Ask A Greenpointer Asks You

November 2, 2007 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Apollo Cleaners, 1019 Manhattan Avenue

Recently we were posited a question which (frankly) I am not qualified to answer*. Here it is:

I just moved to town and I have no idea where to find a good tailor! I am all thumbs when it comes to sewing or else I would do it myself. Please help!

-Short girl with long pants.

I bounced this query off my buddy over at 11222 and she conceded that just about any dry cleaner here could probably do a job as simple as hemming pants. She’s probably right. However,  I have met people who could break an anvil if given the chance, so I thought it would be a good idea to put this question up for you, dear readers, to answer. If you know of an especially competent tailor in this neighborhood, please help this Garden Spot newbie out and post it in the comments.


Miss Heather

P.S.: On a related note, the laundromat at the corner of Green Street and Manhattan Avenue has changed names and hours. It is now called “Apollo Express” and is open 24 hours.

*I do my own alterations. Been sewing since I was 15.


7 Comments on Ask A Greenpointer Asks You

  1. donjii on Fri, 2nd Nov 2007 7:54 am
  2. On Manhattan Ave between Kent and Greenpoint Ave past all the drunks on the corner is a dry cleaner. My wife is short and she uses them alterations. I think the owner is Betty. We love them as our dry cleaner. They have never lost anything of ours or ruined anything. They always have a smile and are always happy to see you. I would highly recommend them.

  3. greenpointers on Fri, 2nd Nov 2007 1:09 pm
  4. This was the place I was going to suggest, but I never get anything altered so I couldn’t really suggest it without knowing first hand! I’ve noticed Betty doing alterations in the front of the store. My sister lives in that building, Betty is the landlord and I have to say the building is immaculate.

  5. crescent fresh on Fri, 2nd Nov 2007 6:44 pm
  6. thanks for your input! i’m gonna bring my pants on over!

  7. missheather on Fri, 2nd Nov 2007 7:23 pm
  8. Let us know how it goes, crescent fresh.

    donji: We little people prefer to be called “concentrated” (as opposed to short). My grandmother was 4′ 10″. This woman scared the holy shit out of people much bigger and younger than her until the day she died.

    I should know, I was one of them. 😉

  9. Spinboy220 on Sun, 4th Nov 2007 12:07 am
  10. That was the one I was gonna recommend but I never knew the name and I never bothered to look because I’m too busy dodging the homeless and the drunks on that block to get there. Hey, maybe that could be the Greenpoint soap opera? Instead of “The Young & The Restless” we could have “The Drunk & The Homeless”? I’ve had many things dry-cleaned and a few pants shortened myself (also vertically-challenged or whatever you want to call it) and the service has been impeccable.

  11. rowan on Sun, 4th Nov 2007 1:45 pm
  12. thanks for that posting, both about the tailor and the 24-hour laundromat! i’ve often wondered about that dry cleaner/tailor and am glad they got good reviews. being a short (and i’m not going to p.c. it. i’m short: 5’0″. nuff said) person who completely lacks sewing skills, a good tailor is hard to find. and it’s time to have my winter coat drycleaned in time for the cold. 🙂

  13. dylan on Tue, 4th Dec 2007 3:09 am
  14. WARNING: Although this laundromat looks clean and bright- once you hand your clothing to the other side of the counter be prepared to never see your piece of clothing again- everyday for two weeks i was told to come back because the factory had not yet dropped off my sweater- i overheard the same problem, a missing pair of pants, while i was online behind a young man. Finally (14 days later) the woman behind the counter admitted my sweater was never coming back and that all the color had run out of it- after prying for the details she admitted that it was lost and i wound NOT be compensated for the sweater- I asked for a refund since no service was rendered- i was denied- good luck!

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