Greenpoint Solo Dining: Fill Up on Productivity

Editors’ Note: This is our second post in a series about solo dining. Here’s our first post.

Perhaps the most obvious spot that comes to mind when one thinks of restaurants most suitable to the individual is a cafe. Dotted with open chairs opposite a single patron hunched in front of a laptop or over a book, the scene of predominantly lopsided tables is a familiar one in North Brooklyn any day of the week. Here’s my guide for where to go to get your work done by day, and in some cases even linger into the night.

A favorite spot to get work done: counter seat at Eagle Trading Company
A favorite spot to get work done: counter seat at Eagle Trading Company

For the same reasons I think a seat at the bar is the best seat in the house, I frequently find myself at the counter of Eagle Trading Company (258 Franklin Street) where the sweet server knows I’ll be having the Coronation Chicken (mango chutney, raita, arugula $7 as sandwich; or as salad over spinach and arugula $8) as I get work or “life admin” done while enjoying refills of iced green tea and a breeze from the Franklin Street-facing windows. If I’m there for breakfast (served until 4pm daily), it’s the B11 breakfast sandwich (eggs, jack cheese, avocado, jalapeños, tomato, onion, cilantro $7) with lots of hot sauce as I launch into productivity. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Trey Ditto, PR based in Brooklyn

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Trey Ditto, Ditto PR

Hailing originally from Texas, Trey Ditto cut his teeth working for the Associated Press in Dallas and quickly moved into the political sphere, advising legislators and elected officials on their communications strategies. Ultimately this lead him to Washington D.C. where he worked for various political leaders and landed with a position as the deputy press secretary for U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, handling local and national media and external relations on K-12 and higher education issues. Continue reading

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Top 10 Summer Reads About Greenpoint

Want some Summer reading about our neighborhood? Here’s a list of books related to Greenpoint. People ask me how I researched my account of local history Greenpoint Brooklyn’s Forgotten Past. The answer partially is that I read the books in the list below.

Screen shot 2016-06-05 at 2.13.53 PM1) Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia, Joe Pistone
The amazing story of how an Italian American F.B.I agent got into the Greenpoint Mafia, risking his life, but also taking down more than a hundred mobsters.

2) Historic Greenpoint, William Felter
The first book on local history, Felter published his remarkable book about a century ago. It tells the area’s history, but omits the dark chapters of Greenpoint’s Past—well worth a read though. And since it’s out of copyright, it’s free to download. Continue reading

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Simuvac Projects: A Greenpoint Gallery With A Strong Point of View

Simuvac ProjectsMany New York art gallerists launch eponymous establishments, but Joseph A. Gross, owner of Simuvac Projects (99 Norman Avenue) in Greenpoint, named his venture with a nod to Don Delillo’s White Noise. A novel known for its postmodern themes, the gallery riffs off of Delillo’s post-“post” modernism and shines a new lens on emerging artists. Launched in March 2016, this relatively new gallery is a welcome addition to the Greenpoint art scene. Unlike Chelsea and the Lower East Side, Greenpoint is not known as the go-to art hub, but the neighborhood could use a bigger gallery presence. Considering the locals that live in Greenpoint, ranging from artists to artisans, building a better art community is vital. Simuvac Projects lends its unique voice and perspective to the mix. Continue reading

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Sumo Stew, Bike Fetish Day, Summer Thunder – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/13–7/19)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

outdoorpaintnight_main-150x150WEDNESDAY 7/13
* Dance Film Feastival @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 7pm, $10, Experience site-specific visual escapades as well as character-driven narratives in this exclusive two-night event, Buy tix
* Brooklyn Craft Co’s Outdoor Paint Night @ T.B.D. Bar (224 Franklin St) 7:30pm, $30, Hang out in a garden and paint figurines—all supplies provided, More info

Revised-Blender-PosterTHURSDAY 7/14
# Ice Cream Battle @ Museum of Food & Drink (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $20, Unearth the stories behind the origins of ice cream and learn about some of history’s wildest bygone flavors, More info
^ On Bowie @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Join Rob Sheffield and Amanda Petrusich for a listening party to celebrate Rob’s new book, More info
☺ The Blender: Improv Jam @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 7pm, FREE, Mix it up with the freedom to let your freak flag fly, More info
* Maker Park Brainstorm @ ROOT BKN (131 North 14th) 7–9pm, FREE. Maker Park is hosting a public brainstorming meeting on reusing the industrial structures that sit on a parcel of Bushwick Inlet Park land. More info

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Ahoy! North Brooklyn’s First Dinner Cruise, The Water Table

Image via The Water Table
All images via The Water Table

These gorgeous evenings lately have led many of us to hang outside until well after dark, but there is another way to enjoy summer. Hop on The Water Table at the India Street pier for an amazing boat ride through the East River down to the Statue of Liberty, complete with New England-focused food, craft beer, good wine, wonderful cocktails, and a lovely sunset with views of the East River Bridges, beautiful Brooklyn, and the Manhattan skyline!
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Maker Park Envisions a Public Creative Space in Bushwick Inlet Park

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Ten 50ft cylindrical structures and a three story building sit on the site of what was once Astral Oil Works (via Maker Park)

While the city is still 11 acres away from fulfilling its promise to deliver all 28 acres of Bushwick Inlet Park, it took a 7 acre step in the right direction this year by purchasing the remaining parcel of the Bayside Fuel Property. With it came ten 50ft tall cylindrical iron fuel containers and a three story brick building, which the city intends to demolish in favor of flat open space. But will that be an end of an opportunity to repurpose these structures and integrate them into the landscaping of the park? The founders of Maker Park think so and want to start a conversation with the wider-community about adaptively reusing these structures in a way that serves the creative ethos of North Brooklyn.

Maker-Park-Invite_7.14.16To Maker Park, their vision can potentially support anything from aquaponics to woodworking, while maintaining the same square footage of green-space. There can be a programmed community space for a variety of uses like art exhibitions or workshops that can also serve as a means to help finance its maintenance and operation. There are a number of possibilities and a finite period of time to share ideas and revisit the city’s plans that were created over 10 years ago. This Thursday, July 14th (7-9PM) at ROOT BKN (131 North 14th) Maker Park is hosting a public brainstorming meeting to present and seek feedback on their preliminary plans. Continue reading

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Gettin’ Crafty: A Record Bowl from The Thing

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Outside The Thing

Even if you don’t like secondhand shops, if you’ve lived in Greenpoint long enough, you probably know about The Thing. The Thing is Greenpoint’s premier purveyor of castoff clothing, dated dishware and random tchotchkes. Oh yeah, and a million records, give or take.

The records are housed primarily in the store’s dank basement, where they live crammed into shelves and milk crates in no certain order. Universally priced at $2 a pop, dedicated diggers may find a gem or two worth much more than that.

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Inside The Thing. Downstairs, in fact.

I don’t collect records, but I do collect craft projects, so I headed to the Thing this weekend in search of one. Seeing all those records collecting dust inspired me to try my hand at the DIY record bowls I’d seen on Pinterest for ages now.

After the jump, read how to make your own bowl in five easy steps. Continue reading

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Dining and Drinking With Your Dog In North Brooklyn

Dogs Drink Free! (Greenpoint Beer & Ale)
Dogs Drink Free! (Greenpoint Beer & Ale)

Surely all of you dog owners out there are familiar with this conundrum: you were away from your four-legged friend all day and he is SO excited to see you. You’re happy to see him too but want to go out and enjoy your awesome neighborhood. While getting ready to leave, you look down to big, sad eyes practically brimming with tears, begging you not to leave again. You are wracked with guilt. If only he could come too! Finding dog-friendly bars and restaurants are a real challenge. There are websites like bringfido.com, but unfortunately the results aren’t always that complete. Yelp has a dog-friendly filter, but I’ve often found it to be inaccurate and have trekked all the way to Williamsburg only to be turned away with my hound, hungry and confused. To help, here is a list of my favorite places to enjoy a night out in North Brooklyn with my own four-legged best friend.

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