When the curtains fell to reveal a wrap around glass front building at 79 Franklin St (at Noble St) in Greenpoint, many residents wondered and dreaded what would open up there. A few of the predictions were American Apparel, Blue Bottle, Brooklyn Industries, laser tag, a roller disco and Trader Joe’s. Soon signs reading “Brooklyn Expo” were hung in the windows. Continue reading
We were excited to attend the Grand Opening reception of Dirck the Norseman this past Thursday and try the in house beer brewed by Erik Olsen and Chris Prout under the name Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. Unsurprisingly, Mayor DiBlasio didn’t make an appearance, but Brooklyn Deputy President Diana Reyna did attend and enjoyed the brews, which we all agreed are impressive – especially for the duos first run. You’ll have to try and let us know what you think.
Highlights of the day included a surprise guest Linda Fulkerson – an ancestor of the first European settler of Greenpoint Dirck the Norseman – who traveled all the way from Kentucky, along with her 8 home schooled kids, and gave a lengthy presentation about her own genealogy along with laminated photos of other notable Dirck ancestors and what sounded like blessings from God (whoever that is.) Continue reading
Alls everyone talks about these days in Greenpoint (aside from the $10 lattes) are the rent hikes that leave residents and businesses with no other option than to move out or close-up shop.
“It’s everybody’s story,” Rob Maher of Unleash said after making the decision to close his Franklin St boarding and daycare facility after serving the community for 5 years. When his lease option came up for renewal, the new price his landlord offered was “not an option to renew,” he said.
Now he must find homes for 6 rescue dogs. Continue reading
While real estate snooping, I spotted a 2500 sq. ft. space on Franklin St, sandwiched between the newly opened People of 2Morrow and the half block of scaffolding that will soon become even more prime retail space on one of Greenpoint’s most booming blocks.
I thought to myself this spot would be perfect for an art gallery and a few weeks later POOF! - Rekover Projects (77 Franklin St) opened – just like that. The first show titled “Before Intersections” is a solo exhibition by space lessee and artist Tristan Fitch, who runs the project space with his partner and women’s accessories designer Katie Hartsough. Continue reading
Dalaga will shutter its 150 Franklin Street location. The boutique will close on March 2nd, but won’t be gone for good. Sisters and co-owners, Michelle and Mary, plan to keep the online store. Michelle and Mary are both expecting their own little ones and felt the transition to an e-commerce shop was the best move for their families.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, one of our favorite new vintage shops in Greenpoint – People of 2morrow – is having a Valentine’s Fete this Thursday 2/13/14 from 6-9pm. Support local artisans at this warm festive gathering and shop for you lover or your fine self. Continue reading
Many of us in Greenpoint have enjoyed a nightcap at The Diamond on Franklin Street – but did you know that a husband and wife team is behind this awesome tucked-away bar? For our Valentine’s Day series, owners Dave Pollack and his wife Alex tell us more about their power partnership and their favorite things about the neighborhood. Continue reading
Did you know that flowers have purpose and their colors have specific meaning? On Valentines Day, there will be a plethora of options for flowers, candy and other gifts to chose from, but can you offer a purposeful and meaningful gift?
The Little Glass Slipper, a floral design boutique located at 200 Franklin St in Greenpoint, uses colors, herbs and herbal flowers to create a sensory gift giving experience and shares some insight about what these flowers can do. Continue reading
Yes, Friday night saw the long-awaited official opening of Dirck the Norseman (7 N 15th Street), a huge beer hall and brew pub run by Brouwerij Lane‘s Ed Raven and his team of brew experts. Continue reading
A room within a room. A girl within a room, within a room. An artist who hired a girl to live within a room, within a room. This sets the stage for Cy Amundson’s experimental exhibition at Rawson Projects, Emily’s Dorm Room, open through January 16, 2014.
Amundson placed an ad online at NYU for a participant to live inside a dorm room he built in a modestly sized gallery on Franklin St in Greenpoint for over one month. He originally hoped to meet an art student but luckily ended up with Emily, a sophomore pursuing a degree in Gender Studies, whose main area of interest is how women are portrayed in the media.