Events

Happy Birthday Dear Diamond… (7/02)

Diamond_BirthdayNeighborhood favorite The Diamond is turning eight this week and you’re invited to their party!

On Thursday they will be celebrating their Eighth Anniversary in style with the return of eight of their favorite draft beers from throughout Diamond’s lifetime. Between 5-8pm these will all be half-price, so the likes of Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Local Option Dampfbier, and Schneider Weisse can all be quaffed for a mere $4 a pint. Happy Birthday indeed.

But the party doesn’t stop here. Saturday July 4th they will be hosting their famous Independence Day Grill Out….where $5 gets you a giant bratwurst with potato salad and watermelon, accompanied by a rad patio soundtrack from vinyl junkies Jackson Mico and Proudfoot.

While you’re there be sure to have a quick round of shuffleboard and if you’re rilly good then think about signing up to the monthly tournaments…winners get their name on the esteemed plaque of fame!

Diamond Bar is at 43 Franklin Street.

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The Java Project Debuts New Greenpoint Art Space

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A new art-focused event space called WORA has opened in northeast Greenpoint.

Founded by Java Studios and Dakota Sica, who is the director of The Java Project gallery located at Java Studios, WORA (short for the JavaScript coding “write once, run anywhere”) seeks to provide a platform for experiential alternative art.

“The Java Project envisions WORA as an outdoor initiative aimed to support artists and the artistic community through a range of cultural events and outreach,” Sica said. “Some of the programming will include film screenings, outdoor sculpture exhibitions, book fairs, performance festivals, and sound experimentation.”

WORA’s first event this past Saturday took place in The Java Project’s spacious, relaxed outdoor courtyard, where participants lounged amongst abstract discoball art pieces, watched performance art, and danced under fabric canopies to dj’s like duo Soul 2 Seoul, who spin house, techno and disco.

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Opera on Tap, Warm-Up, Pride Ball – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/24–6/30)

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♦ Materials / Abstraction @ Owen James Gallery (61 Greenpoint Ave) 6pm, FREE, a group exhibition of emerging and established artists who approach abstraction through the use of diverse materials, More info
* Queer/Art/Brooklyn @ The West (379 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Coffee and conversation with with special hosts writer, performer, and QAM Fellow Morgan Bassichis; curator and VisualAIDS Program Manager Alex Fialho; and visual artist and QAM Mentor Chitra Ganesh, RSVP

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Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, Vince Staple close out Northside ’15

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Last weekend, the Northside Festival at 50 Kent finished off with an all-star show featuring Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, and Vince Staples. Right as the doors opened, the crowd found its way into the venue and Vince Staples kicked it off with great energy, playing some unreleased tracks off his debut album, expected to hit June 30th.

Then Brooklyn based Sleigh Bells, took the stage amplifying the crowds energy from where Vince left off. Not only did they come out to rock, but they came out to have a good time. This is one band you can clearly see enjoy playing the music they create.  Continue reading

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Calling all Volunteers! N. Brooklyn’s PRIDE Festival Needs Our Help!

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Hey hey Greenpointers! Have you got your bells on yet? If not, you better do it soon because Williamsburg’s  first ever Gay Pride Festival is popping this Saturday, June 20th, and trust us you’re not going to  want to miss this event!

A couple of weeks back we let you all know many people in the hood thought it was high time North Brooklyn had their own gay affair to remember. A who’s who of list of awesome local businesses have stepped up to the plate and are hard at work behind the scenes to make this Saturday’s event a raging success.

But as a media sponsor of the North Brooklyn’s Gay Pride Festival, we here at Greenpointers would be remiss if we didn’t let our kind readers know, this event is in desperate need of our help.

Right now, at this very moment, festival organizers are on the hunt for volunteers. Whether you are straight or gay, lesbian or asexual, it doesn’t matter. All they need are kind souls willing to spare a few hours to help make Saturday’s festival a success.

As of now event organizers are looking for help in the following areas:

  • Setting up and breaking down tables before and after the event
  • Be a point person during the festival and help answer questions
  • Help selling various merchandise

If you have a free set of hands and are willing to donate a few hours to make this an insanely awesome event, organizers would love to hear from you.

Shoot an email to hello@northbrooklynpridefest.com  for further details.

For all other information about the North Brooklyn Pride Festival, including times for kid’s activities, where to indulge in adult libations, or simply to check out what cool things will be happening  this Saturday June 20th, on North 11th Street  visit http://www.northbrooklynpridefest.com/

See you all there!

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Queens’ Biggest Flea & Food Market is in Long Island City

JWP_LICFoodFlea-1687-MLIC Flea & Food is now in its 3rd season and is bigger and better than ever. The market has the largest selection of both flea and food vendors found anywhere in Queens. Plus this year they added an All-Queens Beer Garden exclusively serving beers from Queens breweries. Continue reading

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Northside Music Festival Thursday: Paradise Day One

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Editor’s Note: While there are some great guides to the North Brooklyn festival out there, most favor the big name bands. Those are the bands that you’re most likely to already be familiar with, and also the shows that are most likely to sell out or have long lines to get in. That is why we are proud to present you with our comprehensive, day-by-day recommendation guide to the music festival, organized in chronological order, and streamlined with just enough information for you to discover the perfect shows for your very own musical tastes and moods.

You will hear your new favorite band at a local club during the Northside Festival this long weekend. That is our claim. Welcome to heaven.

How can we support such a statement? Start with an amazing set of bands (recommendations below). Add McCarren Park shows and some bookings in romantic backyard spaces, then include some distinctly easy-going and non-judgmental locals, i.e. you, fueling the scene.

Then remember how you rarely need to wait in line at Northside. Here are our favorite acts playing tomorrow. Continue reading

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Northside Fest, Brooklyn Pride, and Comedians Who Care – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/10–6/16)


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TICKET GIVEAWAY! ♫ Greenpointers, Supercrush Studios, and CaraBella Present a Northside Showcase @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) Friday (6/12) 8PM, With Heliotropes / The Meaning of Life / Spritzer / Shark Week / The Teen Age / Oracle Room / DJ Dead_Beat_Dad, Enter for a chance to win here.

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^ Not for Tourists NYC Book Launch @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, See NYC anew with expert explorers and authors Jane Pirone and Rob Tallia, More info
^ Poets at the Yard @ The Yard Williamsburg (33 Nassau Ave) 7pm, FREE, Hosted by Alexandra Mendez-Diez and featuring Russell Dillon / Mary Donnelly / Megin Jimenez / Nicholas Adamski, More info
* Dancorcism Dance Party @ Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) 8pm, $15, A one-hour dance party for your soul, with high-energy dance routines, stretching, and meditation, More info

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Talk Clean, Calm, and Happy Skin with S.W. Basics’ Adina Grigore at Brooklyn Groove this Sat (6/13)

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“If you’re like most women, you’ve been on a never ending quest for perfect skin- or even just good skin- since adolescence. It’s frustrating pursuit to say the least, filled with one disappointing (and expensive) miracle solution after another. Why is it so hard to get good skin? …” writes founder of the organic skincare line S.W. Basics, Adina Grigore in her recently published book Skin Cleanse.

Skin Cleanse is a perfect guide for everyone with sensitive and reactive skin and anyone who wants to make their skin look happy and calm. This is a must-have for anyone interested in switching to an “all-natural” routine and holistic way of resolving skin problems.

Grab your copy of the book, get it signed, and talk healthy skin with Adina this coming Saturday (6/13) from 2-6PM at the Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave). Continue reading

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Northside Innovation 2015: A Welcome Return for Any Respectable “Yuccie”

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Every summer, the activity in McCarren Park and the surrounding area gets a bit amplified, not just with music but with a variety of Northside Festival related revelry, including what they refer to as “NYC’s Biggest Tech Party.” Now in its fourth year, Northside Innovation returns with the Expo as well as the Conference this Thursday and Friday (6/11-12).

These are two full days packed with keynotes, fireside chats, panels, workshops, pitch competitions, and networking opportunities, so you’ll want to plan ahead and create your schedule beforehand. The Northside site has a comprehensive scheduling tool but we recommend that you download the more user friendly App instead.

The Expo takes up 50,000 square feet of McCarren Park and is free to attend but if you are anything like I was as an overworked commuter, the 12PM-7PM time frame might allow you to scurry through and pick up some schwag along the way at best. If this isn’t you, it might be fun to check out the 150+ exhibitors, who will be present to awe and inspire any passerby (aka will be doling out free shit). Continue reading

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