An Ode to the Manhattan Avenue Holiday Lights

We were inspired to make this video after reading the wonderful story of the Manhattan Avenue businesses’ commitment to reignite the holiday lights this year here on Greenpointers.com (check out the article here). Having relocated to Greenpoint ourselves just under two years ago, it is truly an inspiration to move into a community that not only supports its new residents, but strives so adamantly to maintain connections to its rich history. We felt that the business owners of Manhattan Ave. and other contributors deserve a sincere thank you for all their hard work this year. This is our way of giving back to them by telling their story. Our hope is to inspire more people to participate next year and keep the tradition alive for a new generation.

We hope you enjoy, and Happy Holidays.

Coolburns & Co.

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Warm or Bubbly, These Seasonal Cocktails Welcome Winter

Crank up the heat on a cold night with some of these classics. There’s a reason people have turned to these drinks to warm-up for hundreds of winters. Step out from the cold and into one of these inviting bars for a drink that will make you want to curl up in a wool blanket or break our the bubbles to celebrate the end of 2016!

Hot Toddy – The Topaz. Photo by Desirée Flores

The Topaz
251 Bushwick Ave., East Williamsburg
Hot Toddy $11, $8 at Happy Hour M-S 5-8 p.m., all night Sun.

The “best dressed” hot toddy in Brooklyn. This holiday favorite is mixed to perfection featuring the flavors of the season. Allspice Dram, pimento bitters, lemon and honey accompany Lairds & Co. Five Star Whiskey. This cocktail is sure to warm your heart. Continue reading

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FREE Greenpoint Historical Tour This Thursday Night!

Historical GreenpointLed by Greenpointers writer and local historian Geoff Cobb, a historical walking tour of Greenpoint this Thursday evening will explore the northern part of the neighborhood with a focus on local ecology. If you’ve ever wondered what was there before the WNYC Transmitter towers, or why our area’s formerly pristine estuary and green section of Brooklyn became a center of heavy industry, this tour is for you. Considering our rapidly changing neighborhood, it’s important to honor elements of the old Greenpoint. The tour, is approximately 1 mile, and will last about 1.5 hrs.

The FREE tour will meet by the Greenpoint Avenue gate to Transmitter Park at 6:30pm and will walk to Greenpoint Playground. All participants will receive a map of the area with tour highlights, and enjoy complementary hot cider and gingerbreads. Bundle up!

More info can be found here.


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12 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

© Baby Vamp by Bella Harris

I love Halloween. As a kid, I would plot and spend hours drawing mysterious costumes while anticipating the ultimate spooky night of the year. This idea carried on into adulthood with promises of parties, and yes, still, candy.

This year, with a busy schedule and new projects galore, the holiday snuck up on me. It’s that magic time and I’ve got nothing to show for it! Are you in a costume rut like me? Don’t have time to work on your Ziggy Stardust-turned-Werewolf mask? I didn’t think so. Here’s some ideas to try out this Friday.
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When a Greenpointer Ran For President

Charles Evans Hughes
Charles Evans Hughes

Like millions of other Americans, Greenpointers today are paying close attention to the presidential campaign, but a hundred years ago in 1916 Greenpointers were very interested in the presidential election because a local, Charles Evans Hughes, from Milton Street was the Republican nominee for president.

Hughes, born in 1862 in upstate New York, arrived in Greenpoint as a twelve year old when his father Rev. David Hughes became pastor of the Union Baptist Church on Noble Street. Hughes, a child prodigy with a photographic memory, was so bright that he left for college at age fourteen and passed the bar with one of the highest scores ever recorded. He became a corporate lawyer, but gained fame as a reformer when in 1905, he was appointed as counsel to the New York state legislative “Stevens Gas Commission”, a committee investigating utility rates. He brilliantly revealed the price fixing that was robbing New York State consumers, while also exposing the corrupt ties between the industry and Albany Law makers. He also conducted a state investigation of the insurance industry, which also revealed fraud, overpricing and political corruption. Continue reading

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Introducing Bullet Mouth: Greenpointers’ New Advice Column

Bullet Mouth is Greenpointers’ new advice column, here to answer your questions on life’s many vexing issues.

Raise a glass to living within your means.

Dear Bullet Mouth:
I have a group of friends who love to go out to dinner and out to bars all the time, which is great, as I love to socialize and be out on the town too.
The problem is, lately I’ve been a little on the broke side and can’t afford the same lifestyle. I want to see people and be involved, but how do I avoid forking over serious cash every night?
—Cash-Strapped on Calyer

Dear Cash-Strapped on Calyer: Everyone I know has this problem. Like you, they either can’t afford night-after-night out or, if they can, feel guilty about it because they should be saving more or engaging in healthier activities. You are absolutely not a special snowflake in this regard.

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Four of Wands Wellness Collective: Self-Care and Community

Four of Wands Wellness Collective Williamsburg Store Window
Four of Wands exterior; all photos via Four of Wands

Four of Wands Wellness Collective (349 Leonard Street) is a self-care studio in Williamsburg, where people can find different kinds of holistic treatments, classes, handmade gifts, and a community space. Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist Daru Oda wanted to create a space for  doing “what makes you happy. We forget to do things that are fun or to expand our minds. At Four of Wands, we can take care of ourselves for an hour.”

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Back-To-School Greencycle Swap This Saturday 9/17!

Greencycle Swap - back to school Sept 2016Cleaning out your closet with back to school? Bring everything over to Greencycle Swap! Bring some! Take some! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Let’s recycle, reuse and reduce!

The next Greencycle “Back-to-School” Swap 
is happening this Saturday, September 17 at Greenpoint Public Library (107 Norman Ave.) from 11am-3pm.

They’ll be accepting:
Men’s, womens and children’s clothing, shoes, books, toys, bicycles, phones, household items and electronics. Electronics accepted until 2pm—cleaned, gently used and working items please. You don’t need to bring anything to take anything. However, out of consideration for others, they may limit folks to the greater of 1 bag or the number of bags that you have brought to donate to the swap.

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Greenpoint Duo Babetown Rock Reopening of Brooklyn Bazaar

Last Friday night, the Brooklyn Bazaar was reincarnated in the former wedding venue/event space Polonaise Terrace at 150 Greenpoint Avenue. The Bazaar was forced to abandon their former location at 165 Banker Street in June of 2015 after being financially outmuscled by BMW, who took over their 23,000 square-foot warehouse. After being forced out, Bazaar owners Belvy Klein and Aaron Broudo set up the Riis Park Beach Bazaar on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, and started searching for a new location for the Brooklyn Bazaar.

They settled on Polonaise Terrace near the intersection of Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenues. The location is drastically different from their last but it affords the Bazaar a funky, cool, and slightly creepy “The Shining meets labyrinthine Polish funhouse” vibe. There are lots of nooks and crannies in the venue, with ping pong, putt putt, and karaoke downstairs, vendors and food (courtesy of The Brooklyn Star’s Joaquin Baca) on the first floor, and music upstairs.

Leibowitz and Ross perform as Babetown.

To kick things off for the big reopening last Friday night, the Bazaar did not disappoint, with a musical bill that included local Greenpoint husband-and-wife duo Babetown, Rockaway Beach rockers The Skells, and established indie band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Continue reading

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Neighbors Allied For Good Growth Seeking Fall Intern

NAG's Toxicity Map
NAG’s Toxicity Map

Civic-minded students! Local Greenpoint/Williamsburg community advocacy group Neighbors Allied For Good Growth is seeking a Fall intern! The intern will be assisting with outreach, communication, writing and more. NAG focuses on raising the quality of life in the neighborhood through supporting environmental, transportation and open space sustainability and improvement initiatives. The gig is flexible based on individual interests, and although it’s unpaid (with a small $45 per month transportation stipend) they can offer school credit. Via NAG: “Interns must be available 8 hours per week for the duration of the semester. This time will be split between NAG’s office in Williamsburg, offsite meetings, and virtual work. Much of the interns’ time might be spent remotely, depending on the project and the work agreement reached with the Community Environmental Organizer. Significant opportunities will also be available for interns to attend networking and training events.” The intern will also help create their 2016 NAG RAG. The dates of the Fall internship will be Sept 27 – December, as the school semester calendar permits.

There’s more info and the official job posting on Idealist.
Check out NAG on Facebook and on their site.

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