It’s one of the greatest sports events on the planet, and this Sunday (11/4) the New York Marathon will wind its way through our area. 50,000 competitors will pass down Manhattan Avenue and it is one of the very few world-class sporting events you can see live and for free. For better or worse, the race will also close off Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint Avenue and part of McGuinness Boulevard for several hours; moving in, out and around our area will be tricky. Despite the minor inconvenience, the race is still a spectacle to behold and Greenpoint is one of the best places in the city to watch the drama of the marathon unfold. Continue reading →
On Sunday, 50,ooo people will take to the streets for the New York City Marathon. The race will start in Staten Island, make its way through Brooklyn and into Queens, then across to Manhattan, and into the Bronx. Finally, runners will return to Manhattan, striving for the finish line in Central Park.
We’ll have lots of opportunities to cheer on the runners, and watch our fellow New Yorkers sweat it out, since miles 10-13 will wind through Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The race kicks off at 8:30am, and the Department of Transportation will close roads along the route 9am-6pm on race day.
The Marathon’s official spectator guide calls Greenpoint one of the best places to watch the race, and encourages spectators to line the streets and cheer. The following streets in our neighborhood are along the route and will be closed on Sunday: Continue reading →
Today you probably could use a little distraction from all the election chaos. So here’s a sweet little video sent to us by Greenpointer Sachin Shenolikar. His band Condescending Liberals was playing on Manhattan Avenue during the NYC Marathon this past Sunday, and at one point, he handed his guitar over to a member of the NYPD and the officer jammed along. Awesome!
WEDNESDAY 10/30 • Box Street Park Meeting @ Bushwick Inlet Park (86 Kent Ave. at N. 9th St) 6-7:30pm, more info, RSVP: newtownbox [at] parks.nyc.gov • Allie Brosh @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, the blogger and cartoonist behind Hyperbole and a Half presents her memoir of the same name, RSVP ♫ Gigawatts presents: Your Favorite Halloween Covers Show @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $10, your chance to belt Third Eye Blinds songs in public, with Dead Stars as Nirvana / Butter the Children as Pixies / Le Rug as At the Drive-in / Turnip King as Velvet Underground / Heeney as Third Eye Blind, RSVP • Beco Movie Series: Halloween Special @ Beco Bar (45 Richardson St) Celebrate halloween with the first Brazilian horror film At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1963), More Info ♫ A Halloween Party with Neighbors! @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10, costumes and music by Neighbors / Cosmonaut / C▲RL S▲G▲N, RSVP BUY TIX * Spinnin’ Pizza Party @ Coco66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, FREE, Groove to vinyl ONLY DJ’s spinning garage, soul and rock n’ roll, with FREE PIZZA at (about) midnight & $3 PBR/Yuengling, More Info
THURSDAY 10/31 • Halloween Bash @ Brooklyn Fire Proof East (119 Ingraham St) 5-11pm, FREE, pumpkin carving/costume contests, free cinnamon tequila shots, and music from Computer Age / Grey Nurse / Journalism / Due Dilligence and tributes to Neil Young, The Ramones, Tom Petty, and the Velvet Underground, RSVP * Haunted Canoe Tours to Dutch Kills @ North Brooklyn Boat Club (49 Ash St) 5:30-11pm, $15 for boat, Party FREE, Tickets to see the toxic creek monsters up close are sold out, but don’t despair! The Boatyard Party will still be raging with a bonfire, scary tales of Newton CREEP, and halloween tunes, guaranteed to be the most SUPERFUND party of the night (pun credit goes to the boat club for that one), RSVP • Hair Metal Halloween Cocktail Party @ Hair Metal Salon (200 Franklin St) 5-10pm, FREE, Celebrate with tiki drinks, finger foods, and grab bags before heading out for the evening, RSVP • Horror Film Composer Alan Howarth / Liturgy @ 285 Kent, 7pm, $13, Horwarth has composed all or part of the score for the Halloween movies, as well as sound design and effects for Poltergeist, Escape from New York, and many others, BUY TIX * 5th Annual Greenpoint Zombie Crawl @ Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, Gather with your half-dead brethren at Black Rabbit, before crawling to Browerij Lane (8pm), t.b.d (9pm) and Mark Bar (10pm) for a feast, with a live performance from Skulk the Hulking (10:30) and drink specials for zombies all night * Sailor Jerry’s Halloween Bash @ Passenger Bar (229 Roebling St) 7pm-4am, FREE, Come in your finest B-Movie & Cult themed costumes (i.e. Barbarella vs. the Toxic Avenger) to score prizes before enjoying a full burlesque show at 8:30, an open bar with PRB and Sailor Jerry from 7-8, and haunted toons from DJ Any Rourke (formerly of the Smiths) & Steve Lewis (Blackbook Magazine), RSVP ♫ SOUL DRACULAS: A Groovy Greenpoint Halloween @ Coco66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, with Mighty Fine / Madam Robot & The Lust Brigade / The Juggs / DJ Shimmy / DJ Captain Heartlock / Cavestompin’ Near You, RSVP *Halloween Dance Party @ Beloved (674 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, Dance party and costume contest at midnight, winner gets drinks and C$SH MONEY, RSVP • Union Ghouls!! @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, FREE, DJ’s + death/booze/blood/satan/skulls and TACOS, with drink specials all night, More Info Continue reading →
Kayrock Screenprinting, located right here on Manhattan Avenue, is local artist, Karl LaRocca’s haven for hand-printed fine art editions, as well as posters, cards, books, and everything printable.
LaRocca created this incredibly detailed graphic map, outlining the route of the upcoming 2013 NYC Marathon (11/3), the epic 5 borough, 5 bridge race that passes through Greenpoint each year to the cheers of onlookers. The poster was printed with three individual passes of water-based screenprinting ink in the Kayrock studio, which just so happens to overlook the marathon halfway point on the Pulaski Bridge.
The map is unique because of its to-scale depiction of Manhattan. We’re used to seeing the island sitting perfectly North-South on MTA subway maps, with the Avenues running in straight lines like a compass pointed North, but in actuality, the borough lies at an angle.
La Rocca used satellite mapping data that he tiled together in Photoshop, before drawing the route. The map is based on the metric system, with the race clocking out at 42.195 km (who needs miles?) and timing markers at every 5km.
“I love maps and I wanted to make a very minimalist, pretty thing that I would like to have.” LaRocca said, “I think other runners would like it too.”
The poster is available for $30 on the Kayrock online shop and makes a great gift for runners and marathon enthusiasts alike. And for those eco-minded folks out there, it’s printed on 100% recycled “Aged Newsprint” paper, milled with hydroelectric power.
La Rocca is a runner himself and completed the marathon in 2010. He’s currently training for 2014.
“I’m going to turn 40 and run the marathon again.” he explained, “And I just had a kid, so that’s motivation.”
(Sponsored post, courtesy of Kayrock Screenprinting)