When two blogs unite: A tour of Greenpoint
This weekend our friends over at Lost City teamed up with Urbanite to do an archaeological dig of scenic Greenpoint.
The day began with an early stop-off at the Palace Cafe, above, a neighborhood bar in what Francis Morrone once referred to as the city's "Aluminum Siding Historical District."
This bar turns into an odd heavy metal 1980s hair band bar after dark, but during the day, the 1930's lunch bucket spot just has a few old timers who drink pale beers and beautiful light streaming in through the windows.From there, it was on to the Sunview Luncheonette a famous old place of egg creams and 1.25 tuna salad sandwiches and that was sadly shut down last year by the health deptartment:
Seen in the corner is graffiti over the Health Deptartment sign announcing, in jest, "Don't worry--a new Starbucks will be here soon!"
Unseen is the old-timey wooden phone booth in the corner.
On Manhattan Ave, there is a rare still-extant furrier:
with odd Native American knick-nacks in the windowsill:
Further on, there is Rite Aid, which ordinarily be unremarkable except that this, was once an old theater that was converted into a rollerskating rink and that kept the disco ball:
At the "members only" Capri Social Club (wink wink) filled with decades of worth of bar bricabrak
A rare wooden phone booth can be found:
Further down Manhattan Ave, there's the Smolenski Funeral Home:
Across, naturally, from an SRO:
Finally, on Franklin Ave, there are the famous pencils from the old Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory:
And lastly, the city's last wood block sidewalk:
-- David Freedlander