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Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, Makers: Meet Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange

Do you know where to find the world’s largest rooftop soil farms? Believe it or not, they’re right here in Brooklyn! This week I asked Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange to tell me more about the two farms he operates–a 1.5 acre rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and a 1-acre rooftop in Long Island City– and what he’s been cultivating (and selling every Sunday at McGolrick’s Farmers Market).  The farms grow over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also sells local honey from New York City’s first commercial apiary, provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities. Continue reading

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Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, Makers: Meet Eli Kaplan of Mom and Popsicles

Orange Souchong, Black Sesame and Raspberry, Honeydew Lemongrass, Salted Caramel. These are just some of the flavors that Greenpoint’s local popsicle company, Mom & Pospsicles, has been sharing in their Instagram feed (and at Sunday’s McGolrick Farmer’s Market) lately.  As a self-proclaimed popsicle aficionado, I needed to know more about the person behind this pop-up, so I hunted down the little company’s founder, Eli Kaplan, and asked him to share a little about his relationship to Greenpoint and his experience owning a real mom-and-POP shop. Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Film plus Reggie Watts Rooftop Films Tonight 7/3 and Bad Brains Film at Nighthawk 7/8

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to post, but I’m coming back to you with some music & film events taking place over the next few days. And as a bonus, I have a live performance video shot on location in North Brooklyn.

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Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, Makers: Meet Scott Bridi of Brooklyn Cured

Brooklyn Cured is this week’s featured vendor at Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park Down-to-Earth Market, (open Sundays, 11 am- 4pm). This week, I caught up with BK Cured’s top dog, Scott Bridi, to learn more about his local roots and culinary experience in some of the city’s most notable food spots, and to hear his perspective on being a small-scale food producer. My advice is get over to McGolrick this Sunday to stock up on dogs for Fourth of July grilling! Brooklyn Cured’s products include sausages, hot dogs, bacon, smoked meats, classic charcuterie and more, using meat raised with no antibiotics from farms within the region.  Continue reading

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The Art World Near You—A Weekend Adventure in Brooklyn

Art by New York Graffiti Artist Col Wallnuts ©Stephen M. Kelley, Jr.

Brooklyn has the art that will move you this weekend. Or, at least get you out of the apartment. This Friday, June 27, head over to Beloved for the opening party of the next Concrete Canvas art & photography series (6pm), featuring artists Col Wallnuts and Choice Royce. On Saturday, June 28, artist Dan Springer will be present for the opening of his show “Sketchbook Stuff” at Tar Pit Coffee Shop (7pm). And, Sunday, June 29, is your last day to catch “Frequencies” at Rekover Projects, a solo show with Brooklyn painter Christopher Dunlap. Go! Go! Go!

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GRAND OPENING! BFF Self-Service Pet Wash, Inc. Makes Washing Your Dog A Little More Fun

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BFF's Self Service Pet Wash's Grand Opening is This Friday!

Barn for Furry Friends (BFF) on Driggs Avenue provides self-service grooming and top-rated healthy and delicious treats and food for your favorite pet. Their unique do-it-yourself dog wash facility, featuring groomer quality tubs, BioGroom and Nootie products, towels, brushes, and high-velocity dryers, take the hassle out of washing your dog and puts fun quality time with your pet back into it. It’s about having a convenient and fun experience that will leave you looking forward to your next visit.

At BFF’s Grand Opening this Friday, you’ll find:


-Caricatures by a local artist of you and your pet
-Platters catered by Greenpoint Cheese and Meats
-Wine from Vine Box and other refreshments
-Treat and Pet Food Samples from Rams Dog Food,Blue Buffalo, Merrick and Zukes

The party continues Saturday & Sunday with fundraising for Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.
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Want to Stay in the United States? Wildes & Weinberg Law Firm can Help

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Wildes & Weinberg Want to Welcome You to the USA!
New York City has incredible opportunities for an ambitious person, so it’s an attractive permanent destination for thousands of people each year. In fact, it’s likely you yourself came here from elsewhere. Did you know that more than half of New Yorkers are transplants? Furthermore, more than one out of three New Yorkers are immigrants. That includes your adorable friend from the UK who works in fashion, the handsome singer from Australia you dated, and maybe even your next door neighbor here in Greenpoint! How did all of our immigrant friends get here? What is the process like for someone who wants to stay? If you’re an immigrant, WILDES & WEINBERG P.C. can help you understand your options.
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Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, Makers: Meet Stone and Thistle

Happy Friday, neighbors! This post is the first in a new summer series highlighting the growers and food producers that come to Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park Down-to-Earth Market each Sunday (11 am- 4pm). This week, I chatted with Tom and Denise Warren from Stone and Thistle, based in East Meredith, New York. On their farm, tucked into the foothills of the Catskills, they pasture-raise a variety of animals, such as sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, goats, ducks, pigs, and a herd of about 30 cattle!  I asked them to share what they enjoy about Greenpoint and what it’s like to be a small-scale farmer. Continue reading

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The Polish Pastry Experience: Rzeszowska Bakery

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Rzeszowska Bakery

Welcome back to the Polish Pastry Experience—a behind-the-counter look into the traditional pastries that you can find in Greenpoint’s Polish bakeries.

Looking to try something new? Curious about what’s best? Every week, we ask the bakers themselves to tell you.

This week, Rzeszowska Bakery recommends…their Jagodzianka (s.) at $1.25 per piece. Continue reading

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Full Moon Horseshoe Ritual

I’ve just learned that the best event of the summer – if you like the full moon, citizen science, horseshoe crabs, and moonlight rituals, at least – is happening this Saturday night at an undisclosed location in the ocean:

I’m not totally sure what I’m getting you into by suggesting that you go, but if my own experiences with this project is any example, you can expect to:

  • Wade into the ocean on a moonlit beach,
  • Learn a lot about how these animals work by catching a few,
  • Help scientists monitor their populations, and if you’re lucky,
  • Catch a tagged crab and get a sweet pin for calling it in.

For details, including on convenient transportation to and from Union Pool, check out the website http://fullmoonhorseshoe.com/.

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