Crema (182, Driggs Ave.) opened in September, serving up cups of coffee, pastries, and deliciously simple sandwiches. Owner Jin Han gave us an introduction to his fascination with pour-over techniques and charcuterie, which both led to his desire to open his shop. Continue reading
Greenpoint was buzzing with caffeine and creativity. Nine Greenpoint coffee shops participated and we hit each and every one! Coffee lovers enjoyed an evening of local cafés open late with curated cultural events.
Thanks to everyone who came out, to Chermelle for her tireless efforts putting all the events together and to our sponsoring coffee shops: Café Grumpy, Charlotte Patisserie, Tar Pit Coffee Shop, Champion Coffee, Cafe Edna and SPINA.
I know I shouldn’t pick favorites so I’ll just say the evening started out on a (sugar) high note at Champion Coffee. Manager Mark wanted to create a menu that pulled from different food makers in the area. He hit the nail on the head with his Cold Brew Tiramisu made with Peter Pan Glazed Old Fashioned Donuts, Mascarpone Cheese and Rum! I hope they keep that on the menu! Continue reading
Your coffee service is going to get way more interesting with curated cultural events in each shop, like music, poetry, fashion, food, film and art!
Pick up a map or download the map here! See you later sipping a cappuccino!
Coffee’s Night Out is FREE and guests are encouraged to visit all the participating coffee shops. RSVP.
All participating shops have printed maps available NOW – grab a postcard and hop and crawl around Greenpoint to experience a unique cultural event in each location – and delicious coffee of course!
Curated its founder, Chérmelle D. Edwards of smdlr.com and presented by Greenpointers, Coffee’s Night Out features a program of cultural events – art, music, spoken word, film – that will pop up at participating coffee shops alongside specialty coffee in Greenpoint.
Below is the list of ALL participating coffee shops and details about their special events: Continue reading
Serious Coffee, Happy Anniversary, Man vs. Bus, Transfer Turmoil, Toxic Horror — The Hook-Up (10/28)
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)
A 35 year old Greenpoint man lunged in front of a B43 bus this week on Manhattan Avenue and miraculously survived. (NY Post)
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)
And finally… Of all things Halloween in Greenpoint this year that I find the most intriguing and terrifying, it would be sitting in a canoe at night on a horror-themed Newton Creek, but that’s exactly what our friends at the North Brooklyn Boat Club are doing this October 31st. (NY Daily News)
Founded by Chérmelle D. Edwards of smdlr.com and presented by Greenpointers, Coffee’s Night Out is an evening that invites individuals to explore coffee and culture within independent coffee shops. During the evening, curated culture – art, music, spoken word, film – will pop up alongside specialty coffee in Greenpoint at the following locations:
Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint), Café Edna (195 Nassau Ave), Café Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave), Cafecito Bogota (1015 Manhattan Ave), Champion Coffee (1108 Manhattan Ave), Charlotte Patisserie (596 Manhattan Ave), Propeller Coffee (984 Manhattan), Tar Pit (135 Woodpoint Rd) & Spina (107 Franklin St)
Coffee’s Night Out is FREE to attend and attendees are encouraged to visit as many and all participating coffee shops.
An event schedule and map will be released soon. Look for it online and at participating coffee shops.
For Twitter: @coffeesnightout, @greenpointers
Instagram: @coffeesnightout, @greenpointers, @ilovesmdlr
Official hashtags: #coffeesnightout and #CNO.
If you are a coffee shop and want to participate email greenpointers (AT) gmail.com
Propeller Coffee (984 Manhattan Ave) is among the wonderful coffee shop lineage on Manhattan avenue. Its progenitor, Clare Spikerman gave birth to it with specific intention, an homage to the places she’s been and the people she’s known. The places that patrons of Propeller will go aren’t left to just be talk across the counter, but talk of the cafe’s wall. Greenpointers spoke with Spikerman about the budding collection of postcards behind the counter – which she’ll admit, mostly come from her mother – but that’s starting to change.
GP: What does a postcard mean to you?
Clare: I guess it’s like someone thinking about you. It’s a token of a person, a place and a time, like a placeholder.
On Labor Day, the sun shone, the clouds showed, and then the showers – showered. None of which hindered the style of coffee shop goers. On a stroll along Manhattan Avenue, a vibe of ease and labor-less street style was easily identifiable. From sitting solo in a rock easy chair alfresco or huddle for an up-close-and-personal – this was coffee street style on a labor-less Monday.
Somewhere between clouds and sun, the end of summer in Greenpoint brought on a longing. A longing for more sun when thunderstorms seem to rain on and on.
While the nature of summer played its role, Greenpointers were seen inhabiting coffee shops seeking shelter from storms at window seats (Champion Coffee); watching the streets darken as clouds amassed, hearing vinyl play as something nostalgic in the presence of affogato [Toby’s Estate Coffee via Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream]; in an intimate cubby-hole while the midday sun warmed an interior (Variety Coffee), stopping to smell flowers blooming near coffee brewing [Spina], and catching sunlight shining through the front door of [Achilles Heel.]
Through it all, Greenpointers had music, a beautiful diaspora of music I might say shining a bright cultural light of its own. Curated from the above spaces, ‘Looks like The Sun” is a playlist for your listening and coffee drinking pleasure. And now, play.
Walking along Manhattan Ave or Franklin St on any given weekend morning is prime time for Walk of Shame patrol. (Don’t judge – we’ve all been there.) Cup on Norman has a special drink that won’t put you in your Saturday morning sweatpants, but it may alleviate the pain of your less than proud walk home. Continue reading