Sacred Cacao, Go Green Festival, Gov Ball After Dark — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/29-6/4)


♫ Bateria with Toribio, Mickey Perez and Djoy de Cuba @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave), 9pm, FREE, More Info
# Intro to Plant Parenting: Houseplant Fundamentals @ Greenery Unlimited (91 West St.), 715pm, $25, learn the basics of “right plant, right place” to keep your plants happy and thriving! Buy Tix
♫ DigitalArtNight with Duckwrth, Mndsgn & SadhuGold @ Kinfolk (94 Wythe Ave.), 8pm, FREE, an immersive art and live music experience, More Info
♫ Sooner « Absent City « Irrevery « Shop Talk @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St.), 9pm, FREE, More Info


♦ Movies Under the Stars: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again @ Bushwick Inlet Park (50 Kent St. Pop-up Park), 8pm, FREE, movie screening outdoors with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, More Info
♫ Tasha Blank’s Bday + Record Release @ House of Yes (2 Wyckoff St.), 6:30pm, $5 – $25, an epic night of surprise guests, brand new music, nonstop art, live performance + plenty of shenanigans, Buy Tix
# Family Style PIATTI Dinner @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7 pm, $50, an endless antipasto, a many course family style Italian dinner of abundant platters, served a few at a time, some warm and others at room temperature. Buy Tix
♫ Morgana @ Brooklyn Mirage (140 Stewart Ave.), 7pm, FREE, Serge Devant, Ryan Crosson, Dinky, Connie, More Info Continue reading

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Box Street Park Redesign to Be Presented 5/29

Initial Box St Park design (courtesy of NYC Parks)

A new design for the planned Box Street Park is set to be revealed this week.

NYC Parks will present the new Box Street Park design on Wednesday, May 29th, at the Polish and Slavic Center (176 Java St.) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Initial Box St Park design (courtesy of NYC Parks)

The 2.8-acre park will be along the East River waterfront at the end of Box Street as part of the Greenpoint Landing mega-development. The current use of the future park’s site is for an MTA parking lot. High-rise developments are planned for the neighboring lots.

The initial design of the Box Street Park was revealed last November along with the design of 50 Kent St. portion of Bushwick Inlet Park.

Initial Box St Park design (courtesy of NYC Parks)

Community Board 1’s Parks and Waterfront Committee approved the 50 Kent St. design, but the Box Street Park design was not as enthusiastically received for the positioning of the restrooms at the entrance, the bench/seating choices, and for the lack of waterfront access in the design which will be fortified with a sea wall and railing. Continue reading

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Are We Ready to Celebrate Walt Whitman as Brooklyn’s Gay Poet?

Walt Whitman
(via Wikimedia Commons)

This week all over Brooklyn, there will be celebrations honoring Walt Whitman. With the 200th anniversary of the birth of Brooklyn’s greatest poet, one has to ask the question: Was Walt Whitman gay and does his poetry celebrate the joys of being gay? Reading his poetry there are so many clear homoerotic images that many students of Whitman conclude that despite the fact that Whitman never came out as gay, he was gay, or at least bisexual.

Were Whitman to return to Brooklyn today, he would probably be pleasantly surprised by the many Brooklynites who live an openly gay lifestyle.

During Whitman’s time admitting to a gay relationship was taboo, but he hinted at it in a letter he wrote at the end of his life with his discussion of “fervent comradeship.” In the passage below he seems to suggest to a time when gay relationships would be accepted by the broader American society:

Many will say it is a dream and will not follow my inferences: but I confidentially expect a time when there will be seen running through it like a half-hid warp through all the myriad audible and visible worldly interests of America, threads of manly friendship, fond and loving, pure and sweet, strong and life-long, carried to degrees hitherto unknown, not only giving tone to individual character and making it unprecedentedly emotional, muscular, heroic and refined, but having the deepest relation to general politics. I say democracy infers such loving comradeship as its most inevitable twin or counterpart, without which it will be incomplete, in vain and incapable of perpetuating itself.

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Tonight: East River State Park and Kent Avenue Town Hall

East River State Park entrance (Google Maps)

Local elected politicians are holding an East River State Park and Kent Avenue town hall meeting tonight in Williamsburg.

The town hall takes place tonight (5/28) at the Bushwick Inlet Park community room (86 Kent Ave.) at 6 p.m.

State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, NYC Councilman Stephen Levin, and U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney are sponsoring the meeting.


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Brooklyn Film Festival Announces 2019 Lineup and Packages

A still from “Bushwick Beats,” which will bow at the Brooklyn Film Festival this spring.

Film buffs and Brooklynites — unite! Brooklyn Film Festival returns with its 2019 edition, “The Gathering,” which takes place May 31 through June 9 with main venues at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue) in Williamsburg and Windmill Studios (300 Kingsland Avenue) in Greenpoint.

This year’s festival is comprised of 133 features and shorts from over 30 countries spread over all continents, except Antarctica. The lineup includes 37 world premieres, 15 USA bows, 29 east coast debuts and 34 first-time screenings in NY.  Individual film tickets will go on sale soon while festival passes are already on sale here. A four-pack pass is just $45.

“We are calling the upcoming festival: The Gathering,” said BFF Executive Director Marco Ursino.  “The theme-statement is essentially a call to all those people who are searching for clarity and intelligent exchanges. On the programming side this year, more than ever before, we wanted to empower all those filmmakers who are thinking and working in critical systems, outside of the box, and against all odds. Understanding that for women the ‘system’ is always critical, and inspired by the acceleration of the women’s movements, this year BFF will feature the largest presence of female directors within a single festival edition to date. I’m also proud to say that four out of our six festival programmers are women and the festival is run mostly by women.”

In each of the six film categories, BFF’s judges will select the Best Film while the festival will select the Spirit Award and the audience the Audience Award winners. Among all the six categories combined, BFF will award one of each of the following: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Composer, Bet Style, Best Editor, Best Cinematographer, Best Screenplay Writer, Best Producer, Best New Director and Best Brooklyn Project. Through the resources of our sponsors, BFF will assign to the winning filmmakers about $50,000 in prizes (products, services and cash). To view the full film line up, which also includes Narrative and Documentary Shorts, Experimental and Animated films, visit here.

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Brooklyn Public Library Celebrates Walt Whitmans’ 200th Birthday

Celebrations at the Brooklyn Public Library are underway marking the legendary writer, journalist, and poet Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday.

Whitman was born on 5/21/1819 and worked as a journalist for the Brooklyn Eagle and a local Williamsburg-based newspaper in between publishing his poetry.

The “Whitman Weekend” kicked off last Saturday with events continuing through this week to mark the occasion. Continue reading

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Against The Grain, Paper Marbling, What The L? — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/22-5/28)


*Wine Glass Terrarium Plant Nite
@ Clinton Hall (247 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $55, Cultivate your creativity, naturally. Gifted growers will guide you step-by-step as you make a mini Zen garden, succulent arrangement, or tiny terrarium, Buy Tix
♫ DUCKWRTH @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave), 930pm, FREE, with special guest Dylan The Gypsy and Alex Mali, RSVP
♦ Brilliant Champions Art Exhibition Pop Up Show @ Ghost Robot (346 Grand St) 7pm, FREE, More Info
☺ Sunday Night News @ The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave), 930pm, $10, a new play about a news reporter who, in an effort to follow in her mother’s footsteps, does anything to climb her way to the top, and become the best local news reporter the greater tristate area has ever seen, Buy Tix


* Lag B’Omer Family Fun Fest
@ McCarren Park (Lorimer St at Bedford Ave), 4pm, $10 suggested donation, face painting, balloon twisting, Israeli food buffet & drinks, crafting, sports, kite making & flying. bubbles & balls, bubble soccer! (for ages 6-12), More Info
♫ “Against The Grain” Featuring Min Jin Lee, Tracy K. Smith, and SŌ Percussion @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 930PM, $29, the third installment of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon’s new literary-music series, Buy Tix
♥ Un)binding The Body @ New Women Space (188 Woodpoint Rd), 8pm, $5 – $10, we’ll unpack our experiences with gender dysphoria, identity, and relationships, map out our desires, explore communication tactics to use with partners, and come out feeling seen and empowered, More Info
# Celebrating Immigrant Daughters, Mothers & Authenticity @ Museum of Food and Drink (62 Bayard St), 630pm, $30, celebrate the launch of Indian-ish and the special bond between food, mothers, and daughters, More Info


♫ Left Bank Magazine 5th Year Anniversary Party @ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave), 7pm, $10, on the rooftop: Poppies, VAMANOS, New Myths, Animal Show, Fat Heaven, Buy Tix
♫ Outdoor Beer Garden Silent Disco @ The Well (272 Meserole St), 11pm, $5 – $20, live DJs will be spinning everything from Latin, to throwbacks, to hip hop, Buy Tix
♫ Brooklyn Swings Presents: Cookie Night
@ Brooklyn Swings (231 Ainslie St), 6pm, $5 – $10 suggested, all are welcome, no partner needed! Instructors will teach a short dance combination, and there will be delicious sweet treats, More Info
♫ Good Vibes Only @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, $9, Indie Bushwick presents “Good Vibes Only” a night of wavy sounds featuring local artists Tattoo Money, R I I O S, Michael From The East and A. Sarr, More Info

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Help Design the Future Kosciuszko Bridge Park

A visioning workshop that is open to the public to help plan the future park and green space under and around the new Kosciuszko Bridge will take place next week.
The “Under The K” public workshop is being hosted by the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance and the landscape architects Public Work on Tuesday, March 21, at Rough Trade (64 N 9 St.); registration is free.

NPBA was awarded a $100,000 grant via the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund in 2018 to help convert to the area surrounding the Kosciuszko Bridge into a public park. Continue reading

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NYC Mesh Brings Internet Service Alternative to Greenpoint

(courtesy of NYC Mesh)

NYC Mesh, an alternative non-profit internet service provider, is hosting its first Greenpoint meetup tonight for those interested in helping to bring the internet service provider to the neighborhood.

The meeting and info session take place tonight (5/15) at 238 Franklin St. at 7 p.m., RSVP here.

NYC Mesh is working to bring what it calls quick and affordable internet, it works a web of wireless connections from a ‘supernode’ that connects locally to rooftop antennas.

The concept is modeled after the Spanish “Gulfi” service where equipment and installation come with a fee, but after that customers do not receive a monthly bill. Continue reading

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