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Miss Wit loves connecting with her customers.  Every now and then we get some lovely responses and anecdotes of how she "was found." Not "found" like saved, but how the customer got to her or what they think.  Here are a few of our faves:
  • This T-shirt aligns with my tastes and values.
  • Found your site in a completely random fashion.
    Thinking process went like this: need a training-t-shirt....a bit of nostalgia: what about one of those 80s hardcore bands I used to listen to?... search....nothiing.... Black Flag t-shirts unavailable.... google link (about 10 down) - your site.... loved it immediately....nostalgia mixed with a bit of knowing humor and a strong graphic.

    Perfect.  Please source more of these!
  • I recently went to an outdoor music festival in Melbourne (Australia) and I saw someone wearing your Black Flag/ Beach Boys T-shirt! I pointed it out to my boyfriend, he laughed and loved it! I had to try and find it for him. I just found you through Google. You were the first result to come up. Too easy! ;-)

    I'm really looking forward to receiving it and surprising him!
  • I found your site via seeing a picture of the beach boys/black flag shirt in a publicity photo fo r the band "the pains of being pure at heart", falling in love with it, then google searching "beach boys black flag shirt". Thanks!
  •  once you've clicked there's no turning back.
  • Saw someone wearing one and asked where they purchased it. Said WMFU record fair and I started googling...
  • Everyone thought it kicks ass!

  • Saw a pic of a friend of mine in Berlin with the tee, googled it and found your store. That simple :)
  • My band played a show last night with another band  whose bassist was wearing that shirt. I decided to bite his style.
  • Before the order is complete:  Great news. I hope i will not regreat to not order the vintage one... 
  • Upon receiving the order: i received the T-shirt today. All it's perfect. Thanks.
  • You ripper !!
  • the shirt arrived today, just like you said it would! 
  • I'm looking forward to showing off the beach boys mashup shirt, which sadly noone of my friends will get :)
  • Rad. You should offer it in white ink on black. I wanted the venn diagram shirt but it looks cheap on white { actually not a white shirt but ok}. If you did it on a grey or black you'd get more orders. (Gee thanks buddy, we'll be sure to do the opposite of your advice more often!)
  • You are wise beyond your years ma'am.  
Don't ever forget it!

Miss Wit 

We're All A Dorothy! This Weekend NYC becomes Emerald City

A magnet that adorns the Miss's Fridge.

This Weekend At Joe's Pub in New York City
Follow the Pot Holed Glitter Glamour and Fun!

From the folks who have brought over 12 years of the kind of dance 
a gal can get behind,.. This Friday to Sat March 19 and 20
our friends over at DanceNow NYC Present:

Thursday, March 18 at 7:30 PM, Friday, March 19th, at 8:00 PM, Saturday, March 20th at 9:30 PM
A nonstop binge of attitude, high-energy stepping, & freewheeling virtuosity.” – Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

Dancenow [NYC] presents Nicholas Leichter dance’s new The Whiz: Emerald City, the Wizard of Oz for the Obama generation, as a part of the Spring 2010 Dancemopolitan series. After the inspired debut of You Can't Win Brand New Day Medley at the 2009 Dancemopolitan Modern [Dance] Musical series, dancenow invited Nicholas Leichter and Monstah Black to expand their piece into a full-evening work. Using music reconstructed from The Wiz and some added selections, THE WHIZ re-magines New York’s underground communities through song, dance, and Prince-esque extravaganzardry. Leichter will choreograph and perform with his company of eight dancers; while Black reconstructs and performs the score live.

The Oz of Leichter and Black references the film characters, but is a reflection on 21st-century New York in movement and melody rather than musical-theater homage. Various themes appear throughout the 70-minute work with an array of different styles—house, funk, postmodern, drag, hip-hop, contemporary, and psychedelic—which traverse a landscape of hopes, fears, and dreams.

Spring is Coming, Catch the Wave of Cotton

* Note background image is from photo Miss Wit took back in the colder days of October - the illustrious "WaveField" created by Maya Lin at Storm King 

GroundTAKING DAY: A Sad Surreal Day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Pride for celebrating the thievery and grazing of a neighborhood?  Wha?
Shame on Bloomberg (the richest man in NYC!). Quadruple Shame on Marty Markowitz (we expect this crap from Bloomberg, but Markowitz was once a housing advocate, who has thrown his borough under the bus) Paterson (well, he is just a deer in headlights).

Today's GroundTAKING in Brooklyn is nothing short of a disgrace. These politicians, rap stars, union workers and more - celebrating:
displacement, harassment, gag orders, the demise of a democratic process, deplorable dividing of neighborhoods, lies, greed, false promises, transparent, strategic partnering and buying out of so called community groups....where to end?
The pride of this project, any potential "good" it might have ever been perceived to have - is tarnished by years of corruption, insincerity, back room deals, childish mob mentality... where to end?  The foundation of this project will be built on "root shock."   Human decency, where is ye?

Brooklyn is pretending to be owned by Ratner (A wealthy developer who lives in the richest district of Manhattan), Barclays (A British Bank) and a Russian Oligarch (Wha?) - Brooklyn Pride??!

Miss Wit is ANGRY and SAD.

These fat cats can afford to come out in the middle of the day.  We know not everyone else can...but if you can...join us at Freddy's at 12:30

March 11: Two Groundbreakings to Protest Ratner's Boondoggle Ceremony

The many smug faces of Atlantic Yards

THIS IS THE MOMENT to express your anger and outrage:

Thursday, March 11. 12:30pm
What: Two Groundbreakings to Protest Ratner's Boondoggle Ceremony

Who: Three foot tall bobblehead Bloomberg, Markowitz, Pataki, Spitzer, Paterson, Schumer, Cuomo, Prokhorov and Ratner
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Where: Outside of Freddy's Bar, 485 Dean Street (corner of 6th Avenue)
When: Thursday, March 11. 12:30pm SHARP
Project opponents should gather at Freddy's to start the protest at 1pm. 

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World Protest

At a time when many many folks including New Yorkers and Brooklynites are raising money to help one of the poorest countries in the world, Haiti, rebuild their homes and their lives,  here in New York, we're tearing down buildings, grazing neighborhoods for the benefit of a few deep corrupt pockets.  Miss Wit has trouble wrapping her head around it.

As some Brooklyn followers may know, Monday the state agency known as the
 The Empire State Development Corporation, was granted through a state judge the right to seize property from 12 private landowners, to make way for Bruce Ratner's 4.9 Billionaire Net's Arena and High Rise Towers. (read all about it  One of those homes was *Miss Wit's brother's.  For that and lots of other reasons, she's pissed!

If ever there was a time to come to show some solidarity, anger, some vocal chords, this is it. The Miss knows it's hard to pull away on a Thursday in the middle of the day, but she's asking you to try!bNothing can be done to save this property - but to see bobble heads and fat cats like Markowitz and Ratner, and 

I'm going to guess Bloomberg, stand by and literally revel in the taking, is nothing short of sad and despicable.   
Is that really the 
"Brooklyn Style" this project means to project?
Take a long lunch?  Take a break from the Web. Whatever it is.

Join Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn to Protest and Drown Out the 

Barclays/Ratner Boondoggle Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Thursday, March 11. Reportedly 1:30pm
Exact location (in the project footprint) yet to be determined...stay tuned.

Next Thursday, March 11th, Forest City Ratner will stage a “groundbreaking ceremony” for the money-losing Barclays Center Arena. We presume it will take place in the Atlantic Yards project site though we do not yet know exactly where. We also presume they will do all they can to keep Brooklynites away from the site and limit our free speech. We are working on that.

Note there will be no groundbreaking for any "affordable housing" and the Barclays Billion Dollar Boondoggle will not house a single Brooklynite.

The ceremony of dirt shoveling politicians will signify the start of prepping to eventually build an arena, not the promised affordable housing Bruce Ratner still claims he is going to build. It is a ceremony to celebrate a money-losing arena and at least 25 years of blight and interim surface parking where a neighborhood once stood.

is a classic bait and switch.

*Here is what Miss Wit's alter-ego has to say:

My position against this project exists far beyond my personal connection.  However, being up close, the things I have learned over these past 6 years have been mind-boggling, heartening, disheartening, unbelievable, believable and down right wacked.  I've met many incredible people and witnessed some really rotten ones, in situations that would make your skin crawl, and sometimes even make me mouth off to some seriously big scary dudes. (I'm not so proud).   It has challenged many things that I thought I believed in about community, development, unions, organizing, lying, truth telling, snow jobs, etc.   I've witnessed complete strangers vilify the people I know and love.   Through the adversity of fighting, good things surely did happen. 

On a personal level I watched someone emerge from "average citizen" into a public speaker (and therefor a target for ridicule I suppose), an activist, a publicist, and actually an amazingly calm person given the crap he has dealt with on a daily and nightly basis.  He met his wife, which gave me a sister in law and more and I now have the cutest most joyful love of a niece around.  But that does not substitute for the fact that this land grab, the taking of one's home, the dividing of a community, for a sports arena and a project designed on transparent myths, is nothing short of wrong.  I struggle to find any lesson that would work to tell any child.   Nothing I ever practiced or learned in union organizing, social work or community organizing, ever called for this kind of grazing to reach progress, jobs, and definitely not affordable housing.   Personal or not, I'm pissed!  

I hope Ratner follows through on his word, and builds affordable housing. I hope this project does not really become the "I told you so" that it so feels like it will be.  But I am doubtful, and so much has been lost, tainted driven away and destroyed to get there.  I believe humans can and could have done better than this.

However, even if one believes the use of eminent domain, and this project is right - is it really "Brooklyn Style" to take such joy in the bulldozing of one's home and neighborhood?

"Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, cheered the decision as paving the way for the first professional sports team in the borough in 53 years."


This is why we ask you to join us this Thursday first at our Groundbreaking to Bury the Soul of Brooklyn, then to loudly protest Ratner’s/Bloomberg's/Markowitz's/Paterson's/Prokhorov's “groundbreaking."

Mr. Ratner apparently doesn’t know Brooklyn very well.

Because by now, he ought to know that Brooklynites are mad, very mad, about his project.

We’re mad that a top-down, developer-driven, Big Brother-style project has been billed as “involving the community.”

We’re mad that our city laws have been overridden and our democratic city land use review process has been bypassed and subverted.

We’re mad that billions of dollars that belong to taxpayers will be wasted on a folly whose prime beneficiary will be Bruce Ratner.

We’re mad that the unelected, unaccountable Empire State Development Corporation has abused eminent domain for the benefit of a private real-estate project.

We’re mad that 22 acres at the heart of Brooklyn, including city streets, private homes and businesses, and publicly owned land are being given to Ratner in a no-bid, no-vote deal, granting him a land monoply at the Borough's crossroads.

We’re mad that publicly owned land is being awarded to the lowest bidder, in a faux bidding process, by the unelected, unaccountable Metropolitan Transportation Association, the same MTA that has neglected to properly maintain the Vanderbilt Railyards so Bruce Ratner can claim “blight.”

We’re mad that public money is being wasted on a frivolous, money-losing arena while public transportation, schools, infrastructure and social services go wanting.

We’re mad that our own elected representatives, like Tish James and Velmanette Montgomery, have been ignored by the powerbrokers in Albany and City Hall who try to hide their cronyism by saying that they know what’s best for Brooklyn.

We’re mad that for all the phony Brooklyn and Dodgers nostalgia pushed by Bruce Ratner and his supporters, the naming rights for the arena have been sold to a British bank with a sordid past – while Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov and Bruce Ratner pocket all the money.

We’re mad that a project that will do nothing but cause blight has been falsely sold as blight removal.

We’re mad that public streets are being closed and discredited superblock designs are taking their place.

We’re mad that Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson have continued to keep their head in the sand about this boondoggle.

We’re mad that the ESDC railroaded through a sham environmental review, ignoring comments from thousands of citizens and telling Brooklyn residents that we’ll just have to deal with the project’s many unmitigable adverse impacts.

We’re mad that Bruce Ratner has told us that his out of scale, out of character project is what’s best for Brooklyn, when we know much better.

We’re mad that Bruce Ratner and his political supporters have exploited the housing crisis in New York City to sell the public a project that will cause instant gentrification (if it is ever built) and cause the displacement of thousands of lower-income residents, while never fulfilling its affordable housing promises.

And on and on and Etc.

It is greatly important for all those who oppose Atlantic Yards and its abuses, whether you have been involved in the fight against the project to any degree or not at all, to come out to this protest and demonstration.

Let the political dignitaries who have allowed this corrupt project to proceed hear and know of your opposition and anger.

Let them know that they are not getting away with this unnoticed. Let them know that WE, the people, are angry and watching…. very closely.
If you, too, are mad about this miscarriage of justice and abuse of our political system, taxpayer dollars, about this irresponsible, unsustainable boondoggle, about this Land Grab, join us this Thursday from 12:30 onward to express your anger.Bring your signs, slogans, posters, effigies and noisemakers—drum, horn, trumpet, kazoo, a pot, a whistle—make some noise, and let Bruce Ratner and his political cronies know that Brooklyn is mad as hell, and we’re not taking it sitting down or quietly.

(More to come as details emerge about the event. Please check back at for more details on precise locations for the two groundbreakings.)