM

3:00 PM – Unveiling of the Museum’s Site Sign

At 4 PM and sunset (~ 6:39) – The Depressionaires perform polkas, waltzes, and popular songs from another time.

Check it out!

Light On The Inlet
October 1, 2011 starting at 2:00 p.m.
Monitor Museum Site (roughly Quay Street at West Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Greetings & Salutations From Quay Street

Taken September 18, 2011.

Spotted On Quay Street: Multi-tasking

April 26, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken April 26, 2011.

Miss Heather

Spotted On Quay Street: Batman

August 28, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Laura (who took the above photograph) writes:

Hi Heather! Mike & I were driving through Quay St. and spotted Batman in the midst of battle, with his foe in black. No shit.

Hmm. I wonder if among these these masked mens’ super powers is immunity to tuberculosis? Yes, dear readers, cases of TB have popped on Quay Street. More specifically at the MTA’s Mobile Wash Facility. Scary.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Shadowplay

March 19, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Quay Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Street Art Du Jour: Elbowtoe

September 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Street Art 





From Quay Street.

Miss Heather

From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Archives: John Alexander’s Fence

Today was the first day of Mister Heather’s two week vacation. Upon waking up I quickly got dressed and left Chez Shitty for a walk. Two weeks is a lot of “quality time” and it has been my experience that such “togetherness” it is best enjoyed in small doses. This ended up being a good decision as:

  1. It gave the Mister an opportunity to play video games and listen to NPR all afternoon without driving me crazy.
  2. I was reminded of a post I have long been meaning to write.

As I was walking down Manhattan Avenue I noticed an older gentleman taking a photograph of the entrance of 905 Manhattan Avenue: one of the many four story, eight apartment tenement buildings that grace the Garden Spot’s landscape. The object of his interest was not the doorway. His sights were set lower. Much lower.

I learned this after striking up a conversation with him; he was interested in iron manufacturing. Among the items on his itinerary (to this end he had an annotated map in hand to guide his journey— one has to admire that level of organization) was a manhole cover on Clay Street and a former factory on Monitor Street. What had attracted this chap’s attention when I encountered him was a cast iron pilaster not unlike these— which can be found on Greenpoint Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street.



There are a great number of these to be found in north Brooklyn. What’s more, a fair number of them were manufactured here as well!


Take this example at Grand Street. I cannot make out the manufacturer’s name but its place of origin is “Brooklyn E.D.”. In the days before Levitra and Viagra “E.D.” stood for Eastern District— which included what is now Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick. But let’s head a little closer to home, shall we?

171 Greenpoint Avenue, 11222


1035 Manhattan Avenue, 11222


quay-stTHUMBWho was “J. Alexander”, you ask? Well, his name was John Alexander and he was the founder of one of the numerous iron foundries in Greenpoint of old. Mr. Alexander’s facility was located on Quay Street between Franklin and Washington Street (now known as West). This is now the site of the MTA’s (delightfully named) Mobile Wash Unit garage.

It should also be noted that Alexander’s foundry had a pretty famous neighbor: the Continental Iron Works. If this name rings a bell it is because this facility assembled and launched what is now America’s best known iron clad: the U.S.S. Monitor.*

QUICK ASIDE: the next time you walk past Bushwick Inlet, look carefully for the American flag stationed across from the Bayside Tanks. This was where the Monitor was launched.


But let’s get back to Mr. Alexander— and the site of one of the Garden Spot’s more colorful land grabs. It’s a classic tale of man versus machine. Or in the case of this article from the April 9, 1878 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: a man’s fence versus a locomotive. The results are pretty predictable but that doesn’t make this tome any less fun to read. Enjoy!


So the next time you walk around the Garden Spot keep in mind that history is all around you. All you need to do is look for it. And sometimes the neatest things can be found not by looking up— but looking down.

Miss Heather

P.S.: This post is dedicated to the incredibly cool dude I met on Manhattan Avenue— and his love of the more esoteric points of New York City’s history.

*Those of you who are interested in learning more about the Continental Iron Works will be hard pressed to find anything better than this great memoir written by the great grandson of one of the co-founders. Check it out!

Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Independence Day Sunset

July 5, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 




From Bushwick Inlet.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Sunset

April 24, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


From Quay Street.

Miss Heather

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