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Blog Buzz: Gondolas, Slavs & Fashionista Grandmas

Blog Buzz time!

Autumn in Greenpoint through the eyes of the boys from Alter. It’s definitely much more stylish than most Greenpointers eyes. Fantastic images and style from the hottest shop(s) on Franklin. – Alter Blog

It’s baaaaaaaaaaaack! Studio B’s grand re-opening is scheduled for October 17th but their calendar says there’s even a show on Sunday October 12th and they had a show last week, but I digress. I’m glad to see they haven’t been shut down, but then I never thought they would be. To me it’s obvious how things work in this city and in this neighborhood and I knew that Studio B was never really in any danger of being permanently shuttered. But seriously, I wish they would have some shows that I would want to go see – I just can’t get into the DJ music scene. – Williamsburg Is Dead

As our own Kea pointed out it’s Polish-American Heritage Month! And as a part Pole myself, pierogies are the shit, yo. Take the Slavs of New York Polish Walking Tour to learn a little more about the Polskie way of life here in GPT. – Greenpointers, Slavs of New York & amNY

MetroNY does a a snapshot of Manhattan Avenue between Milton & Noble. There are quite a few vacant for rent storefronts on that tiny stretch but I’ve been seeing life go on inside a couple of them recently, so we can probably be expecting some new things to pop up very shortly over there. – Metro NY

And even Ireland know about The ‘Point! “Greenpoint is an island of hip understatement on the northernmost tip of Brooklyn, an intact urban village with an industrial edge, blue-collar heart and milliondollar views of mid-town Manhattan. Mom-and-pop shops mingle with small art galleries; pierogis and stuffed cabbage rub elbows with tofu hot dogs and Niman Ranch naturally raised beef; metal foundries and carpentry shops work side-by-side with film crews and artisan ice-cream makers.” – The Independent

Tom over at Citical Reviews does Greenpoint Coffee House which just happens to be hands-down, my favorite spot for brunch in the neighborhood. Seems he’s pretty fond of it, too. – Critical Reviews

Ah Top Chef Brooklyn – or Top Chef: New York as Bravo is calling it – is a little over a month away, premiering on November 12th. But the website is up now, showing the faces we can expect this season. Oh and apparently there’s a new judge, too. – Bravo & Grub Street

Diamond Bar now has a vintage Gondola ski lift from Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks in their yard for seating. No, seriously, just check out that picture to the left of “these guys performing the EXTREMELY SKETCHY task of taking this thing over the roof”. I’ve GOT to check this out. – Diamond Bar

NY1 has a video showing two Williamsburg (expensive, hipstery & trendy) shops. As NY1 celebrates Brooklyn Week, Michelle Yu turned to Zagat’s Best of Brooklyn survey for ideas on where to shop for trendy threads and home items in Williamsburg. – NY1

For some more expensive shopping in Williamsburg, designer Paul Smith is opening “a freestanding store, the first of its kind in the U.S. that will sell only marked-down items, at 280 Grand Street between Roebling and Havemeyer Streets. The 900-square-foot space will open Oct. 16.” – WWD

Here’s a novel idea – it’s like The Sartorialist for the octogenarian set. Advanced Style showcases “Proof from the wizened and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.” Oh and and look at the little old Polish lady in Greenpoint’s matching hat and scarf! I love it. – Advanced Style

College Candy counts down the Top 5 Hipster Trends To NEVER Rock. And I, for one, cannot argue on the fake eyeglasses thing. WHAT is that?! I’m talking to you deli guy at C-Town… – College Candy

eBay has a great listing from seller lonster9. A postcard featuring a view of Nassau Avenue and McGolrick Park.

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Blog Buzz: Bitchin’ & Moanin’

Ah, busy little Greenpointer hasn’t had time to blog! But the world keeps turning and others keep writing so here’s a roundup of some Greenpoint goodies from around the ‘net.

Getting to know Greenpoint and Williamsburg
– This post is hoping to be the definitive one to give you all the yummies around the hood. – Chowhound

Studio B and it’s retractable roof – I find this one hard to believe will actually happen given all the drama from the residents… but it sure does look purty.

Speaking of drama from local residents, the madness surrounding Club Exit and the nearby shooting has been the buzz of the neighborhood. The Brooklyn Eagle even added another tasty tidbit that “The woman was shot in the leg as she fled down Greenpoint Avenue around 4 a.m. Friday while running away from the scene of a brawl inside the club.” Monday night there was supposedly a community meeting at the side of the old Greenpoint savings bank. The Brooklynian thread has a poster on there that’s claiming it did take place and “that the actual owner of exit was at the town meeting to answer all questions”, as well as stating “the captain of the 94, and the owner of exit, have sat down and spoke,and will try to work together to make the neighborhood safer and quieter”. Hmmmmm, anyone else go to this meeting?

Even more neighborhood drama was at the McCarren Park Go Green! Greenpoint Earth Day event. Exxon was apparently a major sponsor of the event that it caused some folks to do a sort of “protest” at the event. Personally, I think it’s quite fucking hypocritical of everyone to at one point berate Exxon for not doing enough for the community after their major oil spill fuck-up of the century but then when they do try, we give ’em shit for that, too. It just goes to show people love to bitch and moan.


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Blog Buzz: Wooden Phone Booth Habitats

Here’s another Blog Buzz post. More and more Greenpoint gossip about town to keep up with.

The Fading Ad Blog has a number of cool Greenpoint pics but check out Greenpoint Mufflers & Pipes – Manhattan Avenue 2003 and maybe you can help decipher the old writing on the wall. – Fading Ad Blog by Frank H. Jump

When Two Blogs Unite they apparently do an old school tour of The Point. Bonus points for including Irene’s Bar. Though any Pointer worth his salt knows that’s not the only old time wooden phone booth in the neighborhood. Remember the one at Bee’s? Any others anyone can think of? – Urbanite

Regina Spektor is coming to town this Saturday to celebrate Record Store Day. – Eventful

Bitch to the NYC Transit President Howard Roberts about the G Train tomorrow night at the NYC TRANSIT RIDERS COUNCIL 2008 PRESIDENT’S FORUM ON SUBWAYS. – Save The G

The Habitat finally opened this past weekend. Word has it there are 12 New York microbrews are on tap. – Gothamist

On Sunday April 27th, there’s the Artwalking: Bedford Avenue exhibition, where thirty stores on Bedford Avenue are going to show art installations in their store windows. According to Matthew Silver, the person in charge has been gathering a ton of street performers to make the streets very colorful. If you’re interested in participating check out the Craigslist ad here. – The Bedford Circle of Fools

Dandelion Wine is opening up right outside my window and barring any nonsense from the State Liquor Authority (remember when Brooklyn Label was supposed to have theirs in time for Christmas? See how well that worked out.) should be open by May. Not a big wine connoisseur myself but I can always appreciate more alcohol in the hood.

And of course don’t forget about Darts coming to Greenpoint – sign up, already! – Greenpointers

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Blog Buzz: 4/3/08

I am going away for a week and won’t be blogging cause, well, I’m going on vacation why would I want to blog?! But feel free to still email me and keep me in the loop with anything interesting going on in the hood.

I am leaving you with some good stuff that I would be checking out if I was here.

The Brooklyn Flea is starting this Sunday! Yay! I have been waiting patiently for this and though I’m bummed I’ll be missing out on the inaugural week, I am comforted that there will be many more.

Brooklyn Based did a nice write-up on some of the participants and what to expect. This is going to be fun and I will be there the next Sunday with bells on!

Closer to home, Jan & Aya opened last weekend and Elaine Perlov mentions that there are treats to be scored on weekends. Golden Twinkees and tea towels – yum!

Speaking of openings Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is open again after a shaky Summer last year. Thursday through Sunday 3-9pm. I never got a chance to check them out last year but I’ll be regular this Spring and Summer.

This Saturday there’s a Sam Adams promo at Red Star – $3 pints and giveaways. And you can catch the Met game in hi-def. Score!

Brooklyn Brewery tours is something I’ve always wanted to do but never get around to it. Every Saturday with one every hour at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Jeez, and I still have not found the time to go? I’m a loser.

Well, that’s all I got. Try not to miss me too much. See ya in a week!

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Catching Up

Gothamist did a sneak peek on The Habitat. I took a peek inside last week as well and it looks small but cute. It’s a little kitschy, but I like that so I’ll definitely check it out when it opens.

Terry Corrao has new show on channel 21 and the pilot is showcasing Easter in Greenpoint.

Little Bit of Brooklyn 

Brooklyn cook, caterer, and instructor Terry Corrao hosts a new documentary about a Polish Easter celebration in Brooklyn, New York. Corrao visits the Gubernat family of Greenpoint, the second largest Polish neighborhood in the U.S., during Easter Week to show how they keep Polish Easter traditions alive. Features pisanki, the art of intricate egg painting with wax; crafting a decorative butter lamb and dessert lamb; shopping in Greenpoint food stores for kielbasa and cheeses; preparing a traditional Easter basket for church blessing; and a classic Polish soup prepared by grandmother “Babcia” for Easter dinner.

2:30pm — Saturday, March 22
7:30pm — Saturday, March 22

The G-Train is being extended to Church Avenue
starting in November 2008.

How Do You Walk? – Pratt student and 8 year Greenpointer Kathleen Scully is doing a a class study on walking.


I’m, interested in people here whom walk, part, some,or all of their distance to work, even a short walk to the G train, to those who walk over the Pulaski Bridge, or to the L on Bedford. 

I’m interested in what they carry, what they wear, if they walk with someone, or alone, if it’s done for exercise, or convenience, is it cost effective, safe, etc.

Fill out her short survey here.

Zagat’s is now accepting rates and reviews for NYC restaurants! From March 12 – April 27th you can rate and review all your favorite places in the five boroughs and you get rewarded with a free 2009 Zagat Guide when it comes out. How cool is that? Get over there now and rate your favorite Greenpoint joints.

Plus this year “there will be awards for the “wittiest” and “best” surveyors. The winners will be determined by a vote from other surveyors, and awards will be announced with the release of the guide.” So all you Yelp Elite members can try your hand at impressing the Zagat folks.

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