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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..

Greenpoint Guide: Caffé Spina

In the land of all that is beautiful there has been a (relatively) new addition to the crop-up of storefronts on my beloved Franklin Street. Caffé Spina is a beautiful store front located at 107 Franklin Street in Greenpoint that hosts a delicious combination of coffee and flower shop.

I stopped into Spina a few weeks ago to speak with the owners and take a few pictures for the Greenpoint Guide. The day that I popped in the staff was getting ready for a professional photo shoot with Gardenista (you can find more photos by following the link there). Lucky me the place was being perfected and I got to see the hustle and bustle of the exited team and owners.

Spina not only boasts beautiful succulents, ivies and cacti but also Blue Bottle Coffee and Dough Donuts, two of Brooklyn’s most renowned staples. Every time I step into the little cafe I feel like I’ve been whisked away into a hipster fairyland in a design magazine, in the best way possible of course. Spina is definitely worth a visit when you’re planning your next trip to Greenpoint.

P.S. Previous features on the official Greenpoint Guide: Ovenly, Word Bookstore, Le Gamin.

Dalaga is closing

Hi Hart Beat. I have such sad news to share with you today. My favorite Greenpoint boutique, Dalaga NYC, is closing it’s doors at the end of this month. When I first moved to Greenpoint a year and a half ago Dalaga was one of the first stores that I went into and since then it has continuously been my go to shop for clothing, accessories, shoes, and general life styling. My favorite fragrance that I wear all the time comes from the store and, as my friends can attest, most of my wardrobe I’ve accumulated in the past two years has come from there as well. I love telling people about Dalaga and it is always one of the first places I bring visiting friends and family. When I worked at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg I would often tell tourists to take a leisurely walk up Kent Avenue into Greenpoint to visit the store before leaving Brooklyn.

After frequently shopping in the store and getting to know the owners (and sisters) Mary and Michelle Mangiliman, both of their families, and the amazing store manager Lilian, I was happy to join the Dalaga team this winter. I love working among the beautiful things that fill the Greenpoint store space and I’ve truly learned so much from these amazing, entrepreneurial, and fashionable sisters.

The beautiful sisters.

This past Valentine’s Day Mary and Michelle announced to the many Dalaga fans, from far and wide, that the flagship store on Franklin Street will be closing at the end of this month. In a letter written out to their dear Dalagas, the Mangiliman sisters write to the reason for the closing.

As of march 2nd our Dalaga storefront will be closing but we aren’t going away! We will be available to you 24/7 online at Dalaganyc.com with your favorite indie designers (no G train!). Best of all, you can still shop the Designed by Dalaga jewelry collections online, which will be debuting new designs every season. 


                       Of course we will miss the hustle and bustle of our beautiful store and seeing your beautiful faces, but we are confident we can still deliver the Dalaga experience you expect. In the meantime, be sure to bookmark us, follow us on Instagram, friend us on Facebook, and keep an eye out for the Dalaga jewelry collection in a store near you!

                       So while we are both expecting two new little Dalagas in the next few months, it’s time for us to move our business out of the store and onto your desktop. 

I am so happy that there will be two new little fiercely fashionable Dalaga girls in Greenpoint and I can’t wait to see what the Dalaga website will hold in this next new phase. Even so, the closing of Dalaga has left me very sad and anxious about the future of my beloved Greenpoint neighborhood. Dalaga was the first boutique to open on Franklin Street, paving the way for many stores, bars, restaurants, and galleries that have followed in their brilliant footsteps. I hope that whoever takes over the space will honor these pioneering ladies and the good that they’ve done for our neighborhood.


Michelle and Mary with the little soon to be Dalagas.

Greenpoint Guide: Le Gamin

Hola Hart Beat! Welcome to the third installment of the Greenpoint Guide series on the blog. To read the first reviews visit favorite neighborhood haunts Ovenly and Word to get the full story. Today I want to tell you about my favorite french restaurant and cafe in the neighborhood, Le Gamin. The restaurant is located just a block away from Word at 108 Franklin Street in Greenpoint and is the kind of french restaurant and cafe that I used to dream about having near me before I moved to Brooklyn.

Le Gamin in Greenpoint is the sister restaurant of the Soho original location. The French owner, Robert Arbor, then went on to expand the restaurant by opening the Greenpoint branch and for that I am very thankful. Le Gamin is open daily from 8:30am to 10pm which means that you can both come in for a petit déjeuner of muesli, fruit, and a traditional Citron Chaud (pictured above on the left) which is the delicious drink consisting of fresh lemon juice, hot water and honey, and for lunch, dinner and everything in between.
These pictures here on the blog were taken when my mom visited the city and the two of us went into Le Gamin for breakfast. I loved being there in the late morning as the sun streamed through the window but, coming to Le Gamin for dinner is almost better. The ambiance is so romantic without being pretentious and the menu is amazing. The muscles and french fries are a particular favorite of mine and the best part is on Tuesday’s the host a bottomless muscle and fries dish for only $20. Um, yes please. 
Anyway, if I wasn’t going to be out of town for Valentine’s Day this is where I would go to celebrate for sure. For all of you still in the city I can’t imagine a more perfect spot than the quietly charming neighborhood of Greenpoint and a delicious dinner at Le Gamin.

Greenpoint Guide: Word

You know that feeling when you finish a great book and are so frustrated because you have no idea what to read next? I have the best solution for you. Greenpoint’s local bookstore, Word, is the perfect place to go on a dreary Saturday afternoon like this and find the next read you’ll obsess over. 
One of the best parts about Word is that if they don’t have the book that you want, they’ll order it for you right away. I’ve never had to wait longer for a book to come in stock and that my friends, is an amazing thing.
Word, located at 126 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, is the kind of neighborhood bookstore that doesn’t come around so often anymore. Not only do they keep me in the good books but they have great events (book readings, book releases, and neighborhood local parties) and amazing book groups. I haven’t had time to go to one yet but the novels that they choose for the six different groups are all amazing. 
Side note, Word also has this great bulletin board (pictured above on the right) where you can post an add looking for a roommate or apartment in the neighborhood AND a match making dating service called “Between the Covers.” To join you write down your name, contact information, who you’re looking for, and the kind of books you read. Genius. 
Little matchbooks with book covers!

Greenpoint Guide: Ovenly

Welcome to the first installment of Hart Beat’s very own Greenpoint Guide, giving you a inside scoop and a local’s guide to the best neighborhood (yea I said it) in Brooklyn. First up, Ovenly! 
If you ever find yourself wandering around Franklin Street in Brooklyn (highly recommended by the way) and find yourself thinking, “Hmm, I could really use some delicious coffee, beautiful ambiance, and MOUTHWATERING COOKIES,” then Hart Beat, I have the place for you. Ovenly, tucked down Greenpoint Ave on quiet West Street sits the most perfect little bakery you will ever find. Greenpoint is quiet but walking to the water on the way to Ovenly makes me feel like I’m in a whole other world.
Before walking into the bakery/coffee shop, just look at the outside. The Pinterest pinner in me wants to cry. Ovenly sits on the edge of Greenpoint’s most prized riverside park and outside the space is plenty of bench and strolling room to enjoy the Manhattan skyline sweeping next to you.
But Hart Beat, the inside of Ovenly is even better. I stop by all the time on rainy days to grab a cookie and read because it is just so lovely inside. Always quiet with the best music playing, Ovenly is never pretentious and honestly, I always enjoy myself here. The best part? Instead of a coffee card to punch the bakery gives out cookie cards. Buy ten cookies and the eleventh one is free. 
Ovenly is not the place to shlep your computer bag and apartment contents to in order to work. It’s the kind of place that I love where you can stop in with friends and have a delicious catch up. Or the coffee shop you dream about on a rainy day where you can finish your book in peace.

Stay tuned next week for the next installment, Hart Beat!
For more information on the series, send me an email to hannahhartbeat at gmail dot com.
All original photography for Hannah Hart Beat.

A Greenpoint Guide from Hannah Hart Beat

Welcome to 2014, Hart Beat! I know that the new year started a couple of weeks ago but tonight I am so excited to share with you a new series for the blog this year. As many of you know, I’ve been living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn since I moved to New York a year and a half ago. I love living in New York and out of all the neighborhoods I’ve explored, I’m happy to say that my own Greenpoint is my absolute favorite hands down. My favorite part of living in Greenpoint is getting to know all of the local restaurants, boutiques, bars, coffee shops, parks, and stores in the area.

This year I want to share my favorite local haunts with you lovely readers in a new weekly series. I hope that you are as excited as I am to start exploring Greenpoint! Check in tomorrow for the first installment!

Dalaga MCMC Fragrances

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday! I’m doing some new-job-new-life shopping today in Williamsburg and I thought I would just check in and share one of my favorite purchases of the fall thus far.

My favorite boutique in Greenpoint hands down is Dalaga NYC. I discovered Dalaga within the first month of moving in to my apartment. Since finding it has been my go to place for Brooklyn shopping. An overview of the store is long past due, but today I wanted to share their collection of organic, locally made fragrances. 
For those of you who know me personally, you know that I hate wearing fragrances. Anything that smells remotely like flowers will make me sneeze all day and since my sense of smell is so bad I have a hard time differentiating between different scents. Luckily, as soon as I saw the beautiful packaging of the MCMC fragrance I knew I had to try them. All I can say is Hallelujah Amen sister friend. I am in love.
Dalaga’s Handmade Capiz Tralight Holder on my want list.
The scent that I finally landed on was Phoenix (even though I wanted desperately to love the Maine scent more. Go Bobcats.) Not only are all the fragrances delicious to smell, their packaging is beautiful and every scent comes with a lovely description for the inspiration of the product. For example, here’s the description of Phoenix:
The descriptions for Maine and Maui are just as lovely and I love that they even make a beard oil called Dude No. 1. If you’re looking for something to spice up your fall wardrobe or you’re doing some early Christmas shopping, I can’t recommend these products more. And the best part? They have an online store! Happy Saturday, Hart Beat.  

Dalaga MCMC Fragrances

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday! I’m doing some new-job-new-life shopping today in Williamsburg and I thought I would just check in and share one of my favorite purchases of the fall thus far.

My favorite boutique in Greenpoint hands down is Dalaga NYC. I discovered Dalaga within the first month of moving in to my apartment. Since finding it has been my go to place for Brooklyn shopping. An overview of the store is long past due, but today I wanted to share their collection of organic, locally made fragrances. 
For those of you who know me personally, you know that I hate wearing fragrances. Anything that smells remotely like flowers will make me sneeze all day and since my sense of smell is so bad I have a hard time differentiating between different scents. Luckily, as soon as I saw the beautiful packaging of the MCMC fragrance I knew I had to try them. All I can say is Hallelujah Amen sister friend. I am in love.
Dalaga’s Handmade Capiz Tralight Holder on my want list.
The scent that I finally landed on was Phoenix (even though I wanted desperately to love the Maine scent more. Go Bobcats.) Not only are all the fragrances delicious to smell, their packaging is beautiful and every scent comes with a lovely description for the inspiration of the product. For example, here’s the description of Phoenix:
The descriptions for Maine and Maui are just as lovely and I love that they even make a beard oil called Dude No. 1. If you’re looking for something to spice up your fall wardrobe or you’re doing some early Christmas shopping, I can’t recommend these products more. And the best part? They have an online store! Happy Saturday, Hart Beat.  

Greenpoint: The neighborhood love of my life

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your Wednesday night? It’s been a while since I’ve written about my beautiful neighborhood in Brooklyn, and since I’ll be leaving the lovely Greenpoint for a few weeks, I thought I would share a few new finds that I’ve been loving lately. (Really my goal here is to make you fall in love with Greenpoint as much as I do.)

The three places that I want to share with you are so Hart Beat appropriate that I wish I could just take you to them and show you. The only way I can explain my love is that if somehow I were reincarnated in a bar, restaurant, or coffee shop, these three would be the result. Weird, or endearing? You pick.

Achille’s Heel




Why did I fall in love with Achille’s Heel? I honestly don’t even know where to start. What I first fell for was the secrecy of the place (which this blog post kind of ruins, whatever.)  The bar is nestled out of the way of crowded Greenpoint and sits on the corner of West and Green Street, right on the water. The bar has kind of a nautical theme, and by nautical I mean it used to be an old fishing bar and still feels like it in the best way possible. It also has a feeling of being on the bayou (my favorite theoretical place ever). The cherry on top was that they served chilled red wine and it has the best romantic mood lighting I’ve seen in a while. Want to take me on a date here, Hart Beat? 
(Image via Grub Street)


Almeda


Oh, this place. Papa Al and I just went to dinner here to discuss the last logistics of our trip to Spain. Hands down, now it’s our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. And guess what! It’s right around the corner from Achille’s Heel on Franklin! Win for North Brooklyn and win Hannah Hart. The food is an amazing mix of Mediterranean, local, and delicious american bistro. After the waitress heard that my Dad and I were about to bike across Spain the kitchen sent us over a plate of prosciutto and the best oysters I’ve ever had. Restaurant win right there. They also carry Pais Vasco cider (the same drink I had to toast my 21st birthday in Bilbao.) Seriously, I think this restaurant was made for me. 
(Image via The Scout)

Milk and Roses



Okay, full disclosure, I haven’t been here yet. DON’T TELL ANYONE. I’ve heard from multiple people that I really, really need to go and I’ve been weirdly obsessing over it for the last couple weeks. The bizarre part is I live right around the block on Manhattan Ave so I really just need to check it out myself. Apparently it’s a coffee shop that looks like a library inside and it has a garden out back. I envision El jardín secreto but with books. Life win right there, Hart Beat.
(Image via Yelp)

I can’t wait to tell you about a few more in a couple weeks, Hart Beat. I heard theres a real life lobster shack on the water on West Street. I’ve also been meaning to stop in at Permanent Records and a brand new beautiful plant store that opened up next to Latika Spa on Franklin…. Oh madre mia do I love this neighborhood.