By Courtney Bassett

About Courtney Bassett

Courtney took a leap of faith across the East River to Greenpoint in 2013, leaving the Village to build a mystery with two gentleman in a sunlit, registered historic antler kingdom. It's been all Transmitter Park moonlight views of the city skyline and bread baked in terra cotta flower pots ever since. [sights: @_rosmarine_; sounds: https://open.spotify.com/user/1227119754]

Hurricane Benefit Yoga Class TONIGHT (8/31) at Usha Veda

Usha Veda YogaIn the true spirit of the meaning of “yoga” or its English definition “union,” Usha Veda Yoga (1006 Manhattan Ave) is holding a donation-based yoga class in support of disaster relief for Houston at 7pm tonight. As Usha Veda describes, yoga enables not only the union of mind and body, but also uniting in the knowledge that we are all one. The intention of tonight’s class is to come together to send love and funds to those in need. Continue reading

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Drink To End Cancer At Moonlight Mile This Thursday

Drink Booze. End Cancer. This Thursday, at Moonlight Mile (200 Franklin St). The community event to benefit the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation is part of a fundraising effort by Greenpoint resident Sam Wils, who will be taking part in a 200 mile row boat race from Barcelona to Ibiza – the NOMAN is an Island Race to End HPV  – later this summer. Wils was inspired by his childhood friends and neighbors who started the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation after their mother, Paulette, passed away a few years ago from Anal Cancer, which is related to HPV (Human Papillomavirus; affects nearly 80 million Americans and is responsible for 5% of all cancers worldwide).

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Summer Solstice Yoga in Transmitter Park Tonight!

Transmitter Park
Transmitter Park

Wednesday, June 21st (today!) marks not only the Summer Solstice, but also International Day of Yoga! To celebrate both, Goodyoga (114 Greenpoint Ave.) is leading a Summer Solstice offering of 108 Sun Salutations. Taking place at 7pm in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint (West St. bet. Kent St. and Greenpoint Ave.), the donation-based event will support the Discover Outdoors Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing life-changing, educational and fun outdoor experiences to kids who need it most. Continue reading

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Bahamas Vibes In Greenpoint At Good Room

Bahamas, "All The Time" video
Bahamas, “All The Time” video

Last Tuesday night, a bit of the tropics came to NYC as Bahamas—the recording name of Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen—played to a sold out crowd at Good Room (98 Meserole Ave). The Greenpoint show preceded a show at Forest Hills Stadium the next night opening for Jack Johnson, whose Brushfire Records released Jurvanen’s second and third albums, Barchords (2012) and Bahamas is Afie (2014). Continue reading

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Threes @ Franklin + Kent Extending Stay through Summer

Threes @ Franklin + Kent with food by Purslane

Thanks to a warm welcome from the neighborhood and the initial success of the pop-up, Threes Brewing is extending its stay in Greenpoint! The outpost will continue to occupy the former Cassette space at 113 Franklin Street (corner of Kent St.) at least through the summer.

Though I’d been hearing great things about the Gowanus brewery for a while before my first visit, it was a Luluc concert at Tiny Montgomery—the brewery’s versatile private dining room that doubles as an intimate concert venue—that inspired my first trip to the original Threes location. With a coffee shop by Ninth Street Espresso conducive to tackling some work before the show, my sense of the place was that it would lend itself nicely to spending the day and then enjoying food by one of the pop-ups featured at the time (its food is now exclusively by The Meat Hook) and beers with friends who joined for the show.

Now much of what I loved about that welcoming, experience-focused, “come hang” vibe is just down the block from me. Known for its frequent and interesting programming, Threes will bring more of the same to Threes @ Franklin + Kent with live music and other events starting in May. In the meantime, there will be DJs a few nights per week,  as well as a lineup of other breweries coming by each Wednesday (4/19 Industrial Arts; 4/26 KCBC; 5/3 Other Half; 5/10 LIC Beer Project; 5/17 Barrier Brewing; 5/24 Transmitter). Continue reading

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Don’t…Eat…’Til Brooklyn: Benefit for Citymeals on Wheels in Williamsburg

On Thursday, April 6th, the city’s culinary community will converge in Williamsburg as some of NYC’s best restaurants, food trucks and sommeliers come together to serve up their signature cuisine, specialty cocktails and seasonal wines in support of Citymeals on Wheels.

Don’t…Eat…’Til Brooklyn, presented by the Citymeals Young Professionals Committee, will feature a smorgasbord of dishes from restaurants such as Acme, The Black Ant, Birds & Bubbles, Doughnut Plant, Huertas, Korilla BBQ, Peaches, Rosie’s, Talde and Virginia’s, cocktails from spirit sponsors including Woodford Reserve. and a wine tasting with notable sommeliers like Raj Vaidya, head sommelier at DANIEL.

The bazaar of deliciousness will take place in the former Citymeals warehouse overlooking the East River at 307 Kent Avenue. While enjoying the movable feast and revelry, guests will have the opportunity to bid on an array of packages in the silent auction ranging from fitness and outdoor adventure to Broadway and the ballet, from wine pairing dinners and whiskey tastings to a private tour with the co-founder of Brooklyn Grange. Continue reading

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Fried Chicken Shows Its Healthful Side at Pretty Southern

“NEW FRIED CHICKEN JOINT ON MY BLOCK” read the text message accompanying a selfie of my friend in front of a pretty-in-pink menu posted in the window of 14 Bedford Avenue. Since that mid-December text, the opening of the new Five Leaves neighbor, Pretty Southern, was on my radar. A few weeks ago, also accompanied by my informant and two of our friends whose culinary opinions we highly value, I dug into that eagerly anticipated “healthful take on fried chicken and celebrated southern comfort fare.” Continue reading

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Review: London Grammar At Good Room (3/2)

London Grammar at Good Room. All photos by Dylan Lappin

In January 2015, I became obsessed with London Grammar‘s debut album, If You Wait. I can’t recall which single I heard first, or how, but whatever that entry point was, it led to listening to the album on repeat, attempting to do any justice singing along with Hannah Reid’s infectious vocals as I volleyed from track to track: oh this is my favorite, for sure … no, wait, but this one! Was it the vulnerable Nightcall or the reflective Strong that compelled me more? The intriguing lead-off track Hey Now, the subsequent Stay Awake with its gorgeous melody and driving rhythm, or the soul-bearing title track that left me on a high and drew me in for more and more with each listen?  Continue reading

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Momofuku Alumni Serve Up Dinner Benefiting ACLU Tomorrow Night (1/31) At Alameda

original artwork by Massimo Mongiardo (@Massimomongiardo)

To paraphrase American anthropologist Margaret Mead, never underestimate the power of a few thoughtful, committed citizens to change the world.

This post was originally inspired by my excitement for a cool culinary collaboration taking place in the community tomorrow night. Then I learned from Joint Venture that all proceeds from the event would be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), designated especially for the defense of immigrant rights, and my excitement turned to heartened pride.

Like a good meal shared with good company—as Tuesday’s event looks to be—philanthropy warms my heart. Quite simply, its very meaning is rooted in the “love of mankind.” On Tuesday night, Providence, Rhode Island restaurant North and food and cultural project Joint Venture will team up with Greenpoint’s own Alameda (195 Franklin Street) to share a meal that by design celebrates working together and embodies the spirit of philanthropy. The event, which will be held at Alameda from 6-11pm, is led by North’s James Mark (formerly of David Chang’s Michelin-starred Momofuku Ko), Alameda’s Nick Padilla (previously at world renowned Momofuku Ssam Bar) and Joint Venture’s Danny Newberg (also formerly of Momofuku Ko, and most recently Estela), who have remained friends over the years despite their divergent paths since their time in the Momofuku kitchens. The seafood and vegetable-focused à la carte menu will feature yellow tail fluke crudo, grilled squid with crispy rice, whole black bass with ginger scallion sauce, and a fried salt fish sandwich. All fish is being brought directly from Rhode Island by Mark, and vegetarian and vegan options will also be available. No reservations will be taken for the event, so walk on in!

No stranger to collaborative endeavors in his role as head and founder of Joint Venture, Newberg emphasized the importance of the charitable component of this particular event. He notes the excitement about the three of them cooking together again being dampened by the events of the last couple weeks. As Mark described, “they have us a little shook.” But rather than cancel the dinner, the trio is determined to leverage the occasion for a broader impact. In a recent Instagram post promoting the event, Mark affirmed, “This country gave my family a chance a generation ago. I’m sure as hell going to do what I can to protect the next one.”

Indeed, these times call for camaraderie and community action. Please join me, Alameda, North, and Joint Venture for a coming together of friends new and old over delicious food and drink in support of the ACLU and love of mankind.

North + Joint Venture + Alameda | 195 Franklin Street
Tuesday 1.31 / 6-11pm / à la carte / walk-ins only
fish forward menu: all seafood fresh from Pt. Judith, RI
All proceeds will go to ACLU

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The Sounds Celebrate Album’s Ten Year Anniversary at Warsaw

The Sounds at Warsaw 11.25.16
The Sounds at Warsaw 11.25.16

Simply put, Swedish New Wave quintet The Sounds rocked Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.) last Tuesday night. As their first stop in NYC during their North American tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of their hot sophomore album, Dying to Say This to You, Tuesday’s show may as well have been a stop on the original album release tour, gauging by the energy in the room, from band and audience alike.  Continue reading

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