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From The New York Shitty Inbox: In Search of Greenpoint Kitsch
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic
Hey miss heather, just a quick question that you would probably have the answer to. I want to buy some greenpoint-branded clothing for the rents for christmas. where in the neighborhood might I find something like this? Cheers, keep it up.
Inasmuch as I know Greenpoint has been neither “branded” nor “commodified”, but I am certain I will be a facilitator when I give you this advice:
- T-shirts with the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse can be had at Alter. If not available now, I’m sure the Alter Boys, Tommy and Roy, will accommodate your request. They’re great guys!
- Otherwise, I’d recommend the Polish American Bookstore for honest-to-god Polish goodness. Delightfully “ethnic”* items such as “Got Pierogi” t-shirts and beer steins, wine glasses and mugs replete with the Polish flag can be purchased there. The postcards are my personal favorite. Among them is one which reads “Greenpoint is O.K.” Classic. And at four for a $1.50 who can argue?
Polish American Bookstore
648 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Be sure to give Ellie a head scratch for me!
*As in Polish, which in some part, I am. Along with Lithuanian, French, English, Swiss and a dash of Italian. But living in Greenpoint— which is probably not too far from where a number of my forebears settled into this country— has given me an appreciation of my roots, consonants and a sense of Polish pride!