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Free Film Screening! Kosciuszko: A Man Before His Time

Polish Cultural Institute Film Screening

Tomorrow night (March 30th) The Polish Cultural Institute is screening a documentary about Thaddeus Kosciuszko at 7 pm at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue). There’ll be a Q&A session with the director, and free snacks and drinks. Tickets are free, but only a few seats are still available. RSVP t0 –[email protected]

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Olympian Connie Darnowski: Greenpoint’s Greatest Ever Female Athlete

Connie Darnowski

Hurdler Connie Darnowski represented the United States in the 1952 and 1956 Olympic games and is the greatest female athlete our area ever produced. Her success is all the more amazing because she succeeded at a time before Title IX opened up women’s sports. She competed when there were only two women’s college track teams and Connie never had the chance to compete on the college level. Connie graduated from St John’s University in 1956, but the school had no college women’s teams. It is ironic that Connie is in the St. John’s Athletic Hall of Fame, yet never had the chance to compete for her school. Continue reading

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Sweet Toothed Vegans: Clara Cakes Popup At Adelina’s Today (3/26)!

Sunday, March 26th, 7:30-10:30pm
Clara Cakes CookBook Pop-Up
Adelina’s | 159 Greenpoint Ave.

19-year old LA chef Clara Polito will be in Greenpoint today to celebrate her new vegan dessert book. She’ll be serving up some of her amazing vegan cannoli & cakes and a pizza special at Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave.) tonight from 7:30pm-10:30, .  No tickets required, just show up hungry!

Clara Cakes - vegan cake

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Keep Shea Stadium Alive, Williamsburg Bridge Crash, Geoff Cobb Is Famous —The Hook Up 3/24

Guernsey Street. Photo by Megan Penmann
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It’s tremendously important to keep DIY venues like Shea Stadium open, which recently abruptly closed — it keeps the Brooklyn music scene, and the New York music scene alive and relevant. Please back their Kickstarter (which already has reached $82k of its $50k ask) if you want our neighborhood to keep its cool!

Not that the L train shutdown sucks any less, but now officials say that they’ll close the line (from Bedford to 8th Ave.) for three months less than earlier projected.

The best kind of partying involves a #safespace, but last week a man was fatally shot in the face at a Bushwick club.

Trending now: Williamsburg housing prices are going down down down.

A young woman was fatally injured in a crash on the Williamsburg bridge last week.

Our resident history writer Geoff Cobb was featured in the New York Times last week for his knowledge of a famous Irish painter from Greenpoint (which he wrote about here on Greenpointers).

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3 Neighborhood Lit Events To Spring You Forward!

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Despite the news of each new piece of horrendous legislation, it’s been helping me to remember that reading and writing are a form of social justice. April is National Poetry Month, and as celebrated poet Mary Oliver wrote in her new book of essays, Upstream, “…The poem was made not just to exist, but to speak—to be company.”

This spring, let your community be your company. Greenpoint is brimming with writers and artists who are using their voices to build spaces where you can share, listen, learn, and make a plan for moving forward; keep reading for three places you can join in the conversation.

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Immigrant Defense Project Benefit + Art Show Tonight 3/23

Greenpoint Hill - Immigrant Defense ProjectTonight (3/23) from 7-10pm, Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St.) is hosting a benefit to support the Immigrant Defense Project, a NYC-based non-profit. It’s also a good chance to catch Isaac Arvold’s show before it wraps up.

They will be donating 20% of all proceeds towards IDP’s holistic community defense program that provides resources and tools to immigrants, their communities and advocates to fight back against deportations and ICE abuses.

Speakers from IDP will be attending to talk more about their initiatives.

Isaac Arvold @ Greenpoint Hill
Isaac Arvold @ Greenpoint Hill

Work provided by Greenpoint Hill, and Carol Joo Lee, M. MortonDanielle KrollLibby VanderPloegSigne YbergAlison Owen, LeshThe Lost CampIsaac ArvoldAnabella ZubillagaTatiana Arocha, Monty J, and Kim Brown.

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The Greenpoint Woman Who Ran For President?

Belva Lockwood was an early feminist and one of the first women to ever run for president. She ran twice in 1884 and again in 1888 in the days before women even had the right to vote. While doing research on Greenpoint history I have come across sources, including Memorable Greenpoint by Professor Virginia Felter, stating Lockwood was from Greenpoint, however other sources contradict this claim. At any rate, her story is fascinating.
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Friends of Greenpoint Library Meeting This Saturday 3/25!

photo via Friends of the Greenpoint Library
photo via Friends of Greenpoint Library

Did you know that the mural on one side of the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.) is the work of artist Leslie A. Wood, and its installation in 2013 was made possible by the Friends of Greenpoint Library?

Come by the library on Saturday, March 25th from 10:30am-11:30am to learn how to join Friends of Greenpoint Library. Meet your neighbors, plan special events, and brainstorm ways to support the Greenpoint Library and its community. A branch library can have a greater impact when it has an active and vibrant friends group. If you love your local library and want to be more involved then this is the place for you!

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Women’s History Month: North Brooklyn’s Great Feminist Classic, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Author Betty Smith in front of the tree that is the symbol of her novel.

Great literature never grows old or feels dated, and no local novel feels more current to local women than Betty Smith’s enduring 1943 classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which describes the coming of age of the protagonist Francie Nolan in the era before World War I in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The novel sold millions of copies and was made into a hit 1945 film, directed by Elia Kazan, starring James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner, who won a Special Academy Award for Outstanding Child Actress of 1945. Continue reading

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Furmint Wine Dinner, Naked Family, Metal Yoga, Persian Arts Festival – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (3/15–3/21)

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


WEDNESDAY 3/15

# Cook the Book: Gjelina @ Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 6:30pm, $95, A taste of southern Califiornia to the east coast. An evening of “grain-and-vegetable centric, globally inspired cuisine” inspired by Gjelina, Buy tix
♦ RAW Brooklyn Presents: CUSP @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $22-30, 50+ local creatives showcasing talent across mediums such as visual art, photography, accessory design, fashion, performance art, hair & makeup, film & music, Buy tix
=) Fuxedo: The Spring Collection @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 7pm, FREE,In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out, and the day after that you’re watching improv in the back of a bar in Brooklyn. An on-trend evening of comedy, More info

 

THURSDAY 3/16

# Furmint Wine Dinner @ Cherry Point (664 Manhattan Ave), 7pm, $80, New American meet Hungarian flavors with four courses, three Furmints, and three Hungarian winemakers, RSVP
♫ Lost Boro: Beats, Raps & Threads @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave), 7pm, FREE, One part pop-up shop, one part rap show, equal parts dope, More info
♫ Tortoise w/ Little Black Egg & Tara Jane ONeil @ The Hall at MP (470 Driggs Ave), 7pm, $25, (le) poisson rouge presents: Tortoise w/ Little Black Egg (Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo) and Tara Jane O’Neil, Buy tix

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