Here we have another installment of The People in Your Neighborhood, our ongoing series in which we ask notable Brooklyn figures about their favorite people and places in the neighborhood they call home, as a grand scheme of finding out whether they ever get coffee at the same bodega as us. Repping for Greenpoint is Captured Tracks founder Mike Sniper, who over the last five years has culled together one of the defining label rosters of the current indie-rock landscape with signees that include Wild Nothing, Mac DeMarco, The Soft Moon and Beach Fossils. Defying cries that the album is dead, the label's tastemaker status has now given way to the city's newest record store (joining Sniper's other record store, the vinyl-lover's paradise Co-Op 87). Besides housing the label's offices and an expertly curated stock of new and used records from CT bands and beyond, the Captured Tracks Shop (195 Calyer St) has art books to browse, new and vintage recording equipment to yearn for, and listening booths to help you realize that the new MINKS record is really good. So go shop there. But first find out where Sniper shops for coffee.
Best place to people watch?
Manhattan Avenue: sidewalks to not trip over, random passouts/tweakers.
Best place to drink?
Daddy's Bar. I like staples drinks. Comfortable bartenders and good DJs over complex cocktails and faux 19th century atmosphere.
I haven't tried a lot of the new ones, but Le Gamin for lunch.
Best bookstore or record store?
The one I'm opening! Until then, Co-Op 87 and Record Grouch.
Best grocery store or farmers' market?
Driggs Ave because it's a block from my house and they do drop-off.
Best outdoor spot?
Our office backyard, but I'm "indoorsy" unless it's overcast.
Best place to attend a show/view a piece of art/see a movie?
Sadly there's not too much in Greenpoint for this, have to go to Williamsburg, where there's a ton (obviously).
Best coffee shop?
I'm not a big fancy coffee guy. I like the cheap deli drip kind. Weird, I know.
Best subway line?
The G is a far cry from "the best," but it's the only game in town.
Best date spot?
For a first date only: I don't really go there a lot because it's not my thing, but at Spritzenhaus you can be there without bumping into someone on a weeknight. It's a huge space, so you can find a spot to be relatively alone, and if it gets boring, there's Jenga. Second date you have to get fancy…
Best person whose name you don't know?
This guy in red pants that's always passed out during the day, right on Nassau/Manhattan. All the time, around 2pm. So dependable.
Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads or old men on stoops?
There's a group of "smooshyface" dogs who are cool. [Ed's note: Shar Peis?]
What's missing from your neighborhood?
More variety of restaurants. Right now, it's all mediocre Thai or Japanese, decent Polish spots, and an overwhelming amount of New American that are all good, but a little too omnipresent. We need a traditional Korean place, Vietnamese, Indian, etc. We also need a big organic grocer and more lunch places in general.
What has been the biggest change since you've moved in?
Doubling of New American restaurants and bars with complex cocktails.
It's a Saturday night in September. You don't feel like traveling very far but are antsy for a night out. Where do you go?
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