A Crafty Saturday at The Shanty Over Whiskey & Waffles

Waffles for Days

In the land of pairing food with libations, there are wine pairings and beer pairings but whiskey pairings? Apparently, this is considered “outré by many” but as I learned one late Saturday morning, whiskey not only serves as a pretty effective hair of the dog, but it goes really well with waffles. I’m talking the freshly made, thick, crispy, golden kind that is ready to be topped with piles of toppings like maple syrup, peanut butter, chocolate, whipped cream, and fruit. If you’re not groggy from food coma after this, you’ll ease into your lazy Saturday by sipping on Old Fashioneds. It gets your creative juices flowing before you start getting crafty.

At Pop ProductionsWhiskey Waffles Workshop, I got to see The Shanty (79 Richardson St) in a different light. Continue reading

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Movie Night Night at Cafe Grumpy Starts Jan 18! (Sponsored)


Cafe Grumpy is hosting a film screening every Monday night. They will begin on January 18 with their New York Film Series. The feature presentation, accompanied by an animated short, will start rolling at 7:30pm. Screenings are FREE and open to the public. Drip coffee, tea, and pastries will be sold until 8pm.

ADDRESS: 193 Meserole Ave.
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Bowie Farewell, Improv Fest, Prose Bowl – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (1/13–1/19)

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12208564_10204867951086580_7039729733595674277_n-220x120WEDNESDAY 1/13
 aLIVE in January @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 7pm, $5–$15, Poetry, performance, and music from Valerie Kuehne, Niina Pollari, Syreeta McFadden, Jane Gabriels, and Nejma Shea, More info
 Match Game @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Contestants try to answer fill-in-the-blank questions, with the objective being to match the answers given by a celebrity panel, More info

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2nd Annual Improv Fest @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, Honor the power of immediate presence in performance, through dance, music, Butoh, action theater, comedy, lighting, and more, Buy tix
Debonair Thursdays Kick-Off @ Battery Harris (64 Frost St) 8pm, FREE, A new dinner & disco party with DJ Disgonuts and friends mixing up sophisticated disco, house, soul, and dance vibes, More info

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Tarantino Brunch, Vertical Travel, Lou Reed Tribute – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (1/06–1/12)

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12401912_1364239096974510_7989446753439096515_oWEDNESDAY 1/06
* Twin Peaks Bingo @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9pm, FREE, Gather with fellow Twin Peaks lovers and play a damn fine game of bingo, More info
 Funhouse Comedy @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 10pm, FREE, With Peggy O’Leary, Wendi Starling, DC Benny, Will Miles, and more, RSVP

12348146_562927627202872_6981867182447836745_nTHURSDAY 1/07
 “KTHXBAI” Opening Reception @Idio Gallery (976 Grand St) 6pm, FREE, Brooklyn Vegan presents a memorial retrospective for beloved music photographer Chris La Putt, RSVP
# Flavors, Intact @ Museum of Food & Drink (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $20, Learn about Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, an international project to preserve culinary culture and biodiversity, More info

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New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Beyond – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (12/30–1/05)

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Fried Chicken & Champagne NYE
No. 7 North, 931 Manhattan Ave
December 31, 8pm, FREE
We are at it again with NYE take 2! Same fun place, same awesome team (with some additions), and of course fried chicken and champagne! We’ll have specials all night including Jell-o shots and eggnog, plus a fancy list for those of you who want to get fancy. Come hang with us and ring in the new year with no pressure and no cover. Just FUN. RSVP

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6166_10154236211236664_538133771419931886_nWEDNESDAY 12/30
 The Struggle Is Real @ The Experiment Comedy Gallery (20 Broadway) 8pm, $8, Four improv teams vie for the most laughs, RSVP
♫ The Beyond Group @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm, $10, With Cheryl Pyle on flute, Bern Nix on guitar, David Tamura on tenor sax, Francois Grillot on bass, and William Ruiz on percussion, RSVP

12314596_1235718459778933_5583565490218831980_oTHURSDAY 12/31
Jazzy NYE @ Milk & Roses (1110 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $75–$90, A swingin’ 1920s-themed night with a live jazz trio and a scrumptious four-course menu, Buy tix
* Happy Fun Cry New Year’s Karaoke @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, Spend new year’s singing your heart out—with a champagne toast at midnight, of course, More info
* Purple Rain Party @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 8pm, $10, An all-night 80s new wave dance party, with airbrush makeup artists onhand to help perfect your personal 80s look, More info
 Broken Comedy New Year’s Eve @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8:30pm, FREE, Spend new year’s laughing with Mike Denny, Michael Che, Nimesh Patel, and special guests, RSVP
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Stay Classy (or Not) and Walk (or Crawl) Home on NYE + Farewell Greenpoint Heights!!

Ready to ring in 2016 in style? Or are you more into a low-key, no frills, one last hurrah before committing to your 2016 resolution? From fancy and fine to lowbrow and fun, we’ve put together a list of the enormous options we have right here in Greenpoint.

These local fine food establishments have put together special NYE menus to ring in 2016 with culinary finesse:


Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave, $55) – 5 course prix fixe menu (Traditional Italian), party hats & noise makers, midnight prosecco toast, music by DJ Ronny Moo, 1/2 priced bottled wines. Full Menu here.

Cozinha Latina (37 Greenpoint Ave, $50-$60) – A festive feast of hearty small plates (Brazilian/Latin Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve Party at Greenpoint Beer & Ale/Dirck the Norseman!!


Join us at Greenpoint Beer and Ale/Dirck the Norseman on New Years Eve to welcome in 2016! It’s a cork-poppin’, rock-n-rollin’, champagne-toastin’, kick off to the new year!

NYE @ GPB leaves 2015 in the dust with FREE Beer, Wine and Well Spirits for an early bird special of $75! For all who join us, a complimentary Champagne toast at Midnight kicks off the New Year!

Along with Jever Pilsener, Gaffel Kolsch, Riegele Privat and Kellerbier,
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Christmas Carols, Family Bowling, Drake Night – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (12/23–12/29)

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95-atlgWEDNESDAY 12/23
 The Struggle Presents Blended Family @ The Experiment Comedy Gallery (20 Broadway) 8pm, $8, Improv teams come together with storytellers and standups; storytellers weave tales and teams improvise based on the stories, RSVP
♫ So Far Gone: Drake Night @ Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) 11pm, $5, With DJ sets by Dirty South Joe, Gun$ Garcia, Magglezzz, More info

Escape_Detention_KingJasonVII-400x219THURSDAY 12/24
* Christmas Eve Family Fun
@ Episcopal Church of the Ascension (127 Kent St)5pm, FREE, Celebrate the Christmas story through song, with hot cider and refreshments follow, More info
* Detention @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave)8pm, $5, Watch the Annoyance NY’s improv instructors screw up everything they teach, More info

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Holiday Craftacular, Monko Sexo Trasho, Cartoon Carnival – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (12/16–12/22)

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plnkrlogoforsiteWEDNESDAY 12/16
* Staring Contest @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 8pm, $3 to compete, First blink loses; audience heckling encouraged, More info
# Pink Party
@ Nights & Weekends (1 Bedford Ave) 9pm, FREE, Wear pink and get ready to try 7 different rosé wines by Dúzsi Tamás, Hungary’s world-renowned “King of Rose,” from Palinkerie Importers, More info

12279058_10208247135236485_7247555311928410822_nTHURSDAY 12/17
# Rockaway Pint Party
@ Rockaway Brewing (46-05 5th St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrating one year of the enactment of the Craft New York Act, which allowed breweries in New York to legally serve pints, More info
♫ Grizzly’s Urban Campfire @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 9pm, $10, With Tone Tank / Grizzly Gato / Quelle Chris / Junk Science, RSVP

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You Don’t Have to Travel Far to Get in on a Didgeridoo Jam Circle

Photo: Steph Koyfman
Photo: Steph Koyfman

If I told you that you could overcome your weak tendency to produce fart noises from a long wooden tube in just an hour and a half — and replace it with a soulful, meditative drone instead — would you take up the didgeridoo?

In Greenpoint, a small cohort of world music enthusiasts is putting New York City on the map for didge culture, and they were gracious enough to let me struggle with one of their sacred instruments for an evening.

AJ Block, the director of Didge Project, has been teaching a series of didgeridoo classes at the Sacred Arts Research Foundation on Green Street this fall. He opened this particular session with a question, which more or less amounted to: “what’s still iffy to you about producing a rich, continuous sound that requires you to more or less breathe in and out at the same time, while varying the pitch in rhythmically sophisticated ways?”

Everything. All of the questions.
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