Recipes Gone Wild: Grandma Ethel’s No-Bake Chocolate Matzo Layer Cake

 

Drop those yeasted baked goods, my friends, because tonight Passover begins! This very important week on the Jewish calendar, sometimes referred to as the “season of freedom” (what could be better?!?) and “festival of  the matzo,” is a sacred commemoration of the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery by the Egyptians 3,300 years ago. So in honor of Passover, I’m cookin’ with Matzo, that blank-canvas of a cracker—thin, crunchy, and, toasty, ready to absorb any flavor combo you throw it’s way .  While talking to Greenpointer’s own Gina Pollack at our Spring Market yesterday, she described to me this chilled, no-bake chocolate matzo cake that her Grandma, Ethel Harvey, used to make for the family…and I new we had to share it! Continue reading

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Kingsland Coladas + Spring Shopping Today (4/13)

The weather finally turned gorgeous just in time for our Spring Market today. On your Sunday stroll head over to 67 West St, 5th Fl – a 6,000 sq. ft. sun lit loft (with rooftop access) filled with over 70+ craft, art, makers and plenty of food vendors! Public hours today: 1-7pm.

Make sure to get crafty, get your nails did AND a portrait in our blossoming photo booth upstairs in the loft!

Our bar will proudly serve Brooklyn Brewery beer, Greenhook Ginsmith Kingsland Coladas, Kombucha Brooklyn, Adelina’s Rice Balls and Cafecito Bogotá Empanadas.

See you later…

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Brooklyn Brewery
Carpingo
Brooklyn Makers
Greenhook Ginsmiths
Cafe Grumpy
Kombucha Brooklyn
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Shows Tonight and New Brooklyn Music Videos

There is a whole slew of new music videos shot in Greenpoint or by Greenpoint artists that I want to share with you. Also a cool song. Also some shows you should check out tonight. So let’s get right to it, shall we?

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Doggie Playgroup in McGolrick Park Begins this Saturday! (4/12)

Doggie Playgroup Starts this Saturday!

If your dog (ahem or you) are looking for some fun and positive socializing, then head over to McGolrick Park Dog Run this Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm for Doggie Playgroup! All breeds and ages are welcome, but there is a size/weight limit – under 20lb. Oh and don’t bring any bitches in heat. All dogs must be spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and not aggressive.  Continue reading

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The Art of Being Honest: “Alternate Landscapes” & “Werner Herzog Eats A Sandwich”

Artist Maj Anya DeBear at The One Well

On a recent Friday night I visited two art shows that both opened on Greenpoint Ave. Both artists, Maj Anya DeBear and  Roxanne Palmer mentioned that honesty was one driving force behind their recent artworks. While being true to oneself creatively in a hard to please art world is difficult to attain, the resulting satisfaction and confidence that came through made for two stand-out openings on either side of McGuinness Blvd. Continue reading

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“Nirvana” THE BAND in Greenpoint Last Night!

Nirvana at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint - Photo @brooklynvegan

When I get up in the wee morning and do a quick #greenpoint search on Twitter, I’m prepared for anything – fires, hit and runs, and other horrible things – but thankfully my jaw drop this am wasn’t cause by a tragedy – unless missing out on a celebrity PACKED show at Saint Vitus Bar, with Joan Jett singing for Nirvana is a tragedy in your world.  Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – An Abundance of Nominations!

Before we reveal the final interview in our Women’s History Month series (yes, a roll-over from March ,but worth the wait!), we want to shine a spotlight on the excellent reader nominations we received but weren’t able to connect with in person for interviews. These are some Greenpoint women we should all know about:

Jennifer Fiore & Nina Lalli, MONDAYS Projects
Nominated by their friend Nicole, Jennifer and Nina originally met in a Monday night ceramics class and now share a studio in Greenpoint where they make beautiful pieces by hand. MONDAYS ceramics can be found at Joinery, Warm, Spina, Mrs. Robertson/Gabriela de la Vega, and at BRIKA. Jennifer and Nina have also crafted custom plates and cups for the dining room at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin, Ovenly

Erin (left) and Agatha (right) - courtesy of Ovenly

Nominated by an adoring stranger, who shared: “I’d like to nominate Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin from Ovenly. It’s one of my favorite places in the neighborhood, and I’m happy to support local businesses. I actually don’t know them, so this is not a very personal nomination…but I enjoyed reading about their business and love visiting their little bakery.” Note to that reader: they were honored to hear of your nod to them! Continue reading

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Greenpoint Cheap Eats Diaries Volume II: Chinese Musician

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Lunchtime Feast at Chinese Musician

Last week Gina and I set out on a mission to find great local eats that would set us back no more than $7 per person. After kicking things off with a supremely wallet-friendly breakfast at Peter Pan’s, this week we decided to seek out a dirt-cheap lunching spot.

We got word that Chinese Musician (151 Greenpoint Avenue) does a lunch special for a mere $6.50. This allows you to choose a soup, a rice and an entrée from a list of 33 dishes (or 43 options if you’re feeling flush enough to spring an extra dollar). This was obviously a very exciting prospect for us.

On Saturday afternoon we slid into a sunny window booth and, before we’d even ordered, our hosts greeted us with iced water, a pot of green tea, a big bowl of savory bites and a sweet chili dipping-sauce. For free. We suspected we were onto a good thing. Continue reading

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Bird of Paradise: Lee O’Connor Photography

Birds of Paradise Series © Lee O'Connor

Lee O’Connor is pretty dope. Her photography chronicles a myriad, multi-layered look at women. The gaze is deep, with a attention to the complicated intricacies of identity, along with influences from high fashion and street culture.

Lee launched an indiegogo campaign to fund her latest project: a book, Birds of Paradise. In the description, she states: “This is a 64 page, softcover book, with 30 of my favorite portraits that I’ve taken since I began the series. This project is very close to my heart, and I’m really excited to share these images with the world.” With such beautiful and breathtaking photography, it’s a book that needs to be made. The campaign ends on 4/18.

I spoke with Lee about her impressive work, creating art, and living in Greenpoint.
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