Culture

Carmine’s Pizzeria Sign Comes Down

IMG_7810It’s the end of an era on Norman Avenue. Yesterday, the original Carmine’s Pizza sign came down and the new one went up. What are your memories of Carmine’s from the last 35 years?

Carmine: the man, the pizza legend (via Facebook).
Carmine: the man, the pizza legend (via Facebook).

Carmine closed up shop last year after deciding to retire. In a Facebook post, he wrote:

“After 35 years of serving pizza in the great neighborhood of Greenpoint, I have decided that it is finally time to retire. I thank every person who ever walked into Carmine’s Original Pizza for your business, your conversation and your friendship. I will remember and miss you all. Each day was truly a pleasure because of you!”

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(Un)Church DJ show Tonight in Williamsburg/Greenpoint

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A previous show at San Damiano Mission. Photo via The Lot Radio

If you’ve grabbed a coffee at The Lot Radio (17 Nassau Avenue), or have ever wandered the streets behind the High School next to McCarren Park, you may have seen the Franciscan church San Damiano Mission (85 N 15th Street). If you didn’t, then you should take note. The church and local independent streaming DJ radio station The Lot Radio have been teaming up to put on benefit shows inside the church, with viewers in the pews and musicians at the pulpit. Praise. All performances are free with a suggested donation (usually $10), and always feature an interesting musical artist or three; a few months back, I attended a show with an experimental French electronic DJ who played objects as instruments.

Friars manning the bar at San Damiano Mission
Friars manning the bar at San Damiano Mission. Photo via The Lot Radio

So, it’s a church—but there’s beer, wine and a full liquor bar for donation—and the super cool friars Nick and Raphael are serving up the drinks. Seriously, they’re the most awesome bartenders you’ll ever meet, and will gladly give you a hug if you smile and even just slightly befriend them. Hugs are great! And the venue is truly beautiful. All of the money raised benefits the church and the repair of their massive pipe organ (we will cover that in a future feature story), which was originally installed in 1912. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Eric Morrell, Art Director at Project Runway

Eric Morrell, Art Director
Eric Morrell, Art Director

Eric Morrell is a Production Designer and Art Director for TV and film living in Greenpoint. He has art directed numerous feature films, commercials, reality shows, and music videos while working for four seasons as Art Director for the reality competition show Project Runway.

I recently caught up with him at his Greenpoint apartment to chat about the hyper-local film industry of Greenpoint, the value of art school, and the impending L train closure…

Greenpointers: What is you favorite thing about Greenpoint/Williamsburg?  What’s a typical day for you in the neighborhood?

Eric Morrell: My favorite thing about Greenpoint how each street feels a little different and it really feels like a cohesive neighborhood even though it has a warehouse district and a commercial district and the area around McGolrick feels completely different then Franklin Avenue. Its got a lot of variety and changes a lot every few months. I really don’t need the rest of the city.

A typical day off is going out to eat somewhere for one meal, I try to go to new spots. If it’s a nice day I walk around or bike around the neighborhood and then go see a movie or go home and watch a movie. I like that we have movie theaters in Williamsburg but it’s still not close enough. With all the movie studios around I feel like they should build a big one somewhere East of McGuinness.

Eric Morrell, Art Director, on set at Project Runway stage in Long Island City
Eric Morrell, Art Director, on set at Project Runway stage in Long Island City

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R.B.I.: Old Westerns, Heavy Blues, and Psych Stoner Riffs

That’s how Brooklyn-based R.B.I. describes their sound, and it’s pretty on the mark. They have a new full-length album on the way, and are playing Gold Sounds in Bushwick on Friday, September 2nd with Divining Rod, Swampboots, and Rockaway.

The premiere of their first video off the album is below, as well as a Q&A with Mason Hedgecoth, their lead singer and guitarist. Continue reading

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Chill Out At Himapan’s Lotus Leaf Painting Class

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Himapan lotus leaf painting art class ( © Himapan US)

Attendees of the Greenpoint-based Himapan lotus leaf painting class depart with two things: a wall-ready piece of art and an almost alarming sense of zen. I don’t normally associate prolonged repetition with relaxation, and yet there it was—two and half hours of lightly painting, sponging and dabbing at leaf skin felt more therapeutic than therapy itself.

Lotus leaves symbolize purity of heart and mind. When stretched over a canvas to dry, they also create a unique texture for painting. It’s like paint by number, except beautifully serene and understated.

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Hatch Series: A New Way to Experience Art

"And After That We Didn't Talk" video projection by GoldLink and Rubberband
Projection: ‘And After That, We Didn’t Talk’ (2016), GoldLink & Rubberband (Jason Sondock & Simon Davis). Photo by Minna Son

What if you could experience art in a totally different way – at a house party, for instance? Hatch Series is a New York/Taipei-based curatorial collective that aims to showcase emerging artists, create physical and virtual communities, and provide seemingly unusual spaces for exhibiting art—such as most recently, at the Greenpoint loft of co-Exhibition Manager Amanda Picotte.

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Thursday Spotlight: Gazoo to the Moon

IMG_2257Have you ever been walking the streets of Greenpoint and noticed a careful scrawl with an arrow, “To the Moon” on the sidewalk?

The artist who goes by Gazoo To The Moon has spread his message everywhere he goes. Often carrying spray paint in his bag, even when he’s traveling, his work relays the idea that you should always be shooting for your dreams. So why not shoot for the moon?

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Then and Now: The Monitor School Gets Historical

That's one way to examine the past.
That’s one way to examine the past.

What’s more adorable than kids being kids…next to cardboard cutouts of kids whose heyday was more than a century ago?

In celebration of the 120th anniversary school year of The Monitor School (PS110), the neighborhood kids recently observed Historical Photo Day.

For this occasion, each class posed with a cardboard cutout of a class photo from 120 years ago. But it was a thoughtful pose, because the kids spent a week leading up to the photo shoot analyzing the historical photo and talking about the things they have in common with the kids of yesteryear (not to mention what sets them apart). Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s (8/13 – 8/14)

When the temp is 95, go with tropical music

It’s a shame it’s supposed to be muggy with some thunder this weekend, because Fire Island and Jones Beach have some fine shows.

But I’ve got an option much closer to home that will bring you to the tropics with the chance to duck into a subway home if the skies unleash their fury.

And for our local patio and roof show recommendations, no train is needed.

Finally, Sunday afternoon you can escape the muggy weather at Good Room with a long-play of Daft Punk‘s Discovery album accompanied by a screening of Interstella 5555. Continue reading

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