Nerd Alert Trivia Tuesdays at Black Rabbit – By No Means “Someone Else’s Canned Shit”

Black Rabbit Trivia Hosts Casey & RyanThe Black Rabbit Bar (91 Greenpoint Ave) is easily one of the most visually appealing bars in all of Brooklyn–a softly lit, atmospheric wood-paneled den with a narrow, rail car-style interior and a tranquil, leafy backyard. A portrait of the tavern’s namesake, the Rabbit himself (the owner’s Irish grandfather), hangs in a prominent position on the wall. Perhaps the most distinctive feature is the private booths with swinging, hinged double doors, evoking the entrance of a “Wild West” era saloon. This is perhaps a misleading comparison, as bartender and owner Kent Lanier claims there has never been a fight on the premises (something he partly attributes to the purposeful lack of Red Bull or Jagermeister in the pub).

No, on this Tuesday night – and damn near every Tuesday night since 2007 – the only battle is the battle of minds and wills as teams of (up to) 5 compete in the long-running Nerd Alert Trivia, a pub quiz the Village Voice dubbed the Best Trivia in New York last year - not Greenpoint, not the borough – this is the best goddamn game in town. Continue reading

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French Pastries Get Fancy at Charlotte Patisserie

Charlotte Patisserie's splendid pastry selection

Charlotte Patisserie  (596 Manhattan Avenue)  is like a little piece of France in Greenpoint. Although it’s been open since 2011, recent renovations and the addition of a dining room have given new life to the pastry shop, which also boasts a wonderful back yard surrounded by ivy- covered brick walls.

They have also expanded their menu to offer brunch and a casual but elegant dinner. Menu options include French classics like a croque monsieur, ratatouille, omelette, crepes, Niçoise salad and croquettes.
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Brooklyn Brewery Throws a Dinner Party…and it’s Spectacular!

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Last Wednesday night a very special culinary collaboration took place on Humboldt Street. Hosted by Brooklyn Brewery, it was called Dinner Party No.1, and was special for three reasons:

1. The event took place at the brand new ‘Humboldt & Jackson’ (434 Humboldt St), an American Bar and Tasting Room just the other side of the BQE.

2. The evening involved a delicious 6-course meal using the wares of local producers and revolving around the unique fermented seasonings developed by the Kaizen Trading Company (KTC), the experimental culinary research lab founded by Momofuku.

3. The dinner featured fabulous beer pairings by Brooklyn Brewery with numerous rare brews not often available to the public. Continue reading

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Upcoming on July 27: Curator-Artist Speed Consultations

NLE Curator-Artist Speed Consultations ©NLE

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: On Sunday, July 27, from 2-5pm, No Longer Empty invites art practitioners at all developmental stages to participate in 15-minute consultations with arts professionals (Hitomi Iwasaki, Manon Slome, Dexter Wimberly, Rachel Gugelberger). Get expert feedback on your portfolio and answers on how to develop a project, find resources, and research spaces in which to exhibit or perform. *Fee: $15* Buy tickets here via PayPal.

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‘The 12 Bottle Bar’ Authors’ Talk and Cocktails at Word Bookstore (07/23)

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Summer Reading Sorted © Rosie de Belgeonne

It’s about this time of year that I suddenly to realize I’m spending way too much money in bars: a post-work G&T here, a brunch Bloody Mary there, a rooftop Aperol Spritz on a Sunday afternoon…the list goes on. And while summer-time drinking is delightful in every way, if one’s not careful all these artisanal cocktails can also be a fast track route to financial ruin before the season’s even half way through.

Which is why it’s awesome timing for the launch of a new book titled The 12 Bottle Bar (Workman Publishing, $14.95). Unlike your usual schmancy home cocktail guide with glossy photos and a million ingredients you’ll never end up buying (or will buy but never end up using again), this is a practical paperback manual to the bare essentials you’ll need for a kick-ass home bar. Continue reading

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TODAY: Rico Gatson Artist Talk at Studio 10 at 4pm

"When She Speaks" (still) ©Rico Gatson

Looking for a little art to top off your Sunday after visiting our first ever Summer Market? Head on down to 56 Bogart in Bushwick. Not only is it your last chance to see Studio 10′s exhibition “When She Speaks,” but the artist himself, Rico Gatson, will be giving a talk today from 4-6 pm. Continue reading

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Brooklyn’s Katy Perry, Gentrification Thoughts, & de Blasio on Colbert–The Hook Up 7/18

Catey Shaw is Brooklyn's own Katy Perry knock off #livinthedream

 

If you want to be irritated, watch this cringe-worthy music video, which is basically a knock off of California Girls, sung by a party girl who dances around Williamsburg in a Nets hat.

Bill de Blasio played it cool with Colbert this week and denied being a socialist (even though we all know he’s a communist spy infiltrating the city to spread universal pre-K).

Both GIRLS and Boardwalk Empire are shooting in the hood today.  Speaking of which, have you heard of Film Complaint 11222? Local resident, Rolf Carl, is Greenpoint’s own film shoot monitoring vigilante, removing tape from irresponsible crews and keeping 311 on speed dial.

The NY Times finally publishes a thoughtful piece on gentrification from a writer who has lived in Brooklyn since the 70′s.  Continue reading

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Melaena Cadiz Deep Below Heaven Album Release Show Sunday 7/20 at Glasslands

Sunday is shaping up to be really special. You can check our sure-to-be-amazing Summer Market and then head over to Glasslands to see Melaena Cadiz perform for the release show of her great new album Deep Below Heaven. Continue reading

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Got Summer Market Wood? (7/20)


We will have plenty of handcrafted wood items at our Summer Market – Sunday July 20 from 1-7pm at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl). Here are just a few of our featured vendors:

Bird and Stone – Set of Two Wooden Stackers

Christi Jay – Wood/Textile

Pernt Cutting Board

 

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UPDATE: India St. Ferry Landing Now Under Repair

Crane for Repair of India St Pier / Photo: Jackie Hoving

After months of head scratching and hand wringing, it appears that work to repair the India Street ferry landing has finally visibly begun, just nine days before next Friday’s G-train closure plunges North Brooklyn into a five-week transportation brown out. It appears city officials are now “cautiously optimistic” that the landing’s owners will finish repairs before the G shuts down.

In our in-depth June 6 post on the topic, we noted a disconcerting lack of transparency about the repair process and called on local political leaders to pressure the city and the landing’s owners to publicly commit to a timeline that would ensure the ferry is operational before shutdown.

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