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‘Coffee and Chocolate Milk’ exhibit really is a sip of happiness

Rabbit and Monkey on their first trip to Paris c/o Coffee & Chocolate Milk via Facebook
Rabbit and Monkey on their first trip to Paris c/o Coffee & Chocolate Milk via Facebook

For all of you New Yorkers who still need to thaw out your cold, winter hearts, Holly’s HeART by Hand (HHBH) is featuring a heart-warming (heh, heh) collaborative project by married couple Shih-Wen Lin and Kuni Chang named Coffee and Chocolate Milk (on view now until June 7th).

The project started in March 2014, when Lin (a photographer) and Chang (an animation designer) made two characters—Rabbit and Monkey—for their wedding. The idea took off, and now Lin recreates a shared, daily moment through the Rabbit and Monkey toy figures using modeling clay. The result is a sweet exhibition that lets viewers share in the happiness by writing about or sculpting their own character to be featured in the series. Greenpointers caught up with Lin recently to learn more about the project.

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The Gunfighter Meets His Match: Abby Payne’s Wild West Concept Album Release Show May 28 at 9pm

© Manish Gosalia Photopgraphy. Abby Payne crowd surfing during the release show for "Vampire Song" at Pianos.
© Manish Gosalia Photopgraphy. Abby Payne crowd surfing during single release show for “Vampire Song” at Pianos.

“I’m going to town today to buy me a reputation,” the lean and lovely indie-rocker and Greenpoint resident Abby Payne lilts in the opening of the song “The Gunfighter Meets His Match.” She wrote that unapologetic line in 2011 when she was struggling with the idea of retaining a publicist to promote her name.

“The music business had changed so much, and it seemed like a lawless and kind of wild place where nobody knew what was going on. This Wild West story of good versus evil, of complicated pasts and emotions and dreams, was really a way for me to work through what it means to me to be a musician and an artist.” Continue reading

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Oriana Leckert’s ‘Brooklyn Spaces’ Will Show You Where The Fun Is

c/o Oriana Leckert

There are many Brooklyns. There’s the Brooklyn you get when you walk the streets of Williamsburg with a map in your hands. There’s the Brooklyn down by the Smith Street bars. The Brooklyn along the Promenade. The Brooklyn at the McKibbin lofts. The Brooklyn that is Little Russia by the Sea. The Brooklyn on 9th Street. Anyone who comes here for a day or for a lifetime has their own Brooklyn—their own café, bar, park, deli, and party that they insist you must try. “The best,” they claim, “in Brooklyn.”

“But, how can they be so sure?” you wonder. “Have they tried all the other places?” Cultural hipstorian and author Oriana Leckert has—or it seems like it in her new book, Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity, which dips into boat clubs, biology labs, supply stores, art galleries, raves, and collectives of all kinds across the borough. Greenpointers recently caught up with Leckert on the eve of the book’s launch to ask the important questions. Continue reading

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Greenpointer Kate Bell Premiers Now-Sold Out Play About Greenpoint, ‘BLACKOUT03′

BLACKOUT03, a new play by fifteen-year Greenpoint resident Kate Bell, is premiering tonight at Manhattan’s HERE Arts Center (145 6th Ave, New York, NY) as part of the legendary Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and stars Alex Major, Chinaza Uche, LaTonia Phipps, and Lindsey Austen. The play is now sold out.

The play takes place on a Greenpoint rooftop during the historic blackout of August 2003, and centers on four friends who meet up to enjoy the magical evening, but “when the lights go out, shit gets real,” says Bell, and issues of race, class, and gentrification bubble to the surface. Greenpointers caught up with Bell today before the show. Continue reading

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El Toro Ready for Summer with Liquor License and Revamped Back Yard

El_toro_interior_greenpoint_rosie_de_belgeonneEl Toro Ironworks (formerly El Toro Taqueria) is my most local of local Mexican joints. Their tacos were the first takeout I ordered after moving into my apartment (flashback to the days I used to diligently illustrate my meals(!)) and I still pop in whenever I want something super-quick for dinner.

In January, long time Greenpoint resident Sebouh Yegparian took over ownership of the restaurant, seeking a change from the many years he’d spent working in the music industry. Whilst he’s kept the overall feel of the place the same, he’s gradually implementing new elements to make the eat-in dining experience even more enjoyable. Continue reading

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For Love of Performance & the ‘Hood: Triskelion Arts Opens Its Doors in Greenpoint

Upstairs at the new Triskelion Arts, during the Spring Gala 2015 ©Jay Miriam

Until February, Triskelion Arts shared a space deep inside a three-story, brick warehouse on 118 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, across from Mable’s Smokehouse and, more famously, on the same block as the ever-expanding Brooklyn Brewery.

“We were in a landmarked building, surprisingly, even though the building was falling apart,” explains artistic and executive director Abby Bender. One of the original co-founders, Abby is wearing navy coveralls and has a loop of keys at her waist that jangle as we walk around the new Triskelion building, recently opened for business on 106 Calyer Street in Greenpoint.

For the past fifteen years, Triskelion has been a place where anyone could go see performances by emerging artists, rent affordable rehearsal space, take fun classes (hoop dance, Poi, martial arts), and get involved with theater. In 2014 alone, over 15,000 hours of rehearsal time were used in the studios, and 128 different companies were part of the programming, which included three open-submission festivals.
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Dine al Fresco with Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. at BBQ Blowout (05/12)

Greenpoint_fish_bbq_blow_outLove dinner at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. but prefer to eat outside on a balmy evening? Here’s your chance…

Greenpoint’s favorite fishmonger is teaming up with Finger on the Pulse who’re hosting their first BBQ Blowout of the season this Tuesday May 12th on the sun-dappled patio at Williamsburg’s Good Company (10 Hope street).

A mere $10 will get you some magnificent grilled fish tacos with a side of fresh-made tortilla chips and salsa, as well as a Brooklyn Brewery beer and a shot of Jameson Whiskey. Barginzz! The event runs from 7.30pm-10.30pm.

Advance tickets are $10 and are available here, or can be purchased on the door for $15.

Let the summer of the great Brooklyn BBQ commence!

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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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War Is Trauma? Booklyn Helps War Veterans Make Art for Social Justice (Part 2)

Some Justseeds, IVAW, and Booklyn members at the "War is Trauma" portfolio opening ©Booklyn
Some Justseeds, IVAW, and Booklyn members at the “War is Trauma” portfolio opening ©Booklyn

Booklyn’s Marshall Weber knows the facts, and he explains them during our interview with an astounding passion. It’s rare to meet someone like him—informed and active about an issue that doesn’t get you more likes on social media, and which, instead, might be avoided by some as a social taboo. If you want to turn people off at a brunch, mention the ongoing conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. Mention veteran suicide statistics. Mention the militarization of American society. People might silently unfollow you on Instagram after that. But, as Directing Curator of Booklyn, Weber seems to float above the Internet’s quasi-fame game. He has important projects going on, and so I find myself interviewing him and Maya Taylor, Booklyn’s Managing Director, about Booklyn’s latest portfolio work with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Continue reading

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The 2015 Greenpoint Happy Hour Guide – 30 Places to Drink on the Cheap (and Cheerful)

Happy_Hour_greenpoint_rosie_de_belgeonneThere are few pleasures in life greater than rounding off the working day with a well- earned beverage at your favorite bar. And when that beverage costs next to nothing, the pleasure is even greater, which is why happy hour is pretty much always the best time of day.

We’ve rounded up a list of practically every happy hour in Greenpoint for you to work through at your leisure. From $2.50 wine at Boulevard Tavern to ‘bottomless champagne’ at Le Gamin, we reckon we’ve got everyone covered!

Key to happiness:
☺ – Extra Happy Value
★ – Food Deals
♥ – Editor’s Picks

Achilles Heel
180 West Street (At Green St.)
Weekdays 4pm-7pm
– $5 drafts
– $8 glass of wine
– $9 cocktail (seasonal classics)
– $12 for 6 oysters

★♥ Alameda
195 Franklin Street (at Green St.)
Weekdays & Sundays 5pm-7pm
– $5 prosecco/cortada margarita/draught beer
– $7 tequila shot and 1/2 pint of beer
– $11 Boquerone & tomato toast with a vermouth & club soda
– $12 Burger and 1/2 pint of beer

 Adelina’s
159 Greenpoint Avenue (between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
Weekdays 5pm-7pm
– $5 craft beer pints
– $8 quartinos of organic sangiovese, pinot grigio & prosecco
– Glass of organic sangiovese, pinot grigio or prosecco with olive bowl: $9
– Glass of organic sangiovese, pinot grigio or prosecco with cheese plate: $17
– Craft beer pint & “The Original” pizza fritta: $15

Beloved 
674 Manhattan Avenue (between Norman Ave. and Nassau Ave.)
Daily 5pm-8pm
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