This is my Dad, Rocco. Yes, he is giving you the finger over grilled spiral sausage and hot dogs. I learned not to be embarrassed after he came to every high school basketball game and was my own personal Sicilian cursing cheerleader. I love my Dad more than anything in the world! He gave me his stomach. (That’s a weird Sicilian phrase that doesn’t translate well, but means I am a good eater.) And it’s because of him that I am a photographer and an unapologetically inappropriate curser and middle finger giver.
For father’s day, what do I get for the man who says, “I got my dog, what else do I need?”
In this fine town, there are a lot of great gifts, but edible gifts are the best, and the first and easiest thing that comes to mind in Greenpoint is Kielbasa! Right down the road on Nassau is Steve’s Meat Market (104 Nassau Ave). If you’re on the “other side” check out Kizka Meat Market (915 Manhattan Ave). I hear they have a mean Babka, too. Continue reading →
Calm down because you have one day left not to be a jerk to your Mom. A simple phone call is nice. “Good morning, thanks for birthing me!” And hugs are really sweet.
Cards & gifts are good, too. And food! Nothing says “thanks for putting up with all my crap” better than a delicious meal!
Don’t go buy a soulless hallmark card, make one. You can get all the glue sticks and crayons you need at Jam’s Stationary (835 Manhattan Ave) or buy a handmade card. the one well 165 Greenpoint Ave) has an assortment of recycled paper letterpress greeting cards ($4-$6).
Boxes make perfect Mom gifts; they’re great for stashing jewelry, pills and lottery tickets. Check out this adorable Mermaid Box ($32) from Old Hollywood (99 Franklin St.)
Vintage Modern has this really pretty striped stoneware vase ($125) for that gorgeous bouquet Mom deserves for all those temper tantrums you threw (or still throw) in the supermarket.
Fill it with cut flowers from the Dutchmills Gardens stand at the Greenmarket. If she doesn’t have a greenthumb, Brandywine Gardens sells pretty cacti and other succulents. Too hung over to make it to the market on Saturday? Head over to the Greenpoint Florist on Sunday (703 Manhattan Ave.)
Bad allergies or the rotten cat you left her is a plant murderer? Flowers might not be a great idea, so pick-up scented oil from Genie in a Bottle at Kill Devil Hill (170 Franklin St.)
And of course food is always a great idea, especially for the person who has fed you since the day you were born. Cook for her! Here are a few quick and easy recipes.
Sink filled with dirty dishes? Take her out to brunch or dinner. My Mom absolutely loves Fives Leaves but if the wait is too long, head over to Nights & Weekends and enjoy the delicious Croque Signora Sandwich or check out the new Bellwether (594 Union Ave.)
How about a picnic in the park? I hear that the Lobster Joint will deliver to McCarren! Or get a yummy cheese and salami spread from Eastern District (1053 Manhattan Ave.)
Take her out to dinner. My favorite, The Greenpointer pie from Paulie Gee’s (60 Greenpoint Ave) always hits the spot, or the Cola Dorada, braised oxtail with rice and beans from Cafecito Bogota (1015 Manhattan Ave.) Give her an authentic Greenpoint experience on a budget with a BYOB dinner at the eclectic and delicious Lomyzynianka (646 Manhattan Ave.) Get pierogies and get them fried! The cheese filled blintzes for dessert are killer!
I know that Mother’s Day seems like another consumeristic holiday, but she actually made you alive, which is a big deal, so a small token of gratitude once a year is the least we can do. And keep it local silly!
Mark your calendars for Greenpointers Love Birds Valentine’s Market! On Saturday February 11, 2012, food, gift & craft vendors will take over the Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) from noon-5pm. The interiors of the space will be transformed by a professional set designer and local artists will be showcasing their work. There will be live music, a FREE birdy photo booth, a love letter writing station, $1 raffles, and a $10 surprise gift table, free astrology readings, plus more! Check back as we update our list of vendors, prizes and happenings…
Our SALE begins for the month of December only! Usha Veda Yoga is here to encourage you to stay bright and focused while enjoying holiday cheer and to spread the peace by giving the gift of yoga to your loved ones. Account credit may be used anytime so it may be added to your existing membership to be used in the future. **Sale begins 12/1 and ends 1/1.