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Greenpoint’s Haunted House On Oak Street

Oak Street and Guernsey - Greenpoint's Haunted House - Photo by Megan Penmann
Greenpoint’s “haunted house” at Oak Street and Guernsey (137 Oak St). Photo: Megan Penmann

If I had to pick one house in Greenpoint to set a horror movie in it would be the big old house set back off the street at the corner of Oak and Guernsey. The red brick facade, spooky wooden double doors, cast iron railings at the building’s entrance, as well as the iron fence and gate at lawn’s edge all are original, dating to the house’s construction in 1887.

The house has a fascinating history and it is connected to an equally fascinating man who had the presidency of the United States stolen from him in 1876: Samuel Tilden. Tilden is probably one of the people who gets the least credit for making Greenpoint great. Tilden was an absolutely brilliant corporate lawyer who knew a good investment when he saw one. He bought a huge piece of land before the Civil War in Greenpoint that covered an area from Calyer Street to Milton and east to Leonard Street including the land that St. Anthony’s church now sits on. Tilden did a lot for our state. He broke the corrupt Boss Tweed ring and helped write our state Constitution. In 1876 he really should have been elected president, but lost when his party, the Democrats, cut a dirty back room deal that ended reconstruction and sold him out. Continue reading

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Aelfie Homewares Warehouse Sale This Weekend!

Locally-based online retailer Aelfie is offering some pretty great deals for their biannual warehouse sale this weekend in Greenpoint. Get 30-75% off discontinued styles, floor samples, one-offs, and overstock. Their usual merch includes fun geometric rugs, pillows, bedding and a cheeky assortment of housewares.


Aelfie Warehouse Sale
Saturday Feb 18th & Sunday Feb 19th

61 Greenpoint Avenue #103 | 11-5pm



If you can’t make it, use the code “FlyingCarpet” at aelfie.com for 10% off

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Weekend Music: Everything Old is New Again (3/3 – 3/6)

Ah, nostalgia

Some songs and memories never leave us.

This weekend there are local opportunities to hear rockabilly, electronica, club, and calypso tunes that have stood the test of time.

Let’s begin tonight (3/3) with longtime road warrior Wayne “The Train” Hancock ringing out his Texas twang at the Knitting Factory.

I’ve been following Mr. Hancock since we were both living in Austin in the mid ’90s. All those gimmicky rockabilly bands floating around Brooklyn lately can’t hold a candle to him. Continue reading

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