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Neighborhood Spotlight – Greenpoint

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

It’s no secret that Greenpoint is one of our favorite neighborhoods to head to after work, so having a new Brooklyn Industries open up there is just another excuse for us to venture up the G. Our staff let’s you in on some of our most frequented Greenpoint spots:

Van Leeuwen 632 Manhattan Avenue

After crazy success with their cute, yellow, retro-fitted ice cream trucks which still roam around the city, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream opened their first real store on Greenpoint’s Manhattan Ave in 2010 – and what a beautiful place to be. If there ever was a guilt free ice cream, this is it.

Van Leeuwen uses fresh, hormone free milk and cream, free range eggs and strictly no preservatives or additives. Committed to minimizing their impact on the environment, all of their disposable goods (napkins, spoons, cups) are made from sugar cane and corn husks. VL has given each one of their specialty flavors extreme attention to detail to create their signature creamy, homemade taste. Their vanilla uses vanilla beans sourced from Papua New Guinea, which are soaked in vodka and aged in barrels. Their smoky pistachios are sourced from a little village by Mt. Etna in Sicily. They also serve great coffee and pastries and have special daily flavors – if you’re lucky enough to catch them before they run out. – Nikki

No.7 Sub 931 Manhattan Avenue 

Located on Manhattan Ave. between Java and Kent, No. 7 Sub offers an ever-changing menu, but the constant is the fresh daily baked bread from Caputo Bakery of Carroll Gardens and the crazy/tasty concoctions these guys come up with. Speaking as someone with severe food ADD, this place really hits the spot with combos like its currently available liverwurst number which consists of braised veggies, curry mayo, fresh garnishes and of course a highly desirable piece of liverwurst from Schaller & Weber.  Unlike its other outpost, the No.7 Sub in Greenpoint offers a full dining experience, i.e. seats and full bar. So if you’re into a hot sub with a cocktail, you’ll love this place. – Helena

Insound’s Warehouse 61 Greenpoint Ave Ste 225 

Kids these days have no idea how lucky they have it. Growing up in the suburbs in the late 80′s and early 90′s, if you got tired of listening to The Eagles Life in the Fast Lane for the 5000th time, the only access you had to good underground music was from the occasional mail order catalogue – or you had to stay up late on a school night on Sundays to catch MTV’s 120 Minutes. These days with just a click of the mouse, you can access well-curated online music stores like Insound, whose warehouse is located in the old Faber Pencil Factory on Greenpoint. Ave. Much like the building where BKI’s headquarters is located in, the Pencil Factory houses a bunch of great creative studios, including Design Sponge, and the studios of Alex Meyer, and Jessica Hische. Why spend your money on anonymous warehouses like Amazon’s, when you can support a company that has contributed to the great music community here in Brooklyn, helping out bands like The Rapture, Bright Eyes, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah become the big bands they are today. -Teddy

Upright Coffee 860 Manhattan Avenue

I’m a former Greenpoint resident and I can tell you I was pretty excited when Upright Coffee opened. As a confessed coffee snob, life is tough. Sure there are lots of “coffee shops” but once you’ve tasted heaven, it’s hard to pay the same price for just OK. Also Greenpoint doesn’t really have any straight up espresso bars unless you count Starbucks – which doesn’t count!!

So why do I like Upright? Well first they use Brooklyn Roasting coffee, which is located and roasted across the street from our office. I smell it all day… yum! Oh yeah and it’s really good. Second they make a really pro Americano. This is always my test. If you can make a delicious, creamy, smooth, not over extracted shot of espresso and mix it with water, heaven can occur. You mess it up and I will get a stomach ache and probably pour most of it out. It’s tricky! If you notice that they time their shots and reset their machines, you’re probably in the right spot.

I know I might sound a little neurotic but coffee is expensive these days and it makes you feel like a sucker when it tastes bad. I have never had this experience at Upright HOORAY! Also they have great pastries if you are into that kind of thing – and who isn’t? -Dale

Dandelion Wine 153 Franklin Street

In my neighborhood of Greenpoint, the crucial quest for wine or spirits does not require much scouting. No need for an internet search or a fancy phone app, just a little steam in the legs to take a walk around the corner and there is a visible place to buy booze. Even the local babusia enjoy a potent drink – I have seen them buying vodka in bulk (and in travel size!).

But if you are like me and have a guilty pleasure for a bottle of French Muscadet, California chardonnay, and the occasional glass of sparkling rosé the search can require a little extra legwork.  And thank Bacchus to have been guided to Dandelion Wines located on Franklin Ave, a short walk (or stumble) from my apartment on India St. No more awkward or cumbersome train rides with my shoulders bruised and weighed down by my bag filled with clinking bottles of wine.

Dandelion has shelves of awesome and exotic wines perched along its walls ready to be enjoyed! Most bottles are labeled with a lovingly hand written note highlighting it’s unique individual personality. The staff is very helpful, curious to hear about your needs and tastes to best guide you through their delectable libations. And… they host weekly tastings every Thursday eve with nibbles from neighboring food merchants, a great way to explore your palette and improve your social graces through the divine communion of wine. -Aaron

Anella 222 Franklin Street

Anella is a great go-to for low-key brunch or dinner with friends. On warm days you can enjoy the outdoors in their lovely shaded garden, or stay inside and enjoy the mellow ambience. No matter where you’re sitting you’ll enjoy the view, which is largely due to the great food, thoughtful décor and attentive staff. Their soft biscuit sandwiches and egg frittatas are particularly delicious, especially when accompanied by a frothy Iced Latte.  -Nancy

Visit BKI’s newest store at 658 Manhattan Ave.

In celebration of BKI Greenpoint, we are giving one lucky winner a limited edition BKI bag filled with gifts from these Greenpoint favorites. The winner will receive goodies worth an approximate value of $450 from:


Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Industries

Dandelion Wine


No. 7 Subs

Upright Coffee

Van Lleeuwen Ice Cream

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A Brief History of Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

A young, nervous, and tongue-tied Henry Miller used to walk over to 181 Devoe Street to visit Cora Seward, his first love. Forty-two years later, Love Is a Battlefield singer Patricia Andrzejewski, better known as Pat Benatar was born there. This summer, McCarren Park Pool is set to open after opening originally – in 1936. A number of words could be used to describe the history of Greenpoint – unconventional, overlooked, or contentious, but one thing it has always been is unique.

These days, it’s easy to grab a pierogi, then a PBR next door, but Greenpoint was originally a lush and verdent landscape inhabited by the Keskachauge tribe, then sold to the Dutch West India Company, which turned it into farmland. For many decades, the same five families inhabited the entire neighborhood. The working class identity associated with Greenpoint began in the mid 19th century, when a large number of Germans and Irish began establishing a shipbuilding and merchant trade, followed by the Polish in the late century, which has made it the second largest Polish community in the U.S. after Chicago.

With the heavy concentration of industry in Greenpoint’s past, the area has also been known – infamously, for its pollutants. In the last century alone, about 17 million gallons of petroleum has seeped into the ground, much of it from a 1950 explosion that was the largest oil spill in the country at the time. In 2006, officials have pronounced that half of it has been cleaned up.

Greenpoint’s unique identity has always been inextricably linked to transportation. For most of the 19th century, boats were the primary form of transportation to the area. Though the neighborhood is serviced by the G train, there is no direct subway route to Manhattan, which has brought relative stability to the area and kept migration in and out to a minimum. More recently however, as neighboring Williamsburg gained overflowing popularity, and improvements have been made to public transportation and pollutant levels, the neighborhood’s look and feel has begun to change, bringing with it boutiques, higher end restaurants, hip bars, and of course, higher rents. These days, Greenpoint is beginning to resemble many of New York’s neighborhoods, where multiple cultures coexist, with a variety of recreational options from restaurants and bars like Five Leaves, The Manhattan Inn, and Enid’s, to great Thai and Mexican restaurants like Ott Thai and Calexico, to summer concerts and movies in McCarren park. The neighborhood’s unique aesthetic of industrial warehouses and small, charming streets has made it the backdrop for movies like The Departed, Donnie Brasco, and in the recent T.V. series Boardwalk Empire and one of our favorites, Lena Dunham’s  Girls. Additionally, from the rooftop of Brooklyn Industries’ first warehouse on the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, the Greenpoint skyline served as a visual inspiration for BKI’s logo. With the new store opening on Manhattan Avenue this week, we’re excited to come back to the neighborhood that gave us our start.


Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Brooklyn Industries DUMBO – located at 70 Front Street, Brooklyn - is open as of today! Please be sure to stop by if you are in the neighborhood. The store’s design is intended to make visitors feel as if they are in an art gallery. The white walls, high ceilings, sculptures and general airy feel make for a pleasant shopping experience and a great backdrop for BKI’s Spring 2011 Collection


Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

It’s a busy week here at Brooklyn Industries‘ headquarters in DUMBO, as we have announced plans to open a new store location just around the corner. BKI DUMBO, located on 70 Front Street will maintain the feel of an art gallery, like several of its neighbors in the area (which are, in fact, art galleries). The store design will be treated like an art installation and the space, adorned with high ceilings and white walls, will have fixtures that resemble sculptures. The design of the store, or “art installation,” will alternate every six months. 

But the news doesn’t end there. Before the store’s doors officially open in a couple weeks, we are hosting a three-day sample sale in the store space, starting today! Come on by and get some amazing deals on BKI samples and merchandise.

BKI DUMBO Sample Sale 

Where: 70 Front St., Brooklyn, NY

When: March 3-5, 11AM – 8PM


Friday, November 12th, 2010

Brooklyn Industries is excited to announce the opening of its 15th store location today in the Upper West Side of Manhattan on the corner of 99th Street and Broadway. This cozy store was designed using BKI’s signature upcycling design concepts. You’ll find repurposed palett wood supporting our window display, vintage National Geographic magazine pages covering the walls of the changing rooms,  as well as vintage tables and fixtures. We hope you have a chance to stop by and check out our new digs!

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