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Weekend Music Picks: Live Soundtracks

Sausalito, from the movie Lost in Translation. Not playing here this weekend, but best lounge band name ever.

Bands often consider it a backhanded compliment if you tell them they would sound great at a party. Most bands prefer a rapt audience to a loud bar crowd.

But is it really such a dishonor to be the soundtrack of people’s lives? Whether it is amping people up for dancing, or bolstering infatuation on a first date, some bands excel in enhancing an experience without distracting from it.

Whether you are ready for decadence or drama this weekend, here are some local performances to help set the scene.

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Weekend Music Picks: Back to Basics

Frankie Cosmos performs a benefit for the BARC animal shelter this Sunday

Greta Kline and Mac McCaughan revive the best qualities of the early-1980’s nascent New Wave movement, with Kline starting from a folk foundation and McCaughan working in post-punk. They are both playing locally this weekend and are worth catching live.

McCaughan plays Saturday as the headliner in a three-act lineup that starts at 8 pm at Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway). Kline’s band, Frankie Cosmos, plays a benefit for our beloved Williamsburg BARC animal shelter as the last of three acts that start at 6 pm on Sunday at Brooklyn Bow Wow (1581 DeKalb Ave.). Continue reading

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BKLYN DESIGNS comes to Greenpoint, May 8-10

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BKLYN DESIGNS is Brooklyn’s premier design event showcasing a cross section of design, architecture and art.

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BKLYN DESIGNS – the internationally renowned, juried exhibition of contemporary furniture, lighting, accessories and art from Brooklyn – is coming to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, May 8-10.  This is BKLYN DESIGNS first event in Greenpoint, a neighborhood popular with artists and craftspeople and home to the event’s primary sponsor, Broadway Stages. It will be the first design show kicking off NYCxDESIGN, the city’s weeklong design festival.

BKLYN DESIGNS features exhibitors from design and manufacturing vendors across Brooklyn. Show producers have tapped industry leaders to develop a robust program of events and installations that celebrate design collaboration.

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Exhibitions include handcrafted furniture from Robert Sukrachand and Noble Goods; multifunctional furniture from Think Fabricate; contemporary fabrics from Bolé Road Textiles and Au Retour; children’s furniture from Casa Kids; outdoor furniture solutions from Raunjiba and From the Source; sustainable wood furnishings from Phil Gautreau; innovative light fixtures from Urban Chandy and Robert Debbane Studio; and vinyl record solutions from Wax Rax.

The conference program covers topics as varied as architecture and development, interiors and product design, technology and fashion, food and film. Demonstrating the collaborative spirit of design, the show features numerous pop-up lounges, site-specific installations, and a play area featuring the Imagination Playground, designed by Rockwell Group.

Attendees can enjoy food trucks, organized by FoodToEat, bars presented by Brooklyn Winery and Threes Brewing, and a Tattly Parlor where they can model temporary tattoos in front of a feature wall designed by Trove. The BKLYN BUYS marketplace will feature Brooklyn-made accessories and design objects.

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Shuttles will run throughout the weekend between BKLYN DESIGNS, the WantedDesign NYC event at Industry City, and the Brooklyn Museum. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bklyndesigns.com.

BKLYN DESIGNS is sponsored by Broadway Stages, host partner Brooklyn Expo Center, Aptsandlofts.com, Forest City Ratner, TerraCRG, FLANK and Heritage Equity Partners. Premier partners include Dwell and Metropolis.

 

All photos courtesy of BKLYN DESIGNS Facebook

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The Spring Market is Happening this Sunday (4/26)!!! Preview our Vendors!!

April 26 (1-7PM) @Greenpoint Loft 67 West St, 5th Fl

We are having so much fun getting ready for our Spring Celebration this coming Sunday where Electric Wildflowers will bloom!

Since last week, there’s been a few exciting new additions including fresh music selections amplified by Supercrush Studio and curated by new music blog ALT CITIZEN, who is also joining the market to sell zines.  In addition, Kettle Brands will be present to give out complimentary bags of chips to our guests!

We are super thrilled about the talented vendors who will be selling incredibly creative stuff.  Take a look at just some of the many items and food that will be on sale this Sunday!

The Deets: Sunday April 23rd from 1-7pm at Greenpoint Loft (67 West, St, 5th Fl) Continue reading

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New Big-Ticket Purchases? That’s One Reason to Update Your Insurance

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Let Gotham show you how getting NYC home insurance is fast, friendly, affordable, and easy.

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You’re responsible. You set up your homeowners or renters insurance years ago, so you’re all set, right? Not so fast. Every once in a while, it’s good to revisit your policy to see if it needs updating.

Some questions to ask yourself:

— Have you made any recent big purchases? A new television, computer, or jewelry? A musical instrument? Have you exceeded the overall limit of what’s covered in your policy?

— If you recently acquired jewelry, does your policy cover that category?

— Do you do a lot of online shopping? If so, does your policy cover theft or damage to incoming packages?

— Do you have a bike? Does your policy cover theft outside the apartment?

— Is your name on the policy? If not, are you still covered?

These questions aren’t meant to give you something new to worry about. The answers are only a phone call away. Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc. is a New York-based, family-owned company, and they know NYC apartment owner and renter needs better than anybody else. This means they can quickly make sure that you have the right plan and coverage for your needs.

One of the best things you can do to make sure you’re covered is to go from room to room making a digital inventory of your stuff by taking pictures with your phone. Store the pictures on the cloud, so if something happens, it will be easier to make a claim.

Make sure you have the right coverage. Contact Gotham Brokerage today.

 

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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)

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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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