A string of businesses on Nassau and Norman Avenues in Greenpoint have experienced break-ins and vandalism during the past week.
On Thursday morning at 2:05 a.m. an unidentified man wearing gloves and a round hat was caught on surveillance video using a brick to smash open the Norman Avenue entrance of Bagel Point (699 Manhattan Ave.), gaining entry and emptying the cafe’s register that was holding less than $100.
The burglar, who appeared in video footage to have knives strapped to his calves, attempted to destroy Bagel Point’s video surveillance system while rummaging for valuables and damaged audio equipment in the process, according to owner Sam Kaplan.
Bagel Point (699 Manhattan Ave.) will celebrate its soft opening on Thursday, July 4th, following months of renovations that combined three storefronts at the corner of Norman and Manhattan Avenues next to a G train subway entrance.
The menu features hand-rolled bagels, a variety of traditional and vegan cream cheeses, housemade lox, hand-carved roast beef, and non-processed meat options. The cafe will eventually be open 24 hours and offer online ordering and delivery, but for the soft opening there will be reduced hours (opening at 6 a.m.) and orders can only be placed in-store.
The owners of Bagel Point, Sam Kaplan and Adam Alsorra, also operate Smith Street Bagels (202 Smith St.) in Brooklyn. The new space in Greenpoint has a spacious interior with plenty of window seats and tables in the center; there’s even outside seating on the newly installed benches on the Nassau Avenue side of the building. Continue reading →
Greenpoitners reported last month on the forthcoming opening of Bagelogy and the Instagram post received multiple comments bemoaning the name. Owner Sam Kaplan heard the community feedback and decided that the name Bagel Point better represents the neighborhood. Kaplan said that many locals have stopped by to compliment the new space as it comes together, but the compliments also came with constructive criticism on the ‘Bagelogy’ name, as many people said it was awkward to pronounce.
As construction finishes up in the coming months and the business obtains proper permits from the city, Kaplan is hoping for an early spring opening. Kaplan who was born and raised just steps from the new business said that ‘the point’ was sometimes used to identify Greenpoint and that the new name feels more natural and less corporate. We will keep you posted as the opening date is announced.