By Justine

greenpoint, elsewhere

‘Greenpoint’ is arguably now a term for rock climbers. According to climbing blog Planet Mountain the term means ‘climbing a sport route with the holds but using trad[itional] gear such as nuts and camming devices.’

Famous climber Kurt Albert developed the practice of painting a red X on spots in his climbs that he did not need to step or grab onto, finally painting a final X when he completed his ascent. This introduced the term ‘redpoint’ to the climbing world – of which I personally haven’t climbed anything but stairs and walls in years.

Several message boards featured the usual eye-rolling at naming anything. One post pointed out that ‘It’s actually called real rock climbing.’

Greenpoint’s name was, as the story goes, coined by Dutch sailors in the days of New Amsterdam. Sailors traversing their way up the East River would spy the jut of vegetated marshy land where Freeman and Green streets now end and exclaim ‘Green Pernt!’ before having a refreshing dip in Newtown Creek.

Of course, the area also used to be called Cherry Point and who knows why?

The OED contains no entry for ‘greenpoint.’ Nor does any other dictionary searched – aside from the Urban one, which cites the Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Soup Kitchen’s Supper Club

Holler playing outside Greenpoint Church

The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen Supper Club will be hosting its final fundraiser of the year this Friday, October 21, 2011 at the Greenpoint Reformed Church (106 Milton). The event will open with cocktails with music by Brooklyn musicians Holler, from 6:30-8:00; followed by a four-course vegetarian meal.

Suggested donation is $20. Proceeds from the meal and the bar go towards purchasing fresh produce for the Soup Kitchen’s weekly meals during the winter months, when donations from CSAs no longer come. The Facebook page says, “consider this our ‘un’can’ drive.”

RSVP to annefay (at) to reserve your spot and remember  “As always the meal is TBD, but how could it not include squash, leafy greens, apples and pears?”

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All She Wrote

Well, this is it. My last post on The Greenpointers. Tonight I hand the proverbial keys over to the new owner. I could sit here and wax poetic on the last 4 years but I’d rather brag about my successor, Jennifer Galatioto! Let the google stalking begin!

Jennifer is a native New Yorker, by way of Middle Village, Queens. And while Greenpoint is in Brooklyn, we’ve always had a kinship with Queens. Jen has been hanging her hat in Greenpoint for awhile now and she intends on staying forever and ever! Jen is already in the blogging world via her blog Morta Di Fame and she’s part of the team running Ugly Art Room. She’s also involved with all sorts of local events and cool shit – she’s got such a great energy and down to earth vibe that I instantly liked. And I think all of you will too.

I hope everyone will welcome her with open arms. I really feel Jen is going to appeal to all of the readers, new and old. And even those who have moved away but still like to check in on what’s going on in the old neighborhood. I’m sure her first post won’t be that long off but you can reach Jen directly at [email protected] and send her any tips, inquiries or well wishes today.

It’s been an amazing experience to create this blog and watch it flourish, and it gives me a great sense of joy to be able to see it go on without me and evolve. Thank you for reading over the years and goodbye Greenpoint!


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Ana Chronos

Franklin Street has a new shop! Ana Chronos has taken over the space at 135 Franklin Street, formerly occupied by Petit Boudoir.

Ana Chronos is a retail clothing shop owned by Erica Dobbs that broke out of Artists and Fleas. The shop’s focus is taking vintage pieces and reworking them for modern wear. The shop seems like a natural fit on this stretch of Franklin accompanying Alter, Dalaga, Pipsqueak Chapeau and Old Hollywood.

Ana Chronos
135 Franklin Street
btwn Java & Kent

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Hands have been shook and a deal has been struck. The Greenpointers has found its new owner!

I’ll make an official post and introduction to the new owner once everything is signed, sealed and delivered – probably in the next week or two. But I wanted to let you all know that I am EXTREMELY happy with the decision. The new owner is already a huge part of the community, a native New Yorker and has amazing plans for this little blog. I don’t want to give any of their great ideas away, but I’m thrilled that The Greenpointers is going to live on to continue its reign as the unofficial blog of the neighborhood.

I also wanted to thank all the readers who sent in emails of such kind words. And Faye over at Brokelyn for posting about the sale with sweet words. I am touched by how many people read and really love and support the blog. Thank you for making me feel ridiculously wonderful! And when I made my decision to sell the blog to new owner, I knew I was making the right decision not just for myself but for the members of the community who depend on this blog to know what’s going on in Greenpoint.

Thank you, all!

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Fred Flare Warehouse Sale

While the Fred Flare store has left the area, the warehouse still remains on Kingsland Avenue and this Saturday they’re having their Warehouse Sale. Featuring 25%-85% off deals on vintage home items, old-school bikes and TONS of kitschy pieces from past store-displays. Me thinks it’s time to start Christmas gift shopping…

Fred Flare Warehouse Sale
Saturday September 10th, 2011 11am-5pm
300 Kingsland Avenue
btwn Nassau & Norman

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High Holidays at The Greenpoint Shul

According to Marcia from the Greenpoint Shul – the Jewish High Holidays are upon us and they’re trying to reach out to all the young Jews in the neighborhood to let them know about their cool and welcoming shul… that you can wear jeans to!

The High Holidays are around the corner, Make your plans now to the join the Greenpoint Shul.
Buy Rosh Hashanah dinner tickets online
$21/members, $26/non-members
Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 7pm
Thursday, Sept 29th, 7pm

Also reserve your High Holiday seats – RSVP online for FREE e-tickets.

Children’s Services and Babysitting Provided

Congregation Ahavas Israel
108 Noble St
For more information: [email protected] (347) 788-1280

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Vibes To Touch

Updated: Start time is now 10pm instead of 8pm – But you can always get there early, have a drink or two and get a good spot to see the talent!

Coming Saturday September 10th, a very longtime and very good friend of mine is co-hosting an open mic and art show at t.b.d. If you would like to perform please contact them at [email protected] to be placed on the list. They are looking for artists who do poetry, spoken word, R&B, Soul, Acoustic, Blues, Jazz, etc.

Get It Done Entertainment & Us First Films would like to welcome you all to “Vibes To Touch“. Our Open Mic and Art Show experience hosted by Son-Ray & Exile Ramirez with special guest hosts Qi Chi + Wiseguy & Gaston.

Art displayed by: HopsArt, Ronin, Tyson Hall, and Michelle Marin.
Featured poet will be: D Realz a.k.a Limones
Featured act will be: Joshua Torrez
DJ Tahliem will be on the 1’s and 2’s keeping the party rocking after the open mic and art show.

Saturday September 10, 2011 – 8pm Updated: 10pm
224 Franklin Street at Green St

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For Sale: The Greenpointers

Updated 9/8/11: A deal has been struck!

Update 9/1/11: I’ll be updating this post as I’ve gotten an overwhelming response already in just the last hour. I will not be making any rash decisions or selling it without responding to all serious inquiries. I will also not be selling it to a spam site – so no worries there. Thanks all!


I’m moving out of the neighborhood at the end of the month (September 29th to be exact) and I’m letting go of my baby. The Greenpointers has been a part of my life since the summer of 2007 and has evolved into a resource for the community to see the latest news, happenings and gossip around the neighborhood. I’m very proud of what I created with the help of numerous contributors over the years.

I’m offering Greenpointers up for best offer. If you’re interested, shoot me an email at
[email protected]
. I’m more than happy to answer any questions. Below are a few tidbits:

* August 2011 visitors: 18,370
* Website is run with WordPress
* I use Dreamhost as the host
* All existing content is included – If you wanted to, you could just pick up where I left off or you can start over. Entirely up to you.
* Original gmail account from the beginning of the blog is included
* All existing social media id’s are included – Facebook page, group, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr, etc.
* A few of the contributors have already let me know they would be interested in staying on board with a new owner.

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