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Watch Out CitiStorage. Eminent Domain Wants to Head Your Way!

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Let me tell you Greenpointers, it’s no fun being the bearer of bad news. And yet here I am, again, to warn you about the latest doozy to hit Bushwick Inlet Park. If there was ever a time to bust out the Pepto Bismol its now, because what I’m about to tell you ain’t gonna be easy to digest.

North Brooklyners have put up a good fight so far. We’ve overflowed City Hall, rallied on Kent Street, and now we are urging Governor Cuomo to save the last precious bit of open space were we promised over 10 fricking years ago. And yet at every turn, nefarious forces have come out of the fold, hell-bent on building two more towers on the charred remains of the CitiStorage site.

The latest proponent for such a real estate deal comes from none other than our own former Public Advocate, and current Mayor, Mr. Bill DeBlasio and his side kick, Parks Commisioner, Mitch Sliver. Continue reading

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Talk Clean, Calm, and Happy Skin with S.W. Basics’ Adina Grigore at Brooklyn Groove this Sat (6/13)

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“If you’re like most women, you’ve been on a never ending quest for perfect skin- or even just good skin- since adolescence. It’s frustrating pursuit to say the least, filled with one disappointing (and expensive) miracle solution after another. Why is it so hard to get good skin? …” writes founder of the organic skincare line S.W. Basics, Adina Grigore in her recently published book Skin Cleanse.

Skin Cleanse is a perfect guide for everyone with sensitive and reactive skin and anyone who wants to make their skin look happy and calm. This is a must-have for anyone interested in switching to an “all-natural” routine and holistic way of resolving skin problems.

Grab your copy of the book, get it signed, and talk healthy skin with Adina this coming Saturday (6/13) from 2-6PM at the Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave). Continue reading

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Northside Innovation 2015: A Welcome Return for Any Respectable “Yuccie”

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Every summer, the activity in McCarren Park and the surrounding area gets a bit amplified, not just with music but with a variety of Northside Festival related revelry, including what they refer to as “NYC’s Biggest Tech Party.” Now in its fourth year, Northside Innovation returns with the Expo as well as the Conference this Thursday and Friday (6/11-12).

These are two full days packed with keynotes, fireside chats, panels, workshops, pitch competitions, and networking opportunities, so you’ll want to plan ahead and create your schedule beforehand. The Northside site has a comprehensive scheduling tool but we recommend that you download the more user friendly App instead.

The Expo takes up 50,000 square feet of McCarren Park and is free to attend but if you are anything like I was as an overworked commuter, the 12PM-7PM time frame might allow you to scurry through and pick up some schwag along the way at best. If this isn’t you, it might be fun to check out the 150+ exhibitors, who will be present to awe and inspire any passerby (aka will be doling out free shit). Continue reading

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Arts in Bushwick celebrates arts in Bushwick all weekend long

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Work by Ben Hilario-Caguiat

The annual Arts in Bushwick event, featuring Bushwick Open Studios, boasted community events, crowds of people, and an abundance of great art and talent.

On Saturday, June 6, children and adults both, gathered in Maria Hernandez Park for Community Day.  The event featured a DJ set in front of an “Arts in Bushwick” banner, and showcased various foods and arts-related stands, as well as live performances by dance groups. The day was planned to coincide with the opening of the Bushwick Farmer’s Market season, and this year’s fair and performances were focused on “Art & Wellness.” Continue reading

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Can Small Businesses Survive in North Brooklyn? Not Without Our Help

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In the past year covering Greenpoint happenings, I have written about more local businesses closing than I care to remember. A simple peek on Manhattan Avenue shows a smattering of empty store fronts–some shuttered for more than a year—waiting to be taken over by some business with deep enough pockets able to afford a new tier of astronomical rents. Out you go mom and pop. Adios working artists. Sayonara small fry.

Each MONTH an estimated 1,000 to 1,200 NYC small businesses lose their leases due to profiteering rent increases.  And as we’ve bared witness, the only ones who can truly afford to occupy these newly priced spaces usually come strapped with shareholders, millions of dollars in equity, and a black bottom line.

In fact, the crisis is so dire, under the Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure 83,211 commercial tenants received eviction notices, an estimated 240,000 small businesses closed, and NYC saw more than 2 million jobs lost.

Real estate speculation is nothing new, but when it finally swoops in like that long lost relative no one ever wanted to deal with, the affect can be devastating as it takes over our lives.

So you might ask: Is there any real way to stop this? The answer is yes, but you have to keep reading to find out how.

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Lost Lectures Two NY with Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Josephine Decker, Tao Lin, Jon Ronson, Diana Al-Hadid, and more!

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Join Brooklyn art blogazine Hyperallergic and UK’s unoffical speakeasy of the lecture world The Lost Lectures for the second installment of Lost Lectures NY on JUNE 5TH!

A secret venue in Brooklyn will be taken over for an immersive night of never-before-seen talks and performances. The evening includes:

  • Blonde Redhead‘s Kazu Makino will be surprising the crowd with never before seen material (it’s even a secret to us)
  • one of the world’s leading gonzo journalists Jon Ronson, who is best known for his investigation into public shaming, will be unveiling his new project
  • indie filmmaker Josephine Decker will be doing a top secret performance
  • NYC busker-turned-activist Andrew Kalleen will be bringing a troupe of street musicians for a show-stopping performance
  • internationally renowned visual artist Diana Al-Hadid will discuss her work and its visual influences
  • poet, novelist, and artist Tao Lin, who has just published a new book, Selected Tweets, with poet Mira Gonzalez, will surely generate discussion, and
  • urban explorer Steve Duncan will share the secrets of the city’s underground.

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Vendors Wanted!!! Summer Market 2015 (7/19)!

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Poster design by Akane Ogura

We have watermelon cocktails on the horizon! Stay-cation with us, North Brooklyn style, at our Summer Market on Sunday, July 19, 2015 (1-7PM)RSVP to mark your calendars, invite your friends, and stay updated on our activities!

Right now,we are looking for talented and creative local makers, artists & food vendors.  Apply here or directly in the form at the bottom of this post. Continue reading

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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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Sponsored By BKLYN DESIGNS.

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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