Williamsburg

“Put away your phones and devices and have real experiences. Be with people.” – Daniel Selling of Williamsburg Therapy Group

Daniel Selling / Director Williamsburg Therapy Group

While sitting on a surprisingly comfy modern sofa inside a patient suite at Williamsburg Therapy Group, I enjoyed a tranquil view of a quiet stretch of Grand St obscured by tropical plants in neatly arranged terra cotta pots. I noticed stacks of books on the window sill with titles that referred to the psychology of African American families, Racial Oppression and the US Prison System – not the population of patients I imagined served by this practice. Continue reading

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IN: Evil Landlords, SPAM, Fancy Condos / OUT: Foodswings, DIY Music, Seniors – The Hook Up (12/30)

Williamsburg developer and super-bully, Victor Einhorn, the new landlord of the city-run Swinging Sixties Senior Center building (211 Ainslie St), has given 200 seniors and preschoolers until the end of January to vacate the premises, before the community center is torn down to make way for new condos. Way to pick on the underdog, Victor. Seriously.

Two Boots is moving in and Foodswings  is priced out of North Brooklyn (bye, Vegan wings). 285 Kent is also rumored to be closing down (bye, DIY music).

Williamsburg is now a place that you can dine on gourmet SPAM, reviewed by the NY Times.

In further gentrification news, you rich bastards can now purchase the most expensive condo in Brooklyn, (in  so-called gritty South Williamsburg) where you can relax in your giant tub, read in your private library, and roll around naked on your “exquisite” marble floors.  If you need an apartment-sitter, you know who to call.

In more heart-warming news, Greenpoint raised $3,000 last week for the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive, which went to purchase toys from local business owners. Go charity!

And last but not least, Greenpoint is officially better than it’s sister hood, Gowanus, according to a vote hosted by Curbed. Both places are home to megadevelopment and toxic water, but we have kielbasa. We also beat Governor’s Island, not surprisingly, because it’s not a neighborhood (i.e. it’s an island that no one lives on).  Now, we’re challenging NoMad for the championship. Go Greenpoint!

 

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Vote Thru Tomorrow on Grand St Windows! (Sat. 12/21)

Grand St Windows

Because of the crappy weather last Saturday, voting for Grand St Window display contest designed by high school students extends the vote through tomorrow Saturday 12/21.

Get out there, get local shopping done and vote at participating stores. Here is a sneak-peek… Continue reading

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Jerk The Winter Out Of Your System at Battery Harris (+ Recipes!)

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Battery Harris Jerk Chicken, Permanent Summer Salad, Coconut Rice & Ocho Rios Cocktail

If this weather is leaving you longing for warmer days or perhaps a tropical vacation, save the airfare and head over to Battery Harris (64 Frost St) where you can enjoy a spicy meal and exotic cocktails that will shake off those winter shivers.

Chicha Morada Cocktail

We were invited for a taste and chat with Head Chef Zachary Frankel who shared some recipes and told us why spice is perfect during the cold months.

Spicy food is really satisfying in the winter because it warms you up from the inside. Spice makes your metabolism fire. I also think having island treats reminds people of the summer to come.

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Grand St Holiday Windows Contest Designed by HS Students! Vote Saturday (12/14)

Last Year's Window Design Entry on Grand St!!! WATCH OUT SANTA!!!

This Saturday December 14th, 2013 will be the 2nd Annual Grand St Holiday Window Display Competition in Brooklyn! Continue reading

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And the Williamsburg Gentrification Saga Continues….Apple Store on Bedford?

According to research from the New York-based think tank, the Center for an Urban Future, Brooklyn has witnessed the largest increase in corporate franchises this year, compared with the other NYC boroughs, with a 2.8% bump from 2012. That’s 1,511 new chain outlets this year; the runner up was the Bronx with 863 chains. The most prevalent big names to set down their stakes city-wide are Dunkin’ Donuts (the largest chain retailer in NYC), 7-Eleven, Duane Reade/Wallgreens and Starbucks.

We’re definitely feeling the chain invasion close to home. Continue reading

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Hit & Run Under BQE – Cyclist Killed

It is sad to report that early this morning a 32 year old man was hit on Meeker Ave between Frost and Manhattan Ave and died from injuries to his head, according to Gothamist. The driver fled the scene and the investigation is ongoing. If you have any information, do the right thing and call 911.

It’s mind boggling that someone could hit another human being with their car and drive away. Our hearts and with the family of the victim during this terrible time.

Drivers and cyclists, be careful out there.

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Future Mate: OKCupid Stories for the Drone Wars


When your children come in from a long day scavenging for food in the irradiated exurbs and ask for a story while the family is gathered around the meager rubbage fire in the gunshot-punctuated evening, what better one to share than the tale of how you and your partner were first brought together by the barely-functioning totalitarian state?

This is the fairytale romance that you live as a member of the audience at Future Mate, a participatory theater experience that sets you in a wonderfully awkward dating event thrown by a comically despotic government organization seeking to unite the few remaining fertile singles of a fractured world. Continue reading

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UPDATE: Winner Announced!! Win Free Concert Tix From Brooklyn Bowl – The B-52s – Tomorrow! (11/7)

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UPDATE: We have a winner for tonight’s concert at Brooklyn Bowl. Greenpointers reader, Brady Welch, guessed the correct answer “Love Shack” and was randomly selected to receive the prize.  Stay tuned for another post from Brooklyn Bowl for another great concert giveaway!!

Greenpointers.com & Brooklyn Bowl have joined forces to get you into some awesome concerts for free! Our first in a series of concert ticket giveaways this Fall begins with a band also known as the World’s Greatest Party Band: The B-52s!

After 30 years of rocking out and selling over 20 million of their albums, these Athens, Georgia natives are back in Brooklyn to rock your lobster.

Now it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of this legendary rock band for your chance to win two tickets worth over $120!!

Answer the following question in the comments below:

What was the name of the B-52s first top-40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100? *

Hint: It ultimately reached No. 3 in November 1989

Deadline to comment: Tonight, 11/6/13, 11:59pm

One winner will be chosen randomly to receive two tickets. Winner will be announced tomorrow morning and emailed. Good luck!

Brooklyn Bowl  61 Wythe Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11249

THE B-52s

Thu, November 7, 2013

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

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