F*CK, That’s Delicious: Mouthy Rapper Action Bronson’s Dinner & Book Release Party at Nitehawk

Action Bronson at Nitehawk Cinema
Action Bronson at Nitehawk Cinema, via Instagram

If you have not heard of rapper, former chef and Viceland host Action Bronson’s low culture cult following, you may soon be aware of his larger-than-life presence. Born in Queens and reportedly living in North Brooklyn, he has become an icon somewhat for his brazen rap stylings, but is probably more acclaimed for his self-proclaimed lyrical adoration of the pre-packaged foods most of us grew up with—chicken tenders, Starburst, Steak-umms; and his more complex and grown-up gourmet tastes—steak that’s aged for over 20 days, lamb that’s been roasted over 7 hours, stuffing filled with truffles and pears. As a chubby, foul-mouthed yet lovable character, he appeals to many: the shameless (those who would happily chow down on dirty water hotdogs), the detail-oriented (people who would source the best ingredients to create a very simple meal) and the fun-food-havers (regular people at a backyard BBQ where the smoker’s been going for hours, where homemade food and booze is abundant and anything goes). Continue reading

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Participatory Budgeting Meetings Tonight & Next Week (9/20 & 9/27)

For the past few years, City Council Member Stephen Levin has allowed the residents of District 33 to decide how to allocate at least $1 million of discretionary funds. And it’s time to submit ideas for next year! Need some inspiration? Here are winning ideas from other districts (26, 34, 35, 36, and 39). Or you can help Stephen Levin and his team brainstorm ideas at one of the upcoming neighborhood meetings!

Participatory budgeting has been going on in New York City for seven years now with District 33 joining during the second year. In short, “Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.” Yes, voters directly decide which of the proposed projects they feel should be funded and the popular vote wins. Projects are funded until the available money runs out. Earlier this year, 3,789 turned out to vote with the winners including bus clocks along the B62/B32 bus routes; a STEAM Lab for Samuel Dupont Elementary School/P.S. 31 (75 Meserole St); and upgraded electrical wiring at Monitor School/P.S. 110 (124 Monitor St). Continue reading

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Rock Your Tastebuds at National Sawdust’s Food/Drinks/Music Pairing Event Next Thursday (9/28)!

National Sawdust. Photo: Floto + Warner
National Sawdust’s performance space. Photo: Floto + Warner

Next Thursday evening (9/28) at 7:30pm, National Sawdust (80 N 6th St) is presenting a night of inspired food, mixology and music as they pair up small bites and cocktails with custom-composed music to simultaneously tickle your ears and your tastebuds.

James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly of Rider (National Sawdust’s sister restaurant) and “cocktail world enigma” Allen Katz, mixologist and local distiller at New York Distilling Company (79 Richardson St), will create the tantalizing culinary experience, which will offer four canapés (three h’ors doeuvres + dessert) and five cocktails on tap.

Multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda, who will premiere Chopping Music. Photo by Nathan West.
Multi-instrumentalist Yuka Honda, who will premiere Chopping Music. Photo by Nathan West.

Musicians include jazz singer Magos Herrera, multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda (of Cibo Matto), and pianist Oded Lev-Ari, who will lead the ensemble in a program ranging from tango to electronic music to Mexican folk song, including the world premiere of Chopping Music and a piece inspired by the humble juniper berry.

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Oktoberfest, Empire Records Kegger, Big|Brave, Saint Etienne — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/20–9/26)

Greenpoint Beer & Ale has a bigger than big Oktoberfest for Sept. 23rd through Oct. 1st! Tapping 2 super rare gravity kegs from Franconia and featuring 4 guest drafts from Munich, Mahrs Saphire Weisse, Monchshof Festbier & Ayinger Oktoberfest. Mug holding contest at 5 PM each Saturday! Come dressed in an Oktoberfest costume and receive a complimentary beer. Oktoberfest food specials include Sausages with Red Cabbage and Schnitzel. (sponsored)

 

WEDNESDAY 9/20
* Chuffed.org Crowdfunding for Social Causes Workshop 
@ New Woman Space (188 Woodpoint Rd), 6pm, $65, Get an intro to Crowdfunding & learn the secrets of what it takes to run a successful campaign on Chuffed.org, Buy tix
* Lunation Kundalini Shakti Transmission New Moon In Virgo @ Golden Drum (97 Green St), 7:30pm, $25, The New Moon traveling through Virgo urges us to reactivate or restore something through practicality, sensibility, and stability, Buy tix
♫ Little Gorgeous (Bee-Bop) @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, FREE, More info

THURSDAY 9/21

* Bowl Hashanah: Rosh Hashanah with Rabbi Dan Ain and The Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 10am, $90, Morning services, Torah reading, Shofar blowing, prayer, meditation,& vegetarian/dairy lunch from Blue Ribbon, Buy tix
^ Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics @ Leonard Library (81 Devoe St), 6:30pm, FREE, “Where the Animals Go” investigates and illustrates the intersection of data technology and animal migration, revealing the natural world as never before, RSVP
* Green Witch: Herbs & Ritual for the Autumnal Equinox @ Root Mamma (236 Richardson St),Practice rituals in grieving what/who we have lost, in an effort to compost with love and start fresh, 7:30pm, $20, RSVP
♫ Cold Beat, War Bubble, Liberation @ The Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St), 8pm, $12, Buy tix
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Achievable Goals: The New York Sorta Marathon Comes to McCarren Park 11/12

Zach Broussard, Future Marathon Runner. Via Kickstarter
Zach Broussard, Future Marathon Runner. Via Kickstarter

Why run when you could walk? That seems to be question guiding this fall’s newest athletic not-quite-feat: The New York Sorta Marathon. Organized by comedian and former Greenpointer Zach Broussard, the Sorta Marathon is the first short marathon. Instead of 26.2 miles, the length of a traditional marathon, the race clocks in at just .2 miles.

Broussard explores some hard truths about marathons in his YouTube promo video for the event, including this rock-hard reality: 26.2 miles is way too long for most people. Designed to be a race anyone can finish, the event’s Kickstarter page exalts, “finally, a marathon FOR THE PEOPLE.” Broussard knows that not all of us have the time or the ability to train for a traditional race, but that we all face challenges personally or globally. So, how can we feel good? Skip the running and go straight to the runner’s-high! He told me, “lots of our online experience is watching people brag about things that are sometimes out of our own reach. So I thought it would be fun to create an event that allowed literally anyone the chance to brag about some crazy accomplishment.” Continue reading

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Final Demolition of the Kosciuszko Bridge set for 9/24

The end of the old Kosciusko Bridge. Via Brooklyn Paper
The end of the old Kosciuszko Bridge. Via Brooklyn Paper

So far this summer, New Yorkers have reacted to the demolition of the Old Kosciuszko Bridge in a variety of expressive ways. There were the illicit parties held on the Bridge ahead of the scheduled July demolition, and the group of urban vigilantes ready to defend the bridge from demise with wolves and swords.

The city itself decided on a more muted end to the 1939 span that crosses Newtown Creek, connecting Greenpoint to Maspeth, Queens, than these events, or even the Bridge’s namesake, Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Revolutionary hero in both Poland and the United States, might warrant. Instead of the scheduled July explosion, the main span of the bridge was lowered onto a barge in Newtown Creek.

But, anyone who was hoping the bridge would go out with a bang can get psyched. According to Brooklyn Paper and DNAinfo, head of the 94th Precinct, Captain Peter Rose, has announced that the Brooklyn and Queens approaches of the old bridge will be detonated in a controlled explosion around 5am on Sunday, September 24.

That date is tentatively scheduled, and may be subject to change depending on a variety of factors including weather, but that hasn’t stopped the Newtown Creek Alliance from creating a map of the best places to watch the demolition. Check it out here to stake out your spot for the Big Bang!

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Teacup Music FREE Trial Class for Beginner Violin Tomorrow (Wed, 9/20)

Teacup Music is hosting a FREE trial class tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/20) for beginner violin students ages 3-6 years old.

When: 3:00-3:45pm
Where: Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St)
Ages: 3-6 Years

The goal of the program is fostering creativity and a passion for music in early childhood. Not only will students learn basic music theory and get a hands on look at a musical instrument, they will also develop skills in creativity, memory, and self confidence.

Check out the first class for free before committing to the Fall semester. Teacup Music also provides Sliding Scale scholarships to low income families.

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Don’t Have a Home Inventory List for Apartment Insurance? Don’t Worry, Here’s How

When it comes to apartment insurance, second in importance to your home possessions is a record of your home possessions.

You can do this easily with a home survey. Here’s how:

1. A comprehensive home inventory should include a spreadsheet with the item description (make, model, serial number, value, and purchase date).

Even more important for showing proof of ownership is having a visual record of your possessions. Thirty or so digital photos are easy to forward to an adjuster.

2. It’s important to thoroughly document your belongings to help the claims process go smoothly. Move from room to room, listing items as you go — and list their receipts, credit card statements, and appraisals (include the appraiser’s name and address).

3. Use cloud storage, like Google Docs or Dropbox, which can also store images.

Remember: Written inventories are useful for reminding you what was in your possession when making a claim, but they are not accepted as proof of ownership — digital photos and credit card receipts are.

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Get It While It’s Hot: In God We Trust Rocks Fall 2017

Hey babes. We love the change of seasons for a few reasons: themed holidays, fancy drinks, new projects, great shows, and art. And, one of our top favorite reasons? New clothes. Oh yes, it’s one of the best things—what new pieces can add some fit and flair to your wardrobe?

In God We Trust (70 Greenpoint Ave) outdid themselves again this season. With clean lines, cool jumpsuits, and sassy bomber jackets, this autumn season is full of attitude and lots of swag style. Browse some stellar styles and drop it like it’s hot.
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Review: Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw 9/10

Thee Oh Sees! Photo: Thomas Girard, via Warsaw on Instagram
Thee Oh Sees! Photo: Thomas Girard, via Warsaw on Instagram

It’s always a treat when Thee Oh Sees go on tour and play a few shows in Brooklyn. I always make it a point to go at least once because it’s nothing short of awesome. Thee Oh Sees psyched out the crowd at the Warsaw (261 Driggs Avenue) with dynamic jams with loud-meets-fast-riffs.
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