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Greenpoint Hip Hop: Hand Job Academy Interview + Video

Greenpoint Hip Hop Artists: Hand Job Academy © Fabian Palencia

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Hand Job Academy is vivacious trio of MC’s that came together for one common cause: to fuck shit up.  Their Kicktarter campaign to create a music video for their song “Lena Dunham” was successfully funded this past weekend. I recently had a chance to chop it up with them on a rooftop in Greenpoint, where we discussed Hip Hop, having porn actor as fans, E-40 and touring. Continue reading

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Food Porn: River Styx Native Cuisiner Series with Tom Mylan

Dennis Spina & Tom Mylan; All Photos: Fabian Palencia

A stones throw from the East River, River Styx’s relaxed atmosphere is heightened by the infectious aromas that emanate from its open kitchen, where the stove is literally the heart of the restaurant.  Being able to watch the menu come to life is an integral component of your culinary experience at this Greenpoint restaurant.

I had the privilege to attend their Native Cuisiner featuring Chef and Butcher Tom Mylan. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Nackie Karcher

Nackie Karcher © Fabian Palencia

Greenpointers contributor Eddy Vallante heard about our Women’s History Month series and suggested we take the opportunity to speak with his friend Nackie Karcher, owner of The Parlour Brooklyn, a popular hair salon on Greenpoint Avenue. Eddy nominated Nackie because she’s “super awesome,” so how could we resist? We visited her at the salon after-hours and got to know this thoughtful, hardworking local businesswoman.

GP: I loved that your bio on The Parlour website refers to you as a Florida sun-child. How did you end up here, so far north of that?

Nackie: It’s a great question. I never expected to be here; I never had plans to be in New York. But doing hair did pull me here, and that’s how my career ended up evolving. To me, New York is a coastal city; especially in Greenpoint, we’re on the water, and I think that if I didn’t hear seagulls here, I probably wouldn’t be in Greenpoint, or wouldn’t be in New York, as long as I’ve been. That’s one of the things I love about Greenpoint – being by the water. Part of my passion for boating and all things maritime just clicks well in New York. Continue reading

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Film Noir: Portrait Of A Greenpoint Video Store

Will Malitek, owner of Film Noir © Fabian Palencia

When we heard that Film Noir (10 Bedford Ave), our local destination for cult-favorite film rentals, had started handing out monthly flyers that curate a small selection of recommended films, we wasted no time in heading over to talk to owner Will Malitek about this refreshingly anti-technology customer service concept.

With the recent news that the Greenpoint video store Photoplay is closing today, our profile comes at just the right time to remind you that you have another excellent place to take your business. You might just learn something new when you stop by, too. Continue reading

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