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Help End Sex Trafficking in NYC With a Night of Storytelling About Generosity at Brooklyn Brewery (11/28)

Restore @ Brooklyn Brewery

Non-profit organization Restore, whose mission is to “end sex trafficking in NYC and restore the well being and independence of foreign national survivors”, is hosting a storytelling night at Brooklyn Brewery (79 N 11th Street) on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:30pm. Because it’s #givingtuesday, stories on the topic of “generosity” will be shared. If you’d like to participate and share a 5-minute story of generosity, you can email [email protected] for more info.

Restore: A Night of Storytelling on Generosity
@ Brooklyn Brewery | 79 N 11th St
Doors open at 7:30pm. Storytelling starts at 8:00pm. Beer is $5/bottle and snacks will be provided.
Tickets are $15, more info here

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Thursday Spotlight: Julia Wertz, Cartoonist

Julia Wertz
Julia Wertz

Greenpoint resident Julia Wertz is a storyteller and cartoonist who’s met enormous standards as an accomplished artist through an extensive body of work – but not without an equally extensive journey that brought her there. Purely self-taught, she’s championed her way through golden American rostrums like The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine.

Her books and comic strips have been claimed to show people slivers of some candid truth to their own lives, which one could say is the ultimate social responsibility of The Artist. Julia shares her insight with Greenpointers into the realities of becoming a professional cartoonist, and what the future lies ahead for her. Continue reading

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(Not) Forgotten Greenpoint: “Who takes a picture of a braciole sign?”

This year I decided to roam around the Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Feast during the day when the street was resting from the evening’s festivities. While taking the above photo, a real NYC cop (imagine a thick Brooklyn accent) asked “Hey, where you from?”
“We live in Ridgewood,” I said, already getting annoyed at what he was getting at.
He wasn’t satisfied and since we look (and are) hipsters he said, “No, where are you from?”
“I’m from Florida,” Jon politely answered.
“I’m from Middle Village,” I answered not so politely, then said, “Where are you from?”
“Rockaway,” he said.
“Far Rockaway?” Jon asked.
“Do I look like I’m from Far Rockaway?”
He was white. My blood began to boil.
“Why are you asking us where we are from?” I said.
At this point I think Jon was trying to drag me away, luring me with the goldfish toss.
“I’m trying to assess the area ya know,” he said, “I thought you were hipsters tourists. I mean, who takes a picture of a braciole sign?” He said it like BRA-JOEL.
“A photographer,” I said.
He walked away mumbling. I drowned my rage (and all the things I should have said like, “I’m sorry I didn’t know it was your job to “assess” where people are from?”)  in a huge bag of zeppoles. It’s hard to hold back my loud mouth from Queens voice; sweet fried dough coated in powdered sugar works.

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The Romney Years, Spirit of the Slained Eagle, The Moon & The Sun, Gunfight!, Brewed In Brooklyn: What’s Happening Greenpoint? (7/17-7/22)

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WEDNESDAY 7/17
♫ The Romney Years (Screening) @ Cantina Royal (58 No. 3rd St) 7pm, FREE, a psychedelic dark comedy centered around a shotgun wedding bachelor party in the backwoods of PA. Soundtrack by BK bands who perform before (Keith Parker / Bombs to the Eyebrows / Dead Beat Dad / Johnny Butler) and after (Public Speaking / My Love MHz / Ruben Sindo Acosta) RSVP
♫ Pee Wee’s Big Adventure plus performances by Oberhofer / Lodro / Bueno @ McCarren Park Summerscreen (Bedford & No. 12th St) 6pm, FREE
♫ Q Tip @ Output (74 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $10

THURSDAY 7/18
• “The More You Ignore Me” @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, FREE, Travis Nichols presents his new novel inspired by his time at Poetry Foundation’s blog, which follows the exploits of user Lynksys181 as he crashes the wedding blog of complete strangers, in conversation with Emily Gould about (mis)behavior on the Internet, Q&A, signing, RSVP
♦ You Are Here @ 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave) Opening Reception 7-10pm, group art show that invites viewers to disconnect from mediated distractions and fully engage with their surroundings, RSVP
♫ Jacques Renault / Classixx @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE
* Tom Shillue’s Funny Story @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 8pm, $10, The premise is simple: Tom and guests tell their best true stories, you drink Brooklyn beer and enjoy the show.
♫ Spirit of a Slained Eagle (Record Release) / Look, a Fang! / The Confidentials @ The Acheron (57 waterbury st) 8pm, $8
* Summer Noir @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, featuring “After the Thin Man,” vintage cocktails, RSVP
♫ Sean Nicholas Savage / Jamaican Queens / Blanche Blanche Blanche / Regal Degal @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $8

FRIDAY 7/19
♫ Maracatu – a Brazilian Percussion Ensemble @ McGolrick Park, 6-7:30pm, Free
♦ The Moon & The Sun @ AC Gallery (107A North 3rd St) 6-9pm, Japanese artist Kanae Ito solo exhibition & live performance, More info
♦ Hearts of Palm @ Acumen Project Space (37-18 Northern Blvd., LIC) Opening Reception 6-8pm, Summer Groups Show with artists: Summer Group With Artists: Matthew Craven, David Maddy, Michelle Matson, Matt James Stone, Trish Tillman, RSVP
♦ Unhinged Paperworks @ Janet Kunatowski Gallery (205 Norman Ave.) 7-9pm, a collection of paper works

SATURDAY 7/20
♫ The So So Glos / The Moon Dudes / Las Rosas / New Cross / Greg Saunier @ Rippers (Beach 86, Rockaway) noon, FREE
♫ Gunfight / BOYTOY / Thizz Rattlers / DJ Double Head @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 2pm, FREE
# Aguardiente Party @ Cafecito Bogota (1015 Manhattan Ave) 6pm, cocktails, shots & empanada Specials all night
♫ Beasty / Braver / Manawi Thorn / Hooks @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $8
♫ Soul Clap and Dance Off w/ Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 11:30pm, $21

SUNDAY 7/21
* Hosh Kids Yoga @ McGolrick Park, 11am, Free
♦ Other Rooms Press Poetry Reading @ t.d.b. (224 Franklin St) 1-3pm, FREE, A poetry reading in celebration of Other Rooms’ first print anthology, Ocellus Reseau, featuring poets Sapphire, Alan Gilbert, Melissa Goodrum, Susan Lewis, More info
♫ Spirit Plate / Lux Perpetua / Hippy / Friend Roulette @ Big Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm

MONDAY 7/22
☺ Free Cable Comedy Show @ Over The Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm
# Brewed in Brooklyn Screening @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 8pm, $10, The story of how Brooklyn was once the beer brewing capital of the world and could one day be again, Filmmakers Q & A, first free beer, Watch the Trailer, Buy Tix
♫ A Bunch of Dead People / Glockabelle / Hoya / Dead Beat Dad @ Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event

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(Not)Forgotten Greenpoint: Grandma Refuses To Sell House To “BIG SHOT” Plastic Executives to Expand Factories on Clay St – Beverly’s Memories

After our Beverly’s Memories post last week, Beverly wrote us more about her memories of 38 Clay St, which also gave me a chance to share this additional photo that I love. In the photo is Karen “None of You Business” who now lives there:

“I know many people will remember my cousins The Pogozelskis and they will also remember how my Grandma as tiny and petite she was with her very few words of English, fought off the BIG SHOT EXECUTIVES of Harte and Company and refused to sell her house.  If Grandma had sold, they were going to buy up all of Clay Street for their factory.  Instead, Grandma forced them to go the other way and buy up the houses on Dupont Street so they could expand the plastics plant.  Grandma was small, but she was feisty.  She was left to raise 4 babies when Grandpa died from sun stroke playing baseball.  Grandma wanted to “own” a piece of America, so she worked at night cleaning office buildings in Manhattan to save money and buy that house on her own.  A Polish Immigrant who spoke very little english who worked hard and owned the American Dream and as a woman to boot !  Back then in the 30’s and 40’s women did not own property on their own, but my Grandma did !  That has to say something for my DNA. Continue reading
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