Williamsburg to Greenpoint
Dragged through Brooklyn on the arts and craft trail
(Photos/words © urban75, Dec 2006
Seeing as I'm always dragging my girlfriend along to record stores and camera shops when we're in New York, it only seemed fair that I should accompany her on arts and crafts missions.
Here's some photos from a trip to Greenpoint in Brooklyn.
Tenement building, Williamsburg.
Christmas trees for sale, Bedford Avenue, corner of N12th St.
The northernmost neighbourhood of Brooklyn, Greenpoint's proximity to Williamsburg has recently seen a flood of hipsters fleeing from the escalating rental prices (an effect known as the 'Williamsburg spillover').
Sometimes known as 'Little Poland' after the high percentage of working-class Polish immigrants living there, Greenpoint is definitely an area on the 'up' (so artists can expect to be elbowed out again soon).
The reason for our trip out to Greenpoint was for Em to visit the 'Hearts and Crafts Affair' (that's a crat fair) at the Grumpy Cafe on Meserole Avenue at Diamond Street.
The cafe looked nice enough but perhaps a tad too slick and shiny for the neighbourhood..
The craft fair went on a back room and was quite an intimate event.
Some kerrrrrazy quirky indie types laid down some oddball sounds in the corner.
Old fire department street furniture.
Walking back to Williamsburg, we popped into the Eat Records cafe, which was suitably down to earth, stuffed full of good records and served up a marvellous soup.
Street market on Bedford Avenue.
Beford Avenue on a chilly December evening.
Subway back to Union Square.
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