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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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How to save at 100 local Brooklyn restaurants every day

Dining out in Brooklyn is a belly’s dream; unfortunately, it’s also a bank account’s worst nightmare. A free new app, Spotluck, remedies this issue with a wheel of discounts offering as much as 35% off every meal! Spotluck has partnered with 100 of Brooklyn’s best locally-owned restaurants and over 400 in New York.

Here are just a few of the best restaurants you can save at with Spotluck:

Slick Willie

Arguably, food and comfort are two of life’s finest pleasures. This makes Slick Willie another one! Willies is so cozy that it’s known to locals as ‘the living room’ and their menu matches up. Offerings represent the diversity of Brooklyn from tempura-style Kansas City BBQ ribs to chorizo-hash eggs benedict over Johnny cakes. Continue reading

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The Other Art Fair Returns to Greenpoint and Greenpointers Get FREE Tix! (11/9-11/12)

The Other Art Fair returns for its second US edition to Greenpoint’s own Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St) this week on November 9-12. Presented by Saatchi Art, the fair showcases work by 120 talented emerging artists from Brooklyn and beyond, each hand picked by a committee of art world experts.
Art lovers can visit the fair with confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists in a unique and immersive experience. With artwork prices starting at just $75 there is something for everyone! Alongside the exhibiting artists, visitors can discover exciting an unusual features including live hand poked tattoos by Brooklyn’s Bluestone Babe, The Guardian virtual reality, an engaging talks program by Saatchi Art and a hidden secret bar…
Claim your free ticket to The Other Art Fair using code GREENPOINTERS on nyc.theotherartfair.com/comp. Don’t miss out!

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TICKET GIVEAWAY! The Brooklyn Wine Fest Returns to Greenpoint with Unlimited Tastes of 100+ International Wines, Live Music, Food & More! (Sat, 10/28)

UPDATE: Congrats to Lisa, Elizabeth, Kimmie, Catherine, and Cristina for winning ticket for this Saturday’s (10/28) The Brooklyn Wine Fest!

You can still buy tix for $25 off using the code GREENPOINTERS at check out.

Sip on an Amelia Bordeaux Rosé, paired with fresh New England oysters or fresh out of the oven pizza from on-site food stalls. And with wine in one hand and a plate of mini donuts in another, enjoy plenty of live entertainment and get a taste of an international spectrum of flavors.

We have five pairs of tickets to give away for The Brooklyn Wine Fest happening this Saturday, October 28th in the Brooklyn Expo (72 Noble St) !

ENTER HERE to get access to unlimited samples of over 100 styles of wine from around the world, paired with live entertainment, food and interactive games!

Deadline: Tuesday, October 24th 11:59PM EST. Winners will be announce on Wednesday, October 25th.
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Celebrate Oktoberfest like Munich in The Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse This Weekend (10/20-10/22)! German Beer, Music, Bratwurst & More!!

Get a rare glimpse inside a historic neighborhood landmark, The Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse (67 West St) this weekend (Oct 20-22) when it opens its doors to host an authentic Munich festival tent, complete with Bavarian blue & white ceilings and tables imported from Germany.

The festivities will include live music, German dancers, ceremonial keg tapping, sausages, roast pork, pretzels, and more! Continue reading

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A Talk With Farmer, Bird Maven, & Wildlife Illustrator Annie Novak at Kingsland Wildflowers, + Rooftop Tour and Bird Beer! (10/11)

Annie Novak's avian illustrations
Annie Novak’s avian illustrations

We’ve written about Greenpointer, rooftop gardener and farming renaissance woman Annie Novak before—she heads up the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm (44 Eagle St), founded Growing Chefs, is manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, and she literally wrote the book on how to turn your urban rooftop into a farm or garden. What you probably don’t know is that she’s also a wildlife and nature illustrator, with a new book coming out on bird migration. This Wednesday Oct 11th from 6-8pm at Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave) you can see her give a lecture on her latest research and slideshow of her illustrations. The event kicks off at 6pm with a walking tour of Kingsland Wildflowers’ green roof and a cocktail hour, with the Safe Flight IPA” featured beer—a collaboration by local brewers KCBC & NYC Audubon to raise awareness of annual bird collisions.

The event is part of Kingsland Wildflowers’ monthly artist lecture series, featuring local Greenpoint artists who have created environmentally-focused bodies of work. Once a month various artists will speak at Kingsland Wildflowers about their process, inspiration, and ideas behind their unique take on the world around us and the habitat in which we coexist.

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Get Cozy With Hot Buttered Rum at This Sunday’s Festival of Lights Market!

October signals the beginning of both decorative gourd season and when the PSL Twitter account lets us know that it’s finally ok to crave specific spices: cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg… And natch, at our Fall Market this Sunday (10/1) at the Greenpoint Loft from 1-7pm, we’re going to be serving up Hot Buttered Rum, with booze courtesy of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. Turns out there are quite a few things you can make with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum that will give you that special cozy sweater-wearing feeling, so we’ve included a couple recipes here to tickle your tastebuds with the first sign of Fall.

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Fjällräven Comes to Cato’s

Since 1975, Cato’s (654 Manhattan Ave) has built its reputation on providing heritage American brands at affordable prices to the working men and women of Greenpoint. Carhartt, Dickie, Filson, Levi , Pendleton and Woolrich can all be found under one roof. But classic American brands that produce durable products are not the only focus of the Greenpoint consumer.

Companies that produce goods in an environmentally sustainable way is equally important. To address that need, Cato’s has expanded its brands this Fall to include Fjällräven — a company which prides itself on manufacturing environmentally sustainable gear and clothing.

Founded in Sweden in 1960, Fjällräven (Arctic Fox in Swedish) stresses environmentalism and is an industry leader in “eco” fabrics. Fabrics that are manufactured using less harmful chemicals. “Fjällräven was a natural addition to our Heritage Brands” says Marcin Rak, Cato’s Store Manager. “The company makes functional and durable products with an eye toward the environment.”

Fjällräven uses a proprietary fabric called G-1000 in all the outerwear garments carried at Cato’s. This is a blend of wax treated recycled polyester and organic cotton which is completely PFC free — ensuring a durable garment that is water resistant and windproof.

Garment manufacturers realize that consumers want them to find ways of reducing their carbon footprint. “Levi’s White Oak rigid unwashed denim was produced to fulfill Levi’s commitment to using less water and was the first environmentally focused product we brought into the store” says Ed Veneziano, Cato’s owner. “We are focused on continuing to add brands that Greenpointers want – durable, affordable brands from companies that care about the environment.”

Sponsored by Cato’s Army & Navy . Located on 654 Manhattan Ave, Cato’s has provided quality clothing at reasonable prices to Greenpoint for over 40 years! Visit them Monday-Saturday 10AM-8PM or Sundays from 11AM to 5pm. Mention Greenpointers and get a free gift with any purchase!

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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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Explore Kingsland Wildflowers’ Flourishing Green Roofs this Saturday (9/23)! Food, Beer, Talks, Tours & More!

Join The Kingsland Wildflowers Festival this Saturday, September 23rd (12-4pm) and explore three flourishing green roofs! Entering into its second year, the 22,000 square foot Broadway Stages’ rooftop space has been planted with a mix of indigenous grasses and wildflowers native to the New York landscape. Community organizations will be tabling and running activities to engage families and children. The festival offers access for Brooklyn residents to learn about environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Festival Details

When? Saturday, September 23rd 12pm-4pm
Where? Broadway Stages (520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn 11222)
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Activities

Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts
Interactive activities for kids and families
Music, food, and beer from local breweries
Partner community organizations discussing local conservation projects
Panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens

How to get there: Kingsland Wildflowers is accessible by the G train (Greenpoint Avenue stop)-Check weekend MTA schedules!, and by the B24 bus at Greenpoint Avenue and Kingsland Avenue. Continue reading

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