Have YOU Seen This Man?

photo via NYPD

Well, folks, Greenpoint has its own “bandit.” DNAinfo reported this supreme loser is a “mustachioed bandit… a hungry hipster with an eye for fashion.” On January 1st, he stole an “A.P.C topcoat, estimated to be worth $600, a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses, which usually go for $400, and a Jack Spade wallet filled with credit cards, from the stylish Mediterranean eatery Anella.” The next day, in a display of epic genius, the suspect purchased groceries with stolen credit cards at the Manhattan Ave C-Town.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or go to their website.

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On view now at Figureworks Gallery: “Without/Color,” Part 1

"Without/Color," Part 1 at Figureworks Gallery ©All images courtesy of Figureworks

There is a gem of a gallery tucked away on the second floor of a quiet, four-story brownstone on 168 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, just off busy Bedford Avenue: Figureworks. And, inside this gallery right now, there is an exhibition of watercolors, drawings, and sculptures that is entirely “void of color.” The effect is transporting in such a way that the gallery seems like a separate world entirely, removed from the cityscape outside and, thus, a perfect respite for those in pursuit of silence and inspiration. Greenpointers recently caught up with gallery Director Randall Harris to discuss this exhibition, “Without/Color” (Part 1). Continue reading

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Cocoon Central Dance, Underground Food Collective, Drag Race Fantasy League – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/14–1/20)

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WEDNESDAY 1/14
♫ What Model Citizens
 @ Coco 66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, $8, With Video Beast / Sun Voyager / Farewell Gusto, Buy tix
♫ Big Ups @ Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) 8pm, $10, With Sick Feeling / Flagland / Downies, Buy tix Continue reading

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New Warsaw Bakery sold to developers for new condos

New Warsaw Bakery. Photo credit: Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik

 

Move over bread, something new is cooking at 866-868 Lorimer Street home to the famed New Warsaw Bakery.  Right before the turn of the New Year, the Swidzinski family, who provided Greenpointers with tasty bread for the past 20 years, and the Cisek family of the neighboring Brooklyn Electric Co, inked a deal with Chatham Developers to sell their spaces to make way for, you guessed it, more luxury condos. Continue reading

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TONIGHT – Learn About Citi Bike in Greenpoint (1/13)

For all of you who felt so left out when Citi Bike didn’t include your beloved Greenpoint in its initial bike share launch, they will be expanding soon to a block near you. Come find out all about it tonight (1/13) at Community Board 1′s “Learn About Citi Bike” event at Swinging 60′s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St) at 6:30pm.

NYCDOT will present and NYC Bike Share staff will be on hand to answer questions about Citi Bike’s expansion in Brooklyn’s Community Board 1.

And for those of you who don’t need to commute using Citi Bikes, there is always impromptu spinning…

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Best Drugstore Beauty Buys

 

One thing Greenpoint isn’t short on is drugstores. That being said, there’s an ample selection of beauty products that give you a bang for your buck. Beauty can be luxurious, but it doesn’t always have to burn a hole in your wallet. After the jump are some of my favorite products.
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Spotlight: John Reardon of Greenpoint Tattoo Company Talks Shop

John Reardon, owner of GPTC, busy at work ©John Reardon

John Reardon is getting ready to tattoo a woman in her mid-twenties when I arrive early at the Greenpoint Tattoo Company for our interview. It is a Saturday afternoon, and a cheery song by Of Montreal is playing over the speakers. The walls are covered in framed prints of tattoos, and a book by Reardon on the subject rests near a stack of Vice magazines. The woman has brought along a guy friend for moral support, but the process goes so quickly that she doesn’t even have time to grimace.

After a few moments, the woman gets up to check her arm in the mirror, proclaims the tattoo to be “awesome,” and leaves to meet friends for brunch at Slick Willie a few blocks away. Since John’s schedule is packed today, with another appointment in fifteen minutes, I turn on my recorder and we dive right into the questions. Continue reading

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New Beefsteak Club ‘Hook & Cleaver’ replaces Coco on Greenpoint Avenue

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Bite-size steak samplers do the rounds at the Hook & Cleaver launch ©Rosie de Belgeonne

Hook & Cleaver, a new ‘beefsteak club’ had its official opening last night at 68 Greenpoint Avenue.

The steakhouse-cum-lounge-bar fills the space formerly occupied by Coco which closed its doors in October, just 10 months after opening in January 2014.

Hook & Cleaver is headed up by Chef Diane DiMeo, famed for appearances on TV cooking shows such as ‘The Taste’ and ‘Chopped’. She is partnering up with Brooklyn Meat Club to bring diners top cuts of meat in what she describes as ‘your old typical steakhouse’, where choice cuts of meat will be brought around on trolleys for diners to select. Continue reading

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Okey-Panky Launch Party, Force Majeur Vaudeville, Trashy History – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/07–1/13)

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WEDNESDAY 1/07
* Zombie Night @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, John L. Campbell launches Drifters, the final book in his Omega Days trilogy, with Roger Ma, author of The Zombie Combat Field GuideRSVP
☺ Meditation Guided by Laughter @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm, FREE, With Brett Davis / Eliza Hurwitz / Scott Nossen / Joe Pera and more, RSVP
♫ Le Noize
 @ Macri Park (462 Union Ave) 10pm, FREE, Sing your heart out at this new monthly karaoke party, RSVP

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Newtown Barge Park is about to get a makeover and needs our help!

Is this what you want Barge Park to look like? Photo rendering: NYC City Planning

Parks. Everybody loves them. They are green, full of trees, and the perfect escape for people seeking refuge from NYC’s concrete jungle. But these days the word ‘park’ is unfortunately a matter of semantics. According some, tossing some green astroturf on the ground, installing a couple of plastic benches along a cement walkway, and sprinkling a couple of real plants here and there for good measure is considered a park.

We all know Greenpoint is hardly green, but thanks to the infusion of developer money and some motivated city officials, we are about to get two brand spanking new parks. How they look and smell, well…that’s where we come in. Continue reading

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