Eleven33 Development Connects New Residents with Local Greenpoint Community

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Eleven33, a new 210-unit residential development located along Greenpoint’s main thoroughfare of Manhattan Avenue, began welcoming residents earlier this year, and has rolled out the “MyDomain” program to help support and grow local businesses while adding value for tenants. The initiative takes its name from The Domain Companies, Eleven33’s developers, and has engaged more than 40 local businesses to provide exclusive incentives to residents, with new discounts and rewards being added regularly.

Businesses that have signed on with MyDomain include Brooklyn-based restaurants and bars, cafés, fitness studios, and services such as pet grooming, housekeeping, health and beauty, financial, transportation, and more. The building’s 8,000 square feet of retail space will also be filled by local businesses offering residents direct access and rewards. [Read more...]

13 manholes exploded in Greenpoint this morning near Norman Ave.

manholeIf exploding manhole covers weren’t already on your list of NYC fears (yes that same list that includes falling air conditioning units in the summer), here’s thirteen more reasons to add it [Read more...]

Video: Here’s what the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront looked like in 1992

williamsburg1992Check out this short video that was recently uploaded to YouTube by photographer Roland Andrijauskas of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront in 1992. The clip shows the rawness of the early 90′s waterfront (try to ignore the weird alien transmissions in the audio) when the twin towers were visible behind smoke stacks. Watch below:

- @joshmorrissey

Related: Zach Galifianakis’ 1993 student film set in Williamsburg

Hook & Cleaver: “Chopped” chef opening steakhouse on Greenpoint Ave.

Chef Diane DiMeo

Apparently, you can’t open a restaurant anymore unless you’ve been on “Chopped” or “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Hook & Cleaver opens on Thursday:

A chef who’s advanced on reality cooking shows like “The Taste” and “Chopped” will soon be bringing her talents to Greenpoint.

Diane DiMeo’s new steak restaurant and lounge, Hook & Cleaver, will open its doors at 68 Greenpoint Ave… [Read more...]

Five Leaves is expanding… maybe we’ll actually want to go there now

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We love Five Leaves, but holy fuck is it a pain in the ass to get in. Who wants to wait 2 hours for brunch? Luckily, relief is on the way:

Five Leaves, the perennially popular Greenpoint brunch destination, is expanding to the space next door. Greenpointers reports that the adjacent Sharkey’s Driving School has recently relocated to Norman Avenue, freeing up space for the Five Leaves team to move in. At the moment the space is hosting a pop-up art gallery, but that’s only until renovations begin. Co-owner Kathy Mecham tells Greenpointers that the expansion will make room for a “bigger kitchen, bigger room, bigger bar,” which should also give them the capacity to do more catering. Locals are surely just hoping it will make the wait not quite so long. But no word yet on exactly when those renovations will start, or how long they’re supposed to take, so keep an eye out.

Infamous developer Robert Scarano planning another hotel in Greenpoint

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One of Brooklyn’s most notorious developers, Robert M. Scarano, has filed paperwork to open a hotel on 214 Franklin Street in Greenpoint. His latest projects in Greenpoint include the Box House Hotel and the Henry Norman Hotel (which incidentally is open now and has a penthouse room that costs $600 per night with a lovely view of the sanitation plant just blocks away). [Read more...]

Slick Willie – now open in Greenpoint

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Slick Willie
179 Meserole Ave in Greenpoint
718-389-0090

A new restaurant has finally opened on a quiet block in Greenpoint called Slick Willie. Named for a Greenpoint-born bank robber, Willie Sutton, the cafe boasts menu categories like Solitary Confinement, Hiding Out For a While and On the Run. We can’t wait to try the Contraband burger. For now, they’re only open for lunch and dinner, but as a chalkboard above the bar boasts: “Dinner and bar when prohibition is over: Full liquor, beer coming soon…” [Read more...]

Le Fanfare – new Italian restaurant with live jazz opens in Greenpoint

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Le Fanfare; credit Greenpointers

There have been lots of new restaurant openings in Greenpoint of late including Esme and Le Fond. Now we can add Le Fanfare to the list, which opened quietly at the beginning of September:

The team behind NoLita’s Epistrophy Cafe brings homemade pasta, fresh seafood and other timeless Italian fare to this charming spot on Greenpoint’s main drag. Jazzy live acts perform on a tiny stage at the back of the narrow space decked out with checkered floors, communal tables and a small bar.

Greenpointers paid them a visit:

The cocktail list is short and classic, with drinks around $11, and the bar is comfortable and pleasantly backlit by a clouded mirror studded with star-like lights. … Seating beyond the bar falls into three categories: long communal tables, small marble two-tops built in along the wall, and exceptionally nice semi-separated marble-topped booths built for four….

Le Fanfare is a fantastic space in which to spend an evening. I do have some reservations about the food, which perhaps I judge harshly because every other aspect of the experience was so finely tuned and because certain dishes – that white bean dip, good god, I’m considering going there for some right now – compelled me to keep going back for another taste. I hope that, given a chance to break in and find their stride, Le Fanfare becomes a top choice for the neighborhood on nights that we want to spend sitting comfortably and living well.

Le Fanfare is open Tuesday through Saturday 5:30pm – 1:00am and Sunday 5:30 pm – 12:00 with live jazz Wednesday – Saturday.

Le Fanfare
1103 Manhattan Avenue 

New York, New York 11222
347-987-4244
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