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Art Roundup 4/19-23: Earth Day and Greenpoint Gallery Night!

Greenpoint Gallery Night is celebrated this Friday, all over the neighborhood

Spring is here, at long last, and Earth Day is just around the corner. Art kicks into high gear this season — there’s Greenpoint Gallery Night (with a guide to the fun here), our Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market, then Greenpoint Open Studios June 2 and 3, and more. Check out some highlights for the upcoming, biannual Greenpoint Gallery Night (taking place all over the neighborhood on April 20 from 6–9 PM), and explore the latest artistic (and terrestrial) happenings this Earth Day week!
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Halloween Must-Do: Attend This Séance to Make Contact With The Other Side

Mentalist Jason Suran will help you reach The Other Side. Photo: Erica Simone
Mentalist Jason Suran will help you reach The Other Side. Photo: Erica Simone

There are some spine-tingling events brewing in North Brooklyn this Halloween, and this séance is no exception—part immersive microtheatre, part cocktail party and part magic show, The Other Side is entertaining, mind-bending and a little spooky.

My night started off unassumingly enough in a Williamsburg apartment, where I mixed and mingled with twelve other formally dressed guests at an intimate cocktail gathering. Our venerable host, world-renowned mentalist Jason Suran, announced each guest to the group by name as we arrived, and encouraged everyone to get to know each other over h’ors d’oeuvres and drinks. He asked us each to write down the name of someone close to us that had passed, fold up the paper and keep it to ourselves. Then the group gathered around a coffee table to hear Jason tell us a little history of mentalism—which included tales about fly-by-night psychics, clairvoyants, tricksters and Harry Houdini. The stage was set for the unearthly night we were about to have. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Ghost Hunt With The Brooklyn Paranormal Society!

West Street Wine Bar

The Brooklyn Paranormal Society‘s mission is to seek out and uncover Brooklyn’s most spooky spots, and making contact with the other realm. Their Meetup group is almost 500-people strong, so it seems that quite a few Brooklyners are freaks for the strange and unusual (and maybe a little history, too). This Wednesday night (August 9th), they are hosting a ghost investigation right here in Greenpoint, beginning at West Wine Bar (67 West St) at 7pm, with a seance starting around 9 or 9:30pm, and will later move to different parts of the building and outside. The event is free, and there will be happy hour specials at the bar. If you can’t attend, but have been hearing peculiar noises in your building, or your apartment suddenly gets cold and you sense a presence lurking about, they have a paranormal tips hotline: (844) 666-BKPS.

Greenpoint, a neighborhood with a manufacturing and nautical past and many historical buildings, is no stranger to spirits taking cover in the shadows. In the early 1900s, Greenpoint was not the safest place to be—stabbings and shootings were fairly commonplace, and the area played host to warehouse accidents like workers getting crushed to death or deadly explosions.

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Spirited Away: I Survived The Séance At The Diamond

Descending into the basement at The Diamond (photo: Megan Penmann)
Descending into the basement at The Diamond

October 31st happens smack in between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice, so ancient peoples thought it was the perfect time for making magical contact with the dead. If you’ve heard people say “the veil is thin on Halloween,” it means that this is when the worlds of the living and the dead are as close as they ever will be all year long. There’s less of a separation between the two, which makes it prime time to try to make connections with those who’ve passed.

The crowd of about 20 attendees at this Sunday’s Halloween séance at The Diamond (43 Franklin Street) were instructed to grab a drink and shut off our phones before descending the stairs into the bar’s basement, all of us seemingly unsure of what (or who) might lay beneath. Continue reading

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Hang On, Spooky: North Brooklyn Halloween Roundup!

For all you Halloweeners out there, here are our top picks for some fine spine chillin’ in North Brooklyn. Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away with DJs, see rad costumed cover bands, freak out at scary movies, compete in a costume contest, take a zombie terrarium class or participate in a basement seance, our neighborhood has truly an abundance of choice this year.

⟫⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟫ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26  ⟪⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟪

gifoween-bkbazaar-2016GIF-O-Ween at Brooklyn Bazaar
Sponsored by GIPHY and presented by Animation Block Party, GIFOWEEN is a Halloween-themed animation loop contest!
This party will feature the official launch of GIPHY PRESENTS: GIF DANCE PARTY, a fully immersive dance environment that allows you to finally become dance partners with all your favorite online characters at once!
Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Ave.
8pm-12am, FREE, Costumes highly encouraged
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Wake The Dead With A Seance In The Basement of Diamond Bar October 30th

seance diamond barThe Diamond (43 Franklin St.) is hosting a real, live (dead?) seance in the basement of the bar on Sunday, October 30th from 8-10pm. From The Diamond:

What do the dead think of the living? Are they watching over us with judgement or joy? And what concerns animate their afterlife? Join us in the (certifiably spooky*) basement of Greenpoint’s THE DIAMOND for a paranormal experiment in which we shall attempt to pierce the veil at this time of year when it is at its most delicate, to see who—or what—remains. Led by celebrated medium Paula Roberts (aka The English Psychic), this séance welcomes the curious to join us in our custom-engineered, candlelit Seance Salon, as we summon the spirits of the dead for communion. “We don’t know what—or who—will join us, but we aim to make them feel welcome,” says Roberts, whose previous summonings include the spirits of Harry Houdini for the Discovery Channel, the General Wayne Inn for Unsolved Mysteries, and Joseph Cornell for the Whitney Biennial. “We will seek proof that the departed keep an eye on us, and perhaps even achieve communion through questions and answers. Also, phenomena may occur.”

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