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Reunited, Luna Enraptures the Crowd at McCarren Park

After a ten-year break, Luna commanded a double encore at McCarren Park last Thursday night as part of the first day of the Northside Music Festival.

The enthusiasm from the crowd was clear before the set began. “I told my friend not to talk to me when they go on,” an excited fan said. “It’s a reunion for us,” she continued as she pointed out other people in the pit she used to see at Luna’s concerts before they disbanded in 2005. “I haven’t been this close ever,” another fan exclaimed. “It’s gonna be a good vibe.”

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Northside Music Picks: Day Two

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly

Whether you are feeling contemplative, playful, or ready to rumble, there is a performance for you at Northside on Day Two. Our recommended shows, in chronological order, can be found below. Continue reading

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Northside Music Festival Thursday: Paradise Day One

Batala NYC
Batala NYC

Editor’s Note: While there are some great guides to the North Brooklyn festival out there, most favor the big name bands. Those are the bands that you’re most likely to already be familiar with, and also the shows that are most likely to sell out or have long lines to get in. That is why we are proud to present you with our comprehensive, day-by-day recommendation guide to the music festival, organized in chronological order, and streamlined with just enough information for you to discover the perfect shows for your very own musical tastes and moods.

You will hear your new favorite band at a local club during the Northside Festival this long weekend. That is our claim. Welcome to heaven.

How can we support such a statement? Start with an amazing set of bands (recommendations below). Add McCarren Park shows and some bookings in romantic backyard spaces, then include some distinctly easy-going and non-judgmental locals, i.e. you, fueling the scene.

Then remember how you rarely need to wait in line at Northside. Here are our favorite acts playing tomorrow. Continue reading

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Who wants to spend $1 million dollars?

District 39 Project Expo2013

 

Tax season has come and gone, and hopefully by now, your nasty W2’s and 1099’s have been neatly filed away until next year. While you are sitting pretty, dreaming of all the different ways to spend that refund check (or pay the IRS back), what if I told you there was a way to spend a million dollars of city tax money instead? You’d be excited, right?

Welcome to the wonderful world of Participatory Budgeting, where a cool $1 million dollars is placed into our delicate hands to help fund neighborhood projects within the City Council’s 33rd district.

Last year, over 2,000 of you casted your vote and roped in a whopping $1.6 million dollars for the 33rd! McGlorick Park Playground got a much needed makeover, the BOOKlyn Bus shuttle drove around inspiring kids to read, and even our fellow toxic hood Gowanus saw their community center, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, get much need repairs.

It’s time to spread the love again, and if Greenpoint wants to get a slice of that million dollar pie, we need to put our mouths where the money is and vote for our favorite projects. Continue reading

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McCarren Park Ice Rink is Open!

Photo Credit: NYC Parks Department

That’s right folks. Get ready to tie up those laces because our favorite and only ice skating rink is now back in business! From now until January 4th 2015, Greenpointers can ice skate their hearts and fannies off at the McCarren Park Ice Rink. Thanks to a nice $100,000+ injection from Councilman Levin’s office for parks-related improvements, our little ice rink is now a whopping 25% bigger!

This year the ice rink has stretched in size to 60 feet wide by 150 feet long. That’s give us 9,000 square feet of room to fall on our asses, knock into fellow neighbors, squeeze in some hand-holding, and get in touch with our inner Evengi Plushenko. Continue reading

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Don’t Hibernate this Winter, Become a Beast Instead

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Beastanetics, the high-intensity interval training program, which has
become the darling of McCarren Park during the warmer months, will
return to human@ease (31 Nassau Avenue bet Guernsey & Dobbin) this
winter with classes taking place on Wed & Fri at 6:45am and 8am.
Beastanetics can help you improve your stamina, strength, power,
balance, and overall conditioning, while boosting metabolism and fat
loss. On Yelp, Beastanetics has a perfect average rating of 5 stars.

Session 1 runs from 12/3-1/23 and Session II from 1/28 to 3/20. Space
is very limited so don’t delay. The fee for the 8-week session (16
classes) is $160. A limited number of drop-in slots will be available
at $17 per class. human@ease is a beautifully appointed fitness studio
in Greenpoint.

For more information visit beastanetics.com or email tim@beastanetics.com.

To register: http://punkrope.com/store/beastanetics/12-3-14/

Sponsored post courtesy of Beastanetics.

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Step back in time with Tony Wolf: “Greenpoint of View” remembers The Vitamen

©Tony Wolf

How long have you been here? And, how has the neighborhood changed since then? We all have our stories about the undulating Greenpoint streetscape—people moving in, people moving out, condos and developments covering up the sky, and coffee shops springing up faster than organic dry cleaners. Is it good? Is it bad? Tony Wolf chimes into the discussion with his labor of love: the Greenpoint of View comic. Continue reading

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Oh no he didn’t. Bike thief steals wheels and kid’s seat too!

Stroll through McCarren park on any given day and you’ll see sun worshipers, book readers, parents and kids tossing Frisbees, even an occasional Dust Devil. What most of us don’t expect while we’re soaking up the greenery is a professional  thief in action, taking off with your bike and your kid’s seat. Continue reading

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Did you kiss “Someone You Love” at McCarren Park?

"Someone You Love" comes to McCarren Park ©Matt Adams

If you’re like me and your cold New Yorker heart does not get warmed easily, allow this very sweet video & photo series to melt some of the frost away. Matt Adams & Katie Sokoler are back with their 3rd “Someone You Love” project of the summer, this time armed with Ikea photo frames at McCarren Park. Continue reading

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