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In a Battle Against Greenpoint’s Real Estate Investors, Bar Matchless Loses – Tonight’s The Last Night (1/8)

Bar Matchless during the Bomb Cycle 2018 (photo: Julia Moak)

Today is a sad day for Greenpoint as one of its best cultural icons will be closing down for good – but not before one last hurrah tonight (January 8, 2018). After 15 years of being in business in 544 Manhattan Ave, Bar Matchless is unceremoniously shutting its doors after receiving a letter in the mail that the Sheriff is coming this Thursday, January 11th to enforce their eviction.

Free drinks tonight for volunteers who can help move Bar Matchless out. If you are available Tuesday, January 9th and/or Wednesday, January 10th, fill out the form and come say your goodbyes!

There was an outpouring of support for Bar Matchless after we reported that its future was precarious last week. Greenpointers’ responses ranged from anger & frustration to heartbreak & sadness about this loss. Here are a few from over 140 comments on our Instagram post about it: Continue reading

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Bar Matchless Resists Closure – For Now

Bar Matchless (photo: Chop Cult)

If you haven’t already heard, the rumors are true. The building where Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) is in has been sold and they were asked to vacate the premises. But they aren’t going down without a fight and they are still open for business.

The question of how long remains precarious as they have not been able to reach the landlords or new owners about the possibility of staying. For now, Tuesday 2-4-1 drinks, cheap late night food, and epic hangover brunch lives on in what is a Greenpoint institution.

Bar Matchless is one of the last men standing, having survived the death knell of North Brooklyn DIY spots and small performance spaces of yesteryear. Since its inception in 2003, it’s always been in the black and is still a legit thriving successful small business. The only reason it is slated to close is because the current landlord has not renewed the lease and the new owners remain out of touch – literally and figuratively. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Playwright George Carroll Was Fatally Stabbed Last Friday; Community Support Pours In

George Carroll (via GoFundMe)

On Saturday morning, we woke up to the shocking news that on Friday evening, just a few hours after Greenpointers rallied in peaceful assembly to stand against Neo-Nazi ideology in McGolrick Park, local resident George Carroll was fatally stabbed there.

The Greenpoint playwright and actor was walking down Monitor Street with his wife, Chrissy Carroll, when he was attacked.

NYPD have named Gary Correa as suspect. Via Patch

Police have identified Gary Correa, 19, as the suspect for this senseless act of violence.

Via Patch:

“Correa, a resident of the Bushwick houses with thirteen prior arrests, was identified by witnessses as the man who killed Carroll, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Monday.” 

If you have information about Correa, contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline (800) 577-8477. Continue reading

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Sharp Studio is Greenpoint’s Speakeasy of Hair Salons

Sharp Studio greets customers with a glass of wine (photo: Julia Moak)

Tucked away among artists and creatives in the historic Pencil Factory building, Sharp Studio (61 Greenpoint Ave) is where Alex Ruano shapes, styles, and colors with his primary medium – hair. “I love doing men’s haircuts as much as women’s,” says Alex. “So I found a raw space that reminded me of old Soho, old New York and I wanted to design a space that isn’t overly feminine or masculine. It’s very neutral and comfortable. You feel like you’re going to a friend’s house, not a hair salon.”

After weaving through the ground level hall to Studio 107, you walk through black grand double doors to be met by a chic industrial interior with plush leather chairs, blankets, modern fireplace, and a study. Alex greets you with a glass of wine before he begins.

Plush leather chairs, fireplace, blankets, and cute dogs in Sharp Studio (photo: Julia Moak)

I went to Sharp Studio for a cut and color. “I want to do something drastic,” I told Alex but I wasn’t sure exactly what. After talking through what style I like, what goes with my face shape, and what would take the least amount of maintenance, we decided on a mid-length ash blond color. Continue reading

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Get Curd-Nerdy on the Art of the Cheese Plate at Monger’s Palate

Cheesemonger Lisa Griffin in Monger’s Palate (photo: Julia Moak)

Did you know that just four ingredients make up thousands of types of cheese in seven different categories? Self-proclaimed cheesemonger Lisa Griffin (and bonafide American Cheese Society Certified Professional) will readily geek out about all things cheese—from how it’s made, to how it tastes, where it comes from, and what food to pair it with. “The most important question is what you don’t like because that eliminates certain things right away. And it depends on what the occasion is,” she says. Whether you are going to a picnic, throwing a party, or having a romantic dinner at home, you can expect a personalized cheese experience at Monger’s Palate (192 Driggs Ave).


After culinary school and several years of working in fine dining, Lisa began to focus on her favorite food item (you guessed it, cheese) and honed her expertise at NYC’s famed Murray’s Cheese and then at Lucy’s Whey cafe. “Cheesemonger” harkens back to the days when you’d go to a central market where designated mongers of all kinds would sell goods. In that spirit, Lisa has curated an assortment of old world staples featuring international and domestic cheese makers. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Colleen Blackard Travels At Lightspeed Into Infinity with Ballpoint Pen

Colleen Blackard in her Greenpoint studio

In Colleen Blackard’s universe, everything is illuminated. Her photorealistic artwork is a deep dive into personal experiences—real or imagined—that transcend time and space. Through detailed monochrome imagery created with ballpoint pen, marker, ink wash, or monotype, we get a glimpse into her world, which moves between feelings of pain, abandonment, renewal, and reconnection.

Fate (2014, Archival marker on paper, 48″ x 72″)

“The way I draw is to follow the light… to see where it leads,” she says. For years, Colleen spent long meditative hours drawing circles to capture the inner glow of her subjects and to reveal the light within. “Circles are so expansive. They create more space than you’d expect from a tiny little region.” In a close-up view of her work, you see meticulous coils of tightly drawn lines that make up the resultant photorealistic images. While they range from scenes in nature to portraits, recurring motifs of the sky, water, and a decaying barn manifest an undercurrent of emotions derived from her earliest memory of pain. Continue reading

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GOS 2017 Starts TONIGHT at Java Studios with FREE Beer, Lots of Art, and Live Music!!

Last year's launch party at Java Studios
GOS 2016 Launch Party at Java Studios

It’s going to be a weekend full of celebrating local arts in Greenpoint and we can’t wait to kick off the Greenpoint Open Studios 2017 festivities in Java Studios (259 Kent St) with FREE locally crafted beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale, portable brick oven pizza by Luzzo’s BK, Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost, and of course an outdoor reception and three floors of ART!

 

dikhroos, a Public Space Activator by Architensions illuminates the outdoor space at Java Studios

Like last year, we expect a night full of creative energy where the entire building becomes alive with art and music. Inside, studios will be open, hallways will be full of art, and The Java Project’s gallery show “H E A D S” will have its opening reception.

Outside in Java Outback, “dikhroos,” a public space activator art installation by architecture and design studio Architensions is up to illuminate the space with iridescent lights projected below and above through a modular tent that engages people through its properties of a chromatic space.

Alongside live body painting and performance art curated by The Hollows, there will be live music includes Teen Body, Jules & The Jinks, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Mike Bloom, and Hongo Beats & Mike Bhaiya.

Greenpointers will be manning the bar and serving up some “Misspelt” Belgian Farmhouse Style Saison and “Runner” London Porter by Greenpoint Beer & Ale so swing by and cheers with us for an epic Greenpoint weekend!

RSVP and check out the full details of what’s in store for tonight here!

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Goodbye Greenpoint Cheese & Meat, Hello Monger’s Palate

Founders Jessica and Ursula

Last week, Greenpoint Cheese and Meat closed its doors. It was a cheese lover’s dream, and your one stop Greenpoint shop for everything related to it – from meats, artisanal breads, sandwiches, and a well-curated selection of accompaniments and cheese-wares. It was here I discovered my favorite American cheese Kunik, and it was a reliable source for your picnicking needs or last minute gifts.

I’m going to miss its warm, cozy vibe and the spunky ladies behind it – Jessica and Ursula. But it looks like the legacy of Greenpoint Cheese & Meat will live on in Detroit as Curd & Cured. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Gallery Night, Crawfish Boil, Experimental Noise Rock — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/26–5/2)

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

GreenpointGalleryNight_4-28-17FRIDAY 4/28
*♦ Greenpoint Gallery Night #10 @ All Over Greenpoint 6pm, FREE, The historic neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is filled with exceptional galleries, alternative exhibition spaces, and working artists. Greenpoint Gallery Night is a voluntarily organized event happening twice a year in an effort to highlight the art scene in this unique corner of Brooklyn. More info

TUESDAY 5/2
*♦ Greenpoint Open Studios Artist Sign-Up Party @ No. 7 North (931 Manhattan Ave.) 7-10pm, FREE, Registered GOS artists and artists who sign up on the spot will receive one FREE BEER! More info


WEDNESDAY 4/26

* Lunation New Moon In Taurus: Shakti Transmission @ Golden Drum (97 Green St) 7:30pm, $25, Reset through a clear head and open heart through Kundalini as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Ground yourselves with a sacred New Moon ritual to plant your intentions that are aligned with your higher self while letting go of stagnant energy that keeps us from vibrating higher, More info
*A Clockwork Orange @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Clockwork Orange screening in the Main Ballroom! Restaurant and bar open before, during and after the movie! In an England of the future, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on “a little of the old ultraviolence,”, RSVP
♫ Anni Rossi / I Am The Polish Army / Echo Moth / Jane Church @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) 8pm, $5-7, Buy tix

THURSDAY 4/27

* BettVR With Age
@ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave) 7pm, FREE, A virtual reality film series created to benefit the senior community. Short documentary screening as well as five interactive virtual reality stations to experience some of the VR films that comprise Kahana’s innovative project, More info
^ Jamie Brenner presents The Forever Summer with Amy Poeppel 
@WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the release of Jamie Brenner’s latest novel, THE FOREVER SUMMER. Jamie Brenner will be in conversation with Amy Poeppel, author of SMALL ADMISSIONS, More info
♦ Notes from A North Korean Tour Bus @ UnionDocs (322 Union Ave) 7:30pm, $10, Matt Hulse has been traveling to and from North Korea, working as a tour guide for Beijing-based Koryo Tours. He’s been capturing his experiences on camera and also recording the soundscapes of that isolated and little-understood country, Buy tix
♦ Post-Dance 3X3: Devices @ Panoply Performance Laboratory (104 Meserole St) 8pm, Pay-what-u-can, Three movement artists perform their own work, detly disabusing us of any remaining subject-object dichotomies while distanciating, operating and defining other (non)human devisions, distances, differences and devices, More info
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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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