Rebecca Tree for President: A Political Thriller for the Times by Greenpoint’s Michael Abramson

© Design by Nick Roseboro, Courtesy of the author. Cover of Rebecca Tree by Greenpoint author Michael Abramson.
© Design by Nick Roseboro. Cover of Rebecca Tree by Greenpoint author Michael Abramson. Courtesy of the author.

“This novel will help you survive this election season,” Greenpoint resident Michael Abramson, author of the political thriller, Rebecca Tree, writes. Set in the not-so-distant future, “The American political system is trapped in a death spiral. In an increasingly polarized country, rapidly rising seawater separates ‘wet’ states from ‘dry’ states. Parts of South Florida surrender to the sea as carcasses of once-chic beachfront hotels poke out from the ocean floor. ‘Guest’ agricultural workers from Mexico hand-pollinate fruit trees and vegetable crops in a desperate effort to maintain the country’s food supply. California’s once plentiful fruits are now as rare as caviar in post-Tsarist Russia.”

Out of this chaos emerges Rebecca Tree, the rebellious granddaughter of America’s most powerful politician, Merewether Tree. A successful inventor and businesswoman, Rebecca’s life is marked by a string of tragedies. Her parents died in a plane crash when she was two, and her twin sister Allison passed before her fourth birthday. Determined to honor the memories of the ones she lost, Rebecca’s personal pain propels her into a life of accomplishment.”

Released in March, the book has already garnered 4.5 stars on Amazon. I spoke with Abramson about what motivated the novel, the places in which it takes place (including our very own Greenpoint), and how he shaped his characters.

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Neighbors Allied for Good Growth Community Map Fair

NAG's ToxiCity Map
NAG’s ToxiCity Map

This Wednesday, July 27th at the McCarren Pool Community Room (776 Lorimer Street) from 6:30pm–8:30pm, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth are hosting a science fair-style event with justice-driven maps on display and open for public questions and commentary. The event coincides with the unveiling of NAG’s ToxiCity Map, which shows environmental conditions and hazardous activity in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Continue reading

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The New Tuesday Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket!

Greenmarket S&SO 1_greenpoint_swallaceWhile I love working from my home office in Greenpoint, I will admit that I miss making midweek lunch runs to the small Dag Hammarskjold Greenmarket to replenish my crisper drawer. I’m a frequent shopper at both the Saturday Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket and the Sunday McGolrick Park Down to Earth market, but weekend trips and beach days can take precedence; there were many times when that midweek market was my only chance at fresh heirloom tomatoes, a huge $2 bunch of kale, or a bag of apples. So, when GrowNYC announced a new Tuesday market for McCarren Park, I was over the moon! Rejoice, fellow Greenpoint & Williamsburg farmers market shoppers!
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Volunteer In The Transmitter Park Butterfly Garden This Saturday July 23

Transmitter Park volunteer day

This Saturday, July 23rd, join the GCEF-funded Greenpoint Parks Community Stewardship Program for fun and exploration in Transmitter Park’s garden, home to many bird- and butterfly-friendly plants! Learn how to identify these species, and discover the benefits they provide – all while hanging out with your Greenpoint neighbors! Afterwards, volunteers will tend to Transmitter Park by weeding and watering the garden together. Continue reading

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Live Fast and Dye Hard: Spotlight on Shibori Haus

Brooklyn has no shortage of its creative talents. From dedicated writers and enthusiastic musicians to dynamic artisans and engineers, we’ve got it all. Shibori Haus is another tool that should be in any Greenpointer’s arsenal when you want to get down and crafty. Shibori Haus, founded by Jes Vuong, offers workshops in the art of shibori dyeing.

I sat down with Jes to chat about our favorite place (Brooklyn) and to learn more about this slammin’ and mindful art form.

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Funky Plot and Savory Performances for Shakespeare in the Theater’s “Cymbeline”

Curt James (foreground) and Josh Krebs in "Cymbeline" at The Brick
Curt James (foreground) and Josh Krebs in “Cymbeline” at The Brick

Cymbeline is tonally ambiguous, dramaturgically elusive. This is no weakness of Shakespeare’s so-called tragedy, but it stands out in being one that ends in reunions and discoveries instead of wars and death while featuring beheaded characters and disguised lovers. It’s no wonder, then, that critics have long debated whether Cymbeline is drama, romance, comedy, or something in between. Perhaps Shakespeare was pushing genres out and contemporary storytelling, with its mix of laughter and catharsis, forward. Regardless of category, Stay Awake! Theatre’s production of Cymbeline at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Ave.) in Williamsburg is firm in its footing thanks to its minimalist approach and rather strong performances. Continue reading

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Big Welcome to Vittles Cafe!

vittles inside

Samantha Hew and Anthony Piliaskas believe in evolving spaces and snacks. From Bembe to 3 Roots, both have successfully sustained businesses while layering the neighborhood with innovative adaptations. Their newest collaboration, Vittles Cafe (94 Franklin St), is a vibrant testament to 9 years of friendship and belief that food should be positive and rooted in love and community.

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Nestled at Oak and Franklin, the treats – vittles – deliver scrumptious aromas and flavor. Vegans, omnivores, health nuts, and meat-ers will want to indulge in the mouthwatering menu and caffeine addicts will be delighted by the drinks list.  Highlights include Toby’s Estate espresso, egg & cheese on a biscuit, Australian hot milo, cornmeal rolls, Thai vegan banh mi, Barista’s specialty, kaya butter toast and potato curry puffs.
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Thursday, 7/21: Up Late on The High Line

Up Late on The High Line
Up Late on The High Line

Roam the High Line after-hours and be transported as dancers, musicians, and visual artists illuminate the park with participatory performances, installations, and a world of hidden surprises.

This event is free, and admission is based upon capacity, first-come first-served with RSVP

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Firm and Funny: Iron Man at Pete’s Candy Store

Iron ManLast night I decided to swing by Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg to check out performance artist Iron Man. On every Tuesday evening in July, James Hook is ironing your finest, and his own, in a display that encourages participants to pit the patriarchy against the matriarchy and even examine feelings about slavery and servitude. The one-man show is literally a dude standing in a bar steam ironing clothes under a tabletop spotlight while folks sit around drinking PBR’s, eating grilled cheese sandwiches and paying little attention. But with the steam rising through the single light source, the result is actually somewhat dramatic, and affecting. Continue reading

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SummerScreen, Pokémon Go Bar Crawl, Rock & Roll Playhouse – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/20–7/26

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

13528313_1280388621986335_8262207335536431882_oWEDNESDAY 7/20
♦ Fat & Fabulous Figure Drawing @ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St) 6:30pm, $5 suggested, GIRL PARTY and Greer Morrison team up to celebrate all iterations of body, mind, and spirit, More info
* SummerScreen @ McCarren Park, 6pm, FREE, Northside presents The Fast & the Furious, with music beforehand by Taylor Bennett, More RSVP

13615517_621527718016566_6973356127392160761_nTHURSDAY 7/21
* Adelina’s 4-Year Anniversary @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 5pm, FREE, With DJs, drink specials, pizza by guest chef The Mississippi Vegan, and more, More info
 Noise Love Presents @ The Gutter (200 North 12th St) 9pm, $5, With Dinowalrus / Zenizen / Cold Blinds, RSVP

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