Art Show/Art Swap at The Gutter Sept 30th—Submit Your Art by Thursday 9/28!

The Gutter Art Swap

OG bowling bar The Gutter (200 N 14th St)—who just celebrated their 10th anniversary last weekend—are hosting an Art Show + Art Swap this Saturday from 7pm-11pm, as a fundraiser for Make The Road New York.

To participate, you can submit one piece of original artwork no later than this Thursday Sept 28th. All submitted artwork will be displayed in a one night show at  The Gutter on Saturday, September 30th. Every artist will go home with another artist’s piece, selected by random drawing. Space will be will be made available for artists who participate in the swap to sell prints or other affordable artwork.

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The LAST Greenpoint Clean-Up is This Weekend (9/30)!

Curb Your Litter

Join the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for the very last Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint neighborhood clean up day with the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance on Saturday, Sept 30 at 10am! The group will meet in McGolrick Park and spread out to pick up litter from the the southeast section of our neighborhood.  FREE LUNCH included! Continue reading

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The Fall Festival of Lights Market is Gonna Be Lit! Hot Buttered Rum, Live Jazz, Henna Tattoos, Tarot Cards, Nail Art, Rooftop Yoga, 50+ Vendors, and more!!

Poster design by Jen Keenan (@charming_nyc)

The beautiful Greenpoint Loft (67 West St) is going to glow with positive vibes as we celebrate harvest, renewal, community, and creativity on Sunday, October 1st (1-7pm) at our Festival of Light Fall Market! RSVP here!

Back by popular demand, we will be serving up some Hot Buttered Rum with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and The Big Cat Menagerie will be playing music from a gilded past, inspired from vintage jazz.

In addition to our carefully curated group of some talented 50+ makers who will be selling their creations, we will as always have a number of FREE fun activities!

This year, we are so excited to have local designer extraordinaire Maria Cristina of MC Nino Designs illuminate our photo booth with a custom floral light installation so guests can get en vogue for high fashion style photo shoots.

Gorgeous work by MC Nino Designs

Family photo or family figurines? We can now snap a shot of ourselves and capture that moment in time as 3D prints. Capture Me in 3D will be on site to 3D scan visitors and instantly create digital avatar versions of them!

After an amazing comeback from almost being priced out of Greenpoint, longtime local studio Hosh Yoga raised enough money to stay in the hood and will be joining us again to host two donation-based sessions in the roof deck.

Also joining us again is Miss V. for Henna Tattoos, Peenk for Nail Art, and Alessandra Calderin for Tarot Card Readings.

Plus Greenpoint Beer & Ale  is providing delicious locally crafted beer and Palinkerie will be back with the best of their Hungarian wines.

Rooftop Yoga by Hosh at the Greenpointers Spring Market 2017

Every market, we donate space to a community organization and this time, the Greenpoint Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen will be joining us to raise funds for their cause and sign up volunteers.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Capture Me in 3D
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Flowers by Maria Cristina
GP Beer & Ale
Palinkerie Imports
Greenpoint Loft
Greenpoint Loft

 

Much love to our friends at Super Crush Studios for all their support!

 

 

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Cabaret, Cuomo and Climate Change — The Hook-up 9/22

Getting down at the House of Yes, where Mayor de Blasio announced an Office of Nightlife on Tuesday. Via House of Yes
Getting down at the House of Yes, where Mayor de Blasio announced an Office of Nightlife on Tuesday. Via House of Yes

A great New York Story occurred August 17th, 1858, when New Yorkers celebrated the first successful transatlantic cable between The United States and England with a party at City Hall. So thrilled were the New Yorkers of yore, that they decided to illuminate City Hall with torches, then set off fireworks over the building. City Hall caught fire, but nobody could alert the fire department, because the fire bell was on top of the burning City Hall. Ultimately, City Hall was saved, but the building lost its cupola, which has since been repaired. Undeterred, New Yorkers had another party at City Hall two weeks later, and they set off fireworks again. That is the city we live in. No matter what, New Yorkers just keep partying. And Mayor Bill de Blasio was at House of Yes in Bushwick on Tuesday to make it even easier to get down in the five boroughs. De Blasio established an Office of Nightlife, and a Nightlife Advisory Board. A Night Mayor will soon be appointed, although Gerard McNamee, former Director of Operations at Webster Hall, is running for the unelected position.  Continue reading

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Westlight Celebrates One Year in Williamsburg

All images © NoHo Hospitality Group

The William Vale hotel is one of the most obvious additions to Williamsburg’s skyline and the beautiful Westlight sits at its very top. Luckily for us, they scored James Beard-winning chef Andrew Carmellini to create outstanding menus throughout The William Vale, not just at the street-level Leuca, his first Brooklyn restaurant. Chef Carmellini is no stranger to the transformation Williamsburg has undergone and is proud of his contribution. “When I used to come down here in the 90’s with my guitar, I’d get off the train and there was nothing here. There was the Turkey’s Nest and that was it and there was never anyone here,” says Carmellini. Westlight has helped draw a crowd to the area and is now entering its second year. Continue reading

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8th Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Packed East River State Park

A taste of Leuca at the William Vale. Photo by Julia Moak
A taste of Leuca at the William Vale. Photo by Julia Moak

When it comes to food and drink, North Brooklyn is known for its fabulous fare. On Sunday afternoon, over 40 of the area’s restaurants, bars, distilleries and wineries came out to strut their stuff in East River State Park during the 8th Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint festival. Le Gamin (108 Franklin Street), Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 North 15th) and Amami Sushi (57 Nassau Ave) all represented our slice of North Brooklyn.

the crowd at Taste. photo by Julia Moak
photo by Julia Moak

The festival not only tastes great, it supports a great cause. TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is produced by The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center (formerly known as Northside Town Hall), an organization “working to renovate and operate the former Engine Co. 212 Firehouse for Community activity. The Firehouse will provide a permanent home to neighborhood social justice organizations for continued advocacy and direct services to Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The Firehouse fosters civic and cultural engagement with original arts programming and community gatherings.” Other community organizations, like North Brooklyn Angles, a coalition of neighbors helping neighbors fight food and housing insecurity, and Billion Oyster Project, a harbor restoration and citizen science organization, also made it to the fest.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Photo by Julia Moak
Photo by Julia Moak

As the festival got underway amid sunny skies, live music and games, booze was flowing and bites were flying off the shelf. Some restaurants even ran out of food before the festival was over. Scroll down for a look at some of the fabulous food, drink, and local purveyors in attendance!

Quinoa and Lentil Balls from Abracadabra Brooklyn. Photo by Julia Moak
Quinoa and Lentil Balls from Abracadabra Brooklyn. Photo by Julia Moak
Du's Donuts. Photo by Julia Moak
Du’s Donuts. Photo by Julia Moak
Sweet Crepes from Le Gamins. Photo by Julia Moak
Sweet Crepes from Le Gamin. Photo by Julia Moak
A local pour from Widow Jane. Photo by Julia Moak
A local pour from Widow Jane. Photo by Julia Moak
The crew from Lighthouse. Photo by Julia Moak
The crew from Lighthouse. Photo by Julia Moak

See you next year, TASTE!

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Lydia Lunch Performing at the Park Church Co-Op 9/28 to Benefit McGolrick Art Installation

Lydia Lunch at Park Church Co-Op

On Thursday, September 28th, the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) will play host to an evening of experimental jazz headlined by post-punk, avant-garde powerhouse Lydia Lunch. Performances will begin at 8pm with pianist Jesse Lynch, followed by Matt Nelson on tenor saxophone, and a trio set by Moppa Elliott’s Mostly Other People Do the Killing. Lydia Lunch and Michael Foster will headline at 10pm. The evening will close with an experimental group ensemble conducted by Lunch. And, if that wasn’t enough to entice you to check this one out, proceeds will go towards McGolrick Park’s public art project, Ziemia (Polish for “Earth”).
To create Ziemia, artist Martynka Wawrzyniak is creating a native plant meadow and a sculpture made with help from Greenpoint residents. The sculpture will take the form of a ceramic orb, fired out of clay excavated in Greenpoint and glazed with a mix of soil contributed by residents from personally meaningful locations from around the world, which symbolize their identities. Ziemia aims to bridge the divides between the neighborhood’s disparate subcultures, serving as a collective portrait of the community through embodying residents’ personal homelands and migration stories.
Benefit details:
Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door.
Doors open at 7pm, music ends at 11pm
The Ziemia meadow is located in McGolrick Park adjacent to the Park Church Co-Op, and the deadline to contribute soil to Ziemia is December 15, 2017.
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Who Sees the Trees? Greenpoint’s Citizen Pruners!

Emerald City. Photo by Lucie Levine
Emerald City. Photo by Lucie Levine

We might live in the concrete jungle, but according to this fantastic interactive tree map made by the New York City Parks department, Greenpoint is blessed with arboreal abundance. Our lovely neighborhood trees benefit from the care of volunteer environmental stewards, known as Citizen Pruners. 

Greenpointer Sarah Balistreri, the fabulous force behind the instagram account @wildgreenpoint, who helped conduct the tree census that informs the map, is a Citizen Pruner. After taking a tree identification course at the Brooklyn Brainery, which sparked a love of urban street trees, Sarah took the Trees New York Citizen Pruner course and became a licensed tree-hugger.

The Citizen Pruner course trains and certifies New Yorkers in “tree care, biology, identification and pruning.” Sarah explains that all of these skills and areas of knowledge are intertwined when it comes to properly caring for New York’s Trees, because knowing about a tree’s species, and the specific challenges that species has with weather or growth, helps inform how you prune it.

Trees New York is the only organization in the city that trains and certifies Citizen Pruners, and only certified Citizen Pruners can legally prune street trees in New York. Trees New York certifies about 200 Citizen Pruners every year, but Greenpoint residents are particularly lucky. Anyone who lives in zip code 11222 is eligible for the Greening Greenpoint Scholarship, and can take the course for just $15, thanks to funding from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund! Continue reading

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Get Your Twin Peaks Tattoo Next Week at Three Kings!

Twin Peaks Flash Day - Three Kings Tattoo

I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange. If you’re a fan of filmmaker and master of weirdness David Lynch, you are probably obsessed with his most famous of works, (duh, Twin Peaks) which has recently been rebooted on Showtime. And, if you’re a fan, you’ll probably want to check out this flash tat event at Three Kings (572 Manhattan Ave) next Thursday! Tattoo artist Amanda Rodriguez is hosting a special Twin Peaks flash day from 12pm-10pm, where you can get designs ranging from The Bang Bang Bar’s logo (omg!) to an adorable log that reads “ASK IT” underneath to a One Eyed Jacks poker chip. You can peep the available designs on Amanda’s Insta account. Prices range from $100-450, and if you want to reserve a space in line, there’s a $50 deposit required. You can email her for deposit info: [email protected]. I mean, you should just go for it. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee. Or even a tattoo.

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Coat of Arms Hosts Levi’s Skateboarding Pop-Up Tonight! (Thursday, 9/21)


Coat of Arms (974 Manhattan Ave) is celebrating 3 Years in Greenpoint with an opening of a weekend-long pop-up with Levi’s!

Originally founded in 2006 on the LES as a “hub for the subcultures of downtown NY” COA relocated its flagship store to Greenpoint in 2014. Owner and local resident Aaron Hansen writes, “It’s been a full 3 years since I fully took over COA Brooklyn & damn has time flown. The evolution of the shop has been crazy to watch and this is shaping up to be our best year EVER. Huge Thank You for all that supported THE VISION!!!!”

Check them out tonight for some cool apparel, accessories, and fun times! Shop and support local!

From 6pm to 8pm-ish shop the new fall Levis Skateboarding collection, meet the skate team &
view a curated retrospective photo show.
Grab some patches & pins designed by Seb Gorey.
THEN!!!!!!
From 8pm till LATE slide over to Enids (560 Manhattan Ave) for the after party & Dominos hosted by The Goodlife! with free beer from Modelo, food provided by Enids & music by the talented Odalys.

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