How A Greenpoint Statue Became A Target of Anti-Americanism

Many Greenpointers know that Ferdinand De Lesseps famous Iwo Jima memorial was cast locally at Bedi Rassy Art foundry on India Street; however many people do not know the story of another sculpture cast there, which has become one of the most attacked statues in the world and a focal point of anti-American violence.

In 1963 De Lesseps cast a twelve-foot high bronze statue of Harry Truman. The statue is one of only eight statues of American presidents that stand outside of the United. States. The piece was commissioned by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, a Greek-American group, to honor the Truman Doctrine, which gave $2 billion in economic and military aid to the Greek government to defeat communist guerrillas during the country’s civil war between 1946 and 1949. Continue reading

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10 Spring Arrivals from Concrete + Water We Didn’t Know We Needed

One of my favorite lazy weekend activities? People watching in Greenpoint. It’s the best because there are quite a few stylish (and foxy!) denizens in this buzzing community. I’m always drawn into self-expression and how people dress themselves.

So, if you want to take your street style game up a notch or need a few minimal-chic pieces, stop by the North Williamsburg boutique, Concrete + Water (485 Driggs Ave). There you can score big on jumpsuits, mules, bright colored blouses, watermelon print dresses (yes!), and off beat sneakers. Be a polaroid queen in these 10 fresh picks.
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The Hum Concert Series Proves That The Future Is Female

The Hum Night 2, Photo by Julia Drummond
Photo by Julia Drummond

The Hum, in its 5th year, is a magical project put together by Rachael Pazdan. Pazdan, music director at the Le Possion Rouge, unites female artists who have never worked together to create new music for an all-female performance series for five nights. In past years it was held at Manhattan Inn (RIP), but this year Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) is hosting all the events except one which will be held at Le Poisson Rouge. This past Monday’s session was serene, synth-ful and sinful, and full of dance-like beauty. Each group was seamless and fluid in their collaboration, making it appear that they must have worked together before. These groups that played involved several powerhouses, including Kissey as well as Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz). Continue reading

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Say Hello to West Street’s New Wine Bar!

West Wine Bar - Krystyna Lijek
West Wine Bar, Now Open at 67 West St!

New apartments aren’t the only thing popping up on West Street! This past weekend, West Wine Bar had its soft opening at 67 West Street between Noble and Milton in Greenpoint, and at 5 pm on Sunday, the place was bustling. The door was wide open with knowledgeable and friendly staff ready to greet the neighborhood. There were a handful of patrons at tables throughout the evening with locals popping in and out to check out the new space. And, of course, the wines, of which there are many.

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This Season’s Outdoor Movies! ::Gets Popcorn::

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Dobbin St’s gorgeous rooftop at sunset, via Dobbin St

Ok, so we’ve been stuck in the weather purgatory that is Spring (it’s hot/it’s cold/it’s rainy/it sucks), but it’s already time to start planning out our summer outdoor activities—because before we know it we’ll be stuck in blizzard land. In North Brooklyn we’re lucky to have three awesome options for watching movies outdoors this summer! Because who doesn’t love a good excuse to sit amongst the fireflies and watch the sun set on a blanket next to their honey (or doggie) with a pre-hot-mess Lindsey Lohan snarling on the big screen? (See Mean Girls at SummerScreen in McCarren, Wednesday July 5th).

THE SUNSET SCREENINGS — ROOFTOP MOVIES AT DOBBIN STREET
A new free monthly rooftop film series, The Sunset Screenings, kicks off May 24th and runs through September. The free movies will screen at local event space Dobbin St (64 Dobbin Street) on their 3,000 sq ft rooftop terrace. Just as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline, the films will begin. To complement the view, the series is“city” themed, representing the world’s most iconic cities from New York to Tokyo with a carefully curated list of films. Here’s the schedule:

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Bad Film Fest: Scumbags From Outer Space, Zombies, and Ass-Bleeding

Bad Film Fest

The 5th annual Bad Film Fest, happening at art space Cloud City (85 N 1st St) on May 19-21, celebrates the dark horses of cinema and gives aspiring filmmakers of all ages and skill levels a chance to share their most absurd and experimental films, whether in the form of a “Cops”-inspired mockumentary, absurdist sci-fi or a heartfelt drama. Films to be screened include “My Ass Is Bleeding 2,” “Scumbags From Outer Space,” “Meatloaf Zombies,” and “Still Shaving After All These Beers.”

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Last Minute Planners Rejoice: 5 Places To Brunch With Mom This Sunday

The Williamsburg Hotel - Tea service
Tea service at The Williamsburg Hotel

The Williamsburg Hotel | 96 Wythe Ave.
12pm-6pm, Tea Service and live jazz
Cozy up in velvet banquette seating for tea time between 12pm – 6pm as Katherine Ella Wood sings lighthearted “sunny jazz.” Let her transport you back in time while sipping on premium teas while enjoying sweet and savory bites from the Brooklyn Bread Lab.

Bk Winery Mother's Day Brunch
Brooklyn Winery
213 N 8th Street, Williamsburg
Mother’s Day Brunch 11am to 3pm
$35 prix fixe menu, more info here.
For Reservations email: [email protected]

Cherry Point | 664 Manhattan Ave.
Cherry Point is offering up their chef’s table for Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. Call for more info, menu options, and bookings. 718.389.3828

Freehold, via Facebook
Freehold, via Facebook

Freehold | 45 S 3rd St.
Brunch, flowers and MOMosas starts at 11am.
Please call to make reservations in advance. More info. 718.388.7591

H&J Mother's Day Brunch 2017Humboldt & Jackson | 434 Humboldt St.
11am-4pm. $14.99 ALL YOU CAN EAT Mother’s Day brunch party.
Delicious-sounding menu available on their website, and you can make a reservation for parties of 6 or more via email: [email protected]

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Tomorrow: Grand Opening Party at plus BKLYN

plus Bklyn
via Facebook

There’s a hot new store in town – say hello to plus BKLYN (455 Graham Ave). This fab plus-sized boutique sells edgy trends and cool styles for ladies in sizes 14-26. And, this Saturday (5/13) is plus BKLYN’s grand opening party (open to those of all sizes) from 7-10pm with a DJ, snacks, tarot readings and great deals on cute clothes. After the jump, check out some of their most rockin’ pieces. Continue reading

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The Takedowns Have Come Home to Greenpoint

15 years ago, Matt Timms, a struggling actor, began hosting friendly chili cook-offs in his home, partly as a way to hang with friends on the cheap. The parties became popular enough that in 2005, he moved them to Bar Matchless, got 100 people to pay to eat chili, and thus the Takedowns began. Since then, the Takedowns have expanded and gone to other cities, but a few months ago, Matt brought them home to Greenpoint and the new Brooklyn Bazaar. And this month’s Takedown, happening next Sunday the 21st, is all about one of the best foods ever created on this Earth, tacos. Continue reading

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How We Roll: Summer Bike Events!

Photo: Erik Keithley
A biker busts out some tricks on Freeman Street. Photo: Erik Keithley

This past weekend the Five Boro Bike Tour kicked off the summer cycling season (even though our weather hasn’t fully turned warm yet, dangit). If you love nothing more than pounding the pavement on two wheels when the weather’s at its finest, here’s a roundup of other local bike events happening over the next few months. Take a seat and pop a wheelie through North Brooklyn!
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