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!
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!
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 →
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.
Earlier this year – you voted for local fitness celebrity Tim Haft – in the internet’s fitness trainer popularity contest called Fit or Flop.
And because of all those votes – Tim is in it to win it!
He updated us on where he stands in the contest:
After 8 rounds of competitions there were 16 competitors left. I was one of them. Then the judges “voted off” another 6. So now we’re down to 10 and I’m still alive…I think that what I (and Punk Rope) represent – good health, fitness, play, and mostimportant of all, community – are traits worth getting behind.
There are only 9 days left, so go ahead and vote for Tim Haft so he can get into the internet fitness star online hall of fame!
It’s you’re every Fridayafter work happy hour at Broken Land and that hit-the-spot Pina Colada (yes, Tiki drinks are in) is mixing with that it’s the weekend feeling. The last of your crew arrives and the plan is to grab a slice at Franklin Pizza then head to 67 West to check out a few openings.
As you sprinkle the garlic power onto your slice (too much garlic powder) and begin to set it down on the counter, you instead put it into the hands of a stranger – a smoking hot stranger. You lock eyes for a moment. You both seem to understand each other’s mutual love for late night garlic breath make out sessions. (There aren’t many of you.) You think I may have met “the one.” You get tunnel vision and can see the entire universe expanding before your eyes. Then someone grabs your arm abruptly and drags you onto Franklin St.
“Eat and walk. Eat and walk,” your friend says.
“But…” you say as you look back at “the one” while shoving the slice into your mouth.
“Did that Pina Colada go to your head?” your friend says, “Back to reality.”
At the Fowler opening, the show statement for “Life of the Party” seems to have a message in it specifically for you. “Everyone wants to be the life of the party, but most of us also grapple with the need to be apart from the group, either in search of solitude or for the purpose of breaking new ground …”
You look around and realize you know every single person in the room – dated a few of them, even. This is reality. This is why you aren’t meeting new people. It isn’t your garlic breath that is holding you back, it’s that you travel with the same circle of friends to the same places. They are great people, but you long for new connections. You came to NYC to meet new people, but where is everybody? It seems like everyone is running around as busy as you and even when those magical moments happen, you are torn away.
Garlic dream lover wasn’t a random subway creep or an online fling but a real person and you want to reconnect – but how? Of course, there is an app for that.
Happn, a new app created in Paris, helps you meet people you’ve chanced upon in real life, be it at Transmitter Park while admiring the skyline, digging through vinyl at Record Grouch or eating a Donut Ice Cream Sandwich at Peter Pan (yes, heaven).
It uses your smartphone’s GPS to locate potential matches, real people who may be into the same things you are. Whenever you crosses someone’s path who also uses the app, his or her profile is added to the top of your feed.
If you’re interested you tap on the profile and start interacting with a simple “like” or a self-assured “charm.” If there is a mutual match in “likes,” you can start chatting. The interactions are based on reciprocity, and you will not receive messages from someone you’re not interested in.
Happn is safe and confidential. Your location is not saved and remains completely invisible to other members (only the position of where two people have passed each other is registered). Happn will never post anything on your Facebook feed, and if a profile no longer interests you, you can decide to never cross paths again. If only it was that simple in real life! You can report any unwanted behavior or block a profile by flagging it.
The app is already really popular in Europe, and you can use it when you travel! It is works on iPhones and Androids. Open it everyday to see a world of potential matches in Greenpoint or beyond. Reconnecting was hard to do, but not anymore with Happn.
On Saturday, September 20, the Rebel Alliance – and their friends and foes – will converge for a night of fun and debauchery at t.b.d. brooklyn (224 Franklin St). The huge lounge will be kitted out in Star Wars theme, including a full-sized Han Solo carbonite (see video), Salacious Crumb figure, Sith and Jedi light sabers, Mandalorian warrior probe and more. Original Star Wars artwork will be featured on the walls. Continue reading →
We are so excited to announce that Greenpoint Open Studios is BACK and better than ever! During the weekend of October 3-5th, 2014 – 265 artists are opening their doors to the public in Greenpoint in order to build, sustain, and support a thriving creative community in North Brooklyn. Get ready for a HUGE weekend for art in the neighborhood!
• Fri. 10/3, 8-11pm - GOS Launch Party @ Dirck the Norseman (7 No. 15th St.) Open bar for participating artists 8-9pm, plus Hors d’oeuvres, DJOMGWEBCATS, RSVP
• Sat. & Sun. 10/4-10/5, 12-6pm- Greenpoint Open Studios – All Over Greenpoint!
The deadline to participate in Greenpoint Open Studios (10/3-5) is only a few days away. We have over a hundred artists already signed up and we are looking forward to a really successful event! If you are a Greenpoint artists and you haven’t signed up, what are you waiting for? It is totally FREE! SIGN UP NOW!
In order to keep Greenpoint Open Studios free to artists and to the public we are relying on donations from local businesses and individuals.
If you are a local business and would like to sponsor Greenpoint Open Studios, please email artsingreenpoint (at) gmail [dot] com.
Local businesses who are already on board include: Alter, Dirck the Norseman, Paulie Gee’s, Brouwerij Lane, Java Studios, Cato’s Army Navy, Silk Road Cycles, Gowanus Open Studios, Green Desk & Five Leaves.
Have you ever met my dog D? She is amazing and we found her at the Ridgewood Reservoir – an amazing place I highly recommend you visit.
This past weekend as we walked through wildflowers and watched swallows dive into the pond, we heard a sweet kitty cat cry. Mr. Gray, as we are calling him, was hunting for lizards (there are lizard there) but he wasn’t doing a great job. When we called back to him, he ran to us and we were immediately friends. This cat is amazing. And he is gorgeous: light gray with subtle stripes and golden eyes. A real stunner.
He was clearly not feral, but he was very hungry and on the skinny side. We couldn’t walk away from this magical animal and while I waited for Jon to get the cat carrier, Mr. Gray sat in my lap, purring and gently playing with me. Some animals are gifts – Mr. Gray is a gift. (Jon’s theory about all pets at the reservoir is that they were abducted by aliens, had their brains scrambled and return as perfect pets.) Mr. Gray is perfect.
We brought the handsome boy to the vet and he was extremely calm in the car and friendly to the doctor. With no tags or microchip, it turned out that he is a young male neutered cat who has a recently healed surgery scar on his shoulder. He is feline leukemia and FIV negative and was given a flea bath. We can’t seem to find Mr. Gray’s owners and are seeking a new wonderful home for this incredible animal.
If this is your cat, please email me – editor (at) green pointers [dot] com. If you would like to adopt Mr. Gray – I am bringing him home from the vet tonight and you can come and see him anytime.
Please spread the word so we can help find Mr. Gray a home.
On Friday 8/15 from 7-10pm Greenpoint Open Studios is hosting a sign-up party at The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St). GOS is seeking visual / video art to project during the party!
*To participate please email .jpg, .tif, .gif, .mov, .avi files – under 10MB to artsingreenpoint (at) gmail [dot] com. Still and moving images will be accepted. In the subject of the email write: Sign-Up Video (YOUR NAME)
The evening will include music by DJ ItunesZ, a free beer for artists who sign-up, a short talk about GOS plus the opportunity to ask questions to organizers and meet other artists. This event is open to the public and ALL (not just participating artists) are encouraged to participate.