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Where to Get Sweet & Savory Treats for Holiday Parties

‘Tis the season of hosting family and friends in your home. As it’s the busiest season of the year with lots on the calendar, we’ve put together a short list of places ready to help you make your loved ones feel catered to with minimum effort on you.

Monger’s Palate

Monger’s Palate builds made-to-order catering platters guaranteed to be a showstopper at your holiday cocktail party or event.  Their cheese, charcuterie and crudité platters come with seasonal, fresh ingredients that are carefully curated. Their selection of artisanal cheeses, meats and condiments are prepared to perfectly compliment each other’s flavor. Let them know what wine or beverage you’ll be serving and they’ll gladly customize your order to make your holiday table full of cheese and cheer!

Address: 192 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Website: Monger’s Palate
Phone: (718) 383-0612
Cost: Email for pricing and availability
Highlights: Customizable platters, amazingly delicious cheese, fresh and local ingredients

 

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Get Hot & Dance The Cold Away at Bar Uni Tonight! (12/15)

Bar Uni DJ Night

Dance away those winter blues! Tonight (12/15), Greenpoint’s own Japanese small plates joint Bar Uni is throwing a FREE dance party/DJ night starting at 8pm!

WHAT: Luv Tones 001Old Skool | Neo-Soul | Nu-Soul| Classic Hip Hop | Jazz | Alternative | Nu-Jazz | Future Beats | House | Vibez
Throwbacks, future sounds and vibey cuts; Luv Tones is here to bring you that soulful bliss you need to push thru the last few days of 2017. Holiday drink specials all night—so come kick it with us to some past, present, and future soul. 
WHERE: Bar Uni | 674 Manhattan Ave
WHEN: Friday, December 15 | 8pm-2am
COST: FREE, 21+
RSVP on Facebook 
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Bowling, Latkes, Menorah Lighting and More! Chanukah at The Gutter is Tonight (12/14)!

Chanukah at The Gutter 2016 (photo: Julia Moak)

Tonight (12/14) at The Gutter (200 North 14th) starting at 8pm! Join Chabad of North Brooklyn for bowling with latkes, doughnuts, sushi and drinks and a grand menorah lighting.

Free Admission, pay for drinks and bowling as needed. More info and RSVP here. Continue reading

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Review: The Emotional R&B Stylings of Autre Ne Veut at Elsewhere

Autre Ne Veut at Elsewhere, Photo by Megan Penmann
Autre Ne Veut performing at Elsewhere, All photos by Megan Penmann

NYC-based ambient R&B singer Autre Ne Veut brought his soul-drenched brand of ballads to Bushwick’s newest venue Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave) last Thursday evening, to a crowd that was hyped to hear some slow and gut-wrenchingly emotional jams. Autre Ne Veut (which translates as “I want no other”), whose real name is Arthur Ashin, was performing with a live drummer and keyboardist/backup vocalist, as he commanded the mic and occasionally riffed on keys. Continue reading

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Need a Perfect Gift? Preview the Sugar x Spice Holiday Makers Market! (12/17)

sugar-x-spice-market_brooklyn-bazaar_greenpointers_mclarsenHoliday markets are a beloved Brooklyn tradition (you know we love ’em). This year, a brand-spankin’ new one is hitting the scene right here in Greenpoint! It’s the Sugar x Spice Holiday Markers Market (RSVP here for updates), happening this Sunday, December 17th from 1:00–6:00pm at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.)

The market’s 30+ vendors will include a full range of gift-ready wares, from eco-friendly clothing to artisanal dioramas, bath and body products, handmade jewelry, crocheted accessories, stationery, artwork and more.

Extra-festive fun awaits in the form of a free wintry photobooth, live performances, tarot card reading and other seasonal surprises. If that’s not enough to convince you, the first 20 customers are getting gift bags at the door… and they don’t even have to be on the “nice” list!

If you’re looking for the perfect gift or you just want to support small businesses and artists in our area, you owe it to yourself to come by this quirky, fun market. Did we mention? Admission is free! Be sure to RSVP here, and pop a note on your calendar! Read on for a preview of some of the creative, stylin’ vendors…

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Tonight: CALICORNUCOPIA 6 – Calico’s Annual Holiday Exhibit of Works Priced $300 or Less

Tonight is the opening party for the 6th annual CALICORNUCOPIA at Calico Gallery at 67 West St.

Featuring over 100 works of art by over 30 artists, each piece is priced at $300 or less. Some works are priced as low as $40 and mediums include sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, and collage.

CALICORNUCOPIA 6
at Calico Gallery
Dec 8 – 17, 2017
OPENING PARTY: Dec 8, 7-10pm

For more information and a list of contributing artists, visit CalicoBrooklyn.com.

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Seven Must-See Indie Makers at Sunday’s Winter Candyland (12/10)

Our Winter Candyland Holiday market is just a few days away and we can’t wait for you to join us and reel in 2017 on a sugary high note along with our carefully curated 60+ vendors.

From local businesses to artisans and food purveyors, you can expect some familiar faces and new, hawking their latest creations while you shop, sip, hang out with friends and neighbors in one of the most beautiful spaces in Brooklyn. Here are more deets on what’s in store for the day and RSVP to stay updated!

We are so excited about the items we expect to see from ALL of our vendors but to whet your appetite for the season of unique gift giving, here are seven not to be missed.


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As a Holistic Aromatherapist, Melissa focuses on blending scents with sacred wood essences. Based on ancient roots, the scents create a healing, energetic space full of illumination and wisdom. Everything offered at her table is done with reverence and respect to nature. 100% pure essential oils, ethically sourced, and completely synthetic free, it connects you to the earth and the naturally mystical all around. Create some ethereal Earth Magic to center yourself, or help a loved one gain more balance in their lives with these candles.

Highlights: Eco-friendly Aromatherapy, Positive Vibes, Earthy Scents
Who to give it to: Host/hostess at that hip holiday party you’re attending. Continue reading

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Local Filmmaker Pays Homage to 90s Hoop Dreams in Short Film JUMPMAN

Independent Greenpoint filmmaker Ron Brodie. Photo by Don Brodie.

Greenpoint local Ron Brodie is a freelance independent filmmaker and creative consultant who has lived in the neighborhood for the last five years and used these streets as a backdrop in scenes in his recently released short film, JUMPMAN. A few blocks from that filming location, at Franklin Street’s Moonlight Mile (200 Franklin St), we chatted about filming on 35mm, why Greenpoint feels like a creative utopia and the project that started as a nod to the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan sneaker and ultimately became about where following any dream can take you.

Greenpointers: Where did the idea for this project first come from?

Ron Brodie: My Director of Photography John Schmidt had come to me with this idea of paying homage to the Jordan sneaker turning 35. His idea was to shoot a 30-second spec commercial and he wanted to shoot on 35mm. 35 years and 35mm, it makes sense, right? I have a commercial background so I think he trusted me with this endeavor and thought we’d make a good, collaborative team. I came back to him and said, ‘We have an opportunity, why don’t we make a short film out of this?’. So the elements inspired by Jordan are still present, but the place I suggested we bring it to was a retrospective look at ourselves and maybe even our generation. Whereas a lot of kids dreamed about becoming Michael Jordan and being excellent, world-class basketball players, we’re still passionate about becoming amazing filmmakers. Whether we could be Jordan, or David Fincher or Steven Spielberg that is a little bit of a gamble and we’ll see where we land, but at least we have a dream and a passion. Continue reading

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Ham with a Heart of Gold: Comedian Tara Jepsen’s Debut Novel at WORD Tonight! (12/5)

Tara Jepsen
Tara Jepsen, via CityLights

Given the constant deluge of disheartening headlines this year, we could all use a laugh, couldn’t we? Tara Jepsen, author of the newly released novel, Like a Dog (City Lights Publishers), plans to provide just that in conversation with Beth Lisick at WORD bookstore (126 Franklin St) today (December 5th) at 7pm.

“Even when we’re not living under a kleptocracy like we are now, my gift and what I always want to do is give people a soul-soothing moment,” Tara said. “I just hope to give people a little relief and make them laugh.”

Tara is an LA-based writer, actor, sketch comedian, and rad feminist skateboarder who has appeared on the Emmy-award winning series Transparent. She and Lisick have been collaborating on comedy projects together since 1999, including their original web series Rods and Cones, released by Jill Solloway on Wifey.tv, and their queer cabaret Sister Spit. Tara also, alongside Miriam Klein-Stahl, illustrator of the Rad Women book series, co-founded queer skateboard brand Pave the Way Skateboards. Despite years of writing short stories and comedy, Like a Dog is Tara’s debut novel.

“I thought since I was a little kid that I would be a novelist. When I was on tour with Sister Spit in the 90s I just started farting around and writing stories,” she said. “I’m a total fucking ham and always have been, so this just seemed like the natural evolution of what I’ve been doing.”

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Love in Greenpoint in Wartime: How an Italian Prisoner-of-War Won a Brooklyn Girl’s Heart

Carmella and Giuseppe on their wedding day in 1947

About a year ago, I wrote a story for Greenpointers about a Brooklyn Italian-American girl who fell in love with a captured Italian soldier during World War II while he was incarcerated at a prisoner of war camp at Dupont and Franklin Streets. I did not have many of the details to this unique love story and thought that I would never learn the complete story of the romance. Amazingly, however, that woman, ninety-one-year old Carmela DiLieto, is still alive in Los Angeles, California and she told me by telephone the story of her romance with, and marriage to, Giuseppe DiLieto from Torre Del Greco near Mount Vesuvius, not far from Naples. Sadly, this love story with a romantic start did not finish with a happy ending. Continue reading

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