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 →
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?
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 email@example.com
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
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
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
Sad news on the Greenpoint business front, longtime Manhattan Avenue family owned business Zayas Appliance has gone out of business. From Crain’s New York:
Zayas Appliance, a Greenpoint, Brooklyn, fixture since 1972, has gone out of business. The store, which may be the oldest in the neighborhood, was shuttered as a result of a recent Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing by its corporate parent, E-D & G Inc.
The appliance store, at 845 Manhattan Ave., is the latest casualty in a string of closures by local merchants, who have struggled as a result of the flagging economy.
The heavily anticipated restaurant set to take the place of the recently closed Lamb & Jaffey, The Lobster Joint is set to open tomorrow! The interior has a definite white-washed New England vibe going on and the menu is chock full of comforting seafood choices like lobster rolls, crab cake sandwiches, lobster mac n’ cheese, fish and chips, and more. – via Brooklyn Based
This is one of the most exciting new openings to come to Greenpoint lately and I plan to check it out right after the holiday weekend!
The Lobster Joint
1073 Manhattan Avenue
btwn Dupont & Eagle