From Driggs Avenue.
My buddy over at Brooklyn Imbecile beat me to the punch on this one. He writes:
Back in early February, I posted an item wondering what was going down at Greenpoint’s least consistently open cafe on the corner of Driggs Avenue & Monitor Street. There have been power tools going and lights on inside ever since and now we know that yet another cafe is, “Opening Soon”. Donia sounds Italian to me, like a form of Donna. I wouldn’t get your hopes up. They may be “Opening Soon”, but based on this location’s past, it may be closing soon, too.
Methinks Donia will be Middle Eastern fare. Here’s why:
- The permits issued for this property.
- I have found no liquor license applications for this property whatsoever. Muslims disdain serving spirits (which is understandable given their beliefs).
- The Greenpoint Law of (over)Abundance: we have a falafel/kebab cart on Noble Street, Mediterranean Shawarma and God Bless Deli on Manhattan Avenue both; Kestane Kebab on Nassau Avenue and Bagels On The Run, once again on Manhattan Avenue. The latter-most is renovating and will be serving Gyro goodness.
It is only natural that Donia Cafe will be a Middle Eastern restaurant. Not that I am complaining, mind you. My falafels are exploding with delight!
85 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
In any case I suspect the Brooklyn Imbecile and I agree that we hope this place sticks.*
*If it is Italian, I buy. It if is Middle Eastern the Imbecile buys! F*ck it, I’ll buy either way.
Filed under: 11222, East Williamsburg, East Williamsburg Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic
From Boneshakers at 134 Kingsland Avenue.
When I heard the sirens I knew something was up. When this kept going on for a good five minutes I knew it was bad. So I tossed on my coat and headed down to see what’s up.
It certainly looks bad. In the meantime here’s what little I know (courtesy of Jake Dobkin— thanks!): it is a 2 alarm fire and a resident of this building is being treated for injuries. Exactly what those injuries are has yet to be determined. Yikes!
UPDATE, 11:51 p.m.: Here are some more shots courtesy of a tipster.
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic
Mike C. writes:
This must have sprung up near overnight because I haven’t noticed it all. There’s a new vet opening on nassau and eckford. Maybe you reported on this and I haven’t seen the post, but they are in the phase where the IT guy is involved (he’s who I spoke to there) so they must be pretty far along.
Needless to say I headed down today without delay.
Sure enough, it would appear the Garden Spot is slated to get a veterinarian’s office! I asked the gentleman working atop the scaffolding is he had any idea as to when this establishment was going to open. He said he didn’t know. Given what I saw on the ground floor, I’d say soon.
What’s more, Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital is conveniently located off the Nassau Avenue stop of the G train and the B48 bus! But let’s defer to the experts: the hardworking chaps from National Grid working across the street. They took a keen interest in my keen interest in this establishment. After I offered to take their portrait (because they offered to take mine) we got down to brass tacks.
Me: As far as I know Greenpoint doesn’t have a veterinarian. People have to go to Long Island City or Williamsburg. This is a big deal.
National Grid Dude (talking to one of his comrades): You know, now that I think of it, I haven’t seen a veterinarian office here.
Me: It’s conveniently located near the G train and the B48 bus to boot!
N.G.B.: This is a good location. Smart move on their part.
Me: I’m going to alert my readers to this. I write a blog about north Brooklyn and I’m always getting asked about veterinarians in Greenpoint.
N.G.B.: You write a blog? Cool.
Me: Thanks. By the way, if you haven’t tried Kestane Kebab just down the street, you should. It’s very tasty.
I am pleased to report the National Grid guys have tried Kestane Kebab and found their fare tasty. I advised them to try the lentil soup next time. They promised they would. To be continued?
Taken March 31, 2010.
When I hopped off the bus after today’s sojourn I encountered this, the latest window display at T & N Wine and Liquor. As you can see it is garnering a great deal of attention. When I arrived home my inbox was filled with inquiries as to what is going to happen to these chicks after Easter. Here’s the scoop per this establishment’s proprietor, Chris. CAVEAT: this story does not have a happy ending.
Chris purchased these chicks from a hatchery. He ordered twenty five of them so they tossed in one more (the dark one) for free. Believe it or not these little ones were delivered via the United States Postal Service. He had to go to our illustrious post office to pick them up. After Easter they will go to a farm a friend of his owns upstate. Here they will live for six weeks. After that they will be dinner. Apparently this variety of chicken is has been bred/engineered for body mass. After six weeks their legs can no longer support their bodies.
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me— nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.— Hamlet
UPDATE, April 1, 2010: I have just learned that Chris has changed his plan. Anyone who wants a chick after Easter can have one. Oh yeah, as for the rabbits: they belong to a friend.
UPDATE, April 2, 2010: It would appear that NBC surfs blogs for leads. As it would happen I spoke with the proprietor of T & N Wine and Liquor last night. He told me that the reporter said they learned about his display “on the Internet”.
This is an elegant solution to an all too common Garden Spot dilemma: what to do about a shiner? Simply take a napkin, tuck it into your sunglasses and lo, you’re ready to go! It may get an inquisitive stare or two— but who cares? Problem solved!
And on that note, dear readers, I am off for a much overdue walk. More later!
As many of you have noticed New York Shitty sports a spiffy new banner!* I want it to be known that this was the (volunteer) work of one Alex Meyer. He is a very nice (and as you can see, immensely talented) chap who calls the Garden Spot both his place of employment and his home. I want to take this moment to thank him for his hard work. I love it! You can see more of Alex’s work by clicking here.
*Which, if you are wondering, was inspired by the tile work at the Lorimer Street/Metropolitan stop of the L & G.
Filed under: 11211, 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Since I wrote this post there has been a great deal of commentary and speculation about Zip112, better known as Zip Hostel. E.g.; is it legal? Well, I have word from someone whose sister was going to stay there this upcoming weekend that it has been shut down. In fact, it would appear almost the entire building has been vacated. T writes:
…I actually got hold of the owner of Zip112 on Monday evening and he assured me everything was OK with them (that they were legal etc.). Now my sister has had an email saying the whole building is getting shut down and canceling all reservations.
So whether they are legal or not, they are closed!
Thanks for the advice – my sister has had to forsake Brooklyn and get a bed in a hostel in the East Village instead. Oh well!
On a lark, Monday afternoon I searched for “vacation rentals” in Greenpoint on Craigslist. What I found was sobering.
Presenting the Dobbin Street Lofts.
As you can see, they’re doing brisk business. Who knew April Fool’s Day was a U.S. holiday? I thought that stopped after George W. Bush left office. But I digress.
Here is a photo of said “loft”. And here is what I found on the Department of Buildings web site.
No Certificate of Occupancy
Same song, different verse. This is not to suggest there isn’t humor to be found here. There is.
239 Banker Street (AKA: The Sweater Factory Lofts), a “hotel” illegally pressed into service as living space, is clearly visible in the background of their photo showcasing the roof deck of their illegal hostel. Nice.
P.S.: For more reading/commentary about the debacle at 112 North 6 Street I strongly recommend you read Brooklyn 11211’s follow-up post.