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Peter Pan Loves Greenpoint Hipsters!

This awesome 1 Minute Meals video about Peter Pan Doughnuts from Serious Eats NY stars co-owner Donna Siafakas who says that hipsters are wonderful people and before they settled in Greenpoint it was black and white, but now it is more colorful. The doughnut shots are spectacular, too.

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Pigeons Smuggling Cubans – Duke Riley Show Tonight …in NYC (11/1)

Duke Riley’s Show See You At The Finish Line is opening tonight from 6-8pm at Magnan Metz Gallery (521 West 26th St) all the way in Manhattan – all the way between 10th and 11th St. The incredible journey documented in this solo show will make the measly trip across the East River and hike to the west side well worth it.

The US governement spends billions of tax payer dollars on high tech surveillance of the waters between the US and Cuba, but one thing their fancy balloons don’t detect – pigeons. As a sort of “FU” to the ridiculous “Trading with the Enemy Act,” Duke trained 50 homing pigeons in Key West to make the 100 mile journey from Cuba to smuggle cigars. Mission accomplished.

In a recent NY Times article Duke said, “I wanted to subvert this billions-of-dollars high-tech system with things that were being used in ancient Sumeria.”

Not only did 11 birds successfully return with cigars, others strapped with cameras filmed the journey. The shaky but unbelievable footage below will be shown in its entirety tonight, as well as the actual birds in their loft, their smuggling “bras,” the cigars and other objects. Plus, a pair of birds is for sale for $100,000 – live pigeons sold as artwork.

See You At The Finish Line is on view through January 14th, 2014.

Duke Riley–Trading with the Enemy PREVIEW from Duke Riley on Vimeo.

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Where To Go Now That It’s Gone: Your Post 3rd Ward Studio Guide

These doors may be shut--but there are plenty that are wide open! Photo courtesy of 3rdward.com. These doors may be shut–but there are plenty that are wide open! Photo courtesy of 3rdward.com.

3rd Ward may have had its faults (more of them than we imagined, it seems), but there was something deeply inspiring about a huge workspace and resource center designed especially for Brooklyn’s many talented creators, and we’d be lying if we told you its presence won’t be missed. However, in the wake of the spot’s closure, we’ve found ourselves reminded time and again that 3rd Ward wasn’t the only game in town–so many of our friends and neighbors have other studios, class centers, coworking quarters and event spaces with their own amazing offerings. Bushwick Daily and Greenpointers reached out to some of our favorite such institutions, and it’s with great pride that we present our readers with our official guide to ten of this borough’s greatest places to take your creativity when making is your job. Take a look through–you can thank us when you get settled in at a place that hooks it up and makes it happen!

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Only In Greenpoint: Black Rabbit Painted Landmark Color and Transformed Into 1860s Bar

Black Rabbit BEFORE © www.FifthFloorUp.com

You may have noticed that the facade of Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave) was repainted from black to a muddy maroon in order to comply with NYC Landmark Commission. What do you think of the new look?

Black Rabbit AFTER © Black Rabbit

Recently Improv Everywhere transformed Black Rabbit in Greenpoint into an 1860s bar for the ultimate time travel prank! They “worked with accomplices to invite unsuspecting friends …The bar was completely lit by candles and kerosene lanterns and was filled with actors in period dress. Beer cost pennies, and music was provided by a live band. By the end of the night, our surprised guests found themselves in the middle of an old-fashioned bar fight.

Only in New York? Only in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

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3 Kings Day: 50 Year Old Manger Made By Greenpoint Firefighters (VIDEO!)

Today is 3 Kings Day or the Epiphany, when the wise men visited the baby Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and mir. During church today, John Dobranski Jr. told us about the manger on the alter of the Greenpoint Church that his father, a Greenpoint firefighter made 50 years ago.

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