Richard Lenatsky is the familiar face selling succulents at the McCarren Park market. Photos by Gia Frisillo.
A customer decked out in leather and ripped jeans stood on line at McCarren Greenmarket’s Far Out Cactus, between a yuppie couple with a purebred dog and a hippie in Buddhist prayer beads carrying a yoga mat.“He’s definitely the succulent guy,” she said. “I wanted to get a present for my grandmother, and what could be cooler than this weird cactus?”
I first noticed the succulent stand about a year ago, while composting at the Greenmarket. Since then, whenever I’ve needed an interesting and affordable gift, or get a hankering for a bit more greenery myself, this stand is my go-to. And I’m not alone: the stand is a meeting point for tiny plant fiends from all walks of life.
Richard Lenatsky is the owner and sole proprietor of the succulent stand, and has been working professionally with arid plants for decades. May 1st will mark his 45th year in the business — including a brief stint selling peyote. After I bought my last succulent from him — and spent 20 minutes learning about it — I couldn’t stop wondering about the man who deftly handled the needles on a cactus with his bare hands, without wincing.
“I’m pretty used to it now,” Lenatsky, who drives to Brooklyn from Pennsylvania at 4am every Saturday told Brokelyn. “[But] my wife still spends every night removing all the needles I can’t reach with a pair of tweezers.” (more…)
Just like the summer market, but everyone will have cardigans on. via Greenpointers
Nobody wants to think about fall during this precious interruption of summer heat, but there’s no doubt it’s here. We’re all going to hate everything in a week’s time if we don’t start preparing for colder nights and shorter days right now. And just in time to ease the journey, Greenpointers is running one their excellent Fall Markets this Sunday!
On October 25 from 1-7pm, revel in the clove-scented, buttered-rum affair being held at the usual Greenpointers loft (67 West Street). It’s an afternoon of gift shopping, craft appreciation and fall celebration with tons to sample and enjoy. This year’s theme is “Foliage and Foragers,” so rest assured, there’ll be no shortage of twigs, sprigs and leaf-leaning trinkets around. (more…)
Maybe this time it’s true? via Flickr user NYC Tom
Way back in 2013, which is really a year that happened we promise, we excitedly shared the news that the Pulaski Bridge was getting its own bike lane. No more sharing a narrow strip of sidewalk with pedestrians when you biked into Long Island City! Since then, it’s become the “Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown” or bike lanes, with a delay pushing it back to 2015 and then another delay announced pushing it back to 2016. So take this with a pre-packaged food helping of salt, but according to Streetsblog, construction on the Pulaski Bridge bike lane will allegedly start this month and could open this year. (more…)
They look fine, but we recommend they not submit that photo. via Flickr user Kyle MacDonald
With the advent of selfie sticks, drones, and GoPros, not to mention countless apps to filter and edit photos on the go, there’s really no limit to what you can capture on camera. Sure, you’ve probably got Instagram-worthy pics galore from your vacations. But maybe you’ve also got some breathtaking shots from your travels that you want to share with the world on a more professional level.
Well, kid, here’s something for you: according to Greenpointers, Paper Magazine’s editorial director is curating a travel-themed art exhibition at a studio in Williamsburg! And it could feature you! Or your photos, anyway. (more…)
Grand Street Restaurant Week has returned! After a very successful restaurant week this past February, the Grand Street Business Improvement District is setting up a summer week for you to fill those bellies with great deals on delicious food from various Grand Street restaurant in Williamsburg. From August 3-9, you can visit anyone of the 16 participating restaurants for lunches as cheap as $10 to dinners that will only run you about $30. We know, you’re probably drooling all over your phone, keyboard, or stranger on the train while reading this. So much so, you don’t know which ones to choose. You can’t go wrong with any, but let us offer some recommendations to help you out. (more…)
Take a stroll down Driggs Avenue — past McGuiness Boulevard and the entrance of McGolrick Park — and you’ll find an unassuming storefront under a chocolate brown awning. Its name, Pie Corps, is emblazoned in white; its windows provide a glimpse into a sweet and savory world beloved by neighborhood foodies since its debut in 2012.
As it turns out, Pie Corps’s is a story that nearly didn’t happen. “I had been a chef for 30 years before opening the shop,” says Cheryl Perry, who co-founded the bakery alongside Felipa Lopez, an acupuncturist who brings a medicinal philosophy to the company’s culinary approach. “I’d had a restaurant in Manhattan, and when we closed, I swore I’d never open another business. But there was something about pie. I was intrigued by the sweet and savory possibilities, and the idea of using fresh, local ingredients. Pie is sculptural. It’s something you build, and I like that. That’s where Pie Corps started.” (more…)
If you lived here, you’d be home by now. And it would be 2016. And you’d be able to afford it. via Greenpoint Landing Associates
Greenpoint Landing, the multi-tower development coming to Greenpoint that’s so big they had to name it like a new neighborhood, is definitely coming to Greenpoint, whether you’re ready for it or not. The project wasn’t all that popular when it was announced, so now there’s a sweetener to the development, with some front-loaded affordable housing on the first buildings going up, according to DNA Info. So on the one hand, you’re getting those big towers, but on the other hand, there are going to be $400 and $500/month apartments ready for you by 2017. (more…)
Remember when all of the Tri-state area’s punks and disco freaks showed up to Hell’s Kitchen in the hopes of impressing Martin Scorsese’s casting director enough to be an extra in his new HBO show about New York’s music scene from the 70s? You can get a glimpse of what they were all dressed up for this week, because the show, the imaginatively titled Rock and Roll at the moment, is filming up in Greenpoint on today and Tuesday, from 6am to 10pm.
You can catch a glimpse of Greenpoint transformed into the 70s through movie magic on the east side of Manhattan Avenue between Dupont and Green Streets and the west side of Manhattan Avenue between Kent and Java Street. Exciting stuff, unless you live there we suppose.
Since we’ve been writingabout the Brooklyn Barge Bar, the crazy/great idea to have a floating bar in Greenpoint, all we’ve had to look at are computerized renderings, which are only so exciting. Finally though, the bar has shown off the seafaring vessel we’ll be drinking on sometime this summer. Yes, right above this paragraph, there is the barge you’ll be drinking on in it’s non-bar form. We asked general manager Will Drawbridge if he could tell us about the barge and he was happy to oblige. (more…)