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Adios BK Night Bazaar. Willkommen BMW.

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Well, well, the tide of gentrification is officially churning over in our little pocket of Brooklyn. Less than two years after its launch, our very own fun house The Brooklyn Night Bazaar, is leaving the neighborhood. What was once supposed to be a permanent space to play minigolf in a black lit room, pick up that wooden iphone cover you’ve had your eye one, sample some tasty food, or simply grab a brew while enjoying the bands playing in the back room–the Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s 23,000 sq foot space was apparently too much fun for its own good.

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Block Party this Saturday! Save Bushwick Inlet Park Before CitiStorage is Sold to Developers!

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Ok Greenpointers, we really need to step up our game. In the months since CitiStorage mysteriously went up in flames,we were warned that our promised 28 acre park was in jeopardy of getting turned into more luxury towers.  Sadly, that day of reckoning is near.

According to a recent Crain’s article, CitiStorage owner Norman Brodsky , (the man seen twirling his pinky ring in the photo below) is optioning off his 11 acre land to not one but TWO developers so they can built more luxury apartments and a whole lot of equally pricey commercial space.

Precious, my precious. Norman Brodsky contemplates how to spend his multimillion dollar payday. Photo credit: Buck Ennis via Crain's
Precious, my precious. Norman Brodsky contemplates how to spend his multimillion dollar payday. Photo credit: Buck Ennis via Crain’s

According to Mr. Brodsky, his phone has been ringing off the hook these days with offers as high as $250 million dollars despite the 11 acre property’s current zoning restrictions. If that number weren’t enough to make your eyes bleed, this $250 million dollar price tag is only half of it according to Brodsky, who just a few weeks ago touted the value of his land to be worth a mere half a BILLION dollars.

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Sad Trombone: The One Well to Close in June + Closing Party

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It’s with a sad heart that I report The One Well is closing on June 14th. The sprightly little shop on Greenpoint Avenue sells ceramics, housewares, candles, vintage finds, handbags, original art, and even treats like honey and chocolate.

It’s always a bummer to see a local business shutter, though this has a silver lining. Kerry Jones, owner of The One Well, is relocating to Atlanta to pursue new adventures. The website will still be in business, so you can keep on loving the shop!

Read more for an interview with the lovely Kerry and information on the closing party later in June. Continue reading

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Celebrate Independent Bookstores this Saturday (5/2)

Greenpoint's own WORD
Greenpoint’s own WORD (126 Franklin St.)

Record Store Day was two weeks ago, and by all accounts a great success. The event serves as a wonderful reminder to us to support the small independent businesses that give our neighborhood a place in the community to appreciate our passions. As a kid I used to dread the inevitable shift of conversation to music. The fact is, the cool kids knew all the cool records to talk about, and I spent far too much time with my nose in a book to keep abreast of current trends. Now, as an adult, I appreciate the little utopia I have found myself in where both records and books are considered extremely cool. And this Saturday it’s the books’ turn to be celebrated at the first ever, nationwide Indie Bookstore Day, and you better believe that North Brooklyn’s book stores will be in attendance, ready to party. Continue reading

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Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks: Deadline Extended to May 8th

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Artists! Community groups! Businesses! Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks just extended their application deadline to next Friday, May 8th. If you missed it in previous years, Northside Art is part of the city-wide initiative where public streets are shut down to traffic and opened up to art, interaction and community—bringing your neighborhood sculptures, workshops, pop-up parks, live painting performances, musicians, joy & more.

Northside Art is seeking proposals for:
1. Live painting/graffiti/collage
2. Interactive installations
3. Sculpture/stand alone installations
4. Performance artists
5. Activities and Workshops

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Word on the Curb: Cowboy in Williamsburg & $16,000 Uber bill?!

Well Greenpoint, strange things are happening in the world of transportation these days. Whether you are hoofing it on NAG’s Industrial History walking tour this Saturday, or simply looking for a way around this nasty L train shutdown business, you might want to reexamine your travel plans because there other options you might or might not want to consider.

Stop horsing around

Photo © Chriscubeta via Instagram
Photo © Chriscubeta via Instagram

Earlier this week, Williamsburg saw something that it hasn’t seen in a loooong time—I’ll let you guess, and no, it wasn’t a grungy hipster.

What had curious onlookers furiously snapping pics?

The sight of a man and his horse casually trotting along Union Avenue, with sun on their backs and a breeze blowing through their manes.

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Spring is Here: McGolrick Park Farmers Market Returns to Park this Sunday, May 3rd

Summer farmers market through the trees
Summer farmers market through the trees

Happy springtime, Greenpointers! Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market, is happy to announce that this Sunday brings an annual rite of passage: the farmers market moves back OUTSIDE. Starting May 3rd, the market returns to the center of McGolrick Park. Find us in the wide-open space in front of the Shelter Pavilion, surrounded by the park’s budding trees.

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War Is Trauma? Booklyn Helps War Veterans Make Art for Social Justice (Part 2)

Some Justseeds, IVAW, and Booklyn members at the "War is Trauma" portfolio opening ©Booklyn
Some Justseeds, IVAW, and Booklyn members at the “War is Trauma” portfolio opening ©Booklyn

Booklyn’s Marshall Weber knows the facts, and he explains them during our interview with an astounding passion. It’s rare to meet someone like him—informed and active about an issue that doesn’t get you more likes on social media, and which, instead, might be avoided by some as a social taboo. If you want to turn people off at a brunch, mention the ongoing conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. Mention veteran suicide statistics. Mention the militarization of American society. People might silently unfollow you on Instagram after that. But, as Directing Curator of Booklyn, Weber seems to float above the Internet’s quasi-fame game. He has important projects going on, and so I find myself interviewing him and Maya Taylor, Booklyn’s Managing Director, about Booklyn’s latest portfolio work with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Continue reading

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BRC Homeless Shelter will NOT be getting 16 new Sex Offenders

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The controversial BRC homeless shelter at 400 McGuiness Blvd/149 Clay Street

 

Yesterday morning I received an email with the words WATCH OUT in big bold letters. Sitting in my inbox, like a sack of rotting onions, was a link to a New York Post article with this headline: Sex Offenders’ relocation to Greenpoint Infuriates Residents.

I blinked a couple times and continued reading as my shock and horror mounted with each sentence.

More than a dozen sex offenders were living in a Manhattan shelter prompted city officials to react—but all they did was move most of them to residential Greenpoint, sources said on Wednesday…The rapists, pedophiles, and other convicted sex criminals had been bunked up near schools and playgrounds at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter on East 30th Street in Kips Bay. They included serial sex offender, Rodney Stove, who was busted for a Manhattan bar rape…

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Booklyn’s Marshall Weber on artists’ books & revolutionizing the art world (Part 1)

1_SignIn the nineties, Booklyn Artists Alliance would have been an interesting place in New York—in fact, it would have been just one of the many interesting places in this city that, at the time, was a thriving cultural and artistic mecca. But, after a decade and some change of Bloomberg-era destruction and loss, Booklyn is now more of a rarity. It’s an artist-founded and artist-run space in Greenpoint that is dedicated to the practice of distributing archives, artists books, and works on paper, as well as independent publishing, exhibiting Brooklyn-based artists, and hosting a series of educational lectures that are open to the public.

One of the thirteen original co-founders, and now the Directing Curator, Marshall Weber, recently spoke to Greenpointers about artists’ books, New York in the ’90s, and how the Internet forever changed the art world. Continue reading

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