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Solfire: A Shop to Set Your Soul Ablaze

Solfire interior
via Solfire

I’ve lived in Greenpoint for eight years and have always felt a void in wellness offerings.  Thankfully, that’s begun to change as juice bars, gyms, and yoga studios started blooming on almost every corner. The emergence of establishments like Lucent Yoga, Botica Apothecary, and Help Your Self is exciting. Until recently, the one thing still lacking was somewhere to buy workout gear. Not just sneakers or a jump rope, but truly functional, cutting-edge activewear. As a former apparel buyer turned full-time yoga teacher, I appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into a well-made pair of leggings or running shorts. What you wear when you workout can totally change your experience, as anyone who’s suffered from inner thigh chafing or bleeding nipples can attest!

On a recent morning jog, I was intrigued by a sleek silver sign that read: “Solfire.”  The storefront was a beacon of light on the once desolate stretch of Driggs Avenue from the south tip of McCarren Park to the Bedford L Train. I peeked in and saw a plethora of colorful capri pants and made a mental note to pop by during store hours. When I revisited the shop later that week, I was surprised to discover that Solfire (483 Driggs Ave.) was so much more than a clothing shop. Continue reading

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Introducing Dobbin St. – A New Events Venue in Greenpoint

The new events venue, Dobbin St.
New events venue, Dobbin St.

Have you noticed the new bright blue building on Dobbin Street? It used to be an auto garage, but that former identity is now completely unrecognizable at the newly renovated 64 Dobbin Street. After 18 months of intense demolition and reconstruction – not to mention a new coat of paint – the 8,500 sq. wedding venue and events space Dobbin St. will open this summer. Continue reading

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A History of Greenpoint in Twenty-Five Buildings: The Union Baptist Church

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One of the oldest buildings in Greenpoint and a landmark is struggling for survival. These days the 160 year-old Union Baptist Chruch at 151 Noble Street is closed and surrounded by a fence. It’s fighting demolition, but it has a champion. Pastor Mike Newberger is fighting to raise the money to save the church and its amazing historic legacy. Continue reading

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GAMBAZine: An Island of Literary Independence

GambaZine_Chris_Carr“What happens to all of the pages that people put under the bed?”

That is a question that artists Melissa Hunter Gurney and Chris Carr asked themselves during the months before they birthed GAMBAZine, an international publication rooted in Greenpoint and Bushwick.

From the beginning, Gurney says that GAMBA had an activist slant. The duo wanted to create a literary magazine free of the politics and favoritism rampant in mainstream publications.

“Sometimes it feels like your bio has to look a certain way,” Gurney says. But she explained that she and Carr didn’t want to choose work based on writers’ previous publications, literary accolades, or university degrees.

In the spring of 2014, they founded GAMBAZine. The name came from Gambazini, a mythical island that Gurney had dreamt about months earlier. Continue reading

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Trading Waste For Abundance with Stevie Van Horn

Stevie Van Horn, Conflict Palm Oil free/Trash free/Plastic free
Stevie Van Horn, Conflict Palm Oil free/Trash free/Plastic free at Homecoming

“I love the trees in Greenpoint!” says Stevie Han Horn, 28, who moved to Brooklyn from Colorado in 2012. “Part of it makes me feel as though I’m in a small town. There are a few roads in Greenpoint that make me feel so smitten because the trees funnel the street making it extra dreamy.”

Nature lover? Sure. But when I learned that Stevie lived “trash free”, that seemed a little too hippy dippy for me. Yes, even by my standards! At first I didn’t believe her, like, is it even possible to live trash free? What does that even mean? Continue reading

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Celebrate Elevt Fest Will Rock You!

CELEBRATELEVTElevtrTrax is a Greenpoint-based music & video blog created by Brooklyn native/artist Nadeem Salaam. His experience in the local music scene for 10+ years and community organizing gave way to a music blog. The site got endorsed by HypeMachine and DoNYC, and most recently video content they’ve made for local bands Journalism and Madam West have premiered on MTV and highlighted on NPR’s Tiny Desk Submissions.

“Celebrate Elevt” takes place May 18th and runs till June 29th. It’s a celebration of the things that elevate us and celebrates the power of music to bring us together. Taking place for a total of 6 nights in 2 venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn, featuring bands like The Midnight Hollow, Madam West, Surf Rock Is Dead, Pavo Pavo, Oracle Room, Samson The Truest, Rvby My Dear, Mark U, Lavachild, and special guests! Tickets are on sale now! Continue reading

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Austin-Style Tacos, Screenprinting And More At The Greenpoint Library This Saturday

Bike the Branches 2016If you hadn’t heard, Bike The Branches is this Saturday, and offers bike lovers a two-wheeled tour of Brooklyn via our public libraries. Stop at as many branches as you can, get your event passport stamped at each spot and then head to Central Library where there’ll be a block party with awards, live music, food, beer, and activities for adults and kids alike.

In conjunction with this fun event, The Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.) is going to be poppin’ all day, and they’ve got a robust schedule of events planned. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2016: 2 days, 350 studios, 1700 Instagram photos, and 1 incredible community

GOS Opening Party at Java Studios spilling into the street.
GOS Opening Party at Java Studios spilling into the street.

Wow! What an awesome weekend with Greenpoint Open Studios this year — I’m still recovering!

GOS had a record-setting 350 artists open their studios to thousands of visitors. But don’t take my word for it, check out Instagram’s #GreenpointOpenStudios. Continue reading

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Edward Lycett – Greenpoint’s Greatest Porcelain Artist

Edward Lycett
Edward Lycett

Greenpoint has produced many fine artists and artisans, but few achieved the renown of Edward Lycett, who is considered “the pioneer of China painting in America.” He worked at a celebrated Greenpoint ceramics firm called The Faience Manufacturing Company, which was located on the corner of Greenpoint and West Street in a building that now houses Red Star. Faience earned acclaim for producing ornamental pieces that created a new standard of excellence in American ceramics.

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