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Italian Pizza & Paninis Just Around The Corner

Owner Luca Arrigoni manning the pizza oven at Sottocasa.
Owner Luca Arrigoni manning the pizza oven at Sottocasa.

“Sotto casa” is an Italian idiom that translates roughly to something like, “below the house” or “on your doorstep”; in English the closest phrase we have might be something like “just around the corner.” Italians Laura and Luca Arrigoni opened their first Sottocasa pizza restaurant in Boerum Hill quite literally “below the house”—it’s situated on the ground floor of an old residential building. But the pair were in love with more than the literal meaning of the name. They wanted Sottocasa to become a neighborhood joint just around the corner: an inclusive, homey space where everyone feels welcome. Continue reading

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An Inside-Out Pickup Joint: Soccer At The Pitch

The-Pitch_Williamsburg_02Ughhhh, is it iced coffee weather yet? It’s no secret that we New Yorkers aren’t blessed with a great climate. Winter = grey snow piles for days. Spring = rain, like we’ve had all week. Summer = sweat, gross smells, and sometimes you can fry an egg on the sidewalk. So what are outdoor sport-loving folks to do when NYC weather is THE WORST? Hit up The Pitch, NYC’s only indoor soccer-focused space, which just opened a few months ago in Williamsburg. Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Project Is A Garden Of Artistic Goodness

The Brooklyn Sketchbook Project
Photo: Christine Stoddard

If you spent your childhood lusting after the library in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” there’s a place in Williamsburg you have to visit. It’s called the Brooklyn Art Library and it’s the home to The Sketchbook Project, a collection of more than 35,000 sketchbooks from artists in 135 countries, and the space’s main attraction. Every single sketchbook in the collection is on display and available for your perusal. All you have to do is swing by 28 Frost Street Thursday through Saturday for looksie. Continue reading

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Walter Robinson at Owen James Gallery

Walter Robinson at Owen James Gallery
Walter Robinson at Owen James Gallery

Currently on exhibition at the Owen James Gallery is a unique “collaboration” between Charles Bukowski and the painter Walter Robinson. Working with Bukowski’s poem “The Bluebird,” Robinson has crafted a series of paintings that reflects a debauchery more and more prolific in our social network feeds. Continue reading

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Art Receptions in Greenpoint This Weekend: April 15-17

Hey Greenpoint! We’ve got a pretty good weekend of events here. Plus it’s the Greenpointer’s Spring Market!

See you in the streets!

FRIDAY: The Screaming Hand at House of VansStickymonger at Superchief

SATURDAY: It’s Record Store Day! Also, check out Tropicalia in Furs Pop-Up Record Boutique

SUNDAYJames Brittingham, Real Reasons / Greenpointer’s Spring Market! Continue reading

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Greenpoint Gals Keep It Real: Concrete + Water Owner Hannah Dilworth

Hannah Dilworth

Hannah Dilworth may own Williamsburg shop Concrete + Water, but her heart belongs to Greenpoint, where she lives with her fiancé and their dog Henry.

Hannah’s shop is a beautiful, stylish sight to behold, with gorgeous, well-curated items, from the perfect summer bikini to the most current pair of sunnies.

A recent panel at the shop, sponsored by Made Real Vodka and moderated by its founder Nicole Williams, featured a fun and lively group of female North Brooklyn entrepreneurs. As would-be entrepreneurs sipped a spicy honey-vodka cocktail, they listened to Hannah, Victorian Deych, Kilee Hughes and Lenore Champagne Beirne discussing the confidence required to be your own boss in a hostile economic climate. Afterwards, we chatted with Hannah about the event, her shop, collaborating with her partner, and how she turned her passion into a lifestyle.

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Williamsburg Walks Call For Artists!

Williamsburg WalksWe had so much fun last year at Williamsburg Walks, and are psyched about this year’s festivities. On June 11th and 12th, Bedford Avenue between Metropolitan and N 12th Street will turn into an artsy public park. Temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures will be staggered throughout the blocks. In addition to the installations there will be a variety of activities; last year there were a ton of vendors selling their wares, food and a skateboarding demo.

Northside Art is seeking proposals for:
1. Live painting/graffiti/collage
2. Interactive installations/workshops
3. Sculpture/stand alone installations
4. Performance artists

Submit your proposal via this form.
The deadline to submit is May 15th.
Send all questions to ​walks@northsidemediagroup.com

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New Web Series Captures The Hustle (And Humor) Of Living in Williamsburg

You’ve heard of people splitting studios in Williamsburg, but would you split a bed to live within spitting distance of Bedford Avenue? That’s the premise of “Full Disclosure,” a new web series about two women living, dating, and flailing in Brooklyn’s prime real estate. The comedy, created by Katie Baker and Corrie Nance, premieres at Videology Bar & Cinema tonight (April 6th).

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The Hollows: Permeate The House

"Little Universe" by Jakob Hentze at The Hollows
“Little Universe” by Jakob Hentze at The Hollows

Generally, the galleries in Williamsburg and Greenpoint are small, windowless rooms hidden away on side streets or third floor lofts. But on Wednesday evening I attended a group art exhibition on Bedford Avenue between N 8th and N 9th in one of those beautiful brownstones. Featuring nearly twenty artists throughout the entire five-story building, this show, “Permeate The House”, acted as the inaugural exhibition for a new gallery/collective/artist residency in the heart of Williamsburg called The Hollows.

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