President-Elect Trump has tapped Greenpoint born Vincent Viola to be his head of the Army. In the early 1960’s, few of the kids attending St. Cecelia’s School on Monitor Street ever imagined that they would be going to school with a member of the president’s cabinet and a billionaire, but Viola would turn out to be a huge local success story.
Viola, born locally in 1956 into an Italian-American family, is the son of a truck driver who served in the military in World War II. Vinny went on to Brooklyn Tech, the best public academic high school, where he was such a good student that he was accepted into West Point, where he graduated from in 1977. He also graduated from the US Army Ranger School and after served as an officer in the 101st Airborne following West Point, reaching the rank of major. Continue reading →
Last night, local historian, teacher, and author Geoffrey Cobb delighted a full house at Shayz Lounge (130 Franklin Street) with a selection of readings from his latest book, The King of Greenpoint. The book is about Peter J. McGuinness, the man for whom McGuinness Boulevard is named.
McGuinness was born on Eagle Street in 1888, and despite having no high school eduction and being a 300-pound lumber handler and blue collar laborer, managed to become one of the most influential politicians Greenpoint has ever seen.
Through pure charisma, lots of street smarts, and an ardent dedication to his everyday, working class constituents, McGuinness was able to get elected as an alderman in 1919, thus beginning a long and rich political career. Continue reading →
This week’s photo essay focuses on people that have been in Greenpoint a while and have stories to tell about it. Whether they remember movies at The Chopin Theater or when McGuinness Boulevard was still cobblestone, these folks are everyday guardians of the neighborhood’s history and traditions. If you are lucky enough to see them walking down the street, say hello, politely ask them about their memories of the neighborhood, and get ready for the best history lesson of your life… Continue reading →
Want some Summer reading about our neighborhood? Here’s a list of books related to Greenpoint. People ask me how I researched my account of local history Greenpoint Brooklyn’s Forgotten Past. The answer partially is that I read the books in the list below.
2) Historic Greenpoint, William Felter
The first book on local history, Felter published his remarkable book about a century ago. It tells the area’s history, but omits the dark chapters of Greenpoint’s Past—well worth a read though. And since it’s out of copyright, it’s free to download. Continue reading →
It’s really easy to get all your veggies this spring and summer in North Brooklyn with the vast variety of CSAs. CSAs (which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and CSAs are also sometimes called farm shares) are a great way for people to have access to local, fresh vegetables, fruit, and other food directly from the farms. Participants purchase a “share” for a season—shares are based on items, delivery regularity, or size—paying in winter or spring for a box of locally delivered goods. By providing financial support to the farmer early on, you support the farmer no matter what the weather—and you get to be treated to the bounty of whatever the weather provides. Best of all, you don’t have to deal with worrying about oversleeping and missing the good stuff at the farmers’ market!
Because you generally don’t get to pick which kinds of vegetables and fruit, and you are often exposed to new kinds of fruit and vegetables, it’s a great chance to learn how to cook new veggies. Many of the CSAs also provide a website or Facebook group with recipes; be sure to inquire.
If you’re interested in signing up for a CSA, you should get a move on. Some have already closed for the season, and many are nearing capacity.
This Sunday, come on down to 67 West Street starting at 1 pm to find some cool accessories and furniture for your newly spring-cleaned home (or if you’re like us, the apartment you’ve been totally meaning to get around to spring clean).
After the jump, get a sneak peek at our awesome home decor vendors. We hope to see all of you Sunday afternoon! Continue reading →
Just in time for the good weather! Check out these sweet deals at Sunny Eye Shop, Greenpoint’s local optometrist and eyeglass store.
Glasses are something you wear all day, everyday. It’s the first thing that gets noticed. Make them beautiful and distinctive. Show off your personality!
$25 off Sunglasses *now thru May 31st
Sunny Eye Shop (284 Driggs Ave) is not your average optical. They are locally owned and operated by the on-site Doc. Their aim is to offer a variety of quality frames, hand-picked for the unique and eclectic styles of Greenpoint.
Only handmade frames by independent eyeglass companies make the cut. These frames are designed with materials that will last for years to come while being comfortable and beautiful. Quality is their standard.
With an in house lab, they provide speedy service to make your glasses! They can make custom lenses for really killer sunglasses with options for custom colored tints, mirror finishes and polarized lenses.
Their passion comes from getting to know their neighbors. They don’t just dole out prescriptions, glasses and eye exams. They take their time to guide you to the right pair of glasses that functions while fitting your style.
Free Drink Voucher with a purchase of $50+ *redeemable only at Enid’s (560 Manhattan Ave)
“We know having something with a story, handcrafted with love, is important to the people in this neighborhood. In keeping with the spirit of Brooklyn, we are excited about being apart of the small community. Feel free to stop in to say hello or just hang out!”
Your local independent optometry practice and eyeglass store eye exams, glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, insurances taken
LIC Flea & Food is now in its 3rd season and is bigger and better than ever. The market has the largest selection of both flea and food vendors found anywhere in Queens. Plus this year they added an All-Queens Beer Garden exclusively serving beers from Queens breweries. Continue reading →