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Let’s face it you can’t take Christmas photos with a drone. Plus, Santa is giving out candy and FREE GUMMY BEAR TOYS!!!
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 →
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.
Golden-throated singer-songwriter Cassandra Jenkins offers this week’s mix. It’s extra long—to accommodate those feast comas. It’s a slow-burning ember of a playlist and a surefire digestive aid. Refill your and your favorite uncle’s pint glass and click on.
All this homemade gift giving in the air, so I decided to embroider a holiday message for all of you awesome readers! I’m not that good, yet, but it’s the thought that counts. Thanks for being the best and supporting the website. Have a great holiday! I hope you get to relax and have a fun and exciting New Years! There is so much to look forward to, I can’t wait to tell you all the good news!
A common conversation at the many holiday parties I’ve attended either merrily or obligingly regarded how the weeks leading up until Christmas are binge session after binge session. The stress of gift giving or holiday travel hardly came up. But I heard and shared many complaints like, “I just can’t drink anymore,” or “I’m seriously considering a dry January.”
Whether it’s peer pressure or the softening of awkward social situations with co-workers or distant relatives, holiday drinking certainly takes the edge off, and drains the wallet.
Late in December, before a holiday gathering that my boss promised to buy the first round, a co-worker complained that she’d already spent so much money and worn her liver out so much that she was considering not attending. We commiserated about the strong obligation we felt to show face. Just the very hint of “I have to go” sours the deal for me, alcohol or not.
Another coworker complained how dehydrated she felt and how her skin was so dry from all the boozing. I looked at my reflection in my laptop and saw a tired and blotchy face and just wanted go home, get on the couch and drink tea.
We agreed to go “just for one drink,” and miraculously stuck to our promise but I admit the dirty gin martini, just one, really made the experience more pleasant. Not that I dislike my co-workers, but a douchey midtown bar is just painful.
We small talked about the usual: holiday travel and last minute gifting and laughed about the strange feeling of being champagne buzzed at work after a recent midday office party. Ironically, we were surprised at how everyone seemed like they were getting sick.
I was out of it that evening. The weekend before I’d gone to a Vodka Latkes Hannukah celebration (which ruled!) and the next day I would host a Greenpointers Holiday Party for our writers in which I followed my boss’ example and bought the first round.
All that before Christmas and I’d already woken up groggy with a headache more than a few days this month. My body and my bank account will be depleted by New Year’s, so maybe an alcohol free January is the solution. Maybe an AA meeting would be a more permanent solution.
Drinking has become so deeply embedded in holiday merriment that it would seem foreign not to enjoy mulled wine, bourbon, or spiked egg nog. Moderation is definitely the key, but even when you promise the one drink, there are so many one drinks (and let’s face it more) that it amounts to a lot.
How do you “deal” with all the holiday drinking? Do you avoid work parties or say fuck it and get wasted and make a fool out of yourself? (We’ve all been there.) Will you have a dry January or do a juice cleanse? Or can you truly be moderate throughout the holidays?
Christmas trees are so dramatic and vain. Cut me down and put all these lights and ornaments on me so everyone oohs and aahs when they see me! And your stupid cats want to get up all in me, but they can’t – what losers. Adorn me with all those fancy presents and make sure you water me four times per day. When you leave – turn the lights off or I might burn down your entire house. After all that, chip me and leave me for compost! But you can’t get rid of me, because I’m going to leave sharp needles all around your house that will cut your toes all summer. Merry Christmas!
Zombie shoppers trampling one another for crappy mass produced products is not the kind of day I imagine many Greenpointers participate in, but it’s important to stand up as a nation of mass consumers and make a statement about our spending and our values for one day. What will you be doing on Black Friday or what many are now calling Don’t Buy Day?Walmart employees will be going on strike in order to demand better treatment, will you strike shopping or your retail job?
10 Things to Do On “Don’t Buy Day” (Black Friday)
1. Donate to Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry / Volunteer for Hurricane Sandy Relief
You just ate fifty seven pounds of turkey. In Greenpoint many of our neighbors rely on the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen for groceries and perhaps their only hot meal of the week. Support the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen, especially during Thanksgiving. Instead of running up your credit card, donate. People need to eat more than we need stuff.
2.Pay of your credit card or bail someone else out of debt
A brilliant project led by the Occupy movement called Rolling Jubilee, buys debt for pennies on the dollar with donations and instead of collecting it, then they forgive it! They have already raised $375,033 to forgive $7.5 million in debt. Their mission is to “create a world based on the common good, not wall street profits.” AWESOME.
Don’t be turned off by the cheesy Disney script and the bleach blond preacher, this movie is hilarious and informative. The off the walls, Reverend Billy and his choir go on a road trip across the US and balls out make a ruckus in Walmart and other big stores along the way while documenting the devastation these stores have on small towns and what irresponsible spending has done to our wallets.
4. Watch Live Music From All Over the Map
Nothing is more American/New York than listening to a performance by a “half Welsh, half Italian, half American and half British” musician – Jessica Welsh followed by a set from a Norwegian/US Indie Folk Band - Racing Heart - followed by good old fashion country music - Western Sea, all at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) starting at 8pm.
5. See Local Art
Visit Moma PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC). The current exhibition New Pictures of Common Objects, explores how “artists today have a very different relationship to mass consumption and images …”
Calico Brooklyn (67 West St #206) in Greenpoint will be open from 12-5pm. Meet the artist Amanda Browder whose amazing work is on display along with the work of Martin Esteves.
But if you just can’t look at food, give your system a rest and juice! Grab great juice and smoothies at Cafe Royal (195 Nassau Ave), Urban Rustic (236 N 12th St), Lokal (905 Lorimer St) and Lunchbox (120 Norman Ave).
7.Go Birdwatching & Hawking in Brooklyn
Many people don’t realize that our local parks and waterways are great places to watch migratory birds. During out Winter Bird Walk last year, we learned that the East River and The Hudson are visual guides for these traveling flocks. From Transmitter Park – look out for Cormorants, Black Ducks, Gadwalls, Red Breasted Merganser and Brants. It’s easy to spot birds in our parks because if you imagine what the birds see while they are flying above – big ugly building, big ugly building, big ugly building then a big square of green. The Red Tail and Cooper Hawks have been spotted recently in McCarren and McGolrick. Look out for Dark Eyed Juncos, Cardinals, Swamp Sparrows, Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers & Mockingbirds.
After all that sitting and eating, the best thing to do is to move around, take a walk, a jog a bike ride, or take a class at one of the many wellness centers we have in the area. Exercise makes you feel better than shopping therapy any day!
10. Have a Cup Of Coffee, a Beer, a Cupcake, a Call With Someone You Love
CALL YOUR MOM! Instead of waiting on line for a gift a loved one won’t like or can’t use, have a nice chat with her over a tasty meal, a cup of tea, or over the telephone. Eat a cupcake while you do it! Cupcakes make everything sweet!
This article isn’t meant to harm local business but to join an important national movement and make a statement about the way we consume, too much with little regard for the environment and others. If we change the way we shop, we will strengthen small business and local makers.
If You Do Shop – Buy Local Handmade Goods, Vintage Items & Support Local Shops
There is a difference between camping out overnight to “save” and supporting local makers, buying second hand and supporting Mom & Pop Shops in Greenpoint. If you can’t put down your wallet for one day, spend your money on goods produced close to home and put money back into our local community.
EAT (124 Meserole Ave) sells gorgeous handmade pottery and delicious farm to table food, SlowFax (455 Graham Ave) has great and well priced Vintage clothing on Graham Ave and you can give Clyde a pat on the head. Kill Devil Hill (170 Franklin St) is selling their signature handmade wax candles with delicious scents that will warm your home for the holidays. Alter (109 Franklin St) has a new line of TM1985+Alter bags designed and handmade in USA. the one well (165 Greenpoint Ave) sells eco-friendly, locally made goods and art.