By Erin Chase

About Erin Chase

I've been living in Greenpoint for a year but working in the neighborhood for almost 12 years. Like many Brooklynites, I earn a living by doing a few different things which for me include being a dentist, a yoga teacher and a writer. I also love music, fashion and being a mom.

Holly Miranda’s Deepest Cuts on New Album Mutual Horse + Playing Park Church Co-Op in March

Brooklyn-based singer songwriter Holly Miranda has a new album dropping this week, on February 23. Mutual Horse (on Dangerbird Records), her first release since 2015, brings a fresh batch of songs showcasing her distinctive songwriting, voice and guitar playing. Miranda is touring and will be playing her album release party in Greenpoint on March 22nd at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell Street). Coincidentally, the venue is closing its doors in a few months, so it’ll be an opportunity to hear her voice in a truly unique place. The lead single from Mutual Horse, “Exquisite,” features Kyp Malone (of TV On The Radio), and it has a super cool animated video (above). A preview of the track “Golden Spiral” is up on SoundCloud.

This is Miranda’s fourth full-length album and one that features a new direction through the many collaborations that contributed to the sound and feel of this record. Her collaborators on Mutual Horse include Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), Josh Werner (Dr. John, Lee Scratch Perry), Jared Samuel (Yoko Ono), Jim Kirby Fairchild (Grandaddy, Modest Mouse), Maria Eisen (Underground System), and Matthew Morgan (Built to Spill, Modest Mouse). Continue reading

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Brooklyn Whiskers, Manhattan Ave’s New Vegan Cafe/Bakery

Brooklyn Whiskers Bakery (1008 Manhattan Ave) is a sweet little place chock full of delicious goods with a creative menu, located at the north end of Greenpoint. This cafe/bakery serves up pastries and delectable desserts but also has a good-sized menu with all-day breakfast, sandwiches, bagels, and bites. Plus everything is vegan, with lots of gluten-free options as well. Fear not, however, because you won’t be missing a thing — the food here is fantastic.

This is the second location to recently open with the first one being located in Bushwick. They are also a retail and wholesale bakery in addition to having these shops. The two very friendly owners, Preesa Adeline Bullington and Michael Minahan, are frequently around and easy to chat with. The Greenpoint cafe is small but quite charming with a couple of vintage-looking mismatched chairs, wooden tables, and holiday decor this time of year. It’s also eco-friendly with bamboo products and recycling well-marked. There’s a warm, homey, personalized feel in the cafe and also fun for cat lovers with a little bit of a cat theme in the mix. Continue reading

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The Best Greenpoint Restaurants When You’ve Got Kids

Lifestyle changes happen when children enter the picture and “family time” becomes the new thing. As far as dining out goes, parents need to either get a babysitter for the occasion or find some haunts that are child-friendly. Most of us that live in Greenpoint (and New York City in general) can’t quite get enough of the cuisine this city has to offer, so it’s good to be in the know about places to take the kiddos.

Babies under 6 months or so usually are very portable and can easily slide into a booth with you in a cozy carrier or right next to parents snoozing away in a stroller. But once your kids are a little bit older, the dining challenges begin to present themselves.

This list isn’t for entertaining children (i.e. kid-themed or places with kid menus, etc) as most of those restaurants are in Manhattan and also have a specific vibe. It’s for when you need a restaurant you’d like to go to with little ones in tow and not worry about whether or not everyone will be welcome. Continue reading

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