Happy 7th Birthday, Richardson! Celebrate this Sat (8/15)!!

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The Richardson, home of local boozehound J.P. Grace’s favorite Old Fashioneds, is celebrating its 7th Birthday this Saturday (8/15).

Forget the cake! They will do it big boy Brooklyn style by drinking Wild Turkey & Founders in between sipping Old Fashioneds and eating grass-fed beef brisket cheesesteaks on the patio allllll afternoon…

They will also be debuting their latest cocktail menu including their latest addition, The Cold, Dark & Bitter – a rotating selection of ice cold bitter amari on draft!

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Pizzafest, Labyrinth, Twin Peaks Trivia – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/12–8/18)

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

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 10.18.09 AMWEDNESDAY 8/12
* SummerScreen: Labyrinth @ McCarren Park (776 Lorimer St) 6pm, FREE, The final SummerScreen of the season, More info
^ Poets at the
Yard @ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 7pm, FREE, With Russell Dillon, Mary Donnelly, Megin Jimenez, and Nicholas Adamski, More info
* Brooklyn Theater Club’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
@ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm, $15, An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, More info

HOV_Presents_Event1_SmallFlyerTHURSDAY 8/13
♦ Brooklyn Comedy Fest Pre-Show Art Exhibit @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 6pm, FREE, Fine art, comedy photography, and more, RSVP
* Dream Tea Ceremony
@ Golden Drum (97 Green St) 7pm, $20, Challenge your inner shamanic warrior, your sense of space, time and direction as you step in into the magic of dreamtime, RSVP
♫ House of Vans Presents @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, With Julian Casablancas + The Voidz / Cherry Glazerr / Ballzy, More info

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Greenpoint Food & Drink: Summer News Round-up

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Brooklyn Barge Bar

There’s been a whole lot of comings and goings amongst Greenpoint’s bars and restaurants recently.  Here’s a round-up of a few changes that are on our radar…

Brooklyn Barge Bar  (3 Milton Street) – This novelty floating bar has been a long time in the making and it’s looking like they’ll miss the boat with the summer crowd if they don’t get things going soon. Time Out are throwing a ‘first look’ party  ($25 for unlimited beer and oysters) on the barge on August 26th, so it’s quite likely that this will be their opening night. Let’s hope they don’t have to cancel like they did with their 4th July celebrations. But, if they do, at least it means that Transmitter Park will stay a haven of tranquillity for a little longer.

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin Street) – A sign in the window of this popular brunch spot says ‘closed for renovation’, along with a request to renew their sidewalk liquor license. However, it’s just been confirmed by the owners that the business is actually being sold and will be re-opening as something different in due course.  Continue reading

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It’s official–Greenpoint is Crowned NYC’s King of Illegal Dumping

Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle
Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle

We all know Greenpoint has a rep as being a pretty filthy hood.  Not only do we process the lion’s share of  NYC’s poop, but our backyard is infamous for its catastrophic oil spills and industrial superfund sites. Unfortunately, Greenpoint has and still remains a dumping ground for a myriad of things.

Our current garbage situation is so out of control, several test programs have been implemented to eliminate the scourge: The smelly composting pilot program, Big Belly Solar Compactor Cans installed on select corners, and we even have a neighborhood organization called Curb Your Litter, whose sole mission is to clean up our streets.

Just to put things into perspective about how insane our trash problem really is, in just one day of cleaning 25 Greenpoint streets, Curb Your Litter plucked 400 lbs of trash from curbs and gutters. Even worse—this poundage doesn’t even include the overflowing NYC garbage cans!

Talk about disgusting.

Now, I’m a proud Greenpointer like the rest of you, but after encountering a recent article declaring Greenpoint as “The Top Neighborhood in NYC for Illegal Dumping”, well…let’s just say I wasn’t feeling very patriot. In fact, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Oh, yeah? What else is new?”

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Potluck Party in Transmitter Park this Sunday (8/16)

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Hey Greenpoint Kids! No, not the big kids this time. I’m talking to the little ones. The ones who will want to splash around in baby pools, play games, and have parents who still cook for them and will whip something yummy up for a family friendly potluck party this Sunday (8/16, 5-8pm) in Transmitter Park.

Mommy start-up Social Pants is hosting the event and will provide utensils/plates, baby pools filled with ice for the food, lots of games for the kids, and a photographer to capture family photos in the park.

You (your parents) bring: A blanket and a yummy dish! RSVP and post what dish you’d like to bring!

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‘Greenpoint: The Transition’ Is Your Little Slice of Polish Culture

All images c/o Cultureshock.pl
All images c/o Cultureshock.pl

Sure, you may have been a regular at Lomzynianka before they closed inexplicably “for renovations” a few months ago. And, sure, you’re always at Cafe Riviera in the mornings for a coffee and a pączek. But, did you know that there’s a way to dive deeper into Polish culture right here in Greenpoint?

For the past year a half, Greenpoint: The Transition has been bringing a little slice of Polish culture to our neighborhood by way of workshops, food tastings, musical performances, fun activities, and street fairs. Recently, we caught up with Marta Pawlaczek, who helms The Transition, to talk about the ‘hood, the food, and, of course, the changes. Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1999: F.A.M. Shindig Hits North Brooklyn Tomorrow (8/9) at The Paper Box

Mural outside of The Paper Box by F.A.M. Shindig artists
Mural outside of The Paper Box by F.A.M. Shindig artists

“Do you remember what it was like? There was garbage everywhere.” AB and I are talking about New York City in the 80s, when he used to ride along with his father, who drove all over the city for work. I remember what it was like. It was the total antithesis of this sanitized college-town vibe that’s been creeping up and down the East River for the last decade or so. It was nasty and it was New York, and the denizens of that nastiness knew how to look for beauty in the rough. For AB and his boys, that beauty was graffiti art. Continue reading

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Dancing Under the Williamsburg Bridge: BRUNCHRave with Morning Gloryville

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Dancing under the Wlliamsburg Bridge

Dancing is an amazing way to start the day, isn’t it?

Last Saturday, while most people were sleeping in, BRUNCH Ravers at Morning Gloryville‘s party were doing yoga, dancing, jumping in flying rose petals, getting massages, playing in a kiddie pool, or meeting new friends. It was kind of surreal when it all ended at 2pm, and people were heading home after an awesome morning out, when many people hadn’t even left their homes (or beds) yet. Continue reading

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HYPE at The Janet Kurnatowski Gallery Takes a Deep Dive into Film History

HYPE: Billy Baxter show at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Greenpoint
Opening night of “HYPE” at the Janet Kurnatowski Gallery c/o Matt G.

Last Saturday, the Janet Kurnatowski Gallery opened its last show—HYPE—a look at the life and work of the legendary press agent Billy “Silver Dollar” Baxter. The show is a collection of writings, photos, videos and vintage audio recordings that Baxter was part of during the peak of his career in show business in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

“Greenpoint has always been made up of hardworking individuals: people who have the do-it-yourself attitude and Billy was all about that,” the show’s curator, David Ohliger, explains. “He loved the challenge of going against the Hollywood establishment. He was a true believer in doing a lot with very little and he loved undercutting the big dogs. And this show’s got it all. It’s a really unique look into a person’s showbiz life in that Mad Men era where different rules applied.” Continue reading

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Summertime Studio Sale & Indoor BBQ at Calico Gallery this Saturday! (8/8)

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Artwork by Scott Chasse

This Saturday (8/8, 2-7pm) at Calico Gallery, artist Scott Chasse is hosting an indoor BBQ and selling some of his recent and not-so-recent artwork at massive discounts!

Everything will be marked down up to 75% off. Plus there will be free beer, veggie burgers, regular hotdogs, and chips. Music by DJ Ning Nong from 4-7PM.

RSVP for more details and stay updated.

Calico Brooklyn
67 West Street, Suite 203
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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