Coffee and Tea Festival in Greenpoint this Weekend

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Coffee Drinker? Tea Sipper? Probably.

Well, depending on the extent of your hot beverage appreciation, you may wish to get along to the 10th Annual Coffee and Tea Festival which is being held at the Brooklyn Expo Center this weekend.

The event will hold over 80 stall-holders including Greenpoint’s own Cafe Grumpy and Miss Tea Organics, all offering tastings and info about their brand. Throughout the weekend there will also be seminars on subjects such as the oxidation effects of green tea, home brewing, tea blending, and cold brew coffee.

But if you do go near the Expo Center this weekend, lookout for dodgy sidewalk parking along Oak and Franklin Streets which, according to Brooklyn Paper, has started to be an issue.

The event runs 11.30pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday at The Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street.
Tickets are $25 can be purchased here or on the door.
A special ‘VIP’ ticket costs $35 and includes early entrance and a goody bag.

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Happy Birthday Fanaberie! Party this Saturday (3/21) – FREE Wine & Snacks, Shopping Discounts, and Giveaway!

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Time Out New York’s Critic Pick, Fanaberie Boutique, is celebrating their fifth year in business with a party. Starting at 10 am on March 21st at 102A Nassau Ave in Brooklyn, there will be 20% off all new arrivals, a $100 giveaway, and complimentary wine and snacks.  RSVP here. Continue reading

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Birds of Paradise: Lee O’Conner Book Launch & Reception (3/20)

book_party_3-20_inviteLast year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lee O’Connor, an amazing Greenpoint photographer. This Friday, she’s celebrating the launch of her visceral, enigmatic portraits at Picture Farm Gallery. You’re invited!
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Save your Food Scraps! Composting is Coming to Greenpoint

Photo by Kate Hooker

Americans waste A LOT of food–35 million tons a year! In fact, we throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal, or glass. If that wasn’t scary enough, this disturbing trend is increasing each year. In NYC, approximately 35 percent of our garbage consists of discarded food. This is where the beauty of a city wide composting program comes into play.

A couple years ago, New York City set an ambitious goal of diverting 75 percent of trash from landfills by 2030. With food waste taking up such a big chunk of valuable landfill real estate, it’s no wonder the city wants to expand its composting programs. Lucky for us, Greenpoint is next on the list!

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Greenpoint Gallery Night, Frogbelly & Symphony, Brooklyn Nightlife Awards – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (3/18–3/24)

greenpointgallerynight_3-20-15__180Greenpoint Gallery Night @ Friday (3/20) 7pm, FREE, An ongoing effort to shed light on Greenpoint’s exceptional galleries, art organizations, and businesses that feature artwork.  Start your evening immersed in art while sampling tasty boozy libations along the way.  Check out our Art Crawl guide hereRSVP

 

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

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* Four Way Books Press Night
@ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Get to know Four Way Books with authors Daniel Wolff, Gregory Pardlo, Elizabeth T. Gray, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths, More info
♫ Frogbelly & Symphony Record Release @ Rough Trade (64 North 9th St) 8pm, $10, With Christina Courtin / Charming Disaster / Billy Cancel, More info
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Get Your Art Crawl On! Greenpoint Gallery Night is Happening this Friday! (3/20)

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There’s no better draw for a cool, fun-loving crowd than art and booze. Greenpoint Gallery Night, which we are once again media sponsors for, returns this Friday (3/20) from 7-10PM to bring this winning combo to our cozy little neighborhood.  Several local galleries and businesses open up their doors after normal operating hours to give Greenpoint the opportunity to start the evening immersed in art, while sampling tasty, boozy libations along the way. So join us in kicking off the weekend with great drinks in great company, while getting a glimpse of what the art world in Greenpoint has to offer!  RSVP here.

While each location is in close proximity to one another, we want to be sure to hit up every spot so have strategized a route for the most efficient art crawl.

Here’s our guide:

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Gasper & Son Neon Doc Premiering in Queens this Friday (3/20)

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[Carolina Ro Design created this chalk art “neon” sign for Gasper & Son.]

It’s true everybody is talking about Queens these days…

What does Greenpoint have to do with Queens!? Aside from bordering one another on the world’s most wonderfully polluted waterway, this amazing community came together to help produce a neon sign documentary called Gasper & Son. The film’s Directors and Editor and Director of Photography, Hannah Jayanti and Miguel Rodriguez, respectively both work and live in Greenpoint. Plus, the story of neon sign shop owner Robbie Ingui was shot in Queens, the film’s Director & Producer (and former Greenpointers owner) Jen G Pywell is from Queens and its NYC premier is this Friday at the Queens World Film Festival. 

And it’s about so much more than Queens! It’s about family, the struggle of being a small business in NYC, the challenges of keeping a hand craft alive – and did we mention neon!?

Check out the trailer here and if you are so inclined, please join the fun on Friday. You can buy tickets here. Please like Gasper & Son on Facebook. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen!

Side note: I am flying from Oregon to NYC for the weekend and aside from the half hour I will be in Queens, I will be spending the rest of my time eating my way through Greenpoint. Can’t wait to see you wonderful people!

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In Conversation with Daniel Burns: Greenpoint’s First Michelin Star Chef

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Last year, a small restaurant hidden behind a bar on Manhattan Avenue was awarded a Michelin star, the first one ever to be granted in Greenpoint.  The recipient of this accolade was Luksus, a relatively new restaurant headed up by chef and partner Daniel Burns, whose resume reads like a shortlist of the world’s finest eateries. After working at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in the UK, Daniel spent three years running the pastry department at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant frequently voted the best in the world. In 2010 he moved to NYC and opened the Momofuku test kitchen for David Chang. Having worked alongside so many iconic chefs, it’s little surprise that his first solo enterprise was an instant success.

Luksus was launched in July 2013, just months after the opening of Tørst, the artfully designed beer bar situated in front of the restaurant, of which Daniel is also a partner. Tørst is a collaboration with Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, gypsy brewer and founder of Evil Twin Brewing, who curates the beer program for the bar and also creates the beer pairing menu for Luksus

Last week Daniel and Jeppe celebrated Tørst’s two-year anniversary, and were greeted by lines around the block of ale aficionados hoping to join the party. We caught up with Daniel to hear about his Michelin star, cooking ‘Greenpoint food’ and his dreams of selling ice cream from a bicycle in McCarren park. Continue reading

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Vendors Wanted!! Spring Market 2015 (4/26)!

Hello Spring, we’re more than ready for you because this Winter took a giant frosty bite out of a lot of the fun.  So we’re gearing up to reignite it with our Spring Market on Sunday, April 26, 2015 (1-7PM).

RSVP to mark your calendars, invite your friends, and stay updated on our activities!

At this time, we are seeking all types of local vendors (food, artists, crafters, jewelers, potters, etc.) so apply here or directly in the form at the bottom of this post.

Are you a corporate level business, a distillery, or a business that is based out of the NYC area? Vendor tables are strictly reserved for local independent artisans and small businesses but you may qualify as a sponsor and can submit an application here.

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