Automotive High School Hosts Classic Car Show

Old is gold at the Automotive High School ©Tristan Wheelock

There’s something about cars, the open road, and the American Dream that goes together like apples and pie. This past Sunday, September 28, the Automotive High School on 50 Bedford Avenue hosted a Classic Car Show, a Brooklyn ode to our four wheel chariots of freedom. Local photographer & car enthusiast Tristan Wheelock ventured into the high school’s rear parking lot and adjacent street to take a look. Continue reading

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Neo-Bistro ‘Le Fond’ Lends French Charm (and Great Food) to Greenpoint

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Images ©Rosie de Belgeonne

Regular visitors to Greenpoint Library (and indeed anyone who frequently crosses the intersection of Norman and Leonard) may have noticed that changes have been afoot around that area recently. Antek, a Polish restaurant noted for its fine pierogi, has closed down and in its place has arisen a charming new French bistro, Le Fond.

The creation of Le Fond (105 Norman Ave) involves a fruitful collaboration of the old and new. It came about when Antek owner Stanislawa (Stasha) Prenkiewicz advertised on Craigslist for somebody with a strong vision and business plan to come onboard and relaunch her restaurant. The ad was answered by local chef Jake Eberle, who’d been looking for the right opportunity to open his first business. Stasha was excited by Jake’s proposal and a new partnership was born. She handed him creative control of the space whilst remaining involved as a silent partner. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios **This Weekend** Fri to Sun

Greenpoint Open Studios is almost upon us—this weekend from Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5, our little neighborhood becomes the ultimate block party: fun times, open studios, artists everywhere, people who love artists creeping around their studios…so download a map HERE and join in on the adventure: there are 265 places for you to explore. *Launch party on Friday at 8pm at Dirck the Norseman. **Begin roaming the studios starting 12pm on Saturday. ***Hashtag your favorites on IG #greenpointopenstudios

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Black Magic Babes: Alchemy Cosmetics

Barbara Alcazar and Christina Hiatt weave magic: the friends are talented stylists at Self Salon and run Alchemy Cosmetics, a luxe lipstick brand. North Brooklyn certainly has its share of stylish people and off beat boutiques for clothes and jewels. But, there’s something missing: makeup. Alchemy reflects a Brooklyn girl’s sensibilities: a little mysterious, a little decadence, and some grit.

The lipsticks are sassy and provocative — a perfect addition to any Greenpoint gal’s arsenal. The lipsticks are $18 and for less than twenty bucks, you can be a Chelsea girl or a dark vamp. Even sweeter, Barbara and Christina dish great tips below on haircuts, lip shades, and how to have fun in your own beauty ventures.


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Greenpointers Markets Update – Save the Date – Holiday Market 12/7

I know it’s a ways off, but we have been getting a lot of requests about our upcoming markets – so here is the deal:

Due to unavailability of the space, we will NOT be having a FALL Market this year. 

Greenpointers Holiday Market is scheduled for 12/7/14 – so please mark you calendar and vendors apply here.

Expect applications to be accepted late October / early November. Due to increasing expenses tables prices have gone up, but we are bringing half table shares and 8ft tables back! Our table fees are still very affordable compared to other local markets and we want to continue to keep it that way. Thanks for your understanding!

Can’t wait to see you in December!

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Febreze Your Crazy Cat Lady Reputation Away #NYTough

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When I'm Not Writing I Wear Cupcake Pajamas and Play With a Confidential Number of Cats

You don’t just wake up one day and become a crazy cat lady – it’s in your blood – passed down through generations from the crazy cat ladies before you. Being a crazy cat lady is not just having a hoarder level number of cats – it’s functioning on that level, so your friends and family don’t actually think you’re crazy.

There are photos of “Snoopy” the cat sleeping alongside me in my crib as an infant. So what MOST people think are TOO many cats seemed normal to me from birth. Rusty, Yardy, Squeaky, Rambo, Xena, Frankenstein, Dusty, Belle, Mittens, Stanley, Coda, Calogero, Bean, CJ, Ziggy… the list of cats in my life literally goes on and on. (Let’s not talk about the pet cemetery in our backyard in Queens.)

As I got older, my mother asked me to keep the number of cats confidential. She really just told me to straight out lie. Continue reading

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NY Art Book Fair, Revolting Grace, Summer Death – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/24–9/30)

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

WEDNESDAY 9/24
* Financial Planning Workshop for Parents @ Caribou Baby (272 Driggs Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, For new and upcoming parents to learn how they can provide a secure financial future for their families, More info
☺How Do I Get There? @ The Creek & the Cave (10-93 Jackson Ave) 8pm, FREE, With Ashley Bez / Shakir Standley / Erin Gloria Ryan / Eric Grundhauser, RSVP
Jeff & Buttons @ The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Ave) 8:30pm, $15, This two-man comedy duo is like Laurel and Hardy on a bender with the Marx Brothers, drunk dialing Beckett, Buy tix Continue reading

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Ria Bella Pizza Opens On Manhattan Ave – with DEALS!

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Potato & Egg Pie at Ria Bella Pizza

Who loves pizza in Greenpoint? Well good news - Ria Bella, a new pizzeria just opened at 1049 Manhattan Ave (between Freeman St and Eagle St). But Ria Bella is not just any other slice spot – it specializes in hard to find Sicilian specialties (think square pies), plus they offer some great deals for lunch and game days.

For a girl with roots in Sicily, just a look at Ria Bella’s menu has me drooling. The Caponata, a dish I grew up on, is a sweet and sour eggplant spread that should be served in a bottomless dish in my opinion.

Sicilians are masters at serving multiple types of carbs in one dish (this is a good thing) – like Ria Bella’s Potato & Eggs Pie (pictured). Getting a pizza crust perfectly crisp while cooking an egg on top is not an easy task and thus a hard to find topping – but not in Greenpoint anymore.

Let’s talk Sfincione, not an easy to pronounce but a very easy to eat pizza that has anchovies, bread crumbs and caciocavallo cheese on top. This was a treat my Grandma (aka Nonna) made in a square pan growing up and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it again.

You will have to go in and try the rest of the menu, which has vegetarian friendly options as well.

Let’s talk DEALS: Lunch in Greenpoint just got easier and more affordable because Ria Bella is offering 12″ personal pies for only $8 Tuesday-Friday between 12-4pm. And on Game Days (Thursdays and Sundays) buy one pie and get the second half off.

Try it and let us know what you think!

Ria Bella

Address: 1049 Manhattan Ave

Phone: (718) 389-4400

Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: Noon-10pm

Friday & Saturday: Noon – 11pm

Sunday: Noon-9pm

Follow Ria Bell Pizza on FacebookInstagram @RiaBellaPizza

Sponsored post courtesy of Ria Bella Pizza.

 

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Half-Price Haircuts for Gingers at Greenpoint’s Kennaland…and Special Discounts for Locals too!!

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Having ginger hair, I’ve always felt a connection to other redheads. It’s like the bond you feel when you discover someone else shares the same slightly obscure hobby to you, except that with hair color you don’t even have to engage in conversation to know that you have something rare in common. This is why beaming at each other in the street is frequent practice among gingers.

During a recent event at the Franklin Street Community Garden I met a fellow ginger who also happened to be a Greenpointer and a world-class hairdresser, so naturally I was somewhat excited. Continue reading

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