The headlines said: “The Palace Café in Greenpoint is closing its doors on Saturday September 3rd after eighty-three years,” but whoever wrote those headlines was certainly no Greenpointer. Although a sign on the side awning advertised the restaurant as the Palace Café (206 Nassau Avenue), locals never called it that. To a generation of born-and-bred Greenpointers the place was always known as Goodman’s on Winthrop Park—which is actually the native Greenpointers’ name for McGolrick Park.
The bar, located on the corner of Nassau Avenue and Russell Street has been run since the fifties by the Irish-American Curtin family who did not need advertising. There was never a sign on the door announcing the name of the bar, but then again the bar was so well known amongst all Greenpointers that the bar didn’t have to advertise.
The back room for decades hosted the occasions that defined Greenpointers lives: birthdays, christenings, confirmations, funeral dinners and many more parties were held in the spacious dining hall next to the bar. Even until the 1980s many women in Greenpoint did not drink at the bar; girls nights out took place in the back room where the ladies shared laughs and secrets with a pitcher of beer. Continue reading →
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.
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 →
WEDNESDAY 8/24 * Wednesday With Westerns @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, $7, An interactive art experience that will make you feel like kicking saloon doors and spitting a mouthful of tobacco on the floor, RSVP * Breaking a Monster @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 7:30pm, $16, A documentary about teenage metal band Unlocking the Truth, plus a Q&A with the director and band members, More info
THURSDAY 8/25 ^ The Loaded Canon @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, Local literature meets wine and cocktail pairings in this revamp of the classic reading series, More info * We’ve Come So Far @ Rough Trade (64 North 9th St) 7pm, FREE, A panel discussion on the last days of Death By Audio, RSVP
I should really get a pet. Surely the thought has crossed your mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to cuddle up and be lazy with? The dating scene in New York isn’t getting you anywhere. You’re tired of watching Stranger Things alone on the couch, curled up with a pint of Van Leeuwen. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone soft and furry to watch with you? Someone who returns your calls (meows)? Someone who doesn’t cancel dinner plans (the food dish is expected to be filled by 6pm sharp, or else)? Well, it’s time to give in to your urges and do some good. Consider adopting a kitty, many of whom have had rough starts in life and are all-too-ready to have a place to call home. Every Sunday from 2pm-6pm holistic pet store Muddy Paws (447 Graham Avenue) hosts a cat (and kitten!) adoption event.
This Sunday the Brooklyn Comedy Festival kicks off for the third year in a row, this year with plenty of hilarious stand-up, sketch, improv, panel discussions, short films, and an evening with Reggie Watts. For $99 you can get a VIP pass to hit up all the shows all week, tickets to special parties including food and booze, entry into the pool at the new William Vale Hotel, and more. If rollin’ that fancy isn’t your style, many of the shows are free or less than $10 if you buy in advance. After the jump, check out our roundup of everything happening for the fest in North Brooklyn!
WEDNESDAY 8/17 ☺ Stir Crazy Wednesdays @ Slick Willie (179 Meserole Ave) 8pm, FREE, A weekly comedy show hosted by Aldo Marachilian, More info ☺ Comedians You Should Know @ The Gutter (200 North 14th St) 9pm, $5, With Roy Wood, Jr., Aparna Nancherla, Jeffrey Joseph, Sean Patton, and more, Buy tix
THURSDAY 8/18 ♦ RAW Brooklyn Presents Reveal @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) 7pm, $20, A multimedia event featuring 60+ local artists in visual art, fashion, music, film, photography, and more, More info * The Return of Flirt Reynolds @ Richlane (595 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, DJ Flirt Reynolds spins dancey vinyl from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and now, RSVP
If you’ve visited any of our last five seasonal markets, you might’ve come across Miss V getting her demons out on our guests by Henna Tattooing them!
We’re not having a Summer Market this year but she’ll be back in Greenpoint tomorrow (Fri, 8/12, 12-5PM) at Spritzenhaus (33 Nassau) with Mehndi Masters, The Henna Mob. Stop by to get henna’ed, or just to say hi, have a drink and talk art, culture, tradition, and the future of the craft.
McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance invites you to spend August in McGolrick! To celebrate the park’s 125 anniversary, the Alliance is hosting five events, kicking off with a classical music concert in the Park Pavilion on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 7 pm. A local musical group, the Church Park Quintet, will perform works by Haydn, Boccherini and others. Please join us tomorrow in McGolrick Park! [sponsored]
WEDNESDAY 8/10 * SummerScreen @ McCarren Park, 6pm, FREE, This year’s audience choice selection will be Almost Famous, More info * Coloring Club Drink & Draw @ New York Distilling Co (79 Richardson St) 7:30pm, $5, An unlimited supply of coloring pages are available, as well as colored pencils, crayons, and markers, plus cocktail specials, Buy tix
THURSDAY 8/11 # Kreung Cambodian Pop-Up Dinner @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 6pm, FREE, Chef Chakriya Un will be preparing a delectable spread of delights, RSVP ♫ Classical Music in the Park @ McGolrick Park, 7pm, FREE, A concert by the Park Church Quintet, More info ^ Bad Advice from Bad Women @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Emily Books presents Niina Pollari, Ruth Curry, Jade Sharma, Chloe Caldwell, Melissa Gira Grant, and Natasha Stagg, More info
Manhattan Avenue’s hip boutique Line & Label held a successful first Dreamcatchers Workshop at the end of last month, and we stalked around the work table to snap pics of our local DIY lovers making their own beautiful creations.
For $50, attendees were given instructions and a wide array of materials to experiment with including leather, feathers, beads and fringe. The resulting dreamcatchers varied in color, size and decoration. “We were truly impressed with everyone’s finished piece, and so happy everyone finished in time too,” says founder Kate O’Riley on the boutique’s website.