First, 5 Pointz was shut down to make way for a new complex of gleaming residential high-rises. Then, Domino Sugar factory was salvaged for “industrial artifacts” ahead of developers’ plans to raze the buildings and create a “mini-neighborhood of apartments, offices and parks.” Now, this past weekend, another Brooklyn icon went silently in the night—Greenpoint’s famous steel water tower, inscribed with the Polish flag on one side and “Save the Palestine” on the other, was painted over with a coat of grey. Continue reading
We all know that living in New York affords us the ability to travel without leaving the city, and few destination neighborhoods offer as much variety as Flushing, Queens. Even a short trip here is enough to realize how lazy a term ‘Chinatown’ is. Many of the restaurateurs in that neighborhood have begun to capitalize on this, highlighting their regional identity and scoring great reviews in the New York Times while attracting more western eaters to endure the 7 train in exchange for a cheap, delicious meal. Few have done so with the marketing skill of Xi’an Famous Foods, which has now gone one better and recently opened up shop on the corner of Bedford and Manhattan Avenues in Greenpoint, thus sparing us the pre-dinner commute to Queens. Continue reading
Last summer, a vibrant new mural went up in Greenpoint at 261 Driggs Avenue, the location of the Polish National Home and the popular music venue, The Warsaw. Created by Polish-American artist Rafal Pisarczyk, the artwork commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising (not to be confused with the earlier Warsaw Ghetto Uprising). Continue reading
The brand new Greenpoint outpost of Xi’an Famous Foods will be having its official grand opening at 648 Manhattan Avenue this Saturday December 6th.
To celebrate their arrival in the neighborhood, the northwestern Chinese mini-chain will be offering a free noodle dish or burger of choice to Greenpoint customers. To take advantage of this you need to follow them on a social media platform (facebook, twitter, instagram or weibo, whatever that is) then turn up on Saturday between 11.30am and 5pm brandishing your phone.
Anthony Bourdain is a massive fan: “This place is unbelievable!” he says. Now it’s time to see if Greenpoint agrees…
Xi’an Famous Foods is at 648 Manhattan Avenue between Nassau and Norman Avenues.
This Friday, join Preservation Greenpoint in welcoming the holiday season by reveling in the architecture, charm, and (most importantly) BEER of historic Greenpoint!
For their bar crawl, Preservation Greenpoint will be visiting a combination of classic neighborhood institutions and relative newcomers, including a repurposed auto-body shop and a one-time plastic bag manufacturer (now named after the first European settler in the neighborhood). Two of these bars have gorgeous fireplaces to make sure you keep extra cozy!
Discover new watering holes, brush up on Greenpoint’s historic architecture and current issues, and join your neighbors for a frosty brew!
When: Friday, December 5th, 7pm
Where: Starts at Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue). Moves onto The Diamond and Dirck the Norseman.
Just because it’s getting cold out, it doesn’t mean we have to lock ourselves in our apartments like hermits all winter, we just have to pick the right places to hang out. And we could certainly do worse than hitting up some local bars blessed with glorious open fireplaces to keep us cozy. Here’s a few to choose from: Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who made the Soup Bowl Fundraiser this past Sunday happen! EAT, Brooklyn Brewery, The Splendid Spoon, contributors Isabel @aobelis & Peter @grizzzly and the following potters: Little Bear Pots, Akiko Tsuji, Rabbit & Dragon, Selene Likes Mugs, Clayspace, Freundeskreis, Cor Pottery, Stephanie Tran, Calyer Ceramics, Bailey Doesn’t Bark, Fisheye Brooklyn, & Object Totem.
We raised $526 for The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry, a local organization that feeds hundreds of hungry Greenpointers. Today they are busy making over 30 turkeys for homeless and hungry neighbors.
If you couldn’t make it out to the fundraiser on Sunday, why not make a donation in any amount to this important organization at this very special time of year.
Happy Thanksgiving, Greenpoint!
Since opening in August, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. (114 Nassau Ave.) has become one of the biggest local success stories of 2014. With a fish market counter at the front, and an eat-in bar at the back, it’s their focus on sustainably sourced, simply prepared seafood that keeps customers coming back for more. I live on the same block as the restaurant and it’s always packed whenever I pass by.
Owners Vinny Milburn and Adam Geringer-Dunn receive a new supply of ocean-fresh seafood each day and the menu changes depending on what they get in. Their collaborative group of talented chefs use simple, delicious ingredients to create dishes where the fish is always the star. There’s no freezer on site, which means that when an ingredient’s out, it’s out. “We’d rather be selling out of fish than wasting what’s leftover” says Vinny whose, family has been in the fish trade in Boston for five generations. As a result of his well-connected heritage, he gets first dibs on the best hauls in the area, meaning that there’s usually something spectacular on ice in the window or at the raw bar. Continue reading
It’s the time of year when every close encounter on a crowded G train threatens to land you with a dose of someone else’s snotty cold. It’s therefore probably a pretty good time to start taking extra care of our immune systems, which is where Botica & Co., a new business at 607 Manhattan Avenue, might be able to help.
Newly opened next to Awakening wellness centre, Botica and Co. is a cold-press juice bar and apothecary run by herbalist Adriana Ayales. The bar offers an array of fresh juices and herbal elixirs guaranteed to help keep your body and soul in tip-top form all year long. Continue reading