Photography Show Opening This Thursday (5/26) at Brooklyn Grain

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This Thursday May 24th from 6pm-9pm, photo studio Brooklyn Grain (1166 Manhattan Avenue) is hosting a show of work by New York film shooters. This is the second in a series of exhibits curated by Brooklyn-based photographer Ethan Covey. Thursday night is also an opportunity to check out Brooklyn Grain’s beautiful space, where celebs and models have been photographed for high-end fashion labels and publications like Vogue magazine.

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Paddle Newtown Creek, Enjoy a Waterfront Fire Pit + More: The North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Opening Bash is This Saturday!

North Brooklyn Boat Club
image via NBBC

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is truly a diamond in the rough of the polluted Newtown Creek waterway, bringing folks in our community together not only for boating and paddling but also environmental advocacy. For $40 a year you can become a member of the boat club, learn how to navigate Newtown Creek via kayak, and get access to paddling events, Boat Club parties and their shared upstate cabin. This Saturday, May 26th (from 1-6pm) is the Club’s annual opening day bash, where everyone is invited to join trained NBBC guides for free short canoe trips on Newtown Creek and out toward the East River, with stunning views of Manhattan. And you’ll be able to party on the shore with food and drinks while gathering around the fire pit. Their parties are always a fun time, and you can get to know your neighbors while taking in a unique view of the city.

North Brooklyn Boat Club Opening Day 2018 Celebration 
Saturday, May 26 | 1pm-6pm
NBBC Broadway Stages Boatyard | 51 Ash St., under the Pulaski Bridge
FREE!
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Bushwick Inlet Popup Park Opening This Weekend! (5/26)

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This Saturday May 26th, we’ll officially get a new 1.8 acre popup park at 50 Kent Avenue between North 11th & North 12th Streets! The park, which is a temporary public space while the rest of Bushwick Inlet Park gets developed, will be open on weekends from 9am-5pm and at other times for special events. Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park promises, “Once open, there will be major room to spread out & lounge & picnic, plus there is a ton of programming planned such as yoga, movies, badminton, ultimate frisbee, stargazing, small circus and jazz music.” Plus, this Sunday May 27th kicks off Yoga In The Park by local studio Hosh Yoga, offering free all-level outdoor yoga sessions every Sunday from 10am-11am. Continue reading

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Off the Grid, On the Bridge and Out of the Chamber — The Hook-up (5/18)

Williamsburg Bridge (photo: Julia Moak)

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! For some of our neighbors, this has been a tough week. On Sunday, 500 Greenpoint residents lost their heat and hot water when National Grid cut service due to a water-damaged gas line.

But, Greenpoint isn’t entirely without modern conveniences, and a kickstarter campaign launched on Thursday wants to up the ante. The project calls for a floating pedestrian bridge connecting Greenpoint and Long Island City. 

Speaking of Bridges, it became clear at Wednesday’s L-pocalypse Town Hall in Williamsburg that the Williamsburg Bridge can only handle 3 extra trains per hour over the current schedule, certainly not enough to meet the demands of ousted L riders.  Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Steve Wasterval and How an Evolving Greenpoint Affects His Paintings

Steve Wasterval’s local corner deli next to @alterbrooklyn and @brouwerijlane
Steve Wasterval isn’t from here, but you may be led to believe otherwise given the authenticity and love behind each of his New York paintings. In a culture where the definition of art can often seem haughty, where the medium itself is ever-shifting, there is something beautifully traditional and startlingly contemporary about Steve’s acrylic paintings: They simultaneously represent impressionism from the days of yore while also reflecting the evolving city he adores and inhabits. Steve is participating in Greenpoint Open Studios June 2–3, so if you long to see his paintings in person after reading his interview, you’ll soon have the chance!
Greenpointers: On your site you say you make art for “real” New Yorkers.  Are you a real New Yorker?
Steve Wasterval: I do say that — and no I am not. Unfortunately, I’m from Texas so I am one of those people that moved from the south or midwest and are forever trying to earn our local status. My wife is from here though, and so is her family (her grandparents were born and raised in Greenpoint on Berry Street) so I’d like to think I’m native by marriage. Plus nobody can top me when it comes to love for the city! You may think you love her more cause you’re a Yankees fan, or know where to get the best slice or whatever, but I paint her everyday. She’s all mine in that way, no one loves her the way I do.

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Stand-Up Potluck, Elvana, Art Rap Social and Sunday Supper—What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/16-5/22)

WEDNESDAY 5/16

* Infrastructure Creek Walking Tour @Corner of Greenpoint/Kingsland, 7pm, $30, Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman will lead an exploration of the city’s largest sewer plants, tunnels, draw and truss bridges and rail yards, Buy Tix
* NYC Outdoor Adventure Kit Launch Party @ New York Distilling Company (79 Richardson St.), 7pm, $5, Adventure Kit partners will tell you about sweet summer adventures, Buy Tix
♫ The Fratellis @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St.), 8pm, $30, Buy Tix
♫ Spring Has Sprung Christmas Miracle @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St.), 8:30pm, FREE, more info

THURSDAY 5/17

^ Paragraph Brooklyn Launch Party @ Paragraph Brooklyn (84 Withers St.), 7pm, FREE, More Info
☺ Stand-up Potluck @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Avenue), 7:30pm, FREE, More Info
♫ Heat Wave Vol 1 @ The Paper Box (17 Meadow Street), 8pm, $5, Buy Tix
♫ Alex Zhang Hungtai & Gabriel Ferrandini, Brian Chase @ National Sawdust (80 N 6th St.), 10:30pm, $12, Buy Tix
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Teachers, Graphic Designers, & Dog Walkers: Greenpoint Gigs—Week of 5/16

Photo via John Tyson/Unsplash

Looking for a new gig or side hustle? Check out this fresh round up of some Greenpoint-based jobs for the week of May 16th.

Want to break it into the record biz? Big Crown Records (102 Kent St, Ste 1) needs graphic design interns.
Heads up: Le Fond (105 Norman Ave) seeks servers, Oxomoco (128 Greenpoint Ave) needs line cooksOne Bedford (1 Bedford Ave) needs servers and bartenders, and Le Fanfare (1103 Manhattan Ave) put the call out for bussers.
Dog walkers needed in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
YMCA Greenpoint (99 Meserole Ave) wants summer swim instructors.
Love kids and teaching? ABC wants a teaching assistant for ages 3-12 months and a lead teacher for ages 12-24 months.
Brooklyn Barge Bar (3 Milton St) has lots of open positions: drink runners and line cooks.
BRC is on the hunt of a maintenance worker and a cook.
Play that tune: Musika Lessons wants part time music teachers.

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Pics: Last Night’s Epic Double Rainbow Over Greenpoint

Greenpoint rainbow, looking towards Morgan Avenue
Greenpoint double rainbow, looking towards Morgan Avenue. Photo: Megan Penmann

Last night’s brief and intense coming-of-Gozer/it’s-a-twister storm treated North Brooklyn with a magical double rainbow dessert course. Check out our favorite Instagram photos of the scene after the jump.

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Have a Field Day this Friday on Kingsland Wildflowers’ Rooftop, Garden Tour with Cocktails + More (5/18 & 5/20)

On the green roof at the 2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflower Festival. Photo by Kate Truisi
On the green roof at the 2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflower Festival. Photo by Kate Truisi
Friday, May 18 | 4pm-8pm

Join Kingsland Wildflowers this Friday, May 18, at 4pm to kick off “Field Day Friday” (every 3rd Friday of the month) with Newtown Creek Alliance where you can volunteer to get your hands dirty, and then at 6pm they’ll host a guided rooftop tour and cocktails with landscape designer, Marni Majorelle of Alive Structures.

More info + registration here.

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Saturday, May 20 | 12 – 3pm
This Saturday, May 20th is Kingsland Wildflowers’ first Summer Saturday open house. You can take a tour of the half-acre green roof and native plant garden while learning about plants for birds, green roofs as habitat, biodiversity, ecology, and conservation. Summer Saturday is every third Saturday of the month through August.

More info + registration here.

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