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More Free Outdoor Movies: Family Flicks In Transmitter Park!

2017 SummerStarz

WHAT: 13th Annual FREE Summer Starz Movies
WHEN: Fridays, July 7th to August 11th, 8pm
WHERE: Transmitter Park, Greenpoint
COST: FREE!

School’s almost out and Town Square’s free family movie nights are back for the summer. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for these six Friday nights, starting with Guardians of the Galaxy coming up next week on July 7th. Bring a picnic blanket, your friends & family to Transmitter Park on the gorgeous Greenpoint waterfront.

Check out our roundup of summer outdoor movies here. This Friday June 30th there’s a French film screening at Transmitter, and next Wednesday Mean Girls will be at McCarren.

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Greenpoint: The Birthplace of the American Carousel

Charles Looff’s Coney Island Carousel

Our area has been the birthplace of many things: the American porcelain industry, oil refining, but carousels? Who knew? Actually, Greenpoint has a long history of carousel production that goes all the way back to 1850 when Greenpoint’s Eliphalet Scripture off Greenpoint received the first patent for the improvement of the “flying” carousel horse.

Another Greenpoint man would make a name for himself as the creator of some of the most beautiful American carousels. Charles Looff who lived on Leonard Street is arguably the father of the American carousel. The Danish-born Loof, arrived in Greenpoint in 1870 and found employment as a woodworker in a local furniture factory. After work he would take scraps of wood home and carve beautiful carousel animal figures from them. Loof mounted his wooden animals onto a circular platform and created his first merry-go-round. In 1876, he built the carousel at Lucy Vandeveer’s Bathing Pavilion at West Sixth Street and Surf Avenue, Coney Island’s first carousel and first amusement ride. Continue reading

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Pete’s Mini Zine Fest is Back July 8th!

Pete's Mini Zine FestThe next installment of Pete’s Mini Zine Fest is coming up this July 8th! This zine-fest-in-a-bar has been going strong for seven years. Come on down to Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St), drink some booze, meet the talented lineup, and read some zines!
As always, admission is FREE.

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Couldn’t Get LCD Tix? Hit Up This LCD Street Party Wednesday Night Instead!

If you didn’t get LCD tickets to tonight (or any night), do not fret! Greenpointers’ very own Andy P. Smith is hosting a free outdoor dance party at 95 Dobbin St. in Greenpoint tonight from 6pm – 9pm.

As reported on the Facebook event page:

Don’t let scalpers, bots, or high ticket prices keep you from Dancing Yrself Clean! Let’s Get Innocous with a sidewalk dance party! It may be Us v Them but tonight All My Friends and some Drunk Girls are coming over because Daft Punk Is Playing At My House… You Wanted A Hit? Thought Yr City’s A Sucker because you couldn’t get tickets? Well, this is the American Dream! Yeah! I may be Loosing My Edge but Somone’s Calling Me to Give It Up. It’s Time To Get Away to 95 Dobbin Street for a Free Outdoor Sidewalk Dance Party!*

*I will only be playing LCD Soundsystem, if you didn’t get the hint. Hopefully no one will Call The Police!

Also: Free Watermelon!

See you there! Dance party kicks off at 6pm and goes until 9pm at 95 Dobbin St.

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Governors Ball Recap: Feelin’ Old And Kickin’ Ass

Governors Ball 2017 - Photo by Dylan Lappin
Crowd chillin’ at Governors Ball 2017. All photos by Dylan Lappin.

Another year passes and another Governors Ball flies by. This year was marked with legendary bands, fantastic emerging artists and others that I hadn’t heard of before, but now know well. With Chance the Rapper, Phoenix, Air, Lorde, Wiz Khalifa and the all-powerful and militant Tool, the 2017 Ball was set to be an amazing weekend. The lines were surprisingly quick and easy, probably the easiest and fastest festival check-in experience I’ve ever had. The wristband technology was also pretty efficient—a bonus was being able to attach your credit card to the wristband, and use it to not only pay for food and drinks, but also access different areas of the festival.

People packed in early each day to max out on sunshine. The weekend held up, bringing ideal weather and positive vibes. I noticed younger (teens, early 20s) crowds at most of the EDM and Hip Hop acts. As a 31-year-old elder, I was asked one too many times to buy drinks for the underage crowd. I gladly declined and went on my way. I have to admit, I was amused watching their faces quickly turn from eager to disappointed, but I knew deep down inside that they’d find a way somehow, just not from me. 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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Booze, Art & Free Nips: Drinkin’ n’ Drawin’ All Over North Brooklyn

This Place Drink n Draw

Dobbin St Rooftop | 64 Dobbin St | subscribe to ThisPlace emails for schedule
Event popup ThisPlace regularly hosts drink n draws all over North Brooklyn. The next one is coming up on June 26 at Dobbin St, from 630-9pm. Tickets are $25 and include rosé, but you should bring your own drawing supplies. Since this is happening at sunset, you can bet the light will be magical so you might want to bring colored pencils or pastels. Join the ThisPlace mailing list to stay up-to-date on future drink n draws and other fun events.

Greenpoint Figure Drawing. Photo: Julia Moak
Greenpoint Figure Drawing. Photo: Julia Moak

Greenpoint Figure Drawing | 67 West St #303 (Big Object Studio) | Fridays at 7pm
Greenpoint Figure Drawing is a Meetup group that hosts weekly drink n draws, for $15. “In each 3-hr session, we will draw from a live model, beginning with quick poses to warm up, and then gradually extend the pose length to a final 1 hour pose to finish the evening.” The sessions are moderated by two stop motion visual artists. BYOB and BYO art supplies. *Note, the next meetup is Friday June 23rd; there won’t be a drink n draw tonight. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Group Partner—The Evolution of the Boob Potter

Group Partner
Images via Instagram

Group Partner, the Instagram darling of the pottery world, has certainly come a long way since their early days at their studio studio on Norman and Lorimer. Headed by Isaac Nichols, the studio has become known for their quirky, iconic boob pots and other equally alluring containers. The pots, designed by Nichols, started out as a hobby that bloomed into a successful ceramics studio business. Continue reading

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Self-Help Gets a Lift in “The Protégé,” a New Play at Chez Bushwick


I hope you have the pleasure of meeting Caitlin Bebb, whose addictive and contagious luminosity makes her an ideal artist to write and perform in a show about self-help. Even if you don’t meet her personally, you may feel like you have after experiencing her intimate but wild new show, The Protégé, presented by Glass Bandits and playing June 23–26 at Chez Bushwick (304 Boerum St).

Personal development, therapy, and self-improvement can come with sticky stigmas; by nature, these tactics make us address, confront, and perhaps publicize our imperfections. But in her mysterious yet alluring solo show, Caitlin Bebb rejiggers these ignominies, breaking down the walls of what self-help can expound — well, perhaps not breaking them down, but certainly infusing them with spiritual rejuvenation, a genre-defying performance, and a dance party. Continue reading

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Bicycle Fetish Day June 24th!

Bicycle Fetish Day

The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) is hosting their 13th annual family-friendly block party for bikes and celebration of NYC diversity, aptly named Bicyle Fetish Day. The fetish-tivities will happen on Havemeyer St. between Hope & Grand Street on Saturday, June 24, from 12pm-6pm. The event is FREE and open to the public.

If you are in love with your two wheels, bring it down to the fest—you could win a trophy, prizes, and a year of bragging rights! Continue reading

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