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Spotlight: John Reardon of Greenpoint Tattoo Company Talks Shop

John Reardon, owner of GPTC, busy at work ©John Reardon

John Reardon is getting ready to tattoo a woman in her mid-twenties when I arrive early at the Greenpoint Tattoo Company for our interview. It is a Saturday afternoon, and a cheery song by Of Montreal is playing over the speakers. The walls are covered in framed prints of tattoos, and a book by Reardon on the subject rests near a stack of Vice magazines. The woman has brought along a guy friend for moral support, but the process goes so quickly that she doesn’t even have time to grimace.

After a few moments, the woman gets up to check her arm in the mirror, proclaims the tattoo to be “awesome,” and leaves to meet friends for brunch at Slick Willie a few blocks away. Since John’s schedule is packed today, with another appointment in fifteen minutes, I turn on my recorder and we dive right into the questions. Continue reading

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Public Pools, Church Condos, & VICE’s $$$ – The Hook Up (6/27)

Head on over to your nearest swimmin' hole, 'cause all 55 New York City pools open today.

 
A 21-year-old jumped off the Kent and N. 1st Street pier around 5am on Thursday and was immediately carried away by the current. Police are continuing to search the water for him. Although the East River often looks calm, it has deceivingly fast moving currents and swiftly changing tides that can push swimmers north at a rapid rate of approx. 1.5 nautical mph.

The recent White Lung show at St. Vitus witnessed a pretty epic mosh pit, complete with beer throwing, flower smashing, and some “undirected air punches” from the crowd.

Is it sacrilegious to convert your local historic church into a condo? WNYC & DNA Info investigate. See St. Vincent De Paul on North 6th, which is now the “Spire Lofts.”

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The Hook Up (4/25)

F the World's Fair © Vice

Of course  covered the 50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair by being like, no one gives a fuck, skateboarding is rad, nostalgia is like necrophilia because this place is DEAD.

In case you didn’t notice, the Greenpoint pier ferry ramp is still not functioning, since it collapsed in February. Apparently the city doesn’t want to pay for a crane, which is needed to investigate before it can be rebuilt…seems like a lame excuse, doesn’t it?

Curbed picked up our story about the North Brooklyn Boat Club controversy and the club responded by denying accusations of foul play.

Our trusted Assemblyman, Joe Lentol, took a Facebook selfie for arbor day and hashtagged #Earthdayselfie. Continue reading

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285 Kent Is Gone, But At Least We Have This Video

Local filmmaker Alexandra Stergiou shot, what could quite possibly be, the last music video filmed at the late, great venue, 285 Kent (R.I.P). The song is “I’m Forgetting,” the latest single from Brooklyn band, Heaven’s Gate (they also happened to curate a mixtape for Greenpointers this week, further solidifying their cool factor).  The video premiered on Impose on Wednesday.

Shot in super low-fi style, “I’m Forgetting” is reminiscent of watching a fucked up VHS tape with an Autistic child. Continue reading

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No Vinyl? Fox ViceNews, Superhero Beer, Hipster Honey, The #32 Bus, Voting Blocs – The Hook-Up 9/9

Artwork by Tamara Garvey

Imagine Greenpoint consisting of wooden buildings instead of its famous vinyl siding beauties. An image from yesteryear? How about: The future! (Brownstoner)

As mentioned by Jen on Wednesday, Beacon’s Closet is headed to Greenpoint because Williamsburg is too rich for their second hand blood.

But there’s some potential drama, too, because some people are saying that Vice magazine is pushing them out. In other news, Vice magazine has completely sold out by selling $70MM of it’s enterprise to media villian, Rupert Murdoch.

If you haven’t tried Brooklyn Grange’s amazing honey that you can get every Sunday at the McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market, the NY Times covers Chase Emmons non-stop work life to bring Brooklyn bees’ tasty condiment to our tables.

What do you get when you cross super heroes with local beer? Brooklyn Defender! (Gothamist)

Folks, there’s an all new bus route going through our neighborhood beginning this week. Introducing the B32 Bus!

And finally, don’t forget to vote! And check out this fun graph on who actual votes in NYC primaries.

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