Sunday Snaps – Vinyl Decisions

Here in Greenpoint, we’re pretty lucky to have some seriously great record shops around. For this Sunday Snaps, I decided to drop by four of my favorites and ask employees and owners what recent items had come in that they were especially excited about. The shops I visited included Record Grouch (986 Manhattan Ave.), Academy Records Annex (85 Oak St.), Captured Tracks (195 Calyer St.), and Co-op 87 Records (87 Guernsey St.) Here are some of the albums they showed me, complete with a few pictures of these excellent local record stores!

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“One side is live and the other side is the studio versions of all the same songs. I love the great Bauhaus-y cover; there’s rhythm, perspective, movement, a landscape. My favorite song on this album is called ‘Rubber Miro’.” – Ron at Academy Records Annex

 

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“This Walker Brothers 7-inch has all the best cuts from their 1978 album ‘Nite Flights’. It’s chic meets very dark disco rock.” – Ron at Academy Records Annex
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This J.F. Baldassare album is a very rare folk psych rock album from the seventies. Captured Tracks currently has it for $250, which is a steal considering most copies I found online right now are priced at over $400.
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Captured Tracks record shop.
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The Record Grouch at 986 Manhattan Avenue.
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“Oliveros was unique figure in the world of contemporary, experimental and modern composition, she had an unusual practice in that she was about deep listening, getting the audience to engage the body, the ear, there were lots of famous performances where people did these chants and everybody created a tone with the people next to you, it was a really active combination of the body and the mind. She was a great teacher too, she had lots of generations of people who studied under her, she wrote and lectured and was a huge figure in the greater New York area. Sadly she recently passed.” – Brian at the Record Grouch
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Co-op 87 at 87 Guernsey St.
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Rinder and Lewis were a production duo that made a bunch of disco records, some under the name Rinder and Lewis, this one under the name ‘Discognosis’. They had a bunch of other production projects and it’s really cool, often weird disco stuff. This is a particularly hard to find one. They did a group called El Coco and you see those records all the time. I had never seen this one before though, this was 1977.” -Ben at Co-op 87
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Sur-Real Estate, Home Invasion, Goldie’s — The Hook-Up 12/2

Rendering of proposed building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. - Kutnicki Bernstein Architects
Rendering of proposed building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. – Kutnicki Bernstein Architects

Developers are planning to build an 11 story mixed-use residential building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. overlooking Transmitter Park. The proposed building would have 77 apartments (23 affordable) and approximately 4,700 square feet of commercial space.

Notorious Brooklyn slumlords admitted to using abusive tactics to push out tenants from five North Brooklyn buildings, including 300 Nassau Ave. A plea deal was reached resulting in a $350,000 fine and no jail time.

An 85-year-old man played dead while he was robbed by three men who ran off with $36,000 from his Huron St. home. Continue reading

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Greenpointers Advice: How Do I Socialize with a Friend Who Doesn’t Drink?

Bullet Mouth is Greenpointers’ advice column, here to answer your questions on life’s many vexing issues, and share how hanging out in Greenpoint can help.

Cocktails at Esme: A Good Soldier (Becherovka, Bourbon, corn lemon, cinnamon) and A Los Suicidas (Mezcal, Pimms, Strawberry, Lime, Beet) . Photo: Rosie deBelgeonne
Cocktails at Esme. Photo: Rosie deBelgeonne

Dear Bullet Mouth: I just found out that a new friend doesn’t drink alcohol. That’s totally cool by me, but short of only hanging out with her during the day, how do I work her into my social life? I don’t invite her out to bars, right? What about get-togethers where there will be alcohol?

Answer: Though it’s hard to imagine living in a booze-laden metropolis—or even a one-saloon town—as a teetotaler, recent excesses have me contemplating the potential benefits of going off the sauce. Namely, “hair of the dog” would cease to be an integral part of my vocabulary, cash would start piling up and I’d probably lose ten pounds. I would also have to completely overhaul my social life and acquire some new hobbies. Continue reading

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The 6th annual No Office Holiday Party is returning on 12/9!

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Brokelyn and the skint present: The No Office Holiday Party, Brooklyn’s hottest holiday party for everyone who ain’t about that office life (or anyone who just wants to turn up without their boss watching) is coming back for its 6th year on Dec. 9, held at Littlefield (622 Degraw St.)! And it’s on a Friday this time, so we can truly wreck the halls.

Let’s say goodbye to this terrifying garbage fire of a year with style at Littlefield, where they’ll have live-band karaoke from the famous Rock Star Karaoke, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, a holiday photo booth, sexy Santa and Lady Santa, tasty food from Yeah Dawg and drink specials, plus lots of surprises in store this year, including some to help you take out your anger (hint: start saving up all the mean things you ever wanted to say to your boss). Continue reading

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Holiday Tropical Market!! Mojitos and Mulled Wine, Craft Beer, Massages, Henna Tattoos, Face Painting, The Roving Typist, Live Music, 60+ Vendors & More! (Sun, 12/11)


On Sunday, December 11th (1-7PM), sleigh bells and palm trees, snowflakes and sunshine come together in the Greenpointers universe because we’re celebrating this holiday season with beachy cheer, at our Holiday Tropical Market!

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Poster design by Monica Griffin

Discover beautifully crafted high quality gifts from some of the most talented local artisans and makers while enjoying a day full of FREE fun activities, food, mojitos, mulled wine, and seasonal craft beer in the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft.

With soaring wood beams and views of the East River and Manhattan, the Greenpoint Loft is now a private event space that opens to the public during our markets. Restored to its pre-war glory, it was once the home of America’s largest rope manufacturer and is worth a visit for a glimpse of Greenpoint history.

RSVP for Sunday, December 11th from 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, 5th Floor). Continue reading

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Weekend Music for Cool Kids and Weirdos Too (12/1 – 12/4)

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Here are some famous acts playing this weekend.

Don’t worry, we also save room in the back for unsung heroes.

The Hold Steady have three sold-out Brooklyn Bowl shows beginning tonight. Additional tickets will be released at 6 PM each night.

Rockabilly’s Reverend Horton Heat is at Warsaw on Saturday and as usual he’s got a full coterie of highly disreputable opening acts, like Unknown Hinson and Nashville Pussy. Tickets are $22 and still available online.

If you joined the Standing Rock protest bandwagon there’s a benefit at Sunnyvale on Saturday at 8 PM and all the bands playing have suitably passive-aggressive names.

Weirdos like me who like classic Latin jazz and folky cabaret somehow find local options around town too. Continue reading

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Meeker Ave Toxic Plume Meeting Today: Ask Questions

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Investigation area – Meeker Ave. Plume via DEC

Today is your chance to learn about the toxins lurking underneath the area surrounding our beloved McGolrick Park.

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding a public meeting to answer your questions about the Meeker Avenue Plume. State reps will be on hand to talk about the ongoing investigation at the site outlined in black on the map above.

The information session takes place today (Thursday, December 1st) at the Polish and Slavic Center located at 176 Java St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Daffodil Bulb Planting at Bushwick Inlet Park This Saturday!

Bayside Fuel Oil Depot - part of the future site of the expanded Bushwick Inlet Park. Photo: Megan Penmann
Bayside Fuel Oil Depot – part of the future site of the expanded Bushwick Inlet Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

Bushwick Inlet Park will finally be expanding to its full glory soon enough, now that the final plot of land was purchased by the city.

 

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This weekend, on Saturday December 3rd from 10am–1pm, you can help beautify the existing park land with flowers! With generous assistance from Partnerships for Parks (who will be providing bulbs and guidance), Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park together with the community will seed the continued park activation process by planting daffodil bulbs on park grounds. Folks will assemble at the BIP community building located on Kent Ave at N. 9th Street in Williamsburg. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please dress for the weather and encountering dirt.

Bushwick Inlet Park Bulb Planting | Saturday, Dec 3rd | 10am–1pm
Free registration here
Facebook event here

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Trump U Alumni Ball, Merry Krampus, Mastering Pho, – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (11/30–12/6)

openspaceallianceTransmitter Park and American Playground neighbors! Join Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program this Thursday, 12/1 at 6:30 pm at Pencil Works (61 Greenpoint Ave) to plan for 2017 in the parks (wellness, arts, kids and volunteer programs etc.) and map out our next steps in advocacy and fundraising for capital and other improvements. We will have food, drinks, and childcare. Email konstancja@osanb.org to RSVP [sponsored]

 

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!
williamsburgartpartyWEDNESDAY 11/30

♦  Williamsburg Holiday Party @ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St) 7pm, FREE, Meet other locals and get free stuff from local businesses, More Info
* Toasted Wedding Event @ Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St) 6pm, $12, Curated mix of 40+ independent wedding vendors, alternative and modern wedding ideas, handcrafted and eco-friendly goods and a party-like mood. Music, food, goodie bags, raffles, photo booth pix, Buy tix
☺  Trump University Alumni Ball @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, $5, Since leaving from our tremendous, really fantastic alma mater Trump U, we’ve come to realize how important it is to give back. Raising funds for Planned Parenthood and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Comedy show Catch A Writhing Star returns, RSVP Continue reading

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Holiday Movies In North Brooklyn!

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They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year—but between self-embarrassment at work parties, getting the XS condoms at the white elephant gift exchange, forced family hangouts, and blowing your paycheck on gifts and flights, you might need a little help getting into the holiday spirit. Luckily, North Brooklyn has an abundance of seasonal flicks to bring you some of that Christmas cheer. And at most of these places, there will be booze. Listings after the jump! Continue reading

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