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!

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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Immerse Yourself in Crystal Jukebox Hymn – Tonight Thru Sunday (10/2-10/5)

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Photo : Virginia Rupert

“escaping into the who goes there? & now’s not the time to act silly, so wear your big boots & jump on the garbage clowns, the hourly rate & the enema men &…”

Crystal Jukebox Hymn, composed of text from Bob Dylan’s experimental poetry prose collection Tarantula, is an immersive experience for the audience who are beckoned to follow an eclectically eccentric group of characters which have been ripped from the confines of a social hierarchy and woven together in a multi-media performance traversing through a crime scene, a bar, a forest, an asylum, a cave and everywhere in between, always with an inherent call for the road and noise on the street. Their every move is captured and splayed against the back wall by the watchful eye of The Narrator, who likes to disguise himself as the Chief of Police. Issues of prejudice, minority, propaganda, corruption, war and privacy that exist within are all unravelled through the rhythmic stream of conscious flow of Bob Dylan’s imaginative words. Continue reading

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Your Guide to Greenpoint Open Studios

Greenpoint Open Studios kicks off this weekend!

Here is what you need to know to make the most of this Greenpointart-filled weekend:

1. You need a map:

Download here or pick up a brochure at one of the following HUB spaces:

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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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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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