Big Welcome to Vittles Cafe!

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Samantha Hew and Anthony Piliaskas believe in evolving spaces and snacks. From Bembe to 3 Roots, both have successfully sustained businesses while layering the neighborhood with innovative adaptations. Their newest collaboration, Vittles Cafe (94 Franklin St), is a vibrant testament to 9 years of friendship and belief that food should be positive and rooted in love and community.

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Nestled at Oak and Franklin, the treats – vittles – deliver scrumptious aromas and flavor. Vegans, omnivores, health nuts, and meat-ers will want to indulge in the mouthwatering menu and caffeine addicts will be delighted by the drinks list.  Highlights include Toby’s Estate espresso, egg & cheese on a biscuit, Australian hot milo, cornmeal rolls, Thai vegan banh mi, Barista’s specialty, kaya butter toast and potato curry puffs.
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Thursday, 7/21: Up Late on The High Line

Up Late on The High Line
Up Late on The High Line

Roam the High Line after-hours and be transported as dancers, musicians, and visual artists illuminate the park with participatory performances, installations, and a world of hidden surprises.

This event is free, and admission is based upon capacity, first-come first-served with RSVP

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Firm and Funny: Iron Man at Pete’s Candy Store

Iron ManLast night I decided to swing by Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg to check out performance artist Iron Man. On every Tuesday evening in July, James Hook is ironing your finest, and his own, in a display that encourages participants to pit the patriarchy against the matriarchy and even examine feelings about slavery and servitude. The one-man show is literally a dude standing in a bar steam ironing clothes under a tabletop spotlight while folks sit around drinking PBR’s, eating grilled cheese sandwiches and paying little attention. But with the steam rising through the single light source, the result is actually somewhat dramatic, and affecting. Continue reading

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SummerScreen, Pokémon Go Bar Crawl, Rock & Roll Playhouse – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/20–7/26

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

13528313_1280388621986335_8262207335536431882_oWEDNESDAY 7/20
♦ Fat & Fabulous Figure Drawing @ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St) 6:30pm, $5 suggested, GIRL PARTY and Greer Morrison team up to celebrate all iterations of body, mind, and spirit, More info
* SummerScreen @ McCarren Park, 6pm, FREE, Northside presents The Fast & the Furious, with music beforehand by Taylor Bennett, More RSVP

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* Adelina’s 4-Year Anniversary @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 5pm, FREE, With DJs, drink specials, pizza by guest chef The Mississippi Vegan, and more, More info
 Noise Love Presents @ The Gutter (200 North 12th St) 9pm, $5, With Dinowalrus / Zenizen / Cold Blinds, RSVP

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Remember These 3 Things and Enjoy Your Weekend Getaway

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How can you improve your sleep and manage stress levels better? Take a weekend getaway, according to Nuffield Health, a U.K.-­based healthcare charity. And we all know the best weekend getaway is one that doesn’t end with a dollop of bad news.

Before you leave, don’t forget these three things and you’re on your way to weekend bliss:
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An “Ice Cream Battle!” for National Ice Cream Month

daveys ice cream_williamsburg_swallaceIn 1984, President Reagan made one of his most important announcements: July officially became “National Ice Cream Month,” and the third Sunday is “National Ice Cream Day.” Yes, that is why there was a number of ice cream celebrations all over the city this weekend, including last Thursday’s “Ice Cream Battle!” at the Museum of Food and Drink (62 Bayard Street). MOFAD brought in historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman of FourPoundsFlour.com to discuss the history of ice cream and the current two most popular flavors, vanilla and chocolate. And to celebrate this remarkable holiday month here on Greenpointers, we’re going to bring you a series on our wonderful local ice cream purveyors!
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100 Years Ago: Greenpoint’s Greatest Art Exhibit Ever?

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John Mulvany – Custer’s Last Rally – 11’x20′

A fascinating story in the December 12, 1917 Brooklyn Daily Eagle explained that almost a century ago our local library hosted a blockbuster art show of Greenpoint artists. It is too bad that the article did not go into more depth about the show, but it did mention the three stars of the show: Ralph Blakelock, George Inness and John Mulvany. If you are not familiar with the artists in the show you should be, because they were not only locals, but they were also greats. Continue reading

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Police Shooting of Armed Suspect Proves Fatal at the Cooper Park Houses

Candles were placed at the site of the shooting. Photo via DNAinfo/William Mathis
Candles were placed at the site of the shooting. Photo via DNAinfo/William Mathis

An armed suspect was fatally shot by police in front of the Cooper Park Houses in East Williamsburg on Sunday morning.

According to multiple media reports, officers responded at 7:44 a.m. to multiple 911 calls related to at least two armed robberies in the vicinity of the complex.

Witnesses say the suspect, a 42-year-old man named Jermaine Johnson, was threatening people with a gun before the police showed up.

Johnson fired at the cops five times before they shot back, according to the NYPD.

Cops say they fired 12 to 15 shots after Johnson opened fire on them, at least one of which fatally struck him in the torso.

He was taken to Woodhull Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to authorities, Johnson was a Brooklyn resident but did not live in the Cooper Park Houses.

The New York Times spoke to several residents of the housing complex following the incident, who expressed a mixture of gratitude and concern over the use of lethal force.

“We have good neighbors here,” long-time resident Darlene Roman told the New York Times. “We’re working-class people who work hard. We’re safe here, except for today, when an intruder came to our neighborhood. But for the grace of God, we’re safe now. The police did what they had to do.”

When DNAinfo spoke to two of the victims who were accosted by Johnson that morning, they said he wasn’t behaving in a rational manner and was convinced that the victims were federal agents.

The NYPD recovered a .40-caliber handgun at the scene, which they say belonged to Johnson.

Neither of the two officers involved were injured.

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Cool Nights & Hot Tacos at Black Flamingo

Cocktail 01It’s a swampass summer Saturday in the city, and everyone else got out of bed at the crack of dawn to make it to Rockaway or the Hamptons, but you ain’t got nowhere to go. You might need to recharge with an exotic staycation at Black Flamingo. If you’ve never cruised by its off-the-main-drag corner in Williamsburg (168 Borinquen Pl.), Black Flamingo is one drink, dinner and disco destination that’s not yet been overexposed via Instagram. The cocktails satiate tropical tastebuds without being too sweet, the Mexican-slanted vegetarian offerings are tasty and hearty, and the Friday and Saturday night basement parties have become something of a dance lover’s dirty underground legend.

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The ABC’s of Greenpoint Street Names: How Your Street Got Its Name

Screen shot 2016-05-21 at 10.21.25 AMYou might wonder about the origins of the name of the street you live on. Neziah Bliss, the patriarch of Greenpoint, had the streets surveyed in the 1840’s. He named the streets starting at the Northern end in Greenpoint after the letters of the alphabet: A, B, C, etc. People didn’t love this naming system and ended up giving full names to those streets, but the alphabetical order stuck.

Ash Street was named after the ash trees that once grew here, as was Oak Street. Box street was named after the box factories, which were once an important local industry. Clay Street could be named for Henry Clay who was an important Senator who kept the union together by working out the Compromise of 1850 or it could be named after a local 17th century pirate (yes, pirate!) called Humphrey Clay who settled down to run an early local ferry and was an associate of Captain Kidd. DuPont Street is named for Admiral Samuel DuPont, a hero of the Mexican War who commanded the first ever ironclad armada during the Cvil War. Why no L street? Well there was once a Lincoln Street that later became Greenpoint Avenue. Rumor is that local Democrats did not like the name of a Republican President and changed it.  Continue reading

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