Van Leeuwen’s Flagship Store Opens Tonight in Williamsburg with a Free Scoop Giveaway!!

Van_leeuwen_free_scoopListen carefully tonight and you might just  hear the strains of an ice cream cone fanfare echoing down Wythe Avenue.

Van Leeuwen’s flagship store in Williamsburg is having its official grand opening tomorrow, but tonight, for three glorious hours from 7pm-10pm, they will be handing out free ice cream scoops from the new store as a pre-opening treat. Continue reading

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Citi Bike Stations Officially Hit Greenpoint


They’re heeeeere

Whether you what to cheer or sneer, Citi Bike has begun the first wave of its Greenpoint bike installations. Over the weekend, rows of blue bikes cropped up on streets like tactical operatives ready to whisk us off at any minute. Following in the footsteps of other bike sharing programs in cities like Paris, Rome and Mexico City, Citi Bike’s expansion into Brooklyn was designed to ease city street congestion and give commuters an alternative means of transportation.

Until the end of this month Citi Bike is luring new customers by offering a $25 dollars discount off the $149 yearly membership. Sign into the Citi Bike club and you’ll be able to take those shiny new wheels to your next destination, so long as each ride is 45 minutes or less.

Before you hit the starting gate familiarize yourselves with NYC’s bike riding traffic rules. And now, without further adieu, let’s check out where all these blue babies are parked around the hood.

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Show Off Your Writing Chops at -The Prose Bowl- Open Mic (08/18)

c/o Christopher Green

It’s time to dust off your moleskine notebooks! There’s a new open mic series for fiction writers—The Prose Bowl—starting this Tuesday, August 18 at Pete’s Candy Store, and it’s going to get fierce. “It’s sort of a competition, but a really lighthearted one,” says co-founder Christopher Green. “Slightly American Idol-ish.”

Unlike your regular fiction reading series, The Prose Bowl will have a judging panel and a (hopefully) rowdy audience that will cheer on the four readers. There’s a strict time limit that gives each writer enough space to read about 900 words—flash fiction style. “You read, and then we discuss the story for a few minutes,” says Green. “And at the end, we’ll declare a winner, who will get—I believe—a free drink and perhaps also a small token prize from me and the co-founder.”

We recently caught up with Green to ask the important questions.

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Greenpoint Food & Drink: Summer News Round-up

Brooklyn Barge Bar

There’s been a whole lot of comings and goings amongst Greenpoint’s bars and restaurants recently.  Here’s a round-up of a few changes that are on our radar…

Brooklyn Barge Bar  (3 Milton Street) – This novelty floating bar has been a long time in the making and it’s looking like they’ll miss the boat with the summer crowd if they don’t get things going soon. Time Out are throwing a ‘first look’ party  ($25 for unlimited beer and oysters) on the barge on August 26th, so it’s quite likely that this will be their opening night. Let’s hope they don’t have to cancel like they did with their 4th July celebrations. But, if they do, at least it means that Transmitter Park will stay a haven of tranquillity for a little longer.

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin Street) – A sign in the window of this popular brunch spot says ‘closed for renovation’, along with a request to renew their sidewalk liquor license. However, it’s just been confirmed by the owners that the business is actually being sold and will be re-opening as something different in due course.  Continue reading

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Tasty Deals at Grand Street Summer Restaurant Week

RestaurantWk_postcard2015_digitalFollowing the success of their annual Winter Restaurant Week, now Grand Street is getting in on all the seasonal action and hosting their own Summer Restaurant Week!

Starting today and running until Sunday August 9th, 16 Grand Street restaurants between Union and Bushwick Avenues will be offering some great meal deals, with two-course lunches from $7-$10 and three-course dinners for $18-$30.

Click here for menus and more info on participating restaurants.

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Hot Sauce, Summer in the City: A Scorching Afternoon with Heatonist

Heatonist Founder Noah Chaimberg

One of the great things about writing for Greenpointers is occasionally getting to watch dreams transform into reality.

When I first met Heatonist founder Noah Chaimberg, it was on a bitter, snowy Sunday morning back in February. He was shivering on the doorstep of a Wythe Avenue construction site, kindly waiting to greet me and explain his zany vision for a spicy future. He was part-way through a Kickstarter campaign, with the hope of raising enough funds to turn said construction site into a hot sauce tasting room and events space, complete with the world’s first hot sauce sommelier. Continue reading

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Wil Farr’s Electrifying Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! playing Friday night

Anyone who has seen indie-rock band Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! knows their capacity to rouse a crowd. Their performance last month at the Living Room was no exception. Frontman and multi-instrumentalist Wil Farr’s voice can bite, twang, scream and, above all, enthrall us. Kinetic, visceral, possessed by the energy of what he’s doing, he sings eyes closed, neck veins bulging, whole body moving, and hips swinging in circles as he hits a groove. Farr is sweating—and it’s only the end of the first song.

“What does it feel like to be you, up there, performing your music?” I ask. “It is to be somewhere else,” he answers.

Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! will play at Cameo Gallery (93 North 6th St.) this Friday, June 26 at 7pm. Listen out for “When I Was an Animal,” a cut on their upcoming EP.

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Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis Opens Event Space and Mega-Restaurant on Driggs Avenue

Piggies_The_Hall_Greenpoint_Rosie_de_BelgeonneThere’s something about the segment of Driggs Avenue between N 10th and N 11th streets that attracts a different type of business from other blocks in the area.

First came Fushimi, a super-sized, super-shiny sushi joint that boasts the lingering spirit of a 90s lounge bar. Now, on the opposite side of the street there has sprung up a new mega-restaurant called MP Taverna, the fourth in a string of Greek establishments of the same name, spear-headed by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis.

Psilakis has become known for his appearances on a host of  cooking shows such as Iron Chef America and Ultimate Recipe Showdown, but his real kudos came about in 2008 when a Michelin star was awarded to Anthos, an upmarket restaurant he started in midtown Manhattan.

Seven years on and Psilakis is bringing his celebrated Greek food to Brooklyn. Less high-end than Anthos, MP Taverna aims to provide a contemporary take on the traditional Greek tavern, with a focus on mezze dishes that can be shared family style.

Next door to MP Taverna is Psilakis’ next venture called ‘The Hall Brooklyn‘, a giant events venue whose recent opening heralded a flashy party, complete with cordoned-off entrance line and bouncers with earpieces. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: Live Premieres

Earthquake Lights, Your Sister’s Canary, P. Everett

Friday June 19th 8:00 pm at Cameo Gallery

Courtesy of the Artist. Earthquake Lights.
© Yuki Monestere. Earthquake Lights.

Earthquake Lights (EQL) share a bill at Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St.) with friends Your Sister’s Canary and P. Everett. All three bands are previewed below, along with with our other North Brooklyn concert recommendations for this weekend. Continue reading

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Dakota Kim Debuts ‘Poseidon’s Children’ at Brooklyn AirSpace

Sister Selva performs under the sea at Brooklyn AirSpace c/o Sam Polcer

From the outside, it looked like just another two-story brick building, hunkered between a hardware store and a deli on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. People were drinking at Allswell or Mugs down the street, unaware that behind the grey metal door of this building, Ursula, daughter of Poseidon, had descended, bringing with her sultry sirens, belly dancing mermaids, bioluminescent poi creatures, and all sorts of singing sailors and seafarers.

As some people continued to drink at Allswell, others entered into Ursula’s kingdom inside the unassuming building—where merman hoop artists and aerialists in glowing fishnets performed within feet of the crowd, where musicians played on a stage just a step away from the audience, where the currency was seashells and the air almost smelled salty if you used your imagination.

Ursula was in fact the nightlife queen Sophia Urista, and the two-day kingdom inside the aerial loft known as The Brooklyn AirSpace was the brainchild of Dakota Kim, a Brooklyn-based events producer, and Shalva Wise, one of the AirSpace’s three co-founders. Recently, Greenpointers caught up with Dakota to ask the important questions. Continue reading

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