Last Minute Mavens: What to Do, Wear, & Gift This V Day Weekend

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Well, the 14th certainly snuck up on us. If you’re stumped for date night ideas with your sweetheart, or your best partner in crime, here are six ideas to rock on the 14th or all weekend long.
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Valentine’s Market 2016 Recap + Where to Find Your Favorite Vendors


Greenpointers Valentine’s Market 2016 from manatagami on Vimeo.

We really felt the love this past Sunday at our Valentine’s Market! Like the last (Holiday) market, it was another gorgeous day to hang out in the Greenpoint Loft, chill on the rooftop, eat and drink, and shop local! Thanks to everyone who made it out. Check out our photo booth photos here!

As always, the market was teeming with great energy and it was brought to a whole new level with a visit from cupid, who treated us to a free style rhyme before he went up to face paint on the upstairs mezzanine. And with DJ T*O*N*Y spinning a variety of love jams and hip-hop, a lot of us couldn’t help but to dance. It was a gathering of creative multi-talented people who include those who provide the free fun activities as well as our amazing vendors.

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A Streetcar Named Whose Desire, Exactly? — The Hook-Up 2/12

Photo: Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector
Photo: Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector

Is it the Streetcar Named Desire for the people of New York, or is de Blasio’s proposed streetcar linking Brooklyn and Queens a developer’s fantasy in the making? In either case, here’s what we know so far.

We know slightly more about the L Train Shutdown than we did last week. Brace yourselves, because it seems as though “1 year vs. 3 years” was a generous estimate.

It only took a year, but the reports from the CitiStorage fire investigation have been wrested into public view by The Brooklyn Paper. The fire was allegedly sparked by a light fixture, subdued, and then reignited. Kind of weird that department reps maintained their line that the investigation was ongoing, even though investigators signed off on the report on Jan. 8. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Julie Bernouis

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Hair sketches exhibited at Greenpoint Gallery

When she’s not DJing, tour managing The Strokes, or hanging out in Brooklyn, Greenpoint resident Julie Bernouis makes portraits of her loved ones… from strands of their own hair! Taking someone’s photograph might mean stealing their souls, but taking someone’s hair is quite literally stealing one’s entire element – the DNA. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Kurt Rambis is Still Knockin’ The Boots

Kurt Rambis is the new (interim) coach of the Knicks.

If you don’t understand how exciting this is to a 43-yr old GP-residing columnist, here is Kurt Rambis, ’80s/’90-ish time frame, as I remember him:

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Red Quinoa Risotto with Baby Beets

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Delicious and different red quinoa risotto! With baby beets, chives, parmesan & lots of white pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a Valentine’s Day recipe?

This recipe is a true labor of love. It’s perfect if you’re working from home or inside on a rainy weekend afternoon, but I really don’t recommend attempting it on a regular work night like I did, unless you’re already a fan of the 11:00 pm dinner.

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Valentine’s, Galentine’s, Pinball, and Perfume – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/10–2/16)

Anti-V-Day-poster[sponsored] It’s Friday, I’m (Not) in Love: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Friday, February 12th, 10pm
Littlefield, 622 Degraw St
$5, Buy tix
Leave the expensive brunches and Airbnb staycations to the lovebirds! Free yourself from the chains of Valentine’s Day this year and celebrate those who fly solo. With tunes from DJ Gordon Gloom, $5-8 drink specials, and cheap admission, you’ll spend way less than you would on flowers, chocolates, and other stuff that those “happy” people in relationships do.

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

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* Spring Pinball League Kickoff Party @ Sunshine Laundromat & Pinball (860 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, FREE, Start off the new season at Sunshine’s newly opened bar, RSVP
Nitehawk Naughties @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 7:30pm, $15, Celebrate Valentine’s with a 35mm presentation of Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour, More info

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* Glass Etching & Mixology
@ Brooklyn Craft Co (61 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $65, Make your own custom barware, then learn how to fill it in style, More info
* Natural Perfumery Workshop @ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $75, Learn the natural perfumer’s craft in this bespoke scent-creating class with Hi Wildflower, More info
 Cartoon Monsoon @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave)9pm, $5, Comedians Joe Rumrill and Mary Houlihan invite you to a cavalcade of original costumed characters, animations, and sketches, More info

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JUS by Julie’s Call for Artists: Mural for the Wall Outside the Nassau G

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JUS by Julie, opening at 629 Manhattan Ave by mid-February. Photo by Rebecca Stevens.

“I get excited every time I drive in – I love it here, and I’m excited to build relationships here,” Danny Laniado, retail project manager at JUS by Julie, commented as he surveyed his shop’s construction.

At the corner of Nassau and Manhattan, JUS by Julie is building its fourth Brooklyn location. “All this was supposed to be a Starbucks,” Laniado continues. “[but] I woke up one morning and I said, ‘this might be something.’ Next stop: Greenpoint.”  Continue reading

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Roebling Tea Room Adds New Menu, Huge Banquet Table

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Roebling Tea Room. Photo © Douglas Lyle Thompson

Syd Silver opened Roebling Tea Room in Williamsburg in 2005, and over a decade, it has weathered the storms of real estate around it. As bar after restaurant after concert venue around it came and fell, the beautiful, airy loft space stuck around, offering a delicious menu of tea, wine and food. There were so many times over the years that I’d climb those steps up to the refuge from busy, rainy Metropolitan, looking for a snack or a glass of wine or some tea. But RTR is so much less about tea, and more about cocktails and food these days.Roebling Tea Room - Douglas Lyle Thompson - Sign

In 2015, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Silver redesigned the space, installing a 15-foot salvaged redwood table in the front for groups of up to 20, intimate seating in the back, and a small, semi-private room. The low lighting, inventive cocktails and updated menu make it a major contender for Valentine’s Day or just that perfect Friday night dinner where you linger for just one more drink. Continue reading

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Super Love Sunday: Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Greenpoint

 

Hey, he's got a hat and facial hair. He must be in Brooklyn. (Image courtesy of The Diamond)
Even our gondoliers have hats and facial hair. (Image courtesy of The Diamond)

Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year. Sunday is so much more relaxed than Saturday — no one is pregaming for anything, rushing to get to the theatre, or frantically texting friends to finalize their plans for “the best night of our lives.”

If you’re like most of the Greenpoint population, you’re so over the #WeekendWarrior. So why not apply that laidback Sunday philosophy to this year’s Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, and keep it in the neighborhood?

Here are some of the spots offering Valentine’s specials in Greenpoint and Williamsburg this year. Some specials run all weekend and some prix fixes are only on V-day. Continue reading

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