The dark and cold of these frosty months tends to provide the perfect backdrop for indulging in a good, winter wallow when it comes to music. Next up in our series of winter survival tips, we chat to Academy Records Annex’s manager Cory Feierman about his recommendations for some solid hibernation music. Check out our previous interviews here, here and here.
MUSIC: ACADEMY RECORDS | 85 Oak Street Cory Feierman, Manager
Greenpointers: What music would you recommend to people to feel more uplifted this winter?
Cory Feierman: I think that music is always directed to how you’re feeling and how the world is treating you and that includes the weather. What I find uplifting in the winter time are the classic power pop records like the first two Big Star records, Todd Rundgren Something/Anything? or maybe the second Carole King record. Something that is lyrically a little heart-breaking, but still sounds sweet and driving and moving.Continue reading →
A just-released game for iOS and Android, Hallows’ Eve, created by longtime Greenpoint residents Randall J Lane and Judy Brown, uses Greenpoint buildings as the backdrop for a spooky cast of characters—a devil, a witch, a skeleton, catwoman, a mummy, ghosts, and a pumpkinhead. If you look closely you’ll notice the Huron Public Baths, a recognizable Army Navy shop, The Diamond bar, Word bookstore, a flower shop, wine shop and hardware store.
The game takes you on a nostalgic trick or treat adventure through Greenpoint-based streets, where you try to collect candies and avoid the “scaries,” unless you uncover the elusive full-size candy bar which will turn you invincible against their wicked ways. The eerie music has been composed by NYC-based musician Lori Scacco, and takes inspiration from 1970s Italian horror movie soundtracks, by composers such as Ennio Morricone and the band Goblin. Hallows’ Eve The Game is available for 99 cents until midnight on October 28th on Google Play and October 30 on Apple’s App store. Continue reading →
♦ Art Mart for Art Start @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 6pm, FREE, Charity art sale to benefit art-start.org! Original pieces for sale at affordable prices ($40 cash-only). 2-1 wine and $5 rum cocktails, RSVP ♦ Craft Table @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 7pm, FREE, #BYOWIPS (bring your own works-in-progress & supplies) and enjoy the company of fellow crafters as you knit, crochet, weave, cross-stitch, color or decoupage your way to la nirvana, RSVP ♦ Spaceballs Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Watch Spaceballs in the Main Ballroom! Full bar and restaurant menu open before after and during the movie, RSVP
# Jackson Diner Indian Pop-Up Dinner @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 7pm, Feast your eyes and your tummys with the famous Jackson Diner Indian, RSVP ♫ Radiant Reveries @Rough Trade NYC (64 North 9th St) 8pm, $10, Exploring the light and dark and spaces in between. 5 piece psychedelic folk rock band based in NYC, Buy tix Continue reading →
October 31st happens smack in between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice, so ancient peoples thought it was the perfect time for making magical contact with the dead. If you’ve heard people say “the veil is thin on Halloween,” it means that this is when the worlds of the living and the dead are as close as they ever will be all year long. There’s less of a separation between the two, which makes it prime time to try to make connections with those who’ve passed.
The crowd of about 20 attendees at this Sunday’s Halloween séance at The Diamond (43 Franklin Street) were instructed to grab a drink and shut off our phones before descending the stairs into the bar’s basement, all of us seemingly unsure of what (or who) might lay beneath. Continue reading →
For all you Halloweeners out there, here are our top picks for some fine spine chillin’ in North Brooklyn. Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away with DJs, see rad costumed cover bands, freak out at scary movies, compete in a costume contest, take a zombie terrarium class or participate in a basement seance, our neighborhood has truly an abundance of choice this year.
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GIF-O-Ween at Brooklyn Bazaar Sponsored by GIPHY and presented by Animation Block Party, GIFOWEEN is a Halloween-themed animation loop contest! This party will feature the official launch of GIPHY PRESENTS: GIF DANCE PARTY, a fully immersive dance environment that allows you to finally become dance partners with all your favorite online characters at once! Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Ave. 8pm-12am, FREE, Costumes highly encouraged RSVP on Facebook
The Diamond(43 Franklin St.) is hosting a real, live (dead?) seance in the basement of the bar on Sunday, October 30th from 8-10pm. From The Diamond:
What do the dead think of the living? Are they watching over us with judgement or joy? And what concerns animate their afterlife? Join us in the (certifiably spooky*) basement of Greenpoint’s THE DIAMOND for a paranormal experiment in which we shall attempt to pierce the veil at this time of year when it is at its most delicate, to see who—or what—remains. Led by celebrated medium Paula Roberts (aka The English Psychic), this séance welcomes the curious to join us in our custom-engineered, candlelit Seance Salon, as we summon the spirits of the dead for communion. “We don’t know what—or who—will join us, but we aim to make them feel welcome,” says Roberts, whose previous summonings include the spirits of Harry Houdini for the Discovery Channel, the General Wayne Inn for Unsolved Mysteries, and Joseph Cornell for the Whitney Biennial. “We will seek proof that the departed keep an eye on us, and perhaps even achieve communion through questions and answers. Also, phenomena may occur.”
WEDNESDAY 10/05 ^ Word Presents “Nasty Galaxy” Launch @ Villain (50 North 3rd St) 7pm, $40, Celebrate the release of Sophia Amoruso’s new book at a discussion between the author and the original #GIRLBOSS and COO of Vice Media, Alyssa Mastromonaco, More info * Coloring Club Drink & Draw @ New York Distilling Co (79 Richardson St) 7:30pm, $5, Color the night away on an unlimited supply of coloring pages filled with zombies, drag queens, celebrities, hot guys, and more, Buy tix
THURSDAY 10/06 ^ The New Sophists @ Spoonbill & Sugartown (99 Montrose Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, A Socratic discussion on art and technology in the Transmodern Era with Daniel Coffeen and Scott Von, More info ☺ Snippets from Sparkleberry @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 9pm, $10, Citizens of Sparkleberry are kind, compassionate creatures, with hearts of gold, but they’re also total idiots, More info
Weird to think that all that white stuff on the ground is half melted less than a week later, but here’s the low-down on that $200/night igloo that you’ve probably seen retweeted ad nauseum all week. The most surprising thing about all of this is that AirBnB has other igloos around the world that are up to code.
Don’t have plans for Oktoberfest? How about rocking out to Van Halen tunes over some tasty brews at The Diamond for Rothtoberfest?
“Diamond” David Lee Roth turns 61 and given that the Diamond is named in honor of him, it’s a holiday they take very seriously. So tomorrow (Sat, 10/10) starting at 4pm, come through The Diamond (43 Franklin St) for food, booze, and an alternating set from Van Halen, German metal, and of course traditional German Oktoberfest tunes.
The world can’t seem to stop dumping on Newtown Creek. A company based in Bed-Stuy was caught dumping untreated industrial waste into the waterway via a bypass line, but it unfortunately wasn’t the first time.
In case you didn’t feel behind enough in life already, here’s Brooklyn Magazine’s edition of “30 Under 30.” The plus side is that with Greenpoint so well-represented on the list, we’re all in great company. Continue reading →