Depeche Mode Party, Bad Jazz, Structural Constellations, NYC Beer Week, Oscar Parties – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/22–2/28)

Can Release @ Greenpoint Beer (7 North 15th St), Saturday (2/22), 5pm, FREE, Releasing 2 killer new IPA’S with Dankonia & Apply Formula. Dankonia showcases pine, resin, sap and citrus with an earthy, dank, coniferous and cannabinous finish. While Apply Formula is soft, hazy and tropical with highlights of juicy fruit stripe gum and raspberry. Hop heads unite, you’ve landed in sticky, fruity, earthy IPA heaven! More info

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WEDNESDAY 2/22

♥ SPARK: a dating workshop not for the faint of heart @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St)) 6:30pm, $40-55, Get constructive feedback from a group of your peers – your very own singles focus group. Energizeyourvoice.net founder, Minna Taylor, will facilitate a structured analysis to get to the root of what’s holding you back, Buy tix
♫ Sound Art Performance: Bad Jazz @ IDIO Gallery (976 Grand St) 7pm, FREE, Improvised auditory journeys that defy the normal explanations of musical theory. Their music is a stream of consciousness, ebbing and flowing from one texture to the next, More info
♦ Luce Guilbeault, Nicole Brossard, and Margaret Wescott’s Some American Feminists @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St) 7:30pm, $8, Shot in NYC in 1975 and 1976 by an entirely female crew, the film serves as a record of political awakening, both personal and collective, with subjects describing childhood stirrings of radical consciousness, More info
♫ An ACLU Benefit with Sam Cohen, Scully, Dark Tea @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $14, A Song A Day presents an ACLU benefit showcase featuring Sam Cohen, Scully, DARK TEA to continue fighting the good fight, Buy tix Continue reading

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This Weekend! Open Call For 48 Consecutive Hours of Art

permission slip - shim galleryThis weekend, local gallery concept/artist organization SHIM (289 Meserole St.) is hosting the second edition of Permission Slip, an experimental open call festival of live art performances, interactions, exhibitions, and collaborations.

Details via Facebook:

48 CONSECUTIVE HOURS // Friday Feb 24th @6pm – Sunday Feb 26th @6pm
@ SHIM | 289 Meserole Street

Curators Wilson Duggan and Jackie Cantwell will administer the gallery 24 hours per day, accepting proposals from the public to participate in the weekend’s schedule of activities.

TO PARTICIPATE: Simply fill out a permission slip (email [email protected]) with your proposal for an art performance, activity, micro-exhibition, etc, and bring it to the gallery on Friday evening (2/24) to receive our permission.
Your proposal can literally be anything within the limits of reason, legality, and the safety of the space and participants. Once granted permission, we will schedule a time for you on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and provide you with whatever additional support we can to help you realize your project.

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Don’t Miss This Pop-up Shop: We Are The Resistance, Thursday 2/23

If you’re looking to make a difference and get a little escape at the same time, then you must check out the latest pop-up shop at Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave.) this Thursday, 2/23. We Are The Resistance is a one day pop-up that promotes mindful and intentional shopping while connecting the community with other artists and creators.

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Greenpoint’s Most Famous Reputed Living Gangster Turns One Hundred Years Old

John “Sonny” Franzese turned 100 in federal prison on February 6, 2017. Franzese, from Leonard Street, is the oldest inmate in the Federal Prison system and was denied compassionate release last year even though he is blind, deaf and in a wheel chair. Today the aged Franzese seems harmless, but that was not always so. In his day he became one of the most feared Mafiosi in New York Franzese is reputed to have killed sixty men. A ruthless man, franzese, Federal Prosecutors allege, once recommended that the best way to dispose of body parts was to dry them out with a microwave and grind them up in a garbage disposal. Franzese was also recorded on a federal wiretap saying, “Today, you can’t have a body no more…It’s better to take that half-an-hour, an hour, to get rid of the body than it is to leave the body on the street.” Continue reading

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The Piadine Reigns Supreme at Williamsburg’s Lella Alimentari

Photo © Kevin Irby
Photo © Kevin Irby

“With this finger, I tasted the world.” Massimiliano Nanni raises his right pointer finger while recounting his childhood in Rimini, Italy, where his mother, Lella Alimentari’s namesake, ran a popular restaurant. “I would sit at the counter of the kitchen and I taste the papaya, I taste the kiwi—nobody have a kiwi in Italy, I come from a place with the truffle—I eat the frog, I eat the eel, I eat the snake. We want to try everything. This was my childhood.”

Massimiliano Nanni © Kevin Irby

Nanni, known to friends as Chicco, met his wife, Paola Cittero while working on an Italian aquatic TV show. He was a diving assistant, she was the production designer. This is a funny detail given the strong Life Aquatic vibe in the café they’ve created. Between Nanni’s normally red cap (today it is pink) and quirky demeanor, Cittero’s blue jumpsuit and the vintage toys and uneven hand stamped signage, I can practically hear Seau Jorge strumming Bowie tunes.

owners of Lella Alimentari
“We are old friends. Sometimes your best friend becomes your husband.” Photo © Kevin Irby

Nanni’s been in the restaurant biz since 1995 when he opened Piadina in the West Village. In the intervening years, he’s opened many other restaurants, including the popular wood-fired pizza superstar Saraghina in Bed-Stuy, which Cittero designed and which feels like a big brother to the more intimate Lella (325 Manhattan Avenue). Nanni left Saraghina in 2011 and opened a now-shuttered seafood restaurant before hopping over to Williamsburg. The location was intentional, just across the street from PS 132 where Nanni and Cittero’s children go to school. After school, the kids hang out among the locals, many of whom are on laptops. “We don’t like to say we are chefs,” says Cittero, “we just cook. We’re cooking. We are both food lovers. I’m a production designer, an artist, we consider this our cafeteria. We are making food we usually make at home, that we give out to our kids.”

artwork made by Lella's owners' son.
“We dream about writing a book one day with all the drawings from my little boy, we like the name ‘The Cook, the Wife, and the Red Hat.’” Photo © Kevin Irby

Lella’s specialty is the piadina, a sort of Italian quesadilla that’s popular in Nanni’s hometown. Every day he makes the piadina bread, then stuffs it with ingredients like roasted seasonal veggies and stracchino, a luscious unripened Italian cheese. Nothing is fussy, just fresh ingredients prepared beautifully; a poached egg over cauliflower, bacon, and chickpeas. Potato leek soup with speck. Burrata with roasted beets and carrots. They also have homemade pastries, quiche, and salads, most often topped with a poached egg.

Eggs are poached or soft boiled, never fried. Photo © Kevin Irby

Lella’s vibe is laid back cool and playful. It is European-feeling and whimsical without a hint of pretension. Toy trucks huddle near a vase of yellow tulips. A battered metal crock overflows with potatoes. The tin ceilings are whitewashed, walls are lined with Italian goods, books, an old scale. Art magazines and vintage action figures are scattered about. Lella is warm and chummy, just four sun-drenched booths and a communal table.

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One of my favorite design elements is the handy takeaway window. “We sell the coffee by the window and we get all the people with dogs,” says Cittero. “Bike. Stroller. For me, it was like decoration, but we get the dog community.”

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Nanni is already dreaming of his next venture: to host a program training former convicts as pizzaiolos. He’s eyeing a location in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard. “The Pizzaiolo was teaching to the penitentiary in my town. These men, what they went through, most of the time it’s really traumatic. They need to be working, working, working. They will learn fast. It will help them.”

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“Art, food and a lot of love,” Cittero says as she glances at Nanni who is in the kitchen dancing to The Human League. “We keep busy.” She smiles and looks out the window. “And just look at this beautiful light.”

A patron on her laptop in one of four sunny booths. Photo © Kevin Irby

Lella Alimentari | 325 Manhattan Avenue
718-599-1986
Open 8am to 7pm every day

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Where To Watch The Oscars In North Brooklyn!

Taste of Streep - Academy Awards at Northern Territory

The 2017 Academy Awards will kick off this Sunday at 8:30pm. If you have the urge to watch from anywhere but your couch, here’s where you can watch it on big screens in our ‘hood.

Northern Territory | 12 Franklin St.
Northern Territory is hosting an Oscars blowout in collaboration with the best Meryl Streep-themed Instagram account ever, Taste of Streep. The watch party starts with the live red carpet pre-show at 7:00 with the main show starting at 8:30. Admission is free and you have a chance to walk away with some rad Taste of Streep goodies.

Humboldt & Jackson 2.26.17 oscar party flyerHumboldt & Jackson | 434 Humboldt St.
H&J is rolling out the red carpet (yes, an actual one) this Sunday for their Oscars viewing party. Don your best sparkles and tuxedos, ’cause there’s a best-dressed contest, too.
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VENDOR CALL! Spring Market in Celebration of Earth! (Sunday, April 9th)


We love this time of year when greenery and blooms sprout back to life! For the love of Earth in the month of Earth Day, we’re celebrating Spring at the Greenpoint Loft on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 for a day full of free fun activities, live music, and shopping in one of the most beautifully restored historic spaces in Brooklyn!

Creative entrepreneurs and makers of food, art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, etc. – you know who you are – sign up with us to join one of the most enjoyable selling experiences in New York City. Apply here or directly in the form after the jump.

The Greenpointers Markets started in 2011 and has been growing ever since. Check out a recap of our last Old-Timey Valentine’s Market where we had an oversized paper rose garden photo booth, thousands of visitors, and live jazz music! News 12 even came to visit us!

It’s a low-risk way to get your product or business in front of thousands of visitors and spend a day of local shopping, activities, and music in one of the most beautiful spaces in Brooklyn.

Are you a corporate level business? Learn about sponsorship opportunities and apply here!

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The New Menu at Tørst is a Perfect Mix of Nordic & American

A new spread at Tørst  Image courtesy of Tørst

As 2016 came to an end, Michelin-starred Luksus shut its doors in the back room of Tørst (615 Manhattan Ave), adding to the pile of restaurant closings in our area. For a moment it seemed that Tørst would revert entirely to a Nordic beer bar with a few bites. But all hope is not lost, Chef Jesus “Chuy” Cervantes, who worked at Cosme before spending two years under Chef Burns at Luksus, was ready to over the food program at Tørst and bring it to the next level. A recent lunch—yes, Tørst is open for lunch—showed there are still many Nordic influences on the expanded menu along with some quite delectable bread, but now they also have excellent takes on regular bar food. Continue reading

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Elegance Lost: Greenpoint’s Colonnade Row on Humboldt Street

For years I had admired Manhattan’s Greek Revival Colonnade Row, the imposing landmark row houses with their austere, yet graceful Doric columns on Astor Place in NoHo, never imagining that Greenpoint also had its own colonnade row, until I cam across this 1922 picture of colonnade row houses on Humboldt Street. No one is certain who built Noho’s Colonnade Row, however it is attributed to builder Set Geer who constructed the spacious row houses with graceful marble columns as their defining feature. Continue reading

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