Monthly Archives: August 2014

Greenpoint Guide: Greenpoint’s Great Donut War

Hey Hart Beat! Happy long weekend! Instead of this weekend going up to Maine or home to my parents home in Massachusetts, I decided to stay in Brooklyn and get some relaxing done. Carolyn and I might even be heading back to Long Island tomorrow for the last of the summer rays. Today while I’m getting some reading done I came across the best article in the New York Times Business section. The article talks about an impending donut war going on in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. I’m not complaining Hart Beat and I thought this a perfect opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite neighborhood haunts.

Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop, located right on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, is one of my all time favorite parts of the neighborhood. The bakery has been around since 1950 and is constantly heralded as the BEST donut shop in New York City. I have a lot of donuts in my life, Hart Beat, and I could not agree more.
To be honest, I didn’t step into Peter Pan Bakery until I had been living in the neighborhood for a year because I was afraid that after I went once I would never be able to stop. It doesn’t help that it’s right around the corner from my gym and favorite coffee shop. Anyway, for my birthday party this year instead of bringing a whole cake to the bar I carted over two dozen donuts from Peter Pan. They were a HIT! Since then I’ve started bringing them into work every now and then for everyone. Doesn’t that make you want to work with me, Hart Beat? Ha.
So write this down Hart Beat, next time you’re in Greenpoint make sure to visit Peter Pan. Any donut there is amazing but in case you’re wondering, my favorite is definitely the red velvet…

P.S. You’ll notice that yes, in fact, I do spell doughnut “donut.” I blame Massachusetts..

Spread Love It’s the Brooklyn Way

Hey Hart Beat! Gotcha! I’m pretty sure I had some of you pegged. What a classic opening line amiright?

You don’t know me, but over the next few minutes maybe you’ll think I’m cool enough to follow on IG (shameless social media plug).
When Hannah asked me to guest post on her blog, I said something along the lines of “pssh, girl you buggin! Me?! You want ME to write on your blog, have you read mine (shameless plug again #boutdatlife) it’s completely unlike yours, who’s gonna wanna read what I have to say?!” But really I was kinda hype.

After some serious lurking I’ve learned Hannah has fantastic taste in music, and has shared some great tracks. So I figured I’d follow suite and share some music I’ve been stuck on as of late.

Being a Brooklyn native there’s one particular genre of music that, for lack of a better term, warms my soul. That genre is hip hop. I like to think I have a pretty electric taste in music and can appreciate just about anything, but hip hop holds a very special place in my hear. I get it and hip-hop gets me. We have a special relationship, her and I.

So, without further ado, and before I get all teary eyed and emotional check out the homie Radamiz below.

“New York Don’t Love Me” by Radamiz

Shameless plug for my Instagram. I’m still the editor here, Pedro…

The Salt & Sea prints

Hi Hart Beat! How was your weekend? I was so glad to be back in the city and relaxing as the summer ends. Today I took the LIRR to Long Beach with Carolyn (reminding both of us of our great trip two years back). On the boardwalk today was a great fair with tons of different vendors. One that I saw and LOVED was this company The Salt & Sea. The company designs and produces prints and cloth designs by Gene Rogovitz, who took inspiration from surfing on Long Island for the past 25 years.

“The Bicycle” print is by far my favorite. I have so much going on in my apartment right now that I really don’t have space to add a new print. But, as soon as something comes down this is most definitely going to replace it. The deign is “inspired by the old encyclopedia graphics and its information,” designer Gene Rogovitz “long had the idea to create an info-graphic poster highlighting minimal graphics and the key information about the elements that had a major part in his upbringing.”
All prints available at The Salt & Sea.

You me oiu by Pakayla Rae Biehn

Hi Hart Beat. I am so happy to be blogging tonight from ye old Brooklyn. I had a great vacation in Maine and I love being on the water there but, it is SO nice to be home in my favorite city. I took some great photos that I’ll share later this week so stay tuned. Tonight though, I want to share one of my favorite pieces that I keep coming back to (it’s been my desktop background for over a year now).

Artist Pakayla Rae Biehn has been featured here on Hart Beat before. Anything she does I seriously can’t get enough of. What do you think Hart Beat? Isn’t it just oh so romantic?

For more neon art work check out this post about Tracey Emin. And for neon decoration check this apartment decoration out.

A dream house by Alejandro Rosuti Kotti

Hi Hart Beat. It is a lazy, rainy morning here on the island. I’m sitting in the kitchen while my mom works on a birthday lunch for my Grandmother. It’s pretty perfect. Being here on the island makes me wish for more outdoor living in New York City. It’s nice in the summer to go to rooftop bars and parks but once fall gets here those kinds of things start to die down. I came across this house today and thought now this is a house. Can you imagine living here, Hart Beat? Too bad I have absolutely no green thumb… I’m sure there are people out there who would love to live in a house like this and be amongst nature. If I was looking for a new house, getting in touch with professionals such as Palos Verdes real estate agents is potentially the route I would take. Plus, I’d prefer to live around beaches and not too far away from everything.

This beautiful house is designed by architect Alejandro Rosuti Kotti and is set on this perfect piece of land in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I love the different spaces in this open floor plan. Also, those windows. Am I right?

She & Him classics coming this fall!!

Hi Hart Beat. This vacation in Maine I’ve been rewatching one of my favorite show’s, New Girl. Schmidt is my absolute favorite and makes me laugh so hard. As much as I find Zooey Dechanel drives me crazy sometimes I still love her. So today I was so excited to see that the amazing combination of Zooey Dechanel and M. Ward also known as She & Him is releasing a new album this fall.

According to the Zooey in the Facebook post that announced the new record, “We are incredibly excited to release a record of our favorite songs. It was a dream of ours to record these songs in a way that highlighted the brilliance of the songwriting and the beauty of their melodies. We had a wonderful time making the record and we hope people have a wonderful time listening to it.”

Ah!! I can’t wait for fall, Hart Beat!!

My heart belongs to Brooklyn

Hi Hart Beat. How was your weekend? I had so much fun on the island in Maine but I have to tell you a secret… I miss Brooklyn like crazy. Someone amazing shared this song with me since I’ve been up here and I can’t stop listening to it. I had never heard of Woodkid before but if this French artist feels this way about Brooklyn than I love him too.

Woodkid’s “Brooklyn”

Jean shorts all summer long

Happy Friday, Hart Beat!! What are your plans for this beautiful August weekend? Since I’m up in Maine I’m going to try to spend as much time at the beach as possible. One of my favorite parts of summer is being able to live in the same clothes all season long. This year I haven’t been able to get over my favorite pair of jean shorts. I picked them up this winter at Urban Outfitters in their Urban Renewal line. I usually don’t like shopping there but I take it all back for these high waisted shorts. In the line of Urban Renewal the company takes old jeans and turns them into shorts. I’m sure you can get the same results by stopping at your local Salvo or even just doing it yourself.