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Your Chance to Go Berserker Tonight on a Microphone That Smells Like A Beer

I’m not a big karaoke guy. Those private karaoke rooms take too much planning i.e. friends flaking out at the last minute for the get-together. Then to sing you have to wait your turn, haven’t been much good at waiting in line since grade school and it’s even worse now when alcohol is involved.

Mondays there’s the longstanding live band karaoke at Arlene’s Grocery in the city. But read back over that sentence. Mondays. In the city. Good luck on that sub-zero bike ride over the Williamsburg after the show. But it is fun once in a while. Continue reading

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Get Ready To Swoon: Mind / Matter Is A Vintage Dream

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The great thing about Greenpoint is that there isn’t a shortage of vintage shops to hunt in. And, many of the owners are smart, sweet, and sassy. I can say the same thing for the store, Mind / Matter (165  Greenpoint Ave) is a vintage lover’s dream. More so, the owner, Elle Ditta, is charming and knowledgable.

I recently sat down with Elle to discuss her new store and why it’s a perfect sanctuary for all vintage enthusiasts. (Hint: oh-so-sweet clothes, beauty, and retro furniture).
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Get Slayed: In God We Trust Is What To Wear This Fall

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In God We Trust continues its tradition in badassery. The shop recently unveiled its Fall/Winter 2015 collection, with a mind for layering these pieces or wearing them stand alone. Either way, you’re sure to look like a gorgeous babe.
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Meowsers! Cat Lady Craft Night Is On! (11/21)

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To all the purrrfect cat lovers out there: 11/21 is your power day. Brooklyn Craft Co. is holding a festival of magical cat crafts for you. On November 21st, take part in a glorious pop-up cat cafe (!), snuggle adorable cats and kitten while making something pretty awesome for yourself.
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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival: Preview of Tonight’s Shows (11/5)

The juvenile genius of Dave Letterman’s early top 10 lists is probably starting to fade in everyone’s memories since the advent of his retirement. But remember that Snuggles the Fabric Softener Bear once listed as one of his top 10 concerns that the Pillsbury Doughboy might ask to be poked a little bit lower. And keep your eye out at flea markets for that top-ranked obscure Norman Rockwell painting entitled, “Turn Your Head and Cough.”

Letterman, well-known by the Connecticut State Police for his lead foot, dreamed in one of his lists of replacing the speedometer in cars with an encouraging voice that just says, “Punch it! Punch it!”

Listen, I know that Electronic Dance Music is a recent favorite target in New York, just like apparently the secret to getting published in The New Yorker is to do a Kanye-worthy i’ma let you finish mike drop on the eminent Humans of New York photo series. But face it, there are times when you just want to punch the gas pedal to the dance floor and move like a jacked-up K-car! If you can relate, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival begins tonight at three North Brooklyn clubs. Our preview can be found below. Continue reading

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Kimchee Market Brings the Korean Bodega to Greenpoint Avenue

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The owner of the Dokebi dynasty, Chul Kim, has opened a new Korean store in Greenpoint called Kimchee Market.

But this isn’t your mom’s traditional Korean greengrocer. Kimchee Market offers freshly-made local kimchi and rare Korean cooking ingredients that you can’t find anywhere else in North Brooklyn. Plus, Kimchee Market sells fresh, locally-raised vegetables from Straight Out of the Ground, a CSA and farm near Roxbury, New York.

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Designer Wray Serna Makes Greenpoint Gals Positively Elemental

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One of the reasons I moved to this neighborhood is that so many women have the most intriguing sense of style. Wray is a cool and subtle line that has spark and mystery for any Greenpoint woman. I sat down with the designer, Wray Serna, to discuss her amazing collection and why she loves creating and living in Greenpoint.
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Carnival Party Introducing The Gibraltar at T.B.D. this Saturday (9/19)!

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The Serhant Team of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing NY is proud to introduce the carnival unveiling of The Gibraltar (160 West St) at T.B.D. Brooklyn (224 Franklin St) on Saturday, September 19 from 3pm-6pm. The carnival unveiling will include a carnival bouncy house, a dunk tank, and many more of your favorite carnival games. Food will be catered by Lobster Joint and drinks will be provided by Tito’s Vodka and Brooklyn Brewery. It’s all fun and games for this debut! Continue reading

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We Make Peace (in our Party): Greenpoint Benefit Album and Show (9/21)

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Marie Mamonia, founder of WeMakePeace.org, contacted Greenpointers about an album release she is putting out for International Peace Day, on the 21st. She brought in some local acts, and with the proceeds giving 80% back to the cause, we were at least going to have a listen. (Beats the paltry return on the UHO and rapper CD scams in Midtown).

She picked some good acts.

Buy window disappears this Thursday so here’s the link, and here is our favorite performer:

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Townhall Meeting on Crime Happens this Wednesday

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Mark your calendars, Greenpointers. On Wednesday, September 16th at 6 pm (Polish Slavic Center 176 Java Street) there will be a Town Hall meeting about the crime-related issues plaguing our neighborhood.

All the major players will be there, including Councilman Steve Levin, State Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Senator Martin Dilan, and three new VIP’s to the crew: The 94th precinct’s new Police Captain, Clay Street Homeless Shelter Operator & the new interim Parks administrator.

Sadly many of us know crime has been a major theme in Greenpoint over the past several months. The situation in North Greenpoint, particularly on Clay Street and the surrounding areas, have become downright dangerous. In the span of less than six months, there have been muggings, assaults, sexual harassment, blatant drug-dealing and worse.

For a refresher on the reported crimes just take a peek at these headlines since July:

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