TICKET GIVEAWAY! Attend The Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo!! (9/19-20)

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.

This year marks a major anniversary since Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland was published. To celebrate, the Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) will return to Greenpoint on September 19-20 with many Alice in Wonderland objects among the more than 15,000 items shown by 145 dealers from all over the country. There will also be live readings of the Mad Tea Party and rare copies of antique publications will be shown.

Did you know that Alice in Wonderland was first published as “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”? Let us know what year it was published for a chance to win free admission because we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away!

How to enter: In the comments, answer the question (correctly or incorrectly) “In what year was Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” published?”

Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015, 11:59PM. Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Taxi Graveyard

Photo © Emma Whitford via the Gothamist
Photo © Emma Whitford via the Gothamist

In the land of transportation woes, Greenpoint has got another thing to worry about. It’s a yellow graveyard growing on the outer-edges of Provost Street. No, these aren’t daisies growing in a cemetery; these are the remains of discarded NYC cabbies which nobody wants to claim.

For a good part of the year, this graveyard has crept outside of the crowded taxi dispatch, McGuiness Management Corporation, located on the corner of McGuiness Boulevard and Huron Street and continues to grow outwards onto the surrounding streets. With the Uber lobbyists hard at work in Albany and the infusion of green taxis making outer borough pick-ups, yellow taxis are feeling the pinch. Their carcasses can be seen snaking their way  onto Provost Street, filling up side blocks all the way from Huron down to Freeman Street.

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Van Leeuwen’s Flagship Store Opens Tonight in Williamsburg with a Free Scoop Giveaway!!

Van_leeuwen_free_scoopListen carefully tonight and you might just  hear the strains of an ice cream cone fanfare echoing down Wythe Avenue.

Van Leeuwen’s flagship store in Williamsburg is having its official grand opening tomorrow, but tonight, for three glorious hours from 7pm-10pm, they will be handing out free ice cream scoops from the new store as a pre-opening treat. Continue reading

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Film Buffs Delight in Night of Noir

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From SummerScreen to SummerStarz to Nitehawk Outdoors and more, there has been no shortage of free movies in North Brooklyn this summer. The selections tend towards straight forward entertainment, often in celebration of youth culture reminiscent of the recent past. They’re the kinds of movies that work ok as a backdrop while you sit in the park with friends and converse in not-so-quiet whispers in between sips of your wine or beer. It’s budget friendly and fun. And it doesn’t really matter what movie is playing.

Not the case in “Night of Noir.” It is not only indoors in a proper screening room, but the overall event is very much centered around the movie. Each selection is part of a curated series of classics from a much earlier era and inspires thoughts like “There were heroin addict dens then?” as opposed to “What is Alicia Silverstone up to now?”

Heroin den scene in Akria Kurosawa's High & Low
Heroin den scene in Akira Kurosawa’s High & Low

For those of us who are not so well versed on movie making history, “Night of Noir” can easily be misinterpreted. You might have imagined a Wednesday night scene drinking tasty cocktails amongst a sophisticated well-dressed crowd watching some flick in black and white. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Comedy Fest, Summer’s End, Waku Waku – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/26–9/01)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 12.26.06 AMWEDNESDAY 8/26
* Voices of Brooklyn: Build Houses & Plant Gardens 
@ St. Paul’s Theater (334 South 5th St) 6:30pm, FREE, Latin American songs of love and protest are paired with stories about building a sustainable home from discarded shipping containers, RSVP
☺ Bk Comedy Festival: Fringe With Benefits @ The Gutter (200 North 14th St) 8pm, $5, With Nick Vatterott / Lauren Maul / Julio Torres, and more, Buy tix

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♦ Vivid Stills
@ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 6:30pm, FREE, An exhibition of posters designed for screenings at Spectacle Theater, RSVP
# Forage + Fire in the Forest @ North Brooklyn Farms (320 Kent Ave) 7pm, $85, A wood-fired tour of wild edibles and August farm bounty, Buy tix
* Kevin Geeks Out About Lady Robots @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, a virtual parade of robots from the last 100 years of science fiction, More info

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Burmese Pop-Up Dinner at McGolrick’s Sunview Luncheonette (08/30)

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Burmese feast in a charming luncheonette setting – Photo: Sam Fleischner

Living in NYC allows us to sample cuisine from all over the world, right? Well, largely, yes, but when it comes to Burmese food there is actually only one dedicated restaurant in the entire city and it’s all the way over on the Upper East Side.

However, Greenpointers with an inclination for Burmese fare can finally be spared a trip out of the neighborhood because this Sunday a fabulous Burmese food pop-up will be happening at the former Sunview Luncheonette near McGolrick Park.

Chef Michael Sablan (who has previously cooked at Mission Chinese and Northeast Kingdom), will be whipping up a six-course feast with dishes that include: Shan Tofu (a”tofu” made with chick peas), Oh No Khao Swe (coconut chicken noodle soup with marbled egg and pickled mustard greens), and the classic Burmese preserved green tea leaf salad. Continue reading

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Matt Siffert: Folk Songwriting with Jazz and Classical Instrumentation at Pete’s Candy Store 10pm Tonight

For Matt Siffert, a junior semester abroad provided the impetus for choosing the life of a songwriter. He studied music and psychology at the University of Havana in the spring of 2008. With less classwork in Havana than in the Iron City confines of Carnegie Mellon, he finally had the chance to explore his love of music, photography, and poetry, and to develop his confidence as an artist.

“It was one of the most important experiences of my life; I grew up a lot and came to embrace my artistic side,” he said. Back home, he had too often let creativity take a back burner to his academic interests.

Siffert has four works as a solo artist, Morningside (2012), Cold Songs (2012), Rise (2013) and Punch, and has performed nationally and internationally. Listen to Siffert perform his original songs infused with folk, jazz, and classical sensibilities tonight at 10pm at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St.).

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Citi Bike Celebration Tonight: Discount Memberships and Free Outdoor Movie

If there was one piece of advice I could give new residents of Greenpoint, it would be, “Bike, don’t walk!” So many great places in North Brooklyn are a 25-minute walk away but only a 5-minute easy cruise by bike. And, the BQE siphons most of the aggressive (i.e. non-Greenpointer) traffic off our streets.

Of course, there is the usual hassle of trudging your bike in and out of the apartment. No more! You have seen all the new Citi Bike racks in Greenpoint. Tonight at 50 Kent Ave. (b. N. 11th & N. 12th Sts.), the ‘CB people will be offering $25 membership discounts, a free outdoor screening of E.T. with Reese’s Pieces, and more.

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Boulevard Tavern to Close its Doors for the Final Time this Weekend

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Sad news: Boulevard Tavern will be pulling its final pint this weekend, after 10 years of serving the neighborhood.

Owner Harold Kramer and his wife Ria started running the bar in 2005.  They reclaimed the name ‘Boulevard Tavern’ after discovering the signage underneath that of J&D’s, the bar that closed on the same site in the early 2000s.

Tragically, Ria lost her battle with cancer three years ago, and Harold has been struggling to manage the bar alone. Among the reasons he cites for closing, he says “it’s tough being a small business in NYC right now”.  Continue reading

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Fall in Love with PÉTALES–A Sexy New Fragrance Where the World of Flowers & Photography Collide

Photo © Tal Shpantzer
Photo © Tal Shpantzer

Imagine sitting under the moonlight surrounded by overflowing vines loaded with nighttime blooms. A soft breeze rustles through leaves and tickles petals from their open blossoms. A minute later a warm rush of honey, rip figs, and anise fills the air. Immediately you want to wrap yourself in this decadent scent of earthly delights and bask in it until the sun rises.

Welcome to the evocative world of Tal Shpantzer, a long time Greenpoint resident whose photo exploration of the dark feminine mystic and fragrance play out in real life.

Some of you might recognize Shpantzer’s photography which has cropped up on HBO’s hit show True Detective, Vogue, and recently on this site. One look at this  work and you’ll see there is more than meets the image; Tal has an enviable way of making women look and now smell deliciously sexy. But what started as a photographer’s fascination between women’s relationships to flowers took her to places even she couldn’t imagine.

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