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EPA Hosts Newtown Creek Control Plan Comment Session in Greenpoint Wednesday (12/11)

Pollutants runoff of into Newtown Creek. (Courtesy of Newtown Creek Alliance)

A public comment period is currently open regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s Newtown Creek control plan to divert 61% of the creek’s raw sewage and wastewater overflow. Continue reading

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High Flying STREB Production “Action Heroes: Sooner, Higher, Faster, Harder!” Runs Through 12-15

STREB Extreme Action Company in Plateshift. (Photo, Bloomberg Philanthropies.)

Williamsburg-based STREB Extreme Action Company (51 North 1st St.) has a family-friendly action-packed show this season that you wont want to miss.

Performances of “Action Heroes: Sooner, Higher, Faster, Harder!” run through December 15th and tickets, which are $25, are sold out for two of the four remaining dates.

Promising “feats of physicality, scientifically planned chaos, strength, risk, and elegance,”

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Thursday Spotlight: Ryan William Downey on creating theater that’s “slapstick comedy, abject horror, and pure existential dread”

Photo of Ryan William Downey by Jose Miranda
The experimental theater group Title:Point has been bopping around Brooklyn (and beyond) for well over a decade, and Ryan William Downey has, in many ways, been at the center of its zany, beating heart. As co-Artistc Director of the company, Ryan is a consummate multi-hyphenate theater artist: an actor, playwright, and all-around theatermaker. Now, he prepares for the world premiere of his new play, Sleeping Car Porters, a “pitch black comedy that explores western masculine myth through a phantasmagoria of power, violence, and mystery.” The play comes to The Brick December 5–14, a venue helmed by Theresa Buchheister, a former Thursday Spotlight artist and an actor in the play. (She portrays Billy the Kid, which should be worth the price of admission alone.)

Here, we catch up with Ryan the week of the performances to learn about Title:Point, his playwriting path, and more.

Greenpointers: For those unfamiliar with Title:Point, could you describe that theater company a little? And how did you come to be involved?

Ryan William Downey: Title:Point is the type of theater company that frightens you into laughter. A Title:Point play should be equal parts slapstick comedy, abject horror, and pure existential dread.

I’ve been involved with Title:Point for about a decade, but its history precedes me. It was started by Theresa Buchheister and Samara Naeymi a few years before that. Theresa and I met while working at The Strand bookstore. She invited me to join her writer’s group and from there I joined Title:Point as an actor/writer. Over the years we earned each other’s trust where now we run the company together and have expanded to many other creative endeavors (Exponential Festival, ?!: New Works, Vital Joint, and beginning in January 2020, The Brick).

What was the genesis of Sleeping Car Porters?

I began writing Sleeping Car Porters in 2015, though it took a long time for the ideas to crystallize into something resembling where the play is now. I originally conceived it to be an intimate two-person show that would be easy for us to tour and present in any space. Which is hilarious given where we have ended up. Our production at The Brick has as big a creative team and as ambitious a technical design as any show Title:Point has ever produced.
Poster artwork by Mark Toneff
This piece plays on American myths and Western masculinity, incorporating Billy the Kid. Why use that figure, and is the other main role, Zodiac, an original character?
Billy the Kid and Zodiac are both based, rather loosely, on their historical counterpoints. In this case, Zodiac is some version of the Zodiac Killer who terrorized Northern California in the 60s and 70s. History is a tricky thing with both of them. Folks can’t seem to settle on where Billy the Kid was born or buried, for instance (he has two graves!), and the Zodiac remains un-apprehended or definitively identified so he has become a kind of black hole in the damaged American psyche for the last 50 years. They both provided a jumping off point to delve into the themes I was interested in exploring with this script, how killers become folk heroes or confounding mysteries, how they change in our collective memory over time. Sometimes the more you read on the subject the further you get away from the truth of the thing. Our take on both characters is prismatic and kaleidoscopic in nature. They are at times unrecognizable.

Talk a little about your work and trajectory: we get a lot of creatives in our Thursday Spotlight series, but it’s rare we get to speak with a playwright!

I’ve been writing drama in one form or another since I was a teenager but most of the work we have produced in the last decade has been collaboratively written. A typical Title:Point show may have two to ten writers on it, depending on the development process. I wanted to write Sleeping Car Porters all by my lonesome to get back in the practice of climbing the mountain and telling the story. I am working on a play that operates like a slasher film and have several screenplays in development, mostly working in the horror genre for the foreseeable future.

What has your partnership been like with Theresa?

Theresa drags me into every bad idea she’s ever had and I just keep hopping in the hand basket headed straight to hell. We can out-argue any creative team in the American theater. Don’t believe a single word Theresa says about me.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’d like to say that the creative team behind this production have been invaluable to its coming into existence. In most cases the parts were written with the actors in mind and the technical team has exceeded all of my expectations profoundly. I am so proud of the strange thing we have built together. If it’s a failure it’s my fault because they have given the production everything it needs to be successful. I love them all to death.
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Greenpointers Holiday Market, Oddities Flea, Myths of Creation Holiday Pop Up — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (12/4-12/10)

WEDNESDAY 12/4

☺Hey! It’s a Comedy Show @ Silver Light Tavern (689 Lorimer St), 730pm, $5, a stand-up comedy show bringing you some of New York’s best comedians, More Info
♫♦ Set Me Free – The Musical @ Muriel Schulman Theater (106 Calyer St), 8pm, $40, a story of finding a way to accept your past while planning for the future. Love heals all wounds, Buy Tix
* 94 Precinct Community Council Meeting @ St. John’s Lutheran Church (155 Milton St) 7pm, FREE, More Info
♫ Dervisi @ TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, FREE, More Info

THURSDAY 12/5 –

^ East/West Noodleways @ Archestratus Books & Foods (160 Huron St), 630pm, $20, an arancine happy hour, panel discussion, Q + A, and book signing, Buy Tix
♫♦ Dobbin St 3rd Anniversary Party @ Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St), 730pm, FREE, speciality cocktails, bites by vendor friends, and a special choreography compilation, RSVP
♦ Opening Party @ Miriam Gallery (319 Bedford Ave) 6pm, FREE, welcome Miriam to the neighborhood along with a site-specific sound and movement performance and a risograph printing station, More Info
♫ Puce Mary, JFK, Wetware, 51717, Hive Mind @ Saint Vitus Bar (1120 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, $15, Buy Tix


Dance with the sugar plum fairies inside our dreamy Nutcracker-themed Holiday Market on Sunday, Dec 8th, 1-7 pm. Located inside the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Flr.), our highly-curated selection of indie makers will be selling irresistible handcrafted gifts and tasty treats. Warm your cockles with FREE fun activities including Acupuncture Treatments, Tarot Readings, Face Painting, Nail Art, Holiday Ornament Making and more!

First 100 guests get a signed copy of artist Alex Russell’s The Great Map of Greenpoint poster!!

Inside our magical Land of Sweets, sip on spiced mulled wine and sample a delectable array of international flavors in what is one of the most unique shopping experiences in Brooklyn! RSVP today!


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Neighborhood Carolers will Sing Around Greenpoint on December 20


A ragtag crew of former theater majors will convene and carol around the neighborhood on Friday, December 20.
 Soprano Sharon Gladstone has dubbed the crew the “Evergreenpoint Carolers,” and their evolving songbook features a smattering of yuletide tunes from timeless classics (“Silent Night”) to secular goodies (“Deck the Halls”).

Singing in SATB choir arrangement, the a capella ensemble will don scarves and shake sleigh bells starting at 7 PM. The troupe of self-described “vocally trained, but formally lax” singers will perform in three locations over the course of the evening: first at the Greenpoint Avenue subway station (off of India Street — don’t accidentally go to Greenpoint Ave’s entrance and miss the magic), followed by outside WORD bookstore (126 Franklin Street), and ending at The Springs (224 Franklin Street) at about 8:30 PM. The carolers say they may go door to door if they’re feeling frisky.

Donations will be accepted by the carolers with the proceeds divided up to benefit the local nonprofit North Brooklyn Neighbors and Brouhaha Theatre Project, an indie theater company run by some of the carolers.

Community-oriented and organized by Greenpointers Art Editor Billy McEntee, the carolers hope to spread holiday cheer in one of Brooklyn’s most spirited and decorated neighborhoods. To donate or learn more, please email Billy at [email protected].

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Preview Our Nutcracker Holiday Market Vendors and Shop Local This SUNDAY (12/8)!!

Get ready Greenpoint! This Sunday, December 8th from 1-7p.m. Greenpointers is transforming the 5th floor of 67 West Street into a glittering Nutcracker suite for our annual Holiday Market! Featuring the best in handcrafted goods, shopping local has never felt so good.

We’ve gathered up 60+ AMAZING vendors under one roof to help you get your holiday shopping done early this year. On hand will be a ton of FREE activities like acupuncture treatments, ornament making, 3D imaging, nail art and face painting to keep you going all day long. Refreshments include warmed mulled wine, Williamsburg’s Kombrewcha, and locally brewed beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale.

Support small businesses this holiday season. Here’s a sneak peek at some the featured vendors we think you’ll go gaga over this Sunday.

Laili Lau

A clothing brand inspired by nature. Venezuelan-born, Laili Lau’s unique worldview has created a collection of soft yet durable, eco-friendly garments. Free from constraints, Lau’s modern aesthetic celebrates the female form by playing with volume, texture, and color. Follow Laili Lau on Instagram @bylaililau.

 

 

Citta Yoga NYC

Feel confident in Citta Yoga NYC’s latest line of yoga attire. From leggings to sports bras, women of all sizes and shapes will love the 4 way-stretch fabric that makes getting into poses a breeze. Catch more of Citta Yoga’s playful designs @citta_yoga_nyc.

 

 

 

With Roots

Greenpoint-based Sharon Goldberg brings us her tiny terrarium jewelry handcrafted from living plants. With Roots terrarium jewelry encapsulates reindeer moss into delectable necklaces, rings, bracelets and more. Follow them @withroots.

 

 

 

Float Dreamery

Float Dreamery borrows from ice cream classics and twists them into a 100% plant-based vegan ice cream that is so lip-smacking good, we swear you won’t even miss the dairy. Fun flavors like matcha green tea and Blueberry cereal have us jonezing for a guilt-free scoop. Find out more @floatdreamery.

 

 

Adelante Shoe Co.

Buy a pair of custom designed shoes and help bring communities out of poverty. Adelante Shoe Co. employs highly-skilled artisans in Guatemala to create a pair of bespoke footwear that arrives on your doorstep in 10 days. Find out more about their mission @adelanteshoeco.

 

 

Alleyoop NYC

Reduce, reuse, lend and mend. Alleyoop NYC wants to create a more sustainable way to clothe the little folks we love through their thoughtfully curated collections of unique vintage and preloved pieces for babies and toddlers. Follow them on Instagram @alleyoopnyc.

 

 

Positive Times

Elevate your mojo with Positive Times minimal jewelry pieces. Handcrafted in Brooklyn, each piece is designed to help you tune-in and manifest more positivity into your life. A portion of all proceeds goes to charities which support women’s rights, wellness and empowerment. Follow them @positivetimes.

 

 

Photo Gallery NYC

Take a step back in time with one of Photo Gallery NYC’s vintage camera negatives. Thanks to local resident Ray Simone, film negatives destined to the dustbin are given a new life. These snapshots from NYC’s bygone era are available in large format and poster size. See more @nyc.classicshots.

 

 

204 HausCrafters

Say adios to winter blues with 204 HausCrafters colorful coaster sets and trays. Hand-painted by renowned Greenpoint-based artist Teo Gonzalez and best-selling author, Kim Masson, 204 HausCrafter’s limited-edition coaster sets and trays are perfect for spicing up your home decor. Follow them @204hauscrafters.

 

 

 

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The Ho Ho Holidays are Coming to The Springs

Ever the seasonal environment, The Springs (224 Franklin Street) is outdoorsy and breezy in summer, spooky and haunted come fall, and soon its halls will be decked out for the holidays. Bringing back its iconic take on a winter wonderland, The Springs will transform into its Ho Ho Holiday Lounge from December 5 through January 1.

The pop-up lounge will get visitors and barflies into the holiday spirit with its colorful decorations, cozy fireplaces, and festive cocktails. Greg’s Trees will be located in the famous and expansive backyard, which will also become a Santa Land complete with a magical sled that is Instagram ready.

If you need to tell Santa your wish list, Mr. Claus will be swinging by on December 5 from 5 –8 PM. Greg’s tree owner Greg Walsh will bring his complete line of holiday goodies, including the largest variety of Christmas trees in the city with Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Nordmann Fir, Balsam Fir, and the exquisite Silver Fir. Later in the month, on December 20 at approximately 8:30 PM, the Evergreenpoint Carolers will sing at The Springs to ring in the season.

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Say Goodbye (Again) to Brooklyn Bazaar This Weekend

Farewell again Brooklyn Bazaar

On this Thanksgiving eve, we’re thankful, for having the opportunity to (twice) had Brooklyn Bazaar in the neighborhood.

There are still tickets available for both of Friday’s shows; upstairs there’s The So So Glos, and downstairs Danny Diablo and Mad Diesel. Continue reading

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Final Bazaar Show, Shop Local Holiday Market, Senator Salazar Office Opening— What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (11/27-12/4)

WEDNESDAY 11/27

♫ Thanksgiving Eve Dance Party! @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave), 8pm, FREE, The world’s greatest Thanksgiving Eve party returns to Union Pool on Wednesday night!, More Info
* Game Night – Thanksgiving Edition @ Getaway Brooklyn (158 Green St), 5pm, FREE, BYO Board game or play one! Scrabble, CODENAME, Exploding Kittens, Spaceteam, Time’s Up, Splendor, UNO, and MANY MORE, More Info
♫ Thanksgiving Eve Karaoke/Drive @ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave) 8pm, FREE, bring a can/ cans of food, item or coat to donate to charity. Your hosts will be giving away prizes all night to those who donate and sing their butts off, More Info
♫ Vintage Trouble – Chapter II World Tour w/ Hollis Brown @ Rough Trade NYC (64 N 9th St), 9pm, $25, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 11/28 – Happy Thanksgiving!


Dance with the sugar plum fairies inside our dreamy Nutcracker-themed Holiday Market on Sunday, Dec 8th,  1-7 pm. Located inside the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Flr.), our highly-curated selection of indie makers will be selling irresistible handcrafted gifts and tasty treats. Warm your cockles with FREE fun activities including Acupuncture Treatments, Tarot Readings, Face Painting, Nail Art, Holiday Ornament Making and more!

First 100 guests get a signed copy of artist Alex Russell’s The Great Map of Greenpoint poster!!

Inside our magical Land of Sweets, sip on spiced mulled wine and sample a delectable array of international flavors in what is one of the most unique shopping experiences in Brooklyn! RSVP today!


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