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!
You know we have no problem picking favorites at Greenpointers, and Gunfight! is our favorite Brooklyn and Greenpoint band. Come see Gunfight! play at the upcoming Brain Cave Festival and I guarantee you will have no choice but to get your butt up and dance like a crazy person. That is what live music is all about – having a great time!
I remember the first time I saw them play in a backyard at Paper Garden Records‘ Multiverse Playground and I instantly downloaded their album halfway into their first song and have been stalking them ever since.
These Brooklyn boys are putting out a new album and they kickstarted it. They already reached their goal but that is no reason to not donate more because as they put it, “even with the money raised so far, we still anticipate dropping a fair amount of our hard-earned cash on this, and so any additional moolah will go a long way to keeping us from going broke and eating squeezy-cheese on dollar-store crackers and sleeping on someone’s couch.”
Support Brooklyn music and one of Greenpointers’ favorite bands! Click here to donate.
Thanks to Vanessa from KRRB for coming to the Soup Kitchen Fundraiser on Sunday and producing this great video on Greenpointers’ Sandy Relief Efforts. Krrb is a sponsor of our upcoming Greenpointers Holiday Market, where you can find lots of local handmade unique gifts from some of the most creative people in the world!
There are a ton of restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that are participating in Dine Out Williamsburg, in which they pledge to donate a percentage of gross profit to Red Cross Sandy Relief Efforts.
Where will you be dining out tonight? Let us know in the comments.
Restaurants who want to participate: email dineoutwilliamsburg (AT) gmail.com
Old Favorites: Brooklyn Star (593 Lorimer St) - Try the Brussels Sprouts & Pig Tails. Diner (83 Broadway) – The waitstaff writes the entire menu on your table. Pies n’ Thighs (166 So. 4th St) – Chicken Biscuit! Nighthawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) - Menu inspired by the films. Roebling Tea Room (143 Roebling St) - Always satisfying. Steak Tartare, Raviolo. Rye – (247 S.1st St) Great Old Fashioned, Berkshire Pork and Mushroom Lasagna. Spuyten Duyvil (359 Metropolitan Ave) – Perfect spot for a date. Wine, beer, cheese. Best Pizza (33 Havemeyer St) – Best regular slice in town and a nice meatball hero.
Been Meaning To Try:
St. Anselm (355 Metropolitan Ave) Three Different Eggplants!?! Lotsa steak. Saint Austere (613 Grand St) Forcella (485 Lorimer St) They have rice balls!
In order to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief, we felt we could have the biggest impact and raise the most funds by reaching out to our huge local audience of readers with the help of donations from amazing local businesses, artists and individuals in Greenpoint and beyond. It’s raffle time!
One of our favorite community art events, the Greenpoint Film Festival, needs to raise $10,000 by Tuesday August 21, 2012. They are almost there after raising over $8,000. A few more generous donations will get their campaign funded by kickstarter. If you want to see the Greenpoint Film Festival happen this year, then take a minute to make a donation in any amount.
On behalf of Greenpointers.com we just donated $120!
5 Boros Basketball, a youth basketball team based in Greenpoint, is currently seeking one or more local businesses to serve as sponsors. 5 Boros Basketball is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to offering youths from low-income families a chance to play competative basketball.
“Our motto is, ‘It’s All About the Kids,’” said 5 Boros Basketball Director Rick Atson. “Our goal is to keep this affordable for the kids.”
Founded in 2011, 5 Boros Basketball has quickly established a reputation for winning tournaments while stressing fair play. 5 Boros Basketball’s all-volunteer coaching staff teaches kids ages 9 to 17 the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork and sportsmanship.
5 Boros Basketball has grown rapidly, but rapid expansion means that access to court time and keeping the team financially stable have been major challenges for 5 Boros Basketball. Coaches have regularly paid for court space and tournament fees out of their own pockets in order to defray the cost from the children’s families.
Now 5 Boros Basketball has a tentative agreement with a local school to solve the problem of court time. What remains is to find sponsors to help with operation costs. To that end 5 Boros Basketball is seeking sponsorship offers from partners in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg community including local businesses, charitable individuals and all others.
Interested parties should contact Rick Atson at 347-723-4886. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Since much of the reason we were able to afford this brand spanking new website is because of community support, business sponsorship and generous fundraising, I’d like to keep everyone in the loop about what is going on with our big baby!
You might have noticed after we launched that the website was running slowly. Thanks for your patience while we sorted out this issue!
Problem solved: With the help of CommandC, we migrated the website to a new and super fast server. There was a significant cost ($655!) to complete this. If you love the website and want to chip in, please make a donation to our new website fund. Any amount (even $1) helps.
In order to figure out why the website was at a snail’s pace, a significant time was spent testing it. If you want to geek out for a minute (this is super valuable to anyone who has a website or blog), here is what the web geniuses explained:
goodyoga’s Indiegogo campaign ends tomorrow. Please donate and support your local community.
Watch the video and donate. Every dollar helps. Sharing the campaign with others makes your donation even more valuable.
Thinking about all the problems in the world makes me feel completely helpless. I used to ask myself, what can I do, as one small (literally short) person, to have any effect on the world? I was left feeling empty and useless.
Then I had a conversation with one small business owner, Anthony, of the since moved Una Pizza Napoletana in the East Village, and he changed my outlook. By making responsible choices in our immediate world, by helping just one person, by being good neighbors, we can all have a positive impact on our community. If I recall correctly, we were on the topic of cheese, but even that decision has a chain reaction that impacts the world. Michael Pollan said it best: “change the world one fork at a time.”
My hope is that Greenpointers can be the online voice for all the individuals and organizations in the neighborhood who are working hard every day to have a positive impact on Greenpoint. It is working… one project at a time.