Donna Siafakas, the owner of Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop (727 Manhattan Ave.) and Nick Giannios, owner of The Greenpoint Floral Company (703 Manhattan Ave.) are two long-time local residents and successful Manhattan Avenue merchants who are trying to give back the community at holiday time, but they’re learning that things ain’t the way they used to be.
Siafakas loved the holiday lights that used to signal the start of every holiday season on Manhattan Avenue. She related to me how local merchants used to all chip in and collect money for the lights as a thank you to customers who supported local businesses. In those days, Manhattan Avenue business owners were locals with families and had deep ties to the community. Years ago a civic minded local Jewish merchant used to organize the lighting drive and collected the money, which most local store owners were only to happy to contribute.
Giannos and Siafakos have tried to keep the tradition alive, but times have changed and so has the willingness of merchants to fund the holiday lights. Siafakas said that she was shocked by the resistance to contributing for the avenue lights. She does not want local shoppers to chip in, and feels that it’s a way for store owners to show their love for the community; but fewer than half the businesses have contributed so far, and some shop owners told her outright that they would not contribute because they did not celebrate the holiday season. Continue reading →
Weird to think that all that white stuff on the ground is half melted less than a week later, but here’s the low-down on that $200/night igloo that you’ve probably seen retweeted ad nauseum all week. The most surprising thing about all of this is that AirBnB has other igloos around the world that are up to code.
Important Food News Flash: As of last Friday, Greenpoint got itself a second donut shop. Yep, that’s right, after many years of plain sailing, Peter Pan has finally got some competition!
Moe’s Doughs Donut Shop (126 Nassau Ave), situated at the corner of McGuinness, is a family-run operation headed by Egyptian-born owner Mohamed Saleh, who has lived in the neighborhood for over 25 years. Continue reading →
Need some father’s day gift inspiration? There’s plenty of cool stuff to give right here in your own backyard! Here’s a short list of ideas (which is admittedly in no way comprehensive, as there are so many more awesome small businesses here in north Brooklyn, so feel free to add to the list of ideas in the comments section).
1. Tacos, La Norteña / Vamos Al Tequila 2. Fine craft beers, Brouwerij Lane 3. Engraved biz card case, In God We Trust 4. Nice new comb, Chopin Chemists 5. Vintage VHS, The Thing 6. Slice of pizza, Vinnie’s / Franklin Pizza 7. Fine colognes, Old Hollywood 8. Coveralls, Pop’s Popular Clothing 9. Succulants (a.k.a. plants that require minimal care), Homecoming (formerly known as Spina) 10. Donut, Peter Pan 11. Delicious cheeses and Keta candy, Eastern District 12. Sweet shades, Alter 13. A funny old tshirt, People of 2Morrow 14. Fancy and rare spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box 15. Beach tote, M. Carter 16. Pour over coffee maker, Budin 17. A nice rosé, Dandelion Wine 18. Polish chocolates, Slodycze Wedel 19. A whole, fresh fish, Pura Vida Stand at McCarren Park Greenmarket 20. Stool for sitting and pondering, Bklyn Curated 21. Basketball, BQ Sports 22. Cool kicks, Wolves Within 23. Vintage vinyl, Permanent Records / Academy Records / Co-op 87 / Records Grouch 24. Portable bike pump and other biking accessories, Silk Road Cycles / B’s Bikes / Greenpoint Bikes 25. Bobbers and other fishing accessories, Dream Fishing Tackle 26. Polish sausages, smoked meats, and pickles, Nassau Meat Market / Mazur Meak Market (and so many more!) 27. A good book, like this one about the Pogues, Word.
We love cheap food. And we don’t just mean your regular budget-friendly fare. We’re talking down and dirty, there’s-only-$12-left-in-your-bank-account cheap food.
Our mission is to find satisfying, delicious meals for under $5-$7 per person. Rosie and I are going to wade through this wasteland of small plates and $15 kale salads to bring you the very cheapest of the cheap. It’s no easy task, but we (and by we I mean me, Gina) are willing to try just about anything (keep an eye out for our White Burger post) in the name of broke-ness.
To kick things off we met for a power breakfast at Peter Pan, which we have deemed the best breakfast bang for your buck in, quite possibly, all of North Brooklyn. There, we said it. Continue reading →
When I was a horny teenager I spent many a weekends making out on the big rocks of Central Park. One year for Valentine’s Day my high school boyfriend, whom of course I thought I would marry one day, gave me a street photography book of Central Park and in it wrote: “No matter what happens, we will always have Central Park.”
Peter Pan Donuts IS the Central Park of Greenpoint – a cultural institution – for you have ONLY experienced this neighborhood if you have ordered in person and enjoyed one of these delectable cream filled treats. This striking love lost piece by Sadie Stein – in none other than The Paris Review – conjures unforgettable Greenpoint moments:
When I commuted to the shop, I invariably found myself on the train with an elderly woman who, every day, was met at the top of the stairs by her husband. And every day, he would dip her back and greet her with a passionate kiss.
It echos: “No matter what happens, we will always have Peter Pan Donuts,” or in the case of those subway stop lovers – The G train!
Brooklyn Craft Camp FLASH SALE! $100 off with Code FLASH at checkout!
If you’re a crafty type, you won’t want to miss Brooklyn Craft Camp — an epic day of modern making happening in Greenpoint on Saturday, October 5, in the hall of the Church of the Messiah on Russell Street.
Brought to you by the soon-to-launch Brooklyn Craft Company, Craft Camp is a full day of crafting, eating, meeting and greeting! Registration includes four 90-minute modern craft classes — including terrariums, glass etching, stampmaking, papercut, suede tassel charms, sequin bracelets, knitted necklace, needle felting, and more — taught by amazing Brooklyn makers including craft authors, bloggers and designers.
But Brooklyn Craft Camp isn’t just mere crafting. It’s also awesome food — a Peter Pan donut bar for breakfast, a fancy lunch by Greenpoint chef Lisa Leonard Lee, and a cocktail hour. It’s great music with a DJ spinning vintage vinyl all day, a photo booth, aDIY nail art bar, a keynote chat from Jenni Rasosevich of I Spy DIY — and the sparkling company of over a hundred amazing crafty peeps! It’s like a DIY party all day long.
Advance registration is required, so head over to Brooklyn Craft Camp to check out all the classes and grab your spot!
It’s something I’d heard rumors about for years, but never knew if it actually existed. Finally, this summer a hand drawn sign appeared in the window of Greenpoint’s own Peter Pan Donut Shop (727 Manhattan Ave.) – advertising the great white whale of summer desserts: the Ice Cream Donut Sandwich. It sounded like a joke. A donut of your choice cut in half and stuffed with a large scoop of Haagan Dazs ice cream. I can confirm that not only is it real, but it’s delicious. Continue reading →