Manhattan Avenue

American Bistro ‘Esmé’ to Open on Site of Papacitos

So long Papacitos...a new bistro's on its way!

When Mexican restaurant Papacitos abruptly closed its shutters at 999 Manhattan Avenue last summer it was unclear what had happened and what, if anything, would be taking its place.

Now, happily, the space has been taken over by the team behind The Exley who are already well on their way to transforming it into a bright and airy all-American bistro in time for summer. Continue reading

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Greenpointers Cameo Showcase Preview – Youngman Grand

Greenpointers, along with Pancakes & Whiskey and Buzzchips, is putting on a show at Cameo Gallery this Saturday 1/18. There are four great bands on the bill: Adios Ghost, Youngman Grand, Folding Legs, and Canon Logic. All week long, we’re featuring one of the bands to get you even more excited to come party with us this weekend. Youngman Grand is in the spotlight today.

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New Greenpoint Bar: Lake Street’s No BS Quenches

photo by Ciara CordascoMinnesotan musicians, including various members of Hold Steady, Spoon, and the Wanted, opened up a pour of home in July.

Lake Street Bar (706 Manhattan Ave) sits unassumingly at Norman and Manhattan Avenues in Greenpoint. Its window-front wouldn’t stand out to anyone visiting Brooklyn, though it’s something locals would notice with its bare-fisted lack of pretension. It’s a bar, no frills. And frankly, exactly what our sometimes congested neighborhood needs.

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(Not) Forgotten Greenpoint: “Taj Mahal For All The Birds… & Elvis!” – Beverly’s Memories & Karen None Of Your Business

When I first took over Greenpointers, Beverly, an original Greenpointer who now lives in Florida and stays connected through the website, wrote me one of the most inspiring messages about her mother’s Irene’s Social Column that was in the Greenpoint Gazette in the 70s.

Her warm wishes made me feel that I’d made the right decision to work on this amazing blog and serve Greenpointers who don’t even live here anymore – but still love it and want to keep up with the neighborhood.

She recently wrote me to ask a favor, to fulfill her birthday wish by doing what I do best, photography! She asked me to send her a photo of the building she grew up in, which happens to be the home of Acapulco Restaurant on Manhattan Ave and a house her parents owned on Clay St.

With Beverly’s permission I share her special email that gives us some great insight into Greenpoint of the past:

I was born at 1116 Manhattan Avenue on January 20th, 1951. As you are standing on Manhattan Avenue facing the building, I was born on the top floor left apartment and lived there until I was 12 years old.

My Grandparents had the apartment next to us and on the first floor where the other two apartments are (even though it is one flight up), lived an Aunt and Uncle in each apartment.

Although we did not own the building, at one time it was only rented to family members of mine.

There use to be a Bar & Grill downstairs that closed up very early in the 50′s and stayed that way well past the 60′s and if not mistaken into the 70′s.

One unique thing about the apartments in that building, the apartment one flight up and on the left hand side has a unique thing within it. From the kitchen into the bedroom and parlor, you actually had to walk up like 2-3 steps and then walk down 2-3 steps.

My Dad raised Pigeons there and had a huge Pigeon Coop on the roof that he and my Grandpa treated like it was the Taj Mahal for all the birds. Continue reading

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New Development at Manhattan and Box

A new 7 story residential building is set to replace a vacant warehouse at the northern end of Manhattan Avenue between Box and Clay Streets. The developer, Domain Companies, is planning for 210 apartments ranging from studios to two-bedrooms and 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail along Manhattan Avenue. The project is slated to have an on-site parking garage, rooftop terrace, media & game rooms, fitness center, and a resident lounge with a kitchen. The architect is Perkins Eastman and they are aiming for LEED Silver Certification by incorporating several green building materials. This same architect was responsible for nearby projects 34 Berry and 390 Wythe in Williamsburg.

The project, dubbed ’1133 Manhattan’, is being developed under Mayor Bloomberg’s ‘New Housing Marketplace Plan’, which was launched in 2004 to help create 165,000 new affordable housing units by the end of 2014. 50% of this project will be set aside for ‘low income’ and ‘middle income’ families. Specifically, 42 units will be reserved for households earning no more than 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) or $29,050 for an individual and 63 of the units will be available to households earning no more than 175% of AMI or $101,675 for an individual. The remaining 50% of the units will be market rate.

The site is currently a vacant, single story warehouse and is the former home of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Railroad car barn. This northern end of Greenpoint is still very quiet, but several large developments are in the works that will dramatically increase the density of the area. The long planned, but yet-to-be-delivered park at 65 Commercial Street will only be a block away. New residents will be able to enjoy neighborhood favorites like Milk and Roses, Champion Coffee, Lobster Joint and Eastern District. Preliminary construction appears to be underway and is scheduled to be completed in late 2014.

What would fellow Greenpointers like to see on this site? Is this project the right use, size and scale?

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Awakening NY: Bringing the New Wave to the Old School

Greenpointers was invited for a tour and to taste the healthy offerings at the cafe at Awakening NY, the new yoga complex on Manhattan Ave between Driggs and Nassau.

The tour of the space, led by owner Mariola, was impressive. The two floor yoga studio was vast. The first floor with it’s cafe, massage room and large yoga studio is finished.

There we met her son Max, who quite cleverly stacked the yoga mats to make a perfectly relaxing reading perch for himself. Why can’t all young men be as polite and friendly as Max? Continue reading

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Fox & Fawn

I’ve been a fan of Fax & Fawn pretty much since they opened last year. It’s a small vintage clothing shop that always has something I fall in love with. Shop partners Marissa and Beverly are real deal vintie lovers. The store has a great selection of wearable vintage that’s perfectly on trend and unique. Stop in and I guarantee you will find something you love and at a price you’ll love, too. Last winter I purchased a cute pair of black Minnetonka fringe boots for just $17. Score!

On this trip I was in the market to sell and trade. Fox and Fawn purchases gently worn vintage and designer items and offer 35% cash or 55% store credit on their appraised retail prices. No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome Monday – Saturday: 12 – 7:30 and from 12-6:30 on Sundays.

Whittling down my own vintage stock, I brought in a couple of bags of clothes, and even though my sister spent more than half on some new threads, I still walked out of there with a tidy profit. Absolutely a solid place to get a fair price and not have to deal with the attitude at Beacon’s Closet or the long lines at Buffalo Exchange.

Fox & Fawn
570 Manhattan Avenue
718-349-9510 or

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4th Annual Wing Eating Contest

The Habitat holds a special place in my heart. The Habitat was one the first spots that Greenpointers scooped coming into the hood. Way back in March of 2008, I got one of my first tips and wrote about it. Nicole reached out and from there on, her sangria and her staff had me hooked. The Habitat is, to me, the best bar in Greenpoint.

Later this month they are holding their 4th Annual Wing Eating Contest. It has blown up into a hugely popular neighborhood event over the years. Here are the details:

- The contest will be taking place on Tuesday August 30th at 10pm.

- 12 contestants will be competing to see who can eat the most wings in 10 minutes.

- The winner will be awarded $100 cash and trophy.

- The reigning two-time champion, Will Millender will be defending his title of 43 wings (the previous year he won by eating 48). Note: contestants do not have to eat 43 wings to win; they simply must eat more than the other contestants.

- Interested candidates must submit their names to the bar (limit one entry).

- We will select contestants via random drawing on August 22nd (one week prior to the event).

- There is a $5 entry fee for participants; all will receive a complimentary t-shirt. The event takes place during our weekly .35 wing night (the special will be available throughout the night of the event).

Today is Tuesday – why not go on down and check out their weekly wing night deal and see if you got the chops to compete?!

4th Annual Wing Eating Contest
Tuesday, August 30th 2011 at 10pm
The Habitat
988 Manhattan Avenue

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Quickie: Organic Deli & Grocery

According to a recent permit application it appears the bodega located at 1018 Manhattan Avenue that has been closed for the last couple of months is revamping itself to become an “organic deli and grocery”. Seems they’re taking a cue from the bodegas on Bedford Avenue that slowly each changed their looks and stock to reflect the desire for more coconut water and Cliff bars. Fancy!

Organic Deli & Grocery Corporation – Coming Soon
1018 Manhattan Avenue at Green St

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Manhattan Inn’s Summer Concert Series

Manhattan Inn (bar & restaurant founded by Brooke Baxter and Rolyn Hu of Glasslands Gallery) is proud to present a series of free live performances every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday showcasing creative music across genres and fostering a community of musicians who find themselves at home both in the concert halls of Manhattan and the DIY venues of Brooklyn. The series invites emerging and established artists to challenge their notions of live performance and interpretation within the cultural climate of NYC today.

Here’s the lineup for the July and August:

WED 7/13 Merce @ 10:30pm
THU 7/14 This Frontier Needs Heroes, Family Band @ 10pm + After Party with Family Band DJ’s!
SUN 7/17 Kevin McWha Steel, Patrick Tully @ 10pm
WED 7/20 Blood Orange @ 10pm + Unconscious Collective DJ’s @ 11
THU 7/21 Bad Credit No Credit, + Special Guest @ 10:30pm
SUN 7/24 Inis Oírr @ 10:30pm
WED 7/27 Yvette Perez & Peter Zummo
THU 7/28 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ 10:30 Love Deluxe DJ set with Simon (of Amazing Baby) @ 12am
SUN 7/31 Jared McCann, Dan Paul + Special Guest DJ’s @ 10pm + Special guest DJ @ 12am

THU 8/4 Aaron Pfenning (of Rewards), + Special Guest @ 10pm
SUN 8/7 Melissa Hughes & Matt Marks @ 10:30pm
WED 8/10 Sondra Sun Odeon, Ilya Monosov @ 10pm + Guest DJ’s TBA @ 12am
THU 8/11 The Shivers, Cameron Hull @ 10pm + After Party @ 12am
WED 8/17 Jozef Van Wissem @ 10:30 + Unconscious Collective DJ’s @ 11
THU 8/18 Andrea Havis @ 10:30pm
THU 8/25 Tall Tall Trees, Third Wheel Band @ 10pm + Special guest DJs @ 102am

Manhattan Inn
632 Manhattan Ave at Bedford Ave

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