Stop by Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave.) tonight for the opening of Self-Distributed: a new photo series by Matt Coats, local photographer and beer consumer, who spent his summer vacation tracking down and photographing craft brewers in NYC that self distribute their wares. For many small breweries, self distribution is a critical business move. While extremely physical and time consuming, small breweries can gain an extra 25-30% income that they would otherwise be yielding to distributors. On top of the percentage cut, self-distribution methods harken back to an old-timey era of business, when manufacturers and retailers connected on a more neighborly level.
Check out the opening tonight, Sept. 18, 7 pm-close, at Brouwerij Lane, and try some of the beers made by the makers in Matt’s work! The show will be up all month long. Some of the breweries on tap tonight include: Singlecut Beersmiths, Gun Hill Brewing Company, Finback Brewery, Transmitter Brewing, Dirck the Norseman(aka Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.), Rockaway Brewing Co., and Other Half Brewing Company.
Maybe you’re one of those people who, no matter where you find yourself, has to stop into any used bookstore you see. Or, maybe you can’t pass a shop with mid-century furniture or vintage jewelry. After all, what if there’s a first edition of Sister Carrie hiding in a stack, just waiting to be discovered? What if there’s an amazing lamp or rare Heywood Wakefield coffee table that will complete your living room?
If that sounds like you, you should know about the Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair, coming to the brand-new, 40,000-square-foot Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Sept. 13-14, 10am to 5pm. More than 100 antiques dealers and rare book sellers will be at the event, peddling their wares.
Exhibitors from all over the county will be displaying furniture, jewelry, paintings, pottery, prints, vintage and antiquarian books on every subject, prints, manuscripts and more. If you want to be among the first to get a peek at what’s for sale, come to the opening night preview on Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30-9:30pm. The event is a benefit for the Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and refreshments will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery and Milk Truck. (Mmm… grilled cheese and beer.) Tickets for this event cost $25.
Five weeks ago, we all bemoaned the G Train closure and the anxious questions that came along with it: How are we going to get around? Will that damn Ferry be up and running? Where the hell did I put the air pump for my bike tires? After an August of shuttle buses, long lines, and traffic, all the bitching has come to an end. The G train is finally restored.
When Sandy hit we all knew it was going to be bad for our subway tunnels. Millions of salt water and copper wires made fore a corrosive mess; our G line was one of the hardest hit tunnels in the system. So while we were being shepherded over the Pulsaki Bridge and down Manhattan Ave in air-conditioned shuttle buses, which some seemed to prefer, crews of MTA workers repaired tracks and switches. The whopping total for fast track repairs in a post-Sandy NYC came out $80 million dollars. Continue reading →
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Very few Greenpointers can resist the sweet smell of Ovenly’s signature cakes and cookies while walking by the bakery. Ovenly’s founders, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin, have not only have fueled Greenpoint’s sweet tooth, but have also made an impact on the New York City community.
In the last year Ovenly has partnered with the Harlem based GOSO program, which stands forGetting out Staying Out. GOSO is a non-profit organization focused on encouraging education and job development for young men who have been formerly involved with the law. Working specifically with men from Riker’s Island and New York’s upstate prison, men aged 18-24 are given the tools they need to find internships and jobs after their completed sentences. Continue reading →
Every year around July 1st, Wil Tyler, the son of Pie Lady & Son, begins The Peach Watch. The peach growers of Georgia send word that theirs are ready, but Wil stays put. In the next week or two, he’ll hear from South Carolina and Virginia, too, but he won’t act on it. He always waits for fresh, delicious peaches from the bordering state of New Jersey. Luckily for Greenpoint pie lovers, Pie Lady & Son is now baking with peaches from Sunny Slope Farm in Bridgeton, NJ. “Everyone likes peach pie, if they like pie at all,” says Wil with a laugh. Yet there are subtleties to people’s preferences, so Pie Lady & Son has three varieties of peach pie on their seasonal menu. (Wil’s personal favorite is their Classic Peach Pie, coupled with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.) They also offer Peach Pie with Walnut-Crumble Top and Peach Raspberry Pie. “We always like to serve a pie with contrasting flavors, such as sweet and tart, throughout the year,” he says.
Pie Lady & Son got started in the early 1990s, when Wil Tyler was just a boy, and his Mom, Deborah, started baking pies. She learned the art of baking while studying in England and working in the college kitchen. There she watched the lead baker, a woman who made huge batches of all-butter piecrust and who “didn’t even measure the water” in her recipes. “People have such trepidation about pie crusts, yet this lady was fearless. I didn’t come back with a recipe, but I came home inspired by her style — by her fearlessness,” Deborah explains.
Years later, when Deborah was a single mother with three kids all under age 10, this inspiration and her need for income led her to bake pies from home. She advertised them with a sign on the road and conducted her sales from the back porch. She also sold at a farmers market in Nyack and got a big break when a customer who was a food writer for The New York Times, celebrated her pies in print. She called her business “The Nyack Pie Kitchen,” but her customers nicknamed her, “The Pie Lady.” Continue reading →
Believe it or not, it’s true. Developers think Greenpoint is the capital of cool. So cool in fact, even a London-based private equity firm called Quandrum Global, is the latest real estate developer to pony up on our waterfront action. Continue reading →
The G Train shutdown is a great opportunity to liven up your commute. Instead of walking or taking a shuttle, why not make your commute a little more fun by skateboarding? Grindpoint, a new skateboard shop on Nassau Avenue, has everything you need to get started from boards and safety equipment to clothing and accessories. Want a really special board? Grindpoint can build you one custom. Busted your favorite skateboard? Owner Simon Gabrys, a lifelong Greenpoint resident, can also help you with maintenance and does repairs.
One of my fondest memories as a kid was walking into my local record store—Numbers, Records and Tapes, in Jackson Heights, Queens—hard-earned allowance of sweaty dollar bills in one hand, and The Clash’s final LP, Cut the Crap in the other. It was the very first piece of music I bought and took a whole lot of swearing on my grandma’s grave (she was still alive, btw) to convince my mom the album was curse-word free. Under her watchful eye, I ran home and listened to all 38 minutes of it with glee. After the needle went silent, all I dreamt about that night was running back to the record store to buy more music.
Most of us remember places like these—musical havens where one could get lost in a sea of albums, sample different tunes, talk with knowledgeable people who were passionate about music, and get the scoop on new groups or gigs coming out of the woodworks. At some point every town and every neighborhood had a music store to call their own. For Greenpoint, it was and will be until September 30th, Permanent Records. Continue reading →