I was born in Bay Ridge and grew up in Sheepshead Bay. After living on the West Coast for a few years, I returned to New York and have lived on "The Other Side of McGuinness" since 2010. In my spare time I ride bikes and photograph for my blog, Brooklyn Analog. I love the nature, the food, the people, the houses, the dogs, everything about Greenpoint. I can't imagine living in any other neighborhood in Brooklyn!
Oh, the life of a bodega cat – no shortage of mice to chase around or cardboard boxes to lounge in, lots of friendly neighbors to stop by and scratch you on the head and, of course, freedom to do as you please in or outdoors – including having lots of cute, furry babies!
While of course everyone loves a sweet, fluffy pile of kittens, we probably can all agree that spaying and neutering efforts are necessary, for our furry friends’ own sake. Happily, the Assembly has just passed a bill this June that will help fund an effort to curb New York City’s homeless animal population. Continue reading →
The rent is too damn high! We hear this phrase as a catch-all these days, ad nauseum, to describe New York City’s hostile housing situation. But cost of living in this city is no joke – the rent really is just too damn high for most of us. And there’s no end in sight, with rents averaging over $3,000 per month while the average income is dropping. Continue reading →
It’s football season again! No, not that football, sillies, the other football! It’s time for the MOTHER F-ING World Cup.
Just like leap years and presidential elections, the World Cup happens every four years (or quadrennially, which an all-around better way of saying it). And now it’s that time again! This year the games kick off on June 12th – here’s our World champion rundown list of Greenpoint bars where you can watch, in no particular order. Continue reading →
Fancy bars and restaurants with all sorts of sexy food and drink (Tørst, Beloved, Nights and Weekends) are all over Greenpoint these days, but let’s face it – sometimes you just want get hammered on a budget, pay homage to the neighborhood’s longtime establishments, or just check out something different and new (or old). Greenpoint definitely has no shortage of dive bars, but where to begin?
This weekend I hung out in some of these dives (a.k.a. “old man” bars) in the neighborhood and got to know them and their clientele a little better. I scoped out the drink specials, watched Jeopardy with the regulars, and relaxed in some sweet backyards. And now I present to you, along with my little rating system, some of the neighborhood’s best kept secrets:
Irene’s Pub (623 Manhattan Ave)
Despite being so centrally located, Irene’s is somewhat of a mystery. Perhaps most Greenpointers are unfamiliar with the bar’s philosophy:”it’s happy hour all the time,” which I verified as TRUTH. Irene’s prices are actually equivalent to happy hour deals, all the time – we’re talking $2 drafts and dirt-cheap mixed drinks. I repeat: all day and night long. Continue reading →
I live on “The Other Side of McGuinness,” in the quieter outskirts of the neighborhood where Greenpoint sooooort of meets Williamsburg, near McGolrick Park. Although I technically live in Greenpoint, I take the L train to get to work (I know, blasphemy!) and every day I have to cross Meeker Avenue at Kingsland. Usually I’m on my bike, but sometimes I’m on foot. Continue reading →
If you’ve been mourning the closing of Enla photo, the little storefront on Manhattan known for it’s collection of Hello Kitty merch and wide range of photo processing services, rejoice! Film developing still happens in Brooklyn, and now there’s an alternative right here in Greenpoint.
As you may have already heard, a new stationery and photo-developing center, P&P Shipping & Stationers, just opened up on Manhattan avenue. Enla photo was inexpensive, especially compared to Manhattan labs, and offered film processing services that are getting harder to come by these days, such as black and white and medium format. They also had a deep understanding of cross-processing film Continue reading →