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80s Inspired Beach Bar, The Breakers Hosts Charity Party to Support Local (Tuesday 9/25)

The all volunteer run organization, Brooklyn Allied Bars & Restaurants (BABAR) consisting of over 400 businesses, come together to host an annual charity party to support hyper local non-profit organizations. This year’s event, happening in the indoor-outdoor 80s themed bar The Breakers, will benefit the North Brooklyn Angels Mobile Soup Kitchen, Churches for Fair Housing, and the Firehouse Community Center.

The 80s inspired Beach Bar & Kitchen opened this summer in what was formerly Batter Harris, has hosted some epic dance parties in gloriously neon fashion.

Mingle with the major players of Brooklyn’s Nightlife and support local! Tickets are as low as $25 for individuals and $200 & up to sponsor the event.

When: Tuesday, September 25th (6-10PM)
Where: The Breakers (307 Meeker Ave)
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Get This Heart Shaped Pizza On Pizza at Vinnie’s Pizzeria Today (6/21) for Charity!

Vinnie's Heart Shaped Pizza on Pizza
Vinnie’s Heart Shaped Pizza on Pizza, via Vinnie’s

Today, June 21st, both locations of Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Greenpoint (253 Nassau Ave) and Williamsburg  (148 Bedford Ave) will be making a special heart-shaped “pizza on pizza” slice for a cause that’s close to their, well, hearts. 100% of the proceeds from the heart pizza sold today will go to charities helping families separated at U.S. borders. Yesterday, after political pressure and anger from citizens across the country, Trump signed an order to keep families together by detaining them together after illegal border crossings. The charities they’re supporting are The Texas Civil Rights Project, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, The Catholic Charities of Rio Grand Valley and The Kids in Need of Defense. And, a friend of theirs will match all the money Vinnie’s raises.

Stop by to get your special slice to support the cause! ❤️
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“Buoy Bingo” or “How I Learned to Donate to Charity Without Even Trying”

Looking for something to spice up your week that checks all the boxes for “excitement”, “fun” and “feel good”? Every month, The Brothers Buoy host an after-hours bingo night at neighborhood staple, Humboldt and Jackson (434 Humboldt Street). The night is like most bingo nights, with prizes, drink specials, great music and fast flying daubers. What makes this event special is that each month, the Brothers find different organizations to donate all of the profits to. In their first 5 months of running the game, they have raised almost $6,000 for various charities, including Drive Change and Team Rubicon.

This Wednesday December 13th at 8pm, they are hosting a holiday edition Ugly Sweater Bingo. They’ve partnered with Salute American Vodka, an American brand who’s mission is to help aid military veterans after they return home from service. The event is FREE, and one bingo card will set you back $2.50.

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Biting Back: An Animal Art Charity Event This Weekend at A-Bar! (12/1-12-3)

Biting Back - Art Charity Event

Last month, the Guggenheim was slated to show the piece ‘Dogs Who Cannot Touch Each Other,’ a video of a 2003 performance piece by Chinese artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, which featured eight American pit bulls trying to fight one another while restrained by harnesses. In response to complaints by animal rights activists and nearly a million signatures on a Change.org petition, the Guggenheim pulled the piece amidst “repeated threats of violence” and safety concerns.

This weekend, A Bar (597 Manhattan Ave) is playing host to a dog-themed art exhibit and charity event, organized by Biting Back NYC, which was founded by three local creative professionals. Proceeds from the show will be donated to Animal Haven Shelter.
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Here’s How You Can Help the Diamond Street Fire Victims

Photo via @Pergonomics
Photo via @Pergonomics

After a four-alarm fire destroyed three consecutive buildings on Diamond Street last Sunday night, relief efforts are in full force to help the 16 or so people who have been displaced out of their homes, some of whom were forced to run out to the street barefoot.

Anna Sawicka, a nearby resident, has spearheaded the efforts with the help of her sister Magdalena and Edward Sawicki.

“Many of them lost everything in the fire and on top of it they did not speak fluent English and needed translation help (my sister and myself are fully bi-lingual so we were able to help),” she told Greenpointers in an email.

Of the roughly 16 victims that Sawicka is aware of, she believes only two have sought temporary housing, while others have taken up temporary residence with friends.

The Red Cross has been heavily involved, as has the Polish Consulate. Currently, the Red Cross has 14 victims officially registered.

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Brace Yourselves Against Elves, Greenpointers: SantaCon is Coming to Town

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Be afraid, Greenpoint. Be very, very afraid.

Not of Jack Skellington, or Krampus, or even of the holiday sweaters Grandma knitted you, but of …

Bad Santa.

SANTACON IS COMING TO TOWN. And by town, we mean Greenpoint. And by Greenpoint, we mean your usually sweet, charming neighborhood of peace, calm and puppies. In fact, we recommend that you hide your puppies this Saturday from puking Santas.

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Punk Rope’s “Skip for Syria’s Children” Charity Event (9/26)

skip for Syria's childrenThe tragedies faced by Syrians now turned refugees is undeniable as many families have fled their homeland going anywhere that would accept them openly. As more and more families are displaced, it is nice to know that organizations, such as Punk Rope Games, are making an effort to provide emergency medical services for Syrian refugees. In the past, Punk Rope Games have been distinguished by hilarious costumes, wacky fitness challenges, rope jumping, and good sportsmanship. They are a celebration of play, fitness, and community and are a welcome departure in substance and style from most fitness competitions.

This year, they are combining what they are known for with a humanitarian cause.

Punk Rope’s founder, Tim Haft, has decided to donate 100% of the profits from the event’s registration fees and merch sales to the valiant efforts of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees. The 7th Annual Punk Rope Games will take place on Sat, Sept 26 from 11:30am-2pm at Newtown Barge Playground. Continue reading

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TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Returns this Weekend (09/13)

taste_WG_rdbLocal foodie event TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is entering its 6th year this weekend and, judging from the scrumptiousness of last year’s celebrations, the event is not to be missed.

The annual afternoon of tastings will take place on Sunday September 13th in the East River Skate Park and will feature generous appetizer-sized samples from over 40 of the area’s best restaurants, bars, and breweries.

This year Greenpoint is represented by the likes of Anella, Bakeri, Champs, Le Fond, No Name bar and ice cream dream team Phin & Phebes. Meanwhile Williamsburg will have stalls from Maison Premiere, Oddfellows, Pies & Thighs and many more. All these tasty treats will be accompanied by live music and, no doubt, hot hot sunshine, making it the perfect way to eke out summer that little bit longer. Continue reading

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Soup Bowl Fundraiser Recap! Donate to Soup Kitchen Today!

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Thanks to everyone who made the Soup Bowl Fundraiser this past Sunday happen! EAT, Brooklyn Brewery, The Splendid Spoon, contributors Isabel @aobelis & Peter @grizzzly and the following potters: Little Bear Pots, Akiko Tsuji, Rabbit & Dragon, Selene Likes Mugs, Clayspace, Freundeskreis, Cor Pottery, Stephanie Tran, Calyer CeramicsBailey Doesn’t Bark, Fisheye Brooklyn, & Object Totem.

We raised $526 for The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry, a local organization that feeds hundreds of hungry Greenpointers. Today they are busy making over 30 turkeys for homeless and hungry neighbors.

If you couldn’t make it out to the fundraiser on Sunday, why not make a donation in any amount to this important organization at this very special time of year.

Happy Thanksgiving, Greenpoint!

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Day Drinking to Fight Parkinson’s at Good Co. Bar on Sunday (4/6)

There are few better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon in the spring than meeting your friends at a sweet bar in the neighborhood to have a few drinks. Such an act becomes even more awesome when it benefits an outstanding cause, like fighting Parkinson’s Disease. April is National Parkinson’s Awareness month, after all, so why not?

My fellow Greenpointers, I cordially invite you to meet me just south of the Greenpoint border this Sunday 4/6 at 3pm at Good Co Bar (10 Hope St) in Williamsburg to toast to spring (the sun is supposed to be out!) and help me rid the world of Parkinson’s Disease. Continue reading

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