The Spice King of New York at Williamsburg’s MOFAD

Lior Lev Sercarz at MOFAD
Lior Lev Sercarz at MOFAD

Spice master Chef Lior Lev Sercarz gave a zestful talk about his life, career, the art of flavor, and his new book The Spice Companion at Williamsburg’s Museum of Food & Drink (62 Bayard Street) this past Thursday night. Lior was an engaging speaker, and it’s obvious that when he’s talking about spices, he’s speaking directly from his heart.

He asked the audience how many times we’d actually tasted the spices in our cupboards, by themselves. I cook a lot, but I’ve probably never shoveled a lone spoonful of paprika into my mouth. Lior’s point: these are ingredients we’re putting into our cooking every day, so why aren’t we tasting them? Why aren’t we smelling them? We should be giving ourselves a sensory vocabulary of spices so that we know how to use them as creative culinary tools. He passed a few spices around to the audience for us to taste and smell—turmeric, cayenne, ancho chile powder, ginger, cinnamon, cocoa powder. I noticed that when confronted with the spice itself, it allowed me to really get to know the depth of its personality, while imagining where I could go with it in a way that just wouldn’t happen if I muddled it into a recipe. Continue reading

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Your Ultimate 2016 Popup Holiday Market Shopping Guide

Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015
Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015

‘Tis the season for buying gifts! So, why not pick up some special treasures that are equally thoughtful and made by small businesses? With loads of sweet holiday markets right on this season’s radar (including ours!), there’s tons of party-ready and memorable treats for you and yours.

From the Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market (Sunday Dec. 11th!) to Bulletin at the William Vale and Catland, there’s something for everyone. Read on for shopping tips, gift guides, and the full schedule.

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Drink Unlimited Warm Cocktails & Winter Beers at the Spiked Mug Fest Holiday Bazaar (12/17-18)! Discount Code!

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Unlimited Warm Cocktails at the Spiked Mug Festival? Yes Please!

An assortment of festive cocktails like the “Kansas Christmas Cake” made with whiskey and allspice, hot buttered rum, mulled wine, warm cider, spiked hot cocoa plus winter beers like Coney Island Brewery’s “The Plunge” spicy Belgian-style ale and more are coming to The Factory (30-30 47th Ave, LIC) and you can drink them in unlimited quantities on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 from 11:30AM-8:30pm!

Spiked Hot Chocolate
Spiked Hot Chocolate

Just a few stops away on the G train, the Spiked Mug Fest and Holiday Bazaar is reppin’ Queens’ diverse eateries, creative vendors, and fun times with festive drinking, good eating, local shopping, and music. Tis’ the season so why not do them all at the same time and place?

Tickets start at just $39.00 per session for unlimited warm cocktails and winter beer tastings. Enter code GREENPOINT at checkout to get an additional 10% Discount Check this off your holiday list before it’s too late – offer expires this Monday, December 12th at midnight. Continue reading

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Sunday Snaps – Vinyl Decisions

Here in Greenpoint, we’re pretty lucky to have some seriously great record shops around. For this Sunday Snaps, I decided to drop by four of my favorites and ask employees and owners what recent items had come in that they were especially excited about. The shops I visited included Record Grouch (986 Manhattan Ave.), Academy Records Annex (85 Oak St.), Captured Tracks (195 Calyer St.), and Co-op 87 Records (87 Guernsey St.) Here are some of the albums they showed me, complete with a few pictures of these excellent local record stores!

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“One side is live and the other side is the studio versions of all the same songs. I love the great Bauhaus-y cover; there’s rhythm, perspective, movement, a landscape. My favorite song on this album is called ‘Rubber Miro’.” – Ron at Academy Records Annex

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Sur-Real Estate, Home Invasion, Goldie’s — The Hook-Up 12/2

Rendering of proposed building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. - Kutnicki Bernstein Architects
Rendering of proposed building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. – Kutnicki Bernstein Architects

Developers are planning to build an 11 story mixed-use residential building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. overlooking Transmitter Park. The proposed building would have 77 apartments (23 affordable) and approximately 4,700 square feet of commercial space.

Notorious Brooklyn slumlords admitted to using abusive tactics to push out tenants from five North Brooklyn buildings, including 300 Nassau Ave. A plea deal was reached resulting in a $350,000 fine and no jail time.

An 85-year-old man played dead while he was robbed by three men who ran off with $36,000 from his Huron St. home. Continue reading

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Greenpointers Advice: How Do I Socialize with a Friend Who Doesn’t Drink?

Bullet Mouth is Greenpointers’ advice column, here to answer your questions on life’s many vexing issues, and share how hanging out in Greenpoint can help.

Cocktails at Esme: A Good Soldier (Becherovka, Bourbon, corn lemon, cinnamon) and A Los Suicidas (Mezcal, Pimms, Strawberry, Lime, Beet) . Photo: Rosie deBelgeonne
Cocktails at Esme. Photo: Rosie deBelgeonne

Dear Bullet Mouth: I just found out that a new friend doesn’t drink alcohol. That’s totally cool by me, but short of only hanging out with her during the day, how do I work her into my social life? I don’t invite her out to bars, right? What about get-togethers where there will be alcohol?

Answer: Though it’s hard to imagine living in a booze-laden metropolis—or even a one-saloon town—as a teetotaler, recent excesses have me contemplating the potential benefits of going off the sauce. Namely, “hair of the dog” would cease to be an integral part of my vocabulary, cash would start piling up and I’d probably lose ten pounds. I would also have to completely overhaul my social life and acquire some new hobbies. Continue reading

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The 6th annual No Office Holiday Party is returning on 12/9!

Brokelyn Office Holiday Party

Brokelyn and the skint present: The No Office Holiday Party, Brooklyn’s hottest holiday party for everyone who ain’t about that office life (or anyone who just wants to turn up without their boss watching) is coming back for its 6th year on Dec. 9, held at Littlefield (622 Degraw St.)! And it’s on a Friday this time, so we can truly wreck the halls.

Let’s say goodbye to this terrifying garbage fire of a year with style at Littlefield, where they’ll have live-band karaoke from the famous Rock Star Karaoke, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, a holiday photo booth, sexy Santa and Lady Santa, tasty food from Yeah Dawg and drink specials, plus lots of surprises in store this year, including some to help you take out your anger (hint: start saving up all the mean things you ever wanted to say to your boss). Continue reading

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Holiday Tropical Market!! Mojitos and Mulled Wine, Craft Beer, Massages, Henna Tattoos, Face Painting, The Roving Typist, Live Music, 60+ Vendors & More! (Sun, 12/11)


On Sunday, December 11th (1-7PM), sleigh bells and palm trees, snowflakes and sunshine come together in the Greenpointers universe because we’re celebrating this holiday season with beachy cheer, at our Holiday Tropical Market!

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Poster design by Monica Griffin

Discover beautifully crafted high quality gifts from some of the most talented local artisans and makers while enjoying a day full of FREE fun activities, food, mojitos, mulled wine, and seasonal craft beer in the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft.

With soaring wood beams and views of the East River and Manhattan, the Greenpoint Loft is now a private event space that opens to the public during our markets. Restored to its pre-war glory, it was once the home of America’s largest rope manufacturer and is worth a visit for a glimpse of Greenpoint history.

RSVP for Sunday, December 11th from 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, 5th Floor). Continue reading

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Weekend Music for Cool Kids and Weirdos Too (12/1 – 12/4)

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Here are some famous acts playing this weekend.

Don’t worry, we also save room in the back for unsung heroes.

The Hold Steady have three sold-out Brooklyn Bowl shows beginning tonight. Additional tickets will be released at 6 PM each night.

Rockabilly’s Reverend Horton Heat is at Warsaw on Saturday and as usual he’s got a full coterie of highly disreputable opening acts, like Unknown Hinson and Nashville Pussy. Tickets are $22 and still available online.

If you joined the Standing Rock protest bandwagon there’s a benefit at Sunnyvale on Saturday at 8 PM and all the bands playing have suitably passive-aggressive names.

Weirdos like me who like classic Latin jazz and folky cabaret somehow find local options around town too. Continue reading

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Meeker Ave Toxic Plume Meeting Today: Ask Questions

Investigation area - Meeker Ave. Plume
Investigation area – Meeker Ave. Plume via DEC

Today is your chance to learn about the toxins lurking underneath the area surrounding our beloved McGolrick Park.

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding a public meeting to answer your questions about the Meeker Avenue Plume. State reps will be on hand to talk about the ongoing investigation at the site outlined in black on the map above.

The information session takes place today (Thursday, December 1st) at the Polish and Slavic Center located at 176 Java St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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