Hard seltzer lovers, rejoice! Seltzer Land, the first nationally touring hard seltzer festival, will come to — where else — the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street) on May 16. Guests will bask in the bubbly, spending the afternoon tasting over 100 hard seltzer varieties while indulging in foods from local hotspots like Mao’s Bao, Fornino, and others. Attendees will dance to live music and enjoy one-of-a-kind immersive experiences, while sipping on hard seltzers from iconic national and beloved local brands. Select hard seltzers brands participating include White Claw, Corona Hard Seltzer, Bon & Viv, Willie’s Superbrew, Crook & Marker, Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water, SeekOut Real Hard Seltzer, and Itz Spritz to name a few.
Tickets starting at $29 are now on sale. There will be two sessions: a brunch session from 12:30 – 3:30 PM and an afternoon party from 5 – 8 PM. VIP ticket holders will get to enter 30 minutes early through an expedited line. In addition, VIPs will enjoy access to an exclusive lounge, full 12oz can, complimentary food samples, and more. Come get fizzy!
After nearly 10 years in the neighborhood, Greenpoint wellness center, [email protected], is supercharging class offerings and launching a new retail space! To celebrate, on Saturday, August 17th, [email protected] is presenting a full day of free events, classes, entertainment in order to showcase their expanded group fitness class schedule and renovated retail space featuring local vendors.
The Ohm Room, the oasis that is home to daily group fitness classes, will be host to a full day of “teaser” classes, offering a bite-size taste of a variety of classes on the [email protected] line-up. Newer class additions including Power Vinyasa, Zumba and a weekly Tibetan Soundbath will be joining owner Dishan’s signature Introversion class and long-standing staple classes Tai Chi and Light Flow Yoga. A mid-day Plant Meditation will be led by Rossana Ines Rossi, host of upcoming Intro to Plant Medicine workshop and creator of the Victory Plant Medicine line sold in store. At noon the room will host a dreamcatcher making workshop led by Kate of Living the Dreamcatchers, which will send participants home with dreamcatchers of their own creation.
In addition, [email protected] is putting a spotlight on local vendors in the bright, renovated retail space, which has recently undergone a true transformation in the hands of local clothing designer and Greenpointers Market veteran, JWhite. Alongside JWhite, Bella Waera, Goodies 4 Goddesses, Victory Plant Medicine, The Fe Project, The Fanciful Fox, and many more local brands are on beautiful display and will be present to get to know the clientele that has been supporting their creative Brooklyn brands over the years.
Attendees can expect to cycle through the mini-classes while enjoying Henna art by Miss V, Nail Art by Priscilla, Tarot readings and shopping during breaks with mocktails sponsored by Chlorophyll Water, Monfefo Ginger Shots and Teas of the Valley. There will be incentives and specials, offering guests an intro price of $49 for their first month of studio membership as well as brand-specific product promotions.
(Sponsored post by [email protected], Greenpoint’s zen chill zone.) Established in 2010, [email protected] is home to a community of practitioners offering a wide span of holistic services in our beautiful space located steps from McCarren Park.
Through supportive fitness and wellness programs such as our well-rounded signature BEST Plan, [email protected] aspires to engage and empower the community through physical, mental, and social stimulation. We offer our clients a diverse schedule of events, classes, and workshops, as well as eastern body therapies and wellness coaching programs.
Our accessory retail space offers an eclectic selection of apothecary and other handmade goods crafted sustainably by local artisans.
Yaki Tiki, a new edition to the A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) outdoor space launched two weeks ago and merges Japanese yakitori-style cuisine and tiki drinks.
Yaki Tiki is a partnership between the Sunday in Brooklyn hospitality team (Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, Exec Chef Jaime Young, and bar director Brian Evans), as well as JT Vuong and George Padilla (formerly of Okonomi and YUJI Ramen).
We stopped by last weekend to try some yakitori skewers and boozy popsicles; everything we sampled was delicious, check out the pictures:
These are dark times, there’s no denying it. From political unrest and environmental crisis to smaller gripes like seasonal allergies and MTA woes, it’s easy to get bogged down in this concrete jungle we call home. But Buket Savci, this week’s featured artist, is here with a salve in her magnificently colorful and fantastically buoyant works. Buket’s paintings, along with Jacob Hicks’, will be the inaugural works at Wrong Side of the River (67 West Street, Suite 312) now through May 3. Their exhibition, Wonderland, is a welcome balm to our times and a stunning exercise in collaborative creativity. Below, we get to know Buket and her work, but most importantly her contagious and relentless optimism.
Greenpointers: How long have you been in Brooklyn?
Buket Savci: I live and work in Brooklyn; I’ve been in Bushwick for a little over three years. Before that I lived in Astoria for almost 10 years. But I’ve had my studio in Greenpoint since I received my MFA from New York Academy of Art in 2012. I also studied painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
I am so glad to hear you enjoy our title for the show. I have been working on these series of paintings for a few years now, which are about the fleeting moments of pure joy and happiness. I create paintings addressing the ephemerality of happiness while using objects like balloons as a metaphor for our short lived contentment.
I really enjoy using saturated vivid colors, and I think everything else is so negative and dark so at least my paintings should be colorful and fun. That’s why I use the colors that makes me happy, and I enjoy including humor in my art. But actually I am not that joyful. Life is not easy and I had my share of traumas. Unfortunately a few years ago I had a major depression and even my psychiatrist was constantly telling me that my art will save me. Painting is my passion, and it is this wonderland where anything can happen, so I choose to make it fun and colorful like a playground.
There is this profound quote from a Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet; he asks to Abidin Dino, who was a famous Turkish artist. “Could you make a painting of happiness?” So all these led me to question what is real happiness, when and how we feel real joy, and how do I express this through painting.
Painting lets me live these fleeting moments in detail and throughly over a course of weeks even months. I want to create a niche of fantasy, where both the figures and I as the painter can be just like a child — innocent and playful, carefree and bold. A visual playground far away from all the darkness enclosing us outside and inside, blossomed through sincerity and trust.
# New Year Cacao Ceremony @ Anima Mundi Apothecary (31 Noble St.), 7pm, $45, come together in circle to reflect on the year and create clarity and space for what is to come in 2019, buy tix * TRIVIA Night! Deck the hall, Drop the ball! @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 8pm, FREE, SANTA! SNOW! JINGLE BELLS! RESOLUTIONS! PRESENTS! CHAMPAGNE! TINSEL! Alright! Please join me for holiday trivia!!! Expect categories to be various, beer innumerable, arancine aplenty. There will be three rounds + a lightning round, but only one epic trophy. Win Beer! Win Rice Balls! Win Cookies! Study up Renaissance man style!!!!!!!! RSVP ♫ Bradley Zero, Toribio, Darker Than Wax @ The Good Room (98 Meserole Ave.), 10pm, FREE before midnight w/ RSVP, $10-$20 without, RSVP ♫ Dirty Thursday: Ugly Sweater Party @ House of YES (2 Wyckoff Ave), 10pm, FREE, RSVP
♦ Meet the Confetti King! @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave.), 7pm, FREE w/ admission, The biggest confetti event in the country is New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Did you know that all the confetti is tossed by hand? The man who makes it all happen is Treb Heining. He’ll be in New York to run the confetti operation at Times Square for the 27th consecutive year, and will make an appearance at the City Reliquary to talk about his work! Learn what it takes to be the Confetti King! More Info ♫ Autograf @ Schminanski (54 N. 11th) 9pm, $12-25, Buy Tix ♫ Loveless Records and Friends Holiday Spiral @ Kinfolk 90 (90 Wythe Ave.), 9pm, FREE, More Info ♫ Nevermind – ’90s Alternative (& Pop) Nite @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 11pm, FREE w/ RSVP, RSVPContinue reading →
Hey Greenpointers! Are you ready to deck the halls…with History?
Holiday History runs deep in this town, since Santa is a Native New Yorker. It’s true! Saint Nick is the Patron Saint of New York City, and New York’s writers and artists were the first to describe and depict Santa as we know him. He even got his sleigh in Chelsea! Add to this the fact that New York retailers invented holiday window displays, the original yule log footage was filmed here, and we’ve even got the original manuscript of “A Christmas Carol,” and it’s clear New York is a veritable holiday hot spot.
If you’d like to hear more about New York’s holiday history, please join me around town this month for my Hometown Holiday History event series!
New York’s Holiday History from George Washington to Andy Warhol @ QED Astoria (27-16 23rd Avenue), 3pm, $10, Buy Tix
Santa’s from West 23rd Street and other Secret Histories of New York Holidays @ Caveat (21A Clinton St.), 7pm, $15, I’m so thrilled to be joined by two incredible storytellers who will add to the historic holiday fun with tales of the ancient roots of the Winter Solstice, and the origins of Santa’s reindeer! Buy Tix
Thursday 12/ 27
TRIVIA Night: Deck the hall, drop the ball! @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 8pm, FREE, you know the drill for this one, Greenpoint! This month’s Trivia will be Holiday/New Year’s themed. Feel free to swing by solo, or with a team of up to four, to strut your stuff, win wonderful food and drink, and claim the title of Greenpoint Trivia Champ! RSVP
To recap, 60+ talented makers & crafters will have beautiful creations ready for sale and there will be no shortage of FREE things to do throughout the day including an interactive hologram experience, digital Photo Booth, massages, henna tattoos, nail art, ornament making, and more! We will be serving warm mulled wine and refreshing locally crafted Greenpoint Beer & Ale. Plus there will be live musical performances by local bands Pink Slater and Love Always!
Shop and support local! Our vendors are local artisans, makers, and independent small businesses who craft high quality items. Get a glimpse of some of our featured vendors and hope to see you this Sunday!
A ceramist and crafter based in Brooklyn, Mariana Silva’s website boasts a number of hand-spun goods. She hand makes a range of one-of-a-kind porcelain creations — from earrings and mugs to pipes, plates, and cups — that astound in their uniqueness and delight in their charm.Follow Mariana and her porcelain beauties on Instagram.
Prune & Plum
Prune & Plum believes that the pot of your cactus or succulent should be as gorgeous as the plant itself. The local company defines itself as indoor-plant stylists as they merge design and art with urban plants.
Kitchen Ink Kids, a staple at our seasonal markets, boasts a presence on Etsy but come see their hand-made products in person at our market! Made in the owner’s kitchen here in Brooklyn, Kitchen Ink Kids creates hand-dyed, 100% organic cotton children’s materials.
PRESTIDGE beauté Active Organics
PRESTIDGE beauté Active Organics are lovingly made in a Brooklyn-based home-lab employing Reiki techniques. They are carefully crafted by hand with the finest ingredients, inspired by a desire to create a line of organic skin care products that yield stunning results.
Who in Greenpoint can deny a pierogi? Since 1991, Stanley’s has been providing a delectable line of delicious pierogis to both retail and food service industries, and all of their products are homemade using only the highest quality ingredients.
Fabalishemploys inventive, creative, fun ways to eat chickpeas. Offering baked falafels, chickpea blondies, and sauces with an aquafaba base. Enjoy good eats from natural foods chef Jessca Gebel. “Faba” means bean in Latin — and the “lish” is simply for delicious. Come try these vegan and gluten-free light delights!
Beloved neighborhood worship/art space, the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) has put out a fundraising call to the community. Ace local historian, and Greenpointers contributor, Geoff Cobb has answered that call in a fantastically innovative way! He’ll lead a donation-based historical walking tour of Greenpoint on Saturday, July 7th from 10-11am, and donate all proceeds to the Park Church Co-op.
The tour will meet at the corner of Calyer and Franklin. All are welcome! RSVP here.
What: Walking Tour with Geoff Cobb on Behalf of the Park Church Co-op When: Saturday, July 7, at 10am. Where: Franklin and Calyer Who: Everyone!
Swing by Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Avenue) this Monday, June 18th, for a perfect pairing of all things Italian: chef Dustin Harder will team up with natural wine maker Joseph Pedicini to pair pistachio pesto arancini and a plant based carbonara pasta with vintage pinot noir and gewürztraminer wines!
The pairing stays perfect, and local, since Greenpoint foodie fave Archestratus Books & Foods (160 Huron St.) will be on hand selling copies of Harder’s “The Simply Vegan Cookbook.” The first 10 books sold will be signed and and include a secret edible treat!
Seatings at 7 and 9. Walk-ins welcome at the bar. Each perfect pairing: $15. Make a reservation here!
If you’ve ever been to a dance party, a concert, a reading, or a farmers market in Greenpoint, chances are you’ve been to the Park Church Co-op at 129 Russell Street. Greenpoint’s coolest church has been leading cultural venue as well as a space of spirituality and worship since it began its mission as a New Start Ministry in 2015. Now, the church is soliciting donations to continue its work.
Earlier this year, the Co-op was slated to lose funding from the Lutheran Church in America and shut its doors. Thankfully, the Church was granted a reprieve to continue operating til the end of 2018. With that deadline approaching, The Park Church Co-op has launched a campaign “designed to increase the number of worshipers attending Sunday services as well as to generate more giving from the community-at-large to continue and expand the church’s outreach programs.” The goal is for the Park Church Co-op to be fully self-sustaining through donations by the end of 2018. Continue reading →