New York City is big. Duh, right. It’s also filled with an actual impossible amount of things to see and eat and do and watch and eat again in one lifetime. So we’re channeling our inner Harriet the Spy, pulling out the magnifying glass, and focusing a little closer on not the city or borough, but just one neighborhood - Greenpoint.
Jackson + Graham, @thebrothersbuoy are taking over and it’s going to be a lot of things but most definitely fun. “We are two best pals (not related), who love sharing our lives through food, photography and writing. We try to never take ourselves too seriously, but that doesn't mean that we aren't serious about our work. We pair interesting visuals with an irreverent writing style that is all at once humorous, offensive, touching and thought provoking. We don't necessarily think that we do a food account "the right way," but it is the kind of account we would want to follow. The biggest compliment that we receive on a fairly consistent basis is ‘I don't usually like food accounts, but I like yours.’ We love anyone who really takes the time to appreciate the hard work that goes into making food. Instagram has undoubtedly changed the restaurant game for people here in NYC and across the country. There are several accounts that we follow where you can tell through their work that they are trying to do some serious justice to the men and women who put their heart into this food, whether it be with interesting composition or simple presentation. We respect people who truly love everything about food, not just trying to get the melty gooey shit.
Greenpoint is an interesting neighborhood because it is so close to to the city but it still maintains an almost suburb-y vibe. The neighborhood is very largely Polish, and their cultural influence is very present in the stores and restaurants there. Because it is off the beaten path in terms of public transportation, it has maintained a homey vibe without the heavy tourist presence, high end stores and unreasonable rental rates of Williamsburg. Greenpoint still captures that old school feeling that people probably think of when they think of ‘Brooklyn.’”
Good morning everyone! Jackson + Graham of @thebrothersbuoy here! We could not be more hype to be spending the week with the @withthelocals family. We have admired this feed for some time and we are just over the moon anytime people want to hear us yammer on about Greenpoint, the neighborhood we call home. We felt that the best place to start this adventure is where we so often start our week: @varietycoffee. This park side little hole in the wall has some of the best coffee in the hood and is also a great spot to dog watch (or baby watch if you're into that). Our neighborhood is full of top notch coffee shops, but stepping into @varietycoffee feels like you've been transported to Upstate New York, with its out of commission fireplace and local art hanging on the walls. They are also a coffee roaster, and we will often go home with a fresh box of their beans so we can have their coffee at home if we're too lazy to walk three blocks to get it. Plus, look at these cups. Design: so on point it hurts. - @thebrothersbuoy
Lunch time on Monday means all day broccoli taco happy hour at @no.7northsquad. These @tacobell inspired vegetarian delights come from the brilliant mind of chef @tylerkord, who is also the proprietor of No. 7 Sub. A soft flour tortilla with house made black bean hummus wrapped around a crunchy taco filled with shredded broccoli, feta cheese and crispy shallots. It's a one of a kind experience that we're so lucky to have just blocks from our house. Alternatively, the $3 @taiwanbeersg, pink neon tinted all black interior and full size pool table are a great way to melt away the post Monday work hours. - @thebrothersbuoy
As we hunker down for bed on what was a better than average Monday, we want to share one of the most dreamlike places in our hood. This fairy tale section of Gurnsey Street (between Norman and Meserole) appears out of nowhere in a mostly industrial plot of Greenpoint. The honey locust trees which line the streets reach just as high as the abnormal-for-the-area four story buildings they stand beside, creating a wooded canopy that really makes you stop in your tracks. It's breath taking every time we walk by it, and we never miss a chance to walk down the quiet block even though it's a little out of the way. And taking pictures of it is really almost pointless, as it's something that needs to be experienced to be truly understood. (But we do know someone who has a tattoo of this street, and it's actually pretty dope). Even so, do yourself a favor and click the geotag to check out this street in every season. - @thebrothersbuoy
Day two has arrived and we don't know about you guys but it's a real gloom fest over here in GP. One of those days we just wanna pop on the Netflix fireplace, wear our house sweaters (you all have one) and drink some hot chai. Speaking of which, our spot for this morning is another one of your favorite coffee shops, @home.coming. This place is right around the corner from Graham's office, and we will often pop down for a mid day iced chai or coffee when we are feeling groggy. The other thing we love about this joint is it's a full fledged plant and flower shop AND a real cute gift store. They have everything from freshly cut flowers to hand thrown @grouppartner pottery, lapel pins @compartes chocolates, @kinfolk magazine and some epic fragrances. You're killing about 5-6 birds with one stone when you roll up in @home.coming. - @thebrothersbuoy
Coming in hot to hopefully wake you from your Tuesday work slump is maybe one of our favorite neighborhood spots of the week. The slumbering beast you see before you is named Jesse. This picture might not do his size much justice, but he is one of the biggest cats walking (editors note: we have never seen him standing) the mean streets of Greenpoint. Weighing in at close to 25 pounds, he is really living the full hedonist lifestyle. With great reliability, he is most always in front of his home sitting on this pillow or outside the fence lounging on the sidewalk on Franklin ave between Huron and India. His owners are super friendly, and are happy to let people take pictures or pet him. His cult status has even let him to have a Facebook fan page (which his owner insists she did not start). If you're ever in the area, definitely stop by and show this fat cat some love, cause he sure isn't coming to you. (The geotag is the closest reference point to where Jesse lives) - @thebrothersbuoy
Coming up next is one of those recs we almost wanted to keep to ourselves because we find it so special. What you see before you is a libation that has been sent directly from the heavens to our fair neighborhood of Greenpoint. Within the hallowed halls of one of our favorite taco joints, @luckylunany, you will find this smoky, salty alcoholic delight. It's name: the Tiger Back. But to those in the know, its lovingly titled: The Dump Back. Created by a woman who can only be called a Wizard of hospitality, co-owner Marisa (@lamadiza), came up with a pickle back inspired shot that's one part rye whiskey, one part house made dumpling sauce and one part lighting bolt. The flavor combos work so well that it's got us coming back at least once a week for a couple of rounds. But be warned, once you try one of these, all pickle backs will seem inferior by comparison. Use with caution. - @thebrothersbuoy
There is nothing on this planet of earth that will push your butt over that Wednesday hump (we think there's a name for that) than some sweet treats from @ovenly. Located right down the street from Transmitter Park, this little bakery turns out our favorite baked goods in the neighborhood. From the salted chocolate chip goodness you see before you, to their so-good-you-welcome-death peanut butter cookies, to their Brooklyn Blackout cake (SO BLACK), this place changes the game. And, if all this weren't enough, they have tons of gluten free options as well that are sure to change your mind on cookies needing flour. It's almost impossible to go here and not get one of everything. This place is an absolute must if you're ever in the neighborhood. Bring a big bag. - @thebrothersbuoy
Continuing the "things that push us into Thursday" theme, we bring you one of the most decadent and delicious burgers in all of Greenpoint, and quite possibly all of New York City. This cheesy, beefy beast is the double stack burger from @cherrypointnyc. One of the newest additions to the hood, Cherry Point has quickly established itself as a neighborhood favorite that feels like it's been here for years. With a strong rotating selection of house made charcuterie as well as some dope ass old school cocktails, this place is awesome any night of the week. The monster you see before you is piled high with house made cheese on freshly ground beef with a pickled pepper spread and pickles on (you guessed it) and house baked roll. These guys do almost everything from scratch and so every meal has a totally homey feel. We love this place almost too much. Make a point to hit up @cherrypointnyc (OH that pun hurt so good.) - @thebrothersbuoy
Happy Thursday Happy Hour to all our new friends out there. Well, we are at the halfway point and we are already getting a little misty about it. But we still have a whole lot more neighborhood in the chamber so let's get to it. Here is another lunch time favorite of ours: @littleneck_nyc on Franklin Ave. this place is not only an awesome seafood focused getaway, but it's also a great place to stock up on some artisan groceries and sundries (can't believe we used that word) as well. An hour long lunch break among the clean white interior of @littleneck_nyc can melt away even the worst co-working space blues. Now go out and gets some beers you rascals you. - @thebrothersbuoy
Some late night picks for some late night pals. We hope and pray that you guys made it through another Thursday night with all your phones (and friendships) in tact. Through your haze we appropriately bring you our favorite neighborhood spot for an amazing and creative cocktail, @alamedagreenpoint. This small little Art Deco throwback interior is the best place to cozy up to the bar and spend an evening forming a bond the bartender over their cocktail list. And while you're there for the drinks, you'll stay for the unbelievable 270° marble bar countertop that puts all other bars to shame (because we know you're keeping track. If you're in the hood, consider missing an evening here a massive mistake. Also get the burger, cause god damn. - @thebrothersbuoy
A Friday night treat is what we have in store for you this evening. Tucked into a cozy little corner of the northern most part of Greenpoint is our favorite spot for a date night: @milkandrosesbistro. This space is a little slice of Hemingway's Paris in NYC. With walls lined with old books, classic cocktails and a stellar, candle lit back yard, it's impossible to come away from this place without a feeling of nostalgia for a time you've never experienced. Make @milkandrosesbistro a gold star on your list of your Greenpoint excursion and you won't be disappointed. - @thebrothersbuoy
Chilly Saturdays are for strolling and shopping in Greenpoint, and one of our low key favorite stores in the neighborhood is @catosarmynavy. This place is the absolute best for fall shopping with everything from @levis jean jackets to @carhartt vests and all the flannel you should ever want and more. All this inside of a store that looks like it's still living in the 60's, definitely stock up for winter time if you're ever in the hood. - @thebrothersbuoy
One of our last picks of the week isn't really a place so much as an icon. The Greenpoint water tower is our Statue of Liberty; a beacon by with Greenpoint residents orient themselves. A stalwart relic of the way things used to be, new apartment development now enshrouds this iconic monument. As residents of the hood, we cherish every day that we still see this old beauty stand tall, because it's also a constant reminder of our neighborhoods change. The time could not be better to get to Greenpoint to get a glimpse of this doomed giant. - @thebrothersbuoy
As we begin the final day of our takeover, we're unleashing probably our favorite recommendation of the week. The brunch you see before you is a one of a kind creation from the food wizards at @21greenpoint. Located mere feet from @ovenly, one of our previous recommendations, @21greenpoint blows the doors off every Sunday with a 4-5 course brunch for only $21. They take all the left over food they have from the week and create unique and one time only dishes that change throughout the day. We have been to this brunch a bunch of times, and every single dish has been incredible. This is not an experience to be missed, and we would even put the "worth going to Greenpoint just for this" stamp of approval on it. Go here. We require it.
Our second to last pick of the week is an awesome bookstore and cafe called @_archestratus_. While the old cafe/bookstore is a concept that is often seen here in the city, this one stands out because it's focused on books about food. From cook books to food writing, this store covers the gamut of all things gastronomic, so it's a perfect fit for us. Top all that with a sick little gift section and call this book store a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. -@thebrothersbuoy
Well guys, this has been a truly great ride. Not only were we so happy to show all you around our hood, but the opportunity so spend a few days at our favorite spots made us fall in love with Greenpoint all over again. We leave you with the place that we've probably spent the most time out of all the recs (outside of our apartment). McGolrick park is located one block from our pad and in our opinion is the most beautiful park in the city. With awesome sculptures, super tall trees and a bangin farmers market in the summer and fall, we thank our lucky stars that we can spend as much time here as we do. We wanna thank you guys for joining us on this adventure and if you wanna continue to see our neighborhood and all our other NYC adventures then just g'head and follow us @thebrothersbuoy. Thanks guys! See you around the neighborhood! - @thebrothersbuoy