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Brooklyn Comedy Festival: North Brooklyn Roundup

via Brooklyn Comedy Festival
via Brooklyn Comedy Festival

This Sunday the Brooklyn Comedy Festival kicks off for the third year in a row, this year with plenty of hilarious stand-up, sketch, improv, panel discussions, short films, and an evening with Reggie Watts. For $99 you can get a VIP pass to hit up all the shows all week, tickets to special parties including food and booze, entry into the pool at the new William Vale Hotel, and more. If rollin’ that fancy isn’t your style, many of the shows are free or less than $10 if you buy in advance. After the jump, check out our roundup of everything happening for the fest in North Brooklyn!

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Thursday Spotlight: Gazoo to the Moon

IMG_2257Have you ever been walking the streets of Greenpoint and noticed a careful scrawl with an arrow, “To the Moon” on the sidewalk?

The artist who goes by Gazoo To The Moon has spread his message everywhere he goes. Often carrying spray paint in his bag, even when he’s traveling, his work relays the idea that you should always be shooting for your dreams. So why not shoot for the moon?

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Summer Festival Update (7/15 – 7/17), and Northside Memories

Thinking of heading up to the mountains this summer?

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Some music festivals take a journey to see. For this weekend, here’s a suggestion for the Catskills but also a nice outdoor band line-up in Bushwick for those who prefer to stay close to the L train.

Plus, a reminiscence about Northside Festival. Continue reading

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Bushwick’s Local Flower Farm and Florist True Leaves

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True Leaves’ Bushwick garden.

True Leaves Floral is a beautiful concept from Jessica Balnaves & Ryann Mead. Jess and Ryann grow gorgeous flowers in Jess’s Bushwick backyard, and create unique flower arrangements with their home grown flowers.

Woman-owned and operated, they have been selling the arrangements to local restaurants (on the tables at Sea Wolf), shops (The Rack Shack displays them), the Saturday Bushwick Farmers’ Market, the Bushwick Food Coop, and they also make custom orders. At the farmers’ market they sell plants, including their $10 “Can o’ Chamomile,” catnip, salvia, fig trees, violas, basil, and marigold plants. They’re also happy to give advice to plant buyers, so you can follow up with them if you don’t have a green thumb. Continue reading

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Friday: Bushwick’s Hot Summer Nights

How many galleries can you hit in three hours?
How many galleries can you hit in three hours?

Tonight, Friday, 6/17, is the June edition of Hot Summer Nights, when all Bushwick area galleries are open 6pm-9pm. It’s a beautiful night, so grab your bike and a date and make the rounds!

For a full roundup of the galleries, visit BushwickGalleries.com/spaces

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GAMBAZine: An Island of Literary Independence

GambaZine_Chris_Carr“What happens to all of the pages that people put under the bed?”

That is a question that artists Melissa Hunter Gurney and Chris Carr asked themselves during the months before they birthed GAMBAZine, an international publication rooted in Greenpoint and Bushwick.

From the beginning, Gurney says that GAMBA had an activist slant. The duo wanted to create a literary magazine free of the politics and favoritism rampant in mainstream publications.

“Sometimes it feels like your bio has to look a certain way,” Gurney says. But she explained that she and Carr didn’t want to choose work based on writers’ previous publications, literary accolades, or university degrees.

In the spring of 2014, they founded GAMBAZine. The name came from Gambazini, a mythical island that Gurney had dreamt about months earlier. Continue reading

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The Hook Up: Ilana Glazer Lookalikes, G Train Conductors Are Awesome, and A Spelling Bee’s Swan Song

Ilana Glazer lookalike
Is this you, dreamgirl?

Are you an Ilana Glazer (of Broad City fame) lookalike and do you also happen to have fruity tattoos? Someone you closely encountered at the Greenpoint Library is searching for you.

G train conductors are super nice, you guys, and they love us all.

Get spellbound! The Williamsburg Spelling Bee is dictating its final letter on April 4th after a twelve year run.

Don’t worry, the historic Greenpoint Savings Bank building isn’t going away anytime soon, but the office annex behind it may become new apartments.

Greenpoint Savings Bank
Greenpoint Savings Bank (via Wikipedia)

There’s a secret sticker art museum in Bushwick, and they’re having an art opening tonight.

It’s Easter this weekend, seemingly one of Greenpoint’s favorite holidays (if you gauge affection by the number of houses that are fully decked out with an explosion of Easter decor). So of course there’s an Easter Egg Hunt in McGolrick Park.

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Weekend Music: Let’s Keep it Mellow (3/19 – 3/20)

It’s that time of year when it seems like every band in Brooklyn has decamped for the South by Southwest festival in Texas.

Without large audiences and crowded band lineups around town these days, it’s a chance for introspective music to have its moment.

It’s a good time to hear bands live that unravel themselves slowly, and open your mind to a broad landscape.

Even our punk pick this week is more suited to chill California than the inside of a dark New York bar.  Continue reading

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Five Winter Workouts You Might Actually Do

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Check out Greenpoint’s weirdest (and coolest) winter workouts. Photo credit, clockwise from the top left: © Greenpoint Grappling Club, Rebecca Stevens, Williamsburg Touch Rugby, Streb, BrooklynPaper, and HollywoodStunts.

If you’re like me, your New Year’s resolution (if you made one at all) is already abandoned, and training for a half-marathon has been replaced with a snowy sprint to the bodega.

Never fear, my fellow hibernating, chubby, and cocooned Greenpointers! Below is a list of 5 fitness programs bizarre enough to get you out of the apartment and maybe even in shape before winter’s over, without even having to get on the subway: Continue reading

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The Fight for Promised Park Land Continues: Action Plan Meeting with Bushwick Inlet Park Tonight! (1/13)

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Thank you Mayor DeBlasio for nixing the chance for developers to build residential apartments on our promised park land! It’s a step in the right direction but the fight continues – there can still be an office or retail space built until the city can actually buy the land.

Join Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park tonight (January 13th at 7:30pm) at Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. and learn about the current fight and next steps in completing our promised park land. Continue reading

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