I love this block in #greenpoint (Taken with instagram)
Lived in a different neighborhood, with different people, every week.
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One of the difficult things (and the thing I like least) about this project is recruiting people to host and scheduling the weeks. It generally requires a certain amount of follow up and though I hand out plenty of nomad business cards, people rarely email me. You can’t blame them, really…wait, so you’re giving me a card so that I can email you so you can come live with me for a week…Right.
There are exceptions, though, and some people get very excited about the idea and actually email me. Anne (and Trevor) fall into that category. [If you do to, it’s email@example.com] We met at a wedding of a friend (who is the first host of the new year!) over the summer. Anne mentioned that I was deemed an acceptable house guest when she realized I was drinking whiskey at the wedding reception.
Anyway, 3 months after the wedding I arrived at Anne and Trevor’s doorstep. I’d been really excited for this week because my friend Amy couldn’t stop talking about how great her friend Anne is, and specifically her cooking skills. I was also excited because I had a really good time my first trip to Greenpoint and wanted to check out some places I had missed the first time around. Although the idea is to stay in different neighborhoods, its fun and often most interesting to return to a neighborhood and see it through a different lens. And as I often say, its more about the people than the nabe. Everyone has different places they like to go, and just a few blocks can make a big difference.
Food was a highlight of this week. I ate at Lomzyniaka for $6 which gets you an excellent meat loaf plate that can feed a small family. We crossed the bridge into Long Island city for Brunch at Tournesol. Anne had mutual friends of ours over for roast chicken, brussel sprouts, and beet salad and you can see all of this on Youtube where Anne has become the latest Youtube sensation.
I was also fortunate enough to be there for the annual marathon brunch where about 20 friends came over pre-marathon. Deemed sous chef, I put the twist in bacon twists which is a recipe I am officially adopting.
Finally, I took Anne and Trevor, and a couple of friends to an Italian place called Anella that was excellent.
It was one of those weeks when I really integrated with my hosts. Those weeks can be the most difficult to actually move on. I met many of their friends, we went to the bowling alley (Trevor’s in a league), had beers at beerfest at Red Star, and went to a reading at WORD bookstore.
Anne and Trevor were awesome hosts - I miss them and I miss Greenpoint!
I somehow lost this post so I’ve recreated the first part of it and outlined the second part. I’ll fill in the rest at a later date, but I’m falling behind and need to post about Long Beach.
With Hillary, a former co-worker who I briefly overlapped with at Outside.in. Hillary now runs the business side of things at Pies n’ Thighs which is a great place. I get hungry just thinking about it. Here’s a drawing (not by me) of Hillary and Phil, also a former coworker.
Jon is one of Hillary’s roommates. Fun fact: Jon won an Emmy. He also has one of the more impressive home theater systems I have ever seen. When I stop my nomadicism, I will definitely consult him for my setup.
Putri is another one of Hillary’s roommates. I met her boyfriend Rob and dog Max. They are great and didn’t let me leave Greenpoint without tasting Peter Pan Donuts. Tina fey had this to say about Peter Pan:
The best doughnut? That’s Peter Pan doughnuts in Brooklyn. It’s a Polish bakery. We shot nearby once for 30 Rock. It’s a white-cream-filled powdered doughnut. And I really believe, when I first tried it, if I had a penis, I would put it in this doughnut. I finally understand what you guys are thinking about and what motivates you guys.
I had the red velvet donut, and while I can’t say I entertained those thoughts, it is an excellent donut :)