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Spring Is in the Air: Outdoor Gardens and Rooftops

Northern Territory in Greenpoint
City views from Northern Territory’s rooftop

I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of spring is being able to finally emerge from the dark and the cold to sit outside in the sun, preferably sipping on a nice saison and surrounded by greenery. I don’t ask for much. Luckily, Greenpoint is chock-full of great places to eat and drink outdoors, either in magical green gardens or on rooftops with stellar views. Here are a few places worth the trip.

Northern Territory
12 Franklin Street
Good for: Gorgeous semi-panoramic rooftop views and large groups.

This Australian-themed bar features an expansive rooftop with its own bar and wooden bench tables that channel something of a summer beach vibe. Gaze across the East River to watch the sunset over the city or to ponder the Empire State Building’s color of the day. Add a Beer & Shot into the mix for $10 during happy hour, grab an Aussie burger, and you’re set.
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Your North Brooklyn New Years Options!

If you want to erase all memories of 2016 via booze, hardcore dancing and from anywhere but your couch, here’s our list of where to party in North Brooklyn this New Years Eve. From prix fixe dinners to house music legends to open bars, to champagne toasts to confetti explosions and confessionals, we’ve got you covered. Some of these events are sold out already with waiting lists, but most of them aren’t… Yet. Assemble your crew!

Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave.
NYE Love Bombs, with dj’s Soul Clap, No Regular Play & Love Tempo; champagne toast at midnight and an open bar from 12-1am, balloon drop, confetti cannons and a breakfast buffet! 9pm-6am.
Tickets $65 available here, more info on Facebook.

St. Vitus | 1120 Manhattan Ave.
Slowly sway to post-punk emo rockers Rainer Maria, with openers Snail Mail, 8pm.
$25 tickets here.

Black Flamingo | 168 Borniquen Place
A Good Flocking Time: DJs and dancing from 9pm-4am, Jacques Renault, Midnight Magic, Beto Cravioto, Higgins.
Tickets $15-20 here, info here.

Brooklyn Winery | 213 N 8th Street
Brooklyn Winery presents an Alice In Wonderland themed party titled World of Wonder. From 9pm-1:30am, ring in 2017 in the forest of whimsy! Don your most fantastical cocktail attire and raise a glass to the end of another great year with a four and a half hour open bar, lavish antipasti spreads, and passed hors d’oeuvres. The space will be transformed into a fantastical world where reality is altered and nothing is quite as it seems. Dance the night away in a mystical forest, find surprises in every room, and capture it all in a one-of-a-kind custom photo booth!
Tickets $150, here.

Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Avenue
From 9pm-4am Brooklyn Bazaar is hosting The Greatest New Year’s Party Ever 2017, aka F#CK 2016! As quite possibly the worst year on record, let’s destroy it like a teenage house party! Titus Andronicus, High Waisted, & Toys in Trouble will be performing live, with DJs Michael T, Dirtyfinger, Cousin Cole and more to fill out the rest of the night. Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast with their own Ballpit Drop! Bring your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it in the shredder and watch your worst moment become a confetti explosion at Midnight. See-saw your troubles away, scream out your 2016 angst in our screaming high striker and play Pin the Blame on the Politician! Lose yourself in our ball pit and come dance in 3 floors of possibility and installations so you can forget 2016 and start 2017 off right.
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Greenpoint’s Ultimate Pop-Up Sunday Shopping Guide

Four awesome markets are happening in Greenpoint this Sunday, December 11th, all within a four block radius! Here’s our guide on how to manage your retail therapy this weekend and get it all done in one fell swoop!

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Homecoming interior, via Facebook

1. Get prepped for a full day of shopping at Homecoming (107 Franklin St.) with a to-go coffee and Dough donut, while you find a brief moment of zen by breathing in the fresh air provided by all the plants and fresh cut flowers the coffeeshop sells alongside small bohemian gifts.


Poster design by Monica Griffin
Poster design by Monica Griffin

2. The first market you should check out is our Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market at The Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, 1–7pm), with beautifully crafted unique gifts from very talented local artisans and enjoy a day full of FREE fun activities, food, mojitos, mulled wine, and seasonal craft beer! Massages, photo booth, henna tattoos, bang trims, face painting, nail art and more! Here are more deets, meet the bands who are performing live, and preview our vendors!


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The Lunch Counter: Where to Eat in the Northern Side of Greenpoint

Lunch counter

Step out onto Franklin Street on a Monday at noon, and Greenpoint is a world away from its bustling Saturday afternoon self. Local business owners, freelancers, dog walkers and babysitters are out buying a loaf of bread, taking a stroll, and often, looking for a delicious new lunch spot to break up the work day.

North Greenpoint offers an exciting range of options for lunching, laptopping and loafing. In our three-part series, The Lunch Counter, we’ll guide you through the lunch options for the north, south and east sides of our rather large neighborhood.

Whether you’re looking for a creative sandwich, a quick slice, a seafood special or a comfortable spot to linger over coffee, you can truly eat (or drink) your heart out at midday in northern Greenpoint. Continue reading

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Super Love Sunday: Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Greenpoint

 

Hey, he's got a hat and facial hair. He must be in Brooklyn. (Image courtesy of The Diamond)
Even our gondoliers have hats and facial hair. (Image courtesy of The Diamond)

Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year. Sunday is so much more relaxed than Saturday — no one is pregaming for anything, rushing to get to the theatre, or frantically texting friends to finalize their plans for “the best night of our lives.”

If you’re like most of the Greenpoint population, you’re so over the #WeekendWarrior. So why not apply that laidback Sunday philosophy to this year’s Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, and keep it in the neighborhood?

Here are some of the spots offering Valentine’s specials in Greenpoint and Williamsburg this year. Some specials run all weekend and some prix fixes are only on V-day. Continue reading

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The 2015 Greenpoint Happy Hour Guide – 30 Places to Drink on the Cheap (and Cheerful)

Happy_Hour_greenpoint_rosie_de_belgeonneThere are few pleasures in life greater than rounding off the working day with a well- earned beverage at your favorite bar. And when that beverage costs next to nothing, the pleasure is even greater, which is why happy hour is pretty much always the best time of day.

We’ve rounded up a list of practically every happy hour in Greenpoint for you to work through at your leisure. From $2.50 wine at Boulevard Tavern to ‘bottomless champagne’ at Le Gamin, we reckon we’ve got everyone covered!

Key to happiness:
☺ – Extra Happy Value
★ – Food Deals
♥ – Editor’s Picks

Achilles Heel
180 West Street (At Green St.)
Weekdays 4pm-7pm
– $5 drafts
– $8 glass of wine
– $9 cocktail (seasonal classics)
– $12 for 6 oysters

★♥ Alameda
195 Franklin Street (at Green St.)
Weekdays & Sundays 5pm-7pm
– $5 prosecco/cortada margarita/draught beer
– $7 tequila shot and 1/2 pint of beer
– $11 Boquerone & tomato toast with a vermouth & club soda
– $12 Burger and 1/2 pint of beer

 Adelina’s
159 Greenpoint Avenue (between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
Weekdays 5pm-7pm
– $5 craft beer pints
– $8 quartinos of organic sangiovese, pinot grigio & prosecco
– Glass of organic sangiovese, pinot grigio or prosecco with olive bowl: $9
– Glass of organic sangiovese, pinot grigio or prosecco with cheese plate: $17
– Craft beer pint & “The Original” pizza fritta: $15

Beloved 
674 Manhattan Avenue (between Norman Ave. and Nassau Ave.)
Daily 5pm-8pm
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8 Places for a Romantic Greenpoint Dinner Date this Weekend…

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Love Donuts at the ready...

If you came to our fabulous Valentine’s Market yesterday you’ll be well aware that the annual celebration of love etc. is fast approaching.  And the fact that it falls on a Saturday this year means that it’s even harder than usual to opt out by ‘working late’.

In case you’re in line for a romantic dinner à deux (or trois, or dix), here’s a run down on some of Greenpoint’s finest who’re laying on special menus for the occasion (as well as their usual fare):

Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave)
Greenpoint’s coziest Italian is offering a four-course prix-fixe for $60 with seatings at 7pm and 9pm.
Highlights include:
-Burrata, prosciutto, balsamic fig jam and mint
-Pollo al limone: Free range chicken breast with lemon & red onion puree
-Chocolate hazelnut mousse
Reservations:[email protected] / 347-763-0152
*** They also have some very beautiful, affordable flower arrangements available for pre- order ($25-$60)***

Esme (999 Manhattan Avenue)
Esme are marking their first V-day celebrations with a three-course modern American menu for $55 (+ $25 wine pairing)
Highlights include:
-Beef carpaccio, mustard greens, purple mustard, pecorino
-Red snapper, lobster, celery root, lemon
-Dark chocolate, pistachio, cherries
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Haunted Canoe Rides, Death By Halloween, Cartoon Carnival – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (10/29–11/04)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

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“Personal Truths” Opening Reception @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) THURSDAY 10/30, 6-10pm, Is there such a thing as an objective shot? Or is all photography fiction – a carefully framed version of the Truth? Personal Truths : Photo Stories That Help Us Find Ourselves, previously shown at 71A Gallery, in London, features the photographers Jonathan MehringKrisanne JohnsonMatt EichGuy MartinHarold FeinsteinShannon JensenJason AndrewAndrew McConnell

 

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Halloween Bash NEW VENUE! @ A.K.A. Bar (759 Grand St) Friday, October 31st , 10pm, $10–$20, Buy tix
For two nights, party with no rules. No club dress code. No small, packed space. Just GOOD vibes (and even better music). Costume contest, music from DJ X5Rob and DJ Danny, plus half price on selected draft beers from 9–10pm. Get your tickets now!

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 10/29
* Bon Voyage Party @ Sunview Luncheonette (221 Nassau Ave) 7pm, FREE, An evening to honor Colette Lumiére and  experience a mise-en-sceéne inspired by her incomparable installations, More info
* Obscura Society Presents New York City Bodysnatchers
 @ Acme Studio (63 North 3rd) 8pm, $20, Author Bess Lovejoy discusses the city’s early medical industry, cadavers, and a controversial past, Buy tix
 Ho_sacalypse @ The Ho_se (28 Lawton St) 8pm, FREE, With O’ Great North / Kneeling Bus / BRAT PIT / Florida / lots more, RSVP

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Lady & West Interview and Bright Soul Album Review

Lady & West is a duo of Greenpointers Jennifer Billiot and Kirk Garrett. It is a beautiful artistic union that has produced a very good debut album called Bright Soul. I enjoy it and I enjoyed even more the chance to hear about the synergy of love and shared creative passion that led Jennifer and Kirk to make the album. Their story is an inspiration on many levels and they are yet another example of the interesting, kind people that call our wonderful neighborhood home. Continue reading

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Ra Ra Rasputin! Pop-Up Dinner at Le Gamin (4/7)

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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin Welcomes you to dine at Le Gamin

There lived a certain man in Russia long ago
He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow.

In tribute to Russia’s greatest love machine, this Monday 4/7 Greenpoint’s Le Gamin will be hosting a splendid  three course buffet-style dinner complete with vodka toasts for $30 per person. Continue reading

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