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Soft Opening Brings New Greenery to Greenpoint

Kristin McLaughlin, owner of Soft Opening

Soft Opening (570 Manhattan Ave.) is one of Greenpoint’s latest additions and offers refuge from the always-on tech world in a thoughtfully curated plant shop abundant with nature you can bring home. You can also catch Soft Opening at the Greenpointers Samhain Fall Market happening this Sunday, Oct. 28.

The shop’s name is intentionally mysterious according to the owner, Kristin McLaughlin. “I love the way the words Soft Opening can mean different things to different people. A new bud or blossom can be a soft opening. An art reception can be a soft opening,” she said. Continue reading

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Eckford Street Studio is partnering with Dandelion, Enid’s, and more to help raise money for their communal programs

Eckford Street Studio — host of many a Drink and Draw and other communal artistic events — has recently received its 501(c)(3) status and is now welcoming students who would otherwise lack access to art education into its studio for free programming.
To support the scholarship program and other new initiatives, Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford Street) is hosting its first fundraising event as a non-profit organization on Thursday, October 25. The Art Party is from 7–10 PM at New Women Space (188 Woodpoint Road) in Williamsburg, and all proceeds raised go directly towards fulfilling our mission of providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible art education to all members of our community. There will be food from Greenpoint favorites including Le Gamin and Enid’s, an open bar featuring bottles from Dandelion Wine, music, and a silent art auction featuring work by local artists and friends of the studio.
Support a local institution while enjoying local treats!
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Preview our Boo!-tee-ful Samhain Fall Market Vendors and Meet Them IRL THIS SUNDAY (10/28)!

Ghouls and Goblins: our Samhain Fall Market is almost here! End your Halloweekend at the stunning Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street) on October 28 from 1–7 PM for an afternoon of spooky and sweet tricks and treats. RSVP here, and don’t miss out — it’s going to be Boo!-tee-ful.

It’s going to be a fun-filled Sunday packed with ghost hunting, hot mulled cider, henna tattoos, and — of course — our signature themed photo booth, this year with a Samhain-inspired art installation including a Tree of Life, skulls, and more. For more details about all the delectable offerings, click here.

And it wouldn’t be a seasonal market without our talented and crafty vendors! Support these local artisans, and allow us to call out some special vendors who will be tantalizing your heartstrings (and wallets) this coming weekend. Continue reading

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Rock Band Wilson Comes to St. Vitus with New Album “Tasty Nasty”

The Detroit-based rock band Wilson
Hot on the heels of their latest release Tasty Nasty, an album three years in the making, Wilson is set to embark on its nationwide “How To Be A Baller Tour.” Along the way, Wilson will bring their unique brand of f**kery to numerous cities, stopping at Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue) — the gritty and beloved music venue near the tip of Greenpoint. The band will play there on October 29 at 7 PM, and tickets are just $13 (in advance, or $15 at the door).
Labelmate Hyro The Hero will open the shows for Wilson. All ticket and show information can be found at: www.wilsonpartyanimals.com.
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The Surprising Artistic History of Green Street

Appearances can be deceiving, especially on Green Street. It is hard to imagine that this stereotypical Greenpoint street, with its many wood frame houses and former factories ever contributed to American art, but art created on Green Street is on display in some of the major American museums.

Green Street and Manhattan Avenue circa 1929

At the East end of Greenpoint, 275 Green St. was home to the Roman Bronze Works until it was destroyed by fire in the 1920’s. The founder of the works created America’s only art foundry that employed the lost wax technique, and many of America’s most iconic bronze sculptures were cast there.

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Thursday Spotlight: Meet Greenpoint Comedian and Actress Mary Houlihan

Full disclosure: Mary Houlihan and I used to carpool. The guest star on “Difficult People” and I would be shuttled to Brookside Middle School by my neighbor’s mom, but it was always a mystery whether or not Mary would join us on a given school day. Hers was the last house on our carpool journey, and — after a few car honks — Mary emerged, or didn’t. I was always grateful for the mornings she did. Even then, she had a stupefyingly offbeat wit — generous but dry, subdued but bonkers. Chipper as we were bitter with her tardiness, Mary would enter the car and chime, “Good morning, friends.”

We once shared a commute; we now share a neighborhood. Houlihan embodies the best parts of Greenpoint in her life and career — she builds community, as with her Three Chickies musical improv series, and maintains a signature self-awareness, even as careers (and neighborhoods) change. I’m happy to have caught up and discussed the comedy scene with the sly wizard behind “Learn To Paint With Mary Houlihan!“.

Greenpointers: How long have you been in Greenpoint?
Mary Houlihan: About six years. When I first moved here I lived off the Myrtle/Willoughby G stop in Bed-Stuy, then I moved to a big building that flooded in Hurricane Sandy after living there for just a month. Then I moved in with my parents in New Jersey. Then I moved to a green house off Calyer Street, then I lived near Grandma Roses, and now I’m in my current location. I’ve moved a lot.

The neighborhood’s treated you well?
It’s treated me well, me likely. It’s quiet. It’s hidden but not insane.

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Ghosts, Ghouls, and Greenpointers: Celebrate Halloweekend with Our Samhain Fall Market on 10/28 (Sunday)!

Performers at last year’s Fall Market

Throw leaves in your hair and arms in the air: our annual Fall Market returns October 28 from 1–7 PM! This year, we’re celebrating Samhain — a traditional Gaelic holy day marking the end of the harvest season and the nearness of winter. Our market will be a fall festival in the fullest: a celebration of Greenpoint’s autumnal splendor and the 60+ talented crafters our neighborhood supports. RSVP here, and spread the word around!

Boo! Join us for tricks and treats at our Samhain Fall Market on Sunday 10/28.

As our Instagram has shown, nobody celebrates Halloween like Greenpoint, so join us for our market in the stunning (and seasonally appropriate rustic chic) Greenpoint Loft at 67 West Street. Up on the fifth floor, enjoy for a variety of treats including: Continue reading

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Poetry Brothel, Pints for Paws, Witching Hour, CrabFest and Park to Table Dinner — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (10/17 – 10/23)

Greenpoint Beer& Ale and Knick Knacks Brooklyn are teaming up one more time before the year is over and they’re going all out on October 21st for #crabfest #round3! They will be offering UNLIMITED SNOW CRAB LEGS with an order of SHRIMP, POTATOES and CORN for 75 MINS! ($65 per ticket – drinks a la carte) Get your fill, you don’t want to be the one left out! Check out the ticket link and pick your session. See you there!  Buy tix [Sponsored]


WEDNESDAY 10/17

♫ The O’My’s @ Rough Trade (64 N 9th St.), 8pm, $15, Buy Tix 
♫ Big Thief
@ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St.), 8pm, $22, Buy tix
♫ Sontag Shogun, Christopher Tignor, Anastasia Clarke @ Arete Venue and Gallery (67 West St. #103), 8pm, $15, An evening of abstract sentimental music (for lovers and loners alike). All artists performing new music from forthcoming releases and improvisation, More Info
♫ ALBERICH, Geography Of Hell, DJ Becka Diamond, DJ JonBenet, DJ Guilt Attendant @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 11pm, $10, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 10/18

♦ Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway Audubon Sculpture Project @ Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave.), 5:30pm, $15 suggested, Learn about an ambitious public-art project set to line Broadway with 12 larger than life bird sculptures next year, more info
* Pints for Paws @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave.) 6pm, $5 raffle ticket, hourly raffle to benefit BARCS Animal Shelter, More info
# COPENHAGEN FOOD with author Trine Hahnemann @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, FREE, Get a free glass of Glögg with the purchase of the new cookbook Copenhagen Food: Stories, Traditions and Recipes, More info
^♥ The Poetry Brothel: Season of the Witch @ House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave.), 7pm, $50+, immersive cabaret featuring poetry, burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerials, visual art, magic, and mysticism, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event. Buy Tix  Continue reading

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Atlas Obscura Hosts “Musical Oddities and Monstrosities” for Halloweekend

Nick Yulman’s Copper Forest

Areté Venue and Gallery is hosting two unique concerts to kick off Halloweekend: Musical Oddities and Monstrosities. These “strange symphonies of unusual instruments” will be at 4 and 7 PM on October 27 at 67 West Street nestled in the gallery’s backyard.

Sip cocktails as you take in sounds that you’ve never heard before, and may never hear again. In this special concert event, Atlas Obscura — keeper of all things quirky — and sound artist Nick Yulman partner together for a program of musical oddities and delights. Hear books that growl like synthesizers, Natalia ‘Saw Lady’ Paruz and her singing saws, new musical inventions by Merche Blasco, and more unusual instruments coaxed into creating hauntingly beautiful, mind-blowing experimental music.

Your sonic evening will begin with Nick Yulman’s orchestra of robotic instruments playing his original songs in a gallery at a former rope factory. You’ll hear the surprising stories behind groundbreaking musical inventions and a chorus of rare instruments — charming and cacophonous — played during this intimate concert. The event promises to be a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate Halloween, with instruments that seem haunted themselves and the themed Monster Mash specialty cocktail. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Nick’s solo show will also have an opening reception on October 21st from 11AM–4PM, and gallery hours on November 2nd from 6–9 PM.

Performer/instrument maker Nick Yulman
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Dreamy Music Video Highlights Greenpoint From Above

In the newly released music video for Pink Slater’s “DREAMCATCHER,” director Johnny Cirillo uses Greenpoint as a backdrop to dramatically showcase the neighborhood’s contrasting textures with sweeping drone footage.

Pink Slater’s debut album HOMEGIRL is a new music project from Greenpoint-based musician Tim Poovey, formerly of NIGHTDOGS. Continue reading

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