Books & Drinks: What to Read in Greenpoint’s Local Hangouts

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One of my favorite things about Greenpoint is its neighborhood vibe. I can walk around and find myself in any cafe or bar and feel at ease. There’s so many great places to explore, drinks to drink, and marvelous books the read — so why not a few recommendations? Read on to find out the favorite drinks and libations in our editors’s favorite spots.

Peter Tiso, Editor
Book: You’re Fine by Gina Tron (local author!)
Bar: The Pencil Factory
“I get off work a little earlier than most, so I love to catch sunset on the Pencil Factory terrace and read. It’s also the best place to catch people you know walking by!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Valente, Fashion Editor
Book: Crush by Richard Siken
Bar: Moonlight Mile
“It’s safe to say that I am obsessed with this poetry collection. Siken’s urgent and connective language grabs me. Getting a smooth whiskey with some biting poems sounds perfect.”

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Rosie de Belgonne, Food Editor
Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Bar: Enid’s
“I’d read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn over an Old Fashioned and some tater tots in the window seat of Enid’s.  Ideally it would be a snowy December night and I’d be reading the chapter where Francie & Neeley (sister and brother) win a christmas tree. Sporadically I’d glance out the window to the Xmas tree stall on Driggs Ave and try and transcend the 100 years between me and the characters in the book.  Ah, just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it straight away!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ona Abelis, Art Editor
Book: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Cafe: The Bean
“The Bean closes late, so I love to head there after work to decompress with a healthy juice and a few pages of this book.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Masson, News Editor
Book: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Bar:  Milk and Roses
“I work from home so besides settling into the warm nook of my couch with my purring kitty cat, I love escaping to Milk and Roses for a nice glass of vino and spend some time reading in one of their cozy window seats. They’ve got a wall of books which is perfect for a book lover like me because I never have to look far to find a good read.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cherie Yanek, Contributor

Book: Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
Bar: Troost & Transmitter Park
“I love to reread Douglas Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma in Transmitter Park in early afternoons on a sunny day. Or in the pretty backyard of Troost with a pot of their yummy tea or some wine, if it’s that kind of day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Bella Harris

About Stephanie

Stephanie is a poet & pathological daydreamer. Her books Hotel Ghost and Waiting For the End of the World are available from Bottlecap Press.

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