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Day Drinking to Fight Parkinson’s at Good Co. Bar on Sunday (4/6)

There are few better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon in the spring than meeting your friends at a sweet bar in the neighborhood to have a few drinks. Such an act becomes even more awesome when it benefits an outstanding cause, like fighting Parkinson’s Disease. April is National Parkinson’s Awareness month, after all, so why not?

My fellow Greenpointers, I cordially invite you to meet me just south of the Greenpoint border this Sunday 4/6 at 3pm at Good Co Bar (10 Hope St) in Williamsburg to toast to spring (the sun is supposed to be out!) and help me rid the world of Parkinson’s Disease. Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning: Donate Instruments to Kids!

Have an old instrument? Donate it to kids!

If you’re rummaging through your closets, getting down and dirty on some Spring cleaning this weekend and you happen to find a dusty old instrument that you will likely never use again, why not donate it to kids? WQXR is having an instrument drive from now until April 7th. You can easily drop instruments off at locations in all five boroughs. They recommend instruments that can be used in band and orchestra programs, including string instruments, brass, woodwinds, percussion and guitars – but they can’t accept pianos, organs, timpani, harps or any other instrument that cannot be hand-carried and the are not accepting recorders.

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Now You Can Own a Customized Vinnie’s Special Board!

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Photo: @vinniesbrooklyn

If you’ve ever enjoyed a slice from Vinnie’s Pizzeria you’ll have enjoyed their brilliant, endlessly inventive Special Boards designed by co-owner and comic-genius Sean Berthiaume.

The pun-tastic  boards are usually based around a TV show, movie, or celebrity. A particular favorite of mine features a Bacon Bad and Meth-Ham-Feta-Bean pizza, whilst another warns of Beef Noodlety and Graphic Violentils. Continue reading

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Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive (Now Through 12/17)

It’s always exciting to buy gifts for your loved ones this time of year, but in the spirit of the holiday season, we can also give a gift to a child in need. This year’s Big Brooklyn Toy Drive is happening at locations throughout Wiliamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo, including Nitehawk, the McCarren Park Ice Rink, Rough Trade, Dandelion Wine, and many others. Continue reading

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Let’s ALL eat like pigs today! #feedpeople

Isn’t it nice to sit around and stuff your face? This is every American’s God-given right on Thanksgiving! Sadly some people don’t eat anything today – including many people in Greenpoint.

So let’s keep ALL of our neighbors full and plump this Thanksgiving, too. That’s what it’s all about, right? Sharing and caring…

If you make one click on your computer today – consider making a donation in ANY amount – $5, $10 to Greenpoint Soup Kitchen, a local non-profit that feeds the hungry not just on Thanksgiving but every week of the year!

Have a wonderful restful day and weekend!

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Dine for a Cause: A Filipino Pop-Up Dinner in Greenpoint

 

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In the horrifying aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines recently, local resident and chef extraordinaire Yana Guilbuena will be hosting a benefit dinner, SALO Labing-Isa, in Greenpoint next week to raise urgently needed funds for victims of the disaster.

On Monday, November 25th at 6pm, Yana will be serving an incredible five-course Filipino dinner at Sindicato de Cocineros on Nassau Ave. The meal will feature dishes from islands affected by the typhoon: Cebu, Panay, Negros, Leyte and Masbate. In keeping with other SALO dinners, the meal will be served ‘Kamayan’ style, a.k.a sans utensils. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Food Drive Start Today Thru Sunday (11/22-24)

It’s that time of year when we begin to engorge ourselves while others go hungry. Let’s not let that happen in our great community of North Brooklyn.

The Greenpoint Lions Club is hosting a canned food drive to collect non-perishable food items that will be donated to neighborhood food pantries.

Donations will be collected at Key Food on McGuiness Blvd and Met Food on Driggs Ave on Friday 11/22 from 6-9pm and Saturday 11/23 and Sunday 11/24 from 9am-5pm.

Food pantries at Saint Cecilia Church, Saint Vincent DePaul Society, Mount Carmel Church and Church of the Ascension, all located in Williamsburg and Greenpoint will receive all collected items.

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Dirck The Norseman’s Orphans’ Thanksgiving

For many who are apart from family, the holidays can be a drag. Maybe flights home are too expensive, or perhaps you choose to forgo spending time with your crazy family and their questions about what you’re doing with your life. Regardless of how you became a Thanksgiving orphan, you still have things to be thankful for, so come on! Join your neighbors and raise a glass (and some money for charity)! Dirck the Norseman, Greenpoint’s soon-to-be newest neighborhood addition, will open its doors for a sneak preview this November 28 to host a community Thanksgiving potluck dinner, and raise money for Greenpoint Church. “Orphans” should come with a $ donation, and their favorite family Thanksgiving dish to add to the smorgasbord (anything from aunt Kay’s Jell-O Salad to Grandma Bette’s Green Bean Casserole is welcome). Dirck will handle the Turkey. The kitchen will be in full operation so you can warm your dishes up onsite, with Chef Raven at the helm.

“Dirck the Norseman’s Annual Orphans’ Thanksgiving”

Date: Thanksgiving Day, November 28
Time: 3 pm ’til turkeys out
Where: 7 N. 15th Street (at the corner of N. 15th and Kent/Franklin)
What: Come for dinner. Come for dessert. Come to give thanks. Bring a $ donation for Greenpoint Church and a dish to share (turkey will be provided).
Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 25 to: growler@brouwerijlane.com

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

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Elliott Smith Tribute Show at Glasslands (10/21)

Elliott Smith, the folksy, soulful song-writer with a voice so distinct, it has yet to be embodied by another artist, tragically died in  his Los Angeles home in 2003, at the young age of 34.  His quavering, yet stingingly powerful voice lives on in the devotion of his fans, many of whom continue to raise awareness about his untimely death (inconclusively, a suicide).

Smith suffered from alcoholism, depression, and drug addiction. This year is the 10th anniversary of his death.

The Bomber Jacket and Saltlands Studio are throwing a Tribute Show on Monday (10/21) at Glasslands to honor his life and his prolific music career. All ticket sales will benefit the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund, which benefits two charities– Outside In, which helps homeless youth in Portland, Oregon (where Smith spent much of his life) and Free Arts for Abused Childen, which offers art programs for children who have experienced abuse, poverty and homelessness.

The show will feature a variety of great artists performing Smith’s music, including:

Cat Power
Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV) with Sky Ferreira
Yoni Wolf (WHY?)
The Low Anthem
Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic)
Marissa Nadler
Aaron Pfenning
Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz)
Adam Schatz (Landlady / Man Man / Father Figures)
The Perennials
Tereu Tereu

Ticket sales are here.

Additional fundraising page (with rewards) here.

Flyer designed by local artist Allison Specketer.

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Hounds of Love Charity Event & Adoption Party (9/26)

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Franklin Street’s Dog Habitat presents Hounds of Love, a charity event and adoption party to benefit the sweet rescue dogs who need homes on Thursday, 9/26 from 6-9 pm.

Join dog lovers and neighbors to mingle, raise awareness for these pups, add a new member to your family, foster or volunteer at the shelter.  Meet and greet rescues, including a photo booth, over an open bar, delicious food, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, raffles, Instagram contest, and gift bags!

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