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The Coolest Church in Greenpoint: An Interview with Pastor Amy of the Park Church Co-op

Pastor Amy Kienzle at the Park Church Co-Op. All photos by Ian Hartsoe.
Pastor Amy Kienzle at the Park Church Co-Op. All photos by Ian Hartsoe.

Judgment-free dance parties. Concerts. Farmers Markets. Storytelling Events. It might sound like Greenpoint just got a sweet new venue, but actually, all these events take place at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell Street), which is hands down the coolest church in Greenpoint. In 2015, the Park Church Co-op emerged out of what had been Messiah Lutheran Church, opposite McGolrick Park. At that time, Greenpointers sat down with Pastor Amy Kienzle, to learn more about the shifting nature of the congregation on Russell Street, and the Co-op’s open, community oriented approach to spirituality. I sat down with Pastor Amy last week to find out how the Co-Op has grown into one of the most exciting community spaces in the neighborhood.

The following interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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Dervisi Gangsta Blues, Soul Clap Dance Off, Where’s My Polaroid, MVR 2.2 – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (3/1–3/7)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

 

WEDNESDAY 3/1

* Demystifying Government: Executive Shenanigans @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 7:30pm, FREE, How does the government work? For all of us who may have forgotten a thing or two from civics class. The first three programs will cover our three branches, starting all the way at the top, More info
♫ Dervisi Greek Gangsta Blues @ TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, Fragrant songs and dances from a long-lost underworld- Punk Rembetika, More info

 

THURSDAY 3/2

♦ The Apprentices Group show @ The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave), 6pm, FREE, Group exhibition “The Apprentices” for which artist are reworking art historical pieces with the condition that the originals’ artists are alive, More info
* Castrate the Patriarchy! @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 7pm, FREE, March is Women’s History month! What better way to celebrate than a variety show in support of Planned Parenthood? More info
^ American Life Through Muslim Eyes @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $10, Sabeeha Rehman reads from her award-winning book, Threading My Prayer Rug. This collection of Sabeeha’s memoirs presents humorous and poignant moments from her life as a Muslim who immigrated from Pakistan to the US, Buy tix

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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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GOS Artists Mixer and Open Meeting at The Diamond (11/11)

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Hey Greenpoint artists (or anyone interested in arts in Greenpoint)! We want to get together for a mixer and initial open meeting about the next GOS tomorrow (Wed, 11/11) at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) at 7:30PM. RSVP here!

Come with your ideas, get involved, or just come to talk art over drinks!

This will be the first of a series of monthly mixers at a different local watering hole leading up to the main event, which will be in Spring 2016 (end of April). If you can’t make this one, the next will be in mid-December so stay tuned.

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For Love of Performance & the ‘Hood: Triskelion Arts Opens Its Doors in Greenpoint

Upstairs at the new Triskelion Arts, during the Spring Gala 2015 ©Jay Miriam

Until February, Triskelion Arts shared a space deep inside a three-story, brick warehouse on 118 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, across from Mable’s Smokehouse and, more famously, on the same block as the ever-expanding Brooklyn Brewery.

“We were in a landmarked building, surprisingly, even though the building was falling apart,” explains artistic and executive director Abby Bender. One of the original co-founders, Abby is wearing navy coveralls and has a loop of keys at her waist that jangle as we walk around the new Triskelion building, recently opened for business on 106 Calyer Street in Greenpoint.

For the past fifteen years, Triskelion has been a place where anyone could go see performances by emerging artists, rent affordable rehearsal space, take fun classes (hoop dance, Poi, martial arts), and get involved with theater. In 2014 alone, over 15,000 hours of rehearsal time were used in the studios, and 128 different companies were part of the programming, which included three open-submission festivals.
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4th of July – We Take Back The Fireworks! Cookout at The Diamond! (7/4)

Cook-Out + Dance Party!!!

‘Bout time we got the fireworks back from all places – NJ!?! We are going to cook hot dogs to our hearts’ content (even vegan ones!) at The Diamond on July 4th starting at 3pm. Here’s the deal – Brewla Bars + Yeah Dawg Vegan! + more will be available for purchase from 3-6pm. Then at 7-11pm there will be a straight up dance party courtesy of Brian Blackout. Don’t forget to RSVP on FB.

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We Love Everything About The Beach Bazaar at The Diamond on Saturday (2/15)

Winter Beach Bazaar at The Diamond Saturday!

Yes I need fish tacos, a bikini, the limbo, beer, sun and warmth! The Diamond Bar can provide a few of these wonderful things that remind of us summer and help us of forget about this dreadful winter we all wish was long in the past.

This Saturday (2/15) from 4-8pm join a handful of summery local vendors at The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) and forget for a little bit that it’s still February in New York.

And don’t forget to wear you Hawaiian shirt – duh!

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Greenpoint Power Couples – Dave & Alex, The Diamond

Dave & Alex Pollack at The Diamond (Dave said: "This is when we first opened; look how bare the walls are!")

Many of us in Greenpoint have enjoyed a nightcap at The Diamond on Franklin Street – but did you know that a husband and wife team is behind this awesome tucked-away bar? For our Valentine’s Day series, owners Dave Pollack and his wife Alex tell us more about their power partnership and their favorite things about the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Beer Pairings + Tips for Mac n’ Cheese Perfection – PLUS SKI TRIP! Only at The Diamond (1/25)

Every year The Diamond (43 Franklin St) – the Greenpoint bar with the gondola in the yard – organizes a ski trip to Plattekill Mountain in upstate New York, followed by an Aprés Ski Party. This year the after party involves a Mac n’ Cheese competition, live ski lounge music and free drinking for skiers from 8-10pm!

Over some delicious mulled wine, I chatted with bar owner and beer genius Dave Pollack about the three most important things in his life (this weekend) – skiing, beer, and mac n’ cheese.

This adventurous and cheesy day is happening this Saturday 1/25/14. Skiing is 6am-7pm. After party starts at 8pm. If you want to get in on this ski trip or enter your mac n’ cheese into the competition, email Dave dave (at) thediamondbrooklyn (dot) com. Continue reading

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Fall Terrarium Class with Claire at The Diamond (11/24) SOLD OUT

Join us for a Fall Terrarium Class with Claire at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) on Sunday 11/24/13 at 5pm. Make a gorgeous Woodland Plants Terrarium in a beautiful glass bowl to warm up your home during the winter months. They also make great gifts. Terrariums require very little maintenance which makes them perfect house plants for busy bees. All materials are provided plus a complimentary beer! Hurry – tickets sell out quickly.

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