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Healing with Food at EATshop in Maha Rose this Saturday (2/18)!

This time last year, I was slathering on cortisol creams to battle my eczema and having heart palpitations. I almost always ate out or ordered in. I felt exhausted. Today my skin is glowing and I am full of energy without my usual caffeine fix. My day started with a tasty breakfast that I made, journaling, and setting an intention to meditate on. It’s part of the daily practices that I’ve been working on with holistic wellness coach Jaquy Yngvason to build healthy habits that are as routine as brushing my teeth in the morning. Gone are the days when I would pick up a can of tuna fish and potato chips on the go to save time. I now enjoy every meal. I love cooking and savor simple snacks like freshly roasted carrots in coconut oil. Discovering things like how black beans and dates can make up the most deliciously moist protein-packed brownie is as exciting to me as my new favorite local Greenpoint haunt. And after seeing a lifelong autoimmune skin disease go away, I’ve become a big believer in the power of food.

That’s why I am super thrilled that Jaquy will be coming to Greenpoint to host a workshop this Saturday (2/18) in one of my favorite neighborhood spots, Maha Rose (97 Green St). It’s still the start of 2017 and a good time to set the tone for the rest of the year with self care and love!

More about Conscious Consumption EATShop:

Do you struggle to feel confident in your own skin? Are you constantly dieting and want to ditch those extra pounds?

In attending this EATshop you will walk away with tangible tools so you can feel empowered and gain a new perspective on how to self heal through food. You will learn how to create a daily sacred practice on how to consume consciously, allowing you to eat every meal from a place of joy, love and presence. Continue reading

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Metanoesis, Sci+Tec Showcase, THX FAM Givin’, Rally+Rise – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (11/23–11/29)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

bae_gratitudeeditionWEDNESDAY 11/23
* BAE // the gratitude edition @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 6pm, $5-10, A celebration of the organic movement of Brooklyn’s underground Art & Music scene. 10% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood of NYC and Sacred Stone Camp, More Info
♦ Metanoesis: Opening at The Hollows Artspace @ The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave) 7pm, FREE, “Metanoesis” exhibits systems of materials that are emblematic of their artists’ inferences after their experiences of noetic moments, RSVP
♫ GIVE Thanks w/ TOTH, JunXion, Afrokinetic @ Good Room (98 Messerole Ave) 9pm, $10-$15, A night of song, dance and giving thanks. 20% go towards Give a Beat, a unique channel for activism and philanthropy, Buy Tix


THURSDAY 11/24

Happy Thanksgiving, Greenpoint! We are so thankful for our community, neighborhood, and friends. Plus we’re getting a park and holiday lights! If you’re not homebound this day, check out these Greenpoint spots where you can eat and spend time with your neighborhood fam!


dingostolemybabysFRIDAY 11/25
* Black Friday Family Bowl @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave Ave) 11am, No Cover, Bring the whole family and get your bowl on. Food by Blue Ribbon will also be available, as well as local brews & more! More info
# The Leftovers: Friday After Thanksgiving Potluck @ Experiment Comedy Gallery (272 Grand St) 4:30pm, FREE, Bring your leftovers to share! We’re having a potluck, and we can’t wait to side with you as you recount your argument with your Drunk Uncle Ted!, RSVP
* Brooklyn Swings presents: Cookie Night! @ Brooklyn Swings Williamsburg (231 Ainslie St) 7pm, $5-10, Bring a cookie, learn a short solo routine, dance!, More info
♫ A Dingo Stole My Baby’s @ Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) 8pm, $10, A night of fine Australian music in NYC, More info
♫ Sci+Tec Showcase @ Output (74 Wythe Ave) 10pm, $45, Dubfire from open to close plus Johnny Trika, Julia Govor, Lancaster, Raul Racio in the Panther Room, More info


wildfest_bkbazaarSATURDAY 11/26

* Small Business Saturday Soiree 
@ Dusty Rose (251 Greenpoint Ave) 12pm, FREE, Independent makers bring you a ton of gifts that will make giving feel good this holiday season. Spiced cider (with “adult” options), More info
♫ WILD FEST Brooklyn 
@ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $25, A Benefit for the Mcallister Family Memorial Fund with Iron chic, Laura Stevenson, Worriers, Nude Beach, Shellshag, Outskirts + more special guests, More info
♫ THX FAM Givin’: Benefit Show to Fight Sexual Assault @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9PM, $8, Dance off those Thanksgiving gains with tasty beats and sweet grooves. 100% of proceeds donated to Rainn.org to help victims of sexual assault and violence, More info
 DISCOTECHNIQUE: The White Party @ House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave), 10PM, $0-25, Elegance. Opulence. Clean lines. Bright looks. An iconic white party to tribute an iconic era of music – Disco, Buy tix

lunation_goldendrumSUNDAY 11/27
* Women & Trans Bike Repair Workshop 
@ Time’s Up! Brooklyn (99 South 6th) 1:30pm, FREE, Learn the basics of bicycle repair from female mechanics designed by women and for women. No previous experience with bicycle repair required, More info
* Lunation A New Moon in Sagittarius Kundalini Shakti Transmission @ Golden Drum (97 Green St) 5pm $25, During this Lunation we will use Kundalini Shakti, a New Moon ritual and the power of the truth seeking Sagittarius to manifest and walk our truth in an larger than life Sagittarius way, More info

dreamcrusher_plannedparenthoodMONDAY 11/28
♫ Uncle Meg Album Release Party @ Don Pedro (90 Manhattan Ave) 6:30pm, $8, Post-Thanksgiving album release party with Paco The G Train Bandit, Uncle Meg with performance by Jon DEBT, and more, RSVP
* Match Cuts Presents: Chantal Akerman’s One Day Pina Asked… @ Spectacle Theatre (124 South 3rd St) 7:30pm, $5, An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century, a look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company, More info
♫ Benefit for Planned Parenthood @ Sunnyvale (1031 Grand St) 8pm, $10, With Dreamcrusher, Razzle Dazzle, LAW$UITS, Rodenticide, and Guido (Mem. Deli Girls), RSVP


brooklynkitchen_cambodiancookingTUESDAY 11/29
# Flavors of Cambodian Cooking @ Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 6:30pm, $95, Light, fresh, and vibrant, Cambodian food tends to be less well known than that of its Thai and Vietnamese neighbors. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore, taste, and learn to love this special Southeast Asian cuisine! More info
♦ No 26: Requiem For A Dream (Recut, Remixed, Rescored) @ House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave) 7pm, $12-$100, A live audio visual take on Requiem for a Dream. The film will be re-cut, re-scored and re-imagined using live musicians, dancers, an audio visual artist and 3D video projection mapping, More Info
♦ Rally+Rise: Party for Planned Parenthood (Recut, Remixed, Rescored) @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $0-$50, Learn more about how you can get involved with Rally + Rise’s lobbying efforts to pass laws in New York that will protect our rights—no matter what happens in Washington. DJs and 2-for-1 drinks all night, all proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, More Info

* Greenpointers Pick
♫ Music
^ Literary Event
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event
♥ Pheremones Likely

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The Namesake Behind McGuinness Blvd: Learn about “The King of Greenpoint” at Shayz Lounge Tonight! (10/18)

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In a neighborhood where we like to keep it real, Pete McGuinness’ legacy lives on in much more than McGuinness Blvd. He was larger than life and one of the most colorful characters in local Greenpoint lore.

Pete McGuinness was an a 300lb ex-boxer politician who got us the G train, McCarren Park Pool, two parks, a bridge and moreDuring prohibition, he proposed distributing alcohol seized by the police to local hospitals saying, “It is a criminal shame to allow whiskey to lie while people who are lying at death’s door could be saved by it.” And if you thought today’s political climate is divisive, news headlines read that “fists may fly” between McGuinness and an opponent in a run for Greenpoint’s Alderman at City Hall back in 1928.

This is just a small glimpse of the character and life of Pete McGuinness and there is so much more interesting information in local historian Geoff Cobb’s latest book “The King of Greenpoint.” 

Tonight he will be reading and will answer questions during a fun night of history and booze at Shayz Lounge (130 Franklin St) starting at 7PM! RSVP here.

Check out Geoff Cobb’s first book “Greenpoint Brooklyn’s Forgotten Past,” which “unearths a wealth of local history” and read his articles on Greenpointers!

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Art and Green Lights Illuminate Local Streets to Inspire Thought on Climate Change

Mural in Transmitter Park by FAILE ©Julia Moak
Mural in Transmitter Park by FAILE ©Julia Moak

I love this time of year when Fall starts trickling in and warm sunny days are tempered with a little bit of crisp in the air. So last week, when Mother Earth granted us a couple of these perfect days, I decided to work outside and stepped into Transmitter Park, where I was met by a gargantuan illustration of a girl donning traditional Polish socks, in peaceful repose, holding daisies that have lost a few petals that are blowing away. The image though large, blends in unassumingly with the quiet midday scene of the park and is reminiscent of an idyllic innocent childhood. At times like this, it’s hard to remember that just a few years ago, this part of Greenpoint was slammed by Hurricane Sandy and we have been experiencing some erratic behavior with the weather since.

Mural by Vexta and Askew
Mural by Vexta and Askew ©Julia Moak

You don’t need to study scientific evidence to know that climate change is real. However subtle or extreme it is in the way it manifests itself in our daily lives, its presence is often like an elephant in the room and we carry on with the same habits even after being shaken up by a natural disaster. I wonder if Transmitter Park will recede with rising sea levels and the days of dipping out of the office to soak in the sun and enjoy the cityscape are numbered. I think about unusually warm winter days and how it felt unsettling. Appreciation of the moment’s beauty sinks in and I gain a renewed sense of urgency that something needs to be done. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: DiMoDa Brings a Digital Museum to Superchief Gallery

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Visitors visit the Digital Museum using Oculus Rift while the visualization is projected on screen at the Superchief Gallery

I just had a trippy time in the back room of Tender Trap and not because I was beer happy and dancing to old school hip hop. The back space moonlights as Superchief Gallery (66 Greenpoint Ave), and it’s there that I stepped into the virtual world of the Digital Museum of Digital Art (DiMoDa), where it is currently exhibiting the works of four New Media artists in DiMoDa 2.0: Morphé Presence.

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Render of the museum in the virtual realm of DiMoDa

Equipped with the Oculus Rift and Xbox controller, I landed in what looked like a deserted space station with a futuristic Pantheon in the distance. Here is where you see the work of DiModa’s two founders – Alfredo Salazar-Caro, who designed the terrain and the 3D modeling using a medley of tools (Blender/Z-Brush/Substance Painter/Unity) and William Robertson, who did the programming to make it fully functional. Once inside the museum, you are faced with four monoliths, each of which take you to one of the artists’ works. Continue reading

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FREE Tuesday Night Screenings at Brooklyn Night Bazaar Starting Tonight! (9/18)

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Knife in the Water (Noz W Wodzie) was the first feature film effort of Polish director Roman Polanski.

Yay, comeback kid Brooklyn Bazaar has made its way back to Greenpoint and has reimagined the Polonaise building (150 Greenpoint Ave) to bring us a neighborhood funhouse equipped with a restaurant, live music, mini golf, ping-pong, private room karaoke, a night market, and now FREE Tuesday night movie screenings starting tonight! 

In partnership with Nitehawk Cinema, tonight’s screening features Polish director Roman Polanski’s first feature film Noz W Wodzie (Knife in the Water), and is an appropriate choice for a neighborhood known as Little Poland in a venue where many Polish weddings took place.

Screening starts at 8PM. RSVP here. Continue reading

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What’s Next For Bushwick Inlet Park As $100 Mill Offer Expires

The North Brooklyn Community and Elected Officials at the steps of City Hall
The North Brooklyn Community and Elected Officials at the steps of City Hall

“The city can’t just rest on its laurels and say it made an offer,” said State Assemblyman Joe Lentol on the steps of City Hall, where the North Brooklyn community alongside elected officials turned up the heat on an already sweltering summer day for Bushwick Inlet Park. It’s because the $100 million offer that the city made to acquire the last remaining parcel of prospective park land expired yesterday, Monday, August 8.

This puts the future of all 28 acres of open space in a precarious position and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is not taking it lying down. With impassioned chants of “Where’s our park?” and a series of speeches by community leaders and elected officials, they demanded that Mayor de Blasio does what it takes to deliver the waterfront park that was promised 11 years ago. Continue reading

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Maker Park Envisions a Public Creative Space in Bushwick Inlet Park

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Ten 50ft cylindrical structures and a three story building sit on the site of what was once Astral Oil Works (via Maker Park)

While the city is still 11 acres away from fulfilling its promise to deliver all 28 acres of Bushwick Inlet Park, it took a 7 acre step in the right direction this year by purchasing the remaining parcel of the Bayside Fuel Property. With it came ten 50ft tall cylindrical iron fuel containers and a three story brick building, which the city intends to demolish in favor of flat open space. But will that be an end of an opportunity to repurpose these structures and integrate them into the landscaping of the park? The founders of Maker Park think so and want to start a conversation with the wider-community about adaptively reusing these structures in a way that serves the creative ethos of North Brooklyn.

Maker-Park-Invite_7.14.16To Maker Park, their vision can potentially support anything from aquaponics to woodworking, while maintaining the same square footage of green-space. There can be a programmed community space for a variety of uses like art exhibitions or workshops that can also serve as a means to help finance its maintenance and operation. There are a number of possibilities and a finite period of time to share ideas and revisit the city’s plans that were created over 10 years ago. This Thursday, July 14th (7-9PM) at ROOT BKN (131 North 14th) Maker Park is hosting a public brainstorming meeting to present and seek feedback on their preliminary plans. Continue reading

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FREE SOD!! Available for Pick-Up Tomorrow!! (Sat, 6/11, 5:30PM)

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Williamsburg Walks is back and will be giving away FREE SOD again this year! It will be ready for pick up on Saturday, June 11th on Bedford Ave along the following blocks:

N.9-N.10th – 2 pallets available!
N.8-N.9th – 1 available!
N.6-N.7th – 1 pallet available!
N.6-N.5th – 4 pallets available!

Anyone who wants it should arrive around 5:30pm to start packing it up. There will be no thru traffic on Bedford so you will need to park at one of the cross streets.

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The Brooklyn Film Festival 2016 Brings Over 100 Indie Films to North Brooklyn

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BFF Exchange 2015 by Jena Goldman

This year’s Northside Festival nixed the film section in favor of a new Content Section but the Brooklyn Film Festival is filling the void with over 107 features and shorts, most of which are screening right here in North Brooklyn. Windmill Studios NYC (300 Kingsland Ave) in Greenpoint and the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave) nearby are the main venues for the event. It’s a great chance to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking just walking distance away.

I’m particularly psyched about the animation shorts that are showing tonight (Wed, June 8) at Windmill Studios starting at 10:30PM.

Check out the Brooklyn Film Festival site for the full schedule and more info.

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