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The Local Roots of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” Celebrated

 

Arguably the best piece of literature ever written about North Brooklyn, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” Betty Smith’s classic tale of a girl coming of age in early 20th century Williamsburg, will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. at the Leonard Street Library (81 Devoe Street). The book’s 75th anniversary of publication celebration will include live music, a panel of New York authors and Greenpoint’s own Amy Marino, the talented artist whom publisher Harper Collins chose to design the book cover.

Betty Smith, author of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

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Sto Lat Celebrations Mark 100 Years of Polish Independence

Paderewski Days in New York.

This Sunday Nov. 11, marks the centennial of Polish independence, and a series of cultural events in NYC will mark the occasion over the next two weeks. “Sto lat” translates to “100 years” in Polish and is the common phrase to wish someone happy birthday.

The U.S. helped secure Poland’s independence at the end of World War I when President Woodrow Wilson expressed America’s support for a Polish state in his Fourteen Points peace plan. Today, Polish and American relations are generally considered strong: President Andrzej Duda recently offered $2 billion toward constructing an American military base to be named “Fort Trump” in Poland.

The NYC Council voted earlier this month unanimously to recognize important Polish cultural figures and dates. Resolution 420 establishes Nov. 11 as Polish Independence day in NYC; Resolution 421 establishes Oct. 11 as Casimir Pulaski Day, and Resolution 422 establishes Tradeusz Kosciuszko Day as well in NYC.

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Freaky Families and Terrifying Teens: Our Samhain Fall Market Photos Are In!

Ah, autumn — crisp air, changing leaves…and Samhain-themed photo booths with axes, ghouls, and skulls. If you’re already awaiting our Polar Vortex Holiday Market on December 2 but are nostalgic for the spooky fun at our Samhain Fall Market, look no further than our Samhain Fall Market 2018 Photo Booth! A special thanks to Gus Ponce Photography for capturing all the fall fun.

Be sure to join us on December 2 for another thrilling market and, of course, another seasonal photo booth! More pictures are below, or visit our Facebook album for the full spread.

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Former Greenpointers Address NYC Homelessness With ‘Backpacks For The Street’

Jeffrey Newman and Jayson Conner, founders of Backpacks For The Street

Amidst a citywide housing crisis and rampant gentrification, the time is now to address homelessness in our community. Former Greenpointers and longtime couple, Jeffrey Newman and Jayson Conner, launched the Backpacks For The Street (BFTS) initiative in February 2018 as part of Together Helping Others, their full-service non-profit for the homeless.

BFTS distributes backpacks to the homeless full of essentials many of us take for granted, such as food, toiletries, clothing, and water bottles, as well as information about food pantries, health services, shelters, and other resources.

Jeffrey and Jayson, along with their team of volunteers, will bring the program to Greenpoint, starting in McCarren Park, on Friday, Nov. 16, from 7-11 p.m. During the planning process, the Euro Chemist Pharmacy (669 Manhattan Ave.) has been instrumental in providing storage space, driving to pick up supplies, and donating money to BFTS. Continue reading

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Beat Battle, Bric Gala, Table of Contents and Sumo Stew — What’s Happening, Greenpoint (11/7-11/13)

WEDNESDAY 11/7

* URBAN-X Panel Discussion: Exploring The Future of Affordable Housing @ A/D/O  (29 Norman Ave.), 6:30pm, FREE, RSVP
* 94 Precinct Community Council Meeting @ St. John’s Lutheran Church (155 Milton St.), 7pm, FREE, More Info
♫ Afroperuano Group (Live Recording Video) Free Pisco Tasting @ Scholes St. Studio (375 Lorimer St.), 7pm, $20, Buy Tix
C Z A R I N A, Bunny X, Turbo Goth, Valentine @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave.), 8pm, $10, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 11/8

♫ Goldie Awards 2nd Annual DJ & Beat Battle @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St.), 6pm, $25, Buy Tix
♦ Art Opening: Brett Satterlund & Friends @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave.) 6pm, FREE, Photography Exhibit, More Info
^ An Evening with Michael Lally & Lonely Christopher @ Brooklyn’s House of Kava (238 Central Ave.), 7pm, FREE, an evening of poetry and chatting, more info
♫ BRIC After Dark: Gala After Party @ Brooklyn Navy Yard (63 Flushing Ave.), 9pm, $75+, Buy Tix  Continue reading

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Where’s the Midterm Elections Party?

Election night party at the Brooklyn Bazaar

The 2018 midterm elections are a high stakes affair, with the Democratic party poised to take back Congress (and potentially the Senate). So grab a friend or two, most importantly vote and then check out one of the local viewing parties:

Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.)

The Midterm Election Viewing party at Bazaar w/ Drink Specials

8 p.m. – Free

 

Bar Uni (674 Manhattan Ave.) 

VOCÊ – Election Day Edition

7 – 8 p.m. – ambiance + live music + playing the #actuallycurious card game from Curiosity Lab
8 – 8:30 p.m. – featured speakers, economist Esben Baek + poet Michele Hatchette
8:30 – 8:45 p.m. – Musical intermezzo with Xavier White + results watching
8:45 – 9:15 pm. – featured political guest, new state rep Julia Salazar + conversation between guests and audience
9:15 – 9:30 p.m. – musical intermezzo with Andrew Milea + results watching
9:30 – 10: p.m. – mini haiku duel (4-8 poets duel, first come first served for signups)
10 p.m. – ??? – discussion, celebration, therapy, and meeting new friends

7 p.m. – close – Free

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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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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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Tidal Toast, Love and Dinner, Polish Table and Election Day — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (10/31 – 11/6)

WEDNESDAY 10/31

#♫ A Costume Dinner Party with Salt Cathedral @ Le Fanfare  (1103 Manhattan Ave.), 7pm, $50 includes food and beer, Music presented by Wild Honey Pie, Buy Tix
* TRIVIA on Halloween Night! @ Archestratus Books and Foods (160 Huron St.), 8pm, FREE, Join me for a Halloween Trivia and Costume Party EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!! Win food, drinks, cookies, bragging rights!!! RSVP
♫ Twerk or Treat @ El Cortez (17 Ingraham St.), 8pm, FREE, RSVP
Horrorscope Halloween Party @ Wayward Social (35 Ingraham St.), 8pm, $5, Buy Tix
Godmother: Halloween Trina!!! X AJA X Valentina DJ Brooke Candy @ 3 Dollar Bill (360 Meserole St.), 8pm, $25-35, Buy Tix
The Crystal Method – Halloween Party! @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave.), 9pm, $20-25, Buy Tix
Gala of the Gone Halloween @ House of YES (2 Wyckoff Ave.), 9pm, FREE w/ RSVP, $10 at the door, RSVP

THURSDAY 11/1

* 50 Kent Ave Design Presentation @ Bushwick Inlet Park (86 Kent Ave.), 6:30pm, FREE, NYC Parks will be presenting their permanent design concept for the 50 Kent Ave section of Bushwick Inlet Park to the Parks & Waterfront Committee of Community Board #1. Your input is valuable! More Info
♫ King Buffalo, The Golden Grass @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.) 7pm, $10-12, Buy Tix
^ Hope Ewing In Conversation with Natalka Burian @ WORD (126 Franklin St.), 7:30pm, FREE, An evening on writing and drinking, More info
♫ PROF @ Rough Trade (64 N. 9th St.), 7:30pm, $15, Buy Tix  Continue reading

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Last Call for Halloween “Haunted Paddle” on Newtown Creek

Cthulhu Canoe Haunted Paddle (North Brooklyn Boat Club)

Due to the heavy rain last weekend, the North Brooklyn Boat Club has some tickets available for the fifth annual Haunted Paddle with multiple sessions beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m.

Founding NBBC member Jens Rasmussen explains: “The North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Annual Cthulhu Haunted Boat Rides sold out (like it does every year) but this weekend’s weather forced us to move to Halloween night. We now have last minute tickets available! If you didn’t make plans, you can now snag tickets to this HP Lovecraft themed Halloween canoe ride and experience the cosmic horror that resides in the abandoned recesses of Newtown Creek.”

The paddle starts at the NBCC’s 51 Ash St. launch near McGuinness Blvd, and some tickets are still available for the 7 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. paddles.

 

 

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