New York has run on coffee since at least 1668, when the first written reference to the drink in America noted that New Yorkers were imbibing a brew made of roasted beans flavored with sugar, or honey and cinnamon. Following the Civil War, our beloved borough became the center of the national coffee trade. By the turn of the 20th century, 86% of the nation’s coffee docked in New York Harbor, and John Arbuckle’s plant on John Street in DUMBO roasted more coffee than any other building in the world.
Today, Brooklynites are pioneering the “third wave” specialty coffee craze, and our local roasters are flavoring their drinks with a lot more than sugar or honey and cinnamon. In the name of investigative journalism, I set out to sample some of that local flavor. In Greenpoint alone, that means turmeric, lavender, licorice and other assorted delights. These are not your average pours and they’ll run you more than a regular coffee, but if you’re looking to splurge on something special, read on for Greenpoint’s most exciting coffee concoctions. Continue reading →
Nine months ago, herbalist Elizabeth DeCoursey opened Antidote Apothecary + Tea Bar at 200 Franklin Street and worked hard through the winter helping Greenpointers live a better life through her herbs and tinctures. Having lived in Greenpoint for 15 years, she’s felt that a great, friendly herbal-focused shop was desperately needed. But given the lack of healthy eating spots north of Greenpoint Avenue and a desire to make the shop a place the thoroughly nurtures her neighbors, a couple of months ago she decided to start offering a full menu from noon to 7 pm every day. Trust me, you will feed like the picture of health after stopping by for a quick bite. Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 10/19 ☺ Stir Crazy Wednesdays @ Slick Willie (179 Meserole Ave) 8pm, FREE, A weekly comedy show hosted by Aldo Marachilian, More info * Final Presidential Debate @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 9pm, FREE, With free popcorn both to eat and to throw at the screen, More info
THURSDAY 10/20 * Damn Good @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, A performance art series that brings together artists whose work resists categorization and invites experimentation, Buy tix * Pat October @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 10pm, FREE, With Ani Klang / Adam Radakovich / Volvox / JD Samson / OLIVE T / Amber Valentine, RSVP * Dragnet Halloween @ The Metropolitan (559 Lorimer St) 11pm, FREE, With Maddelynn Hatter / Crystal Mesh / Zenobia / Merrie Cherry / Francesca, More info
WEDNESDAY 10/12 ♦ Dauntless Media Be Dauntless @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, a riveting video installation by Eight of Spades filmmaker and video artist Melisande Bliss, RSVP * ASS: Antagonism Storytelling Series @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Comedians tell true stories of when they were assholes on purpose, RSVP
THURSDAY 10/13 ♫ BKLYN R&G Presents @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 7pm, $10, With Noah Harley / Gato Paloma / Rashad Brown, RSVP ^ Psychocandy 33 1/3 Release Party @ Aviv (496 Morgan Ave) 8pm, $10, With Big Ups / Greys / Yucky Duckster, Buy tix ♦ Flux Thursday @ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St) 8pm, FREE, A monthly potluck and art salon, More info
[sponsored] TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) 1pm, $35–$100, More info and 30% Discount Code An annual outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor, now entering its 7th year. This block party–style event features samples from 50+ of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries, along with live music, demonstrations, and much, much more.
WEDNESDAY 9/14 ^ Banned But Translated @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Members of the PEN America Translation Committee read from translations of books that have been banned in other countries, More info ☺ Cinder Block Comedy Festival Preview Show @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 1opm, FREE, Hosted by Gabe Pacheco and Sameer Naseem, with Sarah Kennedy, Eman El-Husseini, Myq Kaplan, and more, More info
THURSDAY 9/15 ♦ “Slow Silent” Opening Reception@ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 6pm, FREE, Recent works by Eric Otto, More info ♦ New Red Wine Release & “Geometries”@ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, A solo exhibition of work by Matti Havens, plus $2 off glasses of BOE 2013 Social Club Red, More info ♫ Gimme Tinnitus Presents @ Aviv (496 Morgan Ave) 8pm, $8, With Parlor Walls / Natural Velvet / Weeping Icon / Plaque, RSVP