My BFF is up here from North Carolina visiting her fam and yesterday I had the chance to spend the afternoon with her, her baby, her Mom and her Mom’s boyfriend. Me and her Mom’s boyfriend have always got along. He’s been around as long as I can remember and I love the guy.
Yesterday he handed me The Post and said “Did you read this shit?” It was a piece on Greenpoint and basically it was all stuff I’d heard before. But what he was really interested in was the smaller article titled Freak Scene. First he asked me if I was Miss Heather. Um, thankfully no, as he went on to rip a new asshole about both of the women featured in the article.
“It fucking drives me crazy that these fucking people who just fucking moved here are asked any fucking thing at all about our neighborhood.”
He’s pissed, like a lot of the old guard are. He told me I need to slam Denis Leary as “a piece of fucking shit who’s to blame for closing down The Greeks” (aka Bea’s Luncheonette) on Nassau across from Winthrop (McGolrick) Park. Turns out he’s heard the new tenants are going to be selling $10-$12 hamburgers. A far cry from Bea’s milkshake and burger of $3.
I “straddle both sides” he observed which is why he thought for a minute I might’ve been Miss Heather (then he thought maybe she was that dominatrix from CSI). And I guess I do. I ride both sides of the Greenpoint wave by maintaining my local ancestry but still loving all the cool new shit that comes to town. But when push comes to shove, I’m going to have the locals backs and as much I like the new, I still like the old better.
I loved seeing people I knew every twenty feet at the park. Most of them were girls I used to know with their kids. Shit, I even saw of few of their teenage kids hanging out around the shelter house. It hasn’t changed as much on the other side of McGuinness which is nice. Goodmans is still serving up drinks to the locals and other than a handful of newbie joints much of the hood is the same.
But like The Post says, “Greenpointers are, as of now, on notice: This might not be a remote little village for much longer.”