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!

It’s Never JUST Pizza… Reconnect With the New Dating App Happn

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Poignent Moments Happn Over Pizza

It’s you’re every Friday after 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.

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“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.

Download Happn App now for FREE.

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Rebel Alliance Saturday at TBD (9/20)

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Attention Rebel Alliance

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

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Greenpoint Open Studios is Happening!!! (10/3-5)

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!

Weekend Schedule

• 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!

Grab a brochure at the launch party or at one of our designated HUB spaces: Alter Men (109 Franklin St), Alter Women (140 Franklin St), The Diamond (43 Franklin St), Cafe Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave), Van Leeuwen Ice Cream (632 Manhattan Ave), Fowler Arts Collective (67 West St) & Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave), RSVP

• Sun. 10/5, 6-8pmGOS Wrap Party @ TBD (224 Franklin St) Wind down with a BBQ & 1 Free beer for participating artists! RSVP

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

Hashtag #greenpointopenstudios

Greenpoint Open Studios is presented by Greenpointers with Media Partner Hyperallergic.

Special thanks to Assemblyman Joe Lentol for his support and to the following local sponsors: Java Studios, Alter Brooklyn, Dirck the Norseman, Brouwerij Lane, Cato’s Army Navy, Paulie Gee, Glasserie, Five Leaves, Silk Road Cycles, Green Desk, Diamond Bar, Gowanus Open Studios, TBD.

If you are an art lover who wants to support GOS, kindly make a donation via paypal to Greenpoint Open Studios in the amount of $25

Local business sponsors email arts in greenpoint (at) gmail [dot] com.

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Greenpoint Open Studios is Seeking Artists & Sponsors!

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.

If you are an art lover who wants to help make this event happen, kindly make a donation via paypal to Greenpoint Open Studios in the amount of $25.

100% of funds raised will be used for organizing the event and creating the printed materials for the weekend.

Thanks in advance for your help and support!

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Mr. Gray Needs A Home / Sweetest Cat Ever

Is Mr. Gray Your Cat? Help Find A Home For This Gorgeous Animal!

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.

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Call for Visual / Video Art for Projection at GOS Sign-Up Party (8/15)

Send GOS your visual / video art!

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.

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

#greenpointopenstudios #gos2014

RSVP to party on FB! (and invite your friends!)

* We will do our best to include all work, but due to quantity and quality restraints we cannot guarantee your artwork will be shown. Thanks for understanding!

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Dog Thrown or Jumped from BQE

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A reader named Lacie wrote in this morning about a terrible incident that happened last evening after 6pm, under the BQE at Meeker Ave and Manhattan Ave. She saw a crowd of people surrounding a 50-60lb white and brown male neutered pit bull (no tags or microchip) that was believed to have been thrown from the above highway. He was lying on the cement bleeding from his mouth. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Sign-Up Party (8/15) – *FREE BEER!

Join Greenpoint Open Studios at the Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) on Friday, August 15th from 7-10pm for Greenpoint Open Studios Sign Up Party / Info Session.

The deadline to join Greenpoint Open Studios (10/3-5) is August 31, 2014.

You can join on line at www.greenpointopenstudios.com or come to the sign-up party!

Artists who sign up will enjoy a FREE beer courtesy of Diamond Bar! Plus we will have music and art to enjoy and a brief information session about the event. Continue reading

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ATTN ARTISTS: SIGN UP FOR GREENPOINT OPEN STUDIOS!


Greenpoint Open Studios is back and we need all artists with studios in Greenpoint to participate! It’s totally free and totally awesome. Hit up Greenpoint Open Studios’ website and add your studio info plus an image of your work. That is it! And Save The Date for a Sign-Up/Info Party on 8/15/14… more details to come.

Follow Greenpoint Open Studios on Facebook, Twitter @greenpointarts & Instagram @greenpointopenstudios!

#greenpointopenstudios #gos2014

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