Grilled Cheese ‘Jafflechutes’ will be Bombarding Greenpoint this Week!

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X-marks the spot for a grilled cheese landing ©Jafflechutes

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, it’s grilled cheese!!  And you could be catching one for your lunch this week…

Earlier this year there was a miniature ruckus in the fast food world when it was announced that Jafflechutes, an innovative Melbourne-based grilled cheese concept, would be coming to NYC.

The idea behind Jafflechutes (Jaffle being the crazy Aussie term for grilled cheese) is to hurl pre-ordered grilled cheese sandwiches attached to mini-parachutes out of the sky and into the waiting arms of hungry punters. You can watch a cutesy video here of the operation in action. Continue reading

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Ovenly Creates Opportunites within Community

Photo by Fabian Palencia

Very few Greenpointers can resist the sweet smell of Ovenly’s signature cakes and cookies while walking by the bakery. Ovenly’s founders, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin, have not only have fueled Greenpoint’s sweet tooth, but have also made an impact on the New York City community.

In the last year Ovenly has partnered with the Harlem based GOSO program, which stands for Getting out Staying Out. GOSO is a non-profit organization focused on encouraging education and job development for young men who have been formerly involved with the law. Working specifically with men from Riker’s Island and New York’s upstate prison, men aged 18-24 are given the tools they need to find internships and jobs after their completed sentences. Continue reading

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Did you kiss “Someone You Love” at McCarren Park?

"Someone You Love" comes to McCarren Park ©Matt Adams

If you’re like me and your cold New Yorker heart does not get warmed easily, allow this very sweet video & photo series to melt some of the frost away. Matt Adams & Katie Sokoler are back with their 3rd “Someone You Love” project of the summer, this time armed with Ikea photo frames at McCarren Park. Continue reading

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Nitehawk Cinema September 2014 Preview

I’m a big fan of Nitehawk Cinema. It’s one of my favorite places to go. You can see great films, eat great food, and enjoy great beverages – at the same damn time. Since I often share information about their events, I thought it would be fun to start doing a monthly preview. Here’s a look at what will be playing in September. Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at McGolrick Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market

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Pie Lady and Son showing off their product

Every year around July 1st, Wil Tyler, the son of Pie Lady & Son, begins The Peach Watch. The peach growers of Georgia send word that theirs are ready, but Wil stays put. In the next week or two, he’ll hear from South Carolina and Virginia, too, but he won’t act on it. He always waits for fresh, delicious peaches from the bordering state of New Jersey. Luckily for Greenpoint pie lovers, Pie Lady & Son is now baking with peaches from Sunny Slope Farm in Bridgeton, NJ. “Everyone likes peach pie, if they like pie at all,” says Wil with a laugh. Yet there are subtleties to people’s preferences, so Pie Lady & Son has three varieties of peach pie on their seasonal menu. (Wil’s personal favorite is their Classic Peach Pie, coupled with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.) They also offer Peach Pie with Walnut-Crumble Top and Peach Raspberry Pie. “We always like to serve a pie with contrasting flavors, such as sweet and tart, throughout the year,” he says.

Pie Lady & Son got started in the early 1990s, when Wil Tyler was just a boy, and his Mom, Deborah, started baking pies. She learned the art of baking while studying in England and working in the college kitchen. There she watched the lead baker, a woman who made huge batches of all-butter piecrust and who “didn’t even measure the water” in her recipes. “People have such trepidation about pie crusts, yet this lady was fearless. I didn’t come back with a recipe, but I came home inspired by her style — by her fearlessness,” Deborah explains.

Years later, when Deborah was a single mother with three kids all under age 10, this inspiration and her need for income led her to bake pies from home. She advertised them with a sign on the road and conducted her sales from the back porch. She also sold at a farmers market in Nyack and got a big break when a customer who was a food writer for The New York Times, celebrated her pies in print. She called her business “The Nyack Pie Kitchen,” but her customers nicknamed her, “The Pie Lady.”
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Vivi Bubble Tea Moves into Old Enla Photo Space

Vivi_Bubble_Tea_Rosie_de_BelgeonneFor some weeks now, Manhattan Avenue has been illuminated by a cutesy bubblegum-pink storefront promising Vivi Bubble Tea. When I passed by at the weekend, staff were hard at work prepping the interior and a friendly chap ensured me they’d be open by next week, adding that they are “very much looking forward to being a part of the neighborhood”. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios is Seeking Artists & Sponsors!

The deadline to participate in Greenpoint Open Studios (10/3-5) is only a few days away. We have over a hundred artists already signed up and we are looking forward to a really successful event! If you are a Greenpoint artists and you haven’t signed up, what are you waiting for? It is totally FREE! SIGN UP NOW!

In order to keep Greenpoint Open Studios free to artists and to the public we are relying on donations from local businesses and individuals.

If you are a local business and would like to sponsor Greenpoint Open Studios, please email artsingreenpoint (at) gmail [dot] com.

Local businesses who are already on board include: Alter, Dirck the Norseman, Paulie Gee’s, Brouwerij Lane, Java Studios, Cato’s Army Navy, Silk Road Cycles, Gowanus Open Studios, Green Desk & Five Leaves.

If you are an art lover who wants to help make this event happen, kindly make a donation via paypal to Greenpoint Open Studios in the amount of $25.

100% of funds raised will be used for organizing the event and creating the printed materials for the weekend.

Thanks in advance for your help and support!

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Brace yourselves. Greenpoint is getting more towers.

161 West Street. Photo courtesy of Google Street View.

Believe it or not, it’s true. Developers think Greenpoint is the capital of cool. So cool in fact, even a London-based private equity firm called Quandrum Global, is the latest real estate developer to pony up on our waterfront action.   Continue reading

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Fool’s Gold Day Off, Indie Dance Bash, Queereoke – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/27–9/02)

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

WEDNESDAY 8/27
* Reverie of Ginger City: Dialogue Between Two Cities @ Flux Factory (39-12 29th St) 7pm, FREE, Amela Parcic presents double-exposure photographs of Santiago, Chile, and New York City, More info
Adelina’s Comedy Night @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10:30pm, FREE, With Brooke Van Poppelen, Rose Luardo, Brett Davis, and more, RSVP

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Mr. Curry at Achilles Heel (08/28)

© Adrain Gaut

From time to time, every couple of months, I get a severe craving for an outrageously good curry. Unfortunately I’m yet to find a really awesome local curry house but, this Thursday, for one night only, help is at hand! Or at Heel (schnarfle).

Achilles Heel will be welcoming Caroline Fidanza of Saltie to host a London-style curry night extraordinaire! The full, mouthwatering menu is below and the team at Achilles will be whipping up cocktails and a special punch to pair with all the dishes.

Curry in a hurry? Not on Thursday. This is one spicy feast you’ll most definitely want to linger over! Continue reading

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