The History of Meserole Avenue

In the heart of where the old orchard once stood is P.S. 31, an elegant old school with a gorgeous façade that is being refurbished. Previously, P.S. 31 was on Dupont Street and the present school was once a middle school.

This post marks the first in a series of posts that will recount the history of different streets in Greenpoint. Meserole Avenue is named for the Meserole family who once had a gorgeous orchard that long ago disappeared. The orchard at one time was so beautiful that it was considered one of the “garden spots” of Brooklyn. Long after the orchard was just a memory, the name garden spot survived and was used ironically by Peter McGuinness and others to describe the highly industrial neighborhood. Continue reading

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Brain-Cave Festival Invades Greenpoint (4/11-4/14): Interview With The Organizers

Greenpointers could not be more excited to welcome Brain-Cave Festival (4/11-4/14) to the neighborhood this year! We admire founder Luis Velasquez (CaraBella Presents) and co-producer Gabo Rodriguez (Supercrush Studio) and jumped at the chance to team up with them again (past events have included CMJ Showcase and Fuck Off Sandy Benefit)!

In addition to a packed 4 day festival at Europa (98 Meserole Ave), the Greenpointers Spring Market (4/13) will play host to 3 Brain-Cave acts, for FREE!

Remember to get your tickets early! (4 day pass and single day passes available)

We interviewed Luis and Gabo and picked a few shows we are extra excited about:

GP: Can you tell us how Brain-Cave Festival came to life and how the festival is structured?
Luis: I started Brain-Cave with Justin Stivers (former member of the Antlers) back in April 2011, at Shea Stadium in Bushwick. I wanted to bring-out and pay respect to Brooklyn’s artists from all mediums that represent the culture of this neighborhood.
Gabo: This year, we’re planning a 4-day multimedia experience, that includes most forms of art and entertainment. We want people’s senses to be stimulated at all times.

GP: Explain the partnership with Carabella and Supercrush. How do you guys know each other and why are you working together?
Gabo: We met by chance but, one might say it was fate. Luis is part of the art collective, Art Pussy. They were planning a 2-day festival in Puerto Rico, his mother’s native homeland. They contacted me for one of the artist I book for, and we started talking about the festival. I’m also Puerto Rican, so I was really interested in the festival they were trying to produce. Being that we both had the same interests in producing something beautiful for the island, we both decided that it would be a good idea that I go help out. I did, and from then on we’ve been working together!
Luis: I think we’re both honest and true to ourselves when we do something. That’s an important quality to have when you’re trying to create any type of art.

GP: Brain-Cave moves to different hoods ever year. Why Greenpoint this year? Did you have any other parts of Brooklyn in mind?
Luis: We chose Greenpoint because, similar to the festival, it’s a neighborhood that’s always changing. Greenpoint has a lot of history. Also, my brother was born in Greenpoint, so there’s a lot of personal history there, as well.

GP: Europa?! What should we expect?
Luis: A dark cavernous space that will mess with your senses.

GP: The flyer artwork is rad. Who is the artist?
Luis: The artwork was done by Abbey Ley. She’s an amazing illustrator, with a lot of history in the indie-DIY scene.

GP: How did you curate the bands?
Luis: We both did a list of all the artists that we respect and would love to see live. We combined them, and saw which ones would do great together. It’s definitely a work of collaboration.

GP: How many people are you expecting? 
Gabo: We hope the whole neighborhood shows! 

GP: Who are some of the big headliners of the festival?
Gabo: We consider all the artists headliners, and we’re excited to see all of them! Here are links to most of the artists! – Check-out the full Brain-Cave Festival 2013 Line-Up, here!

Greenpointers: Some of our personal faves are:
(all shows held at Europa except for shows held at the Greenpointers Spring Market)

Thursday, April 11th 
The Suzan

April 12th 

April 13th –Greenpointers Spring Market
Jon Mizrachi

April 13th – Europa
Ice Cream

April 14th
Black Cobra

GP: Where will you be grabbing a beer when you are done working?
Luis: Beloved is definitely like a second home to me. They treat me like family there.
Gabo: Diamond Bar is definitely great for a chill beer spot. But, I’ll probably be hanging with Luis all weekend, so, Beloved it is!


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dum dum girlsYou know the drill!

Win two free tickets to see the Dum Dum Girls at Europa this Sunday September 30, 2012.

To enter: In the comments tell Greenpointers your favorite Dum Dum Girls Song. Don’t know any? That’s okay. Just be clever. Any comment below (keep it clean, people) will be eligible to win.

Deadline to enter: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 11:59pm

If you win you will be notified by email on Sunday morning.

Good luck!

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CMJ is a beast! Almost 1000 bands are playing (not including unofficial shows). Good thing we only need to cover Greenpoint.
Dates: October 18-22, 2011

Greenpoint CMJ Venues
The End (13 Greenpoint)
Europa (98 Meserole)
Matchless (557 Manhattan)
Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer)
St. Vitus  (1120 Manhattan)



• Johnny Marnel, Torn Curtain, Bridges and Powerlines, Dear Lions @ Pete’s Candy Store
• Skull, Occultation, RASPBERRY BULBS, Villains @ St. Vitus


• Pressed And, Noah Wall, Megafortress & Gem Club @ The End, More Info
• Avi Wisnia, BEL AIR @ Pete’s Candy Store
• Dead Stars, Nordic Nomadic, THE MAIN STREET GOSPEL, WEIRD OWL @ St. Vitus
• CHELSEA WOLF, Religious To Damn, Hunters, The Love Butchers @ Europa


• Gun Lake, ABADABAD, RADIATION CITY, SUCKERS @ Pete’s Candy Store

Friday 10/21
• Battle Cross, TURBID NORTH, Barn Burner, Skeleton Witch, KVELERTAK @ Europa
• Robin Bacior, SEA OF BEES, GABRIEL & THE HOUNDS, Patrick Bower, David Liebe Hart Band, Bird Call, Chris Riffle @ Pete’s Candy Store

Saturday 10/22
AGENTS OF WOE Record Release @ Veronica People’s Club (105 Franklin)
• Adam Arcuragi, Aficionado, TS And The Past Haunts, Alyson Greenfield, Stephanie Carlin, Seryn, Dog Soldier, Wojcik @ Matchless
• Tamar Haviv, Corner Youngblood, Ceramic @ Pete’s Candy Store


More Brooklyn CMJ guides/reviews/parties:

CMJ Guide to Brooklyn 
Win Tickets to See Neon Indian at Webster Hall this Friday
FreeWilliamsburg: Unofficial CMJ at 13 Thames
Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Official Line-Up
Impose Mag: 2011 CMJ Imposition
The L Mag: The ABCs of CMJ
Senors Music: Anti Unofficial Pro CMJ Party
Brooklyn Paper: The Only CMJ Guide You Will Ever Need
BAL Presents the CMJ Showcase

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What’s Happening? (10/5-10/11)

Can you believe it’s already October?

For a listing of ongoing events click here.


• Oct. North Brooklyn Compost Project Meeting Urban Rustic  (236 N. 12th) 6:30pm More info
Launch Party for Sophie BlackallMISSED CONNECTIONS @ WORD (126 Franklin) 7pm
• Comedy Night @ TBD (224 Franklin) 9pm


• Launch Party for Brooklyn Dry Goods @ In God We Trust (129 Bedford Ave.) 7-10pm, Brooklyn Dry Goods sets up Pop-Up Shop in back of Bedford store thru Sunday.

• Final Greenpoint Business Alliance Meeting? @ North Brooklyn Development Corporation (148-150 Huron) 7:30pm

Quiz Night with The Professor @ TBD  (224 Franklin) 9pm, $20 bar tab for winner

• Bruce Dickenson Wants You!!! @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan) 10pm FREE, DJs playing the hardest rock/metal/punk


• South County and Cree Rider @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) 8:30-11pm RSVP

• Closing (PIE) PARTY for Round Robin’s LIVE / WORK SPACE Camel Art Space (722 Metropolitan) Bring a pie & discuss living & working conditions of NYC artists. RSVP.

• Oktoberfest @ Berry Park (4 Berry St), 9pm Ja Ja Ja’s, Live Oompah Band, FREE

• Banditas, Bunny’s a Swine, Mail the Horse & Shepard’s Pie @ Pentagon (251 N. Henry) 8:30pm, DIY music venue, RSVP

• Pumpkin Day @ McCarren Park Lawn, 11am-1pm, arts & crafts, live music.
• Community Stewardship Day @ American Playground (81 Franklin) Human Impacts Institute host with Greenpoint Y students. Open-to-the-public, volunteers do street tree care techniques.
• Yard Sale @ Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton) 10-4pm, Church lawn, benefits Soup Kitchen
• 2 Nights of TRANS AMUnion Pool (484 Union) 9pm, $15, playing Futureworld with psychic paramount


Mario the Magician @ Word (126 Franklin) 1:30-2:30pm FREE, An uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. RSVP

• Get To The Point 5K Run @ St. Stan’s (189 Driggs) 10:30-2pm, More info

• BYOB Community Bookswap @ Public Assembly (70 No. 6th) 12-6pm, $2, Benefits Housing Works

• ROTH-TOBERFEST @ The Diamond (43 Franklin) 3-9pm, backyard bash in honor of David Lee Roth. Free draft beer for anyone wearing a blond wig or lederhosen, Bratwurst & German Potato Salad, DJ Frau Baby Mama (Mary from Kill Devil Hill) spinning German drinking tunes, alternating with DJ Whatdoyouthinktheteachersgonnalooklikethisyear & Bring Your Own Pumpkin Van Halen themed pumpkin carving contest!

A Potpourri of Song Not Bach @ St. Cecelia’s (80 Henry) 4pm $15,  Performances: Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate & Fantasy; organ works by Buxtehude and Mendelssohn; Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock. Reception to follow.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar @ Dekalb Market (138 Willoughby Street) 5pm-12am, Co-produced by Greenpointers’  Joann Kim. Inspired by night markets of Asia, showcasing local artists, vendors and musicians. Music from YACHT, Monogold, Trouble Andrew and DJ Sets, over 50 merchants & food vendors, beer & wine garden. More info. 

MONDAY 10/10

• Open City Dialogues Queen Bee @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) 7:30 FREE, Learn about bees, humankind’s smallest domesticated species, with Big Apple Apiculture and Meg Paska


Star Fucking Hipsters (Record Release) / (A) Truth / Skelptarsis (formerly Death Mold) @ Europa (98 Meserole) 7pm, $8

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Quickie: Eardrum

Editor John Ruscher dropped me an e-mail about the recently relaunched, a New York music website, with a new design and lots of new features. You can create user accounts and custom calendars of upcoming shows, and even an embeddable calendar widget of your favorite upcoming shows.

They also now have neighborhood pages, including one for Greenpoint, with a venue map and dates of upcoming shows. This is SO much easier than trying to keep up with all the bars and clubs calendars and schedules in the neighborhood now. Deerhoof is playing at Europa next Tuesday!

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