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Pot is Legal in Oregon & Greenpointers is For Sale

Dear Greenpoint,

I moved to Oregon!

And I couldn’t think of a better morning to announce it because after yesterday’s election recreational marijuana is now legal here. While that is a respectable reason to move across the country, it isn’t the exact reason why I am now here. My husband Jon took a position as City Forester in Corvallis and our dreams have come true to go to hot springs and hikes every weekend and be around big beautiful trees. Can you tell I am happy?

I lived the last 33 years – my entire life – in NYC and it was time to move on. But Greenpoint will always be the home I return to. In fact, I’ll be back in a few weeks for our Holiday Market (12/7) and to screen our “Gasper & Son” Neon Documentary. I’m stoked to see everyone!

What about Greenpointers?

I have been answering this question for months. While running the business from the West Coast has been really fun and is totally manageable, I believe the best thing for Greenpointers is to hand the torch to someone who will continue its mission to serve you, the amazingly wonderful people of Greenpoint, while living less than 3,000 miles away.

Greenpointers is officially for sale.

Not only is the online business very successful but our events are a huge part of the brand, so I hope to find someone who can be a savvy local publisher and an event planning guru. I know you are out there. Continue reading

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The Hook-Up – Rat Mites / Get Rich on AirBnB / Greenpoint Landing Park / Trash? NIMBY!

©JAMES CORNER FIELD OPERATIONS

• It’s as disgusting as it sounds… rat mites (NY Times)

• Do you think it’s total BS that North Brooklyn processes a huge amount of the city’s trash? New legislation might change that (NY Environmental Report)

• If you have a spare room, why not get rich with AirBnB like your fellow North Brooklynites? (DNAinfo)

• It may not protect us from crowded G trains, but Greenpoint Landing is bringing a park that promises to protect Greenpoint from storm surge with oyster beds and public access to the river edge (Daily News)

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Bring it Home at Brokelyn’s 5 Year Birthday Tonight! (10/16)

Brokelyn is turning five and throwing a big party – a HOMECOMING DANCE - TONIGHT at 7:30pm at the Bell House (149 7th St) to celebrate 5 years of “living big on small change.”
The Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance will sport cheesy varsity jackets, an awkward school dance photo booth, cheerleaders, a spelling bee, gender-neutral homecoming king and queen and even a real live marching band. Good thing you no longer have a curfew… Continue reading
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Serious Coffee, Happy Anniversary, Man vs. Bus, Transfer Turmoil, Toxic Horror — The Hook-Up (10/28)

Artwork by Tamara Garvey

 

Greenpointers.com contributor, Chérmelle D. Edwards has a very cool site called smdlr and was featured this week on Serious Eats as one of the best 5 coffee blogs!

A couple who got married in Greenpoint in 1950 and were the first to celebrate their nuptials at the Our Lady of Snow Hall on Graham Avenue, just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Congratulations, Kay & Joe! (Greenpoint Gazette)

A 35 year old Greenpoint man lunged in front of a B43 bus this week on Manhattan Avenue and miraculously survived. (NY Post)

In case you thought everyone was happy about less garbage coming to Greenpoint, local trash collectors are upset about the reduction of capacity for transfer stations in such places as North Brooklyn. In all fairness, it doesn’t make sense to make it harder to get rid of trash in neighborhoods that are about to build monster condos filled with more rubbish makers. So, don’t build the towers and we’re good.  (Craine’s NY)

And finally… Of all things Halloween in Greenpoint this year that I find the most intriguing and terrifying, it would be sitting in a canoe at night on a horror-themed Newton Creek, but that’s exactly what our friends at the North Brooklyn Boat Club are doing this October 31st. (NY Daily News)

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“Put Your Money Where You Put Your Mouse Clicks” Writer’s Fund Reaches Over $900 – Goal $5000

First, I’d like to welcome aboard Tony Luib, who has been hired as a Managing Editor for Greenpointers.com! His organization skills are pretty insane. And you all know Victoria, right? She is now working exclusively on our events, since she kicks major butt producing those markets we all love. The team is growing!

I’d also like to give you an update on the Writer’s Fund. Well, we did it! We are now paying contributors for content on Greenpointers.com. It really feels good to send out those checks.

When you read “This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund by (blank)” that means a writer is getting paid for the story!

We are also raising money at our events, too. Saint Vitus donated $1 from every drink from the last comedy show and $5 from every supper at our next Sunday Supper will go to the Writer’s Fund, too!

I got giddy when new contributor Maria S (@msforpm) tweeted,  ”Just received my first ever paycheck for writing something. Thanks so much, @greenpointers”

Heart melting! These are the opportunities we can give to creative people in Greenpoint!

It makes me so proud of how supportive the local businesses and our readers are of the Greenpoint community. Direct donations from businesses, along with the recent raffle and even donations from readers like “Greenpoint Area Guy” who wrote, “I’ve been casually reading Greenpointers for a while, and figured I’d best put my money where my mouse clicks,” has funded over $900 in posts.

Our goal is $5000 for the year… (to pay local writers $20/post for 3-4 posts/week) – so we have a ways to go…

Please consider making a donation in any amount to our Writer’s Fund. We appreciate your support and readership very much!

Writer’s Fund

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Greenpointers Exclusive: The DieHipster Interview

Meet Jaime Kimpo, the true identity of the notorious Die Hipster.

After months of sleuthing, we have finally tracked down the king of the anti-hipster movement, only to have found a queen, a hipster queen at that. I met up with the Die Hipster at her favorite cafe on 17th Avenue in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

diehipster

GP: So, wow, I’m a little bit in shock here. You appear to me as a young, creative, Brooklyn type. What many may call a hipster, is that a fair assessment?

Die Hipster: I’m not a f—ing hipster, I’m from New York.

GP: So only hipsters come from outside of New York?

DH: (smirk; eye roll)

GP: Ok, so you started writing the Die Hipster blog over six years ago. You must have been like 12 years old, how did you even know about hipsters and this lifestyle that you wrote so much against?

DH: I have four older brothers, one in IT, who helped me start it out. It really was started by my middle brother, Jimmy, but he didn’t enjoy the attention like I did. It was never about writing quality journalism anyways.

GP: I guess you’re right, now that I think about it, it was quite juvenile writing, but you really touched on some emotional issues and certainly hit some serious nerves with people. In September 2010, you wrote a post making fun of a “hipster” girl who got killed on her bike. You even went as far as saying that you looked forward to seeing her sister and mother also run over by a bus.

DH: That’s not a question.

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Celebrate Greenpointers Birthday! Cake & $2 Beers Friday 9/28!

Thanks – now let’s celebrate!

On Friday September 28, 2012, 9pm at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) we are celebrating a BIG FAT BLAWG BIRTHDAY! Come meet other readers, writers, photographers and our advertisers! It is because of everyone that we have this amazing blog – SO THANKS!

Now… Let’s celebrate with CAKE & BEER!

Ovenly is baking a Chocolate Stout Cake with Caramel Butter Cream!

Plus - $2 Beers from 9-10pm thanks to The Diamond!

Please RSVP – I need to know if I should order an Emergency 2nd Cake!

And please watch this awesome video invitation!

If you would like to find out about Greenpointers’ events via email, join our mailing list.

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Bushwick Daily Has a New Look

Last Thursday Greenpointers and The Skint hosted a Brooklyn Blawg Brain Pick at The Diamond (43 Franklin St). Not only did I want to put faces to the geniuses behind my favorite Brooklyn blawgs, I wanted to talk shop, ask numbers, and find out how they run their businesses.

It was a great event, Brokelyn.com rolled through with like 20 heads and packed into the gondola, while Tim soaked everyone with the hose. Needless to say, it was a very professional evening filled with serious conversations.

Brokelyn.com Crew

The following awesome blawgs showed up: Bushwick Daily, Brooklyn Spaces, The Skint, Park Slope Stoop, Brokelyn, I Love Greenpoint, Brooklyn Imbecile, Hyperallergic & Get Wakefield.

There was a lot of talk about BlankSlate, a company that does all the dirty work for local blogs, so you can focus on the fun part, blogging. They handle ads, an event calendar, etc. I have been onto them since Brownstoner and Brokelyn are on board, and now one of my favorite blogs Bushwick Daily, run by one of my favorite peoples Katarina Hybenova, has revealed a new Bushwick Daily website also with BlankSlate.

New Look Bushwick Daily
Bushwickdaily.com

Take a look and let us know what you think!

If you are a Brooklyn Blogger and want to be a part of future meet-ups, email greenpointers (at) gmail.com.

More photos here.

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The Hook-Up 7/21

The Real Deal: 77 Commercial St Sold & Rising Rental Market

• Monsanto and Cargill Plan to Use GM Soy as Farmed Fish Feed

• Greenpoint Gazette: September Opening Slated for 400 McGuinness Shelter

• Homestead Survival: How to make a stock-tank pond

• Gothamist: Williamsburg May Get J Crew, Right Across From New Whole Foods

• New York Shitty Video Du Jour, Part II: Java Street, Revisited Once Again

• Bushwick Enquirer: Silent Barn Reopens!

• Fucked in Park Slope: Well done, people: we’ve saved the G train extension!

• A Walk in the Park: Mayor Finally Speaks Out On This Round Of McCarren Pool Violence

• After-Dinner Design: I’m Sorry Did Someone Say Bacon Jam?

• Animal NY: The Science of Getting You Smashed Last Night

• Apartment Therapy: 10 Sources for the Eclectic Collector Style

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