Vinyl is alive and well. Besides a smorgasbord of little and medium-sized record stores throughout north Brooklyn, today marks the opening of Rough Trade, a 10,000 square foot monster of a music store with all the bells & whistles. (NY Times)
Speaking of big buildings, the Pencil factory building next door to where Kickstarter has opened for business on Greenpoint Avenue is for sale. “The three-story structure includes 17,485 square feet of space and is zoned for hotel, retail or office use” As long as it doesn’t become a Duane Reade I’m good. (DNA Info)
The push to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan continues locally with the help of the owners of Dalaga who are asking for much needed supplies, including: energy bars, tents clean blankets, towels, batteries, soap and medications. They will also be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the store’s own line of jewelry, greeting cards and tote bags to the cause. Awesome. (Greenpoint Gazette)
New website, Walkscore, gives Greenpoint a 94/100 rating for walkability in NYC, but also ranks it as the 58th most walkable neighborhood in NYC. This site says that Washington Heights, Harlem & Crown Heights are all more walkable, but don’t you think they should factor in the increased chance that you’re going to get jacked for your iPhone as a walking factor? Or what about street harassment? I’m not sure the ranking system is cohesive enough.
Joe Lentol is getting the MTA to bring us more G & L trains next Summer. Thanks, Joe, now let’s see if we notice a difference.
The Atlantic did a piece about New Yorkers moving to Jersey City that described moving there as much more welcoming than when you move to NYC neighborhoods that are gentrifying so quickly that there’s an inherent rivalry between new transplants and longtime residents. Greenpoint was described as “totally bipolar” because of this dynamic.
According to a recent survey conducted by NYC’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Greenpointers have less sex partners than most New Yorkers. It also probably means that there are more non-cheating couples in our neighborhood than most of Queens and downtown Manhattan.
And finally, North Brooklyn’s freshest butcher, the Meat Hook, will open a sandwich shop at 495 Lorimer next to Gimme Coffee in January. According to their email blast, expect “cold beer” and “sandwiches like momma used to make, if momma was drunk.” Yum. (Grub Street)
Adam Krause is a photographer who shot these incredibly intense, and if you’re local, horrifying, photos of “Greenpoint Brooklyn Nazi Skinheads.” from 2009 that was featured on Slate.com last week. I heard Krause being interviewed on the radio this week, also. I wonder how many people in Greenpoint know of these guys.
Gothamist’s “7 Best Donuts in NYC” obviously began their article with Peter Pan’s Red Velvet/Glazed Sour Cream Donut. Personally, I would say all seven best donuts come from Peter Pan Bakery.. remember when Tina Fey said the same thing?
Brownstoner tells us that Kickstarter’s move to Greenpoint is complete and their business at the Pencil Factory building at 58 Kent Street will open sometime this month. We love Kickstarter and we are thrilled that our first project got fully funded last week for our Neon Sign Documentary.
A local man tried to steal an apple from Rachel’s Garden on Nassau Avenue. When he was told that he’d have to pay for it, he tried to choke one of their employees, bit his left ear, drawing blood and then pushed him to the ground. (DNA Info)
And finally, while some people were running New York’s marathon last week, another marathon was happening right here at Greenpoint’s Sunshine Laundry on Manhattan Avenue. They were having a pinball machine marathon. Really! (Brokelyn)
Just when you thought film crews on our streets couldn’t get any more annoying, the producers of “The Knick” decided to dump all of their waste into the sewers on Milton Street after filming a storm. Well they got an unintended stormy scene from the Milton Street Block Association who were justifiably upset by this illegal action. Dear Steven Soderbergh, we are especially sensitive about illegal dumping in our neighborhood!
Walking over the Pulaski Bridge will get a lot safer next year when a new bike lane will replace a lane currently being used by speeding drivers. In the short term, this may actually lead to more accidents for bicyclists, but let’s hope it works itself out. (Daily News)
As most of you probably know, Banksy spent the past month putting up his legendary street art throughout NYC. Some people love it, some people hate it and others just don’t understand, but every property owner in NYC who got their building painted by the famous artist cashed in on the new addition except one guy in Greenpoint. (Gothamist)
In addition to not enjoying free famous street art, some Debbie Downers in our neighborhood made a big deal about silencing our friends at Adelina’s “quietest DJ night in Brooklyn” because absolute silence is what you should expect when you move into an apartment above a restaurant on Greenpoint Avenue.
In local foodie news, move over Cronut lovers, this article from Brooklyn Based about made to order cinnamon buns from Greenpoint’s River Styx looks amazing and I want one of these right now!
And finally, in developer news, have you seen this Leonard Street church that got transformed into expensive condos? Regardless of what you think about the changing neighborhood, can you at least admit that the restoration from drab vinyl siding to beautiful bricks at least brightens up the block? (Daily News)
A couple who got married in Greenpoint in 1950 and were the first to celebrate their nuptials at the Our Lady of Snow Hall on Graham Avenue, just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Congratulations, Kay & Joe! (Greenpoint Gazette)
In case you thought everyone was happy about less garbage coming to Greenpoint, local trash collectors are upset about the reduction of capacity for transfer stations in such places as North Brooklyn. In all fairness, it doesn’t make sense to make it harder to get rid of trash in neighborhoods that are about to build monster condos filled with more rubbish makers. So, don’t build the towers and we’re good. (Craine’s NY)
The McCarren Park Ice Skating Rink is real and happening next month! Gothamist is reporting that it will open on November 15 and stay open 7 days a week through January. Now let’s hope we don’t experience an performances of Riots On Ice.
In foodie news, NY Daily wrote an article about how beer is the new wine, meaning that bigger bottles of fancier beer is outselling wine these days at such popular places like Greenpoint’s Torst. I’m pretty sure that higher quality beer in larger bottles isn’t that new of a trend; have you heard of Europe?
Check out this whole-plate daguerreotype (photograph) of Greenpoint from 1850 that’s being auctioned off for $20-30,000 by Swann Auction Galleries. The variety of building types found on a single block over 160 years ago kind of makes me think of the combinations of condo buildings and old school vinyl siding buildings that we’re always talking about.
If there’s one thing to remember about outgoing Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz, besides his love of press photographers, is his approval of the Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street high rises that he will never have to live with. (Brownstoner) I’ll take it a step further and wager a guess that his pockets are lined with cash come 2014 by green-lighting this deal. He would have never done this if he were up for re-election, that’s certain.
If you live anywhere near McGolrick Park, you have seen the mysterious old Chinese guy who runs everywhere donned in a marathoner’s outfit. Well, the New York Daily News caught up with the 75 year old John Lu and interviewed him.
In case you didn’t know, famed street artist, Banksy has been spreading his images across New York City this week, including a piece right here in Greenpoint. Like most of his work, it was removed by some guy who probably didn’t even know there’s such a thing as celebrity street artists and will make bank on his new accidental commodity. (Gothamist)
Only seven long years after a plan was passed to reduce the amount of garbage shipped to North Brooklyn for processing, a legislative bill was introduced this week to cut the amount of waste brought in by diesel trucks by 18%. Wasn’t having one of the country’s worst oil spills enough? We had to get everyone’s trash also?
And finally, several very unlucky dental patients had their oral surgery performed by an unlicensed dental hygienist while the actual Greenpoint dentist was either napping or watching movies in his office!! (NY Post)
Seems like the Greenpoint food scene is featured every week in the bigger news outlets. This week, Greenpoint’s newbie, Lake Street was included in a Daily News article about the surge of Midwestern-inspired restaurants.
Greenpoint’s Paulie Gee’s was also included in a new list of affordable yet awesome restaurants that the gastro-meter powerhouse Michelin has compiled for their new Bib Gourmand category. (Brokelyn)
We all know how annoying the New York Times can be when attempting to accurately cover Brooklyn neighborhoods, so I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised when GQ magazine hires a famed food writer to sarcastically compare Greenpoint to Portland, Oregon. I won’t deny some similarities, but yawn. (Free Williamsburg)
The Greenpoint Medical Center that was slated to open last Summer, finally opened this week.. in Williamsburg. I read a lot of headlines this week about it opening in Greenpoint. Station 35 will be serving our community also.
Speaking of slammed, the pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the Pulaski Bridge during rush hour is getting clogged. See the video on Streets Blog.
And finally, Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti star in a new movie about two hapless guys selling Christmas trees in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The New York Observer gives 5 stars to Luksus, a tasting-menu-only eatery inside Torst Bar on Manhattan Avenue. And another newish Greenpoint restaurant that I personally love, Selamat Pagi, got interviewed by NY1.
The war on commercial trucks driving on residential streets continues in this Greenpoint Gazette article. Wouldn’t it be more annoying to not have everything at the store that you need? And apparently Access-A-Ride vehicles aren’t wanted anywhere either. That MTA bus depot we finally got rid of was denied in Maspeth also.
A 72 year old guy from Greenpoint got 100 days in county jail in Hackensack for stabbing his ex-girlfriend with a syringe of a near-fatal dose of insulin. (Cliff View Pilot)
The fight against the giant ugly condo towers continues with a call to Governor Cuomo to get an official study on the environmental impact of such a development monstrosity. (DNA Info)
And finally, in case you missed last week’s Community Meeting, regarding the nearly $20 million settlement that Exxon is required to give back to our neighborhood, it’s not too late to find out how to apply for a grant, here or here. Get to it!