Despite the news of each new piece of horrendous legislation, it’s been helping me to remember that reading and writing are a form of social justice. April is National Poetry Month, and as celebrated poet Mary Oliver wrote in her new book of essays, Upstream, “…The poem was made not just to exist, but to speak—to be company.”
This spring, let your community be your company. Greenpoint is brimming with writers and artists who are using their voices to build spaces where you can share, listen, learn, and make a plan for moving forward; keep reading for three places you can join in the conversation.
They will be donating 20% of all proceeds towards IDP’s holistic community defense program that provides resources and tools to immigrants, their communities and advocates to fight back against deportations and ICE abuses.
Speakers from IDP will be attending to talk more about their initiatives.
The New Yorker spilled Greenpoint’s secret recently with its profile on Franklin Street’s The Diamond. The bar is definitely one of the best low-key spots in the neighborhood for good wine, great beer, shuffleboard, slot-car racing, and nibbles. Their eats are usually limited to Dub Pies and charcuterie, the easy stuff you don’t need a kitchen for. To switch things up food-wise, they’d periodically host pop-ups for an afternoon or evening, but nothing regular. Until now. Continue reading →
* NYC Restaurant Waste Workshop! @ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave) 9am, FREE, Learn how to green your business on a budget. Learn the new recycling requirements from the city, understand compost implementation, food sourcing and ways to save money on the electric bill, RSVP =) Comedy Hibachi Returns! @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 7pm, FREE, Phil Stamato and Sami Main host three improv teams and three stand-up comics for a night of unpredictable hilarity! Improv teams will perform and be followed by a stand-up comic who will endeavor to condense the hilarity of the improv performance into FIRE-HOT stand-up material, More info ♫ NAILS @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th St), 8pm, $18, withToxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper, Blame God, Buy tix
* PS 132 8th Annual Gala & Auction @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave), 6pm, $45, Help raise money for PS 132 and join their 8th Annual Gala and Auction, More info * Shamanic Healing Night @ Golden Drum (97 Green St), 6:30pm, $30, A collective of visionary healers and specially curated program of healing modalities and traditions, which will create a unique experience inspiring healing, Buy tix ♫ immigrantNY Benefit Art Show @ Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St), 7pm, by Donation, 20% of all proceeds towards Immigrant Defense Project’s holistic community defense program that provides resources and tools to immigrants, More info =) Comedy in Dance Festival @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St), 8pm, $16, Embrace the power of laughter! Guest curated by Abby Bender, our 8th Annual Comedy in Dance Festival presents a slew of movement-based work from choreographers, clowns, and comics that tickles an adult audience’s collective funny bone, More info ♫ Dirty Thursday: 90s Night @ House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave), 10pm, FREE, Old school hits, regrettable fashion choices and fads that have come and gone and come back even harder. New wave, hot jamz, and of course… 90’s all night, RSVP
Belva Lockwood was an early feminist and one of the first women to ever run for president. She ran twice in 1884 and again in 1888 in the days before women even had the right to vote. While doing research on Greenpoint history I have come across sources, including Memorable Greenpoint by Professor Virginia Felter, stating Lockwood was from Greenpoint, however other sources contradict this claim. At any rate, her story is fascinating. Continue reading →
Make Music New York is NYC’s largest one-day, free celebration of music. Let’s make Greenpoint the place to be during Make Music New York!
Now entering its 11th year, Make Music New York, is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer.
Completely different from a typical music festival, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part. MMNY, as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, works with the city community boards and NYPD to obtain amplified sound permits and block party permits for authorized applicants. Register for a performance on the sidewalk at your address, home or business, and MMNY takes care of the rest! From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions – from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock – perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens.
You can register public parks like McGorlick Park and McCarren Park. And if you apply soon, MMNY can help you register to host a block party!
In year’s past, dozens of MMNY concerts were put on in North Brooklyn during the festival at venues like Jimmy’s, Milk and Roses, Cato’s Army & Navy, and the Greenpoint YMCA on Meserole Avenue.
MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making. Let’s show the rest of the world what North Brooklyn can offer!
Come by the library on Saturday, March 25th from 10:30am-11:30am to learn how to join Friends of Greenpoint Library. Meet your neighbors, plan special events, and brainstorm ways to support the Greenpoint Library and its community. A branch library can have a greater impact when it has an active and vibrant friends group. If you love your local library and want to be more involved then this is the place for you!
Great literature never grows old or feels dated, and no local novel feels more current to local women than Betty Smith’s enduring 1943 classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which describes the coming of age of the protagonist Francie Nolan in the era before World War I in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The novel sold millions of copies and was made into a hit 1945 film, directed by Elia Kazan, starring James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner, who won a Special Academy Award for Outstanding Child Actress of 1945. Continue reading →
If you’re not familiar, the Brooklyn Art Library is home to The Sketchbook Project, an internationally crowd-sourced collection of 35,000 original artist sketchbooks created around the globe.
With over one million sketchbook spreads housed within their library walls at 28 Frost Street, BAL is a platform for visitors to connect with artists they may never have come across otherwise. And so much more!
Join starting at 2PM for more hoppy awesomeness on than previously considered possible. In addition they will have another can release on the horizon where they’ll be releasing local favorite Milk & Honey plus a killer new IPA, Interstellar. Until supplies last they also are offering cans of Instant Credibility Double IPA and Denali IPA for sale at the brewery, BE THERE!