In conversation with painter David Ellis

David Ellis by Cirian Christie ©

On the nippy day in January that I meet David Ellis outside of his Calyer & Diamond Street studio, men are unloading boxes into the ground level space of the three story warehouse. His studio is somewhere inside this massive complex with dusty, grey, winding hallways that faces Key Food. “I remember that this building looked derelict from the outside for most of the ’90s,” I tell David as he’s leading me into the belly of the beast. GHC Furniture and Futon Factory Outlet still have storefronts here, but most of the other space inside, David explains, now has been carved out into artist studios. “Photographers, sculptures, musicians,” he lists, as we walk past doorway after doorway on the third floor. Eventually, we reach a dead-end, where a door has been left ajar. David pushes it open. Continue reading

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TODAY: Rain or Snow, the Valentine’s Market is Happening! (1PM-7PM)

If the last market was any indication, this one is going to be just as fun!  Really excited about what our talented vendors have in store.  Plus where else will you be able to get FREE massages, nails artfully done, personalized haikus, and professional photos all in one beautifully restored pre-war rope factory with views of the Manhattan skyline?

So come join us @Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl) from 1-7PM.  It’s the only time you’ll get to have Greenpoint Beer & Ale’s limited edition Chocolate Stout and our Rosemary Gimlet.

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Sunday is for Lovers! Jen G’s V-Day Market Picks (2/8)

Last Year's Market Photo Booth Doggie Mayem

While Julia is running around grabbing this and that to make her first market just perfect for you, she asked me to send out the “Friday before the market reminder.” So I’m going to do this post my way (even though I am not sure this is what Julia had in mind.)

This gives me a chance to say hello. Greenpoint, HELLO! I really miss you and wish I could be there on Sunday to give everyone big hugs and stuff way too many dogs into a photo booth shot. (Poor, Brownie (left) got it from D (middle). What a bitch, literally!)

I also wish I could go shopping because the vendors are absolutely fantastic thanks to Yuka’s brilliant curating skills.

When I was organizing the markets, I was always busy screwing in lightbulbs, selling raffles, emptying garbage cans and making sure folks don’t drop beer off the balcony – that I never got to ever shop to my hearts content. And now that I am not the owner any more, I can pick favorites.

Here is my list of MUST SEE vendors for Sunday:

Lockhart Wrks Conical Contrast Earrings ($30)

Think of Valentine’s Shopping like an airplane losing cabin pressure and fitting the air mask on your face. Shop for yourself first, then for others. I’m from Queens so any variation on the door knocker or hoop earring is a must for me. These Lockhart Wrks Conical Contrast Earrings make a big statement (like you don’t need any other accessories) and are a great deal at only $30. Wear them up or wear them down, you will get compliments on these gems. Continue reading

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Second Annual Picture Farm Film Festival This Weekend

I had a great time at the very first Picture Farm Film Festival last year (which I previewed and recapped for Greenpointers). I am looking forward to attending this year’s edition. It takes places this weekend, Saturday 2/7 and Sunday 2/8. I highly encourage you to come see a bunch of great films for free at the Picture Farm Gallery (338 Wythe Avenue). To get you excited, read on for more information and some interviews with the festival organizers and some of the filmmakers. Continue reading

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Poor Air Quality and Conspiracy Theories remain after CitiStorage Fire

Photo Credit:Seth Wenig AP

 

Now with flames under control at CitiStorage, FDNY and local city agencies have started the arduous task of cleaning up and assessing what remains from the damage. Yet for those managing the wreckage, dealing with complaints of poor air quality and dodging the mounting conspiracy theories rippling in intensity across the neighborhood might prove more difficult to contain than the fire itself.

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Valentine’s Market, Mermaid Lagoon, Pinball Championships – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (2/04–2/10)

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

WEDNESDAY 2/04
* Madcap Variety Show Fundraiser @ Triskelion Arts (118 North 11th St) 8pm, $16, Featuring the comic stylings of Boom Bat Gesture, Elizabeth Carena, Sara Montgomery, and many more, Buy tix
♫ A/V Salon
@ Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St) 8pm, FREE, A salon series where artists experiment with sound and video, RSVP

THURSDAY 2/05
* Java Street Community Garden General Meeting @ t.b.a. (224 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, In order to be entered into the lottery for a garden plot, you or a proxy must be present at the meeting, More info
* Presentation Fight Night
 @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 7:30pm, $5, Presentation Party Night and Verbal Fight Club pair peer lectures with a debate-style smackdown, Buy tix
* Mermaid Lagoon Ocean Benefit @ Lot 45 (411 Troutman St) 9pm, $20, The 5th annual ocean benefit held by the Mermaids of NYC, featuring dance, acrobatics, shadow puppets, music, games, and more, Buy tix

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Petal Dreams: Ruusu Floral Design & Ceramics

Jessica Matson believes in flowers. She’s the driving force behind Ruusu, a floral design and ceramics company in Greenpoint. Picture handmade ceramics, dreamy wreaths with folklore connections, and vivid flowers in delicate-but-not-dainty bunches. You can have that little piece of beauty in your own home, with florals and ceramics starting at $20. In conversation with Jessica, I discovered the beauty of florals and her creative process all while being inspired by this entrepreneur taking North Brooklyn by storm.
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This Sunday: Craftbeer, Haiku, Rosewater Gimlet, 60+ Vendors, & more!!! Valentine’s Market (2/8)

We’ve been keeping toasty by warming up for our Valentine’s Market and hope you can join us this Sunday, February 8th, 2015, 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

With the 60+ vendors, this market is going to be an amazing place to buy unique and high quality gifts for your sweetie and yourself.

The day will feature FREE fun activities including massages by Human@Ease, Nail Art by @Peenk, and a Photo Booth.

In addition, we’re super excited to have Greenpoint Beer & Ale provide delicious craft beer specially brewed for this occasion. We also welcome The Haiku Guys (who were just written up in the NYT) into the fold to write personalized love-themed verses onsite. And thanks to Brooklyn Gin, we will be serving a lovey dovey Rosewater Gimlet!

Don’t forget to enter Carpingo’s drawing for a chance to win a membership + $50 credit towards a car rental. Deadline to comment on the post is tonight (2/3/15 11:59PM).

Please RSVP on Facebook!

Special thanks to our sponsors!

GP Beer & Ale
Brooklyn Gin
Carpingo
Cafe Grumpy
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In conversation with: Loving You (Tuesday show @Trash Bar)

Chris Lancaster & Alison Clancy of Loving You ©All images courtesy of Loving You

Starting March 1st, Trash Bar will be no more. “We can’t afford to stay in Williamsburg,” the bar’s booking agent, Walter Stack, has said. “Our rent is going to quadruple and that’s out the question.” One of the last bands to play at the legendary venue this month is extraordinary duo Loving You, comprised of composer-cellist Chris Lancaster and dancer-vocalist Alison Clancy. Greenpointers caught up with both in their Williamsburg apartment this weekend as they fried bacon for lunch… Continue reading

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6 Alarm Fire Rages on Williamsburg Waterfront! [UPDATE]

Photo credit: Jeff Orlick via Twitter

Update: The CitiStorage fire has reached 7 Alarms. Over 240 firefighters are at the scene battling the blaze. No injuries have been reported. 

Due to hazardous conditions near the fire, the B32 has been rerouted to Berry Street starting at Metropolitan Avenue. The bus will resume its regular route at N.14th Street. 

This just in: CitiStorage, the huge blue and white warehouse on the corner of Kent Avenue and North 11th Street, is engulfed in a massive fire!!!

The Fire Department responded to the 6:28 am call that the large record storage facility was on fire. It didn’t take long for the flames to take over and now the Fire Department is trying to contain the fire from spreading to CitiStorage’s next door neighbor–Bayside Oil. For those of you walking or biking along Kent Ave, surely you’ve seen Bayside’s massive oil tankers. If any flames hit there we’re looking at a MAJOR disaster. Make no mistake, this is a serious situation as pictures prove. Continue reading

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