• Cringeworthy: MTA is talking about selling subway station names to corporations, but the names would be “accurate and help orient customers as they navigate the MTA network,” like Macy’s 34th St – to shopping of course. What would they call the G Nassaue & Greenpoint Ave stops? Polonia Nassau? The Garden G?
Good morning! I’d like to share some personal news with you.
Not Greenpointers… I resigned from my full time job at Polo. It has always been my dream to be able to work on this website full time and to work on my personal photography.
After 6 years of shooting millions of pieces of clothing, I began to feel like I needed to do something more worthwhile. And while we have done some amazing things here in the last two years, I know that with more time – we can do so much more!
I want to finally focus on one project, rather than have a whole bunch on the backburner. Greenpoint – you are it! July 1st – I am all yours!
I am so excited to really take the website to the next level and have lots of exciting plans in store. I’d also love your feedback. What do you want from the website? Let me know in the comments! And wish me luck!
Thank you for supporting the website! I take my work here very seriously. It isn’t just a blog – it’s the BEST blog, because we have the BEST readers and the BEST local supporters and let’s face it GREENPOINT IS THE BEST NEIGHBORHOOD!
First, I’d like to welcome aboard Tony Luib, who has been hired as a Managing Editor for Greenpointers.com! His organization skills are pretty insane. And you all know Victoria, right? She is now working exclusively on our events, since she kicks major butt producing those markets we all love. The team is growing!
I’d also like to give you an update on the Writer’s Fund. Well, we did it! We are now paying contributors for content on Greenpointers.com. It really feels good to send out those checks.
When you read “This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund by (blank)” that means a writer is getting paid for the story!
We are also raising money at our events, too. Saint Vitus donated $1 from every drink from the last comedy show and $5 from every supper at our next Sunday Supper will go to the Writer’s Fund, too!
I got giddy when new contributor Maria S (@msforpm) tweeted, ”Just received my first ever paycheck for writing something. Thanks so much, @greenpointers”
Heart melting! These are the opportunities we can give to creative people in Greenpoint!
It makes me so proud of how supportive the local businesses and our readers are of the Greenpoint community. Direct donations from businesses, along with the recent raffle and even donations from readers like “Greenpoint Area Guy” who wrote, “I’ve been casually reading Greenpointers for a while, and figured I’d best put my money where my mouse clicks,” has funded over $900 in posts.
Our goal is $5000 for the year… (to pay local writers $20/post for 3-4 posts/week) – so we have a ways to go…
Please consider making a donation in any amount to our Writer’s Fund. We appreciate your support and readership very much!
If you’re a longtime reader, you know that the website was once called THE Greenpointers. Greenpointers.com was a laser pointer website, originally. When it became available, they tried to charge an arm and a leg for the domain, but I talked them down. Both sites are now mirrored.
Jon got this brand spankin’ new camera and it shoots this green focusing light out. It made for some fun shots around the hood. He is holding two ice cream pints in his hand. He has his priorities straight.
• Best New Bakery:Ovenly
“The biscuit was perfect, crumbly but moist. The cupcake, while sweet, wasn’t too sweet, a signature of Ovenly baked goods, with a hint of savory lent by the nuts in the cake and black sesame seeds on top.” – Jen
• Best Community Art Project:Newtown Creek Armada
“Visitors to The Armada will pilot a fleet of artist-made, three-foot, remote-controlled boats along the surface of the Newtown Creek while documenting the hidden world of its waters using waterproof cameras and microphones in real-time.” – Nathaniel Z
• Best Concert:Rapture & Tanlines at House of Vans
“After Tanlines’ stellar set, The Rapture took control of the bated fans and kept the energy up without missing a beat. Their infectious dance-punk sound permeated throughout the warehouse and had the grinning, sweaty crowd (did I mention it was about 95 degrees inside?) jumping up and down with their hands in the air by the end of the set.” – John H
• Best New Art Gallery:Calico Brooklyn
“When asked the significance of the word Calico and whether it has anything to do with perhaps a secret obsession with feline’s, Scott said he liked the ring of the question: ‘Are you going to the opening at Calico tonight?’” – Jen
• Best New Bargain Shopping:Greenpoint Bargains
“The store stocks well-priced furniture, clothing, books, records and all sorts of other curious oddities.” – Nathaniel Z
• Best Nail Salon:Ria Nails
“I’ve never received so many compliments on my nails since Ria nail arted the crap out of them, (even after my Instagram blunder-fuck.)” -Jen
• Best New Late Night Snack: Thai at No Name Bar
“This Pad Thai tasted like a Thai version of my Nonna’s red sauce, really homemade. It was definitely a lot more noodles than shrimp or peanuts, but it was the perfect heat, spicy enough to be delicious but not so much that I needed to inhale the dish to try to escape the heat.” – Jen
• Best Designer: Alexandra Weiss
“Alexandra Weiss is a native from Pennsylvania (Scranton, actually). She is a fashion designer and grew up with a true passion for drawing and creating. Her own designs are multifunctional tank shirts and dresses which are made of silk with a lace insert on the side.” – Janina
• Best New DIY Music Venue:Muchmore’s
“If you can’t find it, just open your ears; there is no sound proofing and if you are too cheap to fork over $5, you can listen through the open windows.” – Jen
• Best of McGolrick Park:Farmers Market
“‘I am so excited about this,’ I overheard a Greenpointer say as she examined the gorgeous bounty. Everyone was buzzing about, finding fresh local treasures.” – Jen
• Best Art Show:Unreliable Narrator at Pierogi
“Each piece teased out minute and often-obscure details of systems from pop cultural groups to North American history to the knock on effects of the industrial revolution.” – Jon P
• Best Condiment:My Friend’s Mustard
“Unless it’s a giant slab of kielbasa, I never find myself asking for anyone to pass the mustard. That all changed this weekend.” – Jen
• Best Cappuccino:Variety
“Excellent brew and my favorite cappuccino in the hood, the space was designed just for a coffee line.” – Jen
• Best Book:The Last Bohemia
“An important book for everyone living in North Brooklyn, old-timers and newcomers, when I first picked it up, it’s had a certain heft, not because it’s big, but because the changes Anasi tackles, especially for Greenpointers, are looming.” -Jen
• Best Cocktails:Five Leaves
“…five new cocktails on the menu that fit the following criteria: 1. everything is made in-house 2. they are not expensive 3. they each take 1 min 15 sec to make.” – Jen
• Best of the Outdoors:Canoeing to Bushwick Inlet
“Gliding down the Newtown Creek gives one a much different perspective of that waterway. While it certainly didn’t feel clean – the water itself has a murky, oily quality to it that I find unsettling, particularly at night – the calming effect of being on it changed my experience of the day dramatically.” – Peter
• Best Way To DeStress:Community Shiatsu
“Some people are true healers. I was having shoulder pain from working on the computer and it really helped to relieve stress and tension, not to mention the overall sense of calm I felt afterwards.” – Jen
There is so much BEST in Greenpoint, I have to break this up into two posts. Stay tuned for Part 2.
• Best New Restaurant:Adelina’s
“Toby described his cooking style as “simple and honest.” I agree. One thing I love about home cooked food is I can shovel it into my mouth portion after portion and not feel like crap, like when I double fist my Nonna’s rice balls.” – Jen
• Best Pop-Up:SoFar Sounds
“The more performers we saw, the more we wanted to stay. The format was great, too. Each performer only played three songs, then next! – which definitely is a good way to keep a crowd.”
• Best Young Entrepreneurs:Lemonade Love
“With already a keen understanding of the value of social media, Nat asked ‘are we going to be on Facebook?’” – Jen
• Best of Summer (Food):Peter Pan’s Ice Cream Donut Sandwich
“It’s something I’d heard rumors about for years, but never knew if it actually existed … advertising the great white whale of summer desserts: the Ice Cream Donut Sandwich. It sounded like a joke.” – Matthew S
• Best Business Revamp:Brooklyn Point Cafe
“It has been gutted and turned into a fresh new restaurant with a menu that is anything but Polish. Of course they kept the grilled Polish sausage on the menu to stay tied to their roots.” – Janello
• Best Underground Dining: Yummy Eats Dim Sum Dinner
“The food paparazzi were in full force and when Chef Joseph Yoon brought out each gorgeously plated dish, anxious hands held back until every iphone in the room recorded the food glory.” – Jen
• Best Artist:David Pettibone
“Darkened, apocalyptic skies loom over dramatic and desolate landscapes, while human figures, hooded and covered from head to toe in bleach white, toil among scores of mysterious boxes. Something massive is most definitely amiss.” – Ragnar
• Best Band:Heliotropes
“Aside from their surprisingly heavy sound and amazing guitar solos, the entire band was sex on a stick. Also an instant download.” – Jen
• Best Food Competition:Kings County Corn Bowl
“Twelve culinary kooks brought incredible offerings, all crafted from freshly picked upstate corn.” – Tom
• Best New Start-Up:Farm To Baby “Lauren takes produce from local farms and cooks up something healthful and delicious, grinds it all up, jars it in cute little mason jars, and delivers it to your baby’s mouth.” – Joann
• Best New Bar:Beloved
“The focus is on a killer cocktail list, a well-designed interior sporting luxe wallpaper and custom lighting, and bartenders who actually seem to want you to enjoy your time there.” – Peter
• Best Taco:Calexico
Three of our writer’s toured the neighborhood and very scientifically tested every taco in town. Peter wrote: “It just fits exactly what you want out of a summer taco: filling, light on the stomach, and balanced perfectly against a backdrop of cocktails and good beer.” -Peter
• Best Idea For Greenpoint:Expand the G Train
“Wasn’t it such a pleasure to catch the G Train and not have to run a half a mile to the middle of the platform?” – Jen
• Best Street Performer:Super Bad Brad
“I have two words: original hipster.” – Jen
• Best Street Art:Jellyfish
“Talk about nailing it, the jellyfish on this cement truck was the most mind blowing use of space we’ve seen, and the artist (whose name is still a mystery) didn’t have to dangle off a ledge to do it.” – Jen
Greenpointers’ facebook page will no longer be being used as a hate page for so called, “hipsters.” There is always room for joking and light hearted fun, but explicitly violent comments, for example in response to the “Casting Call For Hipsters” poster will be reported as abuse, which may affect your facebook account status.
Some of the disgusting comments included:
John: “In local news, 200 people artists, baristas, and other creative types between the ages of 19 and 34 were found dead in Midtown this morning. More on this story as it develops.”
Pete: “What a great place to throw a grenade.”
Chris: “Brooklyn Yuppie Killer….pay for one get another dirtbag knocked off for free…….1800-Break-a-Hip.”
This is three out of hundreds of comments that have been specifically blocked for this type of language. When I reported these comments as abuse and clicked on the “Hate Speech or Personal Attack” drop-down, there was no line for hipsters, baristas, creatives, yuppies, etc.”
Discrimination and outright violence toward a group of people, who cannot be defined by race, gender, religious affiliation is still a form prejudice and will not be tolerated in the Greenpointers community.