I had a secret ladies lunch at Mrs. Kim’s (160 Franklin St) and used it as an opportunity to sample the veggie burger that came highly recommended from a reader. I can’t tell you why the lunch was a secret or who I was with because then it wouldn’t be a secret, but I can tell you there was major girl talk going on that paralleled my decision to order the veggie burger. Continue reading →
Alluvium House, located at 209 Franklin Street, on the corner of Freeman Street, is the new shop in Greenpoint that offers it’s collection of vintage and antique furnishings, decorative art objects and ancient antiquities, with attention given to small and unusual gifts.
Though the store’s inventory ranges in period from 2000 BC. to present, it doesn’t limit itself to any specific period. Shop owner, Walter Baker, insists that he never wanted to have ‘ just another stodgy antique store ‘. Rather, he wanted to curate and offer a collection of uniquely beautiful objects that one would feel compelled to have for a very long time or that he would choose to decorate a specific interior.
On any given visit to Alluvium House, you’d find quite the diverse smattering. Some examples would be: An Eames Mid-Century Table, an Italian Post-Mod Floor Lamp, a Deco Gold Leather Chaise Lounge, an Egyptian Gilded Bronze Serpentine Bracelet, a pair of Chinese Minority Textile Embroidered Shoes, a 13th century Thai Bronze Buddha, a 1st Century AD. Roman Glass Jug, a Japanese Edo period Lacquer Jewelry Box or a Maison Jansen Etagere etc.
Check out some of Alluvium’s uniquely beautiful objects:
You may have noticed on Franklin St that Kill Devil Hill moved next door and in its place is Duke’s Liquor Box (170 Franklin St), a liquor store named after the son of Kill Devil Hill‘s Mary Brockman and Patrick Dacy. The kid is in my opinion “officially” the cutest kid in Greenpoint.
According to Patrick, the loan that jump started the business was from Duke’s Grandma, and it will be paid back to Duke in the form of a college fund or “travel the world fund.” An adorable letter from Grandma is framed up front and reads, “this is the weirdest college fund I’ve ever heard of.” It’s okay Grandma, this kid is set! Continue reading →
Last week was a rough for me. 911 always brings me down plus I got doored with a capital – slam me into the middle of the street – D! It was one of the scariest and alienating experiences of my life. After I got up and picked up my bicycle, the first thing the driver said was not, “are you okay?” but “you were going to fast.” After the rage subsided I started shaking and crying uncontrollably, which is a little awkward on Graham Ave with all the staring passersby. Thankfully, I’m totally fine, bruised up but alive. The mental trauma and my general disenchantment with NY set in for a few days afterwards – it’s such a rough and unforgiving place sometimes. Continue reading →
The Astral is undoubtedly one of Greenpoint’s most iconic edifices. So much so, it even inspired it’s own novel. It sure is a purdy old pile o’ bricks, straight out of Victorian London, and with a great history to boot. While you may not know the fascinating story of the Astral, you’ve likely been inside the building while brunching at Brooklyn Label, or maybe you have noticed its picturesque brickwork while exiting Dandelion Wine shop, bottle (or two) in hand. So what makes this historic building distinctive enough to be designated both a city and a national landmark? Well, as mama always told you, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts. Continue reading →
While on one of my wanderings on Franklin St, I walked into the new home interiors shop called Bklyn Curated (88 Franklin St). My eyes were happily devouring all of the vintage and antique Americana, Folk and Native American finds when a familiar face came into focus.
Kevin Jakob, the shop’s owner wasn’t a Greenpoint face though – he was from my former and very different life at Polo Ralph Lauren. It was great to see him doing his thing in Greenpoint away from the Midtown hustle and comforting to see that life goes on after Polo.
Kevin sat at a nearby cubicle on the 11th floor at Polo’s Madison Ave office before my desk was literally moved into a closet a la Milton in Office Space. His grounding sense of humor was a relief in an office of talented folks who were often drinking the corporate Kool Aid. His inspired desk in Bklyn Curated is a much sweeter spot for sure. Continue reading →
Greenpoint is blowin’ up, and we all know it. Case in point: Alameda (195 Franklin St,) opened by design gurus the Haslegrave brothers, is their first brick-and-mortar space. Evan and Oliver’s design company Home is responsible for the interiors of The Manhattan Inn and Paulie Gee’s, so we certainly expected the old-school charm of rustic wood accents and loads of exposed brick in this new space.
Upon first glance, Alameda pops in a way that other Greenpoint examples of the Haslegraves’ work doesn’t. Clean white walls adorned with glossy white tile open the space up infinitely, and are accompanied by nautical detailing in both the light fixtures and molding. In fact, a gentleman seated next to me at the bar remarked that the space felt like it should be on Tatooine. It felt like drinking in the below-deck bar of ship from the future that I was absolutely going to sail upon one day. I felt home.
The cocktail list at Alameda is perfectly curated, with several standouts utilizing different liquors in their most elevated incarnations. My personal favorite was the Roberto Burns, a smoky mezcal delight with a generous orange rind strip served over a single ice cube. This drink is like sex below deck.
A friend enjoyed the Pita Amour, a lovely tequila concoction served up with a lime wedge. Petite, clean, and delicious.
The Phil Collins, a gin and Lillet stunner, could’ve nearly been called a salad; it had so many fresh accoutrements, including mint, lemon, and lime. An ideal summertime cocktail, folks, and I trust you won’t forget the name.
The edibles menu pleased us very much, as did the prices. Though a $17 foie gras breakfast sandwich is on offer, most items are more moderately priced around $10. A standout item on the current menu is a roasted fruit and goat cheese sandwich on baguette, the perfect combination of tang, crunch, and tender fruit without the syrupy sweetness of most jams. Along with the $9 cheeseburger (which feels like a grown-up version of In-N-Out,) their killer cocktails, and the spacious bar area and actually comfortable booths we have a winner here. Or, as I have been describing it to all my girlfriends, “our new GPT go-to.”