The yellow Wasco car on a McGuiness rooftop has long been a Greenpoint landmark. But during the last two years the space below, previously used as an auto supply and motor works, has undergone an incredible transformation. Just before Christmas it was unveiled as Raizes Churrascaria (139 Nassau Ave), a Portuguese grill run by Lucia Corba.
The newest cafe to open up just east of the Nassau G-train is Cafe Pistachio (114 Nassau Ave). Owned and operated by a trio of food lovers trained in catering and culinary arts, this cafe is warm and its staff is inviting. Pistachio’s menu presents Turkish standards including açma (served best with a side of warm feta cheese), kumpirs and house-made yogurt. Though the savory food alone is worth a stop in, Cafe Pistachio also boasts a large assortment of house-made baked goods including sizable Madeleine cookies, chocolate truffles and a sinful Pistachio Dome. This seemingly modest dark chocolate half-sphere holds a rich pistachio mousse and is served on a gold foiled platter. Though Pistachio’s interior is less candlelight dining and more hey, let’s get a coffee, any Greenpoint gal or guy who brings a Dome—or at least suggests one—on a first date is sure to score points. And so does Pistachio for their charm and tasty treats.
I was 17 in the snow. It was the winter of 2004, new to college, and new to love. Who knew that I would get stuck in a Greenpoint apartment that winter rekindling a high school love? Beginning with a lost cellphone at the Royal Oak, to his bedroom in his loft apartment on Sutton, to Nassau Avenue, a little 1950′s diner we would call B’s on the corner of N Henry, and the swings in McGolrick park.
So to the Greenpointers who have fallin’ in love if once, if ever, if by chance, let’s scribe our loves into a poem.
And remember: we don’t just fall in love with people. Many of us fell in love, are still in love or fell out of love with Greenpoint.
Due February 10th @ 5pm, send us one of your poems, and let’s make this Valentine’s Day a brim to the hat to the nod toward love.
The winner, whose poem will be published on Greenpointers.com on the February 14th, will be a featured reader at Poetry Teachers NYC’s Monthly reading at Milk and Roses in February.
One last thing. Sometimes the best thing about falling in love is the story. Single or together this year, remember the place that landmarked your love.
Scoutmob is hosting my new Subway Wanderings series, a micro-travel guide of sorts, wherein I get on random MTA lines, get off random stops, and create a spontaneous visual itinerary of whatever happens to cross my path. I have to admit, I broke my own rules this week since the G to Nassau Avenue wasn’t exactly a serendipitous trip. But the G needs a ‘lil more lovin’ from the G-phobes and haters.
Good things can happen along the G! (Especially when you get off Greenpoint).
See the rest here – Nassau Ave: A Micro-Travel Guide!
Update 8.4.11: The Brooklyn Paper reports they nabbed the suspect Felix Lagoa.
Studio Jewelry on Nassau Avenue was robbed early this afternoon and the owner, Richard Sanocki shot in the stomach by the thieves. Word is the owner will be ok. The robbers/shooters are still at large.
From the Groupon site: Jennifer’s Day Spa tasks itself with ensuring the comfort of its patrons, pampering them from head to cuticle with a wide array of services. 30-minute massages ($40) can wick away pent-up stress with patented Swedish techniques or delve into musculature with a sure-handed deep tissue massage, a modality designed to realign subdermal layers of muscular and connective tissue. A body scrub with sea salts accompanies each massage, further relaxing customers and earning them the olfactory love of mariners everywhere. Other spa services include 40-minute foot reflexology sessions with Chinese herbs ($40), waxing sessions for areas such as the lower leg ($20) or underarm ($10), and detail-oriented manicures ($10) and pedicures ($15).
I walk by this store front all the time but I’ve never gone for spa services in Brooklyn so I think I’ll try this one! Clicked ‘Buy’.
Back in January a reader emailed me about the closure of Manhattan Deli & Grocery and wondered what was to become of it. My darling pal Michelle texted me the answer – it appears that the place has re-opened and is being run by the folks behind Rachel’s Garden just down the street.
Featuring a fruit stand out front and a more gourmet spin with European brands and a deli counter.
Manhattan Deli & Grocery (to be renamed?)
82 Nassau Avenue
BIG props to local shop Fanaberie for having their dress (so cute!) and necklace featured on the cover of the latest issue of Time Out New York! Fanaberie was also designated runner-up in the Best New Indie Shop category.
Check them out now for yourself and mention TONY to get 20% off until May 1st.
Update: Another local shop, Vintage Modern, also took honors as winner in the Best For Home Goods category! Plus, they’re offering a 15% off discount through next weekend if you mention their TONY win.
102A Nassau Ave between Eckford and Leonard Sts
If you haven’t been following the news on the massive new biergarten coming to Greenpoint in the next couple of weeks, you’ve been behind the ball.
Eater has been covering Spritzenhaus since last fall, Will Femia has been photographing the progress just as long and Gothamist reports there will be 100 taps. ONE HUNDRED. Spritzenhaus is going to be epic. And it’s all within walking distance of me. Yay.
33 Nassau Avenue
Here’s is a great review from one of my best tipsters, Christine. One less reason to travel to the city and pay city prices!
Nice job on the website!
I wanted to let you that I had one of the best facials right here in Greenpoint. I make it a point to get a facial every other month and usually in the city at one of the better known spas.
I was getting a haircut last week at Eva’s Hair Salon and noticed that they turned their back room into a spa – so I got a 90 minute facial for $130.00. Well worth the money. They offer less expensive ones but what I really liked it that it wasn’t a cookie-cutter facial. The esthetician, Dorota, who also works at Bliss Spa in the city, examined my skin then decided what was best.
It was relaxing, enjoyable and my face glowed… a good glow. I think that your readers would enjoy knowing this. A NYC spa right in our own backyards.
I am attaching a list of their services.
Eva’s Hair Salon
126 Nassau Avenue