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Synth Pop For The Subconscious From Williamsburg’s Lost Valley

Lost Valley's Nick Crane. Photo by Megan Penmann
Lost Valley’s Nick Crane. Photo by Megan Penmann

Lost Valley is named after a place in the mountains of Maine that Williamsburg musician Nick Crane used to go skiing as a kid; he liked the phrase’s sense of mystery and that it also conjures up a feeling of magic. And it just effortlessly sounds like a band name, the same way his first record effortlessly sounds like it goes deeper than a debut. Lost Valley’s self-titled 7-song EP is totally dreamy and mellow electro pop intertwined with sexy arrangements and a high production value. Behind the scenes it’s a one-man operation, with Nick having written and recorded everything solo—save for a friend who recorded a few live drum loops and another friend who mastered the record. But on stage, Lost Valley is a five-piece band made up of guitars, bass, percussion and vocals, with tight sonic choreography syncing up with projected visuals. The band has only performed live once so far, last month at Legion (790 Metropolitan Ave.), to a sold out crowd.

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Isn’t It Dreamy?: Line and Label’s Spring Collection is Everything

It’s probably global warming, but the temperatures are rising. It seems like our fellow Greenpointers are loving the warm weather (me too!) because we’re all reaching for light leather jackets, ripped skinny jeans, and breezy pieces. It’s making me totally excited for spring. And, that’s where our local stand-by, Line and Label (568 Manhattan Ave.) comes in.


Line and Label’s Spring Look Book is just the icing on the cake for warmer temps: with gauzy pieces with a definite vintage flair, the collection has friendly and inviting silhouettes with a cheeky, flirty feel. Not to mention, some of these pieces double for their Ceremonial Collection – perfect if you’re tying the knot or just attending a bevy of weddings in the coming months.
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Depeche Mode Party, Bad Jazz, Structural Constellations, NYC Beer Week, Oscar Parties – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/22–2/28)

Can Release @ Greenpoint Beer (7 North 15th St), Saturday (2/22), 5pm, FREE, Releasing 2 killer new IPA’S with Dankonia & Apply Formula. Dankonia showcases pine, resin, sap and citrus with an earthy, dank, coniferous and cannabinous finish. While Apply Formula is soft, hazy and tropical with highlights of juicy fruit stripe gum and raspberry. Hop heads unite, you’ve landed in sticky, fruity, earthy IPA heaven! More info

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

 

WEDNESDAY 2/22

♥ SPARK: a dating workshop not for the faint of heart @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St)) 6:30pm, $40-55, Get constructive feedback from a group of your peers – your very own singles focus group. Energizeyourvoice.net founder, Minna Taylor, will facilitate a structured analysis to get to the root of what’s holding you back, Buy tix
♫ Sound Art Performance: Bad Jazz @ IDIO Gallery (976 Grand St) 7pm, FREE, Improvised auditory journeys that defy the normal explanations of musical theory. Their music is a stream of consciousness, ebbing and flowing from one texture to the next, More info
♦ Luce Guilbeault, Nicole Brossard, and Margaret Wescott’s Some American Feminists @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St) 7:30pm, $8, Shot in NYC in 1975 and 1976 by an entirely female crew, the film serves as a record of political awakening, both personal and collective, with subjects describing childhood stirrings of radical consciousness, More info
♫ An ACLU Benefit with Sam Cohen, Scully, Dark Tea @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $14, A Song A Day presents an ACLU benefit showcase featuring Sam Cohen, Scully, DARK TEA to continue fighting the good fight, Buy tix Continue reading

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This Weekend! Open Call For 48 Consecutive Hours of Art

permission slip - shim galleryThis weekend, local gallery concept/artist organization SHIM (289 Meserole St.) is hosting the second edition of Permission Slip, an experimental open call festival of live art performances, interactions, exhibitions, and collaborations.

Details via Facebook:

48 CONSECUTIVE HOURS // Friday Feb 24th @6pm – Sunday Feb 26th @6pm
@ SHIM | 289 Meserole Street

Curators Wilson Duggan and Jackie Cantwell will administer the gallery 24 hours per day, accepting proposals from the public to participate in the weekend’s schedule of activities.

TO PARTICIPATE: Simply fill out a permission slip (email [email protected]) with your proposal for an art performance, activity, micro-exhibition, etc, and bring it to the gallery on Friday evening (2/24) to receive our permission.
Your proposal can literally be anything within the limits of reason, legality, and the safety of the space and participants. Once granted permission, we will schedule a time for you on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and provide you with whatever additional support we can to help you realize your project.

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Don’t Miss This Pop-up Shop: We Are The Resistance, Thursday 2/23

If you’re looking to make a difference and get a little escape at the same time, then you must check out the latest pop-up shop at Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave.) this Thursday, 2/23. We Are The Resistance is a one day pop-up that promotes mindful and intentional shopping while connecting the community with other artists and creators.

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Greenpoint’s Most Famous Reputed Living Gangster Turns One Hundred Years Old

John “Sonny” Franzese turned 100 in federal prison on February 6, 2017. Franzese, from Leonard Street, is the oldest inmate in the Federal Prison system and was denied compassionate release last year even though he is blind, deaf and in a wheel chair. Today the aged Franzese seems harmless, but that was not always so. In his day he became one of the most feared Mafiosi in New York Franzese is reputed to have killed sixty men. A ruthless man, franzese, Federal Prosecutors allege, once recommended that the best way to dispose of body parts was to dry them out with a microwave and grind them up in a garbage disposal. Franzese was also recorded on a federal wiretap saying, “Today, you can’t have a body no more…It’s better to take that half-an-hour, an hour, to get rid of the body than it is to leave the body on the street.” Continue reading

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VENDOR CALL! Spring Market in Celebration of Earth! (Sunday, April 9th)


We love this time of year when greenery and blooms sprout back to life! For the love of Earth in the month of Earth Day, we’re celebrating Spring at the Greenpoint Loft on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 for a day full of free fun activities, live music, and shopping in one of the most beautifully restored historic spaces in Brooklyn!

Creative entrepreneurs and makers of food, art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, etc. – you know who you are – sign up with us to join one of the most enjoyable selling experiences in New York City. Apply here or directly in the form after the jump.

The Greenpointers Markets started in 2011 and has been growing ever since. Check out a recap of our last Old-Timey Valentine’s Market where we had an oversized paper rose garden photo booth, thousands of visitors, and live jazz music! News 12 even came to visit us!

It’s a low-risk way to get your product or business in front of thousands of visitors and spend a day of local shopping, activities, and music in one of the most beautiful spaces in Brooklyn.

Are you a corporate level business? Learn about sponsorship opportunities and apply here!

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Elegance Lost: Greenpoint’s Colonnade Row on Humboldt Street

For years I had admired Manhattan’s Greek Revival Colonnade Row, the imposing landmark row houses with their austere, yet graceful Doric columns on Astor Place in NoHo, never imagining that Greenpoint also had its own colonnade row, until I cam across this 1922 picture of colonnade row houses on Humboldt Street. No one is certain who built Noho’s Colonnade Row, however it is attributed to builder Set Geer who constructed the spacious row houses with graceful marble columns as their defining feature. Continue reading

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