Pumpkins are rotting, leaves are disappearing and that damn bitter winter wind begins whipping down city streets. Nighttime temps are down in the 30s. There’s a frost alert on my weather app! It’s time we prepare, folks. Continue reading
It’s true! The McCarren Park Pool located on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border will serve double duty, transforming into an ice rink during winter months. The rink will open on November 15 and will be the first of its kind in northern Brooklyn. Continue reading
If you’re 16-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor), you’re having the best week ever.
After playing two sold-out shows at Webster Hall Monday and Tuesday Lorde hopped across the East River to Greenpoint last night where she introduced her refreshing take on pop music (“where pierogies meet punk”) at Warsaw. Continue reading
Saying goodbye to beach trips and margarita weather and Summer Fridays is never an easy feat. Sweltering subways, sky-high electricity bills, and sunburns, however, are easier to let go of. Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to embrace the leaves on the ground, pumpkins for sale at every bodega, and that chill in the air. Sweater weather creeps nearer every day! To help you prepare for the change in season, I’ve rounded up some of the best new fall items from local shops including Alter, Old Hollywood, In God We Trust, Dalaga and Fanaberie for the gals and dudes of Greenpoint.
1. Shades of Grey Steff Shirt @ Alter ($130)
2. Ponca Navajo Jacket @ Old Hollywood ($305)
3. Cheap Monday Second Skin Stonewash @ Alter ($75)
4. Baggu Oversized Leather Tote in Caramel @ Dalaga ($245)
5. Goucher Sunglasses @ In God We Trust ($20)
6. Snake Bite Cuff Brass with Jade @ In God We Trust ($105)
7. Sylo Bordeaux Suede Boots @ Old Hollywood ($100)
8. Mother of Pearl Face Leather Double Wrap Watch @ Fanaberie ($35)
1. Heritage Cardi @ Old Hollywood ($137)
2. Brushed Native Regular Shirt @ Old Hollywood ($138)
3. Rust Cotton Twill Work Pants @ In God We Trust ($125)
4. Charlie Card Holder Wallet @ Old Hollywood ($20)
5. Flask @ In God We Trust ($60)
6. Blackbird Beard Oil @ Alter ($38)
7. Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Hardcover) @ WORD ($28.95)
8. J Shoes Fellow Boot @ Alter ($220)
In the latest construction news to hit North Brooklyn, the city approved a McCarren Park expansion that has been in the works since 2010. The plan would expand the park by 33,800 square feet, connecting the section of McCarren Park that holds the dog run and farmers market to the park’s southern end. The chunk of Union Ave. between Driggs Ave. and North 12 Street will be dug up and replaced with a fancy shmancy pedestrian plaza.
Naturally, residents are concerned with how traffic will be affected. Additionally, the expanded green area will remove 34 parking spaces. Gothamist reported, however, that these spaces may likely be recovered nearby.
While the the Parks Department works on securing funding for a permanent design, a temporary design is expected to be completed by summer 2014, giving us all something to look forward to just as the weather starts to turn cold.
On the corner of Norman Ave. and North Henry Street in Greenpoint stands an undisclosed brick warehouse that houses Dusty Rose Vintage. Inside the building are piles and piles of vintage clothes from any and every decade. Large black bins line the walls stacked on shelves that nearly reach the ceiling. Every bin is labeled and no two are the same.
The impressive collection includes everything from silk scarves and trucker hats to kids vintage, Halloween costumes, maxi dresses, and Mexican parkas. The center of the giant room contains the same black bins overflowing with dresses and blouses and shoes. One tub contains only denim shorts. The one next to it is filled with men’s sweaters. The warehouse’s owner, Maresa Ponitch said she recently realized that this is essentially her closet.
Glancing around the room as if she was seeing it all for the first time she said, “I own all this. I can do whatever I want with it.” Continue reading
One time a friend and I drank a bit of wine and decided we were going to dress up in 1930s attire and stroll onto the set of Boardwalk Empire. We could see the production lights from her kitchen window and thought it was totally awesome that such a successful HBO show was filming right downstairs in McGolrick Park. We also thought our plan was genius. We never actually went through with it, but that’s a story for another day.
According to local news outlets, some Greenpoint residents don’t share our same sense of excitement. CBS New York and Fox 5 News recently reported that many Greenpoint residents are fed up with the abundance of TV and film production in the neighborhood. The complaints stem from constant street closures that can last several days and leave car owners with nowhere to park. Continue reading
Here’s a happy story to brighten your day: a stolen Greenpoint pup has been returned to his owners!
On August 30th Greenpoint couple Allie Caran and Zach Botham went out to buy birthday gifts for their French bulldog Oliver and came home to find their apartment on Manhattan Ave. burglarized and their beloved pooch missing.
“We were robbed of everything, and then when we realized Oliver was missing we completely freaked out,” Caran told the New York Post. The Post reported $18,000 worth of stolen items were taken from the apartment in addition to the couple’s most prized possession, Oliver. Continue reading
Cake Hero Melissa Torres Dishes on Her Love for Fellow Greenpoint Bakers, Sugar Flowers & Baking for Vogue
It’s not everyday you meet a baker so extraordinary she goes by the name “Cake Hero.” One look at the treats Melissa Torres has masterminded and you’ll understand why the name suits her. As owner of the online shop Cake Hero, Torres spends her days creating, baking, and decorating an abundance of sweet treats out of the comfort of her Greenpoint home. She bakes everything from candies to elaborate cakes that are specially ordered by a variety of clientele. In addition to baking for friends and family, Torres has designed cakes for the likes of Cartier, Nickelodeon and most recently Vogue.
I had the chance to ask Melissa a few questions about how she got started and how she caught such a major fashion magazine’s attention.
Dudes! The Fourth of July has passed. August is fast approaching. Sure, this constant humidity and 90 degree heat sucks and begs us to stay indoors in front of the AC racking up the electric bill, but we cannot let Mother Nature win!
Autumn’s cool breeze will be blowing leaves in our faces before we know it. We’ve got to take charge and make the most out of the last of our summer weeks. Here are a few inexpensive suggestions to help you end these hot, sunny days with a BANG.
1. Bike to Coney Island
I dare you! It’s not as far as you think. Well, it is, but it’s a pretty flat, easy route and once you arrive you can eat a hot dog at Nathan’s, jump in the ocean depending on how hardcore you are, and then brag to your friends that you biked 26+ miles. Once you get past Prospect Park, you’re on the Ocean Parkway Greenway for a little more than 4 miles. This bike path is mostly shaded and separate from the street so it’s safe and for the most part a pretty sweet ride. If you’re one of those New Yorkers who’s never been to the historic amusement park, I highly recommend it. Heck, I demand it. It’s equal parts awe-inspiring and gross, but will dazzle you nonetheless. Also, you’ve got to ride the Cyclone at least once in your life.