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Heavy Metal Yoga Changed My Life

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This past year, I made a commitment to myself to be more in tune with my body and fitness. Being mindful and centered is something that’s important to me, but without frilly affirmations in pink pen and cheesy mantras. I wanted a real and engaging perspective to develop.

Enter, Metal Yoga Bones. Imagine a warrior pose with complex heavy metal blasting, low lights, and howling at the darkness. Yes, it’s amazing as it sounds.
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77 Yr Old Watch Fixer Gets Evicted From Shop After 26 Years

Photo via GoogleMaps
Photo via GoogleMaps

Two weeks ago Greenpoint resident and local watch repairwoman, Ms. Leokadia Trzaskowska, was sitting at her workbench, like every day for the past 26 years, and had the unimaginable happen. A NYC Marshal stormed into her shop, not get a watch fixed, but to announce that the 77 year old was to leave the premises immediately. With no time to spare, the woman grabbed her purse and watched in confusion as a padlock was put on the door.

For the last 26 years Ms. Trzaskowska has sat in the window of the Sunshine Laundromat tinkering with gears and tiny screws, repairing a lifetime of watches from ending in the up in garbage heaps. All of her specialized tools, her passport, and essentially her life’s work was now being kept under the auspices of a commercial possession.

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Open Call for Artists and Creators: Teach at Reverse!

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Potential gig alert for teachers, artists and creators! Share your skills and knowledge to artists and the community by joining the educational programming at REVERSE!

REVERSE is looking for workshop proposals that will give artists new tools and knowledge to expand their practice. The duration of the classes will vary between: Continue reading

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Important Meeting on Superfund Nuhart Plastics this Monday!

 

nuhartTime to talk about our favorite superfund Nuhart Plastics again.

Recent developments are underway to turn the festering superfund site into affordable luxury apartments. Disturbed at that thought? Chew on this: Beneath Nuhart’s property there is a 40,000 to 60,000 gallon pool of thick plastic phlalates deep enough to swim in and two large plumes of TCE (a volatile organic compound) SPREADING to nearby streets. All of these chemicals are considered hazardous to human health.

In the very near future these toxins will be unearthed and removed, and yes, we neighbors need to know how we will be affected. Come meet our new community advisor, and superfund guru, Dr.Peter deFur, this Monday night and find out what Nuhart’s clean-up means for residents in the upcoming months.

SPREAD THE WORD. THIS IS SERIOUS.

Nuhart Superfund Clean-up Community Meeting

Monday, July 27th

6:30 pm

Senior Center 80 Dupont St (entrance on Eagle St)

hosted by NAG & Councilman Levin’s Office

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market Hosts Vegetarian Feast this Sunday, July 26th

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Barry Schwartz of Barry’s Tempeh will cook at Sunday’s Vegetarian Feast!

Recently at the McGolrick Park Farmers Market in Greenpoint, we chatted with the ONE and ONLY Barry Schwartz of Barry’s Tempeh. Not only is he Brooklyn’s resident tempeh-whisperer, but he’s also the chef lined up for the Vegetarian Feast Fundraiser this coming Sunday, July 26th. Tickets are $20; includes appetizer, entrée, dessert, and drink. Proceeds go to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. Continue reading

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A Greenpoint Artist was Brutally Attacked and Needs our Help!

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Bryan Osburn. Untitled. Oil on canvas. 14 inches x 12 inches. 2012

Boy oh boy, are things are getting rough on this northern tip of Greenpoint. If it wasn’t bad enough neighbors are having deal with insane rent increases, head-splitting piling driving , sex-offender rumors, and Superfund sites, now folks need watch their backs each time they go the to deli. Just ask Bryan Osburn, a 40 year old artist who was brutally assaulted by a gang of 4 thugs all for a cellphone, in front of God Bless Deli 2 on the corner of Clay Street and Manhattan Avenue. Continue reading

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Grease those wheels! Brooklyn’s Epic Ride is this Saturday!

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Epic Ride

Bikes! Beer! Parks! Amazing city views you can only witness on a 40-mile bike ride through Brooklyn and Queens! You can have it all this Saturday, July 25th in Brooklyn Greenways Initiative’s annual EPIC RIDE!

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It’s all happening – Rehearsal Studios on the Cheap in Williamsburg!

Historic Williamsburg Public Library now home to cheap artist studios.
Historic Williamsburg Public Library now home to affordable artist studios and rehearsal space. ©BerlinRosen

There’s good news this summer for local artists and the mamas and papas of Williamsburg! The Brooklyn Public Library and Spaceworks, a nonprofit that develops affordable rehearsal and visual arts studios throughout New York City, have partnered to bring a community arts space to the newly renovated second floor of the Williamsburg Public Library, located at 240 Division Avenue.

Harking back to the history of Williamsburg’s creative community, the center will offer low-cost rental spaces for visual and performance artists, along with a variety of free arts programming for children and adults hosted by local arts organizations like El Puente and 826NYC. Continue reading

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GPL cuts down 75 yr old trees. Parks Dept scoops up $414,000 in Restitution Fees

Old London Plane Trees hang over GPL Property Photo Credit: Darren Lipman
Old London Plane Trees hang over GPL Property
Photo Credit: Darren Lipman

In recent weeks, some of you may have spotted the mutilation of 5 trees bordering the northern edge of Barge Park. These trees, identified as 75 yr old London Plane Trees, have been around longer than most of us and recently met their untimely death at the hands of our new neighbor Greenpoint Landing, and the Parks Department.

How they were chopped down and how much money Greenpoint will be getting out of the deal is rather murky indeed.

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Our Summer Market is Happening this Sunday (7/19)!! Preview our Vendors!!

July 19 (1-7PM) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl)// Poster design by Akane Ogura

We are excited for our annual Summer Market and cannot wait to introduce to you our awesome vendors!

The Deets: Sunday July 19th from 1-7pm at Greenpoint Loft (67 West, St, 5th Fl)

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Activities (FREE): Photo Booth by Gustavo Ponce, with Greenpoint Garden Variety Watermelon Patch designed by Libby VanderPloegNail Art by @Peenk!, Massages by Human@Ease,Henna Tattoos by Miss V, Rooftop Yoga by Hosh Yoga (donation based).

Refreshments: Craft Beer by Greenpoint Beer and Ale + Homemade Watermelon SojuCafe Grumpy Iced Coffee + many food vendors!

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