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Signed, Sealed, Samhain: Relive Sunday’s Fall Market with These Boo-teaful Pics!

Happy Halloween, Greenpointers! What better way to celebrate the holiday than by revisiting Sunday’s Samhain Fall Market with these sweet and spooky photos? We had a blast spotlighting local vendors new and old, reading tarot cards, and — of course — celebrating Samhain, which starts tonight and brings forth the “darker half” of the year when ghouls will roam and spirits will descend.

This season’s market was a hit thanks to the thousands of locals who turned out and our nearly 70 vendors — from clay artisans and dressmakers to soap sellers and jewelers — who delighted us with their craft and charm. And when we weren’t busy shopping, we were certainly imbibing Hot Mulled Cider with Uncle T Spices Pumpkin Spice Blend and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, a classic 12oz of Greenpoint Beer & Ale craft beer, or a cup of BABE Grigio wine.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Paranormal Society spooked us with psychic readings, spirit drawings, and ghost hunting, and Pink Slater kept the jams going as they greeted incoming attendees. But if you really want to relive the festive fun, take a look at the paranormal pictures below! Enjoy your Halloween, nabes, and go trick or treat safely — then, after your engorge on king-sized candy, get ready for our next market: our winter spectacular, the biggest market of the year, on December 2 back at the Greenpoint Loft!

All photos by Wil Adamy. For more photos, visit here.
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Puerto Ricans’ Vibrant History in North Brooklyn

S. 3rd St in Williamsburg, a section of the neighborhood known as Los Sures. (Living Los Sures)

Like many other Greenpointers, I heard the news of the closing of the American Deli (97 Franklin St.) with great sadness. The bodega has been a neighborhood fixture for the twenty-five years I have lived here and its closure is just another sign of the disappearance of the once vibrant Puerto Rican community in North Brooklyn.

When my wife and I first arrived in the area in the early nineties the bodega was one of the few active businesses on Franklin Street. Many of the other storefronts on the street were boarded up and hadn’t done business for years, but the bodega was always one of the few places on Franklin Street to grab a bite to eat or pick up some beer.

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The New York Marathon Heads Through Greenpoint Sunday

New York City Marathon; runners take to Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. (courtesy of Kai Brinker)

It’s one of the greatest sports events on the planet, and this Sunday (11/4) the New York Marathon will wind its way through our area. 50,000 competitors will pass down Manhattan Avenue and it is one of the very few world-class sporting events you can see live and for free. For better or worse, the race will also close off Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint Avenue and part of McGuinness Boulevard for several hours; moving in, out and around our area will be tricky. Despite the minor inconvenience, the race is still a spectacle to behold and Greenpoint is one of the best places in the city to watch the drama of the marathon unfold. Continue reading

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French Pop Duo YELLE Comes to Elsewhere Nov 8–11!

Get ready to scream, Greenpointers: French pop duo YELLE have revealed their new single “OMG!!!” here and they’ve also announced a string of North American tour dates — including three nights at Elsewhere‘s Zone One (599 Johnson Avenue) on November 8, 10, and 11 that are currently sold out, but check out the venue’s site for upcoming and potential availability.
On their new single the duo remarked, “‘OMG!!!’ is an ode to the power of the sun. This magical effect that turns everyone on. The rebirth, the renaissance! But it’s also an ode to the absurdity of this fact. Donovan the hamster got it right! You can always listen to Yelle if you need a sun!
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Obie Award Winner David Greenspan Returns To The Bushwick Starr

David Greenspan performs in his new memory play. Photo by Maria Baranova.

The time it may take you to get to The Bushwick Starr may last longer than its current production, but any trip to this experimental Brooklyn venue is worth the journey.

Now playing at 207 Starr Street, downtown guru David Greenspan’s 45-minute The Things That Were There is a cubist family drama that wisely deconstructs its genre but unfortunately does not carry much heft. In the zippy one-act, nimbly directed by Lee Sunday Evans, Lenny (Greenspan) introduces his birthday party and the family antics that surround it, highlighting pointed episodes from his relatives’ lives. Continue reading

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Gregory Alan Isakov Comes to Warsaw Nov 15!

It’s hard to pick a favorite Gregory Alan Isakov lyric — as poet of the earth and singer of the wind, Isakov’s gorgeous, sweeping lyrics haunt and sooth, seduce and remedy. The horticulturalist turned folks singer has reminded us that “After all I’ve been told, California’s cold” in the poignant “San Francisco,” and voiced lost love’s plight in the iconic “Stable Song,” crooning, “Now I’ve been crazy couldn’t you tell / I threw stones at the stars but the whole sky fell.” Now, with his new album Evening Machines, Isakov brings a whole new treasure trove of spellbinding lyrics and melodies on the road for his national tour.

Update: Tickets are now SOLD OUT for the concert at  Greenpoint’s Warsaw on November 15.

For those with tickets, doors open at 7 PM for the indie folk star’s 8 PM concert at 261 Driggs Avenue.

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North Brooklyn’s ‘Splendid Legacy’ in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection

Few people realize that many of the greatest pieces of art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s amazing collection were purchased with sugar money that was made right here in North Brooklyn. For decades, North Brooklyn was the largest sugar refining region on planet earth and hundreds of millions of dollars were made in its dozen or so refineries that once lined the banks of the East River. Simply put, local sugar production funded the purchase of many of the greatest works of art in the Met, and without Brooklyn sugar money the museum never would have become one of the greatest art collections in the world. Continue reading

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The Other Art Fair returns Nov 8-11, led by Emmy winner Mike Perry

Emmy Award winning artist Mike Perry will be the official Guest Artist for The Other Art Fair’s return to the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street) November 8–11. This Brooklyn-based artist, animator, creative director, brand consultant, poet, and designer — as well as the mastermind behind the animated titles of Comedy Central’s hit television show, Broad City — will present a limited-edition print sold exclusively at the fair with proceeds benefitting Free Arts NYC, the fair’s official charity partner.

This edition of The Other Art Fair, the leading international art fair championing emerging and independent contemporary artists, will showcase sculpture, paintings, photography, and multimedia presentations from over 130 local and international artists. Of those artists participating almost half come from Brooklyn. These artists include: Fiona Chinkan, Ashley Cunningham,  Evan Ishmael, Isaiah King, Anna and Valeriia Lyschenko, Patty Neal, Lance Sells, and Adam Zoltowski.

Join us the weekend of November 8, and buy tickets here!
Private View
Thursday November 8th: 6pm-10pm
* All Private View ticket proceeds to benefit Charity Partner Free Arts NYC
Fair Hours:
Friday November 9th: 3pm-10pm
Saturday November 10th: 12pm-9pm
Sunday November 11th: 11am-6pm
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Thursday Spotlight: The Wizard of Inlet Park, Stacy Levy

Street artists trace the Bushwick Inlet’s underground stream into the surface

Stacy Levy is an internationally known artist who specializes in creating artful, site-specific interventions and engagements with water ecology. This past Saturday, she led an interactive family workshop in Greenpoint, where she and her volunteers mapped the historic Bushwick Inlet directly onto the hardscape using chalk paint: a mixture of chalk powder and water. Greenpointers caught up with Stacy to discuss her activism and the aquatic wonders of our local inlet.  Continue reading

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Will This Greenpoint Landmarked Church Become A Trophy Home?

 

St. Elias Church in Greenpoint is for sale

The Former St. Elias Church, the iconic 1870 landmark brick building at 145 Kent Street, is going to be a monster single-family home if developers have their way. The church has been sitting vacant for more than a decade. In 2007, Hirsch Enterprises, a company specializing in church conversions, purchased the property for $3.5 million, hoping to cash in on the red-hot local property market, but it has yet to see a return on its investment.

The former Russian-Catholic Rite church offers a huge interior covering 13, 800 square feet, but the property has proven difficult to develop and sell for a number of reasons. The church is landmarked and any development that alters the gorgeous façade must be approved by the landmarks commission. Did we also mention the $7.1 million price tag, which might inhibit all but wealthy buyers? Continue reading

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