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Greenpoint Gallery Destroyed From Fire: A Call To The Community

On the evening of January 18th, Greenpoint Gallery underwent a casualty from an unfortunate electrical fire, causing significant damage to the second floor space. The gallery’s curator, Shawn James, has lost a significant amount of gallery equipment, studio space, computers, documents, and over 20 musical instruments. Apart from holding shows for local artists and the community, Shawn devotes his resources and gallery space to teach, feed, and nurture students from the St. Nicks Alliance Work youth program, six days a week. Continue reading

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Five Ways to Help the Greenpoint Church Hunger Program

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Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get more involved with Greenpoint’s vibrant volunteer community? Here are five ways you can help a hardworking neighborhood volunteer program, the Greenpoint Church Hunger Program on Milton Street, to feed the folks who need a warm meal on these cold winter days.

1. Volunteer in the kitchen on a Wednesday evening between 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m and recreate that winter soup you love to Instagram. You can cook, set up, serve and/or clean, and you don’t have to show up at 3:00 p.m. If you have a day job, show up after work to see how you can help. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Bevon St. Louis-Brewster

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Photo source @bevon.stlouis

 

Designer Bevon St. Louis-Brewster is a master of graphic storytelling that’s striking to the eyes. Oftentimes, his preferred medium of choice is the clothing we wear. “What better way to convey a message than by wearing it?” As he puts it. Between working on production for major events, from Art Basel to the Fabric and Textile Festival, Bevon collaborates with other Brooklyn artists and designers for his clothing line labeled Triste. Continue reading

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Newtown Creek Superfund CAG Meeting Tonight (12/16)

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The Newtown Creek Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) will be having their quarterly meeting tonight, December 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at McCarren Play Center Community Room (776 Lorimer St.). The existing agenda is set to discuss three main topics: ecological, human health, background data summary, with a Q&A to follow. Continue reading

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The 411 on 211 McGuinness Boulevard

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The future of Greenpoint comes with rooftop pools. Rendering by Gene Kaufman

Unless you’ve been living in a hole underground (or must avoid the block because your ex lives around the corner) you have probably noticed that McGuinness Boulevard, between Greenpoint Avenue and Calyer, is about to get way douchier fancier.  And so the story goes – Greenpoint continues to get slapped in the face by developers. 

Stellar Management recently broke ground  for a massive mixed-income rental development complete with a rooftop pool and a laundry list of other amenities including a tiered back garden on the first floor, game room, fitness center, fancy lounge, library and concierge.  Oh boy.

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Get green this weekend and help the trees!

Want to be a tree steward? Well, your time has come! This Saturday, October 18th between 10 am and 1 pm, join the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and together you can make Greenpoint a little greener.

Ask any gardener and they will tell you Autumn is the perfect time to get into the garden and put things into the ground. As the cold air moves in, plants go dormant, and quietly over the winter these little plants work on growing strong roots so that come springtime we can sit back and admire their precious blooms.

In an effort to keep Greenpoint’s trees and root systems happy for years to come, the Franklin Street Community Garden is freshening up tree beds around the area by planting daffodils. Not only will Greenpoint’s trees thank you for it, but come springtime the streets will be bursting with bright yellow flowers. It almost enough to make you forget that winter is coming! Continue reading

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Get to Know Square Zeros Podcast and Website + ZeroFest Preview

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Greenpointers makes a good effort to share relevant information on the local music scene, but since music is only a single aspect of what we do here, there are plenty of other sites that go way deeper. One that can’t be recommended highly enough is Square Zeros, which comes to us from Derek Hawkins (a Greenpoint resident) and Jon Mann (of East Williamsburg/Bushwick). It’s a podcast, it’s a live music source, it’s an archive, it’s full of essays, and most importantly, it’s an effort to reinforce and build community among musicians and kindred spirits. Continue reading

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Jafflechute Event Results in Cheesey Meltdown

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Has anyone ever read Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs? It’s a kid’s book about the town of Chewandswallow. There, citizens don’t ever have to worry about stopping by a deli for milk or scouring blogs for the sexiest place to eat dinner out because their food quite literally falls from the sky. Four square meals a day come in the form of weather fronts that move through the community at a predictable pace, until one day the forecast turns on them. The food becomes inedible and the people are forced to make a mass exodus on boats constructed from stale bread. Continue reading

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Assembly Passes Series of Tenants’ Rights for Out Of Control Rents in Brooklyn

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The rent is too damn high! We hear this phrase as a catch-all these days, ad nauseum, to describe New York City’s hostile housing situation. But cost of living in this city is no joke – the rent really is just too damn high for most of us. And there’s no end in sight, with rents averaging over $3,000 per month while the average income is dropping. Continue reading

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The Great Greenpoint Dive Crawl 2014

Fancy bars and restaurants with all sorts of sexy food and drink (Tørst, Beloved, Nights and Weekends) are all over Greenpoint these days, but let’s face it – sometimes you just want get hammered on a budget, pay homage to the neighborhood’s longtime establishments, or just check out something different and new (or old). Greenpoint definitely has no shortage of dive bars, but where to begin?

This weekend I hung out in some of these dives (a.k.a. “old man” bars) in the neighborhood and got to know them and their clientele a little better. I scoped out the drink specials, watched Jeopardy with the regulars, and relaxed in some sweet backyards. And now I present to you, along with my little rating system, some of the neighborhood’s best kept secrets:

Irene’s Pub (623 Manhattan Ave)

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Despite being so centrally located, Irene’s is somewhat of a mystery. Perhaps most Greenpointers are unfamiliar with the bar’s philosophy:”it’s happy hour all the time,” which I verified as TRUTH. Irene’s prices are actually equivalent to happy hour deals, all the time – we’re talking $2 drafts and dirt-cheap mixed drinks. I repeat: all day and night long. Continue reading

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