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Sweet Megg & The Wayfarers Bring Hot Jazz to Greenpoint Every Other Friday

Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers performing at The Standard Hotel.
Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers performing at The Standard Hotel.

With her hair pulled back, dressed in a spaghetti-strap deep plunge little black dress, a double strand of pearls, and a shimmering vintage ring-to-wrist bracelet, Sweet Megg looks like she is visiting us from the Prohibition era that shapes her music. Her voice envelops the room and invokes that same decadent, idealistic atmosphere as she and her Wayfarers perform (Up) a Lazy River to a buzzing audience at the Top of the Standard on a Saturday night.

Last week, Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers added a fifth residency to their calendar by performing their hot jazz, blues, and swing at Le Fanfare in Greenpoint, where they will play every first and third Friday of each month from 8:30-10:30pm. Every Thursday, they will host a weekly jam session at Amancay’s Diner in Bushwick. Their first record, Please Tell Me Everyone’s in Love, was released last summer.

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Sim F-expletiving Ross: Easy Truth to Redemption

Sim Ross & The Redemption Pine Box Rock ShopSim Ross is one of those guys who says the f-expletive for every possible expression of his temperament. Pissed. Happy. Mistaken. Excited. Wishing you a happy birthday. F-expletive. His Instagram handle is @simfuckingross. Dressed in tight black jeans, a navy chambray button up, and black boots, he reminds me of Jason Isbell, except with a beard and more tattoos, inked at a spot he used to hang around in his hometown of Cleveland. His band, Sim Ross & the Redemption, creates weighty, whole-souled, roots rock, Americana inspired music. I catch their set at the Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick. Continue reading

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The NRIs at the Pine Box Rock Shop

The NRIs at the Pine Box Rock Shop.Seven out of eight rockers agree: “kids are the new rock,” said Collin Cogan, drummer of Washington, DC-based band, The NRIs, as we ate spinach dumplings and jalapeño poppers at Koda in Bushwick. The NRIs were on a mini-tour promoting their album “Playground/The Charm,” a folk-rock record exploring themes of permanence. Their show at the Pine Box Rock Shop on Saturday night was their first set outside of the DC metro area – ever – and they left behind a brood. Between the eight members of the band, they have seven kids and two of the band members are expecting. Cogan’s wife is pregnant with a girl. Continue reading

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Edenworks Pioneers Commercial Aquaponics in Bushwick

IMG_20150317_193518On a cold day in March, the snow is already coming down thick when I emerge from the subway at the Montrose L stop in Bushwick. Somewhere near here, there is a rooftop greenhouse named Edenworks, and its three co-founders—Jason Green, Ben Silverman, and Matt La Rosa—have it up and running as a modular aquaponics laboratory-farm.

By the time I find the metal doorway of 234 Johnson Avenue, my shoes are soaked. A sign directs me a few feet down to another door that is abutted by a high gate on one side. I ring the doorbell and wait a few seconds before Jason arrives with a coffee mug in hand. He is wearing glasses, a thick sweater, and a big smile. We are standing in the middle of a snowstorm. “Aren’t you cold?” I ask. “I’m okay,” Jason says. “I have layers.”
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Black Magic Babes: Alchemy Cosmetics

Barbara Alcazar and Christina Hiatt weave magic: the friends are talented stylists at Self Salon and run Alchemy Cosmetics, a luxe lipstick brand. North Brooklyn certainly has its share of stylish people and off beat boutiques for clothes and jewels. But, there’s something missing: makeup. Alchemy reflects a Brooklyn girl’s sensibilities: a little mysterious, a little decadence, and some grit.

The lipsticks are sassy and provocative — a perfect addition to any Greenpoint gal’s arsenal. The lipsticks are $18 and for less than twenty bucks, you can be a Chelsea girl or a dark vamp. Even sweeter, Barbara and Christina dish great tips below on haircuts, lip shades, and how to have fun in your own beauty ventures.


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TONIGHT! Brooklyn Collage Collective closing party

"Forces" Paper Collage, 7"x11" by Daniel Greer (2014) ©Daniel Greer

The Brooklyn Collage Collective (BCC) is back with its 3rd installment of the year. While they had an opening reception last week, they have a closing party tonight at 7:30pm with DJs, drinks, and food. Continue reading

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Happening Now: MAD MEDS at Microscope Gallery

Marni Kotak, “Surviving 6 Karpas (Beth Israel Psych Ward)”, 2014, photographic plaque, 40 x 24 inches (detail) © courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery

In 2011, Brooklyn-based artist Marni Kotak shocked art critics and mommy bloggers alike by giving birth to her son Ajax in Bushwick’s Microscope Gallery. Continue reading

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TODAY: Rico Gatson Artist Talk at Studio 10 at 4pm

"When She Speaks" (still) ©Rico Gatson

Looking for a little art to top off your Sunday after visiting our first ever Summer Market? Head on down to 56 Bogart in Bushwick. Not only is it your last chance to see Studio 10’s exhibition “When She Speaks,” but the artist himself, Rico Gatson, will be giving a talk today from 4-6 pm. Continue reading

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Best of Bushwick Open Studios: An Instagram Tour de Force

Bushwick Open Studios went down over the weekend and it was quite a blur. Highlights included live street painting, a traveling life-size music box, a sweaty full house at Slideluck Bushwick… and yes, kiddie pool performance art. ALSO homoerotic paintings involving wooden children’s toys, a dancing bearded man in a dress, and life lessons about face tattoos. It looks like there was also a bin of water bottles that people could sit in…unless they were just hanging out in a dumpster. AND last but not least, my personal heaven, A GIANT MACAROON SCULPTURE. Is there anything more Bushwickian?

Enjoy the visual feast below, curated from the finest gallery in all the land: Instagram #BOS. Art selfies included (and encouraged).

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New Warsaw, Williamsburg Bros, & Beyonce – The Hook Up (5/23)

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The New Warsaw Bakery will be moving to a new location, after 20 years on Leonard. We will miss the smell of fresh baked bread wafting down the street, but luckily they’ve promised to keep the family business alive elsewhere (maybe even another spot in Greenpoint).

We also got a disturbing piece of news: an unidentified buyer snapped up a large development site on the waterfront, known as 49 Dupont Street, meaning that an additional 3 residential towers could be built there (that’s in addition to the 10 Greenpoint Landing towers).

On a happier note, the NYC beaches open for the Summer Season this weekend! We got word that Rockabus won’t be running this year, but you can still take the NYC Beach bus to sandier shores (starting 5/26) and apparently they give you free Sixpoint on your way. Continue reading

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