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21 Greenpoint Celebrates the 5 Year Anniversary of River Styx (RIP) by Resurrecting Nachos for One Night (Tonight 5/8!)

(via Serious Eats)

When beloved neighborhood joint River Styx closed two years ago, their nachos and Mexicali party option died with it. But the dish once touted as a runner up for “Best-Fancy Pants Nachos” by Serious Eats will be resurrected for one night only tonight (5/8) on River Styx’s 5 year anniversary of opening in what is now 21 Greenpoint (located on – you guessed it – 21 Greenpoint Ave)

According to chef and owner Homer Murray “Every day or so someone asks about the nachos which I loved and was very proud of but 21 Greenpoint just became another restaurant. A restaurant without nachos. I wanna celebrate how great Styx was and give the people what they want! So we are gonna bring the nachos back, all night. To celebrate Styx, to celebrate Greenpoint and to celebrate Fucking nachos.” Continue reading

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Flying Trapeze Showcase, Margarita Rumble, Grilled Cheese Cook-Off and May Day Flower Party — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/25)

WEDNESDAY 4/25

Fonema Consort // Charmaine Lee, solo @Arete Venue and Gallery (67 West St. #103), 7:30pm, $10,Chicago-based ensemble Fonema Consort will perform four new works for electronics, two voices, clarinet and trombone, Buy Tix
♫ Bit Brigade performs “The Legend of Zelda”, Double Ferrari, Cheap Dinosaurs @St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 7:30pm, $12-15, Buy Tix
* Trivia Night @Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 8pm, FREE, Join our News Editor for Trivia at Archestratus! There will be food! There will be beer! Get your game on RSVP
♫ Los Perros/The Stance/Les Frappes (Sweden) + MORE! @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue), 8pm, $8, More Info

THURSDAY 4/26

♦ Talking Trash screening @City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 6pm, $5, Throwing out the Big Apple, More Info
♫ Open Mic Night @New Women Space (188 Woodpoint Road) 7pm, $10, New Women Space’s first community open mic Buy Tix
☺ The Mess @The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue), 8pm, $10, part solo show, part variety show part of Brooklyn Comedy Collective, More Info
♫ Hard Pass, Mean Girls (TX), Granddad (MN), Fear Not Ourselves Alone @Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.), 8pm, $10, RSVP
♫ Minus the Bear @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave), 8pm, $30, Buy Tix Continue reading

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Get Elevated to a New Universe with DJ The Josh Craig at Our Spring Market (4/22)

Photo via The Josh Craig

When you stop by our Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market this Sunday (4/22), you’re going to be surrounded by some celestial music. Meet our master DJ, The Josh Craig, who will be guiding your Sunday afternoon with some galactic beats and blissed out vibes.

Josh Craig is an artist of many talents. The audio and visual artist, explores narratives in art with music, photography, video game design, and more. His latest project is an interactive album, Closed Doors, pairs with a video game, Doors To The City.

Adding this into the mix, you can expect a futurist DJ performance that’s out of this world. Browse our amazing local vendors, relax at a yoga class, drink some rose, but most importantly, get down with some galactic sounds and positive vibrations from Josh Craig’s turntable mastery.

If you’re digging the star-studded beats our market, head over to Magick City afterwards to continue the dance party where The Josh Craig will take over the venue.

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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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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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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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Poke Bowls Come to Greenpoint

via @pokezestbkny

If you like raw fish, salads, and the kind of sweetgreen experience that let’s you pick and choose your ingredients, we have some good news for you: We have our first poke bowl joint in the hood.

Greenpoint is a little late in the fad, and sure it’s probably your run-of-the-mill trendy version of the traditional Hawaiian dish but a new set of friendly faces braving the risks of brick and mortar food small business ownership is welcome over another empty storefront.

Give Poké Zest (629 Manhattan Ave) a shot and tell us what you think.

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NYC’s Famed Gourmet Food Purveyor Balducci’s Began with a Pushcart in Greenpoint

The Balducci’s shop in the famed Greenwich Village location (via Baldor’s)

Last week Andrew Balducci, the man who built Balducci’s into the premier produce store in the city, died at ninety-two years of age. Balducci achieved his fame and fortune in Manhattan, but his family story starts here in Greenpoint in 1918 when a poor immigrant from Bari, Italy rented a pushcart in the neighborhood. Andy’s father Louis Balducci spoke little English and earned just five dollars a week working long days. He would travel to wholesale markets at dawn and buy fruits and vegetables, which he then peddled on local streets. The work was grueling and during the cold winters and on rainy days Louis must have longed for the warmth of the Italian sun. Peddlers like Louis were looked down on and were considered a nuisance. Already by 1904 there were attempts to license them and control their movements.

In 1925, Louis’s son Andrew was born in Greenpoint, but only two months later the family returned to Italy where Andrew stayed for fourteen years. Andrew returned to Brooklyn in 1939 and when World War II broke out he joined the Navy and was wounded in the Normandy landings. At the end of the war Andy joined his father in the grocery business. A family business from the start, Louis worked with his wife and daughter Grace, as well as a young family friend from Italy, Joe Doria. Grace married Joe in the late 1950’s and he became a partner in the original Balducci’s. The family worked around the clock, seven days a week, including holidays, to build Balducci’s into the finest produce market in the city.

They opened the first family store on Manhattan Avenue near St. Anthony of Padua church where they sold not only produce, but also fish and meat. One of my neighbors remembers his father’s heated conversations with Louis in Italian.

Site of the original Balducci’s in Greenpoint (image via Google)

The business began to thrive. They soon bought a truck to deliver ice and they opened a fruit and vegetable stand in Greenwich Village, which quickly became popular with discerning locals. In 1952, Andrew married Nina D’Amelio who quickly became part of the business. Sometime in the middle 1950s they closed their store in Greenpoint and concentrated on Manhattan retail.

In 1972, they opened a storefront at 6th Avenue and West 9th St where they would become a New York institution. The store began to change the tastes of New Yorkers. Food critic and author Julia della Croce said “Andy and Nina really taught New York how to eat and cook genuine Italian food at a time when it was perceived as little more than pizza and pasta covered with red sauce and gooey cheese,” “Theirs,” she said, “was a place where for the first time, New Yorkers found authentic Italian cooking and could buy the ingredients they would need to make it at home.” Manhattan’s best chefs flocked to the store and its fame grew.

Andrew Balducci (via NYT)

By 1999, the business was so famous and profitable that an investment group bought it up and Balduccis made 130 Million dollars that year. In 2003, the original Greenwich Village store closed marking the end of an era. Balduccis soon became a corporation with franchises around the country.

Balducci’s became synonymous with gourmet food and became the first market in the city to combine all the products of a butcher, fishmonger, delicatessen and greengrocer in one store. Gourmet stores all around the country have since modeled themselves on Balduccis. Food writer James Beard, a regular customer said that Balducci’s always sold “the best of the best, at the right price.” However, few of the devoted shoppers in Balducci’s knew that the roots of Manhattan’s most elegant gourmet food emporium reached back to a poor Italian immigrant. When Louis Balducci began pushing a cart through the streets of Greenpoint he could never have imagined that his family would grow rich and they would build the business into an empire.

 

 

 

 

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