Greenpoint Gallery Night is back! From 6-9pm this Friday (April 20th), more than ten local art galleries and art-friendly spaces will open up their doors for a special evening affair. Spaces will be open to the public (for free) for folks to browse interesting local artwork, check out their unique spaces, and usually a lot of them have wine and snacks too. You should try to hit as many of these awesome spaces as you can, but some highlights include:
• Real Estate, a combination gallery and real estate office is showing Hyper Opulence, large-scale metallic mixed media paintings by artist Rosalind Tallmadge. (1144 Manhattan Ave) • Greenpoint Hill, which consistently shows unique sculpture artists and is opening Naturalized, an exhibition of new works by artist Carol Joo Lee—brightly-hued sculptural compositions incorporating symbols from immigrant communities. (100 Freeman St) •Dusty Rose Vintage is a vintage clothing warehouse that consistently draws crowds from all over Brooklyn for their unique art events. For Gallery Night they’ll be throwing their 3rd annual 4/20 Pop-Up, with smoking vessels, rolling dishes, munchies and art by Haute Chocolate, Caitlin Rose Sweet, Most Recklessly, Lylynn Pham; tarot readings by Anna Toonk, andlive screen printing with Kingsland Printing, and the work of photographer Jordan Tiberio will be on display. (251 Greenpoint Ave) • Areté, a unique indoor/outdoor space opened at 67 West Street last year. For Greenpoint Gallery Night they’ll be playing host to musical performances until 10pm, including Healing Music for a Troubled World from 8-9pm, where you can expect both experimental noise/jazz music and performance art. (67 West St, #103) • Calico, Greenpoint’s sweetest little gallery, is opening Surfaces, a show of 5 artists curated by Owen James, who had his namesake gallery in the Pencil Factory building for many years and late last year moved it to Manhattan. Expect to see a range of collage, ceramics, encaustic, sculpture, printmaking and painting. (67 West Street, #203)
RSVP on Facebook, and check out the full list of participating galleries and art spaces after the jump.
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^ My Ramones Book Release and Signing @Spoonbill Studios (99 Montrose Ave), 6pm, FREE, Danny Fields in conversation with Sacha Lecca Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone. More Info ^ How Not To Compose That Poem: Marie Howe with Billy Hough, @McNally Jackson Williamsburg (76 North 4th) 7pm, FREE, More Info Witch Craft 101 @Catland (987 Flushing Avenue) 7pm, $20, An immersive experience which will break down the basics of spellcraft and welcome you to the world of practical magik, Buy Tix ♫ Withered, Wake, Gnaw, Nerveshatter at Saint Vitus @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 7:30pm, $12-15, Buy Tix
♫ The Patty Dukes // Jascha Hoffman // Aerynn (UK)// Luisa Muhr @Muchmores (2 Havemeyer St), 6pm, $10-20, Join us for an evening of new folk and spoken word, exploring themes of family, death, and compassionate living, More Info. * Box Street Park – Community Input meeting with NYC Parks Dept @Polish and Slavic Center (176 Java St.), 6pm, FREE, More Info ♦ Art Opening: Elliot Belokostolsky @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave), 7pm, FREE, Original pieces will be on display in the store. Art on display will also be for sale at time of the event. Month long art show from 4/5 – 5/5, More Info ♫ The Black Angels w/ Black Lips @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost Street), 7:30pm, $30, Buy tix ♫ Shifted ft. ClockworkDJ, DJ Mike Nasty, DJ Yamez, MoreSoupPlease @Schimanski (54 North 11th), 10pm, FREE, More InfoContinue reading →
We love dogs and we love beer, and at Greenpoint’s coolest combination shop/beer bar Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue), friendly visiting pooches have their own Instagram account! The shop has been around for almost 10 years, but the dog IG has only been up and running since last summer. Brouwerij Lane’s General Manager Kim Mercado says, “We have so many customers that bring their poochies in, including myself. I love dogs and just wanted to start the page to show those that love dogs and beer the awesome pups that come into the store every so often.”
And of course customers have loved the idea. “We had someone recently come in and ask if their dog can get their photo taken and put on our page—pretty rad! They get treats and loads of attention as soon as they walk/strut into Brouwerij Lane. Our dogstomers are the best—now to start carrying doggy beers,” Kim says.
I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of spring is being able to finally emerge from the dark and the cold to sit outside in the sun, preferably sipping on a nice saison and surrounded by greenery. I don’t ask for much. Luckily, Greenpoint is chock-full of great places to eat and drink outdoors, either in magical green gardens or on rooftops with stellar views. Here are a few places worth the trip.
Northern Territory 12 Franklin Street Good for: Gorgeous semi-panoramic rooftop views and large groups.
This Australian-themed bar features an expansive rooftop with its own bar and wooden bench tables that channel something of a summer beach vibe. Gaze across the East River to watch the sunset over the city or to ponder the Empire State Building’s color of the day. Add a Beer & Shot into the mix for $10 during happy hour, grab an Aussie burger, and you’re set. Continue reading →
One way to lift your spirits during the gray days of winter—which have been disgustingly rainy, not beautiful snow-filled wonderlands—is by simply snuggling up to your honey with a nice hot toddy in hand, in front of a fire. And yet, most of us live in apartments where fires are decidedly not encouraged. Those silly building codes. Luckily, some of our favorite neighborhood bars are here for the nights where you have to fill that primordial need to get out of the cold and warm up by the fire.
Achilles Heel (180 West St) – If the staff of Achilles Heel loves one thing, it’s fire. Their fireplace keeps everything toasty through the night, but if you there in the evening, don’t be surprised if it’s being used for actual cooking.
Battery Harris (64 Frost St) – The cold can’t stop the beach vibes outside Battery Harris so they have a big fire pit to help keep you warm. It’s almost like a late summer beach bonfire. Almost.
Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave) – All the way at the back of the bar is Black Rabbit’s perfect make-out spot: on the bench in front of the fire. It’s preferred by 3 out of 4 couples.
Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) – Though your drink options are limited to what Brouwerij Lane’s is carrying beer/cider-wise, the fireplace and friendly company more than make up for the lack of hot toddies.
Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 N 15th St) – To make up for all the drafty cold seeping through Greenpoint Beer & Ale’s huge glass garage doors is a substantial fireplace. Pro tip: you’ll want to sit at the bar, it can get a bit hot right in front.
Spritzenhaus (33 Nassau Ave) – Our very own beer hall has one of the most impressive fireplaces. Open on three sides, you can usually get an adjacent table, but if not, you can also enjoy from a spot at the bar.
Union Pool (484 Union Ave) – The magical backyard of Union Pool is kept warm through the winter by their fire pit, so you won’t catch a chill while waiting for your tacos.
Walking down Grand Street past Bushwick Avenue amidst trucking supply shops and duct work fabricators, I almost missed Interboro Spirits and Ale’s new tasting room (942 Grand St.), which just opened a few weeks ago. It’s a raw, industrial space—formerly a manufacturer of naval anchors, and later a wood flooring workshop—that somehow feels warm and inviting, like a little oasis in the midst of all the warehouses. And the approachable vibe is thanks to the friendly folks at the helm.
WEDNESDAY 9/28 ^ Polish Impact: Ha!wangarda Festlab @ Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, Zenon Fajfer’s poetic performance in Polish, with selected poems in Katarzyna Bazarnik’s translations into English, More info # The Saffron Tales @ Archestratus Books (160 Huron St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the launch of Yasmin Khan’s new cookbook with an evening of conversation and Persian food, RSVP
THURSDAY 9/29 ♫ Laguinitas Presents @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, With Self Defense Family / Free/ Pawns, RSVP # Indian Summer Dinner Party @ The Heatonist (121 Wythe Ave) 7pm, $85, bigLITTLE presents a four-course dinner featuring Heatonist hot sauces paired with craft beer and cocktails, Buy tix ♫ Birds @ The Gutter (200 North 14th St) 8pm, FREE, With Sic Tic / Holly Overton, RSVP
Many Greenpoint beer afficianados these days do not drink cans or bottles of beer. In places like Beer Street (413 Graham Avenue), One Stop Beer Shop (134 Kingsland Avenue) and Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue), drinkers quaff growlers of beer, but the growler is nothing new in Greenpoint. It has a long local history.
There is no clear idea of where the term growler comes from. A growler has been defined as:
Growler: A pitcher or other vessel for beer, 1885, American English, of uncertain origin; apparently an agent noun from growl (v.)
In early days the expression “work the growler” meant go on a spree. An article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in the 1880s describing the gang-infested Greenpoint area between Ash and Eagle Streets known as Dangertown (gotta love the name) reported that the local gangs robbed people to get money for the sole purpose of “working the growler.” Continue reading →
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 5/04 # A Beer-y Good Meal @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 6pm, $45, A three-course, family-style meal presented by Edible Brooklyn, Buy tix # Sugar & Suffering: The North Brooklyn Chapter @ Gallery AWA (61 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, A talk on the impact of sugar refining in Brooklyn and the legacy it has left behind, RSVP
THURSDAY 5/05 # Pipeworks Cinco de Meow-o Ninja Festival @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, A themed fiesta showcasing taps and bottles of Pipeworks beer, RSVP ♫ NYC Soundpainting Festival @ The Firehouse Space (246 Frost St) 8pm, $12, A three-day fest presenting this multi-disciplinary live-composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists, RSVP