ING New York City Marathon- Watch it in Queens

Posted on October 29, 2009. Filed under: Greenpoint, LIC, NYC Marathon | Tags: , |

Get ready, set, go! November 1st marks the annual ING New York City Marathon. The runners will hit the 13th mile through Greenpoint Brooklyn into Long Island City on Vernon Boulevard. Here is the route map. Put on your best sneakers and make your way to Long Island City (7 train to Vernon Bvd stop) to cheer on all of the runners (either fast or slow). They should be trickling into the neighborhood around 10am until 1pm.

Here are some places on the runners’ route in LIC & Greenpoint where you can fuel up when you watch:

L haus (11-02 49TH Ave LIC) This new condominium in LIC is hosting a Rooftop Viewing Marathon Party. Even if you’ve never before set foot in a luxury condo (like me) – this is your one chance to watch the marathon from a birds eye view. 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Dorian Cafe (1001 Vernon Blvd) They open early and supply cheap homestyle meals to gobble while you watch.

Bricktown Bagels– (51-06 Vernon Blvd) Although slightly off route- this place makes great bagels and coffee (try their new french toast flavor) to grab while on the go, so you can munch while cheering. They also have free wi-fi so you can get up-to-the-minute tweets on the marathon.

Communitea– (47-02 Vernon Blvd) This “Gossip Girl” cafe allows for prime viewing space. They have organic pastries, tasty panino sandwiches, tea and fantastic coffee.

Lomzynianka– Polish Cuisine (646 Manhattan Ave Greenpoint Brooklyn) Athough this place is right on the marathon path, it opens at noon so it’s best to go after you’ve watched some of the event. This magnificent little restaurant offers inexpensive Polish food in an atmosphere not unlike your Grandma’s house. Prices range from $1.75 for a hearty bowl of borscht to $7.50 for a sizable entree.

Going to watch the marathon? Got suggestions on where to eat? Send them in as well as your photos of the event and I’ll post them.


Thirsty for a Challenge? Scene from the 2008 Marathon

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Greenpoint’s Paloma Restaurant Burns to the ground

Posted on November 6, 2008. Filed under: Greenpoint, LIC |

This is a sad day in 718 history. One of my favorite resturants- Paloma, the new American cuisine eatery sparked a fire and burned to the ground (almost). Here is one first-hand account of what happened in Curbed/Eater NY.  Besides offering great food, they were located in a somewhat quiet and secluded area in Greenpoint- right across the street from the historical pencil factory. It was a great place to walk or bike to from LIC during the warmer months- as my companion and I did several times last summer. It was considered “our place” Here is the Local718 review… may this great establishment rest in peace and hopefully it will be resurrected someday in the future.

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La Superior Mexican Food in Greenpoint Brooklyn

Posted on August 5, 2008. Filed under: Cheap Dining, Greenpoint, Mexican/South American, Off the beaten path |

La Superior – Mosey on over to 295 Berry Street (718-388-5988)- to a restaurant that brings authentic Mexican cuisine straight to Williamsburg. Among all the trendy hipster venues in Brooklyn, this place is the real deal. A few blocks from the crowded Bedford Ave sits the small taqueria offering traditional Mexican fare that’s difficult to find anywhere else in the city. La Superior offers “street style” foods and entrees. Some of the stuff I tried were one of its many tacos made with sauteed mushroom, epazote and garlic, the Gordita- chorizo and potato and- the Ezquites, which is corn cooked in epazote leaves, with cheese, lime and Mexican mayo. It is adorned with red walls, old Mexican movie posters and an original advertisement for La Superior- its namesake- the famous blond beer of the south. Check out the menu and be one of the first to try it!

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Free Movies- Persepolis, Endless Summer…and more

Posted on August 3, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, Greenpoint |

Wednesday Aug 6thPersepolis plays at Socrates Sculpture Park (Vernon Blvd at Broadway N/W Broadway). This animated film takes place in Iran after the revolutionary regime change. Adapted from a graphic novel, this heartfelt coming-of-age story about a girl who struggles with the normal growing pains of everyday life, in Iran. In addition to fitting in with her family and peers, she must fit in with the new societal rules of her country- like- dressing a certain way, not being allowed to run in public (because things jiggle and men hate that) , and not being able to listen to western music. Her endearing story carries you through her entire life in a touching but very comical narration. Persepolis is a true gem- don’t miss it!

Monday Aug 4th Astoria Park- Ratatouille Bring the kids around sun down for the comical animated flick.

Monday Aug 18th Pacific Standard Pub 82 Fourth Ave btwn Bergen & St Marks 718-858-1951- This relaxed brooklyn bar is great place to get beers on tap and watch movies every other monday night. August 18th is surf night with a double feature beginning with Step into Liquid and ending with Endless Summer. This friendly neighborhood bar provides ample seating in the back with big cumfy couches surrounded by bookshelves over-stuffed with vintage reading material. Looks like a library, but it’s even better. Grab friend and a beer and settle down to watch adventures in surf for the evening! 

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Paloma New American Cuisine Greenpoint

Posted on August 3, 2008. Filed under: American/Nouveau, Greenpoint, LIC, Off the beaten path, Outdoor Seating/Patio |

Want to take a neighborhood trip to our neighboring boro? LIC is just a few steps away from Greenpoint’s Paloma (60 Greenpoint Ave) a sure bet for tasty inventive American entrees- at half the price you will pay in Manhattan ($7-$14). Camille Becerra- a former contestant on Top Chef- is Paloma’s executive chef. Take advantage of the outdoor sidewalk seating or come inside to enjoy the ultra modern decor. The food menu and extensive cocktail list at this restaurant are creative but not overly ambitious. The daily specials include small plates like seared scallops bathed in lime juice in a bed of mint or a refreshing watermelon, feta and mint salad. Some of my favorite entrees served daily are the Parmesean Encrusted Pollock dish with cous cous and herbs and the Stuffed Poblano Pepper with pumpkin and cheddar entree . Cool off with one of the many delicious cocktails like a pink lemonade, La Paloma or the bicyclette – refreshing and manly enough for even the guys to drink. Be sure to get dessert- even if you are full.

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