Weekend Music Picks: Chessboxing Edition (2/4 – 2/7)

Walt Whitman, the American poet, essayist and Brooklynite, once nobly argued against being consistent and logical all the time:

Do I contradict myself?

Very well then I contradict myself,

I am large, I contain multitudes.

The music scene this weekend is full of contradiction. It features surf rock and New Orleans funk in the dead of winter, and hardcore punk on a banjo.

Weirdness ensues below.

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Thursday Spotlight: Narayan Lockett

Narayan Lockett (right) in his Sensitive New Age Guy apparel
Narayan Lockett (right) in his Sensitive New Age Guy apparel

Narayan Lockett is an artist expressing a dialogue between popular culture and his personal aesthetic, best described by his Instagram handle, “@postfeminism.” Working out of an independent screen-printing studio in Greenpoint for his t-shirt line Sensitive New Age Guy, his messages intertwine boyhood vulnerability and feminist empowerment. He founded Sensitive New Age Guy in 2014, also starting a music podcast to promote eclecticism and free-spirited fashion. Continue reading

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Status Update: Archestratus Books & Foods

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Archestratus, the food bookstore and cafe on Huron Street, has been open for a few months now. We last updated you upon its opening in October 2015, so we thought it was time to pop into the store for a chat with owner Paige Lipari, who has exciting new plans for Greenpoint.

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You’ve Heard About the L-Pocalypse. What About the G-Pocalypse?

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Photo: Jeremiah Cox

The L Train is facing an imminent, extensive shutdown in the wake of lingering Hurricane Sandy damage, and North Brooklyn hasn’t taken the news very well.

And why would it, given the amount of daily riders who travel through the Canarsie Tube every day — around 350,000 — not to mention the huge impact ridership has on local businesses?

Currently, the MTA is considering two options to implement as early as 2017: to close the entire tunnel nonstop for one year, or to leave one side open and reduce traffic to half-volume, which would take anywhere from three to four years.

Not ones to bide their time quietly, a number of local residents and business owners have already formed The L Train Coalition to demand a better solution from the MTA, though many know full well that the answer will definitely be “pain.”

Pain, of course, can be abstract or painted in sharp relief. And while a fair amount of ink has been spilled over the implications for L Train commuters, there are fewer educated guesses regarding the fate of surrounding areas like Greenpoint, which will absorb a great deal of shock from the closure as riders scramble to find alternative routes. Continue reading

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Valentine’s Market, Super Bowl, Bologna Negrona – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/03–2/09)

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If you don’t know, now you know, Greenpoint! Every season, the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft comes alive with FREE fun activities, food & refreshments, music, and epic local shopping. And on Sunday, February 7th (1-7PM) we’re spreading the love the Greenpoint way at our annual Valentine’s Market! RSVP

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

12593638_10100741269991019_6502958282802891533_o-220x120WEDNESDAY 2/03
^ Love in Lowercase @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, A talk with authors Francesc Miralles and Gwen Cooper, RSVP
☺ For Love of the Pigskin @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Comedy and football with Dan Licata, Ana Fabrega, and Carmen Christopher, More info

10436192_10155195782900204_1712537691291794024_nTHURSDAY 2/04
# Champagne & Oysters
@ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, $40, Join Slow Food NYC for a talk and tasting with four sparkling wines paired with a dozen local oysters, Buy tix
* Dress With Love @ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $45, Join Susan Alexandra for a workshop on creating garments that you truly love by repurposing them with symbolic paintings and drawing, More info
# Cook It! With Epicurious @ Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 8pm, $95, Cook your way through the ultimate nacho playbook, with snacks and drinks provided, Buy tix

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118 Milton Street: The House of Famous Artists

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Milton Street

Many famous people have lived on Milton Street. Former Governor of New York, Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Evans Hughes once resided on the street. Thomas Smith, the man who ran the Union Porcelain Works became a millionaire by setting up the first financially viable porcelain factory in the United States, also lived on the street, but #118 has not one, but two famous residents: R.A. Blakelock, (1847-1891) the famous painter and Margaret Wise Brown (1910- 1952) who some claim invented the modern children’s book and whose books more than sixty five years after her death still sell millions of copies annually. Continue reading

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Your Best Now Better

CrossFit Greenpoint offers experienced coaches, smart programming, and a supportive and thriving workout environment.

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“It doesn’t get easier. It just gets more addictive. ”

For years, many have struggled through the same, mundane health club workouts. We hear people say their lack of progress is frustrating. They’re getting bored with their program. We receive countless questions about a better way to train. This is why we decided to locally provide the CrossFit experience! Continue reading

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Where to Watch the 2016 Super Bowl in Greenpoint and Beyond

Photo courtesy of Ortega.com
Taco stadium photo courtesy of Ortega.com

Once again, the event where we try to convince the world that guacamole is a food group football is played with your hands and not with your feet is upon us.

On Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST, the Super Bowl 50 will pit the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in an epic battle of a young Jedi facing the evil Emperor … oh wait, nevermind. We would never insult Peyton that way. His skin is looking very fresh and unwrinkled thanks to all those product endorsements. Not as fresh as Cam, but that’s hard.

The spots to cheer on big cats versus wild, wild horses (or avoid them) after the jump.

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At CitiStorage Rally, Various Words that Amounted to ‘Where’s Our Park?’

This should have been a park by now: Photo by Steph Koyfman
This should have been a park by now

Yesterday was the year anniversary of the 7-alarm fire that razed the CitiStorage warehouse on the Williamsburg waterfront.

At a rally held near the site on N. 11th Street and Kent Avenue, more than a few attendees wondered why the Williamsburg waterfront never saw massive, suspicious fires prior to its 2005 rezoning into a lucrative development opportunity.

But the event wasn’t held in service of a whodunnit mystery. Instead, open space activists brought in local representatives to drive home the message that the local government still owes the city one (1) Bushwick Inlet Park.

To be clear, the 28-acre park has been in the works for nearly two decades. In 2005, when the Williamsburg waterfront was rezoned, the open-space promise was part of the deal Bloomberg cut with neighbors and local politicians in exchange for all those pricey condos and added congestion. With the CitiStorage building aflame (which sits atop a major parcel needed to complete the park), fears were reignited that the land would go to another developer, and though de Blasio recently said he would deny a residential rezoning in the area, activist group Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park isn’t about to rest easy until the city acquires the land via eminent domain.

After years of beating the same (hopefully not dead) horse, there’s little to say aside from “where’s our park?”

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But really though

And that was, indeed, the rallying cry at yesterday’s meeting.

Here are a few more versions of this from yesterday’s demonstration.

“On this date, there was a huge warehouse fire that would not be put out. Today, there is also a fire that will not be put out in any of us.” Kim Fraser, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

“It is very important that we keep our word as a city, very important that we keep our word as a government, and very important that we keep our word as a community to one another. Because that means something — a commitment means something. So we need to continue to fight for this, we need to continue to remind our city and our mayor, respectfully, that this is something they committed to.” Councilman Stephen Levin

“I want to point out that this park is not a gift. It was a negotiated trade. It was a contract. It was a contract between the community and the city of New York. And this contract said, ‘you vote and support upzoning on the waterfront, and we will give you this park.’ It was a hard and fast agreement in exchange for the rezoning that has led to massive density and population increases. And if they do not follow through on this agreement, they’re telling communities all over the city that their word is worthless. That they cannot be believed or trusted.” State Rep. Carolyn Maloney

IMG_1917“I started in politics when we were talking about Bushwick Inlet Park. As an intern. And I stand here today as your Deputy Borough President, working with Eric Adams as your Borough President, committed to this 20-year plan, and committed to what is bringing dignity back to this community. Because I grew up not going to parks. Because in Williamsburg, when you went to a park, there would be a shootout. We are long past those days. We’ve worked hard to make sure we have a safer neighborhood. But it is not fair that after all that work, that we have to stand here again calling for the same negotiated contract that was already negotiated.” Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna

“Open space is as much of a [deciding factor] for people I know as to whether they can make a life here [as schools and property taxes]. It’s not a luxury we’re asking for. This is not a little cherry on top. This is part of what any person who ever thinks about the life and death of cities knows is a necessity when a city grows and changes.” State Senator Daniel Squadron

“A lot of people believe this is all about money. And I guess it is all about money, because either the Bloomberg administration or the de Blasio administration has said ‘we’re not gonna spend the money that’s necessary in order to give us a park.’…We’re not responsible for the cost of this park. This park could have been bought for pennies compared to what it costs today. The East River Park was purchased for $10 million. This park could have been purchased for less than $10 million back in 2005.” Assemblyman Joe Lentol

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Our Valentine’s Market is this Sunday (2/7)!! Preview our Vendors!!

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Poster design by Vivien Lee

So excited for our Valentine’s Market and can’t wait to introduce to our talented vendors!

The Deets: This Sunday, February 7, 2016 from (1-7pm) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

RSVP on Facebook to stay updated!

Activities (FREE):“Show love, it’s the Greenpoint way!” Photo Booth by Ben Shirai and graffiti backdrop designed by Miss V, Personalized stories by The Roving Typist, Nail Art by @Peenk!, Tarot Card Readings by Lindsay Myers, Henna Tattoos by Miss V, massages by Human@Ease, Face Painting by A Big Silly Guy !

Love jams, hip-hop, and old-timey tunes by DJ T*O*N*Y.

Refreshments: “Super Crush Gin & Juice” courtesy of Brooklyn Gin, Craft Beer by Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company + Coffee from Cafe Grumpy Coffee, and many more vendors serving sweet and savory food!!

More details on what’s in store for Sunday here.

We are proud sponsors of MOFAD (Museum of Food & Drink), who will join us for an educational food experience. GOS (Greenpoint Open Studios) will also be joining because we want to support local artists!

HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!!

We love you !
We love you !
Brooklyn Gin
Brooklyn Gin
CAFE GRUMPY
Cafe Grumpy
GP Beer & Ale
GP Beer & Ale
Greenpoint Loft
Greenpoint Loft
Over 60 vendors !
Over 50 vendors !
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8.6.4
Adelina's
Adelina’s
Ashby Candles
Ashby Candles
A Women's Thing Magazine
A Women’s Thing Mag
Centavo
Centavo
Chacana
Chacana
Circa Vintage House
Circa Vintage House
Crystal Chimera
Crystal Chimera
Deer Diary Vintage
Deer Diary Vintage
Dirty Mermaid Beauty
Dirty Mermaid Beauty
Elements Truffles
Elements Truffles
Ellude's Belizean Style
Ellude’s Belizean Style
Eir NYC
Eir NYC
Esme
Esme
fishcake design
fishcake design
GIVVVEN
GIVVVEN
The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen Bake Shop
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gspot
gspot
Gustavo's Salsa
Gustavo’s Salsa
H. Eckford Specialty Foods
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Haskieville
Haskieville
Heartell Press
Heartell Press
HORTENSIA HANDMADE
HORTENSIA HANDMADE
JestGreen
JestGreen
Jonathan Castro Designs
Jonathan Castro Designs
knittedbyELLA
knittedbyELLA
Koto
Koto
La Crepe Cest Si Bon
La Crepe Cest Si Bon
LLUBAV
LLUBAV
Libby VanderPloeg
Libby VanderPloeg
Little Treats
Little Treats
Lonewolf Vintage
Lonewolf Vintage
Mm
Mm
Morphologically
Morphologically
Mullein & sparrow
Mullein & sparrow
My Darlin'
My Darlin’
Ninja Bubble Tea
Ninja Bubble Tea
NoDa Design Studio, LLC
NoDa Design Studio, LLC
Pie Corps
Pie Corps
Positive Times
Positive Times
Prepaired
Prepaired
Puffed Sleeves
Puffed Sleeves
purlBknit
purlBknit
Queen Majesty Hot Sauce
QueenMajestyHotSauce
SAH-RAH
SAH-RAH
Samosa Shack
Samosa Shack
Sinclair Candle Co.
Sinclair Candle Co.
Squiddy Shop
Squiddy Shop
Ten 86
Ten 86
The Aspen Tree
The Aspen Tree
Titiluli
Titiluli
virginie millefiori
virginie millefiori
Walk the West
Walk the West
Wild Flower Child NYC
Wild Flower Child NYC
Yeah Dawg!!!
Yeah Dawg!!!
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