Local Long Island City organization Korean K9 Rescue, who are committed to ending the Korean dog meat trade and rescuing dogs from South Korean streets, is having a dog adoption event this Saturday March 24th at The Storefront (194 Irving Avenue). So if you’re in the market for a world traveled cutie pa-poochie, get thee to The Storefront (194 Irving Ave) from 12-4pm tomorrow March 24th. Many of the dogs have heart-wrenching stories of being scooped up after wandering the streets or rescued from dog meat farmers—and after making the journey from Korea to NYC they are waiting and ready for your love and affection!
The pace of change is swift here in the city, what with permits for new developments constantly being filed (like these for 85 and 87 Calyer Street), but this week, area residents are remembering the bygone gems of the early aughts, like Monkeytown, the performing arts paradise which began in a loft space at 222 Leonard street in 2003. (For those looking to relive the glory, Monkeytown may make an appearance in Mexico City later this year.)
Speaking of entertainment paradises — Newtown Creek! Really. The Newtown Creek Alliance’s long-term plan involves 85 projects along the waterway “that tie industry and recreation—without one compromising the other.” Continue reading
Yesterday’s all-day snowstorm left Greenpoint gracefully blanketed in more than a foot of snow. Schools were closed, trendy fitness classes were cancelled, some businesses took a snow day—yet others defiantly remained open to serve warm beverages and food to the toughest of Greenpointers. Today as the snow melts, drips and drops from trees and fire escapes onto our heads, let’s take a look at what locals witnessed first hand yesterday. Continue reading
Call for neighborhood galleries! Sign up by Monday 3/26 to participate in the next Greenpoint Gallery Night: Friday, April 20th, 6-9pm. Email Scott Chasse of Calico at [email protected] to get on the list.
Twice a year, neighborhood galleries stay open late on a Friday evening for this voluntarily organized gallery crawl. Visit www.greenpointgalleries.org to learn more.
The Church of the Ascension (127 Kent Street) is one of Greenpoint’s oldest buildings, but its Parish Hall (120 Java Street) will soon find new life as residences. The Church sold the Parish Hall, and air rights for the building, in July 2015 for over 4 million dollars.
The Parish Hall is not an original part of the church, but it still has significant history in the neighborhood, serving as a shelter during Hurricane Sandy, and as a headquarters in the Occupy Sandy relief effort. In the transition to apartments, the building on Java Street will triple in size and gain two stories, growing to accommodate 18 units. Each apartment will be approximately 1,300 sqft, and the building will offer “skyline views” from the roof. Continue reading
I met artist Richard Humann on a Queens-bound G train in the summer of 2015. He was reading a book about Chinatown and I asked him if it was good. It wasn’t, he noted, but we talked and we stayed in touch, sharing our memories and dreams of Brooklyn. He’s traveled the world for his award-winning art, but since 1985 Greenpoint has always been home. While he can’t recall creating any conscious odes to Greenpoint in his work, the neighborhood and its residents have undoubtedly influenced him in his decades here.
When he moved to Brooklyn from his hometown of Stony Point, New York (“I would say it’s like an hour north of the city but it’s a million miles away”) after college, he shacked up on Meserole Avenue. In the years since, he’s migrated a mere block over. “I never left,” he smiles. When he first moved to Greenpoint, Humann recalls that Williamsburg was considered a hotter area because it was more rough and tumble – south of 7th Street wasn’t considered safe. He had shows in both neighbs though, from the Minor Injury Gallery – one of North Brooklyn’s first as far as he’s aware – to Williamsburg’s Pan Arts gallery, both long closed.
He’s stayed put as the neighborhood changed over the years along with the rest of the borough and city. I spoke with him about his thoughts on gentrification, the bad old days, bygone businesses, and what the future holds for Greenpoint. Continue reading
Has spring sprung? Based on the umpteenth nor’easter we endured this week, it might not seem so — but the cold is not stopping these galleries from being in full spring swing. Here’s your weekend roundup — brush off your snow boots, fight the impulse to stay in your cozy shoebox, and go support local art! Quick plug: want your gallery opening/exhibit unveiling to be listed on Greenpointers? Email Billy at [email protected]!
Eater announced recently the first 50 participants at The World’s Fare, to be held at Citi Field April 28 and 29th. Promising authentic cuisine from around the world, they’ll also include unlimited tasting of 80+ global craft beers, live Bands, cultural dance, art installations, and SUMO (the largest SUMO wrestler in the Northern Hemisphere).
Beer garden tickets for unlimited beer tastings (including General Admission to the fare) start at only $49. But today, there’s a snowday deal: get VIP admission for the price of general admission. Enter promo code “SNOWDAY” at check out to get in on the discount. Buy your tickets here.
♫ ♦ Dirty Circus Variety Show @ House of YES (2 Wyckoff Avenue), 7pm, $20-50,A variety show dedicated to the raw & the raunchy, Buy Tix
♦ POLAR Screening With Live Score @ Magick City (37 Box Street), 7pm, $10, A BFI National Archive Presentation of “THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE”The official record of Captain Scott’s legendary expedition to the South Pole. With live Score! Buy Tix
♫ Azonic, Brown Angel, Marc Edwards/Mick Barr, Kevin Hufnagel @Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue), 8pm, $12, Buy Tix
♦ Animal House Free Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue), 8pm, FREE, More info
♦ Field for Ballads: Reading and Artist Walkthrough @ Calico Brooklyn (67 West Street Ste. 203), 7pm, FREE, Come join us as the artists of ‘Field for Ballads’ take you through their work and ideas. The night will begin with a reading by poet Hannah Aizenman and will continue as a discussion with artist Hannah Hill on process and inspiration, More Info.
♦ Film Screening: Blissville Stories @ Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Avenue), 7:30pm, FREE, Blissville Stories is a documentary film about the Queens neighborhood bounded by Newtown Creek, the Long Island Expressway, and Calvary Cemetery. We will be joined by filmmaker Hank Linhart for a short Q&A, More Info
♫ The Vacant Lots, VOWWS, De Lilith @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 8:00 pm, $10, Buy tix
♫ Iron Chic, Bigwig, Teenage Halloween, Ellen & the Degenerates @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue), 8pm, $12, Buy tix
♫ Mau5trap | BlackGummy/ ATTLAS/ Rinzen @ Output (74 Wythe Avenue), 10pm, $15-20, Buy tix