De Islas Redefines Cool Patterned Prints

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What I always find amazing about Greenpoint is it’s solid collaborations and spontaneous attitude for innovation. De Islas is taking cool prints and making them dazzle. Artists, friends, and collaborators, Junko and Elena are the creative forces behind this enigmatic brand. I got to chat with them about the journey of discovery and why Greenpoint dazzles us all.
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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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TONIGHT: Intuitive Tarot At Dusty Rose Vintage

This amazing tarot class is back! If you’re wondering about the esoteric arts, now is the time to learn. At tonight’s class, Lindsay Mack will teach you about the insightful tarot readings, it’s mystic and compass qualities, and more mystic qualities. Be the tarot queen you’re mean to be.

Tickets are $45 and include some adult beverages. I’d love to know what the cards have in store for you.

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TOMORROW: Mirth Vintage Friends & Family Sale 11/5

Mirth Fall Shopping Event
Oh, fall fashion, how I love thee. Well, if you want some lovely new duds for autumn styles but want to keep on budget, Mirth Vintage is having a friends and family sale. Shoppers can enjoy complimentary cocktails to enjoy and  15% off the entire store with deep discounts on final sale items from $10 – $30. Let’s shop together – I’ll be there!

Event details: Mirth Vintage | 606 Manhattan Ave. Nov 5th | 7-9 pm.

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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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More Toxic Secrets In This Rare 1980s ‘Hazardous Neighbors’ Brooklyn Study


It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of toxic chemicals, specifically as they pertain to Greenpoint. First, Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) released the ToxiCity Map to bring confusing, widely scattered publicly available data together into one cohesive document. Now, we’re bringing you the long-lost 1980s factory-to-factory survey of Greenpoint and Williamsburg by Hunter College, a study that many lifetime Greenpoint residents say they couldn’t find or easily access until now.

It reveals the former locations and quantities of reactive chemicals — the kind that explode when they make contact with water, such as cyanide. In many cases, they’re shockingly close to residential buildings in Brooklyn’s priciest real estate drag. From speaking with a NAG member at the map release event, I also found that the “Hazardous Neighbors” study contains information that’s not available in the ToxiCity Map. Continue reading

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The Best Haircuts? At Freddy Vazquez’s ‘Fade 2 Famous’ Barbershop

 All photos c/o Rosie de Belgeonne
Freddy Vazquez, owner of Fade 2 Famous, in his barbershop on a busy day
All photos c/o Rosie de Belgeonne

“I was born here, and I’ve lived here all my life,” explains Freddy Vazquez, the owner of Fade 2 Famous barbershop in Greenpoint, “and I just made twenty years cutting hair this year.” His shop is a neat space with six black leather chairs, big windows, and wall-sized mirrors, located on the same block as the fire station and across the street from the Key Food. When I arrive, two customers are having their hair cut and everyone seems to be a good mood: The perfect time to ask some important questions.

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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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Designer Wray Serna Makes Greenpoint Gals Positively Elemental


One of the reasons I moved to this neighborhood is that so many women have the most intriguing sense of style. Wray is a cool and subtle line that has spark and mystery for any Greenpoint woman. I sat down with the designer, Wray Serna, to discuss her amazing collection and why she loves creating and living in Greenpoint.
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Hey North Brooklyn, Here’s Our Toxins Mapped

To shine a light on Brooklyn’s murky legacy of contamination, the Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) and Pratt’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (
SAVI) released a beta version of a ToxiCity Map revealing the underground toxins of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The map release event was held at the Sunview Luncheonette in Greenpoint last Tuesday, but in case you couldn’t make it, here’s a re-cap.

NAG's ToxiCity Map outlines N. Brooklyn contamination.
NAG’s ToxiCity Map outlines N. Brooklyn contamination.

To get right to the point, the most significant contamination hotspots persist around Franklin and Dupont Streets (across from where Greenpoint Landing is going up) and McGolrick Park (which is host to stubborn dry cleaning plumes). There’s also the still-functioning and unsettling Radiac storage facility (cough…VICE employees may want to look into this), keeping things radioactive on Kent Avenue around the corner from PS 84. Continue reading

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