Ladies Who Ranch, Art on Airwaves, La Banubas, Paint and Sip — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (3/7–3/13)

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  • Graham Av (L train)
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^ Tables of Contents Reading Series: Hunt! Gerrard! Caldwell! @Egg (109 North 3rd St), 7pm, $5, Each reading will be paired with snacks inspired by its text, plus you’ll be in for an author-curated playlist and a rangy Q&A/discussion on writing, craft, aversion, and creativity to wrap up the night. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and WORD will be present slinging text, More info
☺ Ladies Who Ranch @ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St), 8pm, $5-10, Group of women does jokes for laughs at comedy show to change the national conversation. The show is followed by the Ladies Who Ranch Open Mic, an experimental comedy mic that especially encourages multimedia performances, More info
♫# Live Flamenco in St Charles Cellar @St. Mazie Bar (345 Grand St), 8pm, FREE, A night of authentic Flamenco in our beautiful speakeasy. Full dinner menu available as well as a 3 course Pre fixe menu, cocktails, absinthe and more… Ole!, More info
♫ Carte Blanche @Radegast Hall (113 N 3rd St), 9pm, FREE,French, Latin and American tunes while you sample the incredible selection of authentic german beers on tap and maybe have a giant german pretzel or bratwurst from the grill!! Space to dance!, More info


* Kombrewcha’s International Women’s Day Celebration @ The Williamsburg Hotel (96 Wythe Ave), 6:00pm, $3, Boss Ladies doing big things. We’ll be hosting a panel on Women Who Do. Buy tix
* NYC DRAFT Meetup @ PencilWorks (61 Greenpoint Ave), 6:30pm, FREE, Fast-paced hour of ideas, entrepreneurs and bikes, capturing the exciting things happening in the bike industry, RSVP
♫ ♦ Art on the Airwaves @ Union Docs (322 Union Avenue), 7:30 pm, $10, A showcase of radio documentary selected by James T. Green, cofounder of Postloudness, a collective of independent audio shows by people of color, women, and queer-identified hosts that aims to create a community of unique voices in audio. Buy tix
♫ Anna McClellan (Record Release), Navy Gangs @ ALPHAVILLE (140 Wilson Avenue), 10pm, $10, Buy tix
♫ Mughal Legion 3 Ft. Fanaa @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave), 10pm, FREE, Part 3 of a monthly-ish series of musical rites to be performed at Legion Bar, curated by Mughal Muesli. More info
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Are You Henry? Get Your Love Outta Greenpoint

photo via Jen G
Photo by Jen G

This post from one Greenpoint Henry to another was found via Craigslist:

From one Henry to another Henry – m4w (New York)

My name is Henry. I live in Greenpoint, off the G train.
I am looking for a man named Henry who is in love with a woman named Samantha.
“Henry and Samantha 4ever.” I see it written on subway posters. I see it written on formerly wet cement.
I even found it printed on a deflated heart shaped balloon the day after valentines day.
Look, I am happy for you Henry and I know that your Samantha is not my Samantha.
But, my Samantha left years ago and soon the MTA replaced all of our “Henry and Samantha 4ever” posters.
The bathroom walls were over crowded with hate talk and our declarations were written over.
It strange for me to see a new “Henry and Samantha 4 ever” taking over the neighborhood.
I hope you are both happy but please keep it to yourselves.

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A Stroll Down Historic Huron Street

Inside Archestratus— part cookbook shop, part cafe and part event space.
Inside Archestratus on Huron Street— part cookbook shop, part cafe and part event space.

Huron was originally just called H Street, but it was changed to Huron in the 1850s, possibly in honor of a locally built steamship the U.S.S Huron, or it could simply honor the New York state Native American people.

Huron Street was once famed for the beauty of its gardens. At one time Huron Street had two gardens that were so beautiful that they helped make Greenpoint “The Garden Spot of Brooklyn.” Cousin’s garden near Franklin Street was a show place of Greenpoint. The Provost House near Manhattan Avenue also had a beautiful garden with grapevines and was known as The Brass Castle. Number 119 seems to be one of the oldest buildings in Greenpoint and might have shared the street with the gorgeous gardens. The gardens vanished long ago, but the foodie bookstore/cafe Archestratus (160 Huron St), near where the Provost House once stood, is a garden of culinary delights.

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International Artists: Apply for a 1-month Residency in Greenpoint—Deadline is March 16

The rooftop at Mothership. Photo via Mothership
The rooftop at Mothership. Photo via Mothership

Greenpoint’s Mothership NYC is a combined live-work artists’ community and event space for international creative folks across multiple disciplines. Not to mention the formerly industrial building has an amazing rooftop performance space which houses around 30 artists. NOoSPHERE Arts is an artist-run nonprofit that brings art from elsewhere to New York, and they are awarding a free month-long artist residency at Mothership. One selected international artist will live and work at Mothership for a month to produce a creative project and share it with the NYC audience, either indoors or on Mothership’s rooftop stage.

The current deadline to applu is March 16, 2018.
Submission guidelines can be found here.

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The Best Way to Get From Greenpoint to The Beach This Summer is…

Epic Ride
photo via The Epic Ride

Spring has already been in the air in Greenpoint, though planning a summertime bike ride might seem like quite a ways off. But the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative—the non-profit building the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile bike and pedestrian path from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge—is hosting their annual Epic Ride event and you can save $20 off the final ticket price by nabbing an Early Bird ticket now. Plus, the money from your ticket goes to help build the Greenway and includes FREE BEER at the after party at Riis Park Beach. Sign us up! Continue reading

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Sad News: t.b.d. Bar is Closing this Sunday! (3/4)

TBD Brooklyn's "Greetings From Greenpoint" mural, by Vincent Sacco and Aubrey Roemer
t.b.d. Brooklyn’s iconic “Greetings From Greenpoint” mural and frequent wedding photo backdrop, by artists Vincent Sacco and Aubrey Roemer. Photo via Vincent Sacco

Cue the sad trombone music. Beloved Franklin Street watering hole, t.b.d. (224 Franklin Street) will shutter its doors this Sunday, March 4th. Pour one out for the bar, and of course their epic backyard featuring Greenpoint’s most Instagrammable wall, that—because Greenpointers are trend setters—was painted well before the dawn of Instagram. The bar will have discounted drink prices on wine, beer, and liquor. We’ll see you there for a fond farewell. Doors open at 4 pm.
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Alkemy Brewlab Debuts in Greenpoint

Lattes lined up at Alkemy Brewlab

There’s a new chai in town here in Greenpoint and it comes from the owner of local favorite Crema coffee shop. Alkemy Brewlab opened its doors in October 2017 at 290 Nassau Ave, at the corner of Hausman Street. It may seem a little off the beaten path but it’s only four blocks from McGolrick Park and well worth a visit.

The Nassau location is a compact but fully functioning coffee shop complete with requisite treats from fellow Greenpointers at Ovenly (31 Greenpoint Ave). Alkemy focuses on doing two products really well: cold brew and chai. Most notable is the innovative and highly functional cold brew kit which allows you to create your own high-quality brew at home or on the go. This is a game changer for campers and other outdoorsy types but also for all of you traveling coffee snobs out there.

Alkemy’s innovative cold brew kit

If you are a chai drinker, chances are you’ve already had Alkemy’s blend as it’s served at dozens of locations across the city. For a list of stockists, check their website where you can also purchase the chai concentrate and cold brew kit directly.

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Oil, Philanthropy, The Astral and Art: The Mixed Local Legacy of Charles Pratt

Pratt Institute

Perhaps there is no person in the long history of Greenpoint who had a bigger effect on our area than Charles Pratt. Pratt’s legacy, though is a mixed one: a philanthropist, Pratt felt a duty to use his wealth to give back to the community, but he is also heavily responsible for the massive local pollution that is a result of his business in oil refining. One thing though is sure, more than a hundred and twenty years after his death; Pratt’s long shadow still hangs over Greenpoint. Continue reading

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Rain can’t stop our love: A Most Radical Recap of Our Winter of Love Valentine’s Market

Winter of Market 2018 (photo: Julia Moak)

Bad weather be damned: Despite the blustery blues outside, thousands of you still made the trek to our Winter of Love Valentine’s Market this past Sunday. In fact, the Greenpoint Loft was made all the cozier by the rainy day outside, and the market was a blast. Attendees were rewarded with free tarot and henna not to mention an epic array of dope local vendors.

Y’all really took advantage of the photo booth, as well as the other gratis treats up in the mezzanine, including digital avatar creation and nail art. The vibes were just as radical as promised, and mugs of mulled hot cider with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and craft brew from Greenpoint Beer & Ale helped everyone keep in tune with the live music sets by Joata, Katy Rea, and the Morning Sea – all curated by Supercrush Studio. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: The Cosmopolitan Yet Hyperlocal MRToll

Artist Jamie Toll on the rooftop of his bar, Northern Territory. Photo by Ian Hartsoe.

He might be the last cowboy in Brooklyn. Like those adventurers of yesteryear, Jamie Toll (that’s MRToll to you) wandered to a new land seeking adventure and opportunity. An immigrant from Australia, Toll moved to New York in 2003 and quickly rose from local bartender to worldly artist to social justice guru. His work has spanned continents and mediums; his cracked-open, silicone eggs scattered about the US border highlighting the fragility of the immigrant experience caught the attention of the United Nations who employed Toll to travel to El Salvador and Turkey to build community through street art. Alongside his wife, Toll is also crafting a documentary called I Am MigrationBased on their cross-country journey handing out free DNA tests, the film aims to unearth the perceptions of whiteness and blood purity, tackling racism and xenophobia along the way. Meanwhile in Greenpoint, he creates jubilant birds and clay eggs and cartoonish skulls that are peppered around the neighborhood as Easter eggs for residents to discover.

Toll is simultaneously planning, tackling, and executing a number of projects. Before this interview, he said he prefers to delve into just one and discuss its impact as opposed to scanning over many and diluting their effects. And so we discussed his one true love: Brooklyn. (“I’ve never put up art in Manhattan,” he says with pride.) He’s forthright, but don’t mistake this for harshness; Toll exudes compassion, is masterfully warm, and radiates an envious amount of charisma. Maybe it’s the Aussie accent, or the casual way he sipped a whiskey during our interview. He was in his own bar after all — the summer hotspot and winter hideaway Northern Territory, located at 12 Franklin Street. Perched on a barstool, he’s excited yet at ease, and it’s contagious. After getting to know Toll for an hour or so, it’s not hard to feel gravitationally bound to him, even as he tells you that in two years’ time his cozy bar will close. Come March 2020, Northern Territory’s lease won’t be renewed and the building will make way for a high-rise office space. This is just another verse in the dirge of local bars being bought out, but as with cowboys, another adventure is always on the horizon.

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