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Psych Band Tonsstartbandht Grooved In Greenpoint Sunday Night

Tonstartssbandht at the Park Church Co-Op

Tonstartssbandht (tahn-starts-bandit) isn’t just a psych band with a challenging name—their music creates sonic collages that take you on a journey through a misty rainbow forest odyssey. This past Sunday night, they played the evocative Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.), and if you haven’t been there for a show it’s definitely worth checking out. The acoustics and the atmosphere is truly breathtaking. On Sunday, Tonstartssbandht was supported by Dougie Poole and Turnip King.

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We Heart This Greenpoint-Produced Love Podcast: Essie’s Hour of Love

Essie's Hour of Love
The Essie’s Hour of Love team (from bottom L to R)—Essie Zar, Nancy Pappas, Grace Taylor. Photo: Chris DeMairo

Ever stumble into a café on a Tuesday morning with a dozen people plugging away on their laptops and wonder, “What are you all doing and working on?” If you said “yes,” you’re not alone. And right here in Greenpoint, you may be surprised to know that a podcast is being produced right across the table from you.

No matter what your interests or where you are in the world, the topic of love is universal. For many, it’s a question with an ongoing search for an answer—and a subject that rarely has a single point of view. Australian native Essie Zar explores perspectives on and experiences of love with those from all walks of life through her podcast Essie’s Hour of Love, produced and broadcasted right from her Greenpoint ‘shack d’amour’ a.k.a flat—a.k.a apartment—on Driggs Avenue. From other fellow podcasters, to childhood friends, to strangers along her path, Essie focuses on the identities of her subjects and their individualized, unique journeys in love and life. While her interviewees talk about things like fairytale endings, headstrong partnerships or the balance between the head and the heart, Essie’s intuition always leads her to capture their most vulnerable stories. We interviewed Essie and her team finding out how they got started, where they are now and how Greenpoint has played a part in not only the podcast’s production but also in their lives. Continue reading

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Game-Changing Pins from Pinpoint

Pinpoint has a little piece of my heart: this tough-but-chic brand run by two clever Greenpoint ladies in the jam. So, step up your accessories game and style up that banging denim vest you thrifted from Dusty Rose or the dreamy leather jacket you spied in Fox and Fawn. Besides looking cool, these lil pins are totally wallet friendly. All of these pretty metals and patches are only 10 bucks or less!

Check out these 10 oh-so-cool pins and show us your swag!
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Pigeon Pets, Greenpoint Garbage Moves Away, and Back Stabbing — The Hook-Up 4/21

Adelaide the pigeon
Adelaide the pigeon in her home sweet home. Via Instagram

Omg! A pigeon flew into someone’s kitchen near the Lorimer stop and made a nest inside a pasta strainer. Follow Adelaide the pigeon on Instagram.

This Fall, some of our Greenpoint garbage will be moving out of the neighborhood. Maybe the rent was too damn high?

Bushwick Inlet Park is finally complete! The mayor just closed the deal on the purchase of the CitiStorage site, the last remaining parcel needed to complete the 27-acre waterfront park. Mayor de Blasio tweeted the deal’s closing saying, “We keep our promises to New Yorkers.” Continue reading

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Inside You: A Greenpoint-Based Body-Switching Comedy

Picture this: you and bae decide to spice things up so you get down and dirty with a sex toy—a totally magical night. But, your night was actually so magic that you wake up the next day and discover you’ve switched bodies, which is simultaneously terrifying and awesome. We’ve seen body-switching in movies before (Freaky Friday, Vice Versa and The Change Up, among others), but the new film Inside You goes deeper and explores gender, sexuality and marriage while still remaining hilarious. After three years of challenging production, badass lady director Heather Fink is ready to put her latest film out into the world. Using shows and films like Louis, Girls, Obvious Child and Bridesmaids as the script’s true-to-life comedic inspiration, she shot the film right here in Greenpoint and other parts of North Brooklyn (you can see Bushwick’s Catland in the trailer, masquerading as the sex shop). Heather (a Greenpointer) not only directed the film, but she also wrote it and stars in it. We chatted with her about her filmmaking process and her love of Greenpoint.

GP: How long did the film take to make (from writing the script through production)?

Heather: I finished the script in March 2014, ran the Kickstarter in June 2014, tried to shoot in October 2014 but had the lead actress drop out the day before the shoot. We re-tooled the project, I decided to act in it myself, and we finally shot in June 2015. We locked the picture edit by January 2016, and finished sound, color, VFX, music and titles by June 2016. I applied to festivals with this cut—and waited several months to hear back, taking me into 2017. I ran out of money so I needed to work several months to afford the final pieces—the end credits sequence, and we just finished the trailer. Every step of the way I had to work till I had enough money to pay for each thing. Now, it’s paid for.

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Greenpoint Gallery Night is Back Next Friday (4/28)!

Greenpoint Gallery NightOn Friday, April 28th, twelve neighborhood exhibition spaces will stay open from 6-9pm for the latest Greenpoint Gallery Night. On their site you can plan your art stroll ahead of time or on the fly, including a custom Google Map, usable in any web browser and the Google Maps App on mobile devices. As always, Greenpoint Gallery Night is free & open to the public, rain or shine.

Participating Locations:
Auxiliary Projects – 212 Norman Ave
Calico – 67 West St #203
Gallery AWA – 61 Greenpoint Ave #306
The Greenpoint Gallery – 390 McGuinness Blvd
Greenpoint Hill – 100 Freeman St
Greenpoint Terminal Gallery – 67 West St #320
The Java Project – 252 Java St
Kayrock Screenprinting – 1205 Manhattan Ave
The Overhang – 67 West St #222
Owen James Gallery – 61 Greenpoint Ave #315
The Yard – 33 Nassau Ave
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A History of Greenpoint in 25 Buildings: 85 Calyer Street

Thomas Fitch Rowland, illustration by Aubrey Nolan
Thomas Fitch Rowland, illustration by Aubrey Nolan

85 Calyer Street looks like many other frame houses in Greenpoint, but it was the home of the greatest mechanical genius to ever live in Greenpoint, Thomas Fitch Rowland, and one of the most important short conversations in American history took place in the parlor there. First, though, lets get a little background on the owner of the house, Thomas Fitch Rowland.

Rowland was born in Connecticut in 1831 and became a railroad engineer, quickly becoming one of the leading experts in the design and construction of steam engines. However, he decided to leave railroad engineering, switching to the construction of steam engines for sailing ships and also developing an expertise in metallurgy. He was soon invited to come to Greenpoint to build ships because of his twin areas of expertise. By 1859 he founded his own company, the legendary Continental Iron Works on Quay Street. Two years later, he would help make history when visionary Swedish naval engineer John Ericsson approached him about building a revolutionary ship in Greenpoint, the ironclad Monitor, which would revolutionize warfare making wooden ships obsolete. Continue reading

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Kingsland Wildflowers Roof Tour And Earth Day Talk This Saturday!

kingsland-wildflowers-greenpoint-visitors-photo-by-mpenmann

What: NYC Audubon presents “My Yard Is For The Birds: The Things Birds Look For In Urban and Suburban Yards, and Why They Need To Be There”
When: Saturday, April 22, 1pm–3pm
Where: 520 Kingsland Avenue (Kingsland Wildflowers Roof & Community Space)

This Saturday at the Kingsland Wildflowers Roof and Community Space, NYC Audubon is presenting a talk from Joyann Cirigliano, president and Atlantic Flyway projects coordinator at Four Harbors Audubon Society. Learn about the importance of backyard gardens for birds, and the ways in which using native plants in landscape design will attract these feathered friends. The lecture will be followed by a tour of the Kingsland Wildflowers roof. Refreshments will be provided.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Learn more at Kingsland Wildflowers and RSVP on Facebook

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Threes @ Franklin + Kent Extending Stay through Summer

Threes @ Franklin + Kent with food by Purslane

Thanks to a warm welcome from the neighborhood and the initial success of the pop-up, Threes Brewing is extending its stay in Greenpoint! The outpost will continue to occupy the former Cassette space at 113 Franklin Street (corner of Kent St.) at least through the summer.

Though I’d been hearing great things about the Gowanus brewery for a while before my first visit, it was a Luluc concert at Tiny Montgomery—the brewery’s versatile private dining room that doubles as an intimate concert venue—that inspired my first trip to the original Threes location. With a coffee shop by Ninth Street Espresso conducive to tackling some work before the show, my sense of the place was that it would lend itself nicely to spending the day and then enjoying food by one of the pop-ups featured at the time (its food is now exclusively by The Meat Hook) and beers with friends who joined for the show.

Now much of what I loved about that welcoming, experience-focused, “come hang” vibe is just down the block from me. Known for its frequent and interesting programming, Threes will bring more of the same to Threes @ Franklin + Kent with live music and other events starting in May. In the meantime, there will be DJs a few nights per week,  as well as a lineup of other breweries coming by each Wednesday (4/19 Industrial Arts; 4/26 KCBC; 5/3 Other Half; 5/10 LIC Beer Project; 5/17 Barrier Brewing; 5/24 Transmitter). Continue reading

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Brooklyn Artists Open House @ Bushwick Inlet Park Wednesday (4/19)!

The Park House, bushwick inlet park

Are you an artist working and living in Brooklyn? You can become a NYC Parks featured artist at the park house at Bushwick Inlet Park. Attend the open house this Wednesday to tour the space, meet fellow artists and get guidelines for submission.

Call for Artists: NYC Parks/Brooklyn Recreation
Deadline: May 20, 2017

Open House: Wednesday, April 19  | 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: Bushwick Inlet Center | Kent Avenue & North 9th Street

RSVP Here

This program is open to all Brooklyn artists and arts organizations. However, emergent artists with a strong sense of community engagement or community focused practice are encouraged to apply. For more information and/or to RSVP: [email protected]

 

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