When you walk down your block in Greenpoint do you run into a ton of interesting characters that would be great on film? I can think of a few off the top of my head. I live on Kingsland Ave, the block where the giant yellow monster truck is chained to a pole along with a flaming corvette. I could imagine the old chain smoking Polish lady and Mrs. Garcia, the badass Puerto Rican Grandma who I’m certain carries a knife, enlisting the crew at Vinnie’s Pizzeria to break the chains and hot wire the vehicles so the two can take joyrides to Rockaway Beach, Thelma & Louise style, and maybe pick up a few bearded hipster boy toys on the way. I’d watch that!
Now is your chance to celebrate all of those endearing, funny, outrageous or perhaps crazy people and get to know them a little better. On My Block Films, who goals it “to capture a wide spectrum of blocks throughout the five boroughs … to create a sense of belonging within a community,” is presenting On My Block: A Neighborhood Filmmaking Challenge in order “to create stronger communities in New York City through the collaborative filmmaking process.” And what a cast a bunch of Greenpointers would make!
Here is the deal: Beginning August 1, all eligible films will be posted and screened online from the time they are finished until November 1,2012. The public will be able to vote on a film by liking it on Vimeo. The 30 films with the most Vimeo likes will move on to be judged by the Judging Panel the first week of November. The top-scoring 15 films will be screened at a physical outdoor festival in November. Awards will be presented to Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film and Best In Show.
Is there anything more annoying than waking up in the middle of the night, eyes wide open, unable to get a wink in? After weeks of this terrible pattern, awake at night and zombie during the day, I had to do something!
I am totally scared of sleeping pills, mostly the sleepwalking – and the suicidal thoughts, so I headed on over to goodyoga. After my fitness challenge at [email protected], they offered me a 1 month Yoga challenge, to attend at least 3 classes per week. I turned it down at first because of the time commitment, but after endless sleepless nights I realized I needed it.
An excellent espresso is a cafe’s best business card. On Sunday October 2, 2011, Rebecca from I love Greenpoint, Mike & Charlie from Brooklynauts and I tasted a total of 19 espressos from every cafe* in Greenpoint in order to determine the champion of the Greenpointers 2011 Espresso Tour. The density of outstanding espressos in this neighborhood was impressive and made the tour difficult to judge, but we have a winner!
Each cafe was notified and generously donated 3 espressos. We judged using the following score sheet adapted from the World Barista Championship:
TASTE EVALUATION OF ESPRESSO: • COLOR OF CREMA (hazelnut, dark brown, reddish reflection) 0/10 ___ • CONSISTENCY & PERSISTENCE OF CREMA* 0/10 ___ • TASTE BALANCE (harmonious balance of sweet/acidic/bitter) 0/10 ___ • TACTILE BALANCE (full bodied, round, smooth) 0/10 ___ • TEMPERATURE** (hot but not too hot to drink) 0/10 ___ 0/50 ___
BEVERAGE PRESENTATION: • CORRECT ESPRESSO CUPS USED (60-90mL w/handle) YES/NO • SERVED WITH ACCESSORIES (spoon, napkin & water) YES/NO /2 ___
After judges’ individual scores were added, the highest possible score was 156. Results ranged between 97-142. (Only the top 3 scores are revealed.)
*We were unable to contact Ashbox and the cafe was closed on Sunday.