Greenpoint Open Studios Sign-Up Party (8/15) – *FREE BEER!

Join Greenpoint Open Studios at the Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) on Friday, August 15th from 7-10pm for Greenpoint Open Studios Sign Up Party / Info Session.

The deadline to join Greenpoint Open Studios (10/3-5) is August 31, 2014.

You can join on line at www.greenpointopenstudios.com or come to the sign-up party!

Artists who sign up will enjoy a FREE beer courtesy of Diamond Bar! Plus we will have music and art to enjoy and a brief information session about the event. Continue reading

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Review: Crystal Jukebox Hymn at Glasshouse

"Crystal Jukebox Hymn" at Glasshouse ArtLifeLab ©Anthony Farina

“I consider myself a poet first and a musician second,” said Bob Dylan, “I’ll live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.” Through a captivating performance of Crystal Jukebox Hymn, which was devised from Dylan’s book of experimental prose and poetry Tarantula (1966), his words found new life this past weekend at Glasshouse in Williamsburg. Continue reading

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Happening Now: I Fell in Love With “Summer Love” at The Front Room Gallery

"Summer Love" on view now at The Front Room Gallery ©The Front Room

It all started with Frida and Diego, Burton and Taylor, Lee Miller and Man Ray. Artists influence each other, destroy each other, love passionately. Out of all this, creating is born. Partners in crime. Partners in life. Dali signed his paintings with his and his beloved’s name. It is said that she saved him from his own misery, “it is mostly with your blood, Gala, that I paint my pictures.” That’s what immediately came to mind when I saw the The Front Room Gallery group show “Summer Love”—a sudden, sensual, and very intimate feeling. Butterflies or maybe cramps, soft knees and sweaty lips, blurred vision & intoxication. Continue reading

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New Must-Try Spot: Cherry Izakaya Opens in Williamsburg

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Cherry Izakaya Bar

A new Japanese restaurant opened in Williamsburg on Friday. And pay attention because it’s most likely going to be one of the hottest dining spots of the summer.

Cherry Izakaya, (138 N 8th) is the hip younger sibling of the swanky Cherry at Dream Downtown. The ‘Izakaya’ part of the name comes from the term for a Japanese bar serving small plates of food usually meant for sharing. Continue reading

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East River Ferry Up and Running!

Hallelujah, praise the lord! This weekend the East River Ferry resumes regular service.

Whew, that was a close one! Since the ferry landing’s mysterious tumble into the East River this winter, many of us wondered whether the pier would be up and operational in time for the G-train debacle. With mounting pressure from the public and Councilman Steve Levin, the owner of the India Street pier hustled to complete the new ferry landing just in the nick of time. Let us breathe a collective sigh of relief and cross our fingers the rush job didn’t compromise the quality of construction.

The temporary shuttle buses services from India Street to North 6th pier in Williamsburg will remain in effect until Wednesday.  Click here for the summer service schedule.

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It’s really happening. G Train Shutdown Begins Tonight! Are you ready?

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Tonight at 10:30p.m. three G train stops will go out of service for 5 weeks–Greenpoint Ave, 21st Street and Court Square. One thing on everyone’s mind is how the hell are we going to get around in this mess? Continue reading

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ATTN ARTISTS: SIGN UP FOR GREENPOINT OPEN STUDIOS!


Greenpoint Open Studios is back and we need all artists with studios in Greenpoint to participate! It’s totally free and totally awesome. Hit up Greenpoint Open Studios’ website and add your studio info plus an image of your work. That is it! And Save The Date for a Sign-Up/Info Party on 8/15/14… more details to come.

Follow Greenpoint Open Studios on Facebook, Twitter @greenpointarts & Instagram @greenpointopenstudios!

#greenpointopenstudios #gos2014

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Celebrate Violet Pepper’s One Year Anniversary This Weekend!

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Jade Elzien in her shop, Violet Pepper.

When Franklin Street first started to become a shopping destination, one of the first people I met there was Jade Elzien, who was then working at one of Greenpoint’s earliest boutiques, Dalaga. Her upbeat attitude, warmth and genuine personality helped me feel comfortable and excited for what the neighborhood had in store. So it was very exciting to find out that she was opening her OWN boutique, Violet Pepper (688 Manhattan Ave.) last summer.

To celebrate the shop’s first year, Violet Pepper‘s hosting a big celebration with sales Friday July 25-Sunday 27th. Everything will be 20% off and sale items an extra 20% off. On Saturday the 26th there will be an added bonus of Brooklyn Brewery beers!

A little more about Jade and her journey from friendly Greenpoint neighbor to independent Greenpoint business owner after the jump! Continue reading

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Down to Earth Farmer’s Market Vendor Profile: Full Circle Farms

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The 2014 market season marks the debut of Full Circle Farm, both as a farming endeavor and as a vendor with Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park and Cooper Park farmers markets. Shelle Bailey and Jesse Mandel run Full Circle Farm in Dutchess County, NY, and this summer is the first time the couple has ever sold their produce at a farmers market.

Devotees of thoughtfully cultivated food can find Full Circle Farm every Sunday at Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market. It takes place at the park, on Maspeth Avenue at Olive Street, from 11 am to 4 pm every week through Sunday, November 23rd. We recently sat down with Shelle as she shared about the adventures that led to Full Circle Farm. Continue reading

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