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The Fall Festival of Lights Market is Gonna Be Lit! Hot Buttered Rum, Live Jazz, Henna Tattoos, Tarot Cards, Nail Art, Rooftop Yoga, 50+ Vendors, and more!!

Poster design by Jen Keenan (@charming_nyc)

The beautiful Greenpoint Loft (67 West St) is going to glow with positive vibes as we celebrate harvest, renewal, community, and creativity on Sunday, October 1st (1-7pm) at our Festival of Light Fall Market! RSVP here!

Back by popular demand, we will be serving up some Hot Buttered Rum with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and The Big Cat Menagerie will be playing music from a gilded past, inspired from vintage jazz.

In addition to our carefully curated group of some talented 50+ makers who will be selling their creations, we will as always have a number of FREE fun activities!

This year, we are so excited to have local designer extraordinaire Maria Cristina of MC Nino Designs illuminate our photo booth with a custom floral light installation so guests can get en vogue for high fashion style photo shoots.

Gorgeous work by MC Nino Designs

Family photo or family figurines? We can now snap a shot of ourselves and capture that moment in time as 3D prints. Capture Me in 3D will be on site to 3D scan visitors and instantly create digital avatar versions of them!

After an amazing comeback from almost being priced out of Greenpoint, longtime local studio Hosh Yoga raised enough money to stay in the hood and will be joining us again to host two donation-based sessions in the roof deck.

Also joining us again is Miss V. for Henna Tattoos, Peenk for Nail Art, and Alessandra Calderin for Tarot Card Readings.

Plus Greenpoint Beer & Ale  is providing delicious locally crafted beer and Palinkerie will be back with the best of their Hungarian wines.

Rooftop Yoga by Hosh at the Greenpointers Spring Market 2017

Every market, we donate space to a community organization and this time, the Greenpoint Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen will be joining us to raise funds for their cause and sign up volunteers.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Capture Me in 3D
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Flowers by Maria Cristina
GP Beer & Ale
Palinkerie Imports
Greenpoint Loft
Greenpoint Loft

 

Much love to our friends at Super Crush Studios for all their support!

 

 

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8th Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Packed East River State Park

A taste of Leuca at the William Vale. Photo by Julia Moak
A taste of Leuca at the William Vale. Photo by Julia Moak

When it comes to food and drink, North Brooklyn is known for its fabulous fare. On Sunday afternoon, over 40 of the area’s restaurants, bars, distilleries and wineries came out to strut their stuff in East River State Park during the 8th Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint festival. Le Gamin (108 Franklin Street), Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 North 15th) and Amami Sushi (57 Nassau Ave) all represented our slice of North Brooklyn.

the crowd at Taste. photo by Julia Moak
photo by Julia Moak

The festival not only tastes great, it supports a great cause. TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is produced by The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center (formerly known as Northside Town Hall), an organization “working to renovate and operate the former Engine Co. 212 Firehouse for Community activity. The Firehouse will provide a permanent home to neighborhood social justice organizations for continued advocacy and direct services to Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The Firehouse fosters civic and cultural engagement with original arts programming and community gatherings.” Other community organizations, like North Brooklyn Angles, a coalition of neighbors helping neighbors fight food and housing insecurity, and Billion Oyster Project, a harbor restoration and citizen science organization, also made it to the fest.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Photo by Julia Moak
Photo by Julia Moak

As the festival got underway amid sunny skies, live music and games, booze was flowing and bites were flying off the shelf. Some restaurants even ran out of food before the festival was over. Scroll down for a look at some of the fabulous food, drink, and local purveyors in attendance!

Quinoa and Lentil Balls from Abracadabra Brooklyn. Photo by Julia Moak
Quinoa and Lentil Balls from Abracadabra Brooklyn. Photo by Julia Moak
Du's Donuts. Photo by Julia Moak
Du’s Donuts. Photo by Julia Moak
Sweet Crepes from Le Gamins. Photo by Julia Moak
Sweet Crepes from Le Gamin. Photo by Julia Moak
A local pour from Widow Jane. Photo by Julia Moak
A local pour from Widow Jane. Photo by Julia Moak
The crew from Lighthouse. Photo by Julia Moak
The crew from Lighthouse. Photo by Julia Moak

See you next year, TASTE!

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Get Your Twin Peaks Tattoo Next Week at Three Kings!

Twin Peaks Flash Day - Three Kings Tattoo

I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange. If you’re a fan of filmmaker and master of weirdness David Lynch, you are probably obsessed with his most famous of works, (duh, Twin Peaks) which has recently been rebooted on Showtime. And, if you’re a fan, you’ll probably want to check out this flash tat event at Three Kings (572 Manhattan Ave) next Thursday! Tattoo artist Amanda Rodriguez is hosting a special Twin Peaks flash day from 12pm-10pm, where you can get designs ranging from The Bang Bang Bar’s logo (omg!) to an adorable log that reads “ASK IT” underneath to a One Eyed Jacks poker chip. You can peep the available designs on Amanda’s Insta account. Prices range from $100-450, and if you want to reserve a space in line, there’s a $50 deposit required. You can email her for deposit info: [email protected]. I mean, you should just go for it. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee. Or even a tattoo.

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Coat of Arms Hosts Levi’s Skateboarding Pop-Up Tonight! (Thursday, 9/21)


Coat of Arms (974 Manhattan Ave) is celebrating 3 Years in Greenpoint with an opening of a weekend-long pop-up with Levi’s!

Originally founded in 2006 on the LES as a “hub for the subcultures of downtown NY” COA relocated its flagship store to Greenpoint in 2014. Owner and local resident Aaron Hansen writes, “It’s been a full 3 years since I fully took over COA Brooklyn & damn has time flown. The evolution of the shop has been crazy to watch and this is shaping up to be our best year EVER. Huge Thank You for all that supported THE VISION!!!!”

Check them out tonight for some cool apparel, accessories, and fun times! Shop and support local!

From 6pm to 8pm-ish shop the new fall Levis Skateboarding collection, meet the skate team &
view a curated retrospective photo show.
Grab some patches & pins designed by Seb Gorey.
THEN!!!!!!
From 8pm till LATE slide over to Enids (560 Manhattan Ave) for the after party & Dominos hosted by The Goodlife! with free beer from Modelo, food provided by Enids & music by the talented Odalys.

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Fundraiser For The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen This Saturday (9/23)!

Greenpoint Soup Kitchen Fundraiser

WHAT: Appetite For Arts: Fundraiser for the Greenpoint Hunger Program
WHEN: Saturday, Sept 23rd, 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Greenpoint Reformed Church, 136 Milton St
DONATION: $50+, tickets and more info here

If you have not heard from your neighbors about the Soup Kitchen + Food Pantry of the Greenpoint Reformed Church’s Hunger Program, the volunteer-based organization is a vital part of Greenpoint, for those in need. The kitchen serves more than 800 hungry people every month in the North Brooklyn Community and beyond. On Wednesday evenings, they serve a delicious community dinner. On Thursdays, they distribute groceries from the food pantry. According to the Church, “It costs about $5,000 per week to host the meal and keep food pantry running,” so they need your monetary support. If you can’t make Saturday’s event, you can still show your support by donating to the Hunger Program here, or by volunteering. Continue reading

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Oktoberfest, Empire Records Kegger, Big|Brave, Saint Etienne — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/20–9/26)

Greenpoint Beer & Ale has a bigger than big Oktoberfest for Sept. 23rd through Oct. 1st! Tapping 2 super rare gravity kegs from Franconia and featuring 4 guest drafts from Munich, Mahrs Saphire Weisse, Monchshof Festbier & Ayinger Oktoberfest. Mug holding contest at 5 PM each Saturday! Come dressed in an Oktoberfest costume and receive a complimentary beer. Oktoberfest food specials include Sausages with Red Cabbage and Schnitzel. (sponsored)

 

WEDNESDAY 9/20
* Chuffed.org Crowdfunding for Social Causes Workshop 
@ New Woman Space (188 Woodpoint Rd), 6pm, $65, Get an intro to Crowdfunding & learn the secrets of what it takes to run a successful campaign on Chuffed.org, Buy tix
* Lunation Kundalini Shakti Transmission New Moon In Virgo @ Golden Drum (97 Green St), 7:30pm, $25, The New Moon traveling through Virgo urges us to reactivate or restore something through practicality, sensibility, and stability, Buy tix
♫ Little Gorgeous (Bee-Bop) @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, FREE, More info

THURSDAY 9/21

* Bowl Hashanah: Rosh Hashanah with Rabbi Dan Ain and The Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 10am, $90, Morning services, Torah reading, Shofar blowing, prayer, meditation,& vegetarian/dairy lunch from Blue Ribbon, Buy tix
^ Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics @ Leonard Library (81 Devoe St), 6:30pm, FREE, “Where the Animals Go” investigates and illustrates the intersection of data technology and animal migration, revealing the natural world as never before, RSVP
* Green Witch: Herbs & Ritual for the Autumnal Equinox @ Root Mamma (236 Richardson St),Practice rituals in grieving what/who we have lost, in an effort to compost with love and start fresh, 7:30pm, $20, RSVP
♫ Cold Beat, War Bubble, Liberation @ The Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St), 8pm, $12, Buy tix
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Achievable Goals: The New York Sorta Marathon Comes to McCarren Park 11/12

Zach Broussard, Future Marathon Runner. Via Kickstarter
Zach Broussard, Future Marathon Runner. Via Kickstarter

Why run when you could walk? That seems to be question guiding this fall’s newest athletic not-quite-feat: The New York Sorta Marathon. Organized by comedian and former Greenpointer Zach Broussard, the Sorta Marathon is the first short marathon. Instead of 26.2 miles, the length of a traditional marathon, the race clocks in at just .2 miles.

Broussard explores some hard truths about marathons in his YouTube promo video for the event, including this rock-hard reality: 26.2 miles is way too long for most people. Designed to be a race anyone can finish, the event’s Kickstarter page exalts, “finally, a marathon FOR THE PEOPLE.” Broussard knows that not all of us have the time or the ability to train for a traditional race, but that we all face challenges personally or globally. So, how can we feel good? Skip the running and go straight to the runner’s-high! He told me, “lots of our online experience is watching people brag about things that are sometimes out of our own reach. So I thought it would be fun to create an event that allowed literally anyone the chance to brag about some crazy accomplishment.” Continue reading

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Final Demolition of the Kosciuszko Bridge set for 9/24

The end of the old Kosciusko Bridge. Via Brooklyn Paper
The end of the old Kosciuszko Bridge. Via Brooklyn Paper

So far this summer, New Yorkers have reacted to the demolition of the Old Kosciuszko Bridge in a variety of expressive ways. There were the illicit parties held on the Bridge ahead of the scheduled July demolition, and the group of urban vigilantes ready to defend the bridge from demise with wolves and swords.

The city itself decided on a more muted end to the 1939 span that crosses Newtown Creek, connecting Greenpoint to Maspeth, Queens, than these events, or even the Bridge’s namesake, Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Revolutionary hero in both Poland and the United States, might warrant. Instead of the scheduled July explosion, the main span of the bridge was lowered onto a barge in Newtown Creek.

But, anyone who was hoping the bridge would go out with a bang can get psyched. According to Brooklyn Paper and DNAinfo, head of the 94th Precinct, Captain Peter Rose, has announced that the Brooklyn and Queens approaches of the old bridge will be detonated in a controlled explosion around 5am on Sunday, September 24.

That date is tentatively scheduled, and may be subject to change depending on a variety of factors including weather, but that hasn’t stopped the Newtown Creek Alliance from creating a map of the best places to watch the demolition. Check it out here to stake out your spot for the Big Bang!

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Explore Kingsland Wildflowers’ Flourishing Green Roofs this Saturday (9/23)! Food, Beer, Talks, Tours & More!

Join The Kingsland Wildflowers Festival this Saturday, September 23rd (12-4pm) and explore three flourishing green roofs! Entering into its second year, the 22,000 square foot Broadway Stages’ rooftop space has been planted with a mix of indigenous grasses and wildflowers native to the New York landscape. Community organizations will be tabling and running activities to engage families and children. The festival offers access for Brooklyn residents to learn about environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Festival Details

When? Saturday, September 23rd 12pm-4pm
Where? Broadway Stages (520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn 11222)
RSVP on Facebook

Activities

Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts
Interactive activities for kids and families
Music, food, and beer from local breweries
Partner community organizations discussing local conservation projects
Panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens

How to get there: Kingsland Wildflowers is accessible by the G train (Greenpoint Avenue stop)-Check weekend MTA schedules!, and by the B24 bus at Greenpoint Avenue and Kingsland Avenue. Continue reading

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Worlds Fair Nano, Pizza Night, Kweendom, Two Door Cinema Club, Björk — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/13–9/19)

 

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint 2017 is back in its 8th year for another block-party-style event in East River State Park (90 Kent Ave), featuring tastes from over 40 of the neighborhood’s best spots, live music, demonstrations and much, much more! Greenpointers get 40% off tickets!

WEDNESDAY 9/13 
♫ Wilder Maker // Big Search // Jesse Harris
@ Rough Trade (64 N 9th St), 7pm, $10, Wilder Maker’s songs keenly observe landscapes of desire and abandon, filled with colorful characters and street revelations, Buy tix
♦ MAG Exhibition Opening Reception @ C’mon Everybody (325 Franklin Ave), 7pm, FREE, Molly Goldfarb’s is filling C’mon Everybody’s renovated gallery space for a solo show full of brand new works, More info
♫ NE-HI, Honduras, Gymshorts @ Alphaville (140 Wilson Ave), 8pm, $10, Buy tix

THURSDAY 9/14
^ Ben Blum presents Ranger Games with Matt Gallagher @ WORD (126 Franklin St), 7pm, FREE, In his final hours of leave, Alex Blum, with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery, More info
# Pizza Night @ Archestratus Books + Food (160 Huron St), 7pm, $19, Pick your toppings to create the personal pizza of your dreams! We have gluten-free crusts, too!, More info
♫ The Meadows Official Afterparty ft. Big Wild @ Schimanski (54 N 11th St), 8pm, $22, Buy tix
* Pop-up Ironing @ Brooklyn Safehouse (120 Franklin St), 9pm, FREE, Jeremy Hook is setting up a ironing board and wants to help you fix your rumpled duds.
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