Greenpoint Avenue pins from BK Buttons

Die cast street sign pins

Die cast street sign pins

Last month the guys at BK Buttons released their first Brooklyn street sign pin, Greenpoint Avenue, and today they announced that anyone ordering a button can swing by the Pencil Factory Thursday evening to pick up their order:

For those of you working/living in Greenpoint, we will be hosting a “pin pick-up” at the Pencil Factory at 142 Franklin St at Greenpoint Ave, on Thursday (7/14) evening 6:30 – 8:30pm – please do swing by and pick up your order!

They’re still taking orders now through BKButtons.com but when we asked if we could pay cash for a pin tomorrow evening at the Pencil Factory pick up, they replied saying just “Maybe?”

Not a bad way to rep Greenpoint, I suppose! What’s next, a “West St.” pin?

Brooklyn Barge Bar is now officially open

bargeAfter a few false starts Brooklyn Barge Bar has finally opened in Greenpoint at 3 Milton Street. Unfortunately they missed the summer season, but we’ll still get some nice days to enjoy the outdoor spot before it gets too cold. The bar plans [Read more…]

Zombies In Greenpoint

Sunday afternoon the first Zombie Dash occurred on the industrial streets of Greenpoint. This informal 2.5 mile race originally started as an idea between friends and quickly evolved into a large event with about 150 participating runners. You could sign up as a human or as a zombie. These were not the slow moving zombies of years past but super fast and in shape runner zombies who definitely kept the participants on their toes. Keep your ears open for a more formal, sponsored zombie dash around Halloween.

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Free Sailor Jerry Tattoos + Rum

Image via Three Kings Tattoo

via Brokelyn

Tuesday, June 12th, marks what would have been famed tattoer Sailor Jerry’s 101st birthday.  What better way then with rum and free tattoos!

From Three Kings Tattoo:

On Tuesday June 12 from 10pm to 4am we will be joing Sailor Jerry Rum to celebrate the anniversary of Sailor Jerrys death. This year the world famous tattooer would be 101 and thats how many tattoos we are aiming to do. The tattoos are free and are given out at a first come first serve basis. You must be 21 or older and the design is a solid black old anchor drawn by the master himself. So come on down and celebrate with us with tattoos,drinks and a after party across the street at Matchless. Let‘s drink to the most influential tattoo artist that ever lived!!!

I’ll go if you go…

New Eatery in Greenpoint?

On the corner of Newell and Meserole this long neglected and boarded up corner space is showing some signs of life.  The sign says that “Slick Willie” will be a restaurant and bar serving beer and wine.  Does anyone have any other information about the place?

Ovenly Open in Greenpoint

Image via Nona Brooklyn

Ovenly opened their first brick and mortar shop this month in Greenpoint.  They offer a variety of baked goods, including breakfast items and desserts (some of them vegan and gluten-free) as well as delicious bar snacks that were available at the sadly now defunct Veronica Peoples ClubYou can view their entire menu here or better yet, stop by and try out the goods in person.  Ovenly is located at 31 Greenpoint Avenue.

Beloved in Greenpoint

via Grubstreet

Monday evening the fiance and I braved the rain for a much anticipated night cap at Greenpoint’s newest bar, Beloved.  I had already read a number of great reviews and am happy to report that every word was true.

We stepped into Beloved and found a couple seats at the end of bar.  The crowd was a little sparse around 9pm but started filling up as the next couple of hours passed.  The bar is beautiful – well designed and offering ample seating as well as a yard in the back.  The environment was comfortable and laid back and the bartender genuinely nice and personable.

I ordered that evening’s drink special – not sure what it was called but it consisted of a honey syrup, lime juice, and bourbon shaken together with blueberries.  It was, in my humble opinion, perfect.  The drink was not overly sweet, balanced by the lime juice and the smokey bourbon.  I also appreciated the perfectly ripe blueberries that garnished the drink as well as the very reasonable $8 price tag.  The fiance ordered the Allsorts Inc, consisting of tequila, mezcal, and an assortment of ingredients that we had to ask the bartender about, like Falernum.  The result was a delicious multilayered drink that had “a lot going on (but in a good way)” that the fiance thoroughly enjoyed.

All cocktails on the menu are $10.  All draft beers are $6 and cans of Tecate are an easy $3.  Beloved is located at 674 Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint, close to the intersection of Manhattan and Norman Ave.

1st Annual Mustard Festival

Personally, I’m going through a brussel sprouts smothered in dijon mustard phase but this truffled honey mustard on a pretzel doesn’t sound so bad. Maybe we can get a mayonnaise fest next?

The First Annual Brooklyn Mustard Festival is happening Saturday, April 28th, in the beer garden at T.B.D. Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn from 12-5. It will be a celebration of mustard in all of its pungency and richness, its nobility and sloppiness. A smattering of vendors — mostly local but some distant — will be offering up an array of mustards and mustard-based delicacies. You’ll find mustard styles ranging from smooth dijon to stone ground, in flavors ranging from mustard with green peppercorn to mustard with truffled honey to mustard made with Six Point beer. Mustard hailing from one of New York’s oldest mustard companies, and mustard from local, small-batch artisans. We’ll have chutneys featuring mustard seed, mustard-flavored pickles, and a terrific mustard herring. Vendors will make all of their products available for sampling and purchase. In addition, we’ll have for sale delicious soft pretzels (Sigmund’s) and some of Brooklyn’s finest hot dogs and sausages (The Meat Hook) to spread your favorite mustards on, and T.B.D.’s extensive beer list will give you plenty of options to pair your food with.

Saturday, April 28 12-5
T.B.D 224 Franklin St rain or shine! (hopefully shine since they have such a nice yard)
Free

Vendors Participating-
A. Bauer’s Mustard (Queens, NY) • Divine Brine (Huntington Station, NY) • D.P. Chutney Collective (Brooklyn, NY) • Hudson Valley Homestead (Craryville, NY) • The Meat Hook (Brooklyn, NY) • My Friend’s Mustard (Brooklyn, NY – Philadelphia, PA) • Shelky’s Smoked Fish (Brooklyn, NY) • Sigmund’s Pretzels (New York, NY) • Tin Mustard (Brooklyn, NY) • Wine Country Kitchen (Napa, CA)