Our Holiday Market Is Over but Winter Candyland Lives On In Our Photo Booth!

Our Winter Holiday market is over but Candyland lives on in our photo booth! We had so much fun and hope that everyone keeps on riding that sugary high for the rest of the holidays. To recap, it was a blast last Sunday, with all that hot buttered rum, free tarot and henna, and many of our vendors selling out.

Remember that dope candyland themed photo booth we had up in the mezzanine? We finally had a chance to go through the photos, and you all look super sweet. Thanks to local artist Colleen Blackard for making our Candyland come alive and Been Shirai for getting all these great shots! Check out the full album of photos on Facebook, and don’t forget to tag yourself!

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Where to Get Sweet & Savory Treats for Holiday Parties

‘Tis the season of hosting family and friends in your home. As it’s the busiest season of the year with lots on the calendar, we’ve put together a short list of places ready to help you make your loved ones feel catered to with minimum effort on you.

Monger’s Palate

Monger’s Palate builds made-to-order catering platters guaranteed to be a showstopper at your holiday cocktail party or event.  Their cheese, charcuterie and crudité platters come with seasonal, fresh ingredients that are carefully curated. Their selection of artisanal cheeses, meats and condiments are prepared to perfectly compliment each other’s flavor. Let them know what wine or beverage you’ll be serving and they’ll gladly customize your order to make your holiday table full of cheese and cheer!

Address: 192 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Website: Monger’s Palate
Phone: (718) 383-0612
Cost: Email for pricing and availability
Highlights: Customizable platters, amazingly delicious cheese, fresh and local ingredients

 

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Get Unlimited Craft Cocktails at Spiked Mug Fest for 30% Off

Head to the Spiked Mug Fest at The Ravel Hotel for a kickin’ holiday party and one of a kind gift shopping! Enjoy unlimited craft cocktails created by the Ravel Hotel Mixologist in your own souvenir mug.

Use code PARTY to get 30% off tickets.

Hot and cold cocktails like…

‘Tis the Season – Spiced rum, warm spice, butter
Christmas Morning – Mezcal, hot chocolate, cinnamon
Holiday Mule – Thai chili vodka, lime, ginger beer
Snowbank – Gin, Apple, cardamom, apple cider

Spiked Mug Fest
Friday thru Sunday, Dec 15-17
The Ravel Hotel
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City
Just a six minute ferry ride away from Manhattan’s East 34th Street via NYC Ferry!

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Art, Urban Equity and Brooklyn in Albany — The Hook-up 12/15

#BroCleanBKLYN via Instagram
#BroCleanBKLYN via Instagram

Last week, I had the privilege to see a remastered print of Ken Burns’ 1981 film, Brooklyn Bridge, at the Brooklyn Museum. The documentary had me feeling all the feelings for the Bridge and the borough. But it’s not just the Great Bridge that’s been inspiring Brooklyn this week. In fact, our very own Newtown Creek has been inspiring equitable urban greening and environmental activism here in the neighborhood, and around the country. For example, the Newtown Creek Nature Walk was cited as a project for the neighborhood that avoids environmental gentrification.

Further, brothers Gary and Sam Bencheghib took to the mighty waters of Newtown Creek in their series  #BroCleanBKLN. On December 2nd, the pair paddled both the Creek and Gowanus Canal to highlight pollution in Brooklyn, and advocate for cleaner waterways.  Continue reading

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Bellocq, Greenpoint’s Very Own Tea Atelier on West Street

Image: Bellocq

Michael Shannon and Heidi Johannsen Stewart want one thing to be very clear when you step into Bellocq Tea Atelier (104 West St), you’ll be welcomed with open arms and no judgment even if all you’ve ever steeped is a bag of Lipton. Instead, a visit to the atelier is an “opportunity to learn about tea,” according to Michael. The cozy space, originally planned as their showroom, now serves as their only brick-and-mortar shop despite the brand’s growing popularity. Their tea can be found at numerous restaurants around the city, has made Oprah’s Favorite Things list for the second year in a row, and is now featured prominently at Tiffany & Co.’s new Blue Box Cafe. And tomorrow, they’re opening their doors for a little holiday fun and the whole neighborhood is invited to stop by!

All of the growth for Bellocq has definitely been organic. When the shop first opened to the public, located in front of their 9,000 sq ft production space, it was more just a space for buyers to smell and sample their teas. But the gradual regular stream of people stopping in necessitated being open five days a week and bringing in a few more tea-adjacent products. What makes Bellocq’s tea so special is the time and care the team has for their final product. Even with a line of 120 teas, they have been careful to only choose the highest-quality sources and have really formed a community with their producers. They’ve visited the farms, they know the names of their producers and what makes any particular tea special. It’s not strange to pop in and find a casual Japanese tea ceremony being performed by a master, or for a fan to quickly stop by before flying home 12 hours away. Continue reading

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Meet Captain William Glynn, the New Head of the 94th Precinct

Captain William E. Glynn
Captain William E. Glynn via Twitter

Captain William E. Glynn took over as commanding officer of the 94th Precinct on November 22nd, and formally introduced himself to Greenpoint at the Community Council Meeting on December 6th. At the meeting, he explained that his personal philosophy of community-oriented policing comes down to “names, faces, places,” and since he arrived, he has been getting to know members of the community. I sat down with Captain Glynn on Monday to learn more about his career as an officer, and about his vision for the future of the 94th.

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Get Hot & Dance The Cold Away at Bar Uni Tonight! (12/15)

Bar Uni DJ Night

Dance away those winter blues! Tonight (12/15), Greenpoint’s own Japanese small plates joint Bar Uni is throwing a FREE dance party/DJ night starting at 8pm!

WHAT: Luv Tones 001Old Skool | Neo-Soul | Nu-Soul| Classic Hip Hop | Jazz | Alternative | Nu-Jazz | Future Beats | House | Vibez
Throwbacks, future sounds and vibey cuts; Luv Tones is here to bring you that soulful bliss you need to push thru the last few days of 2017. Holiday drink specials all night—so come kick it with us to some past, present, and future soul. 
WHERE: Bar Uni | 674 Manhattan Ave
WHEN: Friday, December 15 | 8pm-2am
COST: FREE, 21+
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On the Struggle Bus: The MTA finally reveals its plans for L-Pocalypse

Alternate Service during L-Pocalypse via Free Williamsburg

As we reported earlier this week, the MTA has taken a glacial approach to coming up with an alternative transit plan for commuters who will be affected when L train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn shuts down for 15 months beginning in April 2019. But, lo and behold! It’s here! The MTA’s transit plan.

The big fix? Busses and bike lanes.

  • The MTA plans to create a dedicated “busway,” and upgrade Select Bus Service along 14th street.
  • While the DOT refuses to designate bus lanes on the Williamsburg Bridge, the outer-deck of the span will be a dedicated HOV3+ lanes at rush hour, catering to busses, trucks and vehicles making right turns.
  • Bike traffic is expected to double, so 13th will feature Manhattan’s first two-way protected crosstown bike lane.
  • There will be new pedestrian space around Union Square, and bike parking on University Place
  • Delancey Street will get a protected bike link to the Williamsburg Bridge.

But, the MTA estimates that 80% of the 225,000 riders who take the L between Manhattan and Brooklyn every day will seek alternate subway routes, and thereby turn to the G and J/M/Z trains (oy!).

  • Commuters can expect increased service on those lines, as well as higher capacity G and C trains.
  • There will also be free MetroCard transfers between the Broadway G and the Lorimer and Hewes JMZ trains.
  • Free transfers will also be available between the 3 train at Junius St. and the L at Livonia Avenue.
  • On the weekend, and overnight, the M will run to 96th Street/2nd Avenue.

Read on for information about new ferry services and street improvements!  Continue reading

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Bowling, Latkes, Menorah Lighting and More! Chanukah at The Gutter is Tonight (12/14)!

Chanukah at The Gutter 2016 (photo: Julia Moak)

Tonight (12/14) at The Gutter (200 North 14th) starting at 8pm! Join Chabad of North Brooklyn for bowling with latkes, doughnuts, sushi and drinks and a grand menorah lighting.

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Two Big Restaurants Have Expanded To North Brooklyn

Image: Qi Thai Grill/Facebook

News came out this week that two big names in New York City’s dining scene are expanding to Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The neighborhood is now home to one of Queens’ best Thai restaurants, a spot that’s been on citywide Top 10 lists multiple times, and Greenpoint Avenue will soon be home to a new wood-fired Mexican restaurant run by one of Brooklyn’s most underrated chefs. Of course, this great news isn’t without a little bad news as another long-time Greenpoint watering hole quietly closed its doors a few weeks back.

First, where you can eat. Qi Thai Grill at 176 North 9th Street has crossed over to being a full expansion of Woodside’s SriPraPhai. SriPraPhai’s chef-owner, Sripraphai Tipmanee, had been involved in Qi along with well-regarded chef Pichet Ong, but now the entire space is a part of chef Tipmanee’s realm. Word is the menu has been shortened so that the kitchen can focus on her famed spicy Thai fare. This makes the North 9th Street spot her third restaurant, as she also has one out in Long Island’s Williston Park. If you’ve always wanted to try the restaurant but were afraid of the trek or crowds, here’s your chance. [Eater] Continue reading

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