Veronica People’s Club

Get a “Frisky” or a “Fixie” at Broken Land – Opening Tonight! (6/6)

Broken Land's Bartender Ryan Wood

Wondering what will fill the space (more like a void) that was the former Veronica People’s Club?

Broken Land (105 Franklin St) has come. And they are opening their doors tonight – Thursday, 6/6 at 9pm!

I sat down with bar manager, Ryan Wood and one of the owners, Julia Arnold, amidst the flurry of prepping for their opening party tonight.

GP:  What’s the concept of  “Broken Land”?

BL:  We choose “Broken Land” because it was the original name the Dutch gave Brooklyn (Breukelen) and it was descriptive of the the area where Newtown Creek was: waving marshlands.  Those marshlands are now known as Greenpoint.  We wanted to create a bar “where we would want to be.” Continue reading

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Sad times on Franklin St: VPC Closing

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.

Dre

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
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GREENPOINTERS ESPRESSO TOUR RESULTS!

An excellent espresso is a cafe’s best business card. On Sunday October 2, 2011, Rebecca from I love Greenpoint, Mike & Charlie from Brooklynauts and I tasted a total of 19 espressos from every cafe* in Greenpoint in order to determine the champion of the Greenpointers 2011 Espresso Tour. The density of outstanding espressos in this neighborhood was impressive and made the tour difficult to judge, but we have a winner!

Greenpointers Espresso Tour Map

Each cafe was notified and generously donated 3 espressos. We judged using the following score sheet adapted from the World Barista Championship:

TASTE EVALUATION OF ESPRESSO:
• COLOR OF CREMA (hazelnut, dark brown, reddish reflection)  0/10  ___
• CONSISTENCY & PERSISTENCE OF CREMA*                        0/10  ___
• TASTE BALANCE (harmonious balance of sweet/acidic/bitter)  0/10  ___
• TACTILE BALANCE (full bodied, round, smooth)               0/10  ___
• TEMPERATURE** (hot but not too hot to drink)               0/10  ___
0/50  ___

BEVERAGE PRESENTATION:
• CORRECT ESPRESSO CUPS USED (60-90mL w/handle)              YES/NO
• SERVED WITH ACCESSORIES (spoon, napkin & water)            YES/NO
/2   ___

After judges’ individual scores were added, the highest possible score was 156. Results ranged between 97-142. (Only the top 3 scores are revealed.)

*We were unable to contact Ashbox and the cafe was closed on Sunday.

2011 GREENPOINTERS ESPRESSO TOUR RESULTS

 

*** 1st Place: Cup on Norman ***

Top Score: 142

2nd Place: Upright ( Score: 139)

3rd Place: Grumpy & Champion (Scores: 138 each)

OTHER CATEGORIES:

Best on Franklin St: Veronica People’s Club
Best on Manhattan Ave: Upright
Best near McGolrick Park: Variety
Best Overall Experience: Veronica People’s Club
Best Coffee Bar: Troost
Best Presentation: Le Gamin & Cafecito Bogota
Hottest Barista: Janna at Van Leeuwen
Best Team: Cookie Road
Most Unassuming: Garden Spot Cafe
Most Charming: Milk & Roses
Best Value: Royal & VPC ($2)

Congratulations to CUP, the 2011 Greenpointers Espresso Tour Champion!

THE WHOLE STORY: Continue reading

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Mama’s Pop-Up at VPC

© Greenpointers

After finally trying the amazing Saturday Antojitos Mexican Pop-Up at VPC, I had to try Mama’s Pop-Up. I walk by the chalk board door and see the menu and just want it to be delicious and comforty. It was the perfect place for Justine and I to take care of (blog) biz. Boy there are a lot of passwords!

I tend to over order, but the heavier dishes: meatloaf wrapped in bacon with gravy and fried chicken sammy were well-balanced by the veggie dishes: cucumber and beet salads, and the ever so light mac n’ cheese and corn bread. (How could you not?)

Imagine the above dish in front of you, then imagine it tasting awesome. I woofed it. Justine summed it up: “this shit is slammin!” Why do you have to go Justine?

Mama’s Pop-Up Wed, Thurs, & Fri, 6 –10 pm @ Veronica People’s Club (105 Franklin) $10: 3 veggie sides, $11: meat + 1 side, $12: meat + 2 sides

Mama’s is opening a location in Williamsburg soon, but I hope they keep this up at VPC forever!

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Antojitos Mexicanos

Veronica People’s Club is at it again – this time Saturdays are dedicated to Mexican fare. Every Saturday from 3pm-8pm you’re able to score tasty fresh Mexican treats from Luis & Nancy.

This week’s menu:

Rustic Tacos – Soft taco served with queso fresco, cactus salad, and guacamole.
Mexican Chorizo Tacos – Soft taco served with chorizo & potato, onions, cilantro, lime, radish and salsa
$3.00

Tamales Rojos – Red dried chili Tamales served with sour cream and cotija cheese
$2.00

Sardine Quesadillas – Fried Taco, served with sardines stew, onions, cilantro, avocado, lime and salsa valentina
Zucchini Flower and Vegetables Quesadilla – Fried Taco served with zuchini flowers, mushrooms, onions, jalapeño, epazote and cheese served with salad, sour cream, cotija cheese and salsa
$2.50

Veronica People’s ClubAntojitos Mexicanos!
105 Franklin Street

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Mama’s Comes to VPC

Mama’s is bringing its delicious fried chicken and legendary mac and cheese to Greenpoint via Mama’s Pop-Up Restaurant inside Veronica People’s Club.

Starting July 20th, plates of fried chicken, pork shoulder, seasonal veggies, and mac and cheese will be available to eat in or take out every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 6 pm – 10 pm at Veronica People’s Club on 105 Franklin St. Prices are cheaper than the East Village location ($10 for 3 veggie sides, $11 meat + 1 side, $12 meat + 2 sides), but the portions are just as generous, and it coincides with VPC happy hour. Additional special: New England Narragansett beer $3 with Mama’s food.

What’s even better? A full location complete with beer and wine is coming to Williamsburg as soon as next month!

Mama’s Pop-Up Shop at Veronica People’s Club
105 Franklin Street (between Greenpoint and Milton)
(718) 349-2901
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 6 pm – 10 pm
July 20th – Fall

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Poker Unleashed: 5.23.11

Poker Unleashed has their next game date set at Veronica People’s Club, so if you’re looking to brush up your skills, get registered ASAP!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the last game – we raised nearly $500 for Dog Habitat! We hope you can join us for the next Poker Unleashed to help fundraise for Dog Habitat, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and ultimately placing dogs in the right, loving homes.

The Deal:
– 20 to 30 person Texas Holdem tournament
– Start with 3000 in chips, re-buys for 1 hour
– $100 buy-in ($25 donated to Dog Habitat)
– Top 3 in the money

7:30pm Registration
8:00pm Shuffle Up and Deal

You must RSVP to [email protected] for a guaranteed seat and confirmation to the game.

Monday, May 23, 2011
Poker Unleashed at Veronica People’s Club
105 Franklin Street

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Poker Unleashed: 4.18.11

Another Poker Unleashed event is coming up in a couple of weeks, so get yourself registered lickety split if you want to rake in the dough as a poker champ. As always, the $100 buy-in helps benefit Dog Habitat Rescue. Facebook event here.

They are also looking for volunteers to help for a huge Game Night Japan Fundraiser. Please email [email protected] if you might be interested in volunteering.

Poker Unleashed
4.18.11
MUST RSVP to [email protected]
at Veronica People’s Club
105 Franklin Street

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