Greenpoint has been one of my favorite parts of Brooklyn since I moved here, but my knowledge of the neighborhood is pretty much limited to what's directly around McCarren Park. Enter Aleks Gezentsvey: Uzbekistan native, Assistant Editor of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II (with past projects like Salt and The Giver under her belt), and cat enthusiast. With a view overlooking McGorlick Park and a list filled with spots located nearby her apartment, Aleks is officially my go-to Greenpoint guide. Each of her places seem to have a meaningful reason for being on her list, like her favorite place to dance being the place where her fiancé proposed to her, and her favorite tourist attraction having a particular aesthetic detail that she'll never forget. With a love for her neighborhood and her finger on its pulse, Aleks is the essence of what we love to capture on BWOB. —Madeline Turner
EAT: LUCKY LUNA
Lucky Luna in Greenpoint. It’s a Taiwanese / Mexican place (not “fusion,” technically, it’s more like both cuisines are on the menu). They make killer Negronis, and the pork belly steamed buns are delicious. It’s a nice place to people watch during the summer, if you get a window seat. Also, look inside the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. Do it.
167 Nassau Ave. BKLYN
Dance: McGolrick Park
I don’t do much dancing, and clubs are usually a little too intense for me. But McGorlick is right across the street from my house (my fiancé proposed to me there!) and it seems like a lovely place to dance. McGorlick Park Silent Rave? Can we make that happen?
Driggs Ave. and Russel St. BKLYN
Take a Dude: Saint Vitus
Saint Vitus, because metal. But, really, it’s a solid bar and a great sounding venue. I think Vitus is largely responsible for the evolvement of Brooklyn’s local music community - it provides a much needed place for bands to meet and brew, and for the public to get exposed to them.
1120 Manhattan Ave., BKLYN
Shop: Old Hollywood, and Trash and Vaudeville
Really, the answer is: online, as actual shopping is scary. But if I were to name a few physical locations, I’d go with Old Hollywood in Greenpoint (they have really exciting jewelry); the little strip between Grand St. and N9th in Williamsburg has a cluster of stores that I check out from time to time; also the area between Canal St. and E14th on Broadway. Oh, and Trash and Vaudeville in St. Marks, because I’m a rebellious teenager.
99 Franklin St., BKLYN
4 St. Marks Pl., NYC
Take a girlfriend: T.B.D.
T.B.D. in Greenpoint. That’s the actual name of it. I’m getting married there in the summer, so I hope nobody gets confused. They have a giant beautiful backyard and a ping pong table.
224 Franklin St., BKLYN
Tourist attraction: Rockefeller Center
A friend of mine was visiting from Australia and I took the opportunity to do touristy things with her. The most memorable one, I must say, was the walking tour of the Rockefeller Center. You learn about the art deco pieces that the Rockefeller family commissioned from various artists in the 1930s. The pieces are now intergraded into the buildings. They’re so gorgeous. Even the trees have a little art deco style ornamental trim around them - something I never noticed in years of walking by that area.
45 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC