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

Le Fanfare

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
website

No. 7 Sub set to reopen on Wednesday as a bar

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931 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-7775
no7north.com

 

We already love the food. Now we’ll be able to get boozy there too. They’re set to reopen this Wednesday.

The place is a mashup of the sub shop and the team’s Fort Greene restaurant No. 7, explains co-owner Tyler Kord. “We’re just trying to do a nice neighborhood bar where you can come and have broccoli tacos and a bunch of simple cocktails and feel really good about everything that’s going on in your life.” Read on for the full menu, which still has some subs, but also a whole lot more.

In addition to those double decker broccoli tacos, the menu includes a grilled Caesar salad, steak frites, and some tricked out “altered beast fries” topped with pickled peppers, mozzarella, feta, and roasted tomato mayo. A list of sandwiches ranges from No. 7 Sub classics like the zucchini parm (with fontina and barbecue potato chips) to a cheeseburger topped with muchim pickles and grape jelly mayo. The drinks menu offers borough-themed cocktails and some updated classics, along with three boozy desserts drinks like a root beer float made with Bailey’s and vodka. Plus, Kord adds, “we have a sweet pool table.” The shop will be open starting at 11.a.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.

Here’s the menu: [Read more...]

Tonight: parachuting sandwiches at The Diamond in Greenpoint

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Your Horoscope: Look to the Greenpoint sky – fortune grilled cheeses will fall into your lap.

Just show up outside The Diamond in Greenpoint at 7:30 pm tonight, Thursday Sept. 4. It would probably help to be tall, nimble, or lucky… An Australian company called Jafflechutes is dropping grilled cheese sandwiches (Called “jaffles” for some…Australian? reason) off of the roof of The Diamond bar. At one point, people signed up and bought designated sandwiches on PayPal (they’ll be labeled with names) but for those that didn’t, a few jaffles (either tomato & cheese or ham & cheese) will be up for grabs.

If you don’t catch one, you can always head into the bar. Or just enjoy the spectacle.

– Ali Gladstone

What songs reference Williamsburg and Greenpoint?

williamsburgmusicConstantine Valhoui has created the NYC Music Map. It is a Google Map with geographical pins placed on over 200 references to the NYC area. So what songs did he find for [Read more...]

A North Brooklyn Visitor’s Guide

No visit to New York is complete without a visit to the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. Formerly three working-class and industrial neighborhoods, North Brooklyn now hosts many of New York’s best restaurants, a thriving art scene, and New York’s best shopping and night life. Hipster jokes aside — Girls is filmed here and The Hipster Handbook has its origins in Williamsburg — there’s more to North Brooklyn than normcore and artisanal gin bars. Pack in the highlights in 48 hours.

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Greenpoint has a troubling double-standard for its gay & lesbian community

Veronica's People Club, credit: City Room

Veronica’s People Club, credit: City Room

The world Lena Dunham showcases on Girls may seem like a bastion of liberal politics, but many in the neighborhood aren’t too happy about Greenpoint’s increasing gay population. Thankfully, there haven’t been any reports of anti-gay attacks recently, but we’re disturbed by the double-standard imposed on local businesses that have a gay clientele. The latest case in point is Lulu’s — a struggling bar on Franklin Street that wants to “come out” but is prohibited by its lease to operate as a a gay/lesbian club:

Owner John McGillion wants to take advantage of changing demographics in the neighborhood and turn it into a gay and lesbian bar. The only problem? His landlord specifically wrote in his lease that he can’t do that.

According to the clause in his lease: “The leased Premises shall be used by Tenant as a restaurant and bar. It shall not be used for adult entertainment and shall not be operated as a gay or lesbian bar and/or restaurant.”

“I am barely scraping by on the proceeds of the bar…If I am permitted to operate a gay bar at the premises I believe that I will be able to make a considerable profit,” McGillon wrote in the lawsuit he filed against his landlord, Guard General Merchandise Corp., last week. He told the Post he’s been battling with the landlord for the last year to make the change to no avail.

Just a few store fronts away, Veronica’s People’s Club, a popular (and really rather mellow) gay club, was forced to shutdown in 2012 by the local community board. It wasn’t the first. Blackout, a gay club on Manhattan Ave. closed in 2011 in part because of complaints from its neighbors. City Room has more on the Veronica’s closure:

In Veronica’s case, the owners of the building next door charged in a lawsuit filed in December that “unreasonably loud music and noises of all sorts are emitted” from the bar at all hours and that the music sent vibrations through their apartment, causing them “to become nervous, anxious and agitated.”

Next Magazine spoke with promoter Kelly Gorman last year who ran a party at Veronica’s called Kielbasa: [Read more...]