One of Greenpoint’s best and proudly gayest bars is closing it’s doors. Over the past few weeks, everyone has been asking: “Is it true that VPC is closing?” The answer is sadly, yes. Why? Heather, owner, cannot comment. More dialogue from patrons: “What happened?” “That’s BS!” “I love that place!” “This sucks!” “Is it because it’s a gay bar?” “Noise complaints? “It isn’t loud!” “I don’t get it.” “Awful!” “Where am I going to watch drag race?” On and on…
The reality is: VPC’s party is over. Not only was it a great bar, with great cocktails and an awesome staff and crowd, but they supported the community, especially the art and food community…
The memories: VPC was the unofficial headquarters for Bring to Light. Antojitos Mexicanos Saturdays was the best Mexican food in town. There Cara Canella’s led her first Speak Easy Series. Morta Di Fame served rice balls to Greenpoint during it’s first Sicilian Sunday Supper Club. I wrote my check to Justine for Greenpointers.com over Mama’s “slammin” Mac n’ Cheese. I bought my best sweater at a VPC Vintage Pop-Up. Ugly Art Room’s Balls Out Fundraiser & Food Competition raffled off a cat castration from Greenpoint Vet to a girl with a puppy! Greenpointers was looking forward to making many more messes in Terrarium Class. And Veronica People’s Club was the only way I could get my lezzie friend Maria to visit me in Brooklyn for the Kielbasa party. She lives in Manhattan on the same block as Heather’s, VPC’s sister bar, and drove the waiters insane because she wanted a cocktail off the Heather’s menu. I will greatly miss their strongest espresso, which won a prize in the Greenpointers Espresso Tour.
I am sure everyone has their own great memories at Veronica People’s Club. We need places like this. Places that open their doors and let the little people do their thing, to support the art and food community and have a blast doing it.
Please drop by on Saturday at 2pm for a final farewell Veronica People’s Club!
$4 well drinks, draft, and wine
Plus, Antojitos Mexicanos at 3pm & Self-Portrait Project 2pm-8pm
Justine, founder of Greenpointers, stays in touch and contributes to the Greenpointers Flickr pool as Vintspiration. She also takes sweet shots on the Instagram using the same name. Take the girl out of Greenpoint but you can’t take Greenpoint out of the girl!
Well, this is it. My last post on The Greenpointers. Tonight I hand the proverbial keys over to the new owner. I could sit here and wax poetic on the last 4 years but I’d rather brag about my successor, Jennifer Galatioto! Let the google stalking begin!
Jennifer is a native New Yorker, by way of Middle Village, Queens. And while Greenpoint is in Brooklyn, we’ve always had a kinship with Queens. Jen has been hanging her hat in Greenpoint for awhile now and she intends on staying forever and ever! Jen is already in the blogging world via her blog Morta Di Fame and she’s part of the team running Ugly Art Room. She’s also involved with all sorts of local events and cool shit – she’s got such a great energy and down to earth vibe that I instantly liked. And I think all of you will too.
I hope everyone will welcome her with open arms. I really feel Jen is going to appeal to all of the readers, new and old. And even those who have moved away but still like to check in on what’s going on in the old neighborhood. I’m sure her first post won’t be that long off but you can reach Jen directly at [email protected] and send her any tips, inquiries or well wishes today.
It’s been an amazing experience to create this blog and watch it flourish, and it gives me a great sense of joy to be able to see it go on without me and evolve. Thank you for reading over the years and goodbye Greenpoint!
Hands have been shook and a deal has been struck. The Greenpointers has found its new owner!
I’ll make an official post and introduction to the new owner once everything is signed, sealed and delivered – probably in the next week or two. But I wanted to let you all know that I am EXTREMELY happy with the decision. The new owner is already a huge part of the community, a native New Yorker and has amazing plans for this little blog. I don’t want to give any of their great ideas away, but I’m thrilled that The Greenpointers is going to live on to continue its reign as the unofficial blog of the neighborhood.
I also wanted to thank all the readers who sent in emails of such kind words. And Faye over at Brokelyn for posting about the sale with sweet words. I am touched by how many people read and really love and support the blog. Thank you for making me feel ridiculously wonderful! And when I made my decision to sell the blog to new owner, I knew I was making the right decision not just for myself but for the members of the community who depend on this blog to know what’s going on in Greenpoint.
While the Fred Flare store has left the area, the warehouse still remains on Kingsland Avenue and this Saturday they’re having their Warehouse Sale. Featuring 25%-85% off deals on vintage home items, old-school bikes and TONS of kitschy pieces from past store-displays. Me thinks it’s time to start Christmas gift shopping…
Fred Flare Warehouse Sale
Saturday September 10th, 2011 11am-5pm
300 Kingsland Avenue
btwn Nassau & Norman
According to Marcia from the Greenpoint Shul – the Jewish High Holidays are upon us and they’re trying to reach out to all the young Jews in the neighborhood to let them know about their cool and welcoming shul… that you can wear jeans to!
The High Holidays are around the corner, Make your plans now to the join the Greenpoint Shul. Buy Rosh Hashanah dinner tickets online
Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 7pm
Thursday, Sept 29th, 7pm
Updated: Start time is now 10pm instead of 8pm – But you can always get there early, have a drink or two and get a good spot to see the talent!
Coming Saturday September 10th, a very longtime and very good friend of mine is co-hosting an open mic and art show at t.b.d. If you would like to perform please contact them at [email protected] to be placed on the list. They are looking for artists who do poetry, spoken word, R&B, Soul, Acoustic, Blues, Jazz, etc.
Get It Done Entertainment & Us First Films would like to welcome you all to “Vibes To Touch“. Our Open Mic and Art Show experience hosted by Son-Ray & Exile Ramirez with special guest hosts Qi Chi + Wiseguy & Gaston.
Art displayed by: HopsArt, Ronin, Tyson Hall, and Michelle Marin.
Featured poet will be: D Realz a.k.a Limones
Featured act will be: Joshua Torrez
DJ Tahliem will be on the 1’s and 2’s keeping the party rocking after the open mic and art show.
Saturday September 10, 2011 – 8pmUpdated: 10pm t.b.d.
224 Franklin Street at Green St
Update 9/1/11: I’ll be updating this post as I’ve gotten an overwhelming response already in just the last hour. I will not be making any rash decisions or selling it without responding to all serious inquiries. I will also not be selling it to a spam site – so no worries there. Thanks all!
I’m moving out of the neighborhood at the end of the month (September 29th to be exact) and I’m letting go of my baby. The Greenpointers has been a part of my life since the summer of 2007 and has evolved into a resource for the community to see the latest news, happenings and gossip around the neighborhood. I’m very proud of what I created with the help of numerous contributors over the years.
I’m offering Greenpointers up for best offer. If you’re interested, shoot me an email at [email protected]. I’m more than happy to answer any questions. Below are a few tidbits:
* August 2011 visitors: 18,370
* Website is run with WordPress
* I use Dreamhost as the host
* All existing content is included – If you wanted to, you could just pick up where I left off or you can start over. Entirely up to you.
* Original gmail account from the beginning of the blog is included
* All existing social media id’s are included – Facebook page, group, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr, etc.
* A few of the contributors have already let me know they would be interested in staying on board with a new owner.