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4th of July, Sex Trivia, Magickal Thinking and Greenpoint History Tour — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/4-7/10)

WEDNESDAY 7/4

♫ The Lot Radio 4th of July Block Party @ The Lot Radio (17 Nassau Avenue), 12pm, FREE, More Info 
♫ YES 4th of July Extravaganza @ The House of YES (2 Wyckoff Ave.), 2pm, FREE before 5 with RSVP, $10 After RSVP
♫ Good Roof at Dobbin St with Nancy Whang (DJ set) & Love Tempo @ Dobbin St. (64 Dobbin St.), 5pm, $30 at the door, More Info.
♫ Fireworks at The Box House Hotel Rooftop! @ Box House Hotel (77 Box St.), 6pm, $125-150 ticket includes a drink, The first public event at the Box House Hotel, Greenpointers readers get $10 off tickets with the code “GREENPOINTERS,” Buy Tix

THURSDAY 7/5

* Sex Trivia @ Starr Bar (214 Starr St.) 6pm, FREE, more info
♫ High Cost, Roseblood, MVA @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue), 7pm, $10, Buy Tix
^ LAAB Launch ft. Ronald Wimberly
 @ Desert Island (540 Metropolitan Ave.), 7pm, FREE, a new periodical art magazine about identity, aesthetics and representation, more info
☺ Hot Goss W/ On The DL @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St.), 7:30pm, FREE, improv, More Info

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This Week’s Best Dance Parties! (July 4th Edition)

The Lot Radio Block Party
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THE LOT RADIO 4th OF JULY BLOCK PARTY
Wednesday, July 4th | 12pm-11pm
The Lot Radio | 17 Nassau Avenue
FREE; RSVP on Facebook

The Lot Radio is again bringing an all-are-welcome bangin’ block party to the neighborhood, with (of course) a stellar DJ lineup. Drinks available at the kiosk and food from Holy Ground BBQ, a Le Gamin popup and an ice cream stand. 12pm: Dub-Stuy Records; 1pm: Yuki b2b Fa Tik; 2pm: Sanna b2b Image Man; 3pm: Takaya b2b Douglas Sherman4pm: Felipe special Cumbia Set; 5pm: RIOBAMBA_dj; 6pm: Eli Soul Clap b2b Cesar Toribio; 7pm: Kim Ann Foxman; 8pm: Justin Strauss b2b The Juan MacLean; 9pm: Lloyd
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Greenpoint Open Studios Returns with 400 Local Artists! (Sat 6/2- Sun 6/3)

This weekend, Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd! Greenpoint Open Studios is returning with 400 artists who will open up their studios to showcase their work and engage directly with visitors.


Colleen Blackard – Greenpoint Open Studios 2017

This uncurated event is free, open to the public, and includes a lineup of events starting with a launch party at Java Studios on Friday, June 1st (7:30PM-11:30PM), followed by two days of open studios (Saturday June 2nd & Sunday June 3rd from 12-6pm), and ending with a wrap party on Northern Territory’s beautiful roof.

GOS 2018 map and booklets at CutLoose (117 Dobbin St)

Like last year, we expect the neighborhood to thrive with art-filled activities so to help navigate the weekend, you might want to plan ahead by viewing the gallery of artists who are participating this year, checking out the online map, or picking up a printed guide booklet from any of the eight info hubs: Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios: Art in Unexpected Places

Kingsland Wildflowers is just one of this year’s unusual hosts of Greenpoint Open Studios

What qualifies art is hard to pin down, but just as slippery is qualifying what houses the art. Galleries take many shapes and forms, and Northern Brooklyn is heavily peppered with such diverse institutions ranging from warehouses and studios to parks and piers. Greenpoint Open Studios is a few short weeks away (June 2–3), and some of the featured artists may not be in the usual spaces. As is our annual tradition, we proudly offer you our guide to 2018’s Unusual Spaces.

Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Avenue
Saturday, June 2 | 1-8PM
Sunday, June 3 | 12-4PM
This secluded rooftop park in northwest Greenpoint along Newtown Creek will be showcasing the work of several artists. Kill two birds with one stone: explore an untouched area in the nabe and support local art. Not convinced? You can also check out artwork and chill out on Kingsland Wildflowers’ gorgeous green roof for a relaxing afternoon of sketching, drinking and watching the sun set over Manhattan.

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Art, Urban Equity and Brooklyn in Albany — The Hook-up 12/15

#BroCleanBKLYN via Instagram
#BroCleanBKLYN via Instagram

Last week, I had the privilege to see a remastered print of Ken Burns’ 1981 film, Brooklyn Bridge, at the Brooklyn Museum. The documentary had me feeling all the feelings for the Bridge and the borough. But it’s not just the Great Bridge that’s been inspiring Brooklyn this week. In fact, our very own Newtown Creek has been inspiring equitable urban greening and environmental activism here in the neighborhood, and around the country. For example, the Newtown Creek Nature Walk was cited as a project for the neighborhood that avoids environmental gentrification.

Further, brothers Gary and Sam Bencheghib took to the mighty waters of Newtown Creek in their series  #BroCleanBKLN. On December 2nd, the pair paddled both the Creek and Gowanus Canal to highlight pollution in Brooklyn, and advocate for cleaner waterways.  Continue reading

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This is Thriller: North Brooklyn Halloween Roundup 2017!

 👻 🎃 👾 👹 🍂

Sultry weather falls across the land—yet Halloween hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize our North Brooklyn ‘hood. And whosoever shall be found without the soul for getting down, must stand and face the shutdown of the L and rot inside Williamsburg’s shell. The foulest stench is in the air, the funk of Newtown Creek’s years. And grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to share your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver; for no mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller.

 👻 🎃 👾 👹 🍂

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Tiki Disco Halloween @ Good Room 2017TIKI DISCO HALLOWEEN
@ Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave | 10pm-4am
$20+ tix, More info
Tiki Disco started as a bi-monthly party at Roberta’s in 2009 and has transformed into a year-round happening, with popups around the globe. Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry will hold down the floor with their deep selections of disco, funk, house and classics. Expect an evening of spooky vibes and ghostly dancingcostumes are definitely encouraged! Continue reading

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Mockingbirds Attack in Transmitter, Robbers Impersonate ICE, Literary Playlists—The Hook-Up 7/31

Sunset at The Lot Radio. Photo: Megan Penmann
Sunset at The Lot Radio. Photo: Megan Penmann

Word on the street is that there’s a dangerous crew of mockingbirds hanging out in Transmitter Park, and boy are they ready to start shit. One reader tells us, “I was running through there the other day and one of them swooped down and started pulling at my ponytail. When I tried to keep running, it followed be and started yanking at it again.” Apparently, it is nesting season for the birds and the brutal attacks should stop once the birds’ babies are able to leave the nest. This has been happening for years, and seemingly is just wildlife being rightfully pissed off that we’re invading their turf.

Japan-o-philes and lovers of designy home goods rejoice—North Brooklyn is getting a MUJI!

Greenpointer and programmer Kate Ray created playlists, for books.

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Greenpoint Open Studios Is Next Weekend! (June 3-4)

If you haven’t been before, Greenpoint Open Studios is an epic showcase of local art. Over the course of one weekend (this year June 3-4), hundreds of local artists open their studio doors to the public for an exciting peek inside their craft. It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. This year, we have more than 400 artists participating, and an exciting lineup of events: Continue reading

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Your North Brooklyn New Years Options!

If you want to erase all memories of 2016 via booze, hardcore dancing and from anywhere but your couch, here’s our list of where to party in North Brooklyn this New Years Eve. From prix fixe dinners to house music legends to open bars, to champagne toasts to confetti explosions and confessionals, we’ve got you covered. Some of these events are sold out already with waiting lists, but most of them aren’t… Yet. Assemble your crew!

Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave.
NYE Love Bombs, with dj’s Soul Clap, No Regular Play & Love Tempo; champagne toast at midnight and an open bar from 12-1am, balloon drop, confetti cannons and a breakfast buffet! 9pm-6am.
Tickets $65 available here, more info on Facebook.

St. Vitus | 1120 Manhattan Ave.
Slowly sway to post-punk emo rockers Rainer Maria, with openers Snail Mail, 8pm.
$25 tickets here.

Black Flamingo | 168 Borniquen Place
A Good Flocking Time: DJs and dancing from 9pm-4am, Jacques Renault, Midnight Magic, Beto Cravioto, Higgins.
Tickets $15-20 here, info here.

Brooklyn Winery | 213 N 8th Street
Brooklyn Winery presents an Alice In Wonderland themed party titled World of Wonder. From 9pm-1:30am, ring in 2017 in the forest of whimsy! Don your most fantastical cocktail attire and raise a glass to the end of another great year with a four and a half hour open bar, lavish antipasti spreads, and passed hors d’oeuvres. The space will be transformed into a fantastical world where reality is altered and nothing is quite as it seems. Dance the night away in a mystical forest, find surprises in every room, and capture it all in a one-of-a-kind custom photo booth!
Tickets $150, here.

Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Avenue
From 9pm-4am Brooklyn Bazaar is hosting The Greatest New Year’s Party Ever 2017, aka F#CK 2016! As quite possibly the worst year on record, let’s destroy it like a teenage house party! Titus Andronicus, High Waisted, & Toys in Trouble will be performing live, with DJs Michael T, Dirtyfinger, Cousin Cole and more to fill out the rest of the night. Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast with their own Ballpit Drop! Bring your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it in the shredder and watch your worst moment become a confetti explosion at Midnight. See-saw your troubles away, scream out your 2016 angst in our screaming high striker and play Pin the Blame on the Politician! Lose yourself in our ball pit and come dance in 3 floors of possibility and installations so you can forget 2016 and start 2017 off right.
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WashClub Presents: 10 Things To Do In Greenpoint Instead Of Your Laundry

by Erik Keithley
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah at Brooklyn Bazaar (Photo: Erik Keithley)

Why waste your time sitting around at a laundromat when you could be experiencing all that our awesome neighborhood has to offer! Instead of killing time waiting for your jeans to dry, head over to your app store, download the WashClub app and schedule a laundry pickup! WashClub comes right to your door for pickup and drop off—they offer tailoring services, dry cleaning and basic laundry. So there’s no reason you should be spending your precious time doing any of the above when WashClub can tackle it!

So if you want to leave the fluorescent lighting, the heavy bags & bottles of detergent in the past, here’s 10 way-more-fun-than-laundry things you could be doing in Greenpoint:

1. Catch a show at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.), and try some of their delicious pierogis over a couple of beers! With some great shows coming up—like Dragonette, The Struts and Austra—there are plenty of options no matter what kind of jams get your soul moving!

2. Get your bowl on over at The Gutter (200 N. 14th Street)! In addition to bowling, they’ve got special events every week, including trivia, and not to mention a full bar for all of your drinking needs! Continue reading

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