Sip Local Beers and Buy Local Ceramics This Sunday!

Grand Street CeramicsThis Sunday, December 11th from 1-6pm, the local artisans at Grand Street Ceramics are bringing us a holiday pop-up shop hosted by their friendly neighbors at Interboro Spirits & Ales (942 Grand Street). And if you’re a beer fan and you haven’t been to Interboro yet, what are you waiting for? This is a good chance to check out both the polished work of neighborhood ceramists and try some of Interboro’s delicious beers brewed on-site. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Pinpoint—Pins, Punk Rock and Friendship

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Bold will hold. This phrase, most commonly associated with the tattooing style of early traditional artists, signifies designing tattoos with a bold, thick line style that holds up beautifully over the years. Guys like Norman Collins (commonly known as Sailor Jerry) or his predecessor Amund Dietzel, preferred this style as smaller and more intricate designs tended to fade and wear away.

_mg_0526To the women who co-founded the breakout Greenpoint pin and patch company Pinpoint, the phrase applies in a different way. It not only drives their stylistic choices, but also serves as a metaphor for what it means to be young in New York and to begin a somewhat risky project with a lifelong friend.

Not surprisingly, Samantha Freeman and Emily June met during a high school art class in their home town of Cornwall, New York. As something that now seems like a predecessor to their future business together, they bonded over making stuffed animals outside of class. A few years later the two parted ways for college. Emily stayed in New York to study design and Samantha headed down to Florida to get her degree in dentistry. Years later they reconnected, and armed with new sets of skills and business savvy, they managed to found Pinpoint in the midst of navigating their lives in New York City.
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Snowflake Making Party, Cambodian Noodle Pop-Up, Los Sures Screening, Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (12/7–12/13)

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Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market! Summer lovin’ meets Winter cheer this Sun (12/11, 1-7PM) in the beautiful Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl) 60+ local makers of unique crafts and food, drinks like mojitos, mulled wine, and craft beer plus a number of FREE fun activities including massages, henna tattoos, face painting, personalized stories, nail art, tropical photo booth by the talented Colleen Blackard! RSVP

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

warperparty_tendertrapWEDNESDAY 12/7

♦  Snowflake Making Party @ Enid’s (560 Manhattan Ave) 6pm, FREE, Begin to mentally prepare yourself for the Holy Shitstorm that is the holiday season at Enid’s annual snowflake cutting party. Paper and scissors provided, bring the snow-spiration, More info
* Greenpoint YMCA “Spirit of Community” Service Awards Dinner and Fundraiser @ Giando on the Water (412 Kent Ave) 6:30pm, $200, It’s Greenpoint YMCA’s 110th Birthday! Celebrate by making a donation to their auction, being a sponsor or attending their event. The goal is to raise $175,000, Buy tix
♫  Warper Party @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, NYC’s largest showcase of live electronic art & music. Two rooms of Omnidigital Art an Music, RSVP Continue reading

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Jimmy’s & Anella Join Reusable Takeout Container Program – And You Can, Too!

shareware-flyer-for-web-768x909If you’re anything like me, the darkest depths of your cupboard house a motley crew of old plastic takeout containers jumbled into a heap, which you rarely use. And since you already have too many, you end up throwing away even more plastic containers whenever you get takeout. But now you don’t have to gift your plastic to the garbage gods every time you order from your favorite restaurant. Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) has just launched a free program for reusable takeout containers—funded by the GCEF and in partnership with Common Ground Compost. Jimmy’s (92 Calyer Street) and Anella (222 Franklin Street) are the first Greenpoint restaurants to participate.

The goal of this pilot program (officially starting tomorrow, December 8th) is to test the feasibility of a wider-ranging effort to reduce waste across the restaurant industry by incorporating more reusables. Folks are frequently ordering from the same restaurants, and end up throwing away one-time-use containers after every meal. This pilot gives repeat customers the opportunity to choose a reusable container option.

The customer will receive their food in reusable containers, and at their convenience, personally drop it off and receive a 10% off coupon. The containers will then be washed in Anella and Jimmy’s dishwashers (following Department of Health standards), and the zero waste cycle begins again. This is a great way for community members to engage in sustainable practices and directly reduce waste from takeout. Continue reading

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Gritty, Rapidly Disappearing Cityscapes by Monte Antrim

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Monte Atrim’s “Last World Problems”

A talented local artist and designer, Monte Antrim, is displaying his unique images at South 4th Bar & Cafe (90 South 4th St.) in a show titled “Last World Problems.” The installation, which will open on Saturday, December 10th and run through January 5th, differs from other shows he has done in the past. Last World Problems will feature small affordable silkscreens, perfect for holiday gifts, and also several collage and acrylic pieces on plywood panels.

A talented sketch artist with unique designs, Antrim has gained a considerable local reputation for his local scenes, many of which feature gritty, rapidly disappearing cityscapes. His impressive sketches include a wide variety of other scenes, yet each captures something unique. Continue reading

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Your December 2016 Horoscopes Are Gonna Be Amazing

Illustration: Alex Ariza
Illustration: Alex Ariza

December is going to be a lively and upbeat month, as the new moon in Sagittarius will be a positive change, especially fore fire signs. In general, everyone will be feeling the urge to express themselves and break down stereotypes and old-age boundaries. Essentially, this is a month of “breakthroughs,” especially when they involve conventions that are harming more than helping.

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Because the Sun is in Sagittarius until December 21, it’s a time to work on your own endeavors instead of putting others first. It’s OK to be a little selfish sometimes. The December 13 Gemini full moon—which is a strong supermoon—will allow you to be introspective and reflective of your life choices. The full moon is also in your partnership zone, which could be great for your personal life and career. This is a good time to have important conversations.

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Bushwick Inlet’s Fascinating History

Sunset at Bushwick Inlet, photo: Jen G Pywell
Sunset at Bushwick Inlet, photo: Jen G Pywell

Bushwick Inlet, the truncated, morose, post-industrial body of water west of Kent Avenue at North 14th Street, hardly seems worthy of the huge controversy for a shoreline park, nor would it appear to have a rich history, but the body of water is both controversial and historic. Although park protests have generated a lot of headlines, few know its history.

There was not always a Bushwick Inlet. The inlet is a relatively recent creation. It was once Bushwick Creek, which was a far longer, deeper and prettier estuary whose headwaters covered much of what is today McCarren Park. A tidal creek, at high tide its waters covered a large area encompassing much of McCarren Park, forming a water boundary between Williamsburg and Greenpoint and beautiful miniature bays. Low tide, though, was a different story as the waters receded they left a stinky slime whose odors offended local noses for generations. Continue reading

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Learn about the BQX Streetcar, Plus Free Drinks Thursday!

BQX Event Dec 8 2016Get to The Woods (48 S. 4th Street) on Thursday, December 8th from 6-8pm for an evening of socializing and learning about the proposed BQX streetcar system. It’s planned to run 16 miles along the Queens/Brooklyn waterfront and to be emissions-free, without overhead wires or underground power sources. If all goes as planned, groundbreaking would start in 2019-2020, and if it’s going to look anything like their fancy Photoshopped renderings, it could be pretty cool. Continue reading

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The Spice King of New York at Williamsburg’s MOFAD

Lior Lev Sercarz at MOFAD
Lior Lev Sercarz at MOFAD

Spice master Chef Lior Lev Sercarz gave a zestful talk about his life, career, the art of flavor, and his new book The Spice Companion at Williamsburg’s Museum of Food & Drink (62 Bayard Street) this past Thursday night. Lior was an engaging speaker, and it’s obvious that when he’s talking about spices, he’s speaking directly from his heart.

He asked the audience how many times we’d actually tasted the spices in our cupboards, by themselves. I cook a lot, but I’ve probably never shoveled a lone spoonful of paprika into my mouth. Lior’s point: these are ingredients we’re putting into our cooking every day, so why aren’t we tasting them? Why aren’t we smelling them? We should be giving ourselves a sensory vocabulary of spices so that we know how to use them as creative culinary tools. He passed a few spices around to the audience for us to taste and smell—turmeric, cayenne, ancho chile powder, ginger, cinnamon, cocoa powder. I noticed that when confronted with the spice itself, it allowed me to really get to know the depth of its personality, while imagining where I could go with it in a way that just wouldn’t happen if I muddled it into a recipe. Continue reading

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Your Ultimate 2016 Popup Holiday Market Shopping Guide

Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015
Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015

‘Tis the season for buying gifts! So, why not pick up some special treasures that are equally thoughtful and made by small businesses? With loads of sweet holiday markets right on this season’s radar (including ours!), there’s tons of party-ready and memorable treats for you and yours.

From the Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market (Sunday Dec. 11th!) to Bulletin at the William Vale and Catland, there’s something for everyone. Read on for shopping tips, gift guides, and the full schedule.

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