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The NRIs at the Pine Box Rock Shop

The NRIs at the Pine Box Rock Shop.Seven out of eight rockers agree: “kids are the new rock,” said Collin Cogan, drummer of Washington, DC-based band, The NRIs, as we ate spinach dumplings and jalapeño poppers at Koda in Bushwick. The NRIs were on a mini-tour promoting their album “Playground/The Charm,” a folk-rock record exploring themes of permanence. Their show at the Pine Box Rock Shop on Saturday night was their first set outside of the DC metro area – ever – and they left behind a brood. Between the eight members of the band, they have seven kids and two of the band members are expecting. Cogan’s wife is pregnant with a girl. Continue reading

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Edenworks Pioneers Commercial Aquaponics in Bushwick

IMG_20150317_193518On a cold day in March, the snow is already coming down thick when I emerge from the subway at the Montrose L stop in Bushwick. Somewhere near here, there is a rooftop greenhouse named Edenworks, and its three co-founders—Jason Green, Ben Silverman, and Matt La Rosa—have it up and running as a modular aquaponics laboratory-farm.

By the time I find the metal doorway of 234 Johnson Avenue, my shoes are soaked. A sign directs me a few feet down to another door that is abutted by a high gate on one side. I ring the doorbell and wait a few seconds before Jason arrives with a coffee mug in hand. He is wearing glasses, a thick sweater, and a big smile. We are standing in the middle of a snowstorm. “Aren’t you cold?” I ask. “I’m okay,” Jason says. “I have layers.”
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Eight Brilliant Painters with Studios in Greenpoint

Too cold to go outside for a slice of pizza? Too cold to even think of going out to a gallery? Greenpointers has you covered on the art end with this list of eight brilliant artists who have studios in Greenpoint. Feast your eyes on:

"aphrodite (rising)," oil on canvas, 20" x 28" (2014) ©Sadie Rebecca Starnes

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Celebrating the Future Environmental Stewards of Greenpoint

What was there to celebrate on a freezing cold evening in the heart of winter in Greenpoint? The kickoff of the Greenpoint Eco Schools program, which was recently awarded funding from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

To celebrate the funding and the beginning of the program, the National Wildlife Federation invited community members to Cafe Edna’s on Nassau Avenue for drinks and delicious snacks. Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, principals from participating schools, local environmental groups, representatives from City Councilmember Stephen’s Levin’s office, and the GCEF were all on hand to join the night’s festivities. Continue reading

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In conversation with: Loving You (Tuesday show @Trash Bar)

Chris Lancaster & Alison Clancy of Loving You ©All images courtesy of Loving You

Starting March 1st, Trash Bar will be no more. “We can’t afford to stay in Williamsburg,” the bar’s booking agent, Walter Stack, has said. “Our rent is going to quadruple and that’s out the question.” One of the last bands to play at the legendary venue this month is extraordinary duo Loving You, comprised of composer-cellist Chris Lancaster and dancer-vocalist Alison Clancy. Greenpointers caught up with both in their Williamsburg apartment this weekend as they fried bacon for lunch… Continue reading

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The Gross World of Food Warehouses

In the back of my mind I kind of know restaurants are disgusting, I just choose not to think about it because I need to eat. Even a fancy “A” rated restaurant has some seriously gross stuff going on. Restaurant grades are dolled out based on health code violations; an A restaurant can have no more than 13 points in their most recent inspection. For example, if a restaurant is found to have an ill employee in the kitchen they receive 10 points for the violation. So, an inspector can go to a restaurant, witness a sick person handling your food and that restaurant can still earn a top health rating. If you were eating while reading this article, go ahead and stop right now.

An opossum recently spotted in Greenpoint that I assume is freely allowed in our food storage facilities.

As gross as some aspects of eating out can be, a lot happens to your food before it even gets to your favorite restaurant. But don’t worry, Senator Chuck Schumer has added better food regulation to his plate.

Senator Schumer is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review its policies and increase the amount of inspections to food distributors after discovering nasty stuff going on at a food distribution company based in Greenpoint. As reported in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the New Yung Wah Trading Co. headquarters, located at 311 Richardson Street, has big vermin control and storage problems at some of its warehouses. Continue reading

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Spotlight On: The Java Project

The Java Project, a new gallery and project space, will open this February. © The Java Project

Long in the shadow of neighboring Bushwick and Williamsburg, Greenpoint’s artistic community is getting a lift thanks to a new gallery and project space set to open in February. Boasting a new 250 square foot gallery plus 400 square feet of outdoor space, The Java Project will feature 12 exhibitions a year and additional programming. Last week, I sat down with The Java Project’s founder and director, Dakota Sica, to learn more. Continue reading

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On view now at Figureworks Gallery: “Without/Color,” Part 1

"Without/Color," Part 1 at Figureworks Gallery ©All images courtesy of Figureworks

There is a gem of a gallery tucked away on the second floor of a quiet, four-story brownstone on 168 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, just off busy Bedford Avenue: Figureworks. And, inside this gallery right now, there is an exhibition of watercolors, drawings, and sculptures that is entirely “void of color.” The effect is transporting in such a way that the gallery seems like a separate world entirely, removed from the cityscape outside and, thus, a perfect respite for those in pursuit of silence and inspiration. Greenpointers recently caught up with gallery Director Randall Harris to discuss this exhibition, “Without/Color” (Part 1). Continue reading

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“Save the Palestine” Water Tower is Now Just Grey

The iconic water tower, now grey ©Ona Abelis

First, 5 Pointz was shut down to make way for a new complex of gleaming residential high-rises. Then, Domino Sugar factory was salvaged for “industrial artifacts” ahead of developers’ plans to raze the buildings and create a “mini-neighborhood of apartments, offices and parks.” Now, this past weekend, another Brooklyn icon went silently in the night—Greenpoint’s famous steel water tower, inscribed with the Polish flag on one side and “Save the Palestine” on the other, was painted over with a coat of grey. Continue reading

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Greenpoint is in the World’s First Instagram Photobook

"This just happened," Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Taken on 10 January 2014 by @benlowy. © Benjamin Lowy/Out Of The Phone

Yes, Greenpoint! The world’s first book of Instagram photographs, Out of the Phone, includes a snap taken in our neighborhood earlier this year by American photojournalist Benjamin Lowy.

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