We’re pretty upset we missed this amazing coffee shop/motorcycle shop combination in our recent Top 10 Coffee Shops in Brooklyn for Design Buffs roundup. Jane Motorcycles opened up just five weeks ago on Grand Street in Williamsburg. It’s a nice balance of everything you want–coffee shop aesthetic, gallery-like display of motorcycles, gear to go, cool books, men’s grooming products, and chill owners.
In a city that prizes space so rapaciously, it’s really a shame how many establishments waste the real estate of the bathroom. So many people visit it, every day! Shouldn’t we aspire to something better than that generic “ambience” with the awful watery pink soap and scratchy toilet paper?
Here are seven of the quirkiest places that made more—a lot more—out of their commodes. Turns out that from Long Island City to Midtown to Prospect Heights, creative lavatories abound in NYC!
We recently stopped by Rough Trade NYC, a new massive record shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that’s outfitted with cantilevered and stacked shipping containers. It’s the U.S. counterpart to the independent British store which has two locations in London. The 15,000 square foot space makes it the biggest record shop in the city. Like in London, Rough Trade NYC is much more than just a music retailer. Focused on an experiential atmosphere, there’s a full stage and concert venue, a coffee counter with food by Greenpoint favorite Five Leaves, an exhibition space, a place to create and DJ music yourself, a bookstore and even ping pong tables!
Would you try a “Donut Reducing Diet”? Though it sounds like a spoof of the Atkins diet–or any number of fad diets out there–Dr. J. Howard Crum hypothesized that a diet consisting solely of donuts would keep you satisfied enough to stick to it. He outlined the theory in his 1941 book, Beauty and Health: a Course in Loveliness. Julie Thomson, resident donut connoisseur and curator of the exhibit “Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut” at the City Reliquary in Williamsburg, scoured the internet to find the October 1941 issue of Woman’s Home Companion in which the ad for Dr. Crum’s book appeared. (more…)
We previously compiled a list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Manhattan for design buffs and now we’re tackling Brooklyn. The following is by no means a complete list of coffee shops in Brooklyn, but after checking out many, many coffee shops, we decided to highlight some of our favorites.
Naturally, we were intrigued when we heard about this flower shop/coffee shop that opened recently in Greenpoint. Spina, which means “thorn” in Italian, started as a floral design company. Owners Vanessa Chinga-Haven and Paul Diaz hope to lure people in the door with Blue Bottle coffee and donuts by Dough, then keep them hanging around for floral arrangements and gift items. There’s not a lot of space to sit, but the pint-sized shop is a nice place to stop for a coffee and flower bouquet to go. (more…)
For a show based in Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire sure spends a lot of time in New York City. This might be due to the prevalence of mob life on the show, or perhaps the 15% tax breaks offered by the state. Whatever the reason may be, we at Untapped Cities were glad to make this list of some of our favorite locations in Brooklyn, where much of the series was filmed. See also our piece on Boardwalk Empire‘s film locations in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island!
The Empire State Building sometimes gets in the shot and must be digitally erased. Image source: Bryn Alexandra.
The boardwalk featured in the show is actually an enormous set constructed on an empty lot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that has been the backdrop for everything from daily greetings to explosions. It is modeled after the 1920s version of the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Every single storefront (including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel) has been recreated and there is a large blue CGI screen covering one side of the parking lot that is used to simulate the ocean. Initially placed here because of the greater tax breaks offered in the state of New York, the set on the corner of Commercial and Clay Streets has been abandoned for this season. According to Greenpointers, the lot will be turned into a condominium complex in the coming years.
The actual boardwalk in Atlantic City was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last year. (more…)