By Jen G

About Jen G

After living in NYC my entire life, I found the strongest sense of community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Running this blog is truly an honor and the best part is meeting its readers in real life. Everyday I am energized by smiles and inspiring conversations with fellow Greenpointers who tirelessly do and create incredible things that are good for our community and share the same love I have for life here. If you see me walking with my little dog "D" - please say hi!

Halloween Parade at McGolrick Park This Saturday! (10/25)

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The District Dog Halloween Parade and Costume Contest hosted by World Famous *BOB* is happening this Saturday October 25th at 1pm at McGolrick Park. There will be prizes for the top 3 costumes and treat bags for all contestant from Stella & Chewy’s, Grandma Lucy’s, Empire of the Dog. Brooklyn Waggers will be on hand hooking up our four legged friends.

You have less than a week to come up with a killer dog costume! If you need a refresher on how awesome this event is – take a look at this video we made a few years back!

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Yulair Launches in NYC // Win $1000 in Travel!

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Attention travel junkies! Say hello to your next addiction as cheap airfare site, Yulair.com, casts its net on the Big Apple.

Already a popular hot spot and adrenaline rush for Canadian residents in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver, Yulair.com specializes in surprise fares and deep discounted travel leaving your city. Whether finding a glitch in an airline’s system or secret sale, Yulair.com’s team of experts expose the cheapest deals on the web. Taking the departure city out of the search equation, travellers’ can now just focus on choosing which amazing destination to venture (and what to pack!).

Now that La Guardia, JFK and Newark are part of their scope, Yulair NYC will change New Yorkers’ way of life by introducing them to the ultimate vehicle for affordable travel.

“During our searches, we come across unbelievably low-priced flights leaving from NYC airports. Likes $350 flights for Europe and Vietnam! We’re excited to expose these low fares to all New Yorkers,” says Frederic Lebeuf, founder and CEO of Yulair.com.

In addition to the site’s posts, New Yorker’s can receive free, instant alerts via email by signing up on Yulair NYC.

Lastly, for a limited time, Yulair.com wants to give one lucky subscriber a chance to win $1000 toward your next trip to anywhere in the world. Enter here.

Sponsored post courtesy of Yulair.com.

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CMJ Showcase – The Suzan // Friend Roulette // Lazyeyes // Winstons // Shark Week – This Friday (10/24)


Get ready for an amazing CMJ Festival Showcase presented by Greenpointers, Supercrush Studio & Carabella on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8pm at Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) $7, 21+, RSVP

The line-up: Continue reading

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Gowanus Open Studios this Weekend! (10/18-10/19)

If you couldn’t get enough local art at Greenpoint Open Studios, why not travel along the G train to our sister Superfund neighborhood for another full weekend of Gowanus Open Studios!

320 artist studios and arts venues will be open to the public on Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, from noon to 6pm. Get a sneak preview on the Directory of Artists. Additional special events take place during the weekend.

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The Hook-Up – Rat Mites / Get Rich on AirBnB / Greenpoint Landing Park / Trash? NIMBY!

©JAMES CORNER FIELD OPERATIONS

• It’s as disgusting as it sounds… rat mites (NY Times)

• Do you think it’s total BS that North Brooklyn processes a huge amount of the city’s trash? New legislation might change that (NY Environmental Report)

• If you have a spare room, why not get rich with AirBnB like your fellow North Brooklynites? (DNAinfo)

• It may not protect us from crowded G trains, but Greenpoint Landing is bringing a park that promises to protect Greenpoint from storm surge with oyster beds and public access to the river edge (Daily News)

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Creepy Creek Haunted Canoe Tours Are Back – Get Tickets Now!

Nothing is scarier than what bubbles beneath the surface of the Newtown Creek – so if you really want to get creeped out for Halloween this year – consider a Haunted Halloween Canoe Tour with the North Brooklyn Boat Club! Too scared to get into a canoe? You can still join the crew for s’mores around the campfire, drinks and boneless troll finer sandwiches.

“You won’t find anything this Halloween that’s more Superfund than this!”

Get tickets now!

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Get Fit or Get Fined? Is this Even Legal? B.E.S.T. Plan Starts 10/26!

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What would your community be like if it had ‘fitness patrols’ roaming your neighborhood streets? McDonald’s would probably be an underground junk food dealer (4 chicken nuggets in a dime bag, please) and Starbucks would most likely sell wheat grass macchiatos and have stair masters in their lounges instead of free wi-fi.

Well Human@Ease actually did the unthinkable and the Fitness Protection Police patrolled the Greenpoint streets to promote a healthier lifestyle to the community! Continue reading

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Bring it Home at Brokelyn’s 5 Year Birthday Tonight! (10/16)

Brokelyn is turning five and throwing a big party – a HOMECOMING DANCE - TONIGHT at 7:30pm at the Bell House (149 7th St) to celebrate 5 years of “living big on small change.”
The Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance will sport cheesy varsity jackets, an awkward school dance photo booth, cheerleaders, a spelling bee, gender-neutral homecoming king and queen and even a real live marching band. Good thing you no longer have a curfew… Continue reading
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Greenpoint Open Studios Photos & BIG THANKS!

Artist & Designer Libby VanderPloeg & Dusty Rose Vintage Owner Maressa Ponitch

Thanks to everyone who made Greenpoint Open Studios 2014 a hugely successful and super fun event. Thanks to the 265 participating Greenpoint artists who opened their doors to the public. And of course, thanks to the thousands of attendees who came out in full force to support the creative community in Greenpoint. It was quite an epic weekend!

We couldn’t do it without the help of a generous donation by Assemblyman Joe Lentol and the sponsorships of the following local businesses: Java StudiosAlter BrooklynDirck the NorsemanBrouwerij Lane,Cato’s Army NavyPaulie GeeGlasserieFive LeavesSilk Road CyclesGreen Desk,Diamond BarGowanus Open StudiosTBD.

Greenpointers was proud to produce Greenpoint Open Studios 2014 and we appreciate the media sponsorship of Hyperallergic.

Thanks to the awesome crew who worked tirelessly on every last detail: Eric Lee Bowman, Libby VanderPloeg, Lia Post & David Turchin. If you would like to get involved to help make next year’s event happen – email artsingreenpoint (at) gmail.com [dot] com.

Enjoy the rest of the GOS 2014 photos from Greenpoint photographer Will Star.

Follow Greenpoint Open Studios on FacebookTwitter @greenpointarts & Instagram @greenpointopenstudios!

Hashtag #greenpointopenstudios

Until next year!

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NY Times Featured Greenpoint Open Studios!

Tooting our own horn is in order Greenpoint! The one and only NY Times featured Greenpoint Open Studios in the Spare Times section today! I mean like almost an entire page dedicated to this weekend’s event! How many more exclamation points can I use?! See you tonight at the Kick-Off party at Dirck’s tonight folks! It’s going to be a stellar weekend! More info on GOS here.

Now for some personal horn tooting. In the printed version the Times used a photo that I took of Greenpoint Open Studios 2010 – of my friend Martin’s butt! I always knew that one day I would be published in the NY Times and it would be an ass photo. Notice it features my newly married name Jen G. Pywell. And they featured the original cute smiley face logo we had that year which was designed by Stephanie Wenzel.

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