Now For Sale At Eastern District: Sol Sauce

June 1, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Last week yours truly had a journey of discovery. This culminated in the above product, Sol Sauce, being stocked at our very own Eastern District. It all started when I first beheld this product at the Beaner Bar. Being a person whose culinary life basically revolves around the acquisition and consumption of Mexican foodstuffs I was intrigued. So I purchased it.

Unlike a number a sauces gracing my designated “salsa shelf” in the refrigerator this one was summarily devoured in two weeks. I headed back to the Beaner Bar to acquire another one only to discover they were out! Needless to say I got online immediately so as to learn how I could procure more without actually having to go to Astoria (where this product is produced and which is no longer “serviced” by the Crosstown Local).

Long story made very short I learned that I not only knew the two women behind this endeavor (one of them, Rosie, actually curated a show of my photography last year at Creek & Cave) but they were friends of mine. I fired off a quick note to them via Facebook. Shortly thereafter I learned that she had in fact shopped this product at our very Eastern District. That’s when I took action and, well, I will let Rosie tell you the rest!

Just wanted to let you know . . .

We only had two bottles of Sol Sauce at the Beaner Bar. Since my brother is their neighbor and good friend, we decided to try doing a bit of consignment with them.

The first bottle – GOT STOLEN.

And you (of all people) bought the 2nd one.

Also, when we dropped off the case to Eastern District today we mentioned we heard you came in. Chris proceeded to let us know you came in with a completely empty bottle “empty, like you somehow got your tongue to reach all the way into the bottom of the bottle to clean out every last drop”.

Glad you like it!

Alas, I do not have such Gene Simmons-like talents (I merely added water to the remains of the bottle so as to get every last drop of the stuff). If I did I have little doubt I would have had some very interesting career prospects back in the day. In any case, Sol Sauce really is that good. It sports a pretty heady cocktail of peppery goodness including, but not limited to: chipoltes, New Mexico reds, arbols and habaneros. Give it a try!

Sol Sauce
$7.25 per bottle
Eastern District
1053 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

I also have word that Kill Devil Hill is selling this product as well!

Miss Heather

Opening This Week: Eastern District

November 28, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

After working on this space for seemingly an eternity today I discovered that Eastern District is (finally) set to open this upcoming Tuesday, November 30th. What can you expect? Well, the following photograph I shot might give you some indication!

An eagle-eyed passerby pointed out to me that the shelf at the far right sports “pickle chips”. He says this culinary item is (and I quote):

Very good.

There’s some food for thought for you until Tuesday!

Eastern District
OPENING DATE: November 30, 2010
1053 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Something Neat: What Do These Two Things Have In Common?

September 16, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Urban Fur 

(Or: Meet Eddie)

This, a SRO (and formerly a home for the aged), at the intersection of Oak Street and Guernsey Street…

and this stretch of Green Street. The answer (as I discovered this week on the premises of the aforementioned SRO) is this!

It reads as follows:

H.C. Fischer Iron Foundry
234T324 Greene St. B.E.D.

For those of you who are not in the know before E.D. became a buzz phrase associated with “male enhancement” products it meant “Eastern District”: a moniker employed to describe the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area. So this manhole cover —which is found in the Garden Spot— was, in fact, made in the Garden Spot. Or to use the parlance of the day: Brooklyn Eastern District. Naturally I had to look into who this Fischer chap was (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives of course).  I couldn’t find anything for H.C. Fischer— but I did find something about a H.E. Fischer. Without further ado (and in nod to this week’s primary) here it is: an item from October 17, 1900 edition the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Enjoy!

Another item of (macabre) interest I found is this. It dates from December 18, 1885. One word: YIKES!

To close this post on a more informational (and upbeat) note:

1. You can read more about Greenpoint’s former home for the aged (as bequested by Samuel J. Tilden!) by clicking here.
Here are a few shots of the premises and my host: Eddie!

He muses:

When you sit out here at 5:00 a.m. with a cup of coffee you can hear at least sixteen different kinds of birds singing!

And of course Eddie’s on-again/off-again* companion…

Patrick! Eddie found him as a wee little kitten in an earth mover. He nursed him back to health.

Patrick loves squirrels. Or more accurately: killing them.

But Eddie told me that occasionally Eddie’s prey of choice have elected to fight back: one such varmint— in the heat of battle— ripped out part of Eddie’s throat! This set Eddie back $1,000 in veterinary bills.

They build ’em tough in Greenpoint!

Miss Heather

*As Eddie told me Patrick seems to sense when a vet visit is around the corner. Let’s just say this fetching feline is currently keeping his distance!

P.S.: This post goes out to my friend, Jen Blossom, who lost a very good friend today. Kali rests with (or would that be chases?) the angels now.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Storefront

August 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken August 15, 2010.

Miss Heather

Coming To 1053 Manhattan Avenue: Eastern District

March 20, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Those of you who have wondered (as I have) what’s going on at the aforementioned address, I can tell you. Per their liquor license application this space is slated to be a grocery store which will sell beer. That’s all I can dig up. If anyone reading this has the 411 about this establishment do share via comments or email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Your anonymity (if so desired) is guaranteed!

Miss Heather

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