Though very few New Yorkers look forward to laundry day, Greenpoint’s Sunshine Laundromat provides an escape from the drudgery — in the form of more than twenty vintage pinball machines, a selection of wine and craft beer, prime dog-petting, and a whimsical approach to décor. The coin-op wonderland is presided over by Peter Rose and the laundromat’s de facto mascots — his chocolate labs, Chai and Coco — and even before renovations were complete last January was renowned as one of the city’s best cures for silverball fever, with a carefully curated collection of aficionado favorites. When it reopened on New Year’s Eve, longtime patrons were stunned by the transformation: Gone was the kitschy tiki hut, but through a speakeasy-style door resembling the façade of a typical washer-dryer, a new bar, exposed brick, and sunroof with dramatic views of neighboring St. Anthony–St. Alphonsus Church’s steeple made for a classy update (not to mention room for more pinball). The renovated place is not without its quirks: You’ll still find pregnancy tests and fake mustaches in the vending machines up front, tongue-in-cheek notices posted throughout (a recent one warns patrons of a 100 percent surcharge for service orders on pro-Trump garments), and mosaic tables paying homage to the proprietor’s beloved pups. Just don’t forget to save a few quarters for those stinky socks.
860 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn