meserole ave

The History of Meserole Avenue

In the heart of where the old orchard once stood is P.S. 31, an elegant old school with a gorgeous façade that is being refurbished. Previously, P.S. 31 was on Dupont Street and the present school was once a middle school.

This post marks the first in a series of posts that will recount the history of different streets in Greenpoint. Meserole Avenue is named for the Meserole family who once had a gorgeous orchard that long ago disappeared. The orchard at one time was so beautiful that it was considered one of the “garden spots” of Brooklyn. Long after the orchard was just a memory, the name garden spot survived and was used ironically by Peter McGuinness and others to describe the highly industrial neighborhood. Continue reading

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“Wear Sequins for Breakfast” & Sip + Shop at Vintage Shaun Pop-Up Tonight (3/6)

Vintage Shaun Pop-Up

While walking down Meserole, we noticed the Vintage Shaun Pop-Up shop and met shop owner / commercial fashion stylist / FIT teacher Shaunya Hartley, a Brooklyn born and raised, bad ass babe who had some unique fashion advice and great vintage to boot.

“I believe you should wear sequins for breakfast,” she told us in all seriousness then explained how once after she had just finished a dental cleaning she ran into an ex who thought she looked “fabulous,” and she swore it was the sequins that saved the day. Continue reading

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A Man of Many Hats: Meet Brian Downey, Skateboarder, Entrepreneur, and Hat Maker

Almost everyone has a t-shirt they love for sentimental reasons, whether it’s a souvenir from an epic concert or a gift from a loved one. But the memories we attach to our favorite t-shirts often outlive the fabric they’re made of. It’s the classic clothing conundrum: what to do with these tattered, stained, ill-fitted keepsakes that we can’t bear to throw away, but can no longer wear in public?

Brian Downey has the solution: bring a t-shirt to him, and he’ll turn it into a hat.

The Amazing T-shirt Transformation Program is the latest venture of Falcon Bowse, Brian’s San Francisco-based company centered on producing clothing and other items from natural and repurposed materials. The project began as a Kickstarter venture and has expanded into a pop-up shop here in Greenpoint, at 110 Meserole Ave. I had the opportunity to interview Brian at his new store.

Falcon Bowse storefront
Brian Downey in front of his Meserole Ave shop

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Beginnings Gallery’s LAST EXHIBITION EVER – “The End” – Tonight (7/29)

Greenpoint art gallery Beginnings (110 Meserole Ave) opened last August and tonight Monday August 29, 2013 from 6-10pm is their last show – aptly titled, “The End.”

A note on their website reads:

It’s been a great and satisfying run—so we’ve decided to stop. New mental, spiritual and geographic priorities have arisen—the gallery evaporates in waves of heat. Time does a cycle. Time does a flip … We’ll keep Beginnings — as a thing, continue to produce the video series and probably think up some other projects. It’s impossible to stop. How could you ever stop something called Beginnings —?

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