(Sponsored) * Natural Makeup Class @ Brooklyn Groove (102 B Nassau Ave) 6-8:30pm, Wednesday 1/15, FREE, Let’s be real, no one wants a face caked with makeup. It’s not a good look, unless your a drag burlesque performer (in which case, we’ll make an exception). Lucky for us, professional makeup artist, Tara Schwartz is hosting this workshop to share her insider tips and tricks to create flawless makeup, using special natural color cosmetics. Bring your ladiez and perfect that glowing, swoon-inducing au natural look, More Info
♦ #SELLOUT @ Reverse Gallery (28 Frost St) 1-4pm (and Friday 1/10 opening party 8-11pm), FREE, This five-day event will feature artists who aim to take on the fine art world, showcasing the artistry of selling out, featuring a specialty sellout cocktail (made of money and shame?), with free mimosas on 1/11 & 1/12 from 2-4pm, More Info, RSVP ☺ Abemixture’s Fancy Four Year Anniversary Soiree @ Legion (790 Manhattan Ave) 7:30-9:30pm, FREE, AbeMixture is celebrating its 4th Bday with music, comedy and free pizza, wear your fanciest duds for a chance to win best dressed (= free booze), RSVP ♫ Big Ups LP Release with Flagland / Mannequin Pussy / Washer @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St, Bushwick) 8pm, $8, RSVP ♫ The Shondes supportingAgainst Me! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N 6th St) 8pm, $20, BUY TIX, RSVP Continue reading →
On Saturday, September 21, 2013 from noon-midnight @ Light Space Studios (1115 Flushing Ave) Galerie Project proudly presents its second exhibition, featuring live DJ sets, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, performance dancing, and live audio/visual performance from some of New York’s most inspiring talent. Unlike typical gallery exhibits, The Galerie Project aims to create a fully immersive experience through the use of dynamic art & technology within the confines of space, $20 – Buy Tickets, RSVP
WEDNESDAY 9/18 ♦ Renacimiento Art Show @ St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (334 S. 5th St) 7-10pm, FREE (donations benefit Girls for Gender Equity Inc), female-driven group art installation transforms the sanctuary into an immersive exploration of life, death, and rebirth, More Info ♦ Drink & Draw 2 for 1 Night @ The Living Gallery (1094 Broadway, Bushwick) 7-9pm, 2 for $10, Tonight’s weekly live drawing party is half the price so bring a friend, model, supplies provided, RSVP ♫ Kiss and Tell’s Get Schooled! @ Battery Harris (64 Frost St) 7pm-4am, FREE, Dress in your back to school best (think Clueless style plaid) and dance to Jamaican dub and raggae riddims spun by $mall ¢hange / Deadbeat / Ivy Feraco, take a breather to feast on Jamaican jerk chicken/tofu, RSVP, More Info
THURSDAY 9/19 ♦ NY Art Book Fair Preview @ MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC) 6-9pm, FREE, Opening Night preview of 280 exhibitors at this annual celebration of art & print, live set of underground dance music by MASKS / Terekke, RSVP, More Info * Greenpoint Film Festival @ From the Source (67 West St.) 6pm (opening reception) & 7pm (screening), The festival begins tonight with an Environmental Program, featuring films on Newton Creek’s “heart of darkness” and the East River dolphin, followed by a panel Q&A and after party at Coco66, More Info ♫ Spirit Plate / Lux Perpetua / Friend Roulette / Hippy@ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St, Bushwick) 8pm, $8, RSVP ♫ Skimast / New England Patriots / Big Ups / Alien Triology @ Death By Audio (49 S 2nd St) 8pm, $7
☺The Cause B Show IV: Man’s Best Friend @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8:30pm, free beer with donation, Stand up show to benefit Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue , featuring comedians Janine Brito / Adam Newman / Amber Nelson / Tim Dillon / Matt Marango / Shelly Hamilton, RSVP
FRIDAY 9/20 * NY Art Book Fair @ MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC) 12-7pm (also Saturday and Sunday from 11am-7pm) FREE, the must-see annual event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines, featuring booths and signings from independent publishers, a conference on art-book culture, “The Classroom” (a series of artist-led workshops), and various exhibitions/releases, More Info ♫ Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band / The Budos Band / Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Williamsburg Park (N 12th and Kent Ave) 5:30pm, FREE ♫ Tesla Boy / Night Drive @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8pm, $12, BUY TIX ♫ Xenis Rubinos / Ava Luna / Live Footage @ Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St) 8pm, $8, BUY TIX • Dave the Spazz Movie Club presents Scarlet Street@ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 8:30pm, $5, Fritz Lang’s 1945 noir about a Greenwich Village floozy and her pimp was orginally censored in New York state for being obsense and even sacreligious, More Info • The Dead Zone @ Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave) 12:10am, $11, Watch Christopher Walken freak out when he realizes he can see the future in this Stephen King/David Cronenberg thriller, Trailer
SATURDAY 9/21 • Touch a Truck @ St. Nick’s Alliance (Maspeth Avenue & Olive St) 10am-4pm, $5, Bring the kids to see real trucks up close (including some from NYPD & FDNY), special guest Ms. Frizzle will bring her Magic School Bus ♦ The Galerie Project @ Lightspace Studios (1115 Flushing Ave, Bushwick) 12pm-12am, $20, immersive art experience featuring audio-visual installations, live watercolor and digital painting, dance performances, and DJs Francis Harris / Archie Pelago / Multiple Mono, More Info * Lobstah Palooza @ The Well (272 Meserole St) 3-10pm, $35 online/ $40 door, Get full on a Maine LOBSTAH dinner (the menu has us positively drooling) while listening to DJ’d tunes in the Well’s beer garden backyard, More Info, BUY TIX * ♫ DIIV / Guards / Fletcher C. Johnson @ Havemeyer Park (S.4th St & Kent Ave) 6pm, FREE, RSVP ♫ Rock the Pulaski Benefit Concert @ North Brooklyn Boat Club (49 Ash St) 6:30pm, $5 (proceeds benefit the Boat Club), end Summer right with what will surely be the best superfund site dance party of the season, with live performances by Noise & Rythm / STARINA / Silent Rider / Brandi & the Alexanders / Amerigogo, RSVP ♫ Savoir Adore / The Suzan / Ski Lodge @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N 6th St) 8pm, $12, BUY TIX ♫ Alex Winston / Echo Friendly @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8pm, $12.50, BUY TIX
SUNDAY 9/22 * Fall Solstice Pop Up Market @ Dusty Rose Vintage Warehouse (233 Norman Ave) 12-6pm, FREE, Celebrate new beginnings and celestial ritual with artisan wares for the Autumn equinox, like Navajo-inspired bags, dream catchers, candles, and vintage clothing, with free tarot readings and nail art, RSVP # TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint @ East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) 1-6pm, $24-$45, Outdoor food fest featuring over 40 of North Brooklyn’s favorite restaurants & bars (think Adelina’s, Gwynnett St, Pies ‘n’ Thighs, & many more), with DJ sets from Queen Majesty and Jonathan Toubin, More Info ♫Lady Lamb The Beekeeper / Cassandra Jenkins @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $12, BUY TIX
MONDAY 9/23 ♫ The Henry Millers / Johnny Stimson / Sunflares @ Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St) 8pm, $8, BUY TIX ♫ The Denzels / Cool Serbia / The Teen Age / El Sportivo @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10, BUY TIX
TUESDAY 9/24 # The Masters of Social Gastronomy: BBQ Edition @ The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 6:30-8:30pm, $5, Curious about the variety of slow-cooked meat techinques from Spanish barbacoa to Austin brisket ? Brooklyn Brainery has the sweet and smoky history, RSVP ♥ Witches of Bushwick @ Tandem Bar (236 Troutman St) 10pm, FREE, Queer lady dance party with DJ Ayn Rand (amazing), tarot readings, and general debauchery, RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones likely ♦ Art Event ☺Comedy Event # Foodie Event
THURSDAY 3/7 •Circus Now @Public Assembly (70 N6th St) 7pm, $10, an evening celebrating contemporary American circus and The Ordinary Acrobat, hosted by Duncan Wall with presentations and performances from the circus community! TIX ♫Bad Credit No Credit/Aza Nizi Maza/Popular Culture/Sophia Knapp @Cameo Gallery (93 N.6th St) 7:30pm-1:30am, $8, Tarot card readings by Sophia Knapp, interactive digital installation and dance performances, RSVP ♫The Thermals/Hilly Eye/Habibi @285 Kent Ave 8pm, $15, RSVP ♫Callers/Teen/Olga Bell @Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, $8, RSVP ♫Lucy Love/Linkoban/Kelow @Public Assembly (70 N.6th St) 10pm, $10 More Info
FRIDAY 3/8 •Movieoke @Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 8-11:30pm, FREE, Presents Movieokekaraoke for movie geeks. Pick a DVD from Videologys collection (or bring your own), they put your favorite scene on the big screen with the captions and without sound, and you act it out for an adoring audience plus, trivia, prizes! More Info ♫Small Black/Heavenly Beat/Imperial Topaz/Beach Fossils Djs @285 Kent Ave 8pm, $10, RSVP ♫Javelin/Hard Nips/Chances With Wolves @Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 11:30pm, $12, RSVP
SATURDAY 3/9 *Vegan Spring Break Shop-Up @Pine Box (12 Grattan St, Bushwick) 12-5pm, FREE, Vegan Shop-Up is NYC’s only all vegan pop-up market featuring the best small businesses around, RSVP ♦Check out all Brooklyn Armory Events Here ♦Manuel Gnam/Taslima Ahmed @Real Fine Arts (673 Meeker Ave) Opening reception 7-10pm, performance at 9pm, More Info ♦Bushwick’s Armory Night: “Awakening Spirit” @The Living Gallery(1087 Flushing Ave, Bushwick), Enjoy the Heart Core Installation and view a rare film screening of the early avant garde works of Jay Masonek and a selection of experimental animation short films of Eric Leiser RSVP ♦Williamsburg After Hours Gallery Event @Various Williamsburg locations, 7-10pm, This year Williamsburg galleries proudly echo the spirit of The Armory Show, the largest art fair in New York City, with a series of individually curated after hours events, soirees, video installations, exhibitions, and performances, collectively entitled, More Info ♦/☺Giggles Art Opening w/Live Comedy @Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St, Bushwick) 8-11pm, Art and Laughs! RSVP ♫PAWS/Bambara/Lost Boy?/Lame Drivers @Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St,Bushwick) 8pm, $8, RSVP
TUESDAY 3/12 ♦Christopher Wilcha’s The Target Shoots First @Light Industry (155 Freeman St) 7:30pm, $7, Screening- In 1993, recent college grad Christopher Wilcha landed his first real job at the offices of mail-order music giant Columbia House in New York, where he discovered that his knowledge of punk rock minutiae was more valuable than his philosophy degree RSVP ☺Greenpointers Comedy Night @Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $5, To benefit the comics! hosted by Kerryn Feehan/Nimesh Patel/The Lucas Bros/Anthony DeVito/Michelle Wolf /Hadiyah Robinson/Justy Dodge RSVP •Leprechaun in the Hood @Berry Park (4 Berry St) 8pm, FREE, Bad Movie Brooklyn is proud to present the most St. Patrick’s Day movie they know, “Leprechaun in the Hood” RSVP ♥Irish Night Karaoke @Muchmore’s (2 Havenmeyer St) 8:30pm, FREE, all drinks can be made into green drinks upon request! RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones likely ♦ Art Event ☺ Comedy Event
WEDNESDAY 6/6 ♦ PS34 Art Show @ From The Source (69 West St) 6-8pm, students’ awesome art work • Save Face: A Ladies Only Chat About Money Featuring LearnVest @ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 7-8pm, $5, a ladies only chat about money! Buy Tickets
THURSDAY 6/7 • Backwards Beekeepers Spring Mixer @ Hayseeds Big City Farm Supply (218 India St) 7-9pm, bee related travel tales featuring dispatches and stories from Ethiopia, Hong Kong and Paris, screen printing for $5 dollars, bring a t shirt or tote, BYOB, RSVP ♫ The Storm: An Apocalyptic Folk Opera @ Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St., Bushwick) 8:30pm, $10, a story of five animals and their struggle for survival against a cataclysmic squall, thru June 9th, more info
FRIDAY 6/8 * 4 Year Anniversary Party @ Kill Devil Hill (170 Franklin St) 6-8pm, drinks, gift bag with purchase ♦ Where They Swam @ the one well (165 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, Photographer Gina Pollack exhibits her images of McCarren Park Pool before the renovation. The images capture the decaying pool after 28 years of abandonment. ♫ Levi Strom with Cave Country/GondolaNames of War/Aaron N. Brooke @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 8pm, Free
ALL WEEKEND (6/9-6/10) ♦ Figment Art Fair (Governors Island) 10am-6pm, a spectacularly colorful event, with over 200 participatory art projects in every conceivable medium, a bigger-than-ever-before TreeHouse, a delightfully whimsical Interactive Scuplture Garden and inspired Minigolf Course, More info • Williamsburg Walks (6/9-6/10) 3-8pm, a series of car-free Saturday afternoons on Bedford Avenue, more info
SATURDAY 6/9 * Freckle & Friends Garden Party @ Freckle Skin & Hair (154 Nassau Ave) 5:30pm, makeup consultation, face and neck organic airbrush tanning from Amber Organic Tan, goody bags, discounted cosmetics, packages and services, wine from Grapepoint Wines, snacks ♦ Bionic Garden @ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St, LIC) 1-4pm, an exhibition that unveils how humans have adapted to grow plants in the most unlikely of ways and places, More info ♫ Those Mockingbirds/Gabriel The Marine/Sun and Flesh/Happy Problem @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $8, Buy Tix ♫ O’Death/ Pop1280/ Colin. L Orchestra @ Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $12-14 Buy Tix
SUNDAY 6/10 • Nature Walk Tour at Newtown Creek @ Newtown Creek Visitor Center (329 Greenpoint Ave) 1pm, a tour of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk with designer and environmental sculpture artist George Trakas. • Polish American Folk Dance Company End of Season Performance @ The Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) 3pm, $15, new dances: Mazurka, Kopciuszek Mazur, Kolomajki, Kurpie and Szamotuly, as well as classic favorites like Krakowiak and Warszawska!, more info ♫ Hips or Lips Festival @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 3pm, $15 Help Josh get hip replacement surgery, Line-up: Tough Shits/ Andy Animal Band w Anna Copacabana, Tommy Volume/ BreedLove/ Pretty Quick/ Strange haze/ Ex human/ Daddy Long Legs/ Games/The Babyshakes, DJs: Avi Spivak Human Being Lawn Mower/ Sophie Thunder/ Billy & Miriam Norton Records/ Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus/ THE END! Jonathan Toubin with very special guest, More info
TUESDAY 6/12 • Buying Into Brooklyn: A Crash Course in Home Buying For First Timers @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 7:30-9:30pm, Whether you’re obsessively searching sales listings for the perfect apartment, or you just like to fantasize about owning your own brownstone, a crash course on everything you need to know about buying a home, experts, beer & hot dogs, RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
WEDNESDAY 5/30 ♦ Flux Death Match: The New Aesthetic @ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St, LIC) 8-11pm, Panelists will argue over The New Aesthetic – a recent visual culture meme born of a Tumblr account and propelled into heated on- and off-line discussions, More info
THURSDAY 5/31 • Pickling Workshop with Kate Payne @ Word (126 Franklin St) $30, In this interactive class you’ll learn about small-batch pickling and fermentation, includes a copy of her book The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, Buy Tix ♥ Ladies Arm Wrestling @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St.) 8:30-10:30pm, $3 to compete, includes a free beer, pre-register by 8:15, free to watch
FRIDAY 6/1 ♦ The Visitor @ Black and White Gallery/Project Space (483 Driggs Ave) Opening Reception 6-9pm, Suggestive of the cult sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth starring David Bowie. In the context of the show the viewer is the Visitor, an Other who is invited to penetrate the artists’ seemingly fantastical but plausible realms in an attempt to save his own personal home planet, More info • Chicago Brooklyn @ Book Thug Nation (100 N3rd St.) 7-9pm, The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography brings a showcase of its published writers to town for a reading, joined by Moonshot Magazine and hosted by Brooklyn Spaces ♫ noon:30/ play/start / Leda w/ DJ Sebastian @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8, presented by Permanent Waves, a network of feminist artists and activists who want to challenge gender inequality as it manifests itself in art, politics, and our personal lives, and want you to join, RSVP
♦♦♦All Weekend: Bushwick Open Studios ♦♦♦
An open and inclusive event that benefits the neighborhood by sharing artistic projects and encouraging community interaction and dialogue. BOS brings the neighborhood’s thousands of artists and performers out into the streets and in view of each other, other community residents, and the general public, More info
SATURDAY 6/2 • McCarren 5K Run/Walk 2012 @ McCarren Park, 10am, Funds raised from this Run/Walk will help support programs and services to over 2,500 children and youth of modest means in their summer camp and after school programs in North Brooklyn, Event Brochure, Register ♦ The Project Collective, Art & Music Fundraiser @ Dekalb Market (138 Wiloughby St) 10am-10pm, proceeds from the event will go to UpRoar Art, a non-profit working very hard to bring free or low-cost art education to Brooklyn Public Schools and other arts organizations, artwork, events include, newspaper planting pots for kids, nail art by Ria Nailz, tarot card reading, music by SuperCrush, RSVP • Sun Boxes @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden for AMBLE (900 Washington Ave.) 12pm, Sun-Boxes, a solar-powered sound installation from Craig Colorusso, presented by Paper Garden Records, will make for a beautiful day as you wander through the Gardens, RSVP • Summer Stand-Up to Poverty Comedy Show and Fundraiser BBQ @ The Cee Flat (988 Manhattan Ave) 4pm, The Asian Affairs Committee of UNA-SNY Young Professionals invites you to an evening comedy performance and summer barbecue to benefit humanitarian aid, RSVP ♦ DIVISION 169 @ Rawson Projects (223 Franklin St) 6-8pm, a group exhibition curated by Justin Adian and Wendy White, RSVP ♫ Ondyne’s Demise/Lussuria/Believer @ Big Sky Works (29 Wythe Ave) 8:30pm, $10, a haunting evening of dark music with trapeze and dance, RSVP
SUNDAY 6/3 * Opening Day: McGlorick Park Farmers Market @ McGolick Park (Russell St) 11am-4pm, Click here for vendors ♫ Frolic! Rock Fest @ CitiStorage (5 North 11th St.) 12-6pm, family event on the East River will featuring children’s amusement rides, BBQ food, Brooklyn Brewery beer, Italian ices by Uncle Louie G’s, and the Frolic! Rock Fest – a free concert, all proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Brooklyn FundRSVP ♫ Collect-i-Bowl Record Show @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.) 11am-6pm, FREE, 1000’s of rare and collectible vinyl, DVD’s, CDs and more! Two full bars, Blue Ribbon food, DJ Uncle Mike, 16 bowling lanes, More info
TUESDAY 6/5 ♥ The History of Fun and Games @ Public Assembly (70 N6th St), 7pm Free, presented by SASS: What did people in history do when they weren’t busy killing each other and dying of preventable causes?
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
I have friends who live on Freeman Street, and I’ve been there for all manner of reasons in the past, but last weekend was the first time I ever ventured there for an art-related event. The recently-opened arts and culture center Triple Canopy/Light Industry/Public School now occupies the new-looking building near the corner of Manhattan Avenue, and we raise our pint glasses in welcome to them.
The Per-Oskar Leu installation Crisis and Critique, presented by Triple Canopy, provides a space to reflect on these politically charged times. At Friday’s opening, participants reclined on white cushions inscribed with German-language words such as “not” and “your eye” (or “your ear”) in black type. On the screen we watched 30s and 40s German films edited around the theme of “the artist’s role in the political act”, according to Leu, while surrounded by a soundtrack he’d created of archival recordings and “audio-scuptural objects”. Draped leather hung from the ceiling by ropes and evoked a smell that could come from the leather coats worn in the films, or even Brecht’s leather jacket itself.
About showing at Triple Canopy, Leu says “To me, this is the most ideal place to show work. It’s a non-profit but still organized and professional like an established institution, and it still has an edge.”
Peter Russo, Editorial and Program Director for Triple Canopy, says “Triple Canopy is online magazine and arts organization. 155 Freeman is but one venue where we articulate the translation between projects, online, in print, and for live settings.”
You can contribute to Triple Canopy’s already highly successful Kickstarter campaign to cover lighting, construction, and “new (much more comfortable) seating for all screenings and performances.”
PAPERAZZI, which runs from now until February 12th, features a wide range of artists all offering works on paper. With that general theme providing what appears to be the only direction for the show, the pieces exhibited a dramatic range of styles. Weaving through a dense and lively opening night crowd, a few of these pieces caught my eye. The first, Peter Fox‘s Untitled, used both the interwoven yet unmixed colors and thick textures of acrylic paint to create a piece whose abstraction extends both across and out from the board. Caroline McAuliffe used paper in a much different way with The Script Series, a collection of cards made from rougher stock featuring short messages stitched in red thread that speak to the doubt and insecurity of interpersonal relationships. I couldn’t decide whether Eric Holzman‘s Sunrise seemed to me more of a landscape or starscape; his style packs a great deal of emotion into a very few colors spread across unclear forms, and the title implies a little of both. In addition to the described, there are at over one hundred more pieces to explore.
Sys(x)tem, which runs until February 5th, is a collection of work from artists who seek to deconstruct and question the systems with which we interact. In this context, ‘system’ is very broadly defined; in one work, Future Archaeology’s moc.elgooG, the system in question is the data aggregation network whose name is increasingly used as a verb to describe the very process of looking up information. The work itself is nebulously located on a wifi network within the gallery; visitors interact with it via a computer terminal hooked up to projector whose light dominates the space. Far more physical is my favorite piece of the evening, Tie-Die by Israeli artist Shay Arick. His instructions for recreating the piece in the comfort of your own home are as follows:
Place a bleach container on a shelf.
Make a small hole in the bleach container:
Transparent acid drops
on the cotton fabric
Ball of fire
Arick’s work physically separates the very pigments from the fabric of the shirts folded neatly on the gallery floor, sending this color streaming slowly out from the stack and leaving behind “Red/Ball of fire/ Yellow” hues in a unique and changing pattern on the fabric. My only critique is of his radical redefinition of bleach as an acid, but while we’re taking on the systems that define modern life, why stop short of chemistry?
Before my inevitable retreat into cold weather hibernation, I’ve been running around like a squirrel trying to sample as many of the new hangouts that have popped up in Greenpoint over the summer. Here are a few places you might want to check out before Autumn’s arrival–which is sadly Friday.
Calyer - 92 Calyer St.
Hidden away on the corner of Franklin and the street of its namesake, Calyer was opened a few weeks ago by the owners of Anella, with little fanfare and no sign. The interior is lovely as you might expect, combining a touch of “noir” with some the space’s original rustic beauty. The food was described by the waiter as Spanish influenced and should be ordered tapas-style. This makes the menu a bit more spendy than it appears at first glance, as a typical plate runs around $10 to $12. Avoid the salads as they tend to be paltry, but do try the seafood plates or any of the more substantial entrees. I hear the Chicharrones are addictive as well. They also have a cozy bar and a decent selection of Spanish wines.
El Toro Taqueria - 254 Driggs Ave.
Greenpoint may be the Polish capital of New York, but those who live north of Greenpoint Ave. know of the many delicious Latino inspired restaurants/laundromats/in-the-back-of-a-bodegas tucked away here. El Toro is a new take-out style taqueria that recently opened on Driggs. The vibe is causal and welcoming. I was impressed with the flavor and thoughtfulness of the parings. The kimchi and marinated steak taco is fusion heaven. The fish and shrimp are served cold, which may put off purists, but the savory sauces more than make up for it. Those familiar with Snack Dragon on the LES might reconsider their fourth meal until after the cab ride back to Greenpoint.
The Lobster Joint - 1073 Manhattan Ave.
I finally hit The Lobster Joint last Friday on what was a particularly cool September evening. As a native New Englander this made me feel right at home. So did the perfectly seasoned chowder, reminding me more of a lighter Rhode Island style broth than the creamy Massachusetts style you may be used to. The Lobster roll was also surprisingly authentic, with warm buttered bread making it all melty and sweet in your mouth. The mussels and fries are a plate large enough to share and the Lobster Ale makes it all go down smooth. Needless to say I will be returning a few more times this fall.
Spotted this sign this morning in the window of the last remaining open retail space at 200 Franklin Street. Joining Hair Metal Salon, Julia James Boutique and Wyne a Bit is a spa that will feature “skin care, body treatments, nails and massages”. No word yet on whether it’s gonna be a chi-chi expensive place or a more reasonably priced joint. The homemade sign has me hopeful!