Last year’s TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint was nothing short of epic—we left dizzy with tequila courtesy of 21 Greenpoint, and our bellies full of tasty tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, and other delectable bites from North Brooklyn restaurants. The fest is an ideal way to sample the range of flavors at a number of different restaurants, all in one go. Going strong in its 8th year, this year’s event on September 17th from 1-5pm andis taking over the Williamsburg waterfront (90 Kent Ave). In addition to the more than 40 food and drink vendors, they’ll again host live music, demonstrations and other fun activities for everyone. TASTE is put on by our own North Brooklyn community center The Firehouse, so the proceeds go to benefit the renovation of the former Engine Co. 212 Firehouse for community activity. The Firehouse will provide a permanent home to neighborhood social justice organizations for continued advocacy and direct services to Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
Greenpointers readers (that’s you) can get 40% off your tickets by following this link. And it’s a sweet deal—$21 gets you 4 tastes and 2 drinks, $36 gets you 8 tastes and 4 drinks.
[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
WEDNESDAY 8/24 * Wednesday With Westerns @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, $7, An interactive art experience that will make you feel like kicking saloon doors and spitting a mouthful of tobacco on the floor, RSVP * Breaking a Monster @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 7:30pm, $16, A documentary about teenage metal band Unlocking the Truth, plus a Q&A with the director and band members, More info
THURSDAY 8/25 ^ The Loaded Canon @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, Local literature meets wine and cocktail pairings in this revamp of the classic reading series, More info * We’ve Come So Far @ Rough Trade (64 North 9th St) 7pm, FREE, A panel discussion on the last days of Death By Audio, RSVP
WEDNESDAY 8/03 ^ Craig’s List Chronicles Book Party @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Former Greenpointers writer Kim Masson launches her first novel, with Q&A with Brooklyn writer Oriana Leckert, More info * SummerScreen @ McCarren Park, 6pm, FREE, A screening of The Royal Tennenbaums with music beforehand by Honduras, More info
THURSDAY 8/04 ♦ BOE 10th Anniversary Retrospective Art Exhibit @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, A showcase of the artists who have contributed to BOE labels over the past ten years, More info ^Hot and Bothered Launch@ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Celebrate the launch of Hot and Bothered with readings and visual art from the issue, RSVP ♫ Summer Soundsystem Slam @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, $5, With Obsessive Discipline / DJ Knifesex / MC Disaronno Records, RSVP
WEDNESDAY 6/01 # Domestication en Flux: Mushrooms @ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St) 6:30pm, FREE, Learn how to cultivate and grow edible mushrooms in your own home, More info * How to Make Edible Magazine @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 8pm, $10, Learn about the process that brings each issue to newsstands and mailboxes, Buy tix
THURSDAY 6/02 ♦ “Between Worlds” @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, Opening reception for a solo exhibition by Jen Ferguson, featuring $2 off glasses of BOE 2013 ‘Friend’ Riesling, RSVP ♦ New Work by Jody Erickson @ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, Solo show opening with free wine, RSVP ♫ Sign o’ the Times @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 9pm, $12, Members of Brian Blade Fellowship, Starchild, and more play Prince’s seminal album in its entirety, More info
WEDNESDAY 3/23 ☺ What Are You Afraid Of? @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, $8, Comic tales of fears featuring Jasmine Pierce, Anita Flores, Anna Rose Roisman, and Julio Torres, Buy tix # Sumo Stew @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 8pm, $5, Watch a sumo match streaming live from Japan while you enjoy bento boxes by outstanding local chefs, More info
THURSDAY 3/24 * Purim Bash @ Greenpoint Loft (67 West St) 6:30pm, $10, With a megillah reading, magic show, face painting, crafts, buffet dinner, and more, More info * You & Yours Grand Opening @ You & Yours Vintage (77 Franklin St) 6pm, FREE, Get drinks, desserts, and amazing vintage finds, More info ♦ “Passing Through” and Motley Cru Wine Release @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, Opening reception for a solo exhibition by Fanny Allié, plus a celebration of the release of 2012 Motley Cru, More info
WEDNESDAY 3/02 * Superfund Seminar @ Polish Slavic Center (176 Java St) 6:30pm, FREE, Join a discussion on the variety of agencies and programs that are cleaning up our community, RSVP ♫ Salsa Picante @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, With the Adam Amram Experience / Los Salsatanes, & Masam Dream World / DJ That’s So Raben / DJ Ben Robey, RSVP
THURSDAY 3/03 ^ Local Organic @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, Fresh local literature meets wine and cocktail pairings in this revamp of the classic reading series, More info ♫ Virginia Ostgut Tom @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) 10pm, $10, With Umfang / Olive T / Capablanca / Willie Burns, RSVP
Greenpointers Valentine’s Market Greenpoint Loft (67 West St), Sunday (2/7) 1-7pm, FREE More info
If you don’t know, now you know, Greenpoint! Every season, the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft comes alive with FREE fun activities, food & refreshments, music, and epic local shopping. And on Sunday, February 7th (1-7PM) we’re spreading the love the Greenpoint way at ourannual Valentine’s Market!RSVP
WEDNESDAY 2/03 ^ Love in Lowercase @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, A talk with authors Francesc Miralles and Gwen Cooper, RSVP ☺ For Love of the Pigskin @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Comedy and football with Dan Licata, Ana Fabrega, and Carmen Christopher, More info
THURSDAY 2/04 # Champagne & Oysters @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, $40, Join Slow Food NYC for a talk and tasting with four sparkling wines paired with a dozen local oysters, Buy tix * Dress With Love @ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $45, Join Susan Alexandra for a workshop on creating garments that you truly love by repurposing them with symbolic paintings and drawing, More info # Cook It! With Epicurious @ Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 8pm, $95, Cook your way through the ultimate nacho playbook, with snacks and drinks provided, Buy tix
Greenpoint Open Studios December Artists Mixer December 10th, 7:30pm, FREE Dirck the Norseman, 7 North 15th St Hey Greenpoint artists and art lovers! Put your paintbrushes down and join Greenpointersto talk art over delicious locally brewed craft beer. More info
[sponsored] The Karcher’s Holiday Open House December 13th, 6pm, FREE 72 Greenpoint Ave Holiday open house to introduce our Spa and skin care Department through the magical back yard of the salon More info
WEDNESDAY 12/09 * Macbeth: Things Bad Begun @ The Shanty (79 Richardson St) 7pm, $35, FoxWolf Productions presents a night full of spirits, a dramatic live score, and visceral consequences, Buy tix * Video Music Box @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, Look back over 30 years of Ralph McDaniels’ Video Music Box, featuring rare and unseen live-footage of Nas, Notorious BIG, Run DMC, and more, More info
THURSDAY 12/10 ♦ Mnemonic Tectonics @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, Opening reception for a solo exhibition of work by Ben Boothby, More info * Holiday Warmup with North Brooklyn Boat Club @ Dirck the Norseman (7 North 15th St) 7pm, FREE, Get to know fellow paddlers and share war stories about winter paddling, RSVP
Taking a class with Alie Shaper, the owner and winemaker at Brooklyn Oenology, offers a rare experience in the wine world. Not only is Shaper incredibly easy to talk to and an excellent teacher, but her classes are interesting and unusual.
“I want people to ask questions and learn,” Shaper said. “There’s no reason to feel intimidated.” Continue reading →