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Top 10 Summer Reads About Greenpoint

Want some Summer reading about our neighborhood? Here’s a list of books related to Greenpoint. People ask me how I researched my account of local history Greenpoint Brooklyn’s Forgotten Past. The answer partially is that I read the books in the list below.

Screen shot 2016-06-05 at 2.13.53 PM1) Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia, Joe Pistone
The amazing story of how an Italian American F.B.I agent got into the Greenpoint Mafia, risking his life, but also taking down more than a hundred mobsters.

2) Historic Greenpoint, William Felter
The first book on local history, Felter published his remarkable book about a century ago. It tells the area’s history, but omits the dark chapters of Greenpoint’s Past—well worth a read though. And since it’s out of copyright, it’s free to download. Continue reading

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Show Off Your Writing Chops at -The Prose Bowl- Open Mic (08/18)

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It’s time to dust off your moleskine notebooks! There’s a new open mic series for fiction writers—The Prose Bowl—starting this Tuesday, August 18 at Pete’s Candy Store, and it’s going to get fierce. “It’s sort of a competition, but a really lighthearted one,” says co-founder Christopher Green. “Slightly American Idol-ish.”

Unlike your regular fiction reading series, The Prose Bowl will have a judging panel and a (hopefully) rowdy audience that will cheer on the four readers. There’s a strict time limit that gives each writer enough space to read about 900 words—flash fiction style. “You read, and then we discuss the story for a few minutes,” says Green. “And at the end, we’ll declare a winner, who will get—I believe—a free drink and perhaps also a small token prize from me and the co-founder.”

We recently caught up with Green to ask the important questions.

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Spotlight on: The Greenpoint Writers Group

Abby Ronner reading her short story at The WORD ©Ona Abelis

The WORD Bookstore‘s basement is a magical wonderland for writers who know when to go—essentially, anytime that The Greenpoint Writers Group (GWG) is meeting for workshops or giving a reading. This is a fun group, and they are taking applications… Continue reading

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Trash Talk – New York’s Fascinating History With Garbage

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Robin Nagle had all kinds of cool, old-timey photos about trash.

Do you ever stop to think about the enormous undertaking and organization required to keep New York City clean? Robin Nagle does, and she wants everyone in New York City (and beyond) to realize just how different our day to day lives would be without the impressive work of the sanitation department.

On Thursday night, Robin Nagle spoke to a group of about 50 people at Acme Studios in a talk entitled “Invisible Trash: Exploring New York City’s Garbage.” She covered 400 years of garbage collection history and the ins-and-outs of snow removal, street cleaning, and disaster response in the Department of Sanitation of New York. Her book, Picking Up, was also on sale which chronicles her findings while studying the history and culture of sanitation workers, as well as her time working trash removal with the department. Continue reading

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Summer Reading: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Have you read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith? It’s one of those classics that you think everyone has read. I picked up a copy in a free book pile (score!) on Norman Ave and got instantly hooked. After asking around, ALOT of people haven’t read it, either!

If you haven’t read it – YOU SHOULD! Especially if you live in Greenpoint or Williamsburg because the entire story takes place here at the turn of last century and the descriptions of the area, with references to places like Cheap Charlies (perhaps at a different location with surely a different sign) are unbelievable!

It’s a great summer read in that I have been reading it all summer, but that’s what makes it great, nothing really happens, but everything happens to Francie the main character who grows up poor in Brooklyn and aspires to become a writer. After putting it down for a bit, you can just pick it right back up and begin where you left off, like having coffee with an old friend.

You can buy it now from Word, Greenpoint’s best bookstore!

Got any great reading recommendations?

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Inbound Marketing: Books Greenpointers Loves

Word Brooklyn GreenpointGreenpointers.com is very excited to be an online affiliate of our favorite local bookstore WORD. I am a major blog and online marketing nerd and read a ton of books on the subject. In an effort to monetize the website, I learned about affiliate marketing. After interviewing author Robert Anasi, I asked myself, if I write a great book review about a book I love, why not get a commission from the sale of the book?

I looked into it and via Amazon.com we can do this, but I want to keep it local! After some research I discovered that WORD has an affiliate program, so I put together a Books We Love page, where you can browse through titles we love that inspire this website. This page will grow as we review more books, but in the meantime, we have a few categories: Brooklyn & Beyond, Food (obviously!) and Blog/Social Media.

Inbound Marketing
Inbound Marketing

The book I am currently reading called Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs is a book I highly recommend to anyone who has a website. And if you don’t have a website, you should have a website!

The idea is that “outbound marketing” is for people with a lot of money and no brains. A great example is commercials during the Superbowl. While these ads are well done, they are extremely costly and the method for reaching out to potential customers is in the form on an interruption. Inbound Marketing on the other hand is for the people like you and me: people with not a lot of money and a lot of smarts. With Inbound Marketing, using blogs (hey hey – you’re reading a blog!) and Social Media, you can cleverly get customers to come to you.

It works!

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What’s Happening? 8/15-8/21

WEDNESDAY 8/15
• VCR Party @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 10pm, $10, The Found Footage Festival and TV Carnage are proud to announce the fourth installment of their wildly unpredictable and wildly popular monthly comedy show, VCR Party, in New York, More info

THURSDAY 8/16
• Toy Story 3 & Music By Blue Sour (for kids) @ East River State Park (No. 8th St & Kent Ave.) 6:30pm, FREE
 Cursive/ Titus Andronicus/ Love as Laughter/ Joyce Manor @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE
♫ Nude Beach/ Swearin’/ Golden Clouds/ Yogurt Brain @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $7

♫ ALL WEEKEND (8/17-8/19) PERMANENT WAVE 2012 MUSIC FESTIVAL ♫

FRIDAY 8/17
Open Lab @ Reverse Space (28 Frost St) Opening 7-10pm, the culmination of a month of work at REVERSE SPACE, during which six emerging artists use the 1010 sq ft gallery space and convert it into their own work-stations, more info
 Jane’s Addiction/ Die Antwoord @ Williamsburg Park (50 Kent Ave) 6:45pm, $49.50
 Doll Fight/ Laura Stevenson/ Wojcik/ Leda @ Death By Audio (49 So. 2nd St) 8pm, $7

SATURDAY 8/18
• Global Carnival and Capoeira Adventures @ McCarren Park, 11am-noon, Carnival showcases the best dances and music from around the world. Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, dance, music, and acrobatics, performances last an hour.
• Japanese Knife Forging @ Smorgasburg (27 N. 6th St.) 11am-3pm, Free, In partnership with the Japanese Culinary Arts Network (J-CAN) and Kikuchi Knives, three master knife craftsmen will be visiting the U.S. and demonstrating time-honored knife making methods at Smorgasburg, as well as knife engraving.
• Brunch Cocktails with Peter Joseph @ Word (126 Franklin St) 2pm, for those bored with Bloody Marys and mimosas, Peter Joseph offers his book Boozy Brunch, containing more than a hundred drink recipes, plus food pairings and brunch trivia.
♫ Unstoppable Death Machines/ Filthy Savage/ The Psyhed/ Eula Big Ups/ The Numerators/Yeah Well Whatever @ XPO 929 (929 Broadway) 7:30pm, $8
 RUB-A-DUB COMBINATION: A Reggae Dance @ Public Assembly (70 N 6th St) 10pm, $5, DJs Prince Polo & Q-Mastah spinning the best roots reggae, dancehall, and dub, RSVP

SUNDAY 8/19
♫ Gunfight!/ Family Photos/ The Rotaries/ The Hague @ Lulu’s (113 Franklin St.) 8:30pm, FREE

MONDAY 8/20
• Words by the Water @ Transmitter Park, 7pm, Akashic Books Night, featuring Shira Nayman, Elizabeth Nunez, and Kevin Holohan

TUESDAY 8/21
• Watercolor on Prepared Paper Workshop @ [email protected] (2 Kingsland Ave) 6:30-9:30pm, this workshop allows the artist to experiment with watercolor while being able to get the white of the paper back by simply wiping it away!
• Drink to Linc! – Party for Lincoln Restler’s Reelection @ Bellweather (594 Union Ave) 7pm, Lincoln is facing an exceptionally tough reelection race as State Committeeman / District Leader for Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Fort Greene. Vito Lopez and the Brooklyn Democratic Machine are doing everything they can to defeat Lincoln on September 13, 2012. RSVP

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event

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There Goes The Neighborhood: Chat With Author Robert Anasi

You know the old expression – there goes the neighborhood. Nowadays in North Brooklyn, that sentiment is in the air when new high rise condominiums go up or when the hipsters move in. Robert Anasi’s latest book, The Last Bohemia: Scenes From The Life of Williamsburg, describes a time in our neighborhood’s recent past when North Brooklyn wasn’t a destination for artisanal restaurants and a good investment for foreign millionaires, but a long and sometimes scary ride on the L train to a place filled with drugs, prostitution, affordable housing and for Anasi, freedom: “a city you didn’t have to be rich to live in.”

Robert Anasi will be giving a reading at Word (126 Franklin St) tonight Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7pm.

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