Greenpoint Open Studios Returns with 400 Local Artists! (Sat 6/1- Sun 6/2)

Next weekend, Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd! Greenpoint Open Studios is returning with 400 artists who will open up their studios to showcase their work and engage directly with visitors.


Colleen Blackard – Greenpoint Open Studios 2017

This uncurated event is free, open to the public, and includes a lineup of events starting with a launch party at Java Studios on Friday, June 1st (7:30PM-11:30PM), followed by two days of open studios (Saturday June 2nd & Sunday June 3rd from 12-6pm), and ending with a wrap party on Northern Territory’s beautiful roof.

GOS 2018 map and booklets at CutLoose (117 Dobbin St)

Like last year, we expect the neighborhood to thrive with art-filled activities so to help navigate the weekend, you might want to plan ahead by viewing the gallery of artists who are participating this year, checking out the online map, or picking up a printed guide booklet from any of the eight info hubs: Continue reading

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Soup, Subways and a Study — The Hook-up (5/25)

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Happy Friday Greenpoint! As per usual, we’re at the top of the list. This time, the list in question is Patch’s “Best New Places to Eat in NYC.” Di An Di (68 Greenpoint Ave), the new Vietnamese eatery on Greenpoint Avenue, takes the top spot.

But, how will we get there? Turns out that the MTA is undertaking a major 10 year overhaul of the entire subway system that may lead to extensive closures on the G within the next five years.

One study finds a silver-lining in all that subway work: several communities near subway stations have seen rents fall in the past year. The study concluded that rents for a 1-bedroom around the Nassau G fell 20% in the last year.  Continue reading

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Venezuelan Pop-Up Dinner at Brooklyn Kitchen (6/2)

Venezuelan Pop Up Dinner at Brooklyn Kitchen
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Chef Mercedes Golip, whose specialty is Latin flavors, is teaming up with The Brooklyn Kitchen for a Venezuelan popup dinner at their former storefront (100 Frost St) on Saturday, June 2nd at 7pm. She’ll be presenting classic Venezuelan dishes with an urban modern twist, using locally sourced ingredients that are ” influenced by techniques and flavors with new roots.” Expect a welcome cocktail, a 7-course meal and wine pairing at an intimate communal table.

Tickets are $125, available here.

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Celebrate and Send Off 10 Years in Greenpoint at Cleopatra’s This Saturday Night! (5/26)

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It’s been a good run. Celebrate ten years of art and fabulousness, and the end of their lease, with local art space Cleopatra’s this Saturday.

Cleopatra’s Closing Party | 110 Meserole Ave
Saturday, May 26 | 6pm — 7pm

Followed by Dancing and Performances at Capri Social Club (156 Calyer St)

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Walk This Way: Floating Bridge Proposed Between Greenpoint and LIC

A Rendering of the Timber Bridge between Greenpoint and LIC

The good folks at Creme / Jun Aizaki Architecture and Design are hoping to bridge the gap between Greenpoint and Long Island City with a floating bridge connecting Manhattan and Vernon Avenues across Newtown Creek.

Doesn’t the Pulaski Bridge already do almost exactly that? You might ask. The project, known as the Timber Bridge at LongPoint Corridor, seeks to do it better. According to the project’s Master Plan, the Timber Bridge would reduce the 12-minute trek across the Pulaski Bridge into a 2 minute jaunt.

Beyond that, the project calls for “a renovation of the street at Manhattan Landing, a pedestrian bridge across Newtown Creek, waterfront restoration and expansion on both sides of the bridge, and a pedestrian route across the LIRR railyard.”  Continue reading

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A Pair of Greenpoint Locals are Your One-Stop-Shop for a Low-key Wedding

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Bláth & Danny tie the knot in McGolrick park. Photo by Tatiana Katkova

Say yes to the dress and get ready for your big fat whatever wedding, ‘cause as they say, the more the merrier. Big weddings are the bomb, but often they can leave the bride and groom feeling bombed out. These days, people are getting married later in life, and a massive wedding often seems inappropriate past a certain age. Plus, many Brooklynites have a desire to elope, and keep things simple by inviting only a couple key people for a brief and intimate celebration. Living in New York is hectic enough, so let’s not make this too complicated, right? Also, wouldn’t it be nice to save your nest egg for oh, I don’t know… New York real estate? A trip around the world? A lifetime supply of La Croix?

More than a year ago local photographer Johnny Cirillo and his friend, officiant and planner Grace Steite started talking about the world of weddings, and realized that no one in Brooklyn was tuned in to the small wedding phenomenon—people were having the kind of low-key weddings that seem naturally suited to a neighborhood like Greenpoint, but no one was helping plan them. And so, Bodega Weddings was born. The pair focus on elopements and small weddings under 30 people (occasionally up to 50 on request), and “swoop in, get the romance of it, and then it’s over,” Cirillo says. Continue reading

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Ann Cofta Translates New York Icons into Embroidered Art

A vintage type writer, one of Ann Cofta’s many fabric creations

Ann Cofta finds details in the small: she sews her embroidered art entirely by hand, a slow and deliberate process that allows her to map out the entirety of a Brooklyn water tower or bridge in one small fabric. As a long-time New Yorker, she’s had years to soak in these architecture’s details and dispense them in her work. Ann is also no stranger to local art shows — she’ll be featured at Greenpoint Open Studios come June 2–3 — and below she shares her experience traveling the world, translating cityscapes into fabric, and finding an embroidery community in Brooklyn.

Greenpointers: How long have you lived in New York? Do you work or live in the neighborhood?

Ann Cofta: I’ve lived in New York for 22 years; I live nearby in Woodside (Queens), so I am able to walk to my art studio in Greenpoint. I taught in Brooklyn for 16 years and only recently took a job in Manhattan.

GP: We don’t come across many embroiderers as our local artists; I wonder if you’ve found a community of those artists here? 

AC: When there are open studios, exhibits, or other art events, I always seek out artists who work with fabric and embroidery. I am energized by the innovative work I see. I feel as though textile work is becoming a greater presence in the art world, in both galleries and museums. I am not aware of an established community of embroiderers in Brooklyn. However, Brooklyn Craft Company in Greenpoint, and the Textile Art Center in Gowanus, both offer classes. I recently joined the Textile Study Group of New York, which is a national organization that hosts monthly talks and occasional group shows. Continue reading

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ARTNOIR, Free Ice Cream Party, Zodiac Market and Geek Happy Hour — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/23 – 5/29)

WEDNESDAY 5/23

* 61 Franklin St Garden Fundraiser @The Diamond (43 Franklin St.), 6:30pm, $15-20, entry door gets you a free drink and the opportunity to give back to this sweet space. Expect an auction with awesome prizes. Buy Tix
♫ The Order of Elijah, Upon A Broken Throne, Fuck Your Birthday @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave.), 7:30pm, $8-10, Buy Tix
♫ Defeated Sanity, Behold…The Arctopus, Scaphism, Aeviterne @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 7:30pm, $15, Buy Tix
* Trivia Night Birthday Bash!! @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 8:00pm, FREE, Join our News Editor on her birthday for a very special Trivia Night!!! Once we’re done with the Q’s we’ll hang out for a party! RSVP

THURSDAY 5/24

♫♦ Live Classical Bushwick Bash: Massivemuse Movie Night! @ Mayday Space (175 St. Nicholas Avenue), 7pm, $25, Silent Movie, Live Score, Free Beer, Buy Tix
♦ Time Let Me Play: Paul Rekret @ UnionDocs (322 Union Ave.), 7:30pm, $10, Buy Tix
♫ VINYL Launch Party @ Molasses Books (770 Hart Street), 8pm, FREE, More Info
☺ Mrs. Doubtfire Entirely From Memory @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave.), 9pm, $10, Buy Tix
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“Then She Fell” Continues to Lure Audiences to North Brooklyn — And Down the Rabbit Hole

Photo by Chad Heird

Much like the White Rabbit, I was very late to the party.

Third Rail Projects has been enchanting audiences in Brooklyn since 2012 with its immersive show Then She Fell, a deep dive into the rabbit hole and through the looking-glass. Last week, I finally got to experience this gritty gem.

Set inside the Kingsland Ward at St. John’s (195 Maujer St) in East Williamsburg, the three-story building is made out to be an eerie sanatorium of sorts that probes into the underside of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass — examining the insidious relationship between the author and his muse, the young Alice Liddell. In light of current conversations about #MeToo, the alleged relationship between Charles Dodgson (the man behind the pen name of Carroll) and Alice Liddell leaves little room for speculation. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios: Art in Unexpected Places

Kingsland Wildflowers is just one of this year’s unusual hosts of Greenpoint Open Studios

What qualifies art is hard to pin down, but just as slippery is qualifying what houses the art. Galleries take many shapes and forms, and Northern Brooklyn is heavily peppered with such diverse institutions ranging from warehouses and studios to parks and piers. Greenpoint Open Studios is a few short weeks away (June 2–3), and some of the featured artists may not be in the usual spaces. As is our annual tradition, we proudly offer you our guide to 2018’s Unusual Spaces.

Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Avenue
Saturday, June 2 | 1-8PM
Sunday, June 3 | 12-4PM
This secluded rooftop park in northwest Greenpoint along Newtown Creek will be showcasing the work of several artists. Kill two birds with one stone: explore an untouched area in the nabe and support local art. Not convinced? You can also check out artwork and chill out on Kingsland Wildflowers’ gorgeous green roof for a relaxing afternoon of sketching, drinking and watching the sun set over Manhattan.

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