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Literary Love Bloomed at our “Tree Grows in Brooklyn” Valentine’s Market on Sunday

Snuggling up at the Love Lounge. Photo by Gustavo Ponce

Greenpointers really showed the love this past Sunday at our Valentine’s Day Market. From a luscious floral-filled “Love Lounge” to swoon-worthy handcrafted goodies–the Greenpoint Loft was brimming with SO much local support it made our little hearts sing. Check out our photobooth and see if you can spot yourself!

The Love Lounge—a candy-colored confection of roses and sweetheart sayings, was the crafty creations of the wildly talented, women-owned businesses Something Taylored RentalsModern Rebel event planning, Little Sister Creative and Ars Poetica. Visitors snuggled up to get personalized poems and play relationship guessing games. The Wizard of Greenpoint brought some magic to the lounge with his tarot card readings. Continue reading

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Art, music, and bondage: Trip N Draw comes to The William Vale

Get ready for an evening of live music and drawing in an immersive art experience. Hosted by Etta Shon, Trip N Draw comes to The William Vale (111 N 12th Street) on February 25 from 7-9 PM. Electric cello and drum duo Live Footage will be improvising their lush tunes as our models pose in bondage looks by Chaos Theory. Art by Etta Shon will be projected live. Leave your stress at the door and be ready to be lifted into a meditative state as you lose yourself in the music and focused drawing.
Drinks and art materials will be provided, and there’s absolutely no art experience necessary. Tickets to this unique event are $25 and can be found here. More info can be found below:
Organization Name: Etta Shon Art
Contact Email: [email protected]
RSVP Mandatory: Yes

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Phil Collins Day Returns to Greenpoint This Weekend (2/15)

There are few things that unite Greenpoint residents as much as their collective appreciation for legendary musician Phil Collins.

For the first time since 2015, Phil Collins Day will be celebrated in NYC this Saturday at Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (1150 Manhattan Ave.) starting at 3 p.m.

The 69-year-old singer was celebrated in Brooklyn with his very own day begining in  typically held on Valentine’s Day weekend.

The event seemed to have reached its apex in 2011 when a full-fledged parade processioned through the streets of Greenpoint featuring a marching band playing instrumental versions of Collins’ hits. Continue reading

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Vote For The Next Book That North Brooklyn Reads

The Williamsburgh Library is participating in North Brooklyn Reads

What book should North Brooklynites read together this year? The Brooklyn Public Library is currently seeking votes to answer that question and has curated a neighborhood-centric list of titles to pick from; you have until Friday (tomorrow) to vote in the “North Brooklyn Reads” poll.

The list of literature to pick from includes works from local authors such as Greenpointers’ Geoff Cobb, whose The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King tells the story of the American sugar industry and the Havemeyer family’s world famous Domino factory. “It is a tale of greed, crime, wealth, power and corruption, but it is also the story of Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” the book’s description reads.

A landmark Grenpoint building makes an appearance on the list with Kate Christensen’s The Astral: A Novel.  In the book, poet and Astral (yes, that Astral) resident Harry Quirk attempts to save his failing marriage and win his wife’s heart back amongst a backdrop that is all too familiar for Greenpointers.

Solos by Kitty Burns Florey is set in Williamsburg where a mystery unravels according to the official book description:

Emily Lime and her equally palindromic dog, Otto, live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (zip code 11211), in a warm community of friends and fellow artists. Her life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Marcus, a dog-walker and fellow Scrabble nut, whose father is Emily’s shady ex-husband who wants the lovable Emily dead. A mystery unravels, a valuable lost cache of paintings is found, and Emily’s life changes in ways she could not have anticipated.

Hipster Death Rattle by Ritchie Narvaez also set in “uber-hip” Williamsburg, is a gruesome murder mystery:

Murder is trending. Hipsters are getting slashed to pieces in the hippest neighborhood in New York: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While Detectives Petrosino and Hadid hound local gangbangers, slacker reporter Tony Moran and his ex Magaly Fernandez get caught up in a missing person’s case—one that might just get them hacked to death

The Bushwick, Leonard, Williamsburg and Greenpoint (upon opening this spring) libraries will participate with readings of the chosen literature:

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“The Chronicles of New York City” Revealed at Domino Park

A new art installation standing more than 50 feet high from French street artist JR was revealed at Domino Park on Monday and features a large-scale photo collage of New Yorkers.

The new art installation at Domino Park is suported by stacks of blue shipping containers.

Blue shipping containers were stacked near the Domino waterfront three weeks ago leading to some speculation that the installation would be a Vessel-like structure as seen in Hudson Yards. Italian architectural design studio LOT-EK  helped to build the support structure.

The mural from artist JR stands over 50 feet tall.

“The Chronicles of New York City” coincides with a Brooklyn Museum multimedia installation, “JR: Chronicles.”

The giant black and white photo collage and mural measuring over 50 feet high features more than 1,000 New Yorkers (including celebrities like Robert De Niro) among an NYC backdrop that includes the Williamsburg Bridge.

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Local Loves Blooms: Preview Our “Love Grows in Brooklyn” Valentine’s Market Vendors!!

Valentine’s Day is almost here, Greenpointers! Get into the mood, grab your boo, and see what’s budding at our “A Love Grows in Brooklyn” themed Valentine’s Market.  On Sunday, Feb 9th  from 1-7 pm we’ve cherry-picked 60+ of Brooklyn’s most talented crafters to set down their roots inside the Greenpoint Loft (67 West 5th fl) and tempt us with local handmade treasures.

It’s going to a day filled with whole lotta love. From fab shopping, soju winter cocktails, craft beer, yummy eats and FREE activities, come on down , spend the day and explore. RSVP here!

Now about that sweet shopping… Take a peek at some the amazing products you’ll be lusting after.

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BENT Brings LGBTQ+ Storytelling and Female Driven Theater to Triskelion Arts

When you think of love in February, you might think Valentines Day, or Galentine’s day or any amount of candy-covered sentiments…but if you are interested in thinking about the true meaning of love – even in the face of impossible odds, check out the brand new production of BENT, coming to Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St.) in February featuring a Greenpoint-based production team, and LGBTQ+ cast.

BENT is a tragic love story set in Nazi Germany that follows the relationships and persecution of gay men during the Holocaust. The 1979 play, which originally starred Ian McKellen and Richard Gere, grabbed a Tony nod during its original Broadway run, and put playwright Martin Sherman in line for a Pulitzer.

Now, director, producer and Greenpoint resident Emma Coulter is bringing it back to the stage. Coulter and her team, who have staged the show before, know the power of the story they are telling. “…[Bent reminds us that] it’s worth the risk to care, and to love. Even if it means being killed. Because if we don’t do that, there is no point to living,” Coulter says. Producer Kira Geiger promises the show is “surprisingly funny, incredibly sexy, and absolutely heartbreaking…you will leave the theater a changed person.”

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L Train Crisis Documentary “End of The Line” Premieres Clip, Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Courtesy of “End of The Line”

As filmmaker Emmett Adler was living in Williamsburg in 2016, the unanswered questions surrounding the then-impending L train shutdown inspired Adler to pick up his camera and record the unfolding transit emergency.

After more than three years of witnessing the drama unfold around New York’s subway system, Adler has premiered an extended preview of the”End of the Line” documentary to mark the launch of film’s the Kickstarter campaign. Continue reading

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Fashion Sundae Episode 28

Courtesy of Watching New York

For another look into local style and fashion, we check in with Watching New York  to see what the lense caught (mostlly) on the Bedford Avenue runway. Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring, so enjoy these wonder winter coats while the cold season is still here: Continue reading

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Music exchange comes to Dobbin St

Trade your albums, share your stories, take home new music: on February 22, Greenpoint event space Dobbin St (64 Dobbin Street) is hosting its first-ever Music Exchange. From 12 to 6 PM, attendees will find LPs, 45s, cassettes, audio electronics, instruments, books, and memorabilia ephemera, encompassing all aspects and musical genres. See more about the hip venue here on their Instagram.

The idea is to bring together, under one roof, the most dedicated seller/collector music enthusiasts in Brooklyn and beyond. Stop by for a special day dedicated to a true and intimate exchange of music. This is a free event, open to the public and for all music fanatics. Dust up those old albums and converse with fellow music lovers!

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