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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The DOT’s Traffic Study is Out

Study Area via The DOT

Two years ago, the NYC Department of Transportation began conducting a Traffic Study to assess street safety conditions in North Brooklyn. The study focused on issues like street design, traffic flow, public safety and environmental impact, and was funded by Councilman Stephen Levin’s office. To complete their findings,  the DOT solicited community input, and received over 400 unique comments and suggestions from North Brooklyn residents. Now, the DOT is back in our part of town with suggestions gleaned from the study. The agency presented its findings to BK Community Board 1 on April 10th.  Continue reading

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In High Demand: Khruangbin Brings Their Unique Blend to North Brooklyn

Khruangbin performing live at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 13. Photo by Peter Kirchhausen

With back-to-back sold-out performances this past weekend at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the East Texas based trio Khruangbin (Pronounced Krun-bin) is firmly making the case that a bands sound doesn’t need to neatly fit in a musical box to sell out music venues across the United States. Following the February release of their second full length album, “Con Todo El Mundo,” their fanbase continues to swell as was seen in North Brooklyn. Continue reading

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French DJ Møme Rocks Rough Trade + Explains His Process

Møme controlled the packed room for 2 hours with his eclectic electronic creations.

With more than 200 million songs streamed since the debut of his 2016 Album Panorama, French DJ Møme is breaking out of Europe and turning up his global presence with a new focus on the United States. Currently on a North American tour with Gramatik until mid May, Møme ventured to Williamsburg this past Wednesday night for a headline show at Rough Trade (64 N 9th St) and we sat down with him to explain his motivations and process for creating his extremely popular sounds. He says fame has not changed his general musical equation and the his organic love of music continues to be his guide.

Greenpointers: You are originally from the south of France, but you were producing music in Australia. Where are you currently based?

Møme: I’m Back in Europe. I moved to Australia three years ago to write my first album but now I’m back in France and I’m touring a lot. I had 150 gigs last year and I have a lot of gigs overseas, it was a very busy year. I’m not supposed to be touring right now, I’m supposed to be writing my new record, [so] things are very busy. Continue reading

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Turn Down For What?! Greenpointers Is Seeking A Music Editor!

DiscoBall-GoodRoom-Greenpoint-MPAre you in a band, or do you DJ? Are you the person whose friends always ask what’s the best album out right now? Do you keep tabs on the concerts happening in our neighborhood? Do you write and/or photograph?

We’re looking for a Music Editor to join us! You will be responsible for keeping up with the local music scene and creating a weekly music roundup post, managing and writing stories of your own, and assigning stories to contributing writers. In addition to hitting up shows frequently and interfacing with venue owners and publicists, we have monthly Editors meetings you should be able to attend as well. Hopefully you’re as comfortable headbanging at a metal show at St. Vitus as you are interviewing the latest indie rock crooner at Brooklyn Steel (and afterward, bouncing over to Good Room to check out a DJ from Berlin). You must be social media savvy, highly knowledgable about North Brooklyn (you live here!), and have a great personality and fun writing style. You should be comfortable with technology, as you will be working in WordPress and using our content management platform (it’s not hard, and we’ll teach you).

This position is paid per post written and per post edited.

Apply here or in the form after the jump. Continue reading

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North Brooklyn Then & Now: _missing_the_point_’s Amazing Instagram Account

Frost Street / Union Ave by _missing_the_point_ on Instagram
Frost Street / Union Ave 2005 vs 2017, by _missing_the_point_ on Instagram

There’s no doubt that North Brooklyn’s skyline has rapidly changed in the last decade plus. In place of one-story bombed out warehouses, high rises stand tall. An old sludge tank in Greenpoint has been seemingly effortlessly replaced by luxury apartments. Those who lived in the neighborhood before “the change” began probably remember a slightly different vibe: the area was rougher, with locals playing the role of war-torn veterans. The hip coffee shops and restaurants were fewer and farther between, and the pioneers that were there had worn yet comfy thrift store furniture instead of the minimalist high design stuff you might see today. Piles of trash and industrial waste have disappeared and been replaced with waterfront parks and bike racks. Still, there was something special about North Brooklyn back then in its less polished state. It was way more punk rock.

An Instagram account with the handle _missing_the_point_ has been quietly posting side-by-side comparison photos of North Brooklyn from “then” (most of them about 13 years ago) and “now”. Greenpoint native and amateur photographer Jack Olszewski says, “I’d be walking around my own neighborhood and certain blocks had become completely unrecognizable to me. I’d think, ‘Wait… what used to be here?’. That led me to revisit my old photos. I thought it might be something other Greenpointers could relate to, which led to me start  _missing_the_point_ .”

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Williamsburg Brunch Staple The Lodge Has Closed Due To Rising Rent Costs

The Lodge Williamsburg

The Lodge, a brunch staple (and deer antler chandelier pioneer) in Williamsburg on Grand & Havemeyer for 14 years, has closed its doors this week. According to a farewell statement on their Instagram, the closure was related to rising rent costs in the neighborhood. Read below for their full statement. Do you have any memories of The Lodge? Let us know in the comments! Continue reading

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Feminist Fashion, Drinks, Giveaways & Music at New Women Space This Thursday (2/15)

A Space for Women - Design Circle

WHAT: A Space for Women / Hosted by Design Circle NYC
WHEN: February 15th, 2018, from 7 pm – 10 pm
WHERE: New Women Space | 188 Woodpoint Road

Design Circle NYC, a philanthropic fashion design collective, is presenting clothing for Fashion Week and a fundraiser this Thursday February 15th. Six fashion designers will showcase clothes that reference feminism, and are influenced by local female-centric nonprofits. Guests will view the designs while enjoying FREE drinks, music, interactive installations, and giveaways! The proceeds will benefit the designers’ chosen organizations: My Sisters’ Place, Hollaback!, Sanctuary for Families, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, and Susan G. Komen of Greater NYC.

An RSVP with an advance donation of $10 or more will secure your choice of one limited-edition enamel pin at the event that each designer has made with their organization in mind!

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Get Your Kicks While You Can! McCarren Park Track and Field To Close for Year-Long Repairs

McCarren Park Track and Field

Run, Greenpoint!

On March 19th, the city will close the Track and Field at McCarren Park for a year. The field and quarter-mile running track on Lorimer Street between Driggs and Bayard will be getting a facelift thanks to a 4 million dollar overhaul funded by the mayor’s office. During the year-long closure, the parks department will lay new turf, and a new rubber track, at the complex. Additionally, the department will install new bleachers, planters and fitness equipment around the track. The rest of the park will remain open while the track and field overhaul is in progress.  Continue reading

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Musical Instruments as Art: Live Performance of Voices of Anxious Objects Feb 9th

Ken Butler - Voices of Anxious Objects

We profiled local artist and musician Ken Butler last year, and he gave us a tour of his incredible studio and even played us a few jams. He also participated in our local artists’ event Greenpoint Open Studios, opening his home and studio doors to the public. For decades he’s been collecting objects off the street and turning them into playable musical instruments, as art. He’s a true character and local legend, so you shouldn’t miss his unique style of performance this Friday, February 9th. He’ll be doing a live video recording and concert for the first time in 20 years.

WHAT: Ken Butler’s Voices of Anxious Objects
WHERE: Scholes Street Studio | 375 Lorimer Street
WHEN: Friday, February 9th, 8pm
COST: FREE

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Clothing Swap at House of Yes This Thursday! (2/8)

House of Yes Clothing Swap

The renowned Bushwick venue House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave) is hosting a Clothing Swap this Thursday at 9pm. They’ll have items from the House of Yes costume collection for trade, so you know that stuff is gonna be fab-u-lous! Plus, afterward there’s a free dance party so you can let your freak flag fly and don the glamorous duds you just picked up.

WHAT: CLOTHING SWAP NIGHT!
WHERE: House of Yes | 2 Wyckoff Ave
WHEN: Thursday, February 8th | 9pm-12am
COST: FREE (Bring your own Bag), RSVP Continue reading

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