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Elegance Lost: Greenpoint’s Colonnade Row on Humboldt Street

For years I had admired Manhattan’s Greek Revival Colonnade Row, the imposing landmark row houses with their austere, yet graceful Doric columns on Astor Place in NoHo, never imagining that Greenpoint also had its own colonnade row, until I cam across this 1922 picture of colonnade row houses on Humboldt Street. No one is certain who built Noho’s Colonnade Row, however it is attributed to builder Set Geer who constructed the spacious row houses with graceful marble columns as their defining feature. Continue reading

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Six Art Shows To Check Out This Weekend!

WAH Salon Show
Works from the WAH Salon Show

Williamsburg Art & Historical Center | 135 Broadway
18th Annual WAH Salon Show
This exhibit featuring dozens of artists is closing this weekend, so go check it out! The WAH Center offers an artist membership program called the “WAH Salon Art Club”. Every January, the members can participate in the Annual WAH Salon Show, which gives exposure to artists of a wide range and spectrum – from emerging, to mid-career, and established artists in all media. In concept, the Salon is all the colors of the artist’s palette.
Exhibit closing this weekend, gallery open Friday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

Greenpoint Gallery | 390 McGuinness Blvd.
“Salon De Eros”
This show proposes to be an “erotic showcase of love and its carnal delights, aiming to blush, excite and provoke viewers”, showing a range of local artists.
Opening event Friday, February 17th, 8pm-1am Continue reading

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Feminist Tattoos, Putin + Trump Lovefest, and CB1 Livestreams — The Hook-Up 2/17

McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann
McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann

In case you missed it, an illustrated image of Putin/Trump embracing was projected onto a building on North 6th Street this week.

Police are investigating after an apartment building with mostly Hasidic residents in Williamsburg was vandalized with swastika graffiti.

Hurrah! Community Board 1 will now be livestreaming their lengthy meetings! Here’s the meeting from earlier this week, which runs almost four hours.

Greenpoint’s Magick City (37 Box St.) hosted a tattoo event to benefit Planned Parenthood last week, which got completely booked up, drawing crowds from all around the city.

Applications for affordable housing ($596 for a studio!) at the Domino Sugar Factory reached a whopping 87k—only 104 are available, with half designated to go to residents of CB1.

Will makeup giant Sephora be coming to Williamsburg? It’d probably look right at home next to the Apple Store, Levis Store and Whole Foods.

Following two pedestrian deaths, neighbors are speaking up about making Grand Street a safer place to walk.

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Aelfie Homewares Warehouse Sale This Weekend!

Locally-based online retailer Aelfie is offering some pretty great deals for their biannual warehouse sale this weekend in Greenpoint. Get 30-75% off discontinued styles, floor samples, one-offs, and overstock. Their usual merch includes fun geometric rugs, pillows, bedding and a cheeky assortment of housewares.


Aelfie Warehouse Sale
Saturday Feb 18th & Sunday Feb 19th

61 Greenpoint Avenue #103 | 11-5pm



If you can’t make it, use the code “FlyingCarpet” at aelfie.com for 10% off

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Healing with Food at EATshop in Maha Rose this Saturday (2/18)!

This time last year, I was slathering on cortisol creams to battle my eczema and having heart palpitations. I almost always ate out or ordered in. I felt exhausted. Today my skin is glowing and I am full of energy without my usual caffeine fix. My day started with a tasty breakfast that I made, journaling, and setting an intention to meditate on. It’s part of the daily practices that I’ve been working on with holistic wellness coach Jaquy Yngvason to build healthy habits that are as routine as brushing my teeth in the morning. Gone are the days when I would pick up a can of tuna fish and potato chips on the go to save time. I now enjoy every meal. I love cooking and savor simple snacks like freshly roasted carrots in coconut oil. Discovering things like how black beans and dates can make up the most deliciously moist protein-packed brownie is as exciting to me as my new favorite local Greenpoint haunt. And after seeing a lifelong autoimmune skin disease go away, I’ve become a big believer in the power of food.

That’s why I am super thrilled that Jaquy will be coming to Greenpoint to host a workshop this Saturday (2/18) in one of my favorite neighborhood spots, Maha Rose (97 Green St). It’s still the start of 2017 and a good time to set the tone for the rest of the year with self care and love!

More about Conscious Consumption EATShop:

Do you struggle to feel confident in your own skin? Are you constantly dieting and want to ditch those extra pounds?

In attending this EATshop you will walk away with tangible tools so you can feel empowered and gain a new perspective on how to self heal through food. You will learn how to create a daily sacred practice on how to consume consciously, allowing you to eat every meal from a place of joy, love and presence. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Multimedia Artist Alison Owen

Alison Owen – Diagonal Dipped Vase With Circle Handles

Alison Owen is a Greenpoint-based artist and art teacher whose work is committed to no set medium, but rather to the notion of “responsible consumption.” Her multimedia pieces are highly interactive with their environments, using the neglected materials of an art gallery space to demonstrate how what is no longer valued can be transformed into something beautiful. Alison scavenges for defunct installation tools, old hardware, scraps of forgotten artworks—and even collected dust—to create her innovative and conceptual exhibitions.

In recent years, Alison has masterfully picked up ceramics, which unlike her installations requires a more defined use of media and more prescriptive processes. In addition to her residency at the Wave Hill Estate in the Bronx, she will also be having a spring exhibition at Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St.) right in our neighborhood that kicks off on March 30. In the meantime, preview Alison’s diverse works on her website.

GP: How will your upcoming show at Greenpoint Hill be different than past shows you’ve had, and how will it be similar?

Alison: I tend to work site-specifically, responding to the architecture, the history, or the current use of the spaces where I show. I gather up materials from the site or from people connected to the site, and use those in the space. At this point, I have a large collection of materials that have been donated or scavenged from other artists over the years, and I have been using these materials to make collages and paintings and small sculptures that I’ll show at Greenpoint Hill. This will be less of a site-specific installation and more a show of individual works, which is kind of new for me.  Continue reading

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L Train Shutdown Meeting Tonight (2/16)!

L Train ShutdownWhat’s the plan for the 2019 L Train shutdown? Do we have alternative transportation options? Tonight’s the night to voice your opinion and talk with community members about the upcoming L Train closure. The DOT and the MTA are hosting a series of community workshops, and NOW is the time to get involved before it’s too late!

Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design | 257 N 6th St.
6-8pm
Facebook event RSVP

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80’s New Wave Dance, Salon de Eros, Korean 101, Conscious Consumption – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/15–2/21)

Conscious Consumption: Eating Practices for Soul Nourishment & Body Healing @Maha Rose (97 Green St), Saturday (2/18), 6pm, $35, Learn eating practices for nourishment that will positively impact all other areas of your life. Tune into your bodies true needs and abilities to self heal from emotional distress, mindless and stress eating, damage done from autoimmune disease and more, More info

 

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!


WEDNESDAY 2/15

♫ Benefit for Southern Poverty Law Center @The Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) 8pm, Benefit show featuring Dreamcrusher, M Lamar, Jono Mi Lo, Michael Hix, The Imaginary Orchestra, Visuals by Julieta Triangular, More info
♦ Black History (month) Movie Night @The Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 8pm, $5, Celebrate Black history every day of every month. Proceeds benefit Black Lives Matter, More info

 

THURSDAY 2/16

♦ Aggie Pavlidis: Dream Lines Opening Reception @ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 6:00pm, FREE, Aggie Pavlidis’s work focuses on the ways in which we process and internalize our surroundings and experiences. She makes and creates as a means to better understand herself, and the world around her, More info
♦ Dames Who Give Damns @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $10, Benefit for the N Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence. Visuals by Screaming Horses, Art and Raffle prizes by Ella Desmond, eforeffort, Natalia Zamora / denimindenial, and photos by girls of the lower east side girls club, Buy tix
* Speak Out! Rise Up! Podcast Workshop @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, $10, Broadcast your message and get your voice heard! Keisha “TK” Dutes will show us how to create a podcast, from the required equipment to interview techniques. After learning the basics, you can tape your own live 30-minute podcast! Try engineering, hosting, producing, or whatever role suits you best, Buy tix
♫ A Valentine for the Cause @ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave), 8pm, $5, Benefit for The Mount Sinai SAVI Program supports survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Featuring two melodic, guitar-based bands with DJing throughout the night, all acts hailing from Brooklyn’s indie rock community, More info  Continue reading

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Support The Greenpoint YMCA This Thursday (2/16)!

The Greenpoint Y (99 Meserole Ave.) is kicking off its annual fundraiser this Thursday from 12-4pm. There’ll be free snacks and Y schwag giveaways. 100% of the proceeds will be dedicated to enhancing programmatic needs and providing funding for scholarship programs!

These scholarships provide deserving children with the opportunity to:

  • Experience the magic of camp
  • Learn to swim
  • Enjoy the benefits of an early childhood education
  • Boost academic performance and social skills through after school programs
  • Make college a reality
  • Be healthy and fit
  • Explore a new sport or skill
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A History of Greenpoint in 25 Buildings: 95 Commercial Street

95 Commercial Street. Illustration by Sara Harvey
95 Commercial Street. Illustration by Sara Harvey

Greenpoint became home to five industrial “black arts” in the 19th century, and one of those black arts was glass production. (Printing, pottery making, oil refining, and cast iron manufacturing are the others.) Our area became one of the first places in the United States where artistic glass was produced. Some of the finest pieces of glass ever smelted in America were locally produced, and today they are still prized pieces in museums around the country.

One of the most famous nineteenth century glass factories—the Greenpoint Glass Works—was located at 95 Commercial Street. Founded about 1852 by Christian Dorflinger (1828-1915), an immigrant from Alsace. He Started in Manhattan, but needing more space expanded his now sizable workshop to the edge of Newtown Creek in 1860. Greenpoint Glass Works was larger than his other two plants and also enjoyed a waterfront location with docking facilities. The operation also included kilns and a large assembly line. Because this area of Greenpoint was sparsely developed, Dorflinger had to build housing near the factory for his workers, many of whom were French. Continue reading

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