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5 Cheap Things To Do In & Around Greenpoint Before (GASP!) Summer Ends

Dudes! The Fourth of July has passed. August is fast approaching. Sure, this constant humidity and 90 degree heat sucks and begs us to stay indoors in front of the AC racking up the electric bill, but we cannot let Mother Nature win!

Autumn’s cool breeze will be blowing leaves in our faces before we know it. We’ve got to take charge and make the most out of the last of our summer weeks. Here are a few inexpensive suggestions to help you end these hot, sunny days with a BANG.

1. Bike to Coney Island

I dare you! It’s not as far as you think. Well, it is, but it’s a pretty flat, easy route and once you arrive you can eat a hot dog at Nathan’s, jump in the ocean depending on how hardcore you are, and then brag to your friends that you biked 26+ miles. Once you get past Prospect Park, you’re on the Ocean Parkway Greenway for a little more than 4 miles. This bike path is mostly shaded and separate from the street so it’s safe and for the most part a pretty sweet ride. If you’re one of those New Yorkers who’s never been to the historic amusement park, I highly recommend it. Heck, I demand it. It’s equal parts awe-inspiring and gross, but will dazzle you nonetheless. Also, you’ve got to ride the Cyclone at least once in your life.

Biking directions from Greenpoint to Coney Island: http://goo.gl/maps/VbWdy Continue reading

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Donate to #Sandy Rockaway Relief At Brooklyn Brewery This Weekend

Via @BrooklynBrewery:

“…Accepting donations during all public hours this weekend (11/10-11/12) to be donated to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Please bring any and all of the foods listed below and put them on the donation pallets by the door as you enter.

Items to be donated include:

  • Canned (pop top) or boxed soup
  • Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Crackers
  • Juice or milk boxes
  • Tuna Fish
  • Coffee/tea/sugar

And especially for kids:

  • Baby food
  • Formula
  • Baby supplies/wipes/diapers (size 5 especially)
  • Snacks for kids

For those interested in volunteering to help clean up the hardest hit areas, we’ll be providing training sessions to ensure that we send down organized and prepared teams. There are safety and health concerns and we want volunteers to be prepared. The sessions — “Operation Muck Out” provided by World Cares Center* — will take place here at our Tasting Room.

Tuesday, November 13, 7-8pm will be Team Leaders Training for those who want to get pointers on how to prepare and lead a team to help homeowners clean up, and from 8-9pm we’ll provide basic safety information and other practical information to prepare you to aid in clean up. RSVP: Carla at cvilla (AT) brooklynbrewery.com.

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Want to Volunteer in Rockaways? Take the Rockaway Ferry

According to NYCEDC blog:

“Helping to assist thousands impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways, Mayor Bloomberg, New York City Economic Development Corporation and Seastreak today announced a partnership to provide temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan while subway service on that route is suspended. Seastreak will operate the ferry service beginning this Monday, November 12.

  • Ferries will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive (View Larger Map), where NYCEDC has installed a temporary landing, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown.
  • The service will start at 5:45 AM in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 AM, with regular service resuming during the evening rush.
  • One-way fares will be $2.”

Rockaway Ferry Schedule

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Rockaways Ride Saturday (11/10) // Plus Bike Deals For Greenpointers

With the ongoing gas shortage and damage and delays to our public transportation system caused by Hurricane Sandy, do your fellow New Yorkers and yourself a favor and bike!

In an effort to encourage biking in Greenpoint, Silk Road Cycles (76 Franklin St) is offering a special to Greenpointers readers with 15% off the purchase of bikes and accessories and 10% off labor for the month of November.

© Affinity Cycles

So get a bike or dust off the beater, get tuned up and hit the road!

Silk Road Cycles will join Affinity Cycles (616 Grand St) for a Rockaways Food Delivery Ride. To join the ride: meet at Affinity Cycles on Saturday (11/10) at 9:30am with “batteries, cleaning supplies and food,” to be delivered to the Rockaways on your bicycle.

Contact Jason: info (at) infinitycycles.com

Ride safely, Greenpoint!

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What’s Happening? (8/1-8/7) August is happening!

It’s August everyone! That means savor the rest of what’s left of the summer. Watch an outdoor movie. Get out of town. Hit the beach. Take an evening bike ride or how about a canoe paddle? Because before you know it, we’ll be snowed in. Unless this global warming thing turns NY into Florida. Fingers crossed.

Find more events on our calendar. Submit and event here. Looking for a restaurant, bar, art gallery, yoga studio or local services? Check out our directory.

WEDNESDAY 8/1
Princess Bride @ McCarren Park (Bedford & No. 12th St) 6-10pm, Free, Music by Extreme Animals / Soft Circle / PC Worship
♫ Family Band / Jennifer Castle / El Dorado @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, $8
♫ Big Black Cloud / Girls of Porn / Trabajo, Necking @ Death By Audio (49 S 2nd St) 8pm, $7

♫ Thursday 8/2 – Monday 8/6Do The Reggae @ BAM (30 Lafayette Ave) Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican independence at BAMcinématek with this 14-film series dedicated to the country’s unique and widely influential musical tradition, More info

THURSDAY 8/2
♦ Where We Are @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) 6-9pm, Opening Exhibition of paintings by  Josh Goldberg, RSVP
♫ SUMMERSTARZ 2012 (for kids) @ East River State Park (North 8th St & Kent Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, music from Brooklyn Wind Symphony, screening of Kung Fu Panda 2
• Hearken: A Reading @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, an evening with Karolina Waclawiak, James Yeh, and Tobias Carroll. Three of North Brooklyn’s finest writers. Shooting from the hip, RSVP
♫ Washed Out / Chairlift / Lemonade @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, Free, All ages

FRIDAY 8/3
♦ Summer Small Works Show & Doggy Wedding @ Greenpoint Gallery (390 McGuinness Blvd) 8pm, More info
♫ Splash / Friends / Janka Nabay / Helado Negro / Uumans @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $10, all ages

SATURDAY 8/4
♫ Arbitration Rock Festival @ Onderdonk House (1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood) Noon-10pm, $10, rain or shine, Live Music: Winter Ring / Activists/Dictators / Uzuhi / Springs / Gunfight! / Katie Mullins / Bad Credit No Credit / Backwords / Not Blood Paint / PassKontrol, RSVP
♫ Warm Up w/ Jamie XX / Pearson Sound / Lemonade / Sinjin Hawke / Zora Jones @ PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC) 2pm, $15
* Open Canoe Paddle @ NBBC Boat Yard (49 Ash St) 5:30-8:45pm, $5 insurance fee, an open canoe paddle along the North Brooklyn shoreline to Bushwick Inlet, More info
♫ Miniature Tigers / French Horn Rebellion / Joywave @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St.) 8pm, $13

SUNDAY 8/5
Tour “The Insalubrious Valley” with NCA Historian Mitch Waxman @ (Meet: the corner of Grand St and Morgan Ave) 11am-2pm, $20, the currently undefended border of Brooklyn and Queens, and the place where the industrial revolution actually happened, provides a dramatic and picturesque setting for this exploration. Visiting two movable bridges, the still standing remains of an early 19th century highway, and a forgotten tributary of the larger waterway, BUY TIX
♫ DIY Jam – BBALL Tournament w/ CSC Funk Band @ Cooper Park, noon, FREE, BBQ
♫ Rock-a-way Summer: Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence @ Beach 96th St (Rockaway, Queens) noon-9pm, FREE, music, food, water balloon fight!
♫ Mad Decent Block Party w/ Major Lazer / Erol Aikan / Bonde Do Role / Lunice / Riff Raff / Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire & more @ Williamsburg Park (50 Kent Ave) 2pm, FREE
♦ Comics Jam with Michel Levesque @ Word (126 Franklin St) 3pm, Attendees will create a collaborative comic together, led by Levesque, and will discuss storytelling and the art form, RSVP jenn (at) word brooklyn.com

MONDAY 8/6
• Words by the Water @ East River State Park (Kent @ No. 9th St) 7pm, outdoor reading series featuring Soho Crime authors James Benn, Henry Chang, and Timothy Hallinan, More info

TUESDAY 8/7
• 94th Precinct’s National Night Out @ 94th Precinct (Lorimer St betw. Calyer St and Meserole Ave) 6-9pm, Free food, police displays, music, fun for all!

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event

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