Greenpoint History Walking Tour to Benefit the Park Church Co-op Saturday (7/7)

Historical Map of Greenpoint courtesy of Dennis Ward

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!

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The Park Church Co-op Needs Your Help

Pastor Amy in front of the Park Church Co-Op on Russell Street.
Pastor Amy in front of the Park Church Co-Op on Russell Street.

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

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The Park Church Co-Op Needs Your Support!

The Park Church Co-op (129 Russell Street) is one of Greenpoint’s most remarkable spaces. It’s not only a church, but also a wintertime home for the farmer’s market, a temporary replacement for the Greenpoint Library, a performance space, a moviehouse, a place for kids to take music lessons, an indispensable community center, and more. A few months ago, we profiled hardworking Pastor Amy Kienzle, who is absolutely dedicated to seeing it remain a vital part of our neighborhood. And now, the church has launched their first ever fundraising campaign to keep the programming going and doors open.

You may not know that The Park Church Co-Op is funded by a grant on a 3-year cycle, which ends next year. They are asking for community financial support, whether it’s a regular monthly donation or a one-time donation. “We look forward to continuing to be a space where everyone feels welcome,” says Pastor Amy in the above video. Read more below on how you can donate to this essential Greenpoint hub for individuals, families, artists, musicians and neighbors. Continue reading

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C#@R CANCER: Market Dishes Out Arctic Char for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is the busiest commemorative month of the year, and launches us into fall with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, LGBTQ History Month, Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and as you may already know, Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Fishmongers @gustavosalsas and @farinas_b putting in work (Instagram: @greenpointfish)

With almost 9,000 expected cases of breast cancer in Brooklyn alone, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. sees this as an important month to commemorate. They’re joining the cause this month by donating 10% of the proceeds of their Arctic Char Crudo to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for the rest of October.

“Cancer has directly affected so many people, my own family included, and it’s important to us to support Breast Cancer Awareness month,” said Adam Geringer-Dunn, Executive Chef and co-owner of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. along with Vinny Dunn. And what about the dish itself? “We love the arctic char crudo dish. It is so simple and yet is visually stunning and absolutely delicious.”

You’ll love it too: for $9, this fresh market fish is thinly sliced and served raw, dressed with extra virgin olive oil, citrus, Maldon sea salt, and microgreens. As tasty and buttery with Omega-3s as it is, arctic char is also a delicious choice for conscious diners. It’s one of the few farmed fish available that’s sustainably raised, and received the highest sustainability rating from the “Seafood Watch” program run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Not to mention, Omega-3s have a ton of health benefits and may reduce risk of breast cancer.

The sea salt lightly cuts the tartness of the citrus, while the microgreens brings the freshness. Add the EEVO and natural richness of the delicately sliced char served crudo—in its simplest purest form—and you’re in for a crisp fall treat, all for a savory cause.

Arctic char (from
Arctic char (from
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“We All Need More Craftiness!” Chat with Brett Bara of Brooklyn Craft Company

When I met with Brooklyn Crafting Queen Brett Bara in her newly occupied sub-level HQ in Greenpoint Ave’s Pencil Factory studios, the space was empty and Brett was diligently working on her laptop, planning away, at a folding table near the space’s generous wall of windows. Despite its lack of stuff, the large venue was filled with Brett’s enthusiastic energy in anticipation of her soon to debut Brooklyn Craft Company. Continue reading

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“Put Your Money Where You Put Your Mouse Clicks” Writer’s Fund Reaches Over $900 – Goal $5000

First, I’d like to welcome aboard Tony Luib, who has been hired as a Managing Editor for! His organization skills are pretty insane. And you all know Victoria, right? She is now working exclusively on our events, since she kicks major butt producing those markets we all love. The team is growing!

I’d also like to give you an update on the Writer’s Fund. Well, we did it! We are now paying contributors for content on It really feels good to send out those checks.

When you read “This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund by (blank)” that means a writer is getting paid for the story!

We are also raising money at our events, too. Saint Vitus donated $1 from every drink from the last comedy show and $5 from every supper at our next Sunday Supper will go to the Writer’s Fund, too!

I got giddy when new contributor Maria S (@msforpm) tweeted,  “Just received my first ever paycheck for writing something. Thanks so much, @greenpointers”

Heart melting! These are the opportunities we can give to creative people in Greenpoint!

It makes me so proud of how supportive the local businesses and our readers are of the Greenpoint community. Direct donations from businesses, along with the recent raffle and even donations from readers like “Greenpoint Area Guy” who wrote, “I’ve been casually reading Greenpointers for a while, and figured I’d best put my money where my mouse clicks,” has funded over $900 in posts.

Our goal is $5000 for the year… (to pay local writers $20/post for 3-4 posts/week) – so we have a ways to go…

Please consider making a donation in any amount to our Writer’s Fund. We appreciate your support and readership very much!

Writer’s Fund

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Greenpoint Band Gunfight! Begging For Money! (They’re worth it!) – 30ish hours left…

You know we have no problem picking favorites at Greenpointers, and Gunfight! is our favorite Brooklyn and Greenpoint band. Come see Gunfight! play at the upcoming Brain Cave Festival and I guarantee you will have no choice but to get your butt up and dance like a crazy person. That is what live music is all about – having a great time!

I remember the first time I saw them play in a backyard at Paper Garden Records‘ Multiverse Playground and I instantly downloaded their album halfway into their first song and have been stalking them ever since.

These Brooklyn boys are putting out a new album and they kickstarted it. They already reached their goal but that is no reason to not donate more because as they put it, “even with the money raised so far, we still anticipate dropping a fair amount of our hard-earned cash on this, and so any additional moolah will go a long way to keeping us from going broke and eating squeezy-cheese on dollar-store crackers and sleeping on someone’s couch.”

Support Brooklyn music and one of Greenpointers’ favorite bands! Click here to donate.

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Thanks to Vanessa from KRRB for coming to the Soup Kitchen Fundraiser on Sunday and producing this great video on Greenpointers’ Sandy Relief Efforts. Krrb is a sponsor of our upcoming Greenpointers Holiday Market, where you can find lots of local handmade unique gifts from some of the most creative people in the world!

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Where to Go: Dine Out Williamsburg (and Greenpoint) Today! Support Sandy Relief Efforts

There are a ton of restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that are participating in Dine Out Williamsburg, in which they pledge to donate a percentage of gross profit to Red Cross Sandy Relief Efforts.

Where will you be dining out tonight? Let us know in the comments.

Restaurants who want to participate: email dineoutwilliamsburg (AT)

Participating Greenpoint Restaurants
Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) Try the panelle sandwhich. It’s vegetarian.
Calyer (92 Calyer St) Greenpointers’ Review – Very romantic place for a date.
Champion (1108 Manhattan Ave) – The avocado and ricotta toast is a wholesome.
Lokal Bistro (905 Lorimer St) – Get your morning juice or smoothie.
Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave)  – Great cocktails, delicious burger, live music.
Oak & Iron (47 Franklin St) – Great bar, nice bartenders.
Sindicatos De Cocineros (57A Nassau Ave) Greenpointers’ Review

Old Favorites:
Brooklyn Star (593 Lorimer St) – Try the Brussels Sprouts & Pig Tails.
Diner (83 Broadway) – The waitstaff writes the entire menu on your table.
Pies n’ Thighs (166 So. 4th St) – Chicken Biscuit!
Nighthawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) – Menu inspired by the films.
Roebling Tea Room (143 Roebling St) – Always satisfying. Steak Tartare, Raviolo.
Rye – (247 S.1st St) Great Old Fashioned, Berkshire Pork and Mushroom Lasagna.
Spuyten Duyvil (359 Metropolitan Ave) – Perfect spot for a date. Wine, beer, cheese.
Best Pizza (33 Havemeyer St) – Best regular slice in town and a nice meatball hero.

Been Meaning To Try:
St. Anselm (355 Metropolitan Ave) Three Different Eggplants!?! Lotsa steak.
Saint Austere (613 Grand St)
Forcella (485 Lorimer St) They have rice balls!

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Sandy Relief Online Raffle Begins Today!

In order to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief, we felt we could have the biggest impact and raise the most funds by reaching out to our huge local audience of readers with the help of donations from amazing local businesses, artists and individuals in Greenpoint and beyond. It’s raffle time!

Since last night, we have raised over $100 and have a huge gallery of really great prizes you can win! (Plus more to come!)

Prizes include: Christmas Trees, Tattoos, Dinner Out, Booze, Artwork & more!

100% of proceeds will be donated to New York Cares, specifically for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts in New York City.

Sandy Relief Raffle Tickets $10*


* Each $10 donation is worth 1 raffle ticket for a chance to win one of these amazing prizes. The more tickets you buy, the more chances to win! (Please make donations in $10 increments.)

Deadline To Enter: Sunday November 11, 2012 at 11:59pm

Check out all the prizes here! 

Local businesses: if you like to donate a prize to the raffle, email: 1. photo 2. details of the prize 3. value 4. link to your website to greenpointers at


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