Hallelujah! Something’s happening in the old Cassette space, making Franklin Street a little less sparse. The past several weeks we’ve seen Brooklyn Label paper up their windows, Mr. Souvlaki bit the dust, Mrs. Kim’s is “renovating”, and Jimmy’s packed up before year’s end. Gowanus’s Threes Brewing will be opening a temporary bar and beer shop at 113 Franklin Street (at Kent) starting today, and it will run at least through the end of the month and possibly longer. Continue reading
The last thing you need to worry about in 2017 is Valentine’s Day, a made-up holiday about a four-letter word. Avoid all the mushy stuff and dance your way into oblivion at littlefield on tonight (Friday, February 10), and celebrate singledom.
DJ Gordon Gloom (Feeling Gloomy, YDH2S) will be crowding the floor with songs of heartache and desire from the 80s to today, $6-8 drink specials will keep you (in)appropriately lubricated, a cleansing anti-love ritual will provide closure and catharsis, and our photo booth will prove to your ex(es) that you’re totally doing just fine on your own really just fine thank you very much.
Wear black. All black. Need a reason? Every living thing on earth dies alone. Creativity will be rewarded.
The rest is up to you. Rebel. Renew. Rebound.
the skint presents:
The Second Annual It’s Friday, I’m (Not) In Love Anti-Valentine’s Party
Friday, February 10 at 10pm
littlefield 622 Degraw Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues), Brooklyn
$6 adv, $10 door
Our annual holiday to celebrate love is almost here. Yes, Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday, and if you haven’t made a plan yet, there are plenty of North Brooklyn restaurants ready to help you out.
No word yet on whether Peter Pan will be serving up their famous heart-shaped doughnuts, though. Continue reading
Old-Timey Valentine’s Market, Anti-Valentine’s Day Party, Self-Care Faire, Tea Drunk Tasting – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/8–2/14)
I’m (Not) In Love Anti-Valentine’s Day Party @ Littlefield (622 Degraw St), Friday (2/10), 10pm, $6-10, The last thing you need to worry about in 2017 is Valentine’s Day, a made-up holiday about a four-letter word. Avoid all the mushy stuff and dance your way into oblivion. Wear black. All black. More info [sponsored]
This Sunday, February 12th from 1-7pm, we are hosting an Old-Timey Valentine’s Market in the beautiful Greenpoint Loft (67 West St). Whether you’re single, attached, or can’t really say, come imbibe Prohibition-era cocktails and vintage jazz tunes — or just mix and mingle as you shop for yourself, your friends, or your beloved. As always, we’ll be offering plenty of free, fun activities in addition to a judiciously selected panel of amazing local vendors. RSVP
♦ Tattoo to Protect Your Parts: A Planned Parenthood Affair @Magick City (37 Box St) 2pm, Pop-up tattoo salon with highly sought-after, talented artists on-site to give $40 flash sheet tattoos. 100% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, More info
♦ The Professional Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Watch The Professional in the Main Ballroom! Full bar and restaurant menu open before after and during the movie, RSVP
#Global Flavors: How Curry, Soy Sauce, and Sriracha Became American @MOFAD (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $10, Historic gastronomist and author of Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, Sarah Lohman explores the global flavors that make up American cuisine, More info
* Better Than Jam’s 7 YEARS Anniversary Party @ Better than Jam (20 Grattan St) 8pm, $10, BYOB, snacks provided. Sales and perks plus raffles and fun!, More info
♦ Taste of Streep MOVIE PARTY *postcards from the EDGE* @Syndicated Bar (40 Bogart St) 7pm, $20, Drink, eat, and celebrate three amazing women – Meryl Streep, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds, Includes film screening, cocktail, & the chance to win a grand prize basket in a competitive round of Meryl trivia, Buy tix
If you’re in need of dinner or lunch plans, here’s some news you can use. Grand Street Restaurant Week, a project of the Grand Street Business Improvement District, is happening now until Sunday the 12th. This year, twelve Grand Street restaurants are offering two-course lunch specials for $15 or less, and three-course dinner specials for $30 or less. Notable participants include The Sandwich Shop, The Starlight, and Ryujin Ramen (that’ll be really good during the snowstorm). Menus can be found here.
Another one to check out is Pie Smith, a build-your-own pie and panini shop started by a long-time Brooklyn family. Also, if you Instagram your restaurant week prix-fixe meal with #DineOnGrand and @GrandStreetBID, there’s a chance to win a $25 gift card to your favorite Grand Street spot!
A local man, Christopher Boissard, who has been harassing and grabbing locals, in addition to shoving customers inside local businesses has now been charged with felony sex abuse.
Via DNA Info:
“An accused serial groper who has attacked and stalked a neighborhood mom continues to target other local woman — seemingly undeterred by restraining orders against him, police and his victims said.
Christopher Boissard, 25 — a deaf man who’s been arrested more than 30 times on various low-level charges — has three pending groping cases against him and a conviction for attacking and harassing his own father, court records show.
He has violated orders of protection barring him from going near his alleged victims at least six times, in a pattern neighbors worry could get someone killed.”
“Last fall, on Sept. 11, he fondled a woman’s breasts at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Freeman Street at around 9:30 p.m., according to prosecutors. He was arrested, and Judge Matthew J. D’Emic set bail at $500, which he posted, court records show.”
“Boissard fondled a woman’s breasts and shoved her inside a store near India Street and Manhattan Avenue, as workers at the store repeatedly asked him to leave, prosecutors said.”
“Workers at Manhattan Avenue’s Champion Coffee said that two weeks before Boissard groped Clare, police were called after he chased several women down the avenue, though no police report was filed.
He’s shoved customers inside local businesses, and sometimes walks in and screams before running out, witnesses said. Shopkeepers say they keep a watchful eye on Boissard.”
No frills. Old school. Neighborhood staple. Hole in the wall. That’s how devotees of this remnant of the old Williamsburg refer to Savino’s Quality Pasta. If you’ve been there you go back. Fresh pasta, super cheap.
You won’t find any reclaimed wood or floor to ceiling subway tile in Savino’s storefront, no Edison bulbs or communal tables. Just earnest, camera shy Cono Savino, his mom and dad: Josephine and Frank, a half dozen varieties of freshly made pasta and ravioli, a few cheeses, some homemade sauces, and an assortment of Italian pantry items.
It’s Black History Month when we celebrate African-American contributions to our country, but many born and raised Greenpointers who pride themselves on knowing local history would be shocked to learn that African-Americans have played a role in history here for more than three centuries.
Sadly, the first African-Americans were slaves. We do not know the name of the first African American who came to Greenpoint, but we do know how he came here. Dirck Volckertszen, the first European settler, in our area bought one of the first slaves sold at the slave market on Wall Street in 1645, but Volckertszen was not alone as a Greenpoint slave owner. All the original five families who farmed the land here had slaves. In the book “Historic Greenpoint” written by William Felter in 1918, the author assures us, “The Dutch enjoyed a reputation of treating their slaves with consideration.” However, we are not able to ask these enslaved men and women about the accuracy of Felter’s claim. Felter also makes the claim that even after New York State’s Slave Emancipation Act, which took effect in 1827 that the former slaves of Greenpoint continued to regard themselves as members of the household, but again perhaps these first African-American Greenpointers simply were not ready to face the difficult transition to independence. Continue reading
February is all about change and unexpected news. Since Mars is in Aries until March 9, many people will have a lot of energy, which is really needed right now, considering the political climate. It’s the perfect time to protest, especially since the Sun visits politically engaged Aquarius until February 18.
We’re now in the lunar Year of the Rooster, which has astrologers believe that this is a sign of hope–so maybe not all is lost.
Check out your February horoscope after the jump! Continue reading