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Old-Timey Valentine’s Market, Anti-Valentine’s Day Party, Self-Care Faire, Tea Drunk Tasting – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/8–2/14)

I’m (Not) In Love Anti-Valentine’s Day Party @ Littlefield (622 Degraw St), Friday (2/10), 10pm, $6-10, The last thing you need to worry about in 2017 is Valentine’s Day, a made-up holiday about a four-letter word. Avoid all the mushy stuff and dance your way into oblivion. Wear black. All black. More info [sponsored]

This Sunday, February 12th from 1-7pm, we are hosting an Old-Timey Valentine’s Market in the beautiful Greenpoint Loft (67 West St). Whether you’re single, attached, or can’t really say, come imbibe Prohibition-era cocktails and vintage jazz tunes — or just mix and mingle as you shop for yourself, your friends, or your beloved. As always, we’ll be offering plenty of free, fun activities in addition to a judiciously selected panel of amazing local vendors. RSVP

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WEDNESDAY 2/8

♦ Tattoo to Protect Your Parts: A Planned Parenthood Affair @Magick City (37 Box St) 2pm, Pop-up tattoo salon with highly sought-after, talented artists on-site to give $40 flash sheet tattoos. 100% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, More info
♦ The Professional Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Watch The Professional in the Main Ballroom! Full bar and restaurant menu open before after and during the movie, RSVP

 

THURSDAY 2/9


#Global Flavors: How Curry, Soy Sauce, and Sriracha Became American
@MOFAD (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $10, Historic gastronomist and author of Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, Sarah Lohman explores the global flavors that make up American cuisine, More info
* Better Than Jam’s 7 YEARS Anniversary Party @ Better than Jam (20 Grattan St) 8pm, $10, BYOB, snacks provided. Sales and perks plus raffles and fun!, More info
♦ Taste of Streep MOVIE PARTY *postcards from the EDGE* @Syndicated Bar (40 Bogart St) 7pm, $20, Drink, eat, and celebrate three amazing women – Meryl Streep, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds, Includes film screening, cocktail, & the chance to win a grand prize basket in a competitive round of Meryl trivia, Buy tix
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Greenpoint’s Long, But Forgotten African-American History

The first slave auction at New Amsterdam in 1655
The first slave auction at New Amsterdam in 1655, via Wikipedia

It’s Black History Month when we celebrate African-American contributions to our country, but many born and raised Greenpointers who pride themselves on knowing local history would be shocked to learn that African-Americans have played a role in history here for more than three centuries.

Sadly, the first African-Americans were slaves. We do not know the name of the first African American who came to Greenpoint, but we do know how he came here. Dirck Volckertszen, the first European settler, in our area bought one of the first slaves sold at the slave market on Wall Street in 1645, but Volckertszen was not alone as a Greenpoint slave owner. All the original five families who farmed the land here had slaves. In the book “Historic Greenpoint” written by William Felter in 1918, the author assures us, “The Dutch enjoyed a reputation of treating their slaves with consideration.” However, we are not able to ask these enslaved men and women about the accuracy of Felter’s claim. Felter also makes the claim that even after New York State’s Slave Emancipation Act, which took effect in 1827 that the former slaves of Greenpoint continued to regard themselves as members of the household, but again perhaps these first African-American Greenpointers simply were not ready to face the difficult transition to independence. Continue reading

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At a Glance: Greenpointers Valentine’s Market Vendor Preview

Don’t say we didn’t warn you: we’ll be waxing nostalgic at our vintage-themed Valentine’s Market on the 12th, and if you miss out, it’s your own damn fault.

The Greenpointers Old-Timey Valentine’s Market takes place on Sunday, February 12 (1-7PM) at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St). RSVP here!

To recap, we’ll be dishing out the swinging jazz tunes, Prohibition-era cocktails, and all kinds of free activities beyond the shopping (but have you seen the shopping?): face painting, nail art, massages by by [email protected], personalized stories by The Roving Typist, tarot readings, and free mini astrology readings by The Daily Hunch. You can also say hi to Cupid — and maybe convince him to work his magic on you. You can read all about it here!

For now, we’d like to bring your attention to all the other stuff — you know, the amazing local vendors who’ll be hawking their wares.

If you’re jonesing for a conceptual handbag, this geometric milk carton purse is the sort of thing you’ll see from 8.6.4. Continue reading

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All of the Must-Shop Valentine’s Day Markets Happening in Greenpoint

Besides our upcoming fab Greenpointers market (this Sunday from 1-7pm, 67 West St.) full of prose, astrology, drinks, beautiful gifts, and more, there are some major Valentine’s Day markets you need to hit up. Whether you’re on the hunt of a sweet token for your love, a gift for your bestie, or a little somethin’ for yourself, there’s trinkets and baubles for everyone.

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A History of Greenpoint in 25 Buildings: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church - Illustration by Sara Harvey
Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church – Illustration by Sara Harvey

Perhaps no local building defines Polish Greenpoint than St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at 607 Humboldt Street. St Stanislaus Kostka is home to the largest Polish Catholic congregation in Brooklyn. Each weekend nine masses are celebrated, five in Polish and four in English. This parish also has an elementary school with 300 students and another 300 who attend Sunday school. Each Sunday thousands of the faithful attend mass there. It is where many locals were christened, received their first communion and were married. When Pope John Paul II, the Polish Pope, visited New York he had to visit his people’s church. John Paul II, still as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, prayed in the parish during his 1969 visit when he spoke from the marble pulpit, prayed near the altar and received the heartfelt wishes of hundreds of local Catholics. There is a statue of John Paul II outside the church, which implores the faithful, “Nie Boj sie,” Don’t be afraid. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Sara Radin – It’s Not Personal

Photo of It’s Not Personal co-founders Sara Radin (left) and Vanessa Gattinella (right) at their first workshop at the New Women Space

Sara Radin is a writer and curator living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Full time, she is the Youth Culture Editor for WGSN. Outside of work, Sara is the co-founder of It’s Not Personal and she has previously curated 20+ events including workshops, pop-up exhibits and more in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and London.

Recently, Sara and I met to discuss her work in today’s political climate, and about her current project, a growing anthology and collective that creates opportunities for women to share their dating experiences in a positive environment.

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Radiant Reveries, Nosaj Thing, Hard Times Showcase, Super Bowl – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/1–2/7)

Humboldt & Jackson Superbowl 2017Check out our Super Bowl Sunday guide here!

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WEDNESDAY 2/1

♦ Art Mart for Art Start @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 6pm, FREE, Charity art sale to benefit art-start.org! Original pieces for sale at affordable prices ($40 cash-only).  2-1 wine and $5 rum cocktails, RSVP
♦ Craft Table @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 7pm, FREE, #BYOWIPS (bring your own works-in-progress & supplies) and enjoy the company of fellow crafters as you knit, crochet, weave, cross-stitch, color or decoupage your way to la nirvana, RSVP
♦ Spaceballs Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Watch Spaceballs in the Main Ballroom! Full bar and restaurant menu open before after and during the movie, RSVP

 

THURSDAY 2/2


# Jackson Diner Indian Pop-Up Dinner
@ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 7pm, Feast your eyes and your tummys with the famous Jackson Diner Indian, RSVP
♫ Radiant Reveries @Rough Trade NYC (64 North 9th St) 8pm, $10, Exploring the light and dark and spaces in between. 5 piece psychedelic folk rock band based in NYC, Buy tix
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The Day Greenpoint Wrote a Chapter in American History

USS Monitor
Monitor on the James River, Virginia, 1862 Officers on deck (left to right): Robinson W. Hands, Louis N. Stodder, Albert B. Campbell (seated), William Flye (with binoculars). Note dents in turret from cannon fire. (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)

On January 30, 1862 the most important event that ever happened locally occurred. Greenpoint wrote its name in the history book when a ship was launched here that not only changed naval warfare forever, but also helped the Union win the Civil War and end slavery. That ship, the first ironclad ship in the United States Navy, The U.S.S. Monitor, was built locally at the Continental Iron Works on Quay Street and West Street.

The construction of the Monitor was something of a miracle in itself. Its builder, Swedish John Ericsson had previously been falsely blamed by The United States Navy for a tragic incident. In 1844 Ericsson was the mastermind of the construction of a revolutionary warship, the Princeton, which featured futuristic innovations: steam engines below the waterline; a screw propeller instead of paddle wheels and new methods of mounting, aiming and firing guns. Ericsson’s sponsor in building the Princeton was an unscrupulous United States Navy officer, Captain John Stockton who wrongly took credit for designing the ship that was rightfully Ericsson’s. Stockton did in fact design one part of the ship, a huge gun, which exploded on the ship’s maiden voyage, killing numerous Washington big-wigs. Amazingly, Stockton pinned the blame on Ericsson who was blackballed and told he would never build another ship for the Navy. Continue reading

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Polish Sci-Fi Films This Friday At The Park Church Co-Op!

Polish films at Park Church Co-OpCheck out some 80’s sci-fi films presented by Polish Filmmakers NYC this Friday night at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.), at 8pm—there will be Polish food and vodka! The films will be presented in Polish with English subtitles. Bring your own pillow and blanket and get cozy. Facebook invite here. Tickets are $15. Continue reading

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The Pristine Beauty of Greenpoint? Or How Our Area Looked Before Industrialization

Today Greenpoint is a densely populated urban neighborhood, whose remaining factory buildings bear silent witness to its past as one of the largest centers of industrialization in America. However, Greenpoint was once far different. It was a pristine place of great natural beauty, and its Native American inhabitants, the Mespeatches, worshipped the nature here as something holy. Let us take an imaginary canoe trip with them.

We begin our journey in Maspeth, a ways up Newtown Creek from Greenpoint, whose name comes from the Algonquin language and is a corruption of the term the Natives used to describe themselves: Mespeatches, which can be roughly translated as “place of bad water,” referring to the many swamps that once characterized the areas around Newtown Creek, including Greenpoint. It might also be translated as “swamp people.” Their village was located on high ground east of what is now Mount Zion Cemetery, which allowed them to escape the area’s frequent flooding. They lived in several long wooden wigwams with about 20 members of their extended families. Continue reading

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