Ever wonder about that little triangle of land on Nassau in Greenpoint with the “Golden Nugget” RV on it? And who the hell lives in there? You can meet the “caretaker” this Sunday!
Center For Investigative Research, “an ad-hoc collective dedicated to searching out the true facts and deeper meanings behind everyday phenomena in Brooklyn and beyond,” is hosting a salon on Sunday February 17th, 2013 at Diamond (43 Franklin St) from 5-7pm, which aims to answer all your questions.
The invitation reads:
“The tiny triangle of land bordered by Banker Street, Nassau Ave, and North 15th, at the border between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, is an enduring Northside mystery. A sea of old-world chaos in the midst of a plague-like profusion of high-end beer gardens, supermummy sanatoriums, yoga studios, and Apple-product saturated co-working spaces, this tiny space beckons the passerby with a nostalgic, disorganized filth all but absent in today’s Brooklyn. While the “Golden Nugget” sign on what appears to be a food wagon hints as some comestible design, the deeper story has remained tantalizingly elusive—until now.
Come meet the caretaker of this semi-conscious urban installation, and hear about his ambitious plans for a restaurant serving animal-shaped children’s sandwiches, plexiglass-clad indoor ice-rinks, and an Azerbaijani spit-roasted lamb festival. While we cannot tell you his name, you can be sure his raconteuring skills are legend…”
Our great friend Oriana from Brooklyn Spaces is making a presentation about her project this Sunday September 23rd, 2012 from 7-11pm at Animus Art Salon. Other presenters include: Bryn Larson of Oxheart, Laura Bluher, Irons Grishina, Murjani Holmes, ND’A, Bailey Catherine Dorothea Nolan presents BabySkinGlove, Linden Renz of Mad Sharpe Productions, with a performance by Finnegan.
There will also be: The Tube Party
On a recent family trip to Göteborg, Ventiko went bonkers for tubes and brought some back for us all to try! Come and sample all the delicious flavors—including Reindeer!
Thru 9/22 – Et cetera 2012@ Public Assembly (70 No. 6th St) A week of art, talks, films, comedy, learning, music and dancing.
• Comics to Watch Showcase @ Creek and Cave (10-93 Jackson Ave., LIC) 8pm, 2012 Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch Showcase sponsored by Caroline’s, line-up is on the down low but the laughs are going to be through the roof! Hosted by Nick Turner.
♫ Rock the Pulaski Benefitfor North Brooklyn Boat @ Broadway Stages Boatyard (437 McGuinness Blvd) 6pm, $5, games, drinks, food, music: The Hungry March Band / Red Bedlam / Free Advice /The Alex Mallett Band / Time Travelers, RSVP
♫ Scammers / Denver Hughes / Idaho Joe Winslow @ The Place (269 Norman Av) 8pm, $7
♫ The Babies, K-Holes, Sundelles @ Death by Audio (49 S 2nd St) 8pm, $7
♫ Fan-Tan, My Summer, Imaginary Weapons @ Big Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm, $7
* 2nd Annual Autumnal Equinox Pumking Breakfast @ The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) 10:49am-12:19pm, the first keg of Southern Tier Pumking will be tapped along with while Dave’s Mom and Dad will be serving pumpkin pie, cinnamon twists, and pancakes for free (limited quanities) to all drinkers.
• Sew a Merit Badge @ Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave) 12-2pm, Free, Join Greenpoint Hand Skills group for a free craft lesson to learn how to embroider merit badges, Coffee from Cup, Donuts from Peter Pan
♦ Newtown Creek Armada @ Newtown Creek Nature Walk (Paidge Ave & Provost St) 1-4pm, FREE, an art installation that invites the public to explore the creek, visitors will pilot a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-control boats along the creek’s surface, More Info
♫ Family Dance Party @ McGolrick Park, 4-7pm, Join Friends of McGolrick Park Association for a dance party under the pavilion! Bring a picnic and relish the nice weather. Rain location: Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St)
♫ Attacca Quartet @ East River State Park (No. 8th St & Kent Ave) 5:30pm, Graduate Resident String Quartet of The Juilliard School
♦ Geometricks @ Gallery Brooklyn (351 Van Brunt St, Red Hook) 6-9pm Opening Reception featuring the works of Augustine Kofie, Chor Boogie, Drew Tyndell, Feral Child, Hellbent, Jaye Moon, Maya Hayuk, MOMO, OLEK, OverUnder, See One, curated by Hellbent, presented by Brooklyn Street Art
♫ Heaven’s Gate / Life Size Maps / Butter The Children / Turnip King @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm
♦ Panel Discussion: What is Collage? @ Ruth Phaneuf Fine Arts (10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, 2nd Fl) 4-6pm, What was once considered an artistic reaction to the specific age of communication can be seen in retrospect as a responsive method to connect art and the world in any age. Moderated by Ruth Phaneuf and Michael Lee with participating artists Sara Klar, Abe McNally and Jason Tomme.
* Masters of Social Gastronomy Get Shelved: Preservatives & Convenience Food @ Public Assembly (70 No. 6th St) 7-9pm, FREE lecture, Why does your bacon clamor about its lack of nitrites, but your soda keeps quiet about sodium benzoate? Learn to read the small print of food labeling with terrifying ease!
• Pitchapalooza @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7-9pm, American Idol for books. Each writer gets one minuteto pitch their book! More info
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
Did you know there is a commercial hydroponic urban farm on a rooftop in Greenpoint? Have you tried their salads? They are wonderful!
Viraj Puri, the founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, kicks off Wakefield’s Electric Locomotive on Wednesday September 20, 2012 at 6:30pm with a talk about how this magical farm on top of an old bowling alley in North Brooklyn came to be.
Wakefield is an awesome and free daily email that connects you with the stories behind the startups, great jobs and new products.
The wonderful folks at Ovenly will provide treats for all.
Happy July! Hopefully this heatwave will subside for a nice weekend. Check out the calendar for even more events. Submit an event.
WEDNESDAY 7/18 • Brooklyn Public Library Kidsmobile @ McCarren Park, 10-11:30am, FREE ♥ Summerscreen: Raising Arizona @ McCarren Park (N 12th & Bedford Ave), 6pm, FREE • The Fug Girls Present Messy @ Word (126 Franklin St.) 7-8pm, founders of the must-read blog Go Fug Yourself, present their second YA novel, Messy, More info ♫ TEEN / Electric Video Release Party @ La Sala (58 No. 3rd St) 9pm, RSVP ♫ Telepathe / Feathers / Eraas / FAITH DJ set @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10, Buy Tix
THURSDAY 7/19 • Cooper Park Harmony Day Picnic with the 90th Precinct @ Cooper Park, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM • OSA Community Tree Stewardship Day with The Human Impacts Institute @ Rodney Park (S. 3rd Street & Rodney) 5:30-7pm, help protect street trees from the heat of the summer, tools supplied and no gardening experience necessary. ♫ Pretty Good Friends with Eugene Mirman / OK GO! @ Williamsburg Park (50 Kent Avenue) 5:30pm, FREE ♦ Slideluck Potshow @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 N 11th St) $15, 6:30-10:30pm, a slideshow of various Northside artists, bring your favorite bar food, beer will be unlimited, space will be, Buy Tix • Jungle Nights: Natural Perfume Making Workshop @ Jungle (61 Kent Avenue) 7-8pm, $120, Using natural ingredients found in the garden, you will learn the basics of natural perfume design with a perfume designer and create with your own scent to take home, Cocktails, RSVP time4everythingnyc (AT) gmail.com * Space, Time, and a Universe in Many Dimensions@ 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave) 7:30pm, $20, Janna Levin, scientist and novelist, speaks to us about how there may be hidden dimensions existing in the vast unknown that is the universe, More info
FRIDAY 7/20 ♫ Children’s concert @ American Playground, 11am, Free ♫ Woody Guthrie Centennial Benefit @ Teddy’s (96 Berry St) 8pm, To benefit North Brooklyn’s O.U.T.R.A.G.E. (Organizations United for Trash Reduction and Garbage Equity) ♫ The Frighteners / The Forthrights / The Hard Times @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St) 8pm
SATURDAY 7/21 * Weekend Walk Block Party @ Grand between Union & Manhattan, noon-6pm, a car free oasis, RVSP ♥ 7th Annual Great Hot Dog CookOff @ 630 Flushing Ave, 1:30pm, 30 competitors engage in a live grilling battle where the attendees vote to determine who will be this year’s Top Dog, all proceeds donated to Food Bank For New York City, Buy Tix • 5th Annual Pig Roast @ 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave) 4pm, Free, a summery celebration of gut-splitting proportions, More info ♦ Surprise! Party & Zine Release @ Booklyn (37 Greenpoint Ave 4fl) 7-10pm, a recurring, roving performance project, created in 2009 by artists Aaron Wojack and Calder Zwicky, More info ♫ Quiet Loudly /EULA/ Miniboone/ & Backwords @ Big Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm, RSVP ♫ Dum Dum Girls, Widowspeak, Fingers On The Pulse @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, RSVP ♫ Soul Clap and Dance Off w/ Jonathan Toubin @ Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave) 11:45pm, $5
SUNDAY 7/22 ♫ Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 6pm, $5 ♫ Fixed / Chromatics / JDH & Dave P / Paul Raffaele @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St) 8pm, $18, Buy Tix
TUESDAY 7/24 ♥ Masters of Social Gastronomy: Ice Cream @ Public Assembly (70 North 6th St) 7-9:30pm, Free, RSVP * Drink for Better Transit @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave) 7-8:30pm,Riders Alliance • RidersNY.org is a membership organization of subway and bus riders dedicated to winning better transit in New York, RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
If an inventor could create a device that converts sheer brain power into energy, said device should be brought to the Northside Entrepreneurship Festival next year. That inventor would take away enough energy to send a spaceship to Mars and back. It’s a given that this spaceship would update it’s Sonar status from the red planet, and have it’s own veggie garden on board.
I’ve never been to South by Southwest, the annual festival in Austin, Texas. But this day of discussion around sustainable business ideas that encourage community is exactly what I’ve always thought it would be like. But after this one, I could travel home on foot and sleep in my own bed that night.
The Food Book Fair was this past weekend at the newly opened Wythe Hotel. When I think of fair I think of tractor pulls, farm animals, funnel cakes, and a lot of hoopla. I expected the Food Book Fair to be convention style, with tables, shwag, food samples, commotion. Instead there was a tiny and well curated “book store” in a nook in the hotel lobby, and talks and panel discussions were held in a beautiful ballroom. Food was for sale, and looked outstanding. And there were expensive dinners each evening. Hoopla came in the form of a pigeon sneaking into the event and making a raucous and flying up into the projector screen. The beast wrangler in me caught the scared bird and released it. Over the weekend I attended 6 talks, which were well organized, very informative and hosted by leaders and innovators in the field of food, writing, cooking, publishing and technology. All were followed by book signings. I left with a wealth of knowledge and a brain full of inspiring ideas.
More public access, in the form of free events, and food samples is something I hope they improve upon for the next fair. Important info about the food industry as well as resources for hopeful food writers shouldn’t come at a price. That being said, I am sure a 3-day long event at the Wythe hotel was costly.
What follows is a brief summary of each talk I attended.