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Greenpoint is just so the best!

• Best New Bakery: Ovenly
“The biscuit was perfect, crumbly but moist. The cupcake, while sweet, wasn’t too sweet, a signature of Ovenly baked goods, with a hint of savory lent by the nuts in the cake and black sesame seeds on top.” – Jen

• Best Community Art Project: Newtown Creek Armada
“Visitors to The Armada will pilot a fleet of artist-made, three-foot, remote-controlled boats along the surface of the Newtown Creek while documenting the hidden world of its waters using waterproof cameras and microphones in real-time.” – Nathaniel Z

• Best Urban Wildlife: Freedom the Eastern Kingbird (Video!)


• Best New Open Space: Transmitter Park

• Best Blocks: Milton, Guernsey, Kent, Russell (PHOTOS)

• Best Concert: Rapture & Tanlines at House of Vans
“After Tanlines’ stellar set, The Rapture took control of the bated fans and kept the energy up without missing a beat.  Their infectious dance-punk sound permeated throughout the warehouse and had the grinning, sweaty crowd (did I mention it was about 95 degrees inside?) jumping up and down with their hands in the air by the end of the set.” – John H

• Best New Art Gallery: Calico Brooklyn
“When asked the significance of the word Calico and whether it has anything to do with perhaps a secret obsession with feline’s, Scott said he liked the ring of the question: ‘Are you going to the opening at Calico tonight?'” – Jen

• Best New Bargain Shopping: Greenpoint Bargains
“The store stocks well-priced furniture, clothing, books, records and all sorts of other curious oddities.” – Nathaniel Z

• Best Nail Salon: Ria Nails
“I’ve never received so many compliments on my nails since Ria nail arted the crap out of them, (even after my Instagram blunder-fuck.)” -Jen

• Best New Late Night SnackThai at No Name Bar
“This Pad Thai tasted like a Thai version of my Nonna’s red sauce, really homemade. It was definitely a lot more noodles than shrimp or peanuts, but it was the perfect heat, spicy enough to be delicious but not so much that I needed to inhale the dish to try to escape the heat.” – Jen

• Best Designer: Alexandra Weiss
Alexandra Weiss is a native from Pennsylvania (Scranton, actually). She is a fashion designer and grew up with a true passion for drawing and creating. Her own designs are multifunctional tank shirts and dresses which are made of silk with a lace insert on the side.” – Janina

• Best New DIY Music Venue: Muchmore’s
“If you can’t find it, just open your ears; there is no sound proofing and if you are too cheap to fork over $5, you can listen through the open windows.” – Jen

• Best of McGolrick Park: Farmers Market
“‘I am so excited about this,’  I overheard a Greenpointer say as she examined the gorgeous bounty. Everyone was buzzing about, finding fresh local treasures.” – Jen

• Best Art Show: Unreliable Narrator at Pierogi
“Each piece teased out minute and often-obscure details of systems from pop cultural groups to North American history to the knock on effects of the industrial revolution.” – Jon P

• Best Condiment: My Friend’s Mustard
“Unless it’s a giant slab of kielbasa, I never find myself asking for anyone to pass the mustard. That all changed this weekend.” – Jen

• Best Cappuccino: Variety
“Excellent brew and my favorite cappuccino in the hood, the space was designed just for a coffee line.” – Jen

• Best Book: The Last Bohemia
“An important book for everyone living in North Brooklyn, old-timers and newcomers, when I first picked it up, it’s had a certain heft, not because it’s big, but because the changes Anasi tackles, especially for Greenpointers, are looming.” -Jen

• Best Cocktails: Five Leaves
“…five new cocktails on the menu that fit the following criteria: 1. everything is made in-house 2. they are not expensive 3. they each take 1 min 15 sec to make.” – Jen

• Best Filming Moment: The Explosion

• Best of the Outdoors: Canoeing to Bushwick Inlet
“Gliding down the Newtown Creek gives one a much different perspective of that waterway.  While it certainly didn’t feel clean  – the water itself has a murky, oily quality to it that I find unsettling, particularly at night – the calming effect of being on it changed my experience of the day dramatically.” – Peter

• Best Way To DeStress: Community Shiatsu
“Some people are true healers. I was having shoulder pain from working on the computer and it really helped to relieve stress and tension, not to mention the overall sense of calm I felt afterwards.” – Jen

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There is so much BEST in Greenpoint, I have to break this up into two posts. Stay tuned for Part 2.

• Best New Restaurant: Adelina’s
“Toby described his cooking style as “simple and honest.” I agree. One thing I love about home cooked food is I can shovel it into my mouth portion after portion and not feel like crap, like when I double fist my Nonna’s rice balls.” – Jen

• Best Contributor’s Self-Sacrafice: Peter’s Spray Tan

• Best Pop-Up: SoFar Sounds
“The more performers we saw, the more we wanted to stay. The format was great, too. Each performer only played three songs, then next! – which definitely is a good way to keep a crowd.”

• Best Young Entrepreneurs: Lemonade Love
“With already a keen understanding of the value of social media, Nat asked ‘are we going to be on Facebook?'” – Jen

• Best of Summer (Recreation): McCarren Park Pool

• Best Instagram Buddy: @thecityandtheocean

• Best of Summer (Food): Peter Pan’s Ice Cream Donut Sandwich
“It’s something I’d heard rumors about for years, but never knew if it actually existed … advertising the great white whale of summer desserts: the Ice Cream Donut Sandwich. It sounded like a joke.” – Matthew S

• Best Business Revamp: Brooklyn Point Cafe
“It has been gutted and turned into a fresh new restaurant with a menu that is anything but Polish. Of course they kept the grilled Polish sausage on the menu to stay tied to their roots.” – Janello

• Best Underground Dining: Yummy Eats Dim Sum Dinner
“The food paparazzi were in full force and when Chef Joseph Yoon brought out each gorgeously plated dish, anxious hands held back until every iphone in the room recorded the food glory.” – Jen

Artwork by David Pettibone

• Best Artist: David Pettibone
“Darkened, apocalyptic skies loom over dramatic and desolate landscapes, while human figures, hooded and covered from head to toe in bleach white, toil among scores of mysterious boxes. Something massive is most definitely amiss.” – Ragnar

• Best Band: Heliotropes
“Aside from their surprisingly heavy sound and amazing guitar solos, the entire band was sex on a stick. Also an instant download.” – Jen

• Best Food Competition: Kings County Corn Bowl
“Twelve culinary kooks brought incredible offerings, all crafted from freshly picked upstate corn.” – Tom

• Best Signage: EAT. REAL. FOOD. at The Brooklyn Kitchen

• Best New Start-Up: Farm To Baby “Lauren takes produce from local farms and cooks up something healthful and delicious, grinds it all up, jars it in cute little mason jars, and delivers it to your baby’s mouth.” – Joann

• Best New Bar: Beloved
“The focus is on a killer cocktail list, a well-designed interior sporting luxe wallpaper and custom lighting, and bartenders who actually seem to want you to enjoy your time there.” – Peter

• Best Taco: Calexico
Three of our writer’s toured the neighborhood and very scientifically tested every taco in town. Peter wrote: “It just fits exactly what you want out of a summer taco: filling, light on the stomach, and balanced perfectly against a backdrop of cocktails and good beer.” -Peter

• Best Idea For Greenpoint: Expand the G Train
“Wasn’t it such a pleasure to catch the G Train and not have to run a half a mile to the middle of the platform?” – Jen

• Best Street Performer: Super Bad Brad
“I have two words: original hipster.” – Jen

• Best Street Art: Jellyfish
“Talk about nailing it, the jellyfish on this cement truck was the most mind blowing use of space we’ve seen, and the artist (whose name is still a mystery) didn’t have to dangle off a ledge to do it.” – Jen

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Thursday aren’t the only night at One Stop Beer Shop

Food & Drink & Subtexture @ One Stop Beer Shop

It’s no surprise that One Stop Beer Shop on Kingsland Ave was included in New York Magazine’s Where to Drink? 2012 on a Thursday night. The Kings of Karaoke are there, throwing the best karaoke party in Brooklyn! Plus Greenpoint artist Subtexture’s work, a series called Street Shadows is looking great on the walls.

But it’s not the only night to enjoy awesome drink AND food. On Memorial Day we popped in for some beer and A/C, which was pumping. The Margabucha, on the beer cocktail menu caught my eye. I’m still not sold on the idea of beer cocktails, but I love kombucha, and aside from the tequila, this actually looked good for me. Well it tasted good for me, too! Not too sweet, just how a good margarita should be.

We got to looking at the food menu (they serve brunch on weekends but alas it was Monday) and we ordered the Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mushrooms along with the Chorizo, oh my! The dishes were the perfect size (and price) for sharing, and they were delicious.

I look forward to eating my way through the rest of the menu.

One Stop Beer Shop
134 Kingsland Ave

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