By Megan Penmann

About Megan Penmann

Not only the Content Manager for Greenpointers, Megan is also a freelance creative director, writer, DJ and jane of all trades living in in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Get “Coffee With The Cops” of the 94th, Today at 2pm!

Coffee With The Cops

The 94th Precinct is hosting a coffee talk session this afternoon (11/16) at Sunset Diner (593 Meeker Ave) from 2-pm to 4pm. You’ll have a chance to sit down with Captain Peter Rose and Captain Victoria Perry, along with other 94 Precinct Personnel, for a cup of coffee and a chat about your neighborhood questions or concerns.

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“Drug Peddling & Mayhem” Coming to South Williamsburg? Notes From Last Night’s CB1 Meeting

Dealice Fuller at the CB1 meeting on November 14, 2017
Dealice Fuller at the CB1 meeting on November 14, 2017

As we mentioned last month, the regular CB1 meetings are a great opportunity to support our local community (or at least know what the hell’s going on around here) from the comfort of your own couch—so make some popcorn, throw back a few beers and throw on the livestream. Between committed neighborhood busy-bodies, awkward and often inane comments from the peanut gallery, and Dealice Fuller’s formidable facial expressions, the CB1 meetings are thoroughly entertaining. You can watch last night’s meeting (11/14) in full, here on YouTube. The agenda can be viewed as a PDF here. The next CB1 meeting will be held on December 5th at the Swingin’ 60s Senior Center (211 Ainslie Street) at 6pm, and will also be livestreamed via Thirteen.

Here are the highlights:

  • Neighbors are concerned that the crowds from Painting Lounge (309 Roebling Street) could be a boon for “drug peddling and mayhem,” and that perhaps applying for a liquor license is a clever way for the humble-seeming business to disguise its true motive of actually operating as a bar. Others brought up that there are already two liquor stores nearby, and, citing prohibition, questioned whether the community is being too harsh: “Is this 2017 or is this 1917?” And:“Am I in some lala land where this quiet little place where women come and paint is the thing that’s gonna wreck a whole community?” A motion was passed to recommend denial on the lounge’s application for a beer and wine license.
  • The question was brought up and not resolved… Should CB1 be recommending name changes to businesses with potentially offensive names? Xixa (241 S 4th St) is Yiddish for a non-Jewish woman, Traif (229 S 4th St) refers to non-Kosher food, and now there’s Greenpoint newcomer Ramen Mafia (opening at 208 Franklin Street).

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Schlep Your Pooch To The City With a Locally-Designed Stylish Dog Tote by Jaxx Hound

New York living would be way too lonely without our furry friends by our side, who provide us cuddles and kisses not only when we refuse to leave our apartments in the dead of winter, but also increasingly commonly at work. Dog friendly offices are totally on trend right now, but with crowded subways and a recent backlash on “fake” service dogs, bringing your pup to and fro around the city is becoming more of a challenge. Especially if you want your dog bag to match your personal sense of style.

Longtime North Brooklyn resident Tennille Teague was frustrated at the lack of stylish options to tote her lovable daschund Mo to and from work every day. Dogs need to be in a carrier of some type if you take them on the subway, ferry or in a cab—and most of the available doggie travel bags at big box retailers or online come in rather obnoxious colors or patterns, and don’t really fall in line with the fashion forward sensibility of hip New Yorkers. And aside from looks, there were other features Tennille wasn’t able to find in a doggie travel bag—a well-designed pocket for accessible poop bags, detachable straps, a leather bottom with metal feet, or one end open for the dog’s head to peek out, for example. And even if a bag had one of those traits, it didn’t have them all.

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So after more than a year of design and production exploration, Tennille is ready to unleash Jaxx Hound onto the NYC dog scene. Jaxx Hound’s cleverly designed bags, collars and leashes will be produced nearby in Jersey, in production by the end of the year and ready to ship out in early 2018, if she meets her Kickstarter goal of $39,000. To support Jaxx Hound with a $25 pledge, you can rock the McGolrick dog run with a cute “Pup Culture” tee which features illustrations of dogs reimagined as celebs: Billdog Murray, Meryl Sheepdog and Bernese Sanders. And if you’re dying to get your hands on one of the bags, a pledge of $225 will get you one in classic black, grey, navy or olive green. And while that might seem like a lot to some, in the realm of locally-made and ultra-stylish dog fashion (with 5% of proceeds going to NYC shelter Animal Haven) the price makes sense. Your best friend and daily companion is worth whatever it costs. The Jaxx Hound Kickstarter ends in a few weeks; hook up your pup with the chic-est way to travel, before everybody else is doing it.

Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
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Maha Rose Just Launched Their Online Shop With All The Crystals You Ever Wanted

Local boutique wellness spot Maha Rose (97 Green St), has been imparting divine wisdom and disseminating new age vibes in the neighborhood for a few years now, offering classes, workshops and trainings in holistic and magical subjects ranging from reiki to hypnosis to ayurveda. Last year, they launched their upstate location, Maha Rose North, to house retreats and events. And now, they’ve just launched their online shop, which mirrors the items in their boutique—carefully selected crystals, jewelry and handmade goods. So even if you don’t live nearby, you can still raise your self care vibration. Below, check out our favorite crystals from their shop:

Amethyst cluster @ Maha Rose
Amethyst cluster // Maha Rose, $35

These high vibe amethyst clusters are 4-5″ long, and honestly you can’t have enough amethyst laying around your house. It’s not only pretty and makes a chic tchotchke, but the stone is also ideal for protection and connecting to a higher power. Additionally, ameythyst is: Extremely beneficial for the mind; improves mental focus and control, and helpful in decision making. Helpful for insomnia caused by an overactive mind. Protects from and purifies negative environmental energies. Overcomes addictions and blockages of all kinds.
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Too Much Is Never Enough: Two Music Videos from Williamsburg’s Glass Valley

We profiled local weirdo and musician Brad Cantor a few months ago about his musical project Glass Valley. The vintage-sounding dreampop debut An Intimate Man was co-produced and mixed by Asobi Seksu guitarist James Hanna. It’s well-crafted and worth a listen, especially if you’re in a nostalgic mood and need a soundtrack for your sorrows. Brad stars in the video for instrumental track Psrip, in which you will never be able to get enough of his piercing gaze. Psrip was an homage to folk artist Pete Seeger’s instrumental interludes (hence the name, P.S. RIP). Brad says that he actually wanted to add more versions of himself into the video, but maxed out, limited by the processing power on his computer. If you need a palette cleanser afterward, check out the video below for Glass Valley’s Friction Burns, which does not feature Brad but instead some adorable slow-mo birds lunching in a Manhattan park. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Nassau Ave’s Got a New Vintage Shop for Adults AND Kids!

The colorful shelves at Mahps Kids and Home, photo by Megan Penmann
Eclectic treasures and colorful shelves at Mahps Kids and Home. All photos: Megan Penmann

Shop owner and longtime Greenpoint resident Brittany Mahps has just opened her second vintage boutique on Nassau Avenue. You may recognize her first neighborhood vintage clothing shop Mahps (110A Nassau Ave), by the oh-so-tempting $5 sidewalk rack in front of the store. After five years in business at that location, she decided to expand her offering and open a home goods and children’s clothing shop on the “other” side of Nassau, closer to McGolrick Park. The front of Mahps Kids & Home (181 Nassau Ave) is stocked with well-curated vintage furniture and adorable home goods for both adults and kids, while the back half of the store houses gently used kids’ clothes (for ages baby to pre-teen). Continue reading

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese for Days at the Breakfast Takedown This Sunday at Brooklyn Bazaar! (10/29)

Does the thought of stacks on stacks of pancakes with butter and syrup sexily dripping off the sides make you salivate? Does the aroma of bacon make your tummy tingle? If so, you NEED to make it to The Breakfast Takedown this Sunday at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) from 1-3pm! You will receive total deliciousness from dozens of home chefs, all battling for the ultimate prize—Best Breakfast. There’ll be an audience vote, and a judges vote by a panel of certified foodies (including myself). Plus, a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Unidos Por Puerto Rico. Esteemed host of The Takedowns Matt Timms is excited to see what people will come up with. He says, “Breakfast is a fast and loose category—I eat BBQ for breakfast, when I’m feelin’ fancy, so whatever grabs the public’s collective heart from 1 to 3 on a Sunday is what’s going to win!” And, he insists, “Breakfast Tacos! That alone is a reason to come!

Tickets are $20, and your belly full o’ bacon n’ biscuits will thank you. Get thee to the takedown!

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Nightmare Fuel: Brooklyn Horror Film Fest/Mexico Barbaro II at the Wythe Hotel

Mexico Barbaro II screening at the Wythe Hotel
The Mexico Barbaro II screening at the Wythe Hotel as part of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. Photo via Bk Horror Film Fest

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival creeped the hell out of the neighborhood last weekend (Oct 14-15), and I had the sick pleasure of attending a screening of Mexican indie horror anthology Mexico Barbaro II, at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave). Inspired by demented classics Creepshow and Tales From The Darkside, the second installment of Mexico Barbaro included shorts from eight Mexican directors who delved deep into personal nightmares to share their most terrifying inner thoughts with an audience. Friday night’s screening included a Q&A with director Sergio Tello, and one of the directors of photography. Throughout the shorts, there were some religious elements present, whether it was a cross in the background, a demonic character, or a retelling of a fable. Some of the refs were specific to whichever part of Mexico the film took place, as different regions of Mexico have different religious traditions. “Each segment has its own religion,” Sergio remarked. Continue reading

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Halloween Must-Do: Attend This Séance to Make Contact With The Other Side

Mentalist Jason Suran will help you reach The Other Side. Photo: Erica Simone
Mentalist Jason Suran will help you reach The Other Side. Photo: Erica Simone

There are some spine-tingling events brewing in North Brooklyn this Halloween, and this séance is no exception—part immersive microtheatre, part cocktail party and part magic show, The Other Side is entertaining, mind-bending and a little spooky.

My night started off unassumingly enough in a Williamsburg apartment, where I mixed and mingled with twelve other formally dressed guests at an intimate cocktail gathering. Our venerable host, world-renowned mentalist Jason Suran, announced each guest to the group by name as we arrived, and encouraged everyone to get to know each other over h’ors d’oeuvres and drinks. He asked us each to write down the name of someone close to us that had passed, fold up the paper and keep it to ourselves. Then the group gathered around a coffee table to hear Jason tell us a little history of mentalism—which included tales about fly-by-night psychics, clairvoyants, tricksters and Harry Houdini. The stage was set for the unearthly night we were about to have. Continue reading

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This is Thriller: North Brooklyn Halloween Roundup 2017!

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Sultry weather falls across the land—yet Halloween hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize our North Brooklyn ‘hood. And whosoever shall be found without the soul for getting down, must stand and face the shutdown of the L and rot inside Williamsburg’s shell. The foulest stench is in the air, the funk of Newtown Creek’s years. And grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to share your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver; for no mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller.

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Tiki Disco Halloween @ Good Room 2017TIKI DISCO HALLOWEEN
@ Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave | 10pm-4am
$20+ tix, More info
Tiki Disco started as a bi-monthly party at Roberta’s in 2009 and has transformed into a year-round happening, with popups around the globe. Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry will hold down the floor with their deep selections of disco, funk, house and classics. Expect an evening of spooky vibes and ghostly dancingcostumes are definitely encouraged! Continue reading

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