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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
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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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Greenpointers Ate 292 Pounds of Pizza At Pizzeria LaFerrerra Last Year!

One of the menus at Pizzeria La Ferrera
One of the menus at Pizzeria La Ferrera

Pizzeria La Ferrera is an intimate and casual pizza supper club hosted by Molly Baker (a graphic designer) and Jason LaFerrera (a software developer) inside a Greenpoint apartment. If you’re one of the lucky few who’s attended, you chowed down on one or more of the 256 pizzas—weighing in at 292 pounds—that they made last year (the pies weren’t all different, but still that’s a LOT of pizza). About 4-6 people attend each supper club event, and 6-8 pizzas are served at each one—which is an average of 1.4 pizzas per person. Mmmmmmm. Pizza. To find out how more about Pizzeria LaFerrera and to snag an invite to their next event, sign up for the mailing list here. After the jump, read their Year In Review—fun stats about all the ‘za they made last year. Continue reading

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Popup Bar Alert: Threes Brewing Comes To Greenpoint!

Threes @ Franklin & Kent, image via Instagram
Threes @ Franklin & Kent, image via Instagram

Hallelujah! Something’s happening in the old Cassette space, making Franklin Street a little less sparse. The past several weeks we’ve seen Brooklyn Label paper up their windows, Mr. Souvlaki bit the dust, Mrs. Kim’s is “renovating”, and Jimmy’s packed up before year’s end. Gowanus’s Threes Brewing will be opening a temporary bar and beer shop at 113 Franklin Street (at Kent) starting today, and it will run at least through the end of the month and possibly longer. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Has A Serial Groper

Christopher Boissard. Image via DNA Info/Facebook
Christopher Boissard. Image via DNA Info/Facebook

A local man, Christopher Boissard, who has been harassing and grabbing locals, in addition to shoving customers inside local businesses has now been charged with felony sex abuse.

Via DNA Info:

“An accused serial groper who has attacked and stalked a neighborhood mom continues to target other local woman — seemingly undeterred by restraining orders against him, police and his victims said.

Christopher Boissard, 25 — a deaf man who’s been arrested more than 30 times on various low-level charges — has three pending groping cases against him and a conviction for attacking and harassing his own father, court records show.

He has violated orders of protection barring him from going near his alleged victims at least six times, in a pattern neighbors worry could get someone killed.”

“Last fall, on Sept. 11, he fondled a woman’s breasts at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Freeman Street at around 9:30 p.m., according to prosecutors. He was arrested, and Judge Matthew J. D’Emic set bail at $500, which he posted, court records show.”

“Boissard fondled a woman’s breasts and shoved her inside a store near India Street and Manhattan Avenue, as workers at the store repeatedly asked him to leave, prosecutors said.”

“Workers at Manhattan Avenue’s Champion Coffee said that two weeks before Boissard groped Clare, police were called after he chased several women down the avenue, though no police report was filed.

He’s shoved customers inside local businesses, and sometimes walks in and screams before running out, witnesses said. Shopkeepers say they keep a watchful eye on Boissard.”

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From Rags to Rigatoni: Savino’s Quality Pasta

Photo © Kevin Irby
Photo © Kevin Irby

No frills. Old school. Neighborhood staple. Hole in the wall. That’s how devotees of this remnant of the old Williamsburg refer to Savino’s Quality Pasta. If you’ve been there you go back. Fresh pasta, super cheap.

You won’t find any reclaimed wood or floor to ceiling subway tile in Savino’s storefront, no Edison bulbs or communal tables. Just earnest, camera shy Cono Savino, his mom and dad: Josephine and Frank, a half dozen varieties of freshly made pasta and ravioli, a few cheeses, some homemade sauces, and an assortment of Italian pantry items.

Josephine Savino and a young ravioli enthusiast. Photo © Kevin Irby
Josephine Savino and a young ravioli enthusiast. Photo © Kevin Irby

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Greenpoint’s Long, But Forgotten African-American History

The first slave auction at New Amsterdam in 1655
The first slave auction at New Amsterdam in 1655, via Wikipedia

It’s Black History Month when we celebrate African-American contributions to our country, but many born and raised Greenpointers who pride themselves on knowing local history would be shocked to learn that African-Americans have played a role in history here for more than three centuries.

Sadly, the first African-Americans were slaves. We do not know the name of the first African American who came to Greenpoint, but we do know how he came here. Dirck Volckertszen, the first European settler, in our area bought one of the first slaves sold at the slave market on Wall Street in 1645, but Volckertszen was not alone as a Greenpoint slave owner. All the original five families who farmed the land here had slaves. In the book “Historic Greenpoint” written by William Felter in 1918, the author assures us, “The Dutch enjoyed a reputation of treating their slaves with consideration.” However, we are not able to ask these enslaved men and women about the accuracy of Felter’s claim. Felter also makes the claim that even after New York State’s Slave Emancipation Act, which took effect in 1827 that the former slaves of Greenpoint continued to regard themselves as members of the household, but again perhaps these first African-American Greenpointers simply were not ready to face the difficult transition to independence. Continue reading

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