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Where’s our park? In the hands of another developer if CitiStorage owner has his way.

Save Bushwick Inlet Park

Last month Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighbors broke out of North Brooklyn and headed down to City Hall to fight for Bushwick Inlet Park. We joined hands, sang songs, screamed our heads off and showed Mayor DeBlasio we have serious balls to bang on the table. In fact, there were so many of us at City Hall, 300+ people by most accounts, we were spilling out into the streets because there wasn’t enough room to for us all.

Our rabble-rousing Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park are at it again and need our help. They are passing around a petition which lays it out to the Mayor in clear-cut terms: We want our park, you know the one promised to us YEARS ago, and we won’t back down until we get one!

Don’t think this issue effects you? Think again.

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This Saturday is Record Store Day

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Record Store Day Exclusive Release

 

Local record stores are offering extended hours and live in-store performances for Record Store Day this Saturday (4/18). Captured Tracks, Academy Records Annex, Record Grouch, Rough Trade, and Earwax Records are all participating in the event. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: The Sound of Fury, or Kindness, If You Prefer (4/17-4/19)

NY's Alright Festival
New York’s Alright Festival

A few decades ago, if I wanted to buy a Gorilla Biscuits or Dead Kennedys t-shirt, it meant dragging my scared, skinny fifteen-year-old self to St. Mark’s Place to find it. Nowadays, kids can buy subversive band t-shirts at any neighborhood Hot Topic. Punk music is not just a more convenient affiliation than in past years, it is more rewarding too, as can be witnessed in some fine bands playing in Bushwick at the New York’s Alright Festival.

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Who wants to spend $1 million dollars?

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Tax season has come and gone, and hopefully by now, your nasty W2’s and 1099’s have been neatly filed away until next year. While you are sitting pretty, dreaming of all the different ways to spend that refund check (or pay the IRS back), what if I told you there was a way to spend a million dollars of city tax money instead? You’d be excited, right?

Welcome to the wonderful world of Participatory Budgeting, where a cool $1 million dollars is placed into our delicate hands to help fund neighborhood projects within the City Council’s 33rd district.

Last year, over 2,000 of you casted your vote and roped in a whopping $1.6 million dollars for the 33rd! McGlorick Park Playground got a much needed makeover, the BOOKlyn Bus shuttle drove around inspiring kids to read, and even our fellow toxic hood Gowanus saw their community center, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, get much need repairs.

It’s time to spread the love again, and if Greenpoint wants to get a slice of that million dollar pie, we need to put our mouths where the money is and vote for our favorite projects. Continue reading

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Holly’s HeART by Hand: New Art & Maker Learning Center + Shop!

Holly’s HeART by Hand (172 Greenpoint Ave) is a new art & maker learning center and handmade shop. After several years of working the market circuit, owner and long-time Greenpoint resident Holly Fairall is putting down brick and mortar roots here.

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Holly’s HeART by Hand (172 Greenpoint Ave)

The shop carries work from many local artists and fair-trade goods from global craftspeople including a beautiful collection of eco-friendly cards, jewelry, home goods, specialty foods, incense, and paper goods. In addition to all the products being ethically produced and eco-friendly, the prices are unbeatable, with an average cost of $25. If you ever need a unique gift, this is the place to go. Continue reading

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Bust Craftacular’s Primped Sunday, 4/19 With Braid Bar + Nail Art!

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Hello, lovely readers. Bust Magazine’s Primped event is back at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar this Sunday, April 19th. From a barrage of beauty treatments and nifty products to peruse, it’s a perfect afternoon treat.

Want to get in on the action? Come on by this Sunday to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Banker Street for braids, nail art, and tarot readings. I know I’m going to snag a tarot reading and hopefully, a sweet mani!

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Craft Beer, Haiku, Strawberry Gin, Face Painting, Electric Wildflowers, 60+ Vendors, & more!!! Spring Market (4/26)

Spring-Market_noaddress_235pxThe late great Robin Williams once said “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!'”  So we’re thinking this year’s brutal winter overstayed its welcome as nature’s cue for a massive celebration.

Celebrate Spring with us on Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

We’ll have plenty of Strawberry Gin courtesy of Brooklyn Gin and craft beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale on the ready for toasting throughout the day. Specially brewed for this market is “Rabbit Island,” a modern New Zealand inspired pilsner with tropical fruit notes and white grape.  It will be served alongside “Fisticuffs,” a malty, creamy, easy day drinking English dark mild with hints of cocoa and bread crust.  Continue reading

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Another one bites the dust. 30 yr old Woodworking co-op priced out of Greenpoint

Photo credit: Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Paper
Photo credit: Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Paper

 

In the fast-paced shell game of who is making money off of Greenpoint’s real estate scene, carpenters are getting no love these days. The Brooklyn Woodworkers Co-op–a Greenpoint carpenter collective– who has been sawing, slicing and molding wood for the last 30 years inside the Pencil Factory is now on the chopping block after being presented with, you guessed it, an insane rent increase.

Philippe Prelati, owner of Atelier Prelati who makes custom doors and member of the Brooklyn Woodworker’s Co-op, says the landlord is jacking up the rent from $20,000 to $55,000 a month—practically 3x’s what they are paying these days.

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L.A.B. Brooklyn Opens this Weekend (4/11) with Artisan Goods, Fine Art, and a Trunk Show

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Tucked away in the Garden Spot of Greenpoint (144 Driggs Ave ), L.A.B. Brooklyn will be opening their doors this weekend (4/11) with a wide variety of local artisan goods and fine art. Expect an eclectic mix of goods, everything from housewares to handmade luxury bags made by veteran craftsmen as well as new comers launching their lines this spring.  Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: Beyond the Headline(r)s (4/4-5)

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The Beech Creeps
 
Back in the day, there was an advice columnist who assumed the persona of a familiar figure: your most annoying relative. He provided “wisdom you did not ask for from someone you will not like.” This week, we offer the same. There are some perfectly fine popular bands playing in North Brooklyn this weekend. We urge you to show up to the club early and catch some of the bands playing before them.

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