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A Night of Experimental Jazz & Lydia Lunch at the Park Church Co-Op

Lydia Lunch performs, speaking about misogyny and today’s pessimistic world. Photo: Angelica Hill

Last Thursday, artist Martynka Wawrzyniak hosted “A Night of Experimental Jazz & Lydia Lunch” at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell Street) to support her McGolrick Park community art installation, Ziemia.  Ziemia, when finished, will consist of a large ceramic orb made from soil from across the globe and placed in a carefully cultivated meadow in McGolrick Park, adjacent to Russell Street between Nassau Ave and Driggs Ave.

The Park Church Co-Op was dimly lit, the stage awash with red and blue light. Meditative electronic new-age music played as the image of Jesus on the crucifix centered on the back wall looked over the scene. It may not seem like the most likely venue for a night of experimental jazz, but Pastor Amy Kienzle remarked that this event was part of the church’s larger event series that supports community art. And with Wawrzyniak being such an enthusiastic member of the church she felt it was important to support. She added that the church “believes in art and it being spiritually beneficial.” Continue reading

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Dusty Rose Vintage Sidewalk Sale is This Weekend!

Dusty Rose Vintage sidewalk sale

Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) is having their 3rd annual sidewalk sale this Sunday (8/13) from 12-5pm. At last year’s sale, we not only sipped on gratis booze while we shopped, but we also walked away with some killer deals on jewelry and ceramics from local makers, and we’re sure this year will be no different. Dusty Rose promises: “Some of NYCs favorite brands and tastemakers will be cleaning out their studios, offices and closets to bring you deeply discounted one-offs, seconds and overstock  in ceramics, jewelry, clothing, beauty products and other household items. Plus Dusty Rose will be offering 20% off all retail priced items at the front of the warehouse.” Count us in.

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Photo Exhibit & Print Sale For Planned Parenthood This Friday (6/9)

Photographers for Planned Parenthood

Brooklyn Grain Photo Studios (1166 Manhattan Ave #302), in partnership with photographer Roeg Cohen, is presenting “Photographers For Planned Parenthood,” a one-night exhibition and print sale with prints from more than 25 photographers. The show features works generously donated from photographers in various stages of their careers, and all prints are priced less than $300 with all proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood.

Photographers For Planned Parenthood
Friday, June 9 | 6-10pm
Brooklyn Grain Photo Studios | 1166 Manhattan Ave #302
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Aelfie Homewares Warehouse Sale This Weekend!

Locally-based online retailer Aelfie is offering some pretty great deals for their biannual warehouse sale this weekend in Greenpoint. Get 30-75% off discontinued styles, floor samples, one-offs, and overstock. Their usual merch includes fun geometric rugs, pillows, bedding and a cheeky assortment of housewares.


Aelfie Warehouse Sale
Saturday Feb 18th & Sunday Feb 19th

61 Greenpoint Avenue #103 | 11-5pm



If you can’t make it, use the code “FlyingCarpet” at aelfie.com for 10% off

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Sip Local Beers and Buy Local Ceramics This Sunday!

Grand St Ceramics Sale / InterboroThis Sunday, December 11th from 1-6pm, the local artisans at Grand Street Ceramics are bringing us a holiday pop-up shop hosted by their friendly neighbors at Interboro Spirits & Ales (942 Grand Street). And if you’re a beer fan and you haven’t been to Interboro yet, what are you waiting for? This is a good chance to check out both the polished work of neighborhood ceramists and try some of Interboro’s delicious beers brewed on-site. Continue reading

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Art Sale & Call For Artist + Musician Residencies: The Hollows Transforms

Previous exhibit, "Monologue Relief" by Margarete Hentze at The Hollows.
Previous exhibit, “Monologue Relief” by Margarete Hentze at The Hollows.

Williamsburg art gallery/studio/performance space The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave.) is restructuring its townhouse space so that each of the 5 floors of the building will be designated for a different discipline/medium. As a result, they’re clearing out their basement storage and turning it into a music studio.

The basement clean-out art sale is happening this Friday, November 25th (through November 28) at Lower East Side gallery Chinatown Soup (16B Orchard Street). Details after the jump, and read about their call for artists and musicians in residence! Continue reading

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Vert Gardens Is Moving + Plant Sale This Weekend + Fall Gardening Tips!

Plant Sale via Vert Gardens Instagram
via Vert Gardens Instagram

After 10 years in the neighborhood, local landscape design and plant shop Vert Gardens (193 Banker Street) is in the process of moving to the Navy Yards. Before they officially close, they’ll be having two more plant sales, one this weekend on Saturday October 8th (10am-4pm) and the last on October 22 (10am-4pm). From Vert: “We’re definitely going to miss Greenpoint, and if you’re in the area, come see us at our new location.” Their new spot is at 72 Flushing Ave.

Read on for Autum gardening tips from Vert. Continue reading

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TOMORROW: Mirth Vintage Friends & Family Sale 11/5

Mirth Fall Shopping Event
Oh, fall fashion, how I love thee. Well, if you want some lovely new duds for autumn styles but want to keep on budget, Mirth Vintage is having a friends and family sale. Shoppers can enjoy complimentary cocktails to enjoy and  15% off the entire store with deep discounts on final sale items from $10 – $30. Let’s shop together – I’ll be there!

Event details: Mirth Vintage | 606 Manhattan Ave. Nov 5th | 7-9 pm.

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Celebrate Violet Pepper’s One Year Anniversary This Weekend!

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Jade Elzien in her shop, Violet Pepper.

When Franklin Street first started to become a shopping destination, one of the first people I met there was Jade Elzien, who was then working at one of Greenpoint’s earliest boutiques, Dalaga. Her upbeat attitude, warmth and genuine personality helped me feel comfortable and excited for what the neighborhood had in store. So it was very exciting to find out that she was opening her OWN boutique, Violet Pepper (688 Manhattan Ave.) last summer.

To celebrate the shop’s first year, Violet Pepper‘s hosting a big celebration with sales Friday July 25-Sunday 27th. Everything will be 20% off and sale items an extra 20% off. On Saturday the 26th there will be an added bonus of Brooklyn Brewery beers!

A little more about Jade and her journey from friendly Greenpoint neighbor to independent Greenpoint business owner after the jump! Continue reading

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