Last week, Greenpoint Cheese and Meat closed its doors. It was a cheese lover’s dream, and your one stop Greenpoint shop for everything related to it – from meats, artisanal breads, sandwiches, and a well-curated selection of accompaniments and cheese-wares. It was here I discovered my favorite American cheese Kunik, and it was a reliable source for your picnicking needs or last minute gifts.
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I’m going to miss its warm, cozy vibe and the spunky ladies behind it – Jessica and Ursula. But it looks like the legacy of Greenpoint Cheese & Meat will live on in Detroit as Curd & Cured. Continue reading →
OK, guys… we’re in the midst of some serious cosmic happenings… As you may know, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Pluto are all currently in retrograde. And Mercury turns retro next week. What does all this mean?
Well, Jupiter deals with personal growth and expansion, so don’t freak out if you feel like you’re treading water right now. Pluto rules love and relationships, Mars is all about emotions and *gulp* sanity, and Saturn essentially manages your karma points. in short: if you feel kinda crazy and listless, you’re not alone!
What better time to check out some art? Get pro-active, y’all. The cosmos may be trying to hold you back, but go out there and let yourself be great!
The sky was shining and the sun glowed on Sunday, April 9th and we were psyched to meet over 2,000 people! You shopped, you danced, you ate sweet treats, you sipped mezcal Palomas, you relaxed with rooftop yoga, you posed for sweet photos, and met local makers.
Teaching Artists Seth Ginsberg, Terence Murren, Rozz Nash, and Villi Vilhjalmsson created CAMP in 2009 to provide an enriching and fun arts experience for young people in Williamsburg and the nearby neighborhood of Greenpoint. Campers ages 4-11 participate in dance, music, visual arts and theater classes and learn alongside working artists. Each session has its own script developed by Camp with a professional script writer and theater director. CAMP culminates in a unique, multi media performance presentation with costumes, sets, songs, dances, and video. Continue reading →
Tonight, Greenpoint Hill presents an exhibition of new work by Alison Owen.
Owen’s new work is assembled from scraps and residue found at the studio; often donated by artists who work alongside her. The work reflects the poetry found in fragments and cast-offs, existing as a quiet, formal response to the found materials.
The exhibition will also feature an installation made from the to-do lists and notes of her friends. Created from pages sent from the notes app, she has created physical versions of this digital ephemera. With some distance, divorced from context, these notes become little poems; dream-fragments.
at Greenpoint Hill, 100 Freeman St.
March 30 – May 14, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, March 30, 7-9pm
Make Music New York is NYC’s largest one-day, free celebration of music. Let’s make Greenpoint the place to be during Make Music New York!
Now entering its 11th year, Make Music New York, is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer.
Completely different from a typical music festival, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part. MMNY, as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, works with the city community boards and NYPD to obtain amplified sound permits and block party permits for authorized applicants. Register for a performance on the sidewalk at your address, home or business, and MMNY takes care of the rest! From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions – from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock – perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens.
You can register public parks like McGorlick Park and McCarren Park. And if you apply soon, MMNY can help you register to host a block party!
In year’s past, dozens of MMNY concerts were put on in North Brooklyn during the festival at venues like Jimmy’s, Milk and Roses, Cato’s Army & Navy, and the Greenpoint YMCA on Meserole Avenue.
MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making. Let’s show the rest of the world what North Brooklyn can offer!
# Cook the Book: Gjelina @ Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 6:30pm, $95, A taste of southern Califiornia to the east coast. An evening of “grain-and-vegetable centric, globally inspired cuisine” inspired by Gjelina, Buy tix ♦ RAW Brooklyn Presents: CUSP @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $22-30, 50+ local creatives showcasing talent across mediums such as visual art, photography, accessory design, fashion, performance art, hair & makeup, film & music, Buy tix =) Fuxedo: The Spring Collection @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 7pm, FREE,In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out, and the day after that you’re watching improv in the back of a bar in Brooklyn. An on-trend evening of comedy, More info
# Furmint Wine Dinner @ Cherry Point (664 Manhattan Ave), 7pm, $80, New American meet Hungarian flavors with four courses, three Furmints, and three Hungarian winemakers, RSVP ♫ Lost Boro: Beats, Raps & Threads @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave), 7pm, FREE, One part pop-up shop, one part rap show, equal parts dope, More info ♫ Tortoise w/ Little Black Egg & Tara Jane ONeil @ The Hall at MP (470 Driggs Ave), 7pm, $25, (le) poisson rouge presents: Tortoise w/ Little Black Egg (Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo) and Tara Jane O’Neil, Buy tix
Four courses, three Furmints, three Hungarian winemakers:
Winter Citrus Salad with Lardo and Pecorino paired with St. Donát Márga Furmint 2015 (presented by Tamás Kovács, Winemaker, St. Donat Winery)
Housemade Charcuterie and Farmstead Cheese paired with Barta Öreg Király Dűlő Furmint 2013 (presented by Előd Ádám, Export Manager, Barta Winery)
Lamb Offal Pie with Whipped Bone Marrow and Sauce Bordelaise or
Monkfish with Grilled Rice, Pickled Clams and Oyster Broth paired with Somlói Vándor Somlói Furmint 2015 (presented by Tamás Kis, Winemaker, Somlói Vándor)
I’ve long been interested in how artists use their work towards social justice and social change. “Artists are in a unique position to critique institutional power as they are both the victims of oppression… as well as its enablers” Ilana Novick recently wrote for Hyperallergic.
In the wake of the 2016 US presidential election we’ve seen artists, curators, and art institutions respond to what is happening. MoMA, for example, in response to Trump’s Muslim Ban, replaced several works in its permanent collection galleries with works by artists from Muslim-majority nations, affected by the ban. Nasty Women Exhibition demonstrated solidarity among artists in support of women’s rights and access to reproductive healthcare.
Recently, I met with someone who is “on the ground” working every day to support artists and collectives creating work that enacts social change. Joelle Te Paske is Programs and Communications Manager at A Blade of Grass, a NYC-based arts nonprofit dedicated to socially engaged art. I asked Joelle about using art as a tool for social change, artists’ role in local communities, and some of Joelle’s current favorite projects.
Can Release @ Greenpoint Beer (7 North 15th St),Saturday (2/22), 5pm, FREE, Releasing 2 killer new IPA’S with Dankonia & Apply Formula. Dankonia showcases pine, resin, sap and citrus with an earthy, dank, coniferous and cannabinous finish. While Apply Formula is soft, hazy and tropical with highlights of juicy fruit stripe gum and raspberry. Hop heads unite, you’ve landed in sticky, fruity, earthy IPA heaven! More info
♥ SPARK: a dating workshop not for the faint of heart @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St)) 6:30pm, $40-55, Get constructive feedback from a group of your peers – your very own singles focus group. Energizeyourvoice.net founder, Minna Taylor, will facilitate a structured analysis to get to the root of what’s holding you back, Buy tix ♫ Sound Art Performance: Bad Jazz @ IDIO Gallery (976 Grand St) 7pm, FREE, Improvised auditory journeys that defy the normal explanations of musical theory. Their music is a stream of consciousness, ebbing and flowing from one texture to the next, More info ♦ Luce Guilbeault, Nicole Brossard, and Margaret Wescott’s Some American Feminists @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St) 7:30pm, $8, Shot in NYC in 1975 and 1976 by an entirely female crew, the film serves as a record of political awakening, both personal and collective, with subjects describing childhood stirrings of radical consciousness, More info ♫ An ACLU Benefit with Sam Cohen, Scully, Dark Tea @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $14, A Song A Day presents an ACLU benefit showcase featuring Sam Cohen, Scully, DARK TEA to continue fighting the good fight, Buy tixContinue reading →