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The Afterlife of Christmas Lights (VIDEO)

We bought over 1000 white christmas lights to decorate our Holiday Market and we hope to use them for a long time. When they finally die and we recycle them, they may end up in Shijiao, China, the “Christmas Light Recycling Capital of the World.” This interesting video by Adam Minter, of the blog Shanghai Scrap, shows how the process works in order to recover valuable components like copper and insulation. In the USA this insulation would end up in a landfill, but in China it is reused as slipper soles.

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Coquito – That Funny Feeling Christmas Drink Popular Among the Puerto Ricans

Coqui Frog Native to Puerto Rico

When I was a kid my Titi Pat, whom my Dad called “the Irish woman,” (her real name was Patria) would drop off a big bottle of Coquito during Christmas. My parents don’t know it but I took swigs of the stuff. It was like coconut vanilla ice cream and made me feel so – funny.

Coquito

Coquito is Puerto Rican, coconut flavored, rum laced eggnog. It is creamy, tropical and still promises that happy rum feeling.

It takes about 10 minutes to make and it’s the perfect drink to bring to any holiday party – especially when it’s presented in a mason jar with sharpie scribbled on it. Thats the good stuff, your alcoholic friends will think. Warn the fearful ones, it’s just rum but take small sips.  Continue reading

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Holiday Photos With Your Animal BFF Tomorrow (12/21)

PUPPIES! SANTA! Puppies wearing sweaters…with Santa! It’s all going down Saturday in the garden right next to the McCarren Park dog run. Dress your pet(s) in their winter best and get a holiday photo that will make your entire extended family jealous, because A) your pet is super stylish and B) their family photo was taken at a mall.

Oh, and it’s FREE.

Tomorrow – Saturday 12/21 from 12:30-2pm

Instagram your merry Dog/Cat/Santa photo and tag us @greenpointers and @gpointvet. We’ll re-gram our favs.

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East River Tattoo: Gift Guide (DISCOUNT!)

If you live in Brooklyn, then at least one person on your gift giving list has a tattoo and you know once you get one – you can’t stop!

Maybe your roommate needs one more tat to complete his sleeve or your sister needs to cover up that butterfly on her shoulder she got on her 16th birthday. Greenpointers’ gift guide can help!

Our favorite local tattoo shop, East River Tattoo is offering 20% Off Gift Certificates for Greenpointers readers. Do the math. That’s $100 Gift Certificates for ONLY $80! Just mention Greenpointers and this deal is yours!

Founded in the summer of 2000 by Duke Riley, East River Tattoo is located on Brooklyn’s historic Greenpoint waterfront. The artists of East River Tattoo specialize in high quality custom tattoo designs in a variety of styles, heavily influenced by maritime folk art and 19th century traditional tattooing often evoking antique nautical charts, woodcuts, engravings and scrimshaw.

East River Tattoo
1047 Manhattan Avenue (between Freeman and Eagle)
(718) 532-8282

Follow East River Tattoo on Instagram @eastrivertattoo

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Jellio is Bringing Santa to Greenpoint! Thurs. & Sun.! (12/12 & 12/15)

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Attention little and big kids! Take photos with Santa in a true winter candy land!

Jellio.com, makers of fun, childhood-inspired furniture and home decor items, is welcoming Santa to their new Greenpoint shop, this Thursday, December 12th from 3-7pm, and Sunday, December 15th, from 1-5pm.  The Jellio Shop is located within The Flying Squirrel (87 Oak Street) in Greenpoint.

Let’s face it you can’t take Christmas photos with a drone. Plus, Santa is giving out candy and FREE GUMMY BEAR TOYS!!!

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Sexy Santa, Pregnant Arnold, & Holiday Parties For All– What’s Happening, Greenpoint (12/11-12/17)

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•  Grand Street Holiday Window Display Competition @ Grand St (btwn Lorimer & Humboldt) SATURDAY (12/15) – 1-4pm, FREE, vote for your favorite window display created by local high school students, and enjoy santa visits, free face painting, and a scavenger hunt for the kids, and enter to win $100 local gift certificates, More Info

There are more events in our weekly calendar. Submit Greenpoint events, too!

WEDNESDAY 12/11
•Hoodoo + Conjure 101: American Folk Magick Series @ Catland (987 Flushing Ave, Bushwick) 7-9pm, $10, learn about the history of hoodoo in this lecture from Khi Armand, a neo-traditional shaman and hoodoo “rootdoctor”, RSVP
♥ Love Actually Trivia @ Trash Bar (256 Grand St) 7:30-10pm, FREE, I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toesssss, winner gets a $20 bar tab and a romantic dinner with Hugh Grant (one of these is not a real prize), RSVP
The Experiment Was This @ 155 Freeman St, 7:30pm, $5 suggested donation, a reading and conversation with poet Ada Smailbegovic and photographer Sylv Hardy, investigating the material qualities of natural substances, written language, and the photograph itself, More Info, RSVP
* Bad Movie Brooklyn Presents: Jingle All the Way @ Berry Park (4 Berry St) 8pm, FREE, Watch a pregnant Schwarzenegger punch a reindeer in the face, and then remind yourself that he was actually the governor of California, RSVP
♫ Bashdown @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, $8, December birthday celebration, featuring performances from The Planes / Onesie / Golden Bloom / Orca Age, RSVP Continue reading

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GIFT GUIDE: RECIPES GONE WILD + GREENPOINTERS STUFFS

Libby rocking an official Greenpointers fanny pack!

GET YOUR GREENPOINTERS ZINE, T-SHIRTS & TOTES!!!

If you were able to pay us a visit at the Holiday Market yesterday, maybe you noticed our lovely Illustrator Libby (who made the amazing poster for the market!) – who was manning our table shaking guests down for $1 raffle tickets. Our Writer’s Fund is very healthy thanks to her skills of persuasion! Continue reading

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Share The Love Toy Drive Wednesdays & Thursdays – Thru 12/12

toy drive poster

Let’s share the love of this holiday giving season by donating toys to children who don’t get elaborate visits from Mr. Claus on Christmas. Donate an unwrapped toy for infants to teenagers at Greenpoint Church (126 Milton St) starting on Wednesdays from 4-7pm and Thursdays from 8am-noon through 12/12.

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CALL FOR VENDORS & RAFFLES! Holiday Market SUNDAY 12/8/13

Mark your calendars and start making your holiday goodies!

We are booked for Sunday, December 8, 2013 for our Annual Greenpointers Holiday Market from 1-7pm at The Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl)

Note: our venue has changed, but it is not far (same building) and it is bigger and better with 360 degree views of Brooklyn and the NYC Skyline and the space itself is flooded with light. Because we had to seek a new venue, the space rental price has gone up significantly. In turn our table prices have also increased. That being said, we have done our research and our rates are competitive with other markets. As always it will be the BEST local shopping market around town! 

Included is a FREE Featured Vendor Post on Greenpointers.com (worth $125) for all vendors who are accepted and submit information about their business in a timely manner.

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Mulchfest: Annual Tree Abandonment & Slaughter – This Weekend! (1/12 & 13) – VIDEO!

Don’t trash your tree, abandon it at McCarren Park, where it will be slaughtered in a chipper in the spirit of Christmas!

Mulchfest takes place Sat. & Sun. January 12-13th from 10am-2pm, in McCarren Park (Driggs Ave & Lorimer St) where they will chip your tree and give you a free bag of mulch!

Or you can drop if off from Wed. 1/19 – Sun. 1/13 at McGolrick Park (Driggs Ave & Monitor St) or McCarren Park (Driggs Ave & Lorimer St)

Even easier, just abandon your tree curbside for sanitation to pick-up anytime until Sat. 1/12 to be chipped and mulched.

Watch our short video below for a great way to get your tree out the door window without making a huge mess!

Why mulch? According to the city, “all of the trees will be chipped into mulch that will be used as ground cover to nourish plantings across the City.”

Remember: remove tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before dropping them off or placing them out for collection. DO NOT PLACE TREES IN PLASTIC BAGS. 

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