Staying Local for Thanksgiving? Six Spots Where You Can Wobble Before You Gobble, Get Stuffed with Turkey, the Fixin’s, and More!

Thanksgiving is holiday of culinary greatness. A problem if your cooking skills are below par and you’re staying home for the Holidays. Less of a problem since you live so close to the city’s hub of crave-worthy restaurants and bars.

Here’s a list of how to feast and party without the hassle of using your oven.

1) Le Fond

A close up of the dishes featured in Le Fond's Thanksgiving MenuCome join Chef Jake Eberle at “Wobble Before You Gobble” — a Thanksgiving Eve cocktail party! Cut loose a lil’ before heading out of town. They’ll have $6 aperitif specials, including house recipe Kir Royale and warm mulled wine. Chef Jake Eberle will also being serving some bites to nibble, like country pate and a French onion soup-filled Russian-style pierog.  Reservations not necessary. See the Menu here.

Address: 105 Norman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cost: No cover, Items a la carte
Time: Thanksgiving Eve, 6pm
Highlights: Classy cocktails, Russian pierogi, No reservations

 

2) Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co.
Mixing it up and staying in town this year? Greenpoint Beer and Ale is hosting their 5th Annual Orphans Thanksgiving. Their new kitchen resident, @maizeysundaytacos will be a making a spicy twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For $65, get fed the unorthodox turkey and wash it down with included beer and wine. Then join your new “Orphan” family as you replace football with a screening of cult favorite “This Is Spinal Tap” directed by Rob Reiner. Click here to buy tickets!

Address: 7 North 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cost: $65, Buy tix
Time: 5pm
Highlights: Spicy turkey, New friends, Satirical movie about setting it “up to eleven” 
Bonus: A portion of the ticket sales go to support The Greenpoint Hunger Program

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Long Island City Graffiti Artists Win Legal Battle With Developer Who Destroyed Their Work

5 Pointz

For years I used to love taking the number seven train through Long Island City just to see the amazing 5 Pointz building and its amazing graffiti. Some called it “The United Nations of Graffiti” because of the international artists who created the art there. Other people dubbed it “the world’s only graffiti museum.” The owner, Jerry Wolkoff, had given the artists’ permission to use the building as a canvas for “aerosol art” and the building was covered in multicolored murals and tags, making it a tourist mecca as artists and fans of graffiti art from around the world traveled to see the former industrial building in Long Island City that artists had decorated for two decades. Continue reading

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From the Archives: Historical Photos of Greenpoint

“Ash Street.” 1887, via NYPL

While it’s true the more things change the more they stay the same, the changes certainly outnumber the sameness in these vintage photos of Greenpoint. The sameness is enough for the streets to be recognizable, but the full throttle industrial landscape paired with the lack of development and people makes it clear these images were created in another world.

Some of the photographs are dated by their car models and aboveground telephone lines, others by their empty lots and the old school formal fashion. Take a look, and see if you can guess the photos’ locations without reading the caption.  Continue reading

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PS 31’s Fall Festival Raised Funds for Enrichment Programs

Fall Festival! Courtesy of PS 31

November 11th is always a day to celebrate, and Greenpoint’s PS 31 (75 Meserole Avenue) marked the day with a Fall Festival to benefit the PTA. The school is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and the Festival helped PS 31’s PTA raise funds to support excellent enrichment opportunities for students, including arts and chess.

Parents, teachers, alumni and community businesses all contributed to the festivities, which included pony rides, crafts, cotton candy, balloons, face painting, a Bounce House and a bake sale. Local merchants like the Meatball Shop (170 Bedford Avenue) donated raffle prizes. All proceeds from the event went directly to the PTA. In a press release Sarah Sanders, PTA Co-President, thanked the Greenpoint community for an excellent turnout and a fabulous Festival.“This was a very successful community event that brought people together on a freezing day to help our school,” she said. “It couldn’t have been done without the wonderful volunteers, who included teachers, parents, and alumni.”

 

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Submit your Last Minute input on Transportation in North BK!

rendering of a bioswale
Rendering of a Bioswale via NYC DEP

The NYC Department of Transportation is getting ready to release the results of a Transportation Study for Brooklyn Community Board 1 (That’s us)!  The study, focusing on issues like street design, traffic flow, public safety and environmental impact, was funded by Councilman Stephen Levin’s office. While North Brooklyn residents have already contributed over 400 unique comments and concerns to the study, Levin’s office is now inviting community members to submit last minute input “to make sure this process reflects everyone’s voices.”

The North Brooklyn streetscape is not the first to be surveyed by the NYC DOT. For example, the department assessed conditions on Jay Street in 2016. Past studies like this one have analyzed existing issues on the street, then offered solutions based on public input, so your ideas are essential to the process.  Continue reading

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Michael Nau And David Bazan Ground Us With A Solid Indie Rock Night At Rough Trade

David Bazan RoughTrade
David Bazan Performing At Rough Trade

Last Thursday night at Rough Trade (64 N 9th St) opened with Michael Nau performing to a packed room. Nau’s rich warm tones gave a welcoming feel to the cold November night. Previously the frontman for Page France and Cotton Jones, Nau’s style is relaxing with a rock beat that enables the listener to truly feel like being on a sort of vacation. It’s evident that Nau writes music purely because he enjoys doing so, that he is naturally moved to write it. This puts a heartwarming personal stamp on his songs, everpresent during his performance.

This (sort of) escapism journey continued with David Bazan as he zoomed into giving an other worldly performance. While Bazan and his band unleashed a more thunderous sound than Nau, Bazan remained connected to his spirit. When he often closed his eyes onstage, you could really feel that presence—and that let his talent take over the stage, unobstructed.  It’s not always easy to let others into a personal inner world, but Bazan was able to succeed at this. The audience was transported straight into his inner world and feelings. Continue reading

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Subway Rats Join the Brunch Craze, Firefox Gives out Free Coffee and the BQX Unveils a Prototype — the Hook-up (11/17)

Subway rats are on trend this week.
Subway rats are on trend this week.

Move over, Pizza Rat, there’s a new celebrity rodent in town. This week, a subway rat went full “Brooklyn” and jumped on the avocado craze. While waiting for the G at Greenpoint Avenue on Tuesday, filmmaker Jessica Edwards captured a video of a rat hauling a slice of avocado along the tracks.

That’s not the only food-based transit story in the news this week. Mozilla launched a Firefox browser update this week, and claims its internet service is now faster than Google Chrome. To celebrate, Firefox operated a free “Firefox Fast Ferry” between Greenpoint and Manhattan from Tuesday-Thursday. The rides included complimentary donuts, coffee and live music.

Speaking of riding in style, the first prototype of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, or BQX, was unveiled on Monday. Also known as the Gentrification Express, the proposed streetcar would run along the waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park.

The advocacy coalition “Friends of BQX” is pushing Mayor de Blasio to make the streetcar a priority during his second term, at the same time as glass high-rise developments begin to engulf Greenpoint’s waterfront.

But, there may be some environmental justice for Greenpoint courtesy of the Long Island Sound. Much of the Nitrogen that contributes to “dead zones” in the Long Island Sound comes from waste treatment plants in New York City. Pressure from advocacy groups like Save Our Sound could lead to technological upgrades at Newtown Creek.

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Weekend Art Roundup: Nov 17 – 19

Photo: @APSmithNYC

Ok guys, this weekend is the last weekend before holiday madness… Thanksgiving is Thursday! Then it’s just holiday parties, and office shindigs, and family dinners… and that’s 2017, folks!

Get out there and see some art, why don’t ya?

It’s a new moon this weekend, btw.

Oblique Functions
at Slag Gallery
56 Bogart St.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 17th, 7–9 pm.

A solo show featuring a new body of sculptural and installation work by Aimée Burg on view in the Main Gallery of Slag from November 17th to December 22nd, 2017.

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Help End Sex Trafficking in NYC With a Night of Storytelling About Generosity at Brooklyn Brewery (11/28)

Restore @ Brooklyn Brewery

Non-profit organization Restore, whose mission is to “end sex trafficking in NYC and restore the well being and independence of foreign national survivors”, is hosting a storytelling night at Brooklyn Brewery (79 N 11th Street) on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:30pm. Because it’s #givingtuesday, stories on the topic of “generosity” will be shared. If you’d like to participate and share a 5-minute story of generosity, you can email [email protected] for more info.

Restore: A Night of Storytelling on Generosity
@ Brooklyn Brewery | 79 N 11th St
Doors open at 7:30pm. Storytelling starts at 8:00pm. Beer is $5/bottle and snacks will be provided.
Tickets are $15, more info here

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The Drift, Greenpoint’s Secret Ski Lodge goes Southwest

New Fall Menu at The Drift  All photos by Eli Harrigan

The Drift (579 Meeker Ave) is your neighborhood local bar if you happen to be in this far northeast corner of Greenpoint on the edge of Brooklyn. If you haven’t visited in its first year of business, now is the time. The new fall menu and ski lodge vibe of this place is perfect for hiding away from cold weather. Influences from the bar owners’ other establishments, The Commodore and El Cortez are present as well as their namesake cocktails. Continue reading

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