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One Week Remaining to Submit Participatory Budgeting Ideas

Participatory budgeting — the community-lead budgeting process that funds $1.5 million in neighborhood projects — is back for the ninth cycle, and you can submit ideas here.

All ideas must be submitted by Friday, October 11, to be considered for the next ballot, according to the PB website: Continue reading

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VENDOR CALL! Join our 2019 “The Nutcracker” Holiday Market on Sunday, December 8th!

Poster designed by Stephanie Tara Stationery.

Get ready for a dreamy “The Nutcracker” themed festival of local shopping from a specially curated selection of indie makers at our annual Greenpointers Holiday Market!As always, we will have a full day of free fun activities and our take on the magical Land of Sweets brought to North Brooklyn inside the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft!

At this time, we are calling for vendors! Talented crafters, creators, designers, food purveyors and small businesses … Do you have items to sell or promote? We are talking to YOU!

APPLY HERE

If you want to participate as an activity or play music, email us at [email protected]

Our markets are reserved for small local businesses and serves as is a low-risk launchpad for indie makers and crafters. We offset the costs of producing this event with the help of sponsors. If you are a corporation looking to promote your brand, email [email protected] for more information.

Curious to know more? Check out how last year’s “Polar Vortex” themed market went down and photos from our photo booth.

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Brooklyn Community Board 1’s Monthly Public Hearing is Tonight (9/10)

Brooklyn CB1

As a reminder, the combined public hearing and Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting is tonight at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St.) starting at 6 p.m.

According to the agenda available here, there are 43 new liquor license requests to be reviewed on top of the 62 liquor licenses up for renewal. Other topics scheduled for discussion include the fiscal year 2021 budget priorities and a presentation by the NYC Dept. of Transportation regarding improvements at the intersection od Wythe Avenue and anf the BQE exit ramp. Here is the full agenda: Continue reading

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From Tibetan Soundbaths to Heated Vinyasa, [email protected] Classes Offer Something for Everyone

The [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) Grand Rebrand had an enthusiastic turnout last Saturday, in a day filled with activities and classes living up to its ”Zen Chill Zone” reputation while debuting the new local vendor retail space.

Greenpoint’s “Zen-Chill Zone”

Owner Dishan Elise describes the refreshed direction of [email protected] classes as a “revolution of fitness and wellness.” The variety of classes include a weekly Tibetan Soundbath, heated power Vinyasa, and Tabata circuit training. The B.E.S.T Plan is [email protected]’s flagship program that runs 12 weeks and promotes self-growth through group strength training, Elise says. The At Ease Membership is $99 per month and drop-in classes range from $17 – $25.

A new retail space at [email protected] collaborates with local and global vendors and artisans with a unique selection of clothing, apothecary and other handmade goods from local artisans.

The new retail space at [email protected]
The new retail space at [email protected]

We asked Jessica Dolese, HumanAEase events manager, to send descriptions of upcoming classes that she especially recommends:

A Chakra Balancing Kundalini Workshop

Throughout this workshop series, instructor Paola Dattner will guide attendees on a journey of chakra balance and mindfulness to the tune of live music played by Peruvian musician Piero Rossini.

Within our bodies lie seven energy centers called chakras. Physical illness or emotional stress can cause the chakras to become blocked or cloudy. Healing of each chakra may offer relief to some physical and emotional conditions. This series continues with the second chakra, the sacral chakra which is connected to emotional balance, sexual expression and creativity.

A Kundalini practice, meditation, breathwork, and focused journaling will be combined with live music intended to create and enhance group vibrational frequencies. These musical frequencies are tuned to the frequency of the sacral chakra intended to give power to your sensuality, creativity center and help bring balance your sacral chakra.

 

Lay down as deep resonant sounds of antique Tibetan singing bowls surround you to end your day with a restorative sound bath. Release the stress of the day allowing sound and vibration to guide the way. Enter a state of deep relaxation. Leave feeling rested and prepared to enjoy a good nights sleep.

This class focuses on the practice of linking breath to movement in a classic vinyasa style. A slightly heated atmosphere helps muscles open to supporting safe transitions into more challenging postures. With a focus on balance between strength and flexibility along with providing modifications for all levels, this class is a great option for all: new practitioners looking to explore vinyasa for the first time, or experienced yogis looking to deepen their relationship with their practice.

Tabata circuit training is a form of High-Intensity Interval Training that requires the body to work hard in short bursts and rest for even shorter periods. With this protocol, the body’s anaerobic and aerobic systems start to work in tandem, thus improving overall performance in athletes. Circuit training is also a fantastic cardiovascular conditioning workout for anyone of any fitness level. The Ace of Swords Tabata focuses on strengthening with body weight, improving overall mobility, and providing functional physical tools that any busy New Yorker can incorporate into their daily life. Beginners are very welcome and encouraged to join this class.

Signature Introversion Group Strength Training with Dishan Elise and Geo Malave

Introversion means to go within. Owner and creator, Dishan Elise, utilizes her dynamic, unique approach to personal training in a group setting. Combining a special blend of meditation, coaching, motivation, and mind/body strengthening techniques, the class begins with a warm-up, breathing and body awareness followed by 30-45 minutes of an intense variety of moves including partnered cardio, manual resistance exercises, calisthenics, & other training tools; covering a full-body routine followed by a light centering stretch. Small group training is a great way to get personal training for a fraction of the normal cost. The group collaboration, motivation, and energy in this class will be unlike any other class you’ve experienced. Limit 8 Students per class.

 

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[email protected] Bounces Back With a Grand Rebrand After Almost Closing

Being consistent with exercise has never come easy to me. Even though I like the exhilarating feeling of a good post-workout sweat, it’s getting up and actually going that is my challenge. My mind would make up all kinds of excuses to avoid going to the gym, everything from the bad weather to just not feeling like it, but mostly I would tell myself that I don’t have time.

The fact that for several years, I’ve managed to go to [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) at least once per week is a telltale sign of its appeal. I find [email protected] to be a warm, welcoming environment that distinguishes itself from your run-of-the-mill commercial gyms, and their signature Introversion Training whips me into shape in 30 minutes.

Self-proclaimed as a”Zen Chill Zone,” I can say from personal experience that [email protected] feels like a wellness sanctuary, rooted in the neighborhood but with elements reminiscent of exotic parts of the world. After a long week of work, I come here, push my muscles into exhaustion in the most meditative way. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Library Community Forum Is Tonight (7/1)

A public forum on the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.) will take place tonight at the Pencil Factory building (61 Greenpoint Ave, 6th floor) at 7 p.m.

The note posted on the Brooklyn Public Library’s website regarding tonight’s meeting reads: Continue reading

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Your Guide for Special Events This Weekend (6/8-6/9) for Greenpoint Open Studios!

Blast from the past: Juan Miguel Marin adding a new piece to his ongoing series titled “Drawing Under The Influence” live outside of his studio at The Pencil Factory during GOS in 2018.

Back for its sixth year and stronger than ever, Greenpoint Open Studios will bring the neighborhood an art-filled weekend this Saturday and Sunday (June 8th & 9th) with more than 350 local artists opening up their studios to the public — plus parties, special events, and some stellar artist-organized workshops. We will also, hopefully, be bringing the sunshine. Continue reading

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COUNTDOWN: One Week Until Greenpoint Open Studios (Sat 6/8-Sun 6/9)

Get ready because in just one week Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) is returning to the neighborhood June 8th – 9th with more than 350 local artists opening up their studios to the public to showcase their works. What should you expect?
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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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