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The Lot Radio’s Kiosk Will Return May 1st

(courtesy of the Lot Radio)

The Lot Radio (17 Nassau Ave.), an independently owned and operated internet radio station across from McCarren Park, can resume selling drinks and snacks from its neighboring kiosk after the Dept. of Health shut it down last January.

Beer, wine, espresso drinks, and snacks will once again be available at the Lot Radio (with a few new items like sake) starting May 1st. “The kiosk is there to support the radio, so we’re excited to welcome people back,” owner Francios Vexelaire said.

The Lot Radio (kiosk on the right)

“Since the shutdown, we had [a] constructive and positive conversation with the Department of Health to get some code modification approved by them,” Vexelaire said, adding that the Office of Nightlife was a major help during the process.

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The Lot Radio Working With City Health Officials to Reopen Following Violations

The Lot Radio

The Lot Radio (17 Nassau Ave.) opened their underground internet radio station inside of a repurposed shipping container in 2016 on a triangular, decrepit lot between Banker and N. 15 streets where a gas station once stood.

The site of the Lot Radio in 2015

As an independently owned and operated small business that supports up-and-coming artists, owner Francios Vexelaire needed to raise funds to cover costs by selling drinks. The Lot Radio obtained a license from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and for the past two years has legally sold coffee, beer, wine and snacks to attendees.

Last week the Dept. of Health shut down the cafe portion of the business citing code violations, and since then the radio station has been without a revenue stream.

Code violations for the Lot Radio posted by New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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The Lot Radio Celebrates Three Years With Brooklyn Bazaar Party (2/9)

The Lot Radio in Greenpoint

The Lot Radio (17 Nassau Ave.) is celebrating three years in Greenpoint with a party at the Brooklyn Bazaar on Sat. Feb. 9, starting at 7 p.m.; tickets are on sale. The Lot Radio also took up residence in a former Times Square currency exchange kiosk last month in a project with Times Square Arts. Check out the video for more:

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Seasonal Spirits, Wild Nothing, Paradise Garage Reunion — What’s Happening, Greenpointers? (8/29 – 9/4)

WEDNESDAY 8/29

♫ Another Guy Called Gerald + Lio Kanine @ Elsewhere (599 Johnson Avenue), 5pm, FREE, RSVP 
♫ DarkDoves & Underground Channel
@ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St.), 6pm, FREE, Buy Tix
* Nixon-Cuomo Debate @ Syndicated (40 Bogart St.) 6pm, FREE, More Info
* Chakra Glow : From Root to Crown @ Maha Rose (97 Green St.), 7:30pm, $50, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 8/30

♫ A Whole Lotta Love w/ The Josh Craig @ Halcyon (74 Wythe Ave.) 4pm, FREE, More Info
# Seasonal Spirits: Wild and Wood @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St.) 6:30pm, $25, learn about barrel aging and fermentation, Buy Tix
♫ Holy Tunics, Peel Dream Magazine PLUS! Kew @ Sunnyvale (1031 Grand Street), 7:30pm, $10, Buy Tix
♫ Classical Summer Night Concert for Solo Piano @
San Damiano Mission (85 N 15th St.), 8pm, $15, Buy Tix
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Classical Piano Concert at The Mission This Thursday (8/30)

solo piano
via The Lot Radio

The San Damiano Mission (85 N 15th Street) has the past few years not only been a church with some cool-as-heck Friars, but also they’ve been the home for a popup BBQ joint, been a community gathering spot, and they’ve hosting concerts of all genres of music in collaboration with The Lot Radio across the street. And if you don’t know The Lot by now, they’re an everyone-feels-welcome outdoor cafe/bar/DJ booth and hang spot.

On Thursday, August 30th, the Lot and The Mission are collaborating to bring talented pianist Hans H. Suh to the Mission for a classical concert. He’ll be playing Schumann – Arabesque; Liszt – Sonata in B minor; and Ravel – La Valse. Tix are $15 and you can get them here.

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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
via The Lot Radio

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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