For all of you gentlemen and gentlewomen, there’s a hot-to-trot new face in Greenpoint and it’s called Owen & Fred. The clean-cut, utilitarian men’s brand stocks minimal but cheeky shaving kits, understated but classic duffel bags, and a no fuss carry-on. Not to mention, Owen & Fred also sells cheeky wares (coffee mugs, stationary, toiletries) with subtle 1960s influences while maintaining a contemporary attitude.
With many Brooklyn made products, Owen & Fred launched a Kickstarter campaign to solidify their products and commitment with customers. The brand recently relocated to the Pencil Factory and I sat down with the founder, Michael Arnot, to talk about the brand, being a Greenpoint start up, and more.
Locals have been buzzing about the forthcoming bar, cafe, and design store, BÚÐIN, making its debut in the neighborhood come December. We sat down with co-owners Crystal Pei and Elliot Rayman (their third business partner, Rut Hermannsdóttir, is based in Norway) to talk coffee, aquavit, Finnish design and why Brooklyn and Scandinavia go so well together. Continue reading →
An entrance inside Café Edna in Greenpoint feels like you might as well have floated in. In addition to being greeted by the smell of brewed coffee, baked goodness, there’s art at your right peripheral. Currently, some of it originates from the mind and the love of artist Danielle Calibrid. Greenpointers inquired about her pieces – black, white and full of color – and the conversation with her was a trip we welcomed.
Special is the new video by Brooklyn based musical group Doom Trumpet. After a video release at Happy Fun Hideaway in Bushwick, Greenpointers hosted a Q and A with the band and the video’s director Lauren Silberman about the mesmerizing song and film.
GP: What is Doom Trumpet exactly? Would you call it a band? A project?
Lauren: I’ll leave this one to David.
David: Doom Trumpet revolves around writing and playing music together. Equally important are the scenarios and connections we create with and for our sounds. We make music videos, design stage-sets in which to perform, craft USB sculptures, hand-dye band t-shirts, and sometimes we have band yoga sessions.
GP: Your new video, Special, begins with a group walking from the ocean and retains this sense of eeriness throughout. Was this important or might a viewer just be overinfluenced by the Halloween season? Continue reading →
Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of speaking with Michal Geva, a painter currently taking a residency in Greenpoint, where she is further exploring the intersection of art and nature – a theme interwoven throughout her work and illuminated in different ways with each series. The neighborhood is a relevant setting for such topics, with the proposed development that might be taking place over the next few years, both on the waterfront and deeper into Greenpoint proper.
Michal, a citizen of Israel and honorary one in Greenpoint, had some great things to say about the neighborhood and the inspiration behind her latest collection, “Land Scope,” which opened at Java Studios this past weekend. Continue reading →
We are so proud that the talented and amazing Greenpointers contributor responsible for the hilarious and adorable illustrations in her Friday column “Recipes Gone Wild” – is the champion of Enid’s Apple Pie Contest that happened this past Sunday!!! We asked her how it feels to win the most competitive Apple Pie contest in the universe:
GP: So, how many pies were you up against? Libby: Somewhere around 28-30.
GP: Did you think you had a chance at winning? Libby: I didn’t think I’d win because my pie looked like a lumpy, primitive life form in a world of civilized, beautiful pies. But I did have one special ingredient in my arsenal, which I was hoping would give me an edge. Continue reading →
Greenpoint based artist Kate Nielsen bases much of her work on “survival tips” in the wild. As the sole individual successfully selling artwork on Amazon, she is also an example of a new type of artist’s preservation. Greenpointers had a chance to talk with the survivor on the eve of her inclusion in Calico Gallery’s Crowd Control. Continue reading →
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.
Time Travelers are a four piece band based in Greenpoint made up of Edward Sturtevant on lead vocals and guitar, Andrew Wilcox on bass and backing vocals, Alex Koster on lead guitar, and Ben Latham on drums. The four all met at Bates College in Maine and then came to Brooklyn after finishing school.
I had met Edward a few times at shows around the city and was glad to have a chance to talk with him and bandmate Andrew. These guys are clearly very passionate about music and have a refreshing view about taking their time, honing their craft, and being true to themselves, which runs contrary to the general perception of our society rewarding the sensational and instantly gratifying. Continue reading →
It’s not everyday you meet a baker so extraordinary she goes by the name “Cake Hero.” One look at the treats Melissa Torres has masterminded and you’ll understand why the name suits her. As owner of the online shop Cake Hero, Torres spends her days creating, baking, and decorating an abundance of sweet treats out of the comfort of her Greenpoint home. She bakes everything from candies to elaborate cakes that are specially ordered by a variety of clientele. In addition to baking for friends and family, Torres has designed cakes for the likes of Cartier, Nickelodeon and most recently Vogue.
I had the chance to ask Melissa a few questions about how she got started and how she caught such a major fashion magazine’s attention.