Fall Market Urban Spookfest!! Spiced Rum Cider, Local Craft Beer, Hungarian Wine, Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Nail Art, Live Music, 50+ Vendors & More! (Sun, 10/30)

Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015
Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015

Cozy up and celebrate this Fall season, Urban Spookfest style, with warm libations, food, live music, FREE fun activities, while discovering unique locally crafted items this Sunday, October 30th (1-7PM) at the Greenpoint Loft.

Wind down from the weekend’s Halloween festivities or warm up before Trick or Treating by hanging out in one of Greenpoint’s most beautiful historic spaces, restored to its pre-war glory. The Greenpoint Loft was once the home of America’s largest rope manufacturer and is now a private event space with views of the East River and Manhattan skyline that is open to the public during our markets!

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Hang On, Spooky: North Brooklyn Halloween Roundup!

For all you Halloweeners out there, here are our top picks for some fine spine chillin’ in North Brooklyn. Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away with DJs, see rad costumed cover bands, freak out at scary movies, compete in a costume contest, take a zombie terrarium class or participate in a basement seance, our neighborhood has truly an abundance of choice this year.

⟫⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟫ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26  ⟪⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟪

gifoween-bkbazaar-2016GIF-O-Ween at Brooklyn Bazaar
Sponsored by GIPHY and presented by Animation Block Party, GIFOWEEN is a Halloween-themed animation loop contest!
This party will feature the official launch of GIPHY PRESENTS: GIF DANCE PARTY, a fully immersive dance environment that allows you to finally become dance partners with all your favorite online characters at once!
Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Ave.
8pm-12am, FREE, Costumes highly encouraged
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Beat Nite, Voodoo Masquerade Ball, Greenpointers Fall Market – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (10/26–11/01)

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

thumbWEDNESDAY 10/26
* Scary Pumpkin Carving @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 5pm, FREE, Pumpkins, tools, and candles provided, RSVP
^ Meals & Spiels @ Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church (275 North 8th St) 6pm, $50, Support the City Reliquary and enjoy a feast from local culinary rockstars and fascinating tales from everyday NYC heroes, Buy tix
* GIFoween 
@ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, a screening of the winners of Giphy’s Halloween-themed animation loop contest, RSVP

c587616f-0aba-4c24-b454-cea5b6e69c68THURSDAY 10/27
* The Pumpkin Patch Playground 
@ Greenpoint Playground (Franklin St & Dupont St) 3pm, FREE, Pumpkin decorating, face painting, activities, music, tricks, and treats, More info
* Suspiria 
@ Dobbin Street (64 Dobbin St) 6:30pm, FREE, A projected screening of the film within a site-specific installation inspired by Dario Argento’s colorful vision and cinematography, RSVP
♫ Skeletonwitch @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $16, With Iron Reagan / Oathbreaker / Homewrecker, Buy tix

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Ticket Giveaway: Suspiria at Dobbin St.

Suspiria screening at Dobbin St.
Suspiria screening at Dobbin St.

Greenpointers! We have a pair of tickets to the sold out screening of Suspiria at Dobbin St tomorrow evening and we’d love to offer them to one lucky reader!

Suspiria: A Unique Hybrid Screening Event

On Thursday night, Dobbin St., will transform into an immersive homage to Dario Argento’s 1977 horror film, Suspiria.

Join us for a projected screening of the film within our site-specific installation inspired by Dario Argento’s colorful vision and cinematography. Furthermore, the classical music ensemble The Nouveau Classical Project will perform, taking inspiration from the film’s original score, composed by the Italian band Goblin.

This unique hybrid event kicks off Dobbin St’s forthcoming program of cultural events designed to support and cultivate the arts community of North Brooklyn.

To enter the giveaway, please comment on this post and we’ll randomly select the winner!  

Contest closes tonight, Wednesday, at 11:59pm EDT and winners will be notified Thursday morning.

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Airbnb Hosts in Greenpoint Put Out of Business By New Law

Greenpoint as described by Airbnb.
Greenpoint as described by Airbnb: “Peace & Quiet, Artsy, Cultural Enclaves, Dining, Trendy, Loved by New Yorkers”.

Many local Greenpoint hosts who make ends meet by renting out their places using Airbnb are in for a rude awakening. On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill to make it illegal to advertise entire unoccupied apartments for less than 30 days on Airbnb, according to multiple reports. New York housing law restricts short-term rentals for certain housing, and housing advocates in the city argue that many of the units listed on Airbnb are illegal. Although these hosts can already face steep fines, the new law would make it illegal for Airbnb to allow listings for these units on their platform. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Cocktail Becomes As Famous As The Neighborhood Itself

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-5-51-27-pmI was reading an article on eleven of the hottest cocktails from around the globe in the New York Times when the article mentioned a new drink that is all the rage: the Greenpoint.

Though it pains me as a proud Brooklynite, the Greenpoint is a variation on the famous cocktail the Manhattan. The drink, created by Michael McIlory at NYC’s legendary Milk and Honey, gets it name because the Chartreuse that is its main ingredient creates a green hue.

So, what goes into a Greenpoint? The drink consists of two ounces of rye whiskey and a half ounce of yellow Chartreuse. Then add another half ounce of sweet vermouth. The last two ingredients are pinches of angostura bitters and orange bitters. Take all the ingredients and put them in a mixing glass with ice. Next, stir and strain it into a cocktail glass. Finally, top it off with a lemon twist garnish. Continue reading

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When Greenpoint Won the World Series (Well, Sort Of)

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-4-53-13-pmIt’s late October and all the baseball fans will be glued to the World Series. Homer Murray and other Cubs fans will go nuts if the Cubs finally win the world Series, but even many of the most passionate Greenpoint baseball fans are aware that a local team, the Eckford Club was the best team in America before the organization of professional baseball.

Organized in 1855, the Eckford Club won the national championship in 1862 and 1863 in the days when baseball was still an amateur sport. The players were shipwrights who worked in the shipyard of Eckford Webb, at the foot of Milton Street. Although they had little time to practice on account of the sixty-hour weeks they worked, the Eckford players succeeded nevertheless because shipbuilding made them incredibly fit and strong. Continue reading

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Sunday Snaps – Minstrels of Greenpoint

There are a few things that just make you stop dead in your tracks and smile. Maybe you’re even in a hurry, rushing along down the street, and then that wondrous sound comes to your ears – a voice and some sweet strums of an instrument playing a favorite song of yours. I’ve always thought musicians are to a neighborhood what fish are to a stream – an indicator of health and liveliness. If you can walk around for a whole day and not see anyone walking down the sidewalk carrying an instrument or sharing a song, you might want to think twice about what that says about the creative vitality of the place. Luckily for us, Greenpoint is full of musicians, and so today’s photo essay honors these minstrels and everyday suppliers of soul.

I found Jack Simchak breaking in a new guitar of his in McCarren Park. He was playing some beautiful classical guitar arpeggiations, which fit the feeling of a gorgeous late October day perfectly. Check out Jack’s project, Resident Electric.

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Greenpoint gets a Tower, Newtown Creek Hoax?, and Halloween Fun – The Hook-up 10/21

Teacher Maura Flanagan of P.S. 373 (185 Ellery St.) brought students up to visit the McCarren Park Greenmarket. Students at P.S. 373 have their own gardens and were seeing how a real farmer’s market organizes and operates.

Been wondering what the massive building is going up between India and Huron Street along West Street? It’s “The Greenpoint”, a 40-story condo building, the details of which have been spilled in this article from Curbed.

For further proof that the G-entrification train now stops in Greenpoint, check out this piece from the New York Times.

A LaGuardia Community College assistant professor has reportedly contacted Progress Queens claiming that recent allegations made by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection regarding Newtown Creek are “a hoax” in line with “the strategy of corporations that are allegedly responsible for the pollution of Newtown Creek”.

The Better With Pets Expo, hosted this week at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, got some press on News 12 this week (disclaimer: “exclusive content for Optimum, Time Warner Comcast customers”.)

The Newtown Creek Alliance hosted their latest Superfund Community Advisory Group meeting last night at the McCarren Park Pool Community Room. There was a presentation by the EPA, including an open discussion with the community.

Last Saturday’s Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Open House event got some press in this article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

PS 110, The Monitor School will be hosting their Fall Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2-6pm at the PS 110 school playground (corner of Driggs and Monitor). Among other fun Halloween activities, the event will feature a haunted house, pumpkin painting, and carnival games. All proceeds will benefit the school.

Music Off McGolrick and the Tarot Society will be hosting “All of Them Witches” tonight at 8pm at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) The event will feature music, tarot readings and all sorts of spooky entertainment.

Vert Gardens (193 Banker St.) will be hosting their final plant sale before moving on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10am-4pm. Check out this Greenpointers post with more information on Vert’s moving.

The Participatory Budgeting process for District 33 has moved from the idea collection phase to the project development phase. Over 20 budget delegates have started reviewing over 100 ideas that have made it this far. There is still time to be a budget delegate. Click here for more information.

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Weekend Music, or a Sensual Evening with Billy Dee Williams

How many of our cultural milestones now seem creepy after Trump and Cosby.

Today my Guide to the Good Life gives you two legendary musicians playing locally and a classical concert at Greenpoint’s iconic Polish church.

Plus, there’s an eight-band pileup at Don Pedro, the best combination drag/cumbia/goth/dive bar on Manhattan Avenue since 2001.

You can also find a lovely velvet painting of Billy Dee Williams at Don Pedro.
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