Saturday night’s Greenpointers-sponsored showcase at Coco66 turned out to not only yield an impressive lineup of bands from near and far, but it also brought to light some pretty badass women musicians on the indie scene (more on that in a bit). Opener and Julliard-trained St. Lenox kicked off the evening’s festivities with a unique sound that blended classical, electonica and soul genres with powerful vocals to accompany – a spot-on prelude for what was to come.
Taste Talks, a two-day conference on Brooklyn Food and Drink, announced its curatorial voice with April Bloomfield (of the Spotted Pig) at its helm. The event, which took place on September 14th & 15th, brought notable food, chefs and taste makers together in a bevy of curated panels, discussions, workshops, and cookouts.
Among the roster of activities, I signed up for three panels and Cook it Raw, a collaborative outdoor event where chefs worked together to create a meal using locally-sourced ingredients and as little electricity as possible – all in under 6 hours. Below are highlights from each, including quotes to add to the Brooklyn culinary repertoire.
Not that I have personal experience….
Best Place to Quietly Sob Without Making a Scene: Newtown Creek Nature Walk
Nature can be therapeutic, but tears can feel even sadder amongst the frolicking children and happy couples in Greenpoint’s better-known parks. For now, it’s best to stick with the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, where you can sit in privacy on the concrete and cry among the rotten sewage like a lonely swamp beast. There’s something so poignant about the little clusters of plant-life flourishing in spite of such bleak conditions, if only your love had been strong like those plants. When you’re all cried out, stop at Eastern District to buy some beer and pickles for the walk home, because where has dignity ever gotten you anyway?
Lake Street Bar (706 Manhattan Ave) sits unassumingly at Norman and Manhattan Avenues in Greenpoint. Its window-front wouldn’t stand out to anyone visiting Brooklyn, though it’s something locals would notice with its bare-fisted lack of pretension. It’s a bar, no frills. And frankly, exactly what our sometimes congested neighborhood needs.
Craft Epidemic, Hipster Vet, Levin Loves Girls, $300 Difference, 106 New Bars, Homeless Stabbing – The Hook-Up 9/16
We all know how crafty Greenpointers are, well, now we have a new 1500 square foot classroom in the Pencil Factory studios that will be teaching classes beginning in October. (BB)
What’s young, bearded and likes to ride bikes in Greenpoint? Hipsters? Try Afghan Vets. (Brokelyn)
Steve Levin won by a landslide, but he may not win the hearts of Greenpointers when it comes to bringing TV show tourists to our “calm, humble” neighborhood. (Greenpoint Gazette)
Recent reports from real estate insiders now say the difference in cost of an apartment in Greenpoint versus downtown Manhattan is only $300. (NY DailyNews)
Homeless people are stabbing each other with ice picks at Greenpoint’s least favorite place ever.
And you thought that our neighbors to the south already had enough bars, over 100 Williamsburg businesses are applying for liquor licenses this month alone. (DNA Info)
Achilles Heel (180 West St) is near everything and nothing all at once. Anchored by the East River and bolstered by Manhattan Avenue, this coffee shop and bar plays with the duality of identities at the intersection of West St and Green St. The fair-weathered hanging sign outside makes you feel like you’ve entered a 19th century saloon where a good time is about to be had. But you soon realize that you’ve walked into a part of Brooklyn so off the development map, that there isn’t a condo or high-rise in sight – for now. You’re in the unmapped territory of cool and undiscovered.
Sadly, the uncharted location is one of the reasons the cafe will no longer be serving coffee as of Monday, August 19th.
On my impromptu visit, I was charmed by the option to take a window seat on a low lying stool, grab an L-shaped wooden bench at a centered table, or hideaway in a recessed nook and revel in pleasant solitude. Continue reading
Dating is always tough, but it’s tougher in New York – especially Brooklyn. Now for us single ladies, it’s always a different story. Before I give you my list of ”first date spots,” these are the prerequisites:
a. Incognito status: places where friends / exes do not troll aka I-won’t-bump-into-anyone-I-know. I want to save myself and my um, date, the embarrassment of saying “Uh, yeah. I’m on a date.”
b. Big open spaces: Well, I’ll be ok as long as it has a number of easy exits – especially on a first date. Big windows count. Continue reading
The 2013 Brokelyn Beer Book is on sale today, just in time for Valentine’s day. $30 gets you this gorgeous, pocket-sized coupon book containing coupons for 30 free beers at 30 bars. And not just any bars: The Brokelyn elves have spent the past few months curating the best beer bars in town.
This year, Brokelyn is offering not one, but TWO books to choose from, each containing 30 different amazing bars!
Some of our Greenpoint favorites are included in the book, Black Rabbit Bar and Diamond Bar plus it is alway fun to explore other hoods while sampling some yummy brews!
PRO TIP: If you’re buying one for your sweetie, don’t forget to buy one for yourself as well!
Greenpointers is extremely proud to be a sponsor for this Sunday’s (11/11; 12-8pm) Brooklyn Vintage Crawl, when you can shop and bar hop and get amazing deals on Brooklyn’s best vintage. Even better, while you shop you will have the opportunity to donate to Sandy Relief efforts in each store!
Check out all the local vintage shops and bars participating here.
Download the Domino Street App to guide you on your crawl.
Brooklyn Vintage Crawl Round-Up
• Slowfax (455 Graham Ave) 20% Off Clothes & DJ in the shop
• Antoinette (119 Grand St.) is having musical performances plus 10% off in store. 100% of Tote Sales will be donated to Sandy Relief in Breezy Point.
• Brooklyn Reclamation (676 Driggs Ave) will have snacks plus 20% off non-sale items, which could add up to a lot of savings on furniture and home accessories.
• Fox and Fawn (570 Manhattan Ave.) is giving away a free vintage gift with purchase!
• Tiger Blanket (421 Graham Ave) 20% off Everything & performance by alt-country duo The Stone Lonesome, plus 20% donated to Red Cross
• Horizons Vintage (381 Metropolitan Ave.) 30% off, Drinks by donation for relief efforts
• RePOP 95% Recycled (143 Roebling St.) 10% off; 10% donated to Sandy Relief efforts. Artworks by Tom Gleeson. DJ, Complimentary drinks.
• Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave.) $3 Sixpoint drafts, $9 Old Fashioned’s … and Free Rum Punch with brunch!
• Sage - (299-301 Graham Ave) $5 Vintage Cocktail Specials & Brunch
• The Richardson (451 Graham Ave.) $7 Vintage Cocktail: “Piedmontese Spritz”
• High Horse Saloon (103 Havemeyer St) 1 Off all Drinks and $5 Beer+Shot Deals
• The Commodore (366 Metropolitan Ave.) 2 for 1 Drafts & Well drinks. $2 off all other drinks
*** AFTER PARTY @ THE COMMODORE ***
♦ Flux Death Match: The New Aesthetic @ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St, LIC) 8-11pm, Panelists will argue over The New Aesthetic – a recent visual culture meme born of a Tumblr account and propelled into heated on- and off-line discussions, More info
• Pickling Workshop with Kate Payne @ Word (126 Franklin St) $30, In this interactive class you’ll learn about small-batch pickling and fermentation, includes a copy of her book The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, Buy Tix
♥ Ladies Arm Wrestling @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St.) 8:30-10:30pm, $3 to compete, includes a free beer, pre-register by 8:15, free to watch
♦ The Visitor @ Black and White Gallery/Project Space (483 Driggs Ave) Opening Reception 6-9pm, Suggestive of the cult sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth starring David Bowie. In the context of the show the viewer is the Visitor, an Other who is invited to penetrate the artists’ seemingly fantastical but plausible realms in an attempt to save his own personal home planet, More info
• Chicago Brooklyn @ Book Thug Nation (100 N3rd St.) 7-9pm, The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography brings a showcase of its published writers to town for a reading, joined by Moonshot Magazine and hosted by Brooklyn Spaces
♫ noon:30/ play/start / Leda w/ DJ Sebastian @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8, presented by Permanent Waves, a network of feminist artists and activists who want to challenge gender inequality as it manifests itself in art, politics, and our personal lives, and want you to join, RSVP
♦♦♦All Weekend: Bushwick Open Studios ♦♦♦
An open and inclusive event that benefits the neighborhood by sharing artistic projects and encouraging community interaction and dialogue. BOS brings the neighborhood’s thousands of artists and performers out into the streets and in view of each other, other community residents, and the general public, More info
• McCarren 5K Run/Walk 2012 @ McCarren Park, 10am, Funds raised from this Run/Walk will help support programs and services to over 2,500 children and youth of modest means in their summer camp and after school programs in North Brooklyn, Event Brochure, Register
♦ The Project Collective, Art & Music Fundraiser @ Dekalb Market (138 Wiloughby St) 10am-10pm, proceeds from the event will go to UpRoar Art, a non-profit working very hard to bring free or low-cost art education to Brooklyn Public Schools and other arts organizations, artwork, events include, newspaper planting pots for kids, nail art by Ria Nailz, tarot card reading, music by SuperCrush, RSVP
• Sun Boxes @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden for AMBLE (900 Washington Ave.) 12pm, Sun-Boxes, a solar-powered sound installation from Craig Colorusso, presented by Paper Garden Records, will make for a beautiful day as you wander through the Gardens, RSVP
• Summer Stand-Up to Poverty Comedy Show and Fundraiser BBQ @ The Cee Flat (988 Manhattan Ave) 4pm, The Asian Affairs Committee of UNA-SNY Young Professionals invites you to an evening comedy performance and summer barbecue to benefit humanitarian aid, RSVP
♦ DIVISION 169 @ Rawson Projects (223 Franklin St) 6-8pm, a group exhibition curated by Justin Adian and Wendy White, RSVP
♫ Ondyne’s Demise/Lussuria/Believer @ Big Sky Works (29 Wythe Ave) 8:30pm, $10, a haunting evening of dark music with trapeze and dance, RSVP
* Opening Day: McGlorick Park Farmers Market @ McGolick Park (Russell St) 11am-4pm, Click here for vendors
♫ Frolic! Rock Fest @ CitiStorage (5 North 11th St.) 12-6pm, family event on the East River will featuring children’s amusement rides, BBQ food, Brooklyn Brewery beer, Italian ices by Uncle Louie G’s, and the Frolic! Rock Fest – a free concert, all proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Brooklyn Fund RSVP
♫ Collect-i-Bowl Record Show @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.) 11am-6pm, FREE, 1000’s of rare and collectible vinyl, DVD’s, CDs and more! Two full bars, Blue Ribbon food, DJ Uncle Mike, 16 bowling lanes, More info
♥ The History of Fun and Games @ Public Assembly (70 N6th St), 7pm Free, presented by SASS: What did people in history do when they weren’t busy killing each other and dying of preventable causes?
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event