Greenpoint Photos Du Jour: Goodbye




It is with a heavy heart I relay that one of Manhattan Avenue’s most beloved citizens is no longer with us. As a woman I saw crying upon reading the above heartfelt eulogy clearly attests: she is missed by many.


H/T: to Greenpointers for breaking this distressing news.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: For Whom The Bells Toll

May 16, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

(They toll for for us!)

A chap named Rich writes:

Hey Heather.  I don’t know if you noticed but the bells started ringing Friday night by some miracle.  Do you have any info as to how, why? etc?  I doubt they raised the 10k in a few short weeks.  I look forward to you posting something about it because hearing the bells brought me such joy.

Today I kept my ears open and sure enough: they were back! But don’t take my word for it. Hearing is believing!

Needless to say I will have to get to the bottom of this fortuitous turn of events! In the meantime if anyone reading this has the 411 on what happened do share via comments or email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com.


Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: St. Anthony’s

May 7, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This is just a quick reminder that raffle tickets are for sale! You can also make a donation online so as to help restore our bells by clicking here.

Miss Heather

Reader Comments du Jour: Regarding St. Anthony’s ChipIn Page

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

As I announced last week, the ChipIn page for St. Anthony’s Church is up. One commenter, nobikesonfance, noted that no contributions had been made and had some questions. Here they are:

Just wanted to confirm. The Chipin link is the official St. Anthony’s online contribution method? I was going to make a contribution but saw that the amount was still at $0 and wasn’t sure if it was being used.

I have been told by the woman who has set up this page (and put me in touch with St. Anthony’s in the first place), Laura, that this page has been de-bugged and two people have donated no less that $100 each! She writes:

Hi Everyone,

The ChipIn page is up and running and the donations are already coming in! It’s so great to see the community rally around this cause. As Heather mentioned I am a parishoner at St. Anthony’s, but almost more importantly a fellow Greenpointer who misses things like this that make our community unique.

If there is anything I can do to help you spread the word about this project, please let me know!

So there have you.

Miss Heather

LAST GASP: An Update Regarding St. Anthony’s

April 23, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

A number of people have voiced interest in making online contributions so as to get St. Anthony’s bells back a’ ringing. I am pleased to announce a parishioner (and tipster) has erected a ChipIn page for just this purpose! Laura writes:

So, I still have alot of work to do on this (can do it Monday evening on a train ride back to the city) but a ChipIn page is up and running to raise funds for the bells!

What’s good about ChipIn is that it has a counter and shows how close we are to reaching the goal (I said $10K) and has a widget that bloggers and websites can add to their pages and anyone can add to Facebook. I attached some code if you want to try it out…

Obviously there are still some refinements which need to be made— but without further ado here it is! Help spread the word!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: What’s Up At St. Anthony’s?

April 19, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

(Or: Where are the bells?)

A chap named Rich writes:

Hey Heather,
I just wanted to write to let you know (if you haven’t noticed) that the charming St. Anthony’s bells have not been heard for about 3 weeks.  I love the bells as I’m sure you do too so I took it upon myself to call the church to ask .. um.. why their bells are not functioning.  The gent who answered had no idea the bells were not chiming.  He said “that’s weird, I’ll tell father.”  That was last week, and still, no bells.  I just thought I’d apprise you of the sitch.

As it occasionally happens, Rich’s question got lost in the shuffle. No worries, another reader gave me a much needed reminder. A lady named Laura writes:

I heard (or rather, not heard) some sad neighborhood news today. Apparently, the hourly church bells that Greenpointers young and old have both loved and taken for granted — the ones that have rung loud and clear from St. Anthony’s church on Manhattan & Milton for years, are broken beyond repair and won’t ring again until the church can raise $10,000+ to fix them. I’m not sure when they stopped ringing, but as soon as I read the news in the church bulletin I realized that I hadn’t in fact heard them in a while.

Now, there are far more serious neighborhood issues going on but part of what makes Greenpoint great is it’s mix of new and old, and that church is a community center for Greenpoint’s Polish and Hispanic crowd. It would be a shame to never hear this rich piece of neighborhood history again.

The church is holding a raffle to raise the funds needed to repair the bells. It would be so great to see the greater community get involved…

Laura has promised to help me get in touch with the folks behind the aforementioned fund raising effect so I can pass along the details here. For the time being at least now we know why the bells aren’t ringing!

I have just gotten off the phone with a very nice lady named Christine. She has told me that this year’s raffle will be conducted solely for the purpose of getting these bad boys back in working order. Follows is the flier she was kind enough to send me.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: the proprietor of Brooklyn11211 has proposed that some means of online fund-raising be put in place so as to provide a means for non-church members to make donations. I for one think this is a great idea and to this end and have reached out to Christine. She agrees that this is an excellent idea and hopes something— be it a PayPal account or Kickstarter page— can be erected for this purpose. If/when it is, dear readers, I will pass along the details here!

Miss Heather


From The New York Shitty Photo Pool, Part II: St. Anthony’s

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

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Greenpoint (Holga)

Taken by ravikolly.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Sounds Like Spring

March 7, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

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