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Pirate Studios: A Spectacular Rehearsal Space at Division Place

Whether you believe the music industry to be thriving or dying, everyone can probably agree that there is no shortage of musicians in New York City. In Brooklyn alone, any night of the week offers a countless variety of live performances in all styles. Regardless of how many years these performers have been playing, their level of raw talent, or “who they know”, a single factor determines how they are received by an audience: rehearsal.

Think of the last show you saw. Did it blow your face off in awe? Put tears into your eyes? Or did it put a huge smile on your face? You feel such emotions because the musicians have practiced diligently, and are invested in their own perfection. These artists have been booking rehearsal spaces all over NYC, often traveling across hell’s half acre, hoping to find a room that sounds good. Or, with less idealism, just the most affordable option to practice regularly.

Enter Pirate Studios. Since early March, the UK-based company has been offering musicians a new way to rehearse by using an innovative, customer-driven model. With 24/7 online booking, fully outfitted and spectacular sounding rooms, and a live recording of the practice included, a small community is sprouting within 3 rooms at 19 Division Place. Continue reading

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Givin’ All the Flavor Feels to French Foodies: French Epi

Grilled Whole Branzino. Image by Lindsey Johnston.

Despite the recent restaurant closures around Greenpoint Ave, French Epi at 123 Greenpoint Ave is still supplying excellently executed French cuisine to foodies on this long stretch of street between Manhattan and Franklin Ave. Both Chef Brian and owners Beata and Tomasz (who’ve been in the neighborhood for decades) are known for their perfectionist natures, marrying ridiculous specials alongside their fresh French menu. With Happy Hour specials starting at $4, and  their 3-course $15 lunch special; fresh and flavorful seasonal offerings make this a hidden gem within the ‘hood.

On the lunch menu: French Epi’s Epic Veggie Sandwich. Image by Lindsey Johnston.
Heirloom Tomato and Buratta Salad. Image by Lindsey Johnston.

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Brooklyn Based’s Williamsburg Immersion Includes 5 FREE Beers and More for $15 (Sat 6/23)

For the past eight summers Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery have produced a series of Saturday afternoon crawls that hit up the best bars, restaurants and shops in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. Incredibly, they’ve never held one of these Immersions in the Brewery’s own neighborhood, until now. Their first-ever Total Williamsburg Immersion is Saturday, June 23.

Not only will Immersion goers get free Brooklyn Brewery beers at four great local bars and cash in on food and retail deals, attendees will also be among the first to see the Brewery’s brand-new tasting room, where they’ll be serving complimentary brews there, too.

Your $15 tickets include 5 FREE Brooklyn Brewery Beers plus specials and discounts throughout the day. Buy tickets here! Continue reading

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Get $50 Off Rare Handcrafted Sunnies at Sunny Eye Shop

Dr. Saniya Shoaib rockin’ a pair of blue Matsuda’s

It’s time to dust off your warm(er) weather wear and refresh your look on time for sunnier days! And to (finally) celebrate Spring, local purveyors of eyewear Sunny Eye Shop (284 Driggs Ave) is offering Greenpointers $50 off sunglasses.

Here you won’t find your run-of-the-mill three or four big box store specs. They stock handmade frames produced in small batches, carefully curated from some of the most exclusive eyewear manufacturers in the world – like the rad tortoise and clear champagne frames by Japanese designer Matsuda that our Fashion Editor Stephanie picked up (one of only 200 pairs made)! These specs go equally well with a chic outfit for a night out or another day in the office PLUS the prescription glasses turn into shades as it gets brighter out.

Dr. Saniya Shoaib is as stylish as she is brainy and can provide you with high-tech eye care just as well as pointing you to a pair of specs that accentuates your look with special attention to quality and fit. Along with store manager and frame buyer Troy, Sunny Eye Shop’s team has over 30 years of combined experience that provides the kind of expertise and passion for eyewear that is hard to come by. Continue reading

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Sneak Peak: The World’s Fare at Citi Field (4/28-29) + A Snowday Discount

Eater announced recently the first 50 participants at The World’s Fare, to be held at Citi Field April 28 and 29th. Promising authentic cuisine from around the world, they’ll also include unlimited tasting of 80+ global craft beers, live Bands, cultural dance, art installations, and SUMO (the largest SUMO wrestler in the Northern Hemisphere).

Beer garden tickets for unlimited beer tastings (including General Admission to the fare) start at only $49. But today, there’s a snowday deal: get VIP admission for the price of general admission. Enter promo code “SNOWDAY” at check out to get in on the discount. Buy your tickets here.

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Sláinte this Saturday: St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2018

The 17th of March is almost upon us, where wearing green and downing a Guinness (or two) are required salutes to the Irish spirit. Though historically more Polish and Italian than Irish, we’ve still got a list of things to do and pubs to frequent with Celtic roots. So go get your green on, Greenpoint.

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

Midnight Market

Midnight Market, a super fun alternative to the expected bar scene, is coming to Greenpoint for St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17th this popular Jersey city based 21+ Foodie Nightlife Event is hopping across the Hudson and East River and landing at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse on 73 West St. One of their two bars will be hosted by East Williamsburg’s own Win Son; and their vendor list that spans the NYC & NJ foodie scene. Expect $5 food options, $5 drink specials, an all-night DJ, and good vibes.

Highlights: $5 drink specials, Live DJ, Eclectic mix of Food Vendors, Cash Only

Cost: $10-$13
Address: 73 West St, Brooklyn NY 11222
Phone:  (551) 227-7022
Website For Tickets: EventBrite 
Email: For Additional Info

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Via now gets you to the subway for just $1 (yes $1, until 3/12)

Via, the newest ridesharing app to hit the streets of Brooklyn (tap here to download Via), is now offering rides from Greenpoint to local subway stops for just $1.

This limited time offer only runs through Monday (March 12th) so hurry up!

Via is best known for its super affordable rates, and for offering the best shared ride experience that perfectly matches you with other passengers that are headed your way (so no pesky detours). Continue reading

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Best of Brooklyn Food & Beer Festival is Happening This Saturday (1/27)! Get 20% off!

See ya later 2017! We want to help you start the new year off right by giving you a 20% discount on drinking unlimited craft brew and celebrating the best the borough has to offer at the Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival at Industry City this Saturday, January 27th!
The best chefs will be on site, like Tanoreen the Michelin-rated restaurant with authentic Mediterranean cuisine, 3 Little Pigs with pâté & charcuterie, Dinosaur BBQ with sliders, BeeHive Oven with homemade biscuits and jams, Oconomi with veggie pancakes & yakisoba stir fry noodles, Table 87’s coal oven pizza, and tons more.
Get your ticket for unlimited Brooklyn craft beer samples from the best in the borough: Greenpoint Beer +Ale, Braven Brewing, Coney Island Brewing Company, War Flag, Five Boroughs Brewing Co, KelSo, Kombrewcha, and Wartega will all be on site!
Plus, there will be DJs spinning tunes, a Coney Island photo booth, Verizon FIOS Virtual Reality, and our exclusive spirits sponsor Cutty Sark.
Special Discount Offer for readers of GREENPOINTERS:
Tickets normally start at just $39.00 per session for unlimited beer tastings, but readers who enter discount code “GREENPOINTERS” on the ticket selection page will save 20% on admission.
(Greenpointers is a media partner with Best of Brooklyn.)
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Treat Yourself with Tropical Healing in Mayan Ruins with Hosh Yoga! Early Bird Special !

We had the so much fun with Hosh Yoga this past summer in Cuba and are so excited that they will be hosting a five-night, six- day yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico led by Hosh yoga instructors, Jen Devery and Amy Hansen. Running from February 17th to the 22nd 2018, the retreat will bring yoga enthusiasts on a Mayan adventure to relax, explore, and unwind.

They’ve got an Early Bird special until the end of the year so if you want to book a beach vacay on a budget that’ll raise your energy and consciousness, now is the time!

Devery and Hansen’s focus throughout the retreat will be on harmonizing body, mind, and spirit and helping yogis achieve a sense of greater well being. Mornings will begin with breakfast and an energetic yoga practice to set the mood for days filled with adventure, re-connection, and grounding. Evenings will feature a mindful activity, mediation, or restorative yoga practice. Continue reading

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Get Unlimited Craft Cocktails at Spiked Mug Fest for 30% Off

Head to the Spiked Mug Fest at The Ravel Hotel for a kickin’ holiday party and one of a kind gift shopping! Enjoy unlimited craft cocktails created by the Ravel Hotel Mixologist in your own souvenir mug.

Use code PARTY to get 30% off tickets.

Hot and cold cocktails like…

‘Tis the Season – Spiced rum, warm spice, butter
Christmas Morning – Mezcal, hot chocolate, cinnamon
Holiday Mule – Thai chili vodka, lime, ginger beer
Snowbank – Gin, Apple, cardamom, apple cider

Spiked Mug Fest
Friday thru Sunday, Dec 15-17
The Ravel Hotel
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City
Just a six minute ferry ride away from Manhattan’s East 34th Street via NYC Ferry!

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