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Alex Cook Paints Two Exquisite Murals For Greenpoint

All images courtesy of Alex Cook
1077 Manhattan Avenue © All images courtesy of Alex Cook

You may have noticed that Greenpoint now has two new murals—at 1043 and 1077 Manhattan Avenue—thanks to Boston native and muralist Alex Cook, who recently painted both out of love for the neighborhood (and crowd-sourced the funding himself to do it). “While I was working on both of them, I got tons of feedback from the neighbors,” Cook said. “It was universally pretty good.”

At 1043, Cook’s mural depicts a surreal, three dimensional space with a young tree and balancing and floating boulders. Down the block at 1077,  a series of heads with broad foreheads and strong jaws seem to be floating in front of the wall, looking passers-by in the eye. “The thing that was compelling to me about these images was the three dimensionality of it and being able to make an image that feels real,” said Cook. “One of the things I love the most as an artist is being able to create a sense of wonder or something mysterious that stops you in your tracks and makes you have a moment of ‘I don’t know everything.'”

Greenpointers recently caught up with Cook to talk about his eighteen year career as a muralist, his creative process, and his love of north Brooklyn.

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‘Lobster Corn Dog’ Lands at Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co.

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NEW (POTENTIAL) CULT  FOOD ITEM ALERT!! 

This Fourth of July Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. will launch a spanking new menu item…the Lobster Corn Dog!

For $15 you’ll get half a tail of Maine lobster deep fried in corn dog batter, served on a stick with tarragon- lemon aioli, sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning and served with wedge cut French fries and coleslaw.  Cor.

Apparently there’ll only be a limited quantity available each day so the dish will be available on a first come first serve basis. Here’s hoping Greenpoint Fish doesn’t go all Dominique Ansel on us!

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster is at 114 Nassau Avenue (at Eckford Street). They open daily from noon.

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Happy Birthday Dear Diamond… (7/02)

Diamond_BirthdayNeighborhood favorite The Diamond is turning eight this week and you’re invited to their party!

On Thursday they will be celebrating their Eighth Anniversary in style with the return of eight of their favorite draft beers from throughout Diamond’s lifetime. Between 5-8pm these will all be half-price, so the likes of Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Local Option Dampfbier, and Schneider Weisse can all be quaffed for a mere $4 a pint. Happy Birthday indeed.

But the party doesn’t stop here. Saturday July 4th they will be hosting their famous Independence Day Grill Out….where $5 gets you a giant bratwurst with potato salad and watermelon, accompanied by a rad patio soundtrack from vinyl junkies Jackson Mico and Proudfoot.

While you’re there be sure to have a quick round of shuffleboard and if you’re rilly good then think about signing up to the monthly tournaments…winners get their name on the esteemed plaque of fame!

Diamond Bar is at 43 Franklin Street.

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The Java Project Debuts New Greenpoint Art Space

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All images © Rachel Effendy

A new art-focused event space called WORA has opened in northeast Greenpoint.

Founded by Java Studios and Dakota Sica, who is the director of The Java Project gallery located at Java Studios, WORA (short for the JavaScript coding “write once, run anywhere”) seeks to provide a platform for experiential alternative art.

“The Java Project envisions WORA as an outdoor initiative aimed to support artists and the artistic community through a range of cultural events and outreach,” Sica said. “Some of the programming will include film screenings, outdoor sculpture exhibitions, book fairs, performance festivals, and sound experimentation.”

WORA’s first event this past Saturday took place in The Java Project’s spacious, relaxed outdoor courtyard, where participants lounged amongst abstract discoball art pieces, watched performance art, and danced under fabric canopies to dj’s like duo Soul 2 Seoul, who spin house, techno and disco.

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Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis Opens Event Space and Mega-Restaurant on Driggs Avenue

Piggies_The_Hall_Greenpoint_Rosie_de_BelgeonneThere’s something about the segment of Driggs Avenue between N 10th and N 11th streets that attracts a different type of business from other blocks in the area.

First came Fushimi, a super-sized, super-shiny sushi joint that boasts the lingering spirit of a 90s lounge bar. Now, on the opposite side of the street there has sprung up a new mega-restaurant called MP Taverna, the fourth in a string of Greek establishments of the same name, spear-headed by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis.

Psilakis has become known for his appearances on a host of  cooking shows such as Iron Chef America and Ultimate Recipe Showdown, but his real kudos came about in 2008 when a Michelin star was awarded to Anthos, an upmarket restaurant he started in midtown Manhattan.

Seven years on and Psilakis is bringing his celebrated Greek food to Brooklyn. Less high-end than Anthos, MP Taverna aims to provide a contemporary take on the traditional Greek tavern, with a focus on mezze dishes that can be shared family style.

Next door to MP Taverna is Psilakis’ next venture called ‘The Hall Brooklyn‘, a giant events venue whose recent opening heralded a flashy party, complete with cordoned-off entrance line and bouncers with earpieces. Continue reading

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Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, Vince Staple close out Northside ’15

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Last weekend, the Northside Festival at 50 Kent finished off with an all-star show featuring Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, and Vince Staples. Right as the doors opened, the crowd found its way into the venue and Vince Staples kicked it off with great energy, playing some unreleased tracks off his debut album, expected to hit June 30th.

Then Brooklyn based Sleigh Bells, took the stage amplifying the crowds energy from where Vince left off. Not only did they come out to rock, but they came out to have a good time. This is one band you can clearly see enjoy playing the music they create.  Continue reading

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Dakota Kim Debuts ‘Poseidon’s Children’ at Brooklyn AirSpace

Sister Selva performs under the sea at Brooklyn AirSpace c/o Sam Polcer

From the outside, it looked like just another two-story brick building, hunkered between a hardware store and a deli on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. People were drinking at Allswell or Mugs down the street, unaware that behind the grey metal door of this building, Ursula, daughter of Poseidon, had descended, bringing with her sultry sirens, belly dancing mermaids, bioluminescent poi creatures, and all sorts of singing sailors and seafarers.

As some people continued to drink at Allswell, others entered into Ursula’s kingdom inside the unassuming building—where merman hoop artists and aerialists in glowing fishnets performed within feet of the crowd, where musicians played on a stage just a step away from the audience, where the currency was seashells and the air almost smelled salty if you used your imagination.

Ursula was in fact the nightlife queen Sophia Urista, and the two-day kingdom inside the aerial loft known as The Brooklyn AirSpace was the brainchild of Dakota Kim, a Brooklyn-based events producer, and Shalva Wise, one of the AirSpace’s three co-founders. Recently, Greenpointers caught up with Dakota to ask the important questions. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Barge Bar Set to Open Soon!

brooklyn_barge_bar_view_greenpoint_rosie_de_belgeonneThe long anticipated Brooklyn Barge Bar is looming ever closer on our horizons.

Although not yet open for business, the barge itself will take up its new position near Transmitter Park later this week.

Despite initial opposition from neighbors and the local community board, a liquor license was finally granted on June 2nd, much to the delight of bar manager and co-owner Will Drawbridge.

Waiting on the liquor license has held up the opening process a little, but Will tells us that they are currently hoping to be up and running by the end of June. Continue reading

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A Hermit, A Rat Slayer, Dull Men, A Green Card Hopeful, Newbies, Cuddle Connection Customers: Protagonists of Brooklyn Film Festival Documentary Shorts

Q/A with filmmakers of six documentary shorts in the Brooklyn Film Festival

Northside Film Festival starts June 8, but if you are a cinephile, you don’t have to wait until then to feast your senses on what’s new. This is the last weekend of the Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) and two main venues for the films are in North Brooklyn: Windmill Studios (300 Kingsland Ave, Greenpoint) and Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg). There is no shortage of stories to be seen and heard. Here are the schedules for Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

There are 23 selections in the documentary shorts category this year. The six documentary shorts reviewed below are worth the watch tonight in their encore presentation (runtime total of 77 minutes altogether). They play at 10:30pm at Windmill Studios. Tickets are $13. Continue reading

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‘Brooklyn 664 Wine & Dine’ Replaces CinaMoon on Manhattan Avenue

wine_dine_greenpointNot long ago there was a restaurant at 664 Manhattan Avenue called CinaMoon. Polish Ambassador Witold Sobków once cited it as one of the best places for traditional Polish food in NYC and although I’d meant to visit I had never actually gotten around to it.

Recently I walked past and saw that CinaMoon had closed and the signage had changed to an eighties-tastic ‘Wine & Dine’. The new restaurant was yet to open but as I peered through the window a guy came out and introduced himself as Alex. I asked him what kind of food it was going to be. “Modern American” he said,  adding “we’re going to have the best food in Greenpoint”. Continue reading

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