Fall in Love with PÉTALES–A Sexy New Fragrance Where the World of Flowers & Photography Collide

Photo © Tal Shpantzer
Photo © Tal Shpantzer

Imagine sitting under the moonlight surrounded by overflowing vines loaded with nighttime blooms. A soft breeze rustles through leaves and tickles petals from their open blossoms. A minute later a warm rush of honey, rip figs, and anise fills the air. Immediately you want to wrap yourself in this decadent scent of earthly delights and bask in it until the sun rises.

Welcome to the evocative world of Tal Shpantzer, a long time Greenpoint resident whose photo exploration of the dark feminine mystic and fragrance play out in real life.

Some of you might recognize Shpantzer’s photography which has cropped up on HBO’s hit show True Detective, Vogue, and recently on this site. One look at this  work and you’ll see there is more than meets the image; Tal has an enviable way of making women look and now smell deliciously sexy. But what started as a photographer’s fascination between women’s relationships to flowers took her to places even she couldn’t imagine.

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Help Clean Up our Streets and Get a Free Lunch Tomorrow! (8/22)

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If you haven’t already heard, Greenpoint was crowned NYC’s King of illegal dumping recently and that isn’t including the over 400lbs of litter that was picked up in the first Greenpoint Clean Up Day. Thankfully, the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce is addressing this problem with their “Curb Your Litter” initiative and has organized another clean up day tomorrow (8/22).

Lunch will be provided to all volunteers thanks to Grandma Roses, Casanova and Slick Willie! Continue reading

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Drunkpointers: Jimmy’s Diner

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A juicy Jimmy’s Burger to ease your drunk stomach

This week, we’re introducing you to a new food series called Drunkpointers, which highlights the after-ten p.m. eats you can get in Greenpoint when you’re drunk and hungry. First stop: Jimmy’s Diner

The thing is, you think you want pizza when you’re drunk, right? And you do. But give your drunk stomach a little variety sometimes. A sandwich will help soak up the (admittedly delicious and seemingly innocuous) lethal tequila-watermelon punch you just gulped down at Broken Land.  And maybe what you really need is some protein so you don’t pass out (at least, for an hour). Continue reading

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Citi Bike Stations Officially Hit Greenpoint

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They’re heeeeere

Whether you what to cheer or sneer, Citi Bike has begun the first wave of its Greenpoint bike installations. Over the weekend, rows of blue bikes cropped up on streets like tactical operatives ready to whisk us off at any minute. Following in the footsteps of other bike sharing programs in cities like Paris, Rome and Mexico City, Citi Bike’s expansion into Brooklyn was designed to ease city street congestion and give commuters an alternative means of transportation.

Until the end of this month Citi Bike is luring new customers by offering a $25 dollars discount off the $149 yearly membership. Sign into the Citi Bike club and you’ll be able to take those shiny new wheels to your next destination, so long as each ride is 45 minutes or less.

Before you hit the starting gate familiarize yourselves with NYC’s bike riding traffic rules. And now, without further adieu, let’s check out where all these blue babies are parked around the hood.

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Madonnathon, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Warper Party – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/19–8/25)

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

11885646_10153521338859120_2709246008970439821_oWEDNESDAY 8/19
♫ Warper Party @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Huge music & arts showcase, featuring 18 DJs, VJs, and bands, RSVP
♫ The Hunger @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $10, With Funkrust Brass Band / Hungry March Band / New York Fowl Harmonic, RSVP

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* BBG in Blankland @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, Join Boom Bat Gesture Performance Group in Blankland, a fantastical world inhabited by strange and deranged creatures, Buy tix
* The MUFF Society Presents Death Proof
@ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9pm, $7, Join the MUFFians as they flip some film conventions and plenty of cars along the way, Buy tix

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Sweetleaf Coffee: New Cafe and Roastery Opens in North Greenpoint

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Owner Rich Nieto outside his newest cafe on Freeman Street

You know those times when you don’t set out to do something, but somehow it just happens anyway? Well, this is pretty much how Sweetleaf, Greenpoint’s newest coffee shop, came about.

“I wasn’t looking to set up another cafe”, says owner Rich Nieto, “I was just looking to find a space to roast.”

Rich established Sweetleaf Coffee with a friend in 2008, in a tiny shop just over the Pulaski bridge.  Seven years later and there is now an additional coffee shop in LIC, one in Williamsburg and, as of last week, a new one in Greenpoint. Rich bought out his partner about a year ago and now runs the entire operation.  He recently  started roasting his own beans out of a friend’s loft in Bushwick, but as he started to step up production it made sense to find a roasting space of his own.

“I was looking for a warehouse of around 1000 sq ft, but it was almost impossible to find something this small, everything is huge”, he tells us as we sit sipping coffee in the brand new Greenpoint outpost of Sweetleaf on Freeman Street. “I discovered this space because I used to drive past every day on my way between LIC and Williamsburg, and although it turned out to be the smallest warehouse space I could find, it was still way more space than I needed. The building is in a great location, just off  Manhattan Avenue, so we decided to use the extra space by creating a cafe at the front and having our roastery at the back.” Continue reading

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GIVEAWAY!! Tickets to Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival!! (9/26)

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Featuring over 100+ craft brews from New York & beyond, The Village Voice is hosting the fifth annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, September 26th from 3:00PM–6:00PM at Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. Craft beer aficionados will sample the best seasonal, micro and reserve brews from breweries located in the country with a pinpointed focus on the tri-state area. Plus there will be food, games and more!

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Famous Greenpointers: Happy Birthday Mae West!

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A portrait of Greenpointer Mae West – illustrated by Rebecca Clarke

Mae West was a renowned stage actress, director, playwright and film star whose career spanned over seven decades. Born on Herbert Street in 1893 to a German mother, Tillie Doelger, with a voluptuous figure and to an Irish American boxer Battlin’ Jack West, she would’ve turned 122 years old today. From her mother she inherited her great figure and from her father she inherited his pluck and self-confidence and a penchant for wise cracks. Continue reading

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Show Off Your Writing Chops at -The Prose Bowl- Open Mic (08/18)

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c/o Christopher Green

It’s time to dust off your moleskine notebooks! There’s a new open mic series for fiction writers—The Prose Bowl—starting this Tuesday, August 18 at Pete’s Candy Store, and it’s going to get fierce. “It’s sort of a competition, but a really lighthearted one,” says co-founder Christopher Green. “Slightly American Idol-ish.”

Unlike your regular fiction reading series, The Prose Bowl will have a judging panel and a (hopefully) rowdy audience that will cheer on the four readers. There’s a strict time limit that gives each writer enough space to read about 900 words—flash fiction style. “You read, and then we discuss the story for a few minutes,” says Green. “And at the end, we’ll declare a winner, who will get—I believe—a free drink and perhaps also a small token prize from me and the co-founder.”

We recently caught up with Green to ask the important questions.

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Bottoms Up! Here’s to One Year of In-House Brewing at Keg & Lantern

Front_Keg_Lantern_greenpoint_Rosie_de_BelgeonneIt turns out Greenpoint is becoming a bit of a mecca for craft beer. Whilst the likes of Brouwerij Lane, Tørst and Dirck the Norseman have really put us on the map as a beer destination, less well-known is the fact that Nassau Avenue’s Keg & Lantern have their very own self-described ‘nano-brewery’ and that today marks their one-year anniversary of in-house brewing.

Last year owner Keiran Breen realized that the large basement below the bar was crying out to be put to use, so he placed an ad on Craigslist for an in-house brewer to come on board. He struck gold when he found Patrick Allen, an enthusiastic home-brewer who was ready to take his weekend hobby to the next level. Patrick promptly quit his job as manager of a fine art photographic printing studio, and set about upsizing his home-brewing knowledge to a far more commercial scale. Continue reading

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