We’re Thankful for this Pizza-Themed Space Invader at Vinnie’s

Via Vinnie's on Instagram
Via Vinnie’s on Instagram

Judging by the consistent theme of pizza and Ninja Turtles in his work lately, legendary street artist Invader is hungry for freedom slices.

We’re happy to say that Greenpoint’s very own Vinnie’s Pizzeria put some happiness in his belly recently. But mostly happy that he rewarded them handsomely with a parting gift.

“Invader loves pizza. And apparently ours,” said Vinnie’s co-owner Henrik Toncic. “He and his crew stayed for lunch after completing the job. Chill down to earth Parisians. We feel very lucky. And proud. And it’s never gonna get old walking up to it.”

According to Toncic, Invader custom-made his pizza critter especially for Vinnie’s, matching it to their logo and everything.

As tempting as it is, though, to say that pizza (and pizza alone) brought them together, Toncic has been part of the street art community his entire life. A mutual friend, photographer Stephen Kelley, facilitated the fateful meeting.

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Last Weekend for #JustFriends Group Show at M. Carter


Why a group show? Just Friends at Greenpoint’s M. Carter space (141 Engert Ave) is a mix of small works by fifteen artists showing the shape-shifting looseness of group shows at a time when the white cube no longer distinguishes from the bricolage of the street. A poster on the window lists all of the brain storming suggestions for  titles before circling the final name at the bottom – an invitation to enter the gallery before the actual art inside demonstrates the real interaction of variety more than a statement ever can. Continue reading

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GOS Artists Mixer and Open Meeting at The Diamond (11/11)


Hey Greenpoint artists (or anyone interested in arts in Greenpoint)! We want to get together for a mixer and initial open meeting about the next GOS tomorrow (Wed, 11/11) at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) at 7:30PM. RSVP here!

Come with your ideas, get involved, or just come to talk art over drinks!

This will be the first of a series of monthly mixers at a different local watering hole leading up to the main event, which will be in Spring 2016 (end of April). If you can’t make this one, the next will be in mid-December so stay tuned.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY! Catlady Craft Night at Brooklyn Craft Company (11/21)

Kitten on a white backgroundBrooklyn Craft Company, a DIY class and event space, is hosting a Catlady Craft Night and we have a free ticket to giveaway ($95 value)! Catlady Craft Night is a big crazy cat-themed DIY party for the modern catlady (cat gents are welcome, too)! Attendees can look forward to making several cat-themed craft projects including wire cat rings, painted cat figurines, cat-shaped leather change purses, canvas totes, and needle-felted cats made from wool and — yes, they’re going there — cat fur!

You can also look forward to cocktails, music, a cat meet-and-greet hosted by Brooklyn Animal Action, where attendees can snuggle with actual cats and even adopt them if they make a love match, a raffle to benefit Brooklyn Animal Action (a portion of event proceeds benefit them as well), and the sparkling company of Brooklyn’s raddest catladies!

How to enter: In the comments below, answer the question “True or False: A cat, standing in a still position, can jump more than 3 times its own length.” Continue reading

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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival: Preview of Tonight’s Shows (11/5)

The juvenile genius of Dave Letterman’s early top 10 lists is probably starting to fade in everyone’s memories since the advent of his retirement. But remember that Snuggles the Fabric Softener Bear once listed as one of his top 10 concerns that the Pillsbury Doughboy might ask to be poked a little bit lower. And keep your eye out at flea markets for that top-ranked obscure Norman Rockwell painting entitled, “Turn Your Head and Cough.”

Letterman, well-known by the Connecticut State Police for his lead foot, dreamed in one of his lists of replacing the speedometer in cars with an encouraging voice that just says, “Punch it! Punch it!”

Listen, I know that Electronic Dance Music is a recent favorite target in New York, just like apparently the secret to getting published in The New Yorker is to do a Kanye-worthy i’ma let you finish mike drop on the eminent Humans of New York photo series. But face it, there are times when you just want to punch the gas pedal to the dance floor and move like a jacked-up K-car! If you can relate, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival begins tonight at three North Brooklyn clubs. Our preview can be found below. Continue reading

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Spooky Mansion and Music Until Almost Sun Up

Courtesy of The Wild Honey Pie.
Courtesy of The Wild Honey Pie.

Trick or Treat? To get a dose of both, spend Halloween night at The Wild Honey Pie’s Spooky Mansion. The Paper Box in East Williamsburg has been transformed into a multi-room warehouse to create a haunted and immersive music experience with installations, games, and Halloween drink specials (17 Meadow St.). 

Tonight’s performances feature Acid DadMuseum of Love DJ Set (Pat Mahoney from DFA / LCD Soundsystem and Dennis McNany of DFA / Jee Day / Run-Roc), Matt FX (Scooter Island and music supervisor for Comedy Central’s Broad City), and Vosters. Doors are at 8:00 p.m. and the party runs until 4:00 a.m.

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Call for Artists: “Paradise” Postcard Show

Courtesy of the Ugly Art Room Facebook page. Corvallis artist Rob Jelinksi gave us a sneak peak via Instamagrams...
Courtesy of the Ugly Art Room Facebook page. Corvallis artist Rob Jelinksi gave us a sneak peak via Instamagrams…

The Ugly Art Room is a roving curatorial art project that has moved from Brooklyn to Corvallis, Oregon. Its inaugural Pacific Northwest exhibition will be a postcard show exploring the theme of travel, place and presentation. Ugly Art Room (UAR) is conducting an open call to artists for postcard submissions through November 9. All works are accepted.

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New Canadian PM for Greenpoint Hall of Fame

New Canadian PM

Newly elected Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Theroux Trudeau, made it into the Greenpointer Hall of Fame yesterday (by our measure).

We shipped him a Key to the City that operates any elevator here, so he can enjoy a spliffy from the rooftop view of any tall building around town.

But what did he do to earn it? Continue reading

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Our Fall Market is Happening this Sunday (10/25)!! Preview our Vendors!!


We are so excited for our annual Fall Market and cannot wait to introduce you to so many talented local creators!

The Deets: This Sunday October 25th (1-7pm) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West, St, 5th Fl)

RSVP on Facebook!

Activities (FREE): Photo Booth by Ben Shirai with “Foliage and Foragers” themed design by Libby VanderPloegNail Art by @Peenk!Tarot Card Readings by Lindsay, Face Painting by A Big Silly Guy (Roger), Henna Tattoos by Miss V, live performance by Laura & Greg!

Refreshments: Craft Beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale + Spicy Buttered Rum made with Sailor Jerry Rum and Mike’s Hot Honey + Coffee from Cafe Grumpy Coffee, and many food vendors!

See below for a sneak peak at some of our awesome vendors!

More details of what’s in store for Sunday here.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

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A Last Hurrah at Cameo Gallery on the CMJ Trail

Porches makes it rain.

If you hadn’t already heard, Cameo Gallery is going the way of Glasslands and 285 Kent this November, but that doesn’t mean it’s slowing its roll until then. With CMJ in town, and with its days significantly numbered, the venue packed itself to the gills with premium acts and throngs of followers willing to compete for oxygen near the stage.

Deradoorian and Porches carried the early night. Deradoorian, formerly of Dirty Projectors fame, sold the crowd on life beyond the death of Cameo.

As Deradoorian shot out regal, wild, and resilient shouts of joy into the room it reminded me, as I looked around, that I’d seen all these people before, and would see them again. Surely these bands can find a new home in Greenpoint, given their loyal audience. Continue reading

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