Back in November of 2010, the manager of our Greenpoint branch office, Heather Tornes, was working at Roberta’s Pizza. MySpace NYC helped her find her apartment, and she enjoyed the experience so much that she was an agent by December.
Over the next four years, she became a training manager, and then ran the leasing office. By 2014, she was appointed branch manager, and got to work setting up the new Greenpoint location.
“The space used to be an illegal underground club,” Tornes explains. “And then an illegal studio apartment. It had these tiny windows way up on the wall. I got to personally design the space for us from the ground up.”
She did a great job! The MySpace NYC Greenpoint office is a bright space full of fun, young agents with diverse interests. They include jazz musicians, actors, and even a composer. And they all live and hang out in the neighborhood.
“Everyone loves each other,” she adds. “Whenever we get a deposit, all the agents cheer.”
All this enthusiasm, along with the agents’ irreverent sense of humor, gives the Greenpoint office an atmosphere that mirrors the vibe of the neighborhood itself. See for yourself by stopping into 713 Lorimer St. — and while you’re in the neighborhood, check out some of the following nearby restaurants, bars and coffee shop, recommended by the staff.
This bar and performance venue features live music every night, plus readings, open mics, and even a monthly spelling bee for adults. “The other day we saw Elvis Costello and Steve Buscemi filming outside,” adds Tornes.
Inspired by the traditional botecos of Sao Paolo, this bar and restaurant serves up such Brazilian classics as feijoada (a meaty stew), pão de queijo (cheese bread), salpicão (chicken salad), and a killer caipirinha.
The quirky nautical theme of this Greenpoint bistro should give you a clue that you can expect oysters on the menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late night snack. Owner Jud Mongell and his wife used to work at Cafe Gitane in Nolita, and Five Leaves has a bit of a downtown Manhattan vibe to go with its fabulous menu.
This place has a little something for everyone: pricey, well-made cocktails for when you’re feeling fancy, and happy hour (and late happy hour) $4 beer and well drink specials for when you’re not. The Santa Salsa “food truck” is parked in the middle of the bar, serving up Venezeulan street food like empanadas and “especial” burgers, and the back room hosts a variety of eclectic performances.
This spacious sandwich shop across from McCarren Park uses primarily local and ethically sourced ingredients. It’s a great place to hang out for a cup of coffee, a smoothie or something stronger from their menu of New York state beers and ciders.