When Desperation Hits: FREE Food & Drinks In North Brooklyn

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You got a job in Manhattan and live in Brooklyn baby, you ballin’! And then, after a couple birthday dinners you blew all your cash MC Hammer style. When it’s the end of your pay cycle and you’re hard up for skrill but still want to go out, free bar food might be your best option for “dinner”.

After the jump, check out our list of nearby joints serving FREE food, and free or nearly free drinks:
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Free Summer Concert Series at House of Vans Kicked Off with Jon Hopkins, The Field, and Black Madonna

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The first of House of Vans Summer Concert Series featured Jon Hopkins, The Black Madonna, The Field with Fixed NYC

On a crisp, first-glimpse-of-summer night, with nigh a sk8rboi in sight, Jon Hopkins and electro company kicked off the annual free concert series at House of Vans (25 Franklin St) in Greenpoint.

Capture d’écran 2016-06-06 à 12.33.38Exceedingly referential with sponsoredstreetart and a lightinstallation” that referenced a once-flickering warehouse marquee, Vans’ branded millennial pandering was never a distraction from evening’s chilled-out vibes, free orange-vanilla seltzer, nor the gaunt and smiley Hopkins’ superb set. Hopkins music, often slow to build, develops meditatively through repetition. You could even hear someone scream, “where’s the drop?”

Outdoor music, while often exchanging sound quality for experiential novelty, has the unique quality of gathering diverse groups of people together, especially when free.

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Film Buffs Delight in Night of Noir


From SummerScreen to SummerStarz to Nitehawk Outdoors and more, there has been no shortage of free movies in North Brooklyn this summer. The selections tend towards straight forward entertainment, often in celebration of youth culture reminiscent of the recent past. They’re the kinds of movies that work ok as a backdrop while you sit in the park with friends and converse in not-so-quiet whispers in between sips of your wine or beer. It’s budget friendly and fun. And it doesn’t really matter what movie is playing.

Not the case in “Night of Noir.” It is not only indoors in a proper screening room, but the overall event is very much centered around the movie. Each selection is part of a curated series of classics from a much earlier era and inspires thoughts like “There were heroin addict dens then?” as opposed to “What is Alicia Silverstone up to now?”

Heroin den scene in Akria Kurosawa's High & Low
Heroin den scene in Akira Kurosawa’s High & Low

For those of us who are not so well versed on movie making history, “Night of Noir” can easily be misinterpreted. You might have imagined a Wednesday night scene drinking tasty cocktails amongst a sophisticated well-dressed crowd watching some flick in black and white. Continue reading

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Om Your Way to Wellness in a Sun Drenched Rooftop with Hosh Yoga this Sunday (7/19)

Savasana in McCarren park with Hosh Yoga

Ever pass by a group of zen looking people in warrior pose or savasana in a grassy part of McCarren Park on a sunny day?

Hosh Yoga is a nonprofit that began to provide donation based open level classes to the public and is coming to the sun-drenched outdoor rooftop space at the Greenpoint Loft during our Summer Market to host two classes.

UrbanBackdrop_Yoga_180pxSchedule and Details:
2PM with Zui
4PM with Diana

Each class is 75 minutes and is donation based. Open level – Experience with yoga is suggested but anyone is welcome!

We will have a limited number of mats so BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) is ideal.

View from Greenpoint Loft's Rooftop © Julia Moak
View from Greenpoint Loft’s Rooftop © Julia Moak

Take a step closer to health and wellness while surrounded by a gorgeous urban landscape!

View from Greenpoint Loft's Rooftop ©Julia Moak
View from Greenpoint Loft’s Rooftop ©Julia Moak
Rooftop Space at Greenpoint Loft ©Julia Moak
Rooftop Space at Greenpoint Loft ©Julia Moak
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Free Screening of Gasper & Son at Adelina’s this Sunday (7/12)


For every neon sign, there is story. For us it’s the story of Jen, who sought out a sign maker for Greenpointers and discovered a dying art. It’s the story of skills passed down from father to son that inspired Jen enough to work on capturing an otherwise lost craft on film.

NeonSign_Robbie_275pxThe Greenpointers neon sign is an artifact of “Gasper & Son” and is the symbolic torch that was passed down when Jen sold Greenpointers – rooted in inspiration with a deep respect for creativity and artistry that serves the local community. It makes an appearance in all of the Greenpointers events and will light up our bar again at the upcoming Summer Market. Continue reading

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Free Live Performance by Laura & Greg at Academy Record Annex (Sat, 7/11)


Let’s be honest. No one really wants to see one single person endowed with multi-faceted talent. Yet, as evidenced in Laura & Greg‘s recently released album “Forever for Sure,” that person exists in the form of Laura O’Neill.

The same woman behind successful neighborhood favorites Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and Selamat Pagi, both of which have delighted our taste buds, can also belt out sweet melodic tunes with the best of them and I’m digging it. I had their first music video for “Muscle Memory” on repeat. Continue reading

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Don’t Miss the Last Night of The Hum: A Rare Evening of Musical Collaboration at Manhattan Inn

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© Photo by David Andrako. Rachael Pazdan (HYPNOCRAFT), Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket) , Sarah Pedinotti (LIP TALK), Kaila Mullady and Jordyn Blakely (Invisible Familiars).

People spill out of seats, onto steps and out through the doorframe of the back room of the Manhattan Inn. Lights low, tables topped with candlelight, the dark wooden room is warm and intimate. The gorgeous white baby grand is in its usual position under the chandelier draped with cascading moss. But every Monday night in April, it shares the spotlight with instruments like the saxophone, violin, harp and drums, setting the stage for The Hum. Continue reading

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