Weekend Music: Climbing Sunshine Mountain (7/29 – 7/31)

The Grand Victory is closing this weekend so I’m going to use this week’s post to highlight final shows there, for your last hurrah (or oi-oi rebel shout).

But we also have Peach Kings and puppies at the Knitting Factory, and St. Vitus hosts electronica it likes.

Last, we clue you in to some shows beyond this weekend that you should ticket up now before a sellout, like for Erykah Badu and Angel Olsen. Continue reading

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Final Greenpoint Clean Up Day This Saturday!

Greenpoint Clean Up Day

Greenpoint is a busy neighborhood where local residents coexist right next to or sometimes right on top of industry—and often that means we have special needs for trash pick-up and recycling. Greenpoint Clean Up Day, in partnership with Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, has been around for the past year and is funded with GCEF money to help the community band together and clean up our streets to make Greenpoint a healthier place to live, work and play. This Saturday is the last Clean Up day for the year, so get out there and pitch in! Continue reading

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Train Thoughts & Trash Talk — The Hook-Up 7/29

Hey, it gets lonely on the G Track. (Via ReThink Studios)
Hey, it gets lonely on the G Track. (Via ReThink Studios)
Though full-size G Trains are very much on the agenda for the coming L Train shutdown, here’s another thought: extending the E to run along the G track to take the pressure off all of us out here.
 
Because the L Train shutdown is consuming all our thoughts lately, senator Daniel Squadron (plus 32 other officials) are calling on Cuomo, de Blasio, and MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast to start working on better solutions now.
 
One more G Train thing and then we’ll stop. Apparently a small number of G Trains are being used as a test group for those futuristic digital display screens you see on other trains from the modern era.
 
Greenpoint’s getting new trashcans, and they’re going in the places community members have suggested. If there’s a spot you’ve got in mind that’s in dire straits for a garbage receptacle, call 311.
 
Things are changing at Five Leaves and Nights and Weekends — but hopefully only in a behind-the-scenes kind of way. Chef Ken Addington is leaving his post there, but he’s apparently got something else up his sleeve.
 
If sewage-related podcasts are your thing, check out this DNAinfo reporter’s chat with Zainool Ali, the manager of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
 
What about urban hikes? Are those your thing? On August 6, Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman will be taking interested parties through our industrial borderlands
 
Investors Bank recently cut the ribbon at its new location on Manhattan Ave. However, it’s already made moves in the community by getting in with local advocacy groups like the Greenpoint YMCA and the North Brooklyn Development Corporation.
 
There’s still time for CitiStorage owner Norm Brodsky to accept the city’s offer of $100 million, but his public auction of the land recently closed, and he’s been playing his cards close to his chest.
 
The Greenpoint entrepreneurs behind spice savant Greenpoint Trading Company are laying on the heat with an expansion into South Bushwick.
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DEP Fudged Newtown Creek Water Quality Reports, According to Former Employees

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Newtown Creek as seen from the Pulaski Bridge. Photo by Laura Apperson

We’ve already talked about how Newtown Creek is one of the most polluted waterways in the country  (AKA, don’t even think about taking a dip or eating its fish). And while everyone knows this is true, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reportedly lied about the already horrific water quality in city reports—and former employees have banded together to potentially sue the City of New York. Continue reading

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Pete’s Mini Zine Fest This Weekend!

Bill Roundy - Bar Scrawl
Bill Roundy – Bar Scrawl

Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, Greenpoint’s 6-year-old under-the-radar zine fest will be hosted at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street) this Saturday afternoon and promises good hangs, good conversation, and awesome zines! You’ll get to meet the comic artists and writers behind 25 different local self-published zines and graphic novels. It’s the same old vibe as years past, with brand new zinesters. The fest uses both the indoor and outdoor spaces at Pete’s and doesn’t cost a dime to attend. Though if you do as the organizers suggest and “drink a beer, buy a zine,” you’ll likely plunk down a few bucks support local art while you imbibe. Continue reading

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Cocktails and Cajun Comfort at Bourbon Springs

Bourbon Springs is serving up some of the best bourbon cocktails in New York
Bourbon Springs is serving some of the best bourbon cocktails in New York

If you haven’t been to vibrant Graham Avenue on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint yet, I present to you the perfect reason to explore this part of town. Named after a communal trout fishing lodge that her grandfather founded in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Emily Casey’s Bourbon Springs somehow captures the familiarity of a little restaurant in the south, but with the all the culinary chops necessary to survive New York’s competitive restaurant scene. The Cajun-inspired menu is sure to satisfy and the bar happens to make some of the best craft cocktails in the city.  The interior is pleasant and charming; small enough to feel welcoming yet with table spacing optimized for conversation. Bourbon Springs also enjoys a quaint backyard complete with picnic tables surrounded by planters overflowing with herbs, tomatoes, and blueberries.  On Sunday evenings, they offer seasonal all-you-can-eat seafood boils, currently featuring crab and shrimp.

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Puppies n Pints, Mini Zine Fest, Ubu the King – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/27–8/02)

CRUELSUMMER2016-2[sponsored] The Skint’s Cruel Summer ’80s Dance Party
Friday July 29 @ The Bell House (149 7th St) 8pm, $5 with code “TakeOnMe”
The city heat and humidity have us hiding inside with the air conditioning at full blast, which means it’s time for our 4th annual ’80s dance party at The Bell House!  Live 10-piece ’80s band The Engagements will kick summer right in the pants by playing all the classics along with Party Like It’s 1999 DJ Steve Reynolds, who’ll play even more hits and deep cuts, and take your requests. More info

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

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* NAG Community Map Fair @ McCarren Park Pool Community Room (776 Lorimer St) 6:30pm, FREE, A science fair–style event, with groups presenting issue-focused maps and related information, RSVP
* Illuminati Comedy Showcase @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, FREE, With Brandon Scott Wolf, Jennie Sutton, Merrill Davis, Andrew Casertano, and Amy Schiller, More info

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* Dreamcatcher Workshop @ Line & Label (568 Manhattan Ave) 5pm, $50, Make your own leather, feather, beaded, and fringed dreamcatcher, RSVP
Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter Preview Screening @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 7pm, FREE, The series follows Janice as she enters the world of the paranormal, hauntings and spirits of all kinds, RSVP
* Ubu the King
@ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 7:30pm, $12 suggested, Rough House Theater presents a puppet adaptation of the Alfred Jarry play, RSVP

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OddFellows Ice Cream Co. Has it All: Strange, Savory, and Sweet

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. in Williamsburg
OddFellows Ice Cream Co. in Williamsburg. All images via oddfellowsnyc.com

As co-founder Mohan Kumar tells it, OddFellows in Williamsburg has an origin as sweet as its ice cream.

“When Holiday was pregnant Sam [Mason] brought over ice cream, and she loved it. At the time I was looking to get out of what I was doing in real estate finance and do something more entrepreneurial, more creative,” Kumar shared. “A couple days later, she said, ‘Why don’t you talk to Sam about opening an ice cream shop?’ I said, ‘That’s a great idea.’ I approached Sam about that over a beer, I had half a business plan already written out, and that’s how it started.” Continue reading

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