The Brooklyn Horror Film Fest Will Scare The Living Sh*t Out Of You

Brooklyn Horror Fest Poster 2017It’s that time of year, folks. There’s a chill in the air, and down your spine. Trees become skeletal, the ground crunches underfoot, the moon comes out and the fog rolls in. It’s time to get freaky, and the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest can help you do just that. Taking place this year over the weekend of Friday October 13th through Sunday October 15th, we are lucky to have most of the screening venues in our ‘hood. Perfect for a date, or going it alone (if you dare). They’ll be presenting independent feature films and shorts from horror filmmakers from around the world, including some local to NYC. And, the fest will also be hosting an opening night party, panel discussions, Q&A’s with filmmakers, games, contests, merch tables, an award ceremony and a sendoff party after the final screening.

Badges are already sold out, but you can still get tickets to individual showings, from $13-$18 depending on the event. Below, we’ve listed the films that are being shown locally, but you should check their site for a full listing of films and events all over Brooklyn. Continue reading

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Fjällräven Comes to Cato’s

Since 1975, Cato’s (654 Manhattan Ave) has built its reputation on providing heritage American brands at affordable prices to the working men and women of Greenpoint. Carhartt, Dickie, Filson, Levi , Pendleton and Woolrich can all be found under one roof. But classic American brands that produce durable products are not the only focus of the Greenpoint consumer.

Companies that produce goods in an environmentally sustainable way is equally important. To address that need, Cato’s has expanded its brands this Fall to include Fjällräven — a company which prides itself on manufacturing environmentally sustainable gear and clothing.

Founded in Sweden in 1960, Fjällräven (Arctic Fox in Swedish) stresses environmentalism and is an industry leader in “eco” fabrics. Fabrics that are manufactured using less harmful chemicals. “Fjällräven was a natural addition to our Heritage Brands” says Marcin Rak, Cato’s Store Manager. “The company makes functional and durable products with an eye toward the environment.”

Fjällräven uses a proprietary fabric called G-1000 in all the outerwear garments carried at Cato’s. This is a blend of wax treated recycled polyester and organic cotton which is completely PFC free — ensuring a durable garment that is water resistant and windproof.

Garment manufacturers realize that consumers want them to find ways of reducing their carbon footprint. “Levi’s White Oak rigid unwashed denim was produced to fulfill Levi’s commitment to using less water and was the first environmentally focused product we brought into the store” says Ed Veneziano, Cato’s owner. “We are focused on continuing to add brands that Greenpointers want – durable, affordable brands from companies that care about the environment.”

Sponsored by Cato’s Army & Navy . Located on 654 Manhattan Ave, Cato’s has provided quality clothing at reasonable prices to Greenpoint for over 40 years! Visit them Monday-Saturday 10AM-8PM or Sundays from 11AM to 5pm. Mention Greenpointers and get a free gift with any purchase!

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F*CK, That’s Delicious: Mouthy Rapper Action Bronson’s Dinner & Book Release Party at Nitehawk

Action Bronson at Nitehawk Cinema
Action Bronson at Nitehawk Cinema, via Instagram

If you have not heard of rapper, former chef and Viceland host Action Bronson’s low culture cult following, you may soon be aware of his larger-than-life presence. Born in Queens and reportedly living in North Brooklyn, he has become an icon somewhat for his brazen rap stylings, but is probably more acclaimed for his self-proclaimed lyrical adoration of the pre-packaged foods most of us grew up with—chicken tenders, Starburst, Steak-umms; and his more complex and grown-up gourmet tastes—steak that’s aged for over 20 days, lamb that’s been roasted over 7 hours, stuffing filled with truffles and pears. As a chubby, foul-mouthed yet lovable character, he appeals to many: the shameless (those who would happily chow down on dirty water hotdogs), the detail-oriented (people who would source the best ingredients to create a very simple meal) and the fun-food-havers (regular people at a backyard BBQ where the smoker’s been going for hours, where homemade food and booze is abundant and anything goes). Continue reading

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Participatory Budgeting Meetings Tonight & Next Week (9/20 & 9/27)

For the past few years, City Council Member Stephen Levin has allowed the residents of District 33 to decide how to allocate at least $1 million of discretionary funds. And it’s time to submit ideas for next year! Need some inspiration? Here are winning ideas from other districts (26, 34, 35, 36, and 39). Or you can help Stephen Levin and his team brainstorm ideas at one of the upcoming neighborhood meetings!

Participatory budgeting has been going on in New York City for seven years now with District 33 joining during the second year. In short, “Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.” Yes, voters directly decide which of the proposed projects they feel should be funded and the popular vote wins. Projects are funded until the available money runs out. Earlier this year, 3,789 turned out to vote with the winners including bus clocks along the B62/B32 bus routes; a STEAM Lab for Samuel Dupont Elementary School/P.S. 31 (75 Meserole St); and upgraded electrical wiring at Monitor School/P.S. 110 (124 Monitor St). Continue reading

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Rock Your Tastebuds at National Sawdust’s Food/Drinks/Music Pairing Event Next Thursday (9/28)!

Next Thursday evening (9/28) at 7:30pm, National Sawdust (80 N 6th St) is presenting a night of inspired food, mixology and music as they pair up small bites and cocktails with custom-composed music to simultaneously tickle your ears and your tastebuds.

James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly of Rider (National Sawdust’s sister restaurant) and “cocktail world enigma” Allen Katz, mixologist and local distiller at New York Distilling Company (79 Richardson St), will create the tantalizing culinary experience, which will offer four canapés (three h’ors doeuvres + dessert) and five cocktails on tap.

Multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda, who will premiere Chopping Music. Photo by Nathan West.
Multi-instrumentalist Yuka Honda, who will premiere Chopping Music. Photo by Nathan West.

Musicians include jazz singer Magos Herrera, multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda (of Cibo Matto), and pianist Oded Lev-Ari, who will lead the ensemble in a program ranging from tango to electronic music to Mexican folk song, including the world premiere of Chopping Music and a piece inspired by the humble juniper berry.

And, audience members get 20% off their bill at Rider after the event. Advance tickets are $70 and available here. 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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Teacup Music FREE Trial Class for Beginner Violin Tomorrow (Wed, 9/20)

Teacup Music is hosting a FREE trial class tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/20) for beginner violin students ages 3-6 years old.

When: 3:00-3:45pm
Where: Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St)
Ages: 3-6 Years

The goal of the program is fostering creativity and a passion for music in early childhood. Not only will students learn basic music theory and get a hands on look at a musical instrument, they will also develop skills in creativity, memory, and self confidence.

Check out the first class for free before committing to the Fall semester. Teacup Music also provides Sliding Scale scholarships to low income families.

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Don’t Have a Home Inventory List for Apartment Insurance? Don’t Worry, Here’s How

When it comes to apartment insurance, second in importance to your home possessions is a record of your home possessions.

You can do this easily with a home survey. Here’s how:

1. A comprehensive home inventory should include a spreadsheet with the item description (make, model, serial number, value, and purchase date).

Even more important for showing proof of ownership is having a visual record of your possessions. Thirty or so digital photos are easy to forward to an adjuster.

2. It’s important to thoroughly document your belongings to help the claims process go smoothly. Move from room to room, listing items as you go — and list their receipts, credit card statements, and appraisals (include the appraiser’s name and address).

3. Use cloud storage, like Google Docs or Dropbox, which can also store images.

Remember: Written inventories are useful for reminding you what was in your possession when making a claim, but they are not accepted as proof of ownership — digital photos and credit card receipts are.

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