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!

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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Vote for Tim! Local Fitness Celebrity!

Punk Rope's Tim Haft

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 most important 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!

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It’s Never JUST Pizza… Reconnect With the New 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.

Reconnecting Isn't Easy With Happn

“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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