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Recipes Gone Wild: Adina Grigore’s “It’s Spring So Let Your Skin Know It” Mask

Yesterday morning I decided to go for a run along the river, and I thought to myself Oh hey! I think it’s warm enough to don my shorts today!  After finding them in the bottom drawer buried under sweatshirts and long johns, I put on my running shorts, laced up my sneakers, and ran out the door. Down the sidewalk I bounded, happy to feel the sunshine on my skin for the first time this season. Along the way, I stopped to tie my shoe, and, in doing so, came face to face with my bare shins. Gasp! They were looking pretty shabby and neglected—pale, dry, and in need of some TLC. After wrapping up my run, I wrote to my friend and neighbor Adina Grigore (of S.W. Basics) to ask if she had any good skincare recipes to get me glowing again. Well of course she did! And in no time I had a recipe for a gentle exfoliating mask made from simple, basic ingredients (and on a sidenote, it actually sounds like it could be good on a slice of toast!).

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Lost Lectures Finds Its Way to NYC (4/25)

Can you keep a secret? The Lost Lectures will be in New York City next Friday, April 25th. No, The Lost Lectures isn’t the Indiana Jones film that George Lucas left on the cutting room floor. It’s an emergent series of cutting edge speakers, performances, interactive demos and art installations. Originally from London, The Lost Lectures’s have partnered with Hyperallergic for its New York City debut. Continue reading

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DRAGnet, Bad Buka, Troubletopia, and Kat Face – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/16–4/22)

(sponsored) One Day in NYC Meet Up @ The Made in NY Media Center by IFP (30 John St) Wednesday 4/16, 7pm, FREE, Grab some drinks, charge your batteries, and brainstorm ideas with fellow creatives, filmmakers, and inspired people for the largest filming event in NYC! Plus: new Uber users get $25 off one trip to or from the meet up with code OneDayinNYC25, RSVP

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WEDNESDAY 4/16
* Speak Up for Vision Zero @ Hope Gardens Multi-Service Center (195 Linden St) 6pm, FREE, Join Transportation Alternatives and Bushwick community groups to identify the neighborhood’s most dangerous streets and prioritize concrete safety improvements, More info
* Wines of Argentina Presents Cambalache @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker St) 6pm, $80 (includes all food & drink), This unique event showcases the wine, food, art, and music of Argentina, More info
* Quiz-Off @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 7:30, FREE, Six rounds of twenty questions, first prize is a $75 bar tab, More info 

THURSDAY 4/17
Resonance: The Thoughts Before Thought @ Headscapes (26-19 Jackson Ave) 6pm, FREE, In this artist-run group show, the most common objects have deeper meanings, darker pasts, and, most importantly, shared meanings, RSVP
* NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Author Nathan Pyle answers questions like how much to tip your tattoo artist and how long you should honk your horn, RSVP
* The Triangle Project @ TBA Brooklyn (395 Wythe Ave) 6pm, FREE, A collaborative art, music, activist, and cultural exchange project bringing people together across new boarders and states of mind, RSVP
 DRAGnet Two-Year Anniversary @ The Metropolitan (559 Lorimer St) 11pm, FREE, A dozen drag performers including Untitled QueenHorrorchata, and Merrie Cherry, RSVP Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Grandma Ethel’s No-Bake Chocolate Matzo Layer Cake

 

Drop those yeasted baked goods, my friends, because tonight Passover begins! This very important week on the Jewish calendar, sometimes referred to as the “season of freedom” (what could be better?!?) and “festival of  the matzo,” is a sacred commemoration of the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery by the Egyptians 3,300 years ago. So in honor of Passover, I’m cookin’ with Matzo, that blank-canvas of a cracker—thin, crunchy, and, toasty, ready to absorb any flavor combo you throw it’s way .  While talking to Greenpointer’s own Gina Pollack at our Spring Market yesterday, she described to me this chilled, no-bake chocolate matzo cake that her Grandma, Ethel Harvey, used to make for the family…and I new we had to share it! Continue reading

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Greenpointers Spring Market, Hey Bartender, Equinox Solstice – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/09–4/15)

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WEDNESDAY 4/09
Agatha et les Lecture Illimitées @ Spectacle Theatre (124 South 3rd St) 7:30pm, $5, Marguerite Duras’ 1981 minimalist French classic, More info
 New Music @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, $5, With Celosa / MARTHA / Yaman Palak / AircraftingRSVP

THURSDAY 4/10
Hey Bartender! @ The Graham (151 Meserole St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the release of the 2014 Brokelyn Beer Book, RSVP
Welcome Back @ Body Actualized Center (143 Troutman St) 9pm, $10, With analogue oil projections and digital light displays, plus ARP / Mary Lattimore / Georgia Sounds / Blazer Sound, RSVP
♫ KSCS “Ethereal Dance” Release Party @ The Hive NYC (20 Cook St) 8pm, Post-punk electropop from Kiss Slash Crooked Smile, RSVP Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Yuka Miyata’s Pork Hiya-Shabu

This week’s lesson in language, and cooking for that matter, comes from Greenpointer’s own Yuka Miyata, who you may know from our Greenpointer’s markets (like the Spring Market happening next week Sunday! Y’all should come by for food, fun, crafts, and more). I asked Yuka what she likes to cook when the weather gets warmer (and veggie-roasting season has ended), and she answered my call with this beauty of a recipe for Hiya-Shabu— a chilled take on shabu-shabu made with thinly-sliced pork, infused with refreshing ginger and scallion, sprinkled with shiso leaves and drizzled with a soy-sesame-ginger-herb sauce. Whoa… Yum! Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Springbok ‘n’ Rolls

I learned a new word this weekend: pronking. It’s what animals like springboks, gazelles, and antelopes do when they bounce up into the air, getting all four hooves off the ground. Here’s a clip of some springboks pronking about, all excited about fresh grass. The word comes from the Afrikaaner verb pronk, meaning to “show off” or “strut,” as in “Oh hey there, hungry lion! See how fit I am? Now why would you waste a perfectly lovely afternoon chasing me?” The moral of the story is don’t chase springboks (unless you’re a cheetah). Lunch will NEVER make it to the table. Make fresh spring rolls instead.  They taste awesome, are quick and easy to make, and will give you so much clean energy that you’re gonna wanna pronk all day long! Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Indian Upma with Oats

Happy spring, and happy Monday, Greenpoint. I’m resolving to be healthy and renewed after a shameless and somewhat regrettable Saturday night binge on freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, prompting a fairly intensive trip to the fruit stand Sunday morning. No more excuses about not cooking now that my fridge is officially bursting at the seams with all sort of fresh, beautiful produce. The change in season’s got me all excited to try some new things in the kitchen, and after some digging around on the web I came across this twist on one of my old favorites– upma– a savory Indian breakfast porridge studded with diced veggies, cashews, peas, and spices, traditionally made with semolina, but made here with rolled oats instead. It’s got all the ingredients you need to get your day started on the right foot– healthy, delicious, and honestly kind of awe-inspiring. Make a big batch and enjoy it reheated as the week goes one.  This dish’s flavors are bright enough to shine for days. Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Lucky Luna’s Kimchee + Nori Bloody Mary

Last Sunday, the weather was so gorgeous, and for the first time in months I wasn’t daunted by the thought of leaving a roughly one-block radius. Jen G and I were both up for trying something new, and decided on brunch at Lucky Luna, by McGolrick Park. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Amy Lipkin

Amy Lipkin © Fabian Palencia

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we recently put out a call for nominations for AWESOME Greenpoint women. We’re kicking off the series with Amy Lipkin, who was nominated by her sister-in-law Jenne who shared:

Amy is an awesome Greenpoint treasure – one of the most fun, hard-working and interesting women I know! I think you should know her, too. For the past 3 years, she has lived in her Greenpoint apartment, out of which she co-founded North Sea Air, a creative agency that provides brand strategy and representation for artisans and business owners. Continue reading

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