Get green this weekend and help the trees!

Want to be a tree steward? Well, your time has come! This Saturday, October 18th between 10 am and 1 pm, join the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and together you can make Greenpoint a little greener.

Ask any gardener and they will tell you Autumn is the perfect time to get into the garden and put things into the ground. As the cold air moves in, plants go dormant, and quietly over the winter these little plants work on growing strong roots so that come springtime we can sit back and admire their precious blooms.

In an effort to keep Greenpoint’s trees and root systems happy for years to come, the Franklin Street Community Garden is freshening up tree beds around the area by planting daffodils. Not only will Greenpoint’s trees thank you for it, but come springtime the streets will be bursting with bright yellow flowers. It almost enough to make you forget that winter is coming! Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Photos & BIG THANKS!

Artist & Designer Libby VanderPloeg & Dusty Rose Vintage Owner Maressa Ponitch

Thanks to everyone who made Greenpoint Open Studios 2014 a hugely successful and super fun event. Thanks to the 265 participating Greenpoint artists who opened their doors to the public. And of course, thanks to the thousands of attendees who came out in full force to support the creative community in Greenpoint. It was quite an epic weekend!

We couldn’t do it without the help of a generous donation by Assemblyman Joe Lentol and the sponsorships of the following local businesses: Java StudiosAlter BrooklynDirck the NorsemanBrouwerij Lane,Cato’s Army NavyPaulie GeeGlasserieFive LeavesSilk Road CyclesGreen Desk,Diamond BarGowanus Open StudiosTBD.

Greenpointers was proud to produce Greenpoint Open Studios 2014 and we appreciate the media sponsorship of Hyperallergic.

Thanks to the awesome crew who worked tirelessly on every last detail: Eric Lee Bowman, Libby VanderPloeg, Lia Post & David Turchin. If you would like to get involved to help make next year’s event happen – email artsingreenpoint (at) gmail.com [dot] com.

Enjoy the rest of the GOS 2014 photos from Greenpoint photographer Will Star.

Follow Greenpoint Open Studios on FacebookTwitter @greenpointarts & Instagram @greenpointopenstudios!

Hashtag #greenpointopenstudios

Until next year!

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Greenpoint Love Bites: Blind Date #3

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The nights are drawing in and it’s the season to snuggle! With all this potential for autumnal romance in the air, we’re proud to present the results of another wonderful Love Bites in Greenpoint blind date!

Last week Lizzie, 30 and Dakota, 33 went for dinner at Greenpoint’s awesome Balinese restaurant Selamat Pagi  (152 Driggs Avenue) and got to know each other over some fruity red wine and an amazing vegan chocolate cake.

But while their minds were blown by dessert, were they blown away by each other??! Continue reading

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Historic Greenpoint book in the works! Submit your photos!

The old school Greenpoint that we love ©Brian Merlis

Rick Gomes and Brian Merlis are going back, way back, to the time when rope factories and lumber yards lined the East River in Greenpoint. And maybe even further back to the time when Greenpoint’s population was entirely five related families…Gomes and Merlis are diligently working on their third Brooklyn local history book, titled Brooklyn’s Historic Greenpoint, and are looking for your photos of the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Survey: How do you feel about the transportation here in the hood?

Our portal to the rest of New York.

Few things unite New Yorkers quicker than transportation. Whether complaining about the MTA, giving someone directions, or debating the best possible route to get where you’re going, New Yorkers love talking about how we get around the city. For those of us in Greenpoint, who only have access to one subway, transportation can be an especially touchy subject.

Now you have the opportunity to share your thoughts on your transit situation with someone who can actually do something about. The Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) are working on their first advocacy campaign centered on transportation. They are conducting a survey on transportation issues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The results will be shared with representatives and city officials next week.

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Open House NY, Rothtoberfest, Beatboxing Championships – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (10/08–10/14)

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

WEDNESDAY 10/08
* Urban Existentialists @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, With Justin Taylor / Brian Morton / David Ryan, RSVP
* Debut @ Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Ave) 7:45pm, $35, Merging independent music, contemporary dance theater, and large-scale art installation, Debut tells the story of a group of teenagers who break into an abandoned building on the night of their senior prom, Buy tix 

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Studio visit & interview with artist Michael Hambouz

Michael Hambouz in his element, the studio ©Markus Weaver

(A version of this interview appeared for boygirl Magazine)

Late in his life, Henri Matisse would turn to creating cutouts, which eventually covered the walls of his lofty studios from floor to ceiling inside the Hotel Excelsior Regina Palace at Cimiez in France. Matisse would direct his numerous assistants and his Russian mistress, Lydia Delektorskaya, with a 12-foot long bamboo cane from his bed, and they would all rush to adjust his colored paper compositions. Echoing Matisse in his own way, and paying homage to the beauty of industrial America, multimedia artist Michael Hambouz has created a series of 18 large-scale, cut-paper collage works called Factory Made using paper stock from the mill located in his hometown of Niles, Michigan. We met in front of The Richardson, and walked to his studio a few doors down, where his cat, Pickles, was waiting. Continue reading

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Neighbors test dust from Sludge Tank demo and find contaminants. Plus info on tonight’s Nuhart Superfund meeting.

Photo Credit: DEP

The last time we checked in, we were waving bye-bye to our beloved Sludge Tank as it was being demolished to pave way for some of Greenpoint Landing’s grand developments. Now that the demo is over, nearby residents are learning that the construction dust floating in the air, the same dust that entered homes and left residue over a children’s playground, was filled with lead and other harmful chemicals.

Welcome to remediation gone bad, where government agencies hire unscrupulous contractors who do shoddy work and leave us wondering if that odd smell in the air is just in our heads, or if something else is really going on, something infinitely more dangerous.  Let me set the record straight—it’s not in your head: The people responsible for protecting our health aren’t doing their jobs.     Continue reading

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New Italian ‘Le Fanfare’ Serves up Dinner with a Side of Jazz

Le_fanfare_greenpoint_rosie_de_bIn a neighborhood largely under occupation by the Haslegrave brothers, we walked into new bar and restaurant Le Fanfare to the pleasant surprise that it wasn’t another one of theirs. The design of the space is comfortable and coherent, from the sharply-painted facade to the sequin-lined stage. Attention to detail pervades everything; the printing on each page of the menu lines up perfectly with the stenciled text on the board holding it, for example. This careful attention to detail appears throughout the restaurant: ingredients, furnishing, music, and even the staff have been chosen and integrated carefully by people who realize that it only takes one cut corner to cheapen the whole experience.

Our night at Le Fanfare (1103 Manhattan Ave) began at the small round bar up front, where we were warmly welcomed by an easygoing and friendly staff. The cocktail list is short and classic, with drinks around $11, and the bar is comfortable and pleasantly backlit by a clouded mirror studded with star-like lights. I sometimes find that I mentally rank spaces like these by how badly they make me wish I could still spend long nights smoking inside at them, and this bar gets pretty high marks there. Continue reading

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Marlow Goods at Wythe Hotel

Marlow Goods is the latest pop-up shop featured at the Wythe Hotel. From now until the new year, shoppers can find simple and unique goods with a sustainability minded influence. Designers Kate Huling and Andrew Tarlow manufacture goods made from the hides of the animals served in their restaurants: Marlow and Sons, Diner, Roman’s, Reynard, and Achilles Heel. Besides offering leather classic pieces such as totes and wallets, the pop-up has glorious Icelandic wool sweaters, cotton basics, ceramics, and skincare products. Click through for more goodies and products.

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