I just got back from vacation in Vico Equense, a town on the Sorrentine peninsula in southern Italy. The people there seem wealthier than when I last visited a dozen years ago, and that has triggered some changes in the local culture. You hear more standardized Italian instead of the Neapolitan dialect on the streets now, and it is no longer common to see laundry hanging on lines across buildings.
It served as a reminder of Greenpoint’s recent influx of residents in high-paid professions, and the lively debate over what the neighborhood has gained and lost from that demographic shift. Continue reading →
“I’m going to town today to buy me a reputation,” the lean and lovely indie-rocker and Greenpoint resident Abby Payne lilts in the opening of the song “The Gunfighter Meets His Match.” She wrote that unapologetic line in 2011 when she was struggling with the idea of retaining a publicist to promote her name.
“The music business had changed so much, and it seemed like a lawless and kind of wild place where nobody knew what was going on. This Wild West story of good versus evil, of complicated pasts and emotions and dreams, was really a way for me to work through what it means to me to be a musician and an artist.” Continue reading →
This week I am going to teach you my favorite web-based ways to preview bands playing in North Brooklyn, so you can discover your own favorites to catch this weekend. My recommended shows are provided within the tutorial for busy, or lazy, Greenpointers. Continue reading →
Neighbors, I must warn you, I am a little out of sorts today. My wife has flown to a faraway coast on business, and when that happens I get a little sad, although I know it will be worth it when she returns with tales from the road, such as the drunk guy hitting on her in Houston: “My family owns many ranches in Mexico.”