From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Riders Alliance Happy Hour



This comes courtesy of one of this event’s MC’s/hosts: Karen Nieves. She writes:

Please join me on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 for a happy hour to support the Riders Alliance, a new grass-roots membership organization of subway and bus riders, working to improve public transit in New York.
The Riders Alliance is a new organization that’s on the ground, organizing transit riders into a political constituency—to stop the destructive cycle of fare hikes, service cuts and longer, more uncomfortable commutes for us and millions of other people who ride the buses and trains.
I am a member of the organization and have been involved in our campaign to improve the G train working for better service, more free transfers and better communication with riders.  I believe deeply in what we are setting out to do — to empower ordinary subway riders throughout New York to take leadership in improving the subway system.
Please RSVP that you’ll join us on May 14th at Red Star for drinks, snacks and a spirited discussion with Senior Organizer Rebecca Bailin about the Riders Alliance and our campaign to improve the G train.
Of course, we’ll ask you for support at the event, but there’s no charge to attend, and we’ll serve plenty of food and drink!
For more information RSVP here. 
Happy Hour to support the Riders Alliance
Tuesday, May 14th
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Red Star located on 37 Greenpoint Avenue (corner of West Street)
RSVP online today at!
 We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 14th!
So there you go!


From The New York Shitty Inbox: The Big BK Toy Drive

That’s right folks: not only is the toy drive in effect but it has a name and the above lovely flyer (whose design was generously provided by the folks at McMillian+Furlow) to go with it! Please follow this wonderful endeavor on Facebook (where updates will be posted about participating businesses, the key note event at Red Star Bar and assortment of wonderful prizes for the raffle— among other things) and spread the word! Lets give our littlest neighbors in need something to smile about this holiday season, north Brooklynites!

P.S.: A Twitter page is also in the works and should be up today: @bigBKtoydrive

REMINDER: Greenpoint Neighbors For Lincoln Restler!

May 15, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Just a quick reminder that this upcoming Thursday, May 17th, a rally to re-elect Lincoln Restler will come to pass right here in Greenpoint at Red Star Bar. Check it out!

Greenpoint Neighbors For Lincoln Restler
May 17, 2012 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Suggested Donation: (outlined above)
37 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Those interested in attending can RSVP by clicking here.

As Promised…

May 9, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Here are the details for Lincoln Rester’s rally right here in Greenpoint! (As gleaned from his Facebook event page):

Join Lincoln Restler for a neighborhood fundraiser in support of reelection campaign. Skip the line at the door and contribute in advance:

Lincoln Restler won an insurgent campaign for State Committee / District Leader in 2010. He has been a forceful and effective advocate for the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Greenpoint.

He is facing a tough reelection campaign against a challenger recruited by the Brooklyn Democratic machine. Please join us at a fundraiser in his honor at Red Star in Greenpoint.

Red Star
Thursday, May 17
37 Greenpoint Avenue at West Street

Suggested Contribution Levels: Supporter: $25, Friend: $50, Advocated: $100, Reformer: $250.

Please consider making an online contribution:

Thank you!

Be there!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Green Sweep Greenpoint

June 1, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of my buddy (proprietor of Red Star Bar and Greenpoint Business Alliance Co-Chair) Eric Hall. He writes:

This is the flyer for this Sunday’s “Green Sweep” , neighborhood clean up.  If you could show us some love and post it on your blog, it would be much appreciated.

Gladly done! Those of you who would rather Greenpoint be the Garden Spot instead of the Garbage Spot mark your calendars, roll up your sleeves and be ready to get dirty for a good cause. Hey, you’ll even get a free lunch out of the deal!

Green Sweep Greenpoint
June 5, 2011 starting at 9:00 a.m.
Meet at Red Star Bar
37 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

THIS WEEK: Vollies Needed For Green Sweep Greenpoint

May 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of the Greenpoint Business Alliance (of which, it should be noted, yours truly is a member!). We all know parts of the Garden Spot which are (sorely) in need of some sprucing up. Yours truly finds Dupont Street west of Franklin Street to be particularly offensive. If this kind of thing bothers you, gentle readers, as much as it does me and you want to lend a hand why not check out this meeting at the Red Star Bar? You can also volunteer via the email address listed on the above flier. Let’s make this happen!

Information Session Regarding Green Sweep Greenpoint
Wednesday, May 18, 2001 starting at 7:30 p.m.
Red Star Bar
37 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Live From Last Night’s Meeting Regarding The Brooklyn Night Bazaar

March 29, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Yours truly did not being along her FlipCam to last night’s meeting. In the clarity of hindsight this was a mistake: this meeting lasted approximately two hours. However, a great deal of the people who spoke made points that were rather redundant. The general sentiments of the attendees essentially boiled down to two statements:

  1. I do not want this in my back yard.
  2. The organizer of this event is a liar.

I care not to attest to the veracity of the latter statement. I am merely reporting what appeared to be the sentiments of the people present. In any case the co-chairs of the Greenpoint Business Alliance did a wonderful job keeping last night’s public forum civilized. There was no profanity of any kind to be heard. One citizen seemed to have had problems comprehending points #3 and #4; he was shouted down. Without further ado follows is some footage I shot from last night’s proceedings. Pay particular attention to the revised “plan” for this event. Enjoy!

It was at this point my camera ran out of memory! Nonetheless here’s New York Shitty analysis/a VERY brief synopsis of what followed:

  1. I find the prospect of 27 West Street being sublet during the week for events troublesome.
  2. I find the Open Space Alliance’s opposition to this event intriguing. As an entity which outlays a substantial amount of its resources on conducting concerts in our public parks, one would presume they would be behind this endeavor. This is not the case. This would lead one to wonder if the prospect of having “competition” in this arena (remember: they do more or less have a monopoly on such events hereabouts) is the real matter at hand. A fellow attendee, the fabulous Tommy of Alter did in a manner of speaking bring this to the table. The answer he received was at best evasive. He was told, among other things that concerts should be held in one place. That one place was, by implication, East River State Park. I want you to think about this and what happened to JellyNYC for a moment.*
  3. A handful of people present pressed the Greenpoint Business Alliance to take a position on this bazaar. It was emphasized by the co-chairs that this event places them in a rather difficult position: while some businesses may possibly benefit from the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, others may not.
  4. Building upon point #4, Eric of the Red Star Bar brought up a very prescient point: is the lack of local involvement in terms of organizing said Bazaar an issue? Methinks it most assuredly is. As he plainly stated local businesses are stake-holders in the community and as such have to be very cognizant about being good neighbors. Someone who is operating an event here for four months does not.
  5. The plans for this bazaar seem to be changing on a daily basis and this makes it difficult to draw any reasonable, informed conclusion.
  6. Arguably the highlight of the evening was when the inimitable Ann Kansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church spoke. She not only admonished her fellow Greenpointers to refrain from further in-fighting and other UN-neighborly behavior but reminded us to be thankful for the the G train; if it has service interruptions of the summer this will cut down on the attendance of this bazaar significantly!

Regardless of where you may stand on this issue, I think we can all agree that it is great that the folks of the Greenpoint Business Alliance were thoughtful enough to organize last night’s hearing for the general public. Thanks guys/gals!

Miss Heather

*Here’s an intriguing two cents regarding OSA’s opposition to this bazaar I received from an anonymous tipster:

osa opposition to this bazaar … could it have something to do with one of their board members is the co-owner of artists and fleas … was osa opposed to brooklyn flea heading over to the edge?   this really seems wrong on osa’s part as the fundraising arm for north brooklyn parks.   they supported the bring the night event.   it is an interesting choice for them and full conflict of interest.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: Red Star Bar

March 6, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

64/365 - Red Star Bar, Greenpoint.

Taken by Gina Herold.

Miss Heather

Mark Your Calendars: The Greenpoint Mac-Off

March 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


When I saw the flier for this in the window of t.b.d. yesterday I knew this was going to be on my “to do” list. Now throw in an offer to be one of the “celebrity judges” (imagine that: me, a simple Greenpoint housewife who lives two blocks away from the largest waste treatment plant on the East coast and works at a junk shop. Dreams really do come true folks.) and I was all over this like white on rice. So you can imagine my delight when Lisa, the woman publicizing this event, was kind enough to forward me the press release for this event. Here it is:


NEW YORK – Four of Greenpoint’s best bars will be participating in the first Great Greenpoint Mac Off to be held beginning at 4pm on Sunday, March 22nd.  The pub crawl offers customers the opportunity to experience North Brooklyn’s diverse offerings of the comfort food staple, macaroni and cheese, while benefiting from drink specials from each establishment.

Starting at 4pm at Red Star chef, John Manzo serves up his menu’s Mac ‘N Cheese of the day. At its own pace, the crawl moves to The Habitat where chef/owner Ashley Engmann offers samples from their standard menu. Participants then cross the road to The Mark Bar, the tried and true Greenpoint watering hole celebrating its 5th year, where Chef Michael Diprima of Lamb and Jaffey and Dream Cuisine Catering fame serves the group from their all day menu.  The crawl moves one block to t.b.d. Brooklyn to receive a final sample prepared by chef Cody Utzman, owner of local Cali-Mex eatery Papacitos and the soon to open Brooklyn Standard (! — ed. note)

Judging takes place at 8pm at t.b.d. Brooklyn by local celebrity judges giving their own critiques of the fare from each bar while customer voting will determine the winner of the highly coveted title of Greenpoint’s Best Mac & Cheese. Expect hot tempers and tough competition for this good-natured prize. The crowd remains at t.b.d. for the after-party with entertainment provided by local Greenpoint DJs Plant Y Junk.

The Great Greenpoint Mac Off
Sunday, March 22, 2009 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Red Star
37 Greenpoint Avenue
(718) 349-0149.

The Habitat
988 Manhattan Avenue
(718) 383-5815

The Mark Bar
1025 Manhattan Avenue
(718) 349-2340

t.b.d. Brooklyn
244 Franklin Street
(718) 349-6727

Not only is this event totally free— each bar will provide a free sample of their signature mac and cheese— but a different drink special will be available at each bar. Hot damn!

Miss Heather

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