Despite the news of each new piece of horrendous legislation, it’s been helping me to remember that reading and writing are a form of social justice. April is National Poetry Month, and as celebrated poet Mary Oliver wrote in her new book of essays, Upstream, “…The poem was made not just to exist, but to speak—to be company.”
This spring, let your community be your company. Greenpoint is brimming with writers and artists who are using their voices to build spaces where you can share, listen, learn, and make a plan for moving forward; keep reading for three places you can join in the conversation.
# Cook the Book: Gjelina @ Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 6:30pm, $95, A taste of southern Califiornia to the east coast. An evening of “grain-and-vegetable centric, globally inspired cuisine” inspired by Gjelina, Buy tix ♦ RAW Brooklyn Presents: CUSP @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $22-30, 50+ local creatives showcasing talent across mediums such as visual art, photography, accessory design, fashion, performance art, hair & makeup, film & music, Buy tix =) Fuxedo: The Spring Collection @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 7pm, FREE,In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out, and the day after that you’re watching improv in the back of a bar in Brooklyn. An on-trend evening of comedy, More info
# Furmint Wine Dinner @ Cherry Point (664 Manhattan Ave), 7pm, $80, New American meet Hungarian flavors with four courses, three Furmints, and three Hungarian winemakers, RSVP ♫ Lost Boro: Beats, Raps & Threads @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave), 7pm, FREE, One part pop-up shop, one part rap show, equal parts dope, More info ♫ Tortoise w/ Little Black Egg & Tara Jane ONeil @ The Hall at MP (470 Driggs Ave), 7pm, $25, (le) poisson rouge presents: Tortoise w/ Little Black Egg (Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo) and Tara Jane O’Neil, Buy tix
Four courses, three Furmints, three Hungarian winemakers:
Winter Citrus Salad with Lardo and Pecorino paired with St. Donát Márga Furmint 2015 (presented by Tamás Kovács, Winemaker, St. Donat Winery)
Housemade Charcuterie and Farmstead Cheese paired with Barta Öreg Király Dűlő Furmint 2013 (presented by Előd Ádám, Export Manager, Barta Winery)
Lamb Offal Pie with Whipped Bone Marrow and Sauce Bordelaise or
Monkfish with Grilled Rice, Pickled Clams and Oyster Broth paired with Somlói Vándor Somlói Furmint 2015 (presented by Tamás Kis, Winemaker, Somlói Vándor)
In January 2015, I became obsessed with London Grammar‘s debut album, If You Wait. I can’t recall which single I heard first, or how, but whatever that entry point was, it led to listening to the album on repeat, attempting to do any justice singing along with Hannah Reid’s infectious vocals as I volleyed from track to track: oh this is my favorite, for sure … no, wait, but this one! Was it the vulnerable Nightcall or the reflective Strong that compelled me more? The intriguing lead-off track Hey Now, thesubsequent Stay Awake with its gorgeous melody and driving rhythm, or the soul-bearing title track that left me on a high and drew me in for more and more with each listen?Continue reading →
Can Release @ Greenpoint Beer (7 North 15th St),Saturday (2/22), 5pm, FREE, Releasing 2 killer new IPA’S with Dankonia & Apply Formula. Dankonia showcases pine, resin, sap and citrus with an earthy, dank, coniferous and cannabinous finish. While Apply Formula is soft, hazy and tropical with highlights of juicy fruit stripe gum and raspberry. Hop heads unite, you’ve landed in sticky, fruity, earthy IPA heaven! More info
♥ SPARK: a dating workshop not for the faint of heart @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St)) 6:30pm, $40-55, Get constructive feedback from a group of your peers – your very own singles focus group. Energizeyourvoice.net founder, Minna Taylor, will facilitate a structured analysis to get to the root of what’s holding you back, Buy tix ♫ Sound Art Performance: Bad Jazz @ IDIO Gallery (976 Grand St) 7pm, FREE, Improvised auditory journeys that defy the normal explanations of musical theory. Their music is a stream of consciousness, ebbing and flowing from one texture to the next, More info ♦ Luce Guilbeault, Nicole Brossard, and Margaret Wescott’s Some American Feminists @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St) 7:30pm, $8, Shot in NYC in 1975 and 1976 by an entirely female crew, the film serves as a record of political awakening, both personal and collective, with subjects describing childhood stirrings of radical consciousness, More info ♫ An ACLU Benefit with Sam Cohen, Scully, Dark Tea @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $14, A Song A Day presents an ACLU benefit showcase featuring Sam Cohen, Scully, DARK TEA to continue fighting the good fight, Buy tixContinue reading →
We love this time of year when greenery and blooms sprout back to life! For the love of Earth in the month of Earth Day, we’re celebrating Spring at the Greenpoint Loft on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 for a day full of free fun activities, live music, and shopping in one of the most beautifully restored historic spaces in Brooklyn!
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For years I had admired Manhattan’s Greek Revival Colonnade Row, the imposing landmark row houses with their austere, yet graceful Doric columns on Astor Place in NoHo, never imagining that Greenpoint also had its own colonnade row, until I cam across this 1922 picture of colonnade row houses on Humboldt Street. No one is certain who built Noho’s Colonnade Row, however it is attributed to builder Set Geer who constructed the spacious row houses with graceful marble columns as their defining feature. Continue reading →
Sundays normally bring brunch to mind for any New Yorker. Sunday in Brooklyn (348 Wythe Ave.) is much more than that. Open daily for brunch, lunch and dinner this tri-level restaurant is like a fashion house of food. At “Sunday” there is creative use of fresh ingredients—even the scraps are utilized in new dishes, drinks and marketplace items. The restaurant opened for dinner in November, rolled out brunch shortly after and opened the marketplace in December. So yes, something good did happen in 2016. The marketplace features a takeout menu and pantry items to make any home chef take their game up a notch. Chef Jaime Young is passionate about sustainability at Sunday: “The marketplace gives us the opportunity to utilize everything that we’re buying…it kind goes with our whole ethos of trying to utilize as much as we can in this restaurant.”
A talented local artist and designer, Monte Antrim, is displaying his unique images at South 4th Bar & Cafe (90 South 4th St.) in a show titled “Last World Problems.” The installation, which will open on Saturday, December 10th and run through January 5th, differs from other shows he has done in the past. Last World Problems will feature small affordable silkscreens, perfect for holiday gifts, and also several collage and acrylic pieces on plywood panels.
A talented sketch artist with unique designs, Antrim has gained a considerable local reputation for his local scenes, many of which feature gritty, rapidly disappearing cityscapes. His impressive sketches include a wide variety of other scenes, yet each captures something unique. Continue reading →
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!