We’re back again with our new recurring feature, The People in Your Neighborhood, where we talk with notable local figures about their favorite people and places in the neighborhood they call home, the idea being that it just might be the exact same neighborhood you call home, and you might realize that you’ve both been using the same laundromat this whole time.
Today we hear from Kip Berman, singer/guitarist from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Catch them at The Music Hall of Williamsburg next week for the Brooklyn Vegan CMJ showcase.
Best place to people watch?
I keep to myself, mostly.
Best place to drink?
The Pit Stop on Meserole and McGuinness. Has $2 wells and Tom Petty on the jukebox.
Sapporo Haru on Nassau + Manhattan offers all you can drink Sake with a $10 order of food. God Bless Deli rules too— awesome pickles!
Best bookstore or record store?
Open Air Modern for books. Insound for new records (they occasionally have warehouse sales with free “refreshments”) or The Thing, which is the most overwhelming and maddening collection of used records one could ever encounter.
Best grocery store/farmer’s market?
Key Food on McGuinness Ave.
Susan’s on the corner of Kingsland and Nassau.
Best outdoor spot?
I love McGolrick Park. McCarren Park is bigger, but it’s like the Alt Zoo when you walk past the fence on the weekends. McGolrick has trees and benches and is a lot more mellow.
Best place to attend a show/view a piece of art/see a movie?
I usually walk to Bruar Falls, Death by Audio or Glasslands, but those are admittedly not in Greenpoint. Coco 66 has good stuff, though it’s almost as far of a walk as that other places.
Best coffee shop?
Boneshakers (134 Kingsland Ave.). I’m not vegan, but it’s super vegan friendly/just plain friendly.
Best subway line?
Best date spot?
Like I know… sigh.
Best person whose name you don’t know?
The older guy that is always jogging with american flag shorts, no shirt, a big beard and a boombox. A close runner up would be the insanely gregarious Australian host at Five Leaves. There’s usually a massive wait for a spot on the weekends (and deservedly so), but he somehow makes it pretty entertaining and fun.
According to neighborhood folklore, are there any celebrities living in the area?
Nick Curtain from German Measles.
Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads, or old men on stoops?
Old men from the old country.
What’s missing from your neighborhood?
A video game store— and no, The Wizard doesn’t count.
What’s been the biggest change since you’ve moved in?
Studio B and Eat Records (at least the records part) are gone, while Franklin St. and the northern regions of Manhattan Ave have a lot of new bars and shops. TBD has a great happy hour and patio, Ash Box Cafe has quality lunch specials.
It’s a Saturday night in October. You don’t feel like traveling very far but are antsy for a night out. Where do you go?
Manhattan Inn has a lot of people that look way better than me. Luckily they serve alcohol, so you don’t feel the discrepancy too badly.