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Greenpoint’s Tiniest Building Will House a New Mexican Restaurant

128 Greenpoint Ave
image: via Google Maps

If you’ve ever wondered what’s up with that dwarfishly charming building sitting empty on Greenpoint Avenue for quite some time, the former plumbing store will soon give birth to its new life as a Mexican restaurant, Oxomoco (pronounced oh-shoh-moh-coh). With 30 outdoor seats, they’ll be taking full advantage of the fact that the quirky little building is set back into the street. Chef Justin Bazdarich is at the helm, and his other (Italian) restaurant Speedy Romeo is known for its wood-fired ‘za. So the restaurant will put an emphasis on the fire concept, with two wood-fired ovens reportedly as the restaurant’s centerpiece. Oxomoco is an Aztec deity, goddess of the night, astrology and the calendar. She is also the “first woman,” the Aztec equivalent to Eve. No word on an opening date, but they are hiring—and we predict they’ll be open by summer for outdoor drinking/margarita season! Continue reading

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Punch and Pepper-Spray, Hardware and High School — The Hook-up (4/20)

Good morning, Greenpoint! It’s Friday, and time for the Hook-up. Sometimes, I think we should just rename this column “Another Week, the Same MTA,” since it seems that most of the things that get a line here are subway-related. That’s true as ever this week. Punch, Pepper-Spray, Hardware and High School are all, in their myriad and sundry ways, subway stories. So, step in, stand clear of the closing doors.  Continue reading

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Calling All Greenpoint Artists! Sign Up for Open Studios 2018! (June 2 & 3)!

Hey Greenpoint artists, designers, crafters, fabricators, performers, and anyone who has work or work-in-progress to show! Now is the time to sign up for Greenpoint Open Studios and connect directly to thousands of art lovers, who will swarm to our neighborhood to celebrate creativity in Greenpoint!

Sign up to participate and open up your studio space!

The festivities start with an epic launch party followed by a weekend when local art studios, galleries, and pop-up spaces, open to the public. Every sign-up gets added to a map and gets a profile on the GOS online gallery.

GOS 2017, Photo by Korey Knecht

Greenpoint Open Studios reveals that we have a vibrant creative community here with over 400 participating artists in 2017 and 350 in 2016! Let’s keep this going strong Greenpoint!

The deadline to enroll as a participating artist for Greenpoint Open Studios is Monday, April 30th. Sign up here! Continue reading

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The DOT’s Traffic Study is Out

Study Area via The DOT

Two years ago, the NYC Department of Transportation began conducting a Traffic Study to assess street safety conditions in North Brooklyn. The study focused on issues like street design, traffic flow, public safety and environmental impact, and was funded by Councilman Stephen Levin’s office. To complete their findings,  the DOT solicited community input, and received over 400 unique comments and suggestions from North Brooklyn residents. Now, the DOT is back in our part of town with suggestions gleaned from the study. The agency presented its findings to BK Community Board 1 on April 10th.  Continue reading

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Live in a One-Bedroom on Manhattan Avenue for $1020/month

977 Manhattan Avenue
977 Manhattan Avenue via 6sqft

While many Greenpointers find it difficult to cheer constant “luxury” real estate development in the neighborhood, the situation may yield one perk: the housing lottery. The newest spot with apts on offer is 977 Manhattan Avenue, between India and Huron. The entire 14-unit building is going for a cool $14.25 Million, but New Yorkers earning 60% of the area median income can apply for 3 1-bedroom apartments, each asking $1,020/month, including utilities.

The environmentally conscious among us might be excited to know that the building is Green Certified, and sports energy-efficient elements, including solar panels. Other perks include a bike room, central air, and in-ceiling speakers.  Continue reading

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Gardens of the Galaxy, Hot Sauce Expo, Greenpoint Gallery Night, Spring Fling — What’s Happening Greenpoint (4/18-4/24)

Poster design by Julia Moak

Secure your spacesuit, prepare for takeoff and get ready to blast off into the cosmos at our Gardens Of The Galaxy Spring Market this Sunday, April 22 in the Greenpoint Loft on 67 West Street! It’s going to be a star-studded day with live music, free fun activities like massages, rooftop yoga henna, nail art, refreshments and food. Check out the full details of what’s in store hereRSVP on Facebook.  Preview our star-studded vendors here.

WEDNESDAY 4/18

7 Minutes In Heaven, Six Stories Told, Out Of It and more @The Kingsland (269 Norman Ave), 6pm, $10, Buy Tix
♫ The Afghan Whigs & Built to Spill @Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St.), 7pm, $40, Buy Tix
^ The Big Big: Staged Reading + Puppet Demo @Areté Venue and Gallery (67 West St. #103), 7:30pm, FREE, A bittersweet non-romantic love story about fear, lies, Asian American identity, and the great outdoors, More Info
♦ The Master — Free Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue), 8pm, FREE, Staring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, More Info

THURSDAY 4/19

♦ See Change @ Williamsburgh Library (240 Division Ave), 5:30pm, a solo exhibit of new works by Tara DePorte, FREE, More Info
^ Birding at the Bridge @Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Avenue), 6pm, FREE,Heather Wolf shares tips for birding in Brooklyn and talks about her book Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront. More Info
# Why Chopsticks? @MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $20-25, A History and Culture of Chopsticks, Buy Tix
# Sfincione Night @Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, $18, An evening of Sicilian-style Pizza! RSVP
Nap Eyes, She Devils @ Zone One at Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave), 8pm, $10-12, Buy Tix Continue reading

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Noble Lorimer Historic Block Association Requests Stay on Redevelopment at 111 Noble

Rendering of the Approved Plans for 111 Noble Street

When the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission approved redevelopment at 111 Noble Street, in early February, many Greenpoint residents were chagrined to hear that the LPC would allow a property well within the limits of the Greenpoint Historic district to be so distinctly altered. The approved plans call for a third floor and a penthouse to added to the existing structure, and an expansion on the back of the house.

Since the LPC made its decision, Members of the Noble Historic Block Association have been advocating for “for the restoration of and maintenance in scale of [the original building], a modest house on our landmarked block.” The group wrote in an email to Greenpointers, “The LPC’s recent approval for radical expansion of two additional floors plus elevator is, we fear, essentially going to result in demolition and rebuild. Not only are we concerned about this happening to this property, but also we’ve continued to voice our concern that it creates a precedent (or adds to a trend) of the LPC permitting radical development rather than preservation within Landmarked areas.” Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning with Greencycle Swap this Saturday (4/14)

Do you have gently used items taking up closet space? Bring everything over to Greencycle Spring Cleaning Swap at the Leonard Public Library (81 Devoe Street) this Saturday (April 14) from 12-3pm!

Bring some! Or take some! No need to bring things to take things! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Let’s recycle, reuse and reduce.

MEN’S, WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S CLOTHING, SHOES, BOOKS, TOYS, BICYCLES, PHONES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS & ELECTRONICS.
– Electronics accepted until 2PM.
– Limited to the 1 bag or the number of bags that you’ve brought to donate to the swap.
– No taking donated items to resell. (Because all remaining items are donated to local homeless shelters for neighbors truly in need.)

$20 suggested donation a family to help cover costs. Your donation will be tax deductible. For more info, please contact Town Square at 347.559.1410 or [email protected]

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Archestratus Hosts a Filling Four Course Dinner of… Salad? (4/13)

Saladish
Image via Archestratus

Let’s face it: North Brooklyn restaurant menus are oversaturated with hearty, heavy, bready, cheesy and meaty comfort foods. Fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, mac n’ cheese, sausages, pizza and hot wings, among many others are all pretty dang delicious but it’s not really possible for most of us to eat them every single night. Especially in the warmer months, it’s nice to have a vegetable-forward yet hearty option for dinner. Enter the “Saladish” meal—a medley of textures and flavors  with ingredients like, “Japanese eggplants, broccoli rabe, shirataki noodles, Bosc pears, and chrysanthemum leaves” wrapped into one extremely satisfying salad-like-but-not-a-salad dish.

Saladish book cover via Amazon
Saladish book cover via Amazon

Archestratus (160 Huron St) is hosting a dinner on April 13th inspired by Chef Ilene Rosen’s new cookbook Saladish. Tickets are $70, and get you a four-course meal from Chef Rosen, a signed copy of the cookbook and a limited edition tote. Menu at the link above and after the jump.

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Weekly Roundup March 28–31: Groupmuse and Rooftops and Egg, Oh My!

A Groupmuse concert from back in November

If you’re gonna be a heathen this Holy Week (happy Easter and Passover to those of you do-gooders), might as well indulge in some of the artistic, culinary, and musical happenings around the neighborhood.

A Classical Williamsburg Eve
Groupmuse | Williamsburg (full address given to attendees only)
Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30

More info, $3 to reserve and $10+ donation to the musicans

Groupmuse — the community-building and stereotype-breaking music series — is coming to Williamsburg this week. Here’s how it works: classical music enthusiasts open up their homes, announce an event on Groupmuse’s website, and then loyal audiences look for upcoming mini-concerts in their nabes. The host for this event will welcome two violinists; if it fills up, you can always search the site for future events (or host one yourself!).

Last Call: Kombrewcha closes National Women’s Month
Egg | 138 North 8th Street
Friday, March 30 from 2–4 PM
More info, $5 ticket(/donation!)

After a month of celebrating boss ladies everywhere, Kombrewcha is closing out National Women’s Month at Egg Shop Williamsburg. Attendees are invited to kick-off the holiday weekend with a free Kombrewcha cocktail or bottle (and a few light bites!) and raise a glass to the power of women. RSVP here.

Karin Campbell’s “Sunnyside”
106 Green Art Gallery | 106 Green Street
Opening Reception on Saturday, March 31 from 6–8 PM
More info, Free

106 Green is pleased to present “Sunnyside,” a solo exhibition of new works by Karin Campbell. The exhibition will be open from March 31–April 29. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12-5. Karin Campbell’s work exudes an ecstatic painterliness: Energetic brushwork, bright colors, and wild shapes come together in joyful and rambunctious compositions. She draws from the language of cartoons, gestural abstraction, and notebook doodles. The paintings are animated, full of movement, but balance extroverted expression with interior contemplation.

Rooftop Barter
Mothership NYC | 252 Green Street
Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 from 1–5 PM
More info, Cost? Hmm…

Books with forgotten notes, pots from a drunk purchase, potteries from the Oaxaqueño valleys… Do you have stories behind the things you own? Jue, Mothership’s artist-in-residence, has been contemplating the objects of her life over the past month and will be hosting a rooftop barter this weekend. Like a yard sale, you will find everything from silverware to original artworks. Unlike a yard sale, no monies will be exchanged at this barter.

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