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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
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Watching Greenpoint: Badass Local Street Style

All photos by Johnny Cirillo
All photos by Johnny Cirillo

There are a few things we know for certain: Greenpoint residents have some top notch style. Creative, dynamic, casual, cool, understated, enigimatic – our local denizens know how to dress. Photographer Johnny Cirillo snapped some stylish Greenpointers out and about and it reminded us that yes, you can look damn good in such cold weather.

Need some major fashion inspiration to get you through this winter? Click through for our favorite looks. (And, follow our sartorial photographer, Johnny, on Instagram.)

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Greenpoint is a Vintage Lovers Paradise!

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Besides our lovely bookstores, bars, art galleries, record stores, and coffee shops, what makes Greenpoint so unique is the bevy of vintage clothing shops. In fact, we’d dare say that our little ‘hood is a true vintage lovers paradise. We almost, almost don’t want to tell anyone about our secret go-to shops, but what fun would that be?

We rounded up the vintage shops that make living here a dream. And give you that oh-so-amazing vintage score. Peep the list below. Continue reading

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The Fascinating and Tragic History of The Wythe Hotel

The Weidmann Cooperage before its renovation
The Weidmann Cooperage before its renovation

The Wythe Hotel at North 11th Street and Wythe Avenue is a symbol of cool in trendy Williamsburg. The building is a combination of old and new, with a three story sleek glass tower rising out of the remnants of a 1901 industrial building. The hotel’s L-shaped rooftop bar The Ides has stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, attracting people from around the world to the 72-room boutique hotel. People use words like chic, trendy and ultra-modern in describing the building, but it has a fascinating and tragic past that stretches back to the 1890’s—and that past is still evident in today’s hotel building.

The Wythe Hotel today, image via Morris Adjmi Architects
The Wythe Hotel today, image via Morris Adjmi Architects

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The Story Behind Brooklyn’s Iconic Water Tanks

Courtesy of Ted McGrath on Flickr.
Via Ted McGrath on Flickr.

PARIS has its world famous Eiffel Tower. Pisa, of course has its leaning tower and London has its ancient tower. What about New York? We have towers, too, but here, they hold water.
Although the skyline of New York city has changed dramatically over the years, one element has remained constant; the city’s romantic wooden water towers, which are every bit as iconic as the Empire State building or the Chrysler Building. There are more than 10,000 water towers around the city, which feature prominently in the works of famous New York artists Like Edward Hopper and the Ash Can School.

In the 1880s, steel was transforming the New York skyline, allowing buildings to reach above five stories, but also creating a design problem. As the buildings soared upwards, water pressure could only reach the fifth floor. Taller buildings needed water for the upper floors and that’s why the water towers were built. Water towers use gravity to help create pressure in pipes on the upper floors. These wooden towers are still the water source for many of the city’s buildings, and they also contain enough water to feed the sprinklers if there’s a fire.
With demand spiking for water towers in late nineteenth century New York, Brooklyn’s large barrel making industry was perfectly positioned to build the city’s water towers. One of the firms that achieved market dominance was the Rosenwach Water Tower Company, which for decades was located in the Northside.
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Experimental Indie Theatre in North Brooklyn at The Exponential Festival This Weekend!

 

Dandy Be Good
Dandy Be Good at Vital Joint

The Exponential Festival is back again this January 2018, bringing a diverse collection of experimental and indie theatre, performance, dance and art to North Brooklyn and beyond. The last two weeks of the fest are happening right now, with these unique performances happening right here in our ‘hood this weekend and next week at varying times. We’ve listed all the remaining local performances below, and you can check out the rest of the fest’s calendar here.

VITAL JOINT | 109 Meserole Street
Dandy Be Good, Jan 17-20, 24-27 @ 8pm, RSVP to [email protected] — Dandy Be Good is a site specific interactive performance and a sexy, queer, underground cabaret! Dynamic host GJ is teaming up with a marvelous array of performers to bring you a fantastic bouquet of storytelling. Continue reading

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A Brief History of the Puerto Ricans in Greenpoint

Members of the Assembly of God Church in 1928

Sunday, January 14th is a day of pride for the Puerto Rican community in North Brooklyn. It is the celebration of the feast of the Three Kings and there is an enthusiastic parade and celebration of Puerto Rican culture on Grand Street. In traditional Puerto Rican culture, the feast day was a day of celebration and gift giving that was actually bigger than Christmas for many Puerto Ricans. So it’s a good time to reflect on the long history of Puerto Ricans in our part of Brooklyn. Continue reading

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