12 Franklin Street Development on Hold, Listed for $50 Million

12 Franklin St. rendering (via Commercial Observer)

The former impending office and manufacturing development known as 12 Franklin St. is now on hold as the developer who purchased the lot three years ago for $24 million has relisted the property for more than double their investment, the Commercial Observer reports. Continue reading

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New Pierogi Shop Pieroƶek to Open on Manhattan Avenue Wednesday

Pierozek (592 Manhattan Ave.) will open on Wednesday (11/6)

A new pierogi shop that was inspired by another restaurant based in Poland will open Wednesday on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

Pieroƶek (592 Manhattan Ave.) is from married couple Alexandra Siwiec and Radek Kucharski, who told the NY Times that the business will help to “maintain the cultural heritage” of Greenpoint against a backdrop of recently-closed Polish-owned businesses on Manhattan Avenue such as Bakery Rzeszowska (948 Manhattan Ave.) and Green Farms Supermarket (918 Manhattan Ave.) . Continue reading

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Brooklyn Whiskers Closes Manhattan Avenue Location, Hints at New Greenpoint Space

Brooklyn Whiskers (1008 Manhattan Ave.)

The vegan cafe with cat flair, Brooklyn Whiskers (1008 Manhattan Ave), is now closed following an announcement on social media on Monday.

Specializing in dairy and gluten-free baked goods and sandwiches, the cafe opened at the end of 2017 in a small space on the northern end of Manhattan Avenue and was open as recently as Sunday.

“We finally conceded that this location is not the future of #brooklynwhiskers Greenpoint,” the post stated, explaining that a “silver lining announcement” will follow:

We have permanently shuttered our #1008manhattanavenue location. Yesterday was our last hurrah. And what a banner day it was! We had one of our busiest days to date, and loved welcoming the chill fall air with all of you that came out. This project was a brutal labor of love that we spilled A LOT of blood, sweat, and tears over – confident that despite the tiny footprint, we would be able to carve out a sustainable niche for all you crazy food and animal lovers on Manhattan Avenue. After revisiting our #brandgoals (and bottom line!) and following the most recent event in a debilitating cycle of production and staffing trials, we finally conceded that this location is not the future of #brooklynwhiskers Greenpoint . Thank you for all of the love and unending support these last two years. We are truly humbled and grateful. And stay tuned for our next announcement . There is a #silverlining.

The retail and wholesale bakeshop also has a new flagship location at 1037 Broadway in Bushwick and their original space at  760 Dodworth St., which is in the works to reopen “as soon as this week,” according to another Instagram post from Brooklyn Whiskers.


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Good morning #brooklynwhiskers family! We have a 3-part news cycle to share with you today, starting with an exciting update on our #dodworthstreet space: Our original location will be open again as soon as this week. We’ll be featuring some nostalgic classics including Theo blend french press and Del Sol espresso by #caffevita . Organic teas by #rishitea . morning and afternoon treats by #brooklynwhiskers . and service by the likes of @worshiptroy . We will NOT be featuring some other nostalgic delights, most notably the leak directly over the coffee bar that you all put up with SO generously on rainy days for 3 years! I think we fixed it! 🤞 Stay tuned for more updates on which day will be opening day. It’ll be as soon as I can put the door back on the hinges. Literally ❤️ we love and appreciate you all so much. Let’s celebrate the rest of fall on the patio of 760 Dodworth (but please keep going to #1037broadway too please and thank you!!)

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 If the cafe was a go-to for your vegan snacks, then there may be a reason to withhold feelings of loss, as Brooklyn Whiskers hinted “stay tuned” for their next announcement…


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Greenpoint This Week: Manhattan Avenue Closings and Planned Openings, Historic District Map, NYC Marathon, and More!

A Franklin Street cat and pumpkin.

Happy post-Halloween Friday Greenpointers! If you’re still in the holiday spirit, there’s a Día de Los Muertos-themed dance party tonight at Magick City (37 Box St.).

Put your green thumb to use this Saturday and help Transmitter Park’s plants prepare ahead of the frost, and later in the day hangout with your neighbors at Java St. Community Garden for some family-friendly activities.

On Sunday, more than 50,000 runners will pass through the neighborhood for the 2019 NYC Marathon. As usual, the race will pass through Manhattan and Greenpoint avenues, before heading over the Pulaski Bridge via McGuiness Blvd, which will be closed to traffic North of Calyer Street starting at 8 a.m. along with many other Greenpoint street closures. Here’s the complete list of the traffic alerts via the 94th Precinct.

For more weekend fun, check out what’s happening, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines: Continue reading

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Manhattan Avenue Plant Shop Soft Opening Relocates to Nassau Avenue

Soft Opening (570 Manhattan Ave) is moving today to Nassau Avenue.

On its second anniversary, the plant shop Soft Opening (570 Manhattan Ave.) will move to Nassau Avenue to focus on building an online store.

On Friday, Soft Opening’s owner Kristin McLaughlin posted a message on Instagram stating that she started the business in a smaller storefront on Nassau Avenue near McGolrick Park and that she is moving Soft Opening back to its original location on the businesses’ second anniversary. Continue reading

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North Brooklyn Has City’s Largest Share of Creative Industry Workers

Over the past decade, the population of North Brooklynites working in creative industries — which includes film production, art, music, advertising, fashion, museums, and architecture — has skyrocketed, according to a new report from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. Continue reading

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Permits Approved for “New Drug Store” at 750 Manhattan Avenue

The former Natural Garden market (750 Manhattan Ave

Permits were approved this week for alterations for a “new drug store” at the former Natural Garden (750 Manhattan Ave.) building, according to the NYC DOB website.

The independent market had cleared its final stock quickly after announcing the impending closure in September.

The business was open for approximately 17 years on Manhattan Avenue and declining sales and the rise in internet shopping had contributed to the decision to close, a Natural Garden employee told Greenpointers. Continue reading

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Tom Cats Barber Shop Closes Abruptly as Employees Plan to Open New Shop

Tom Cats Barber Shop is now closed.

After more than 13 years in the neighborhood, Tomcats Barber Shop (135 India St.) is closed.

Employees say that they received notice two days prior to the October 13th closure via text message from the business owner.

Inside the now-closed Tomcats Barber Shop.

The barbershop had roughly a year left on the lease at 135 India St. when the decision to close was made by the owner, who lives out of state, Tomcats employees say. Continue reading

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New Greenpoint Illustrated Map Is Local Artist’s Passion Project

The 2019 “Great Map of Historic Greenpoint” by Alex Russell

A creation that was years in the making, a new illustrated map of Greenpoint’s Historic District shows many of its businesses and landmarks.

Alex Russell started drawing the map of Greenpoint in his apartment when he moved to the neighborhood 10 years ago.

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Domino Sugar Development’s First Commercial Space Hits the Market

Ten Grand Street is the new commercial building opening at the Domino Sugar development (via Two Trees Management)

The first commercial building is beginning to lease at the Domino Sugar development on the Williamsburg waterfront.

The 24-story building was designed by architecture firm COOKFOX and is being marketed as Ten Grand Street (10 Grand St.) with amenities that include private rooftop cabanas and a “fitness club and studio space with fully-equipped locker rooms and showers.” Continue reading

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