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Volunteer at American Playground This Weekend (7/21)

volunteers, photo via Open Space Alliance
photo via Open Space Alliance

Volunteer Extravaganza at American Playground!

Friends of American Playground invite all parents and kids to join forces as we give the park benches a makeover. We will re-paint the benches and do some general park maintenance. Come out to learn about how *you* can become a friend of the playground! We have volunteer opportunities available in programming, horticulture, and administrative roles. Visit the group’s Facebook page to learn more!

Volunteer activities are perfect for ages 6 and up. We will also have activities to keep preschoolers occupied.

When: Saturday, July 21, 10am – 12pm
Where:  American Playground; Meet by the park house

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Catch the World Cup Finals at Humboldt & Jackson this Sunday (7/15)

World Cup Finals Humboldt and Jackson

The madness is coming to an end. The World Cup finals are this weekend, and you can watch France vs. Croatia on the big screen at Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt Street). The game kicks off (literally) at 11am, and the cozy American bar/restaurant will be showing it on their massive screen in the back room, for FREE. Expect cold AC, cold beer and warm and tasty burgers. If you want to bring a huge crew, you can email them for reservations ([email protected]).

Here’s some more of our favorite spots in the neighborhood to watch the big game.

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The 5th of July: Abolitionist Williamsburg

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The African School in Williamsburg via the Brooklyn Historical Society

The Weeksville Heritage Center, a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of Weeksville, a self-supporting 19th century free black community in what is now Crown Heights, has a “5th of July Resource Center for Self-Determination and Freedom.”

This 5th of July, I’d like to honor that project by taking a look at Abolitionist Williamsburg. In the 1840s and 1850s, Williamsburg was home to Brooklyn’s second largest African American community, and was a hotbed of the Abolitionist movement.  Continue reading

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Greenpoint History Walking Tour to Benefit the Park Church Co-op Saturday (7/7)

Historical Map of Greenpoint courtesy of Dennis Ward

Beloved neighborhood worship/art space, the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) has put out a fundraising call to the community. Ace local historian, and Greenpointers contributor, Geoff Cobb has answered that call in a fantastically innovative way! He’ll lead a donation-based historical walking tour of Greenpoint on Saturday, July 7th from 10-11am, and donate all proceeds to the Park Church Co-op.

The tour will meet at the corner of Calyer and Franklin. All are welcome! RSVP here.

What: Walking Tour with Geoff Cobb on Behalf of the Park Church Co-op
When: Saturday, July 7, at 10am.
Where: Franklin and Calyer
Who: Everyone!

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Thursday Spotlight: Meet Kweighbaye Kotee, Founder and CEO of Bushwick Film Festival

At her core, Kweighbaye Kotee is a community builder: she triumphantly brings together artists and audiences, neighborhood long-timers and newbies alike. Her talents coalesce most notably in the Bushwick Film Festival, her passion project that is celebrating its 11th anniversary October 11–14.  Greenpointers caught up with the local curator and filmmaker to discuss the morphing landscape of film, the partnerships she builds, and the side projects that continue to keep her busy.

Greenpointers: Do you live in Brooklyn, and if so where and for how long?
Kweighbaye Kotee: I have lived in Brooklyn for 14 years. Williamsburg for two and now Bushwick for 12.

GP: Can you talk a little about the genesis of the Bushwick Film Festival? And how many participating volunteers and films are there in the coming festival?
KK: I started the Bushwick Film Festival in 2007, while I was still in school at NYU. Initially, I really just wanted to share my love for indie film with other people in the neighborhood and celebrate filmmakers. Later on, I realized my position in the industry (female, immigrant, a woman of color) and wanted to do more. I began to use the festival as a place to bring people of all backgrounds together to connect through film. I also wanted to use our platform to help diversify the industry. This year, we plan to select about 100 films out of the 1,200+ films that submitted to the festival. Typically we have around 50 volunteers and interns who make it all happen. Continue reading

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Brokelyn Northside Showcase, Lot Radio BBQ, Flux-a-Thon, Twinsanity and Taste of Bushwick — What’s Happening Greenpoint (6/6 – 6/12)

Saturday @The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) Brokelyn teams up with Supercrush Studio to present an official Northside Festival Showcase! With Grim Streaker, Native Sun, Lola Pistola, and Yaasss is a line up that brings a range of music from noise meets skate goth, loud and melodic indie rock, dream pop and alt-grunge, to kinky glam psych rock. It’s a matinee show so start your day early with a kick ass show!

Doors open at 12 noon. Enter here for FREE tickets!

 

WEDNESDAY 6/6

♫ Northside Festival @ North Brooklyn, 10am, Badges $75+ and prices vary to individual shows, Northside kicks off its 10th anniversary with shows and events all weekend. Buy Tix
♫ Computer Magic, Exhibition (DJ Sets) @ Elsewhere Rooftop (599 Johnson Ave.), 5pm, FREE, part of Summer happy hour, featuring sunshine and slushies, RSVP
♫# Vegan Bash @ Black Flamingo (168 Borinquen Pl), 6pm, FREE, Vegan vendors, live performances, and music, More Info
♫ The Murder Junkies,Chesty Malone&The Slice Em Ups,Skum City+MORE @ El Cortez (17 Ingraham St.), 7:00pm, $13, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 6/7

♦ Workspace Exhibition Opening: Shawna X, @ A/D/O (29 Norman Avenue), 7pm, FREE, large-scale sculpture work by artist and visual designer Shawna X in her new series “F*** Your Manners,” RSVP
♫ Palto Flats / Galtta – Northside Fest BJTV /Lauds /Scott Kiernan @ Magick City (37 Box St.), 8pm, $10, Buy Tix
♦ Aimee Plauche & Performers present: she sang like she was crying @ Tiskelion Arts (106 Calyer St.), 8pm, $20, A raucous dance experience seeking to capture the space in which joy and grief coexist and challenge the social permissions restricting the presentation of women and female people, Buy Tix
♦ Filmmakers After-Party @ Loosie Rouge (91 S. 6th), 10pm, FREE, Hosted by Brooklyn Film Festival and Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, More Info
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Greenpoint and South Williamsburg Ferry Landings Closed for Repairs

NYC Ferry Service South Williamsburg and Greenpoint has been suspended for maintenance work. Greenpoint landing abruptly went out of service yesterday afternoon, and South Williamsburg has been shuttered since Sunday, May 27th.

NYC Ferry expects to get the Greenpoint landing at India Street back up and running this afternoon in time for the evening rush. The south Williamsburg landing at South 9th Street needs more extensive maintenance, and may be closed for up to two weeks.

In the meantime free NYC Ferry shuttle busses will take South Williamsburg passengers to the North Williamsburg Ferry stop, and Greenpoint Passengers to the Hunters Point South Landing in Long Island City.  

For more information on the repair work, and alerts regarding other service changes, follow NYC Ferry.

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Photography Show Opening This Thursday (5/24) at Brooklyn Grain

Negative Space II

This Thursday May 24th from 6pm-9pm, photo studio Brooklyn Grain (1166 Manhattan Avenue) is hosting a show of work by New York film shooters. This is the second in a series of exhibits curated by Brooklyn-based photographer Ethan Covey. Thursday night is also an opportunity to check out Brooklyn Grain’s beautiful space, where celebs and models have been photographed for high-end fashion labels and publications like Vogue magazine.

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photo via Brooklyn Grain
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Flying Trapeze Showcase, Margarita Rumble, Grilled Cheese Cook-Off and May Day Flower Party — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/25)

WEDNESDAY 4/25

Fonema Consort // Charmaine Lee, solo @Arete Venue and Gallery (67 West St. #103), 7:30pm, $10,Chicago-based ensemble Fonema Consort will perform four new works for electronics, two voices, clarinet and trombone, Buy Tix
♫ Bit Brigade performs “The Legend of Zelda”, Double Ferrari, Cheap Dinosaurs @St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 7:30pm, $12-15, Buy Tix
* Trivia Night @Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 8pm, FREE, Join our News Editor for Trivia at Archestratus! There will be food! There will be beer! Get your game on RSVP
♫ Los Perros/The Stance/Les Frappes (Sweden) + MORE! @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue), 8pm, $8, More Info

THURSDAY 4/26

♦ Talking Trash screening @City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 6pm, $5, Throwing out the Big Apple, More Info
♫ Open Mic Night @New Women Space (188 Woodpoint Road) 7pm, $10, New Women Space’s first community open mic Buy Tix
☺ The Mess @The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue), 8pm, $10, part solo show, part variety show part of Brooklyn Comedy Collective, More Info
♫ Hard Pass, Mean Girls (TX), Granddad (MN), Fear Not Ourselves Alone @Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.), 8pm, $10, RSVP
♫ Minus the Bear @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave), 8pm, $30, Buy Tix Continue reading

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Eckford Street Feral Cat Colony Needs New Home

Eckford St. Cat Colony
The Eckford Street Cat Colony. Photo by Shane Gill

Over a year and a half ago, Greenpoint resident Shane Gill began feeding a colony of feral cats on Eckford Street. The Cats had congregated at a construction site there, which lay dormant due to a stop work order. Now, construction is set to begin again, and the cats’ displacement is eminent. Gill reached out to the Greenpoint community for advice about how to help relocate his feline fellows, and Greenpoint residents responded with overwhelming support for our neighborhood cats.  Continue reading

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