Our little neighborhood is home to a lot of cafes—from your quick go-to spot (that’s you, Cup) to your second-home-away-from home (thank you, Cafe Grumpy) to everything in between. If you’re a freelancer, however, some of the cafes are better for you than others because they consistently offer the essentials (like free WiFi, an empty seat, good coffee, and decent music). Some may have it all but come with baggage (like spotty WiFi, sparse seating, bad music, or lots of babies). And some don’t have anything to offer you (except for good coffee on your day off). So, where should you go? Check out this quick freelancers’ guide to see what fits your vibe. Continue reading
Cafe Edna is excited to invite you to join us at our first HOLIDAY PARTY on Saturday, December 20 from 8-10PM. We’re looking forward to celebrating everything we’ve shared at the restaurant and in the neighborhood with drinks, food, music and amazing company. Friends, family, foes, flames and other associates are warmly welcome.
Tickets are $20 per person at the door and include an unlimited two-hour open bar with appetizers. We will be honoring the groundbreaking work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and a portion of your ticket sales will be directly donated towards the life-changing relationships they help develop and nurture. We encourage you to think about volunteering as an older sibling yourself.
Come hungry, come thirsty, come to unwind and start the evening off right with all of your Greenpoint friends! Our very own local celebrity — Dana Rachlin — will be guest bartending throughout the evening and, much to our chagrin, she’s got a mighty heavy-hand. Buy your tickets today and see you there!
Cafe Edna is location at 195 Nassau Ave.
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Local artist Hannah Simmons and Greenpointers Market coordinator Yuka Miyata are fundraising to bring an important art project to children in an area of Japan that is still recovering from the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. It’s call NYC Art X Sweet Treat 311 and we created this video to help get the message out.
Tonight the folks at Cafe Edna (195 Nassau Ave) are hosting a fundraiser for the duo from 7-10pm. All drink profits will be donated to the cause, plus free mini burritos (while supplies last). Also there will be Japanese oldies music, raffles, prizes, gifts and the chance to write a message to the children in Ogatsu that will be delivered personally when the women head to Japan to realize their project.
After several false-starts to summer, it’s the arrival of gorgeous weeks like this that make it seem important to spend as much time as possible outdoors. A few among us are lucky enough to have an outdoor space of our own but fortunately, for those of us that don’t, Greenpoint has an abundance of cafes and bars offering some beautiful back yards in which to idle away some sunny hours.
Here are few of our current favorites: Continue reading
What does fall feel like? Even more, what does it sound like? As the fall season has eased into our Greenpoint days, so has its musical aesthetic and the charm of falling for something. Whether it’s respite from a long 9-5 day, a midday meet-up, or a weekend window seat overlooking street benches while watching cars pass along Nassau Avenue, these are the songs that inspired a falling for being inside a coffee shop. The songs were curated over the last month from the spaces of: Café Edna, Café Grumpy, Spina, Propeller and Tar Pit.
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And now for your coffee culture pleasure, press play. Continue reading
An entrance inside Café Edna in Greenpoint feels like you might as well have floated in. In addition to being greeted by the smell of brewed coffee, baked goodness, there’s art at your right peripheral. Currently, some of it originates from the mind and the love of artist Danielle Calibrid. Greenpointers inquired about her pieces – black, white and full of color – and the conversation with her was a trip we welcomed.
Every great company starts with a great story. Greenpointer Joshua Adam Brueckner lost his job and needed to find a new one, but he didn’t have any money to buy clothes for job interviews. So like any DIY minded person he taught himself how to tailor his old clothes into better fitting, more fashionable pieces.
“I just turned this thing I’d never wear into something I can wear,” Joshua said, but there was a steep learning curve for Joshua.
“Not even a button!” he said about his sewing skills when he began, but he had a special knack for tailoring ties. With a lot of fat ties in his closet, which are not becoming on his slender physique, he transformed them into skinny ties, which is how his tie tailoring company SKINNYFATTIES was born. Continue reading
What’s in a name? Cafe Royal (195 Nassau Ave) was shutdown and in its’ place the owners of the building, who for reasons unknown want to remain anonymous, reopen the doors tomorrow June 21st, with a new name: Cafe Edna.
What do you think about the name change?
I chatted with manager Samantha Sharifi, one of Greenpoint’s loveliest baristas to find out what this change means for “the other side” of Greenpoint.
While you may have dug the old name and the golden rooster logo, there might have been other complaints that have been remedied by the new owners, like spotty wifi and the uncomfortable school room chairs. They overhauled the furnitures, hooked up Fios, so the internet is “10,000 times faster,” according to Samantha, plus you can print out your short stories or resumes on their wireless $0.10/copy printer and add your favorite songs to their ipod.
The same great staff with a few new hires are all on board including the beloved head chef Juan Paredes, who will still make you a delicious breakfast scramble or my favorite: the egg burrito. Plus there is an additional chicken burrito on the lunch menu and many old and new vegan and gluten free options.
Even more exciting, soon they will be rolling out a full dinner menu along with beer and wine with old favorites like the quinoa plate, vegan lasagna, the gluten-free pasta and more to come. Will you dine at Cafe Edna?
Let’s talk coffee. Samantha said they are now serving Toby’s Estate on a brand spanking new expresso machine and she will personally pull you the “perfect shot.” It better be short, girl!
Samantha is also putting together a Greenpoint artist group show, so keep your ears peeled for that.
Where have you been getting you daily caffeine dose since Royal closed and what do you think about the new name?
Cafe Edna will open tomorrow at 11am-4pm for a soft opening, then be open from 7am-6pm until they open for dinner.