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Edward Lycett – Greenpoint’s Greatest Porcelain Artist

Edward Lycett
Edward Lycett

Greenpoint has produced many fine artists and artisans, but few achieved the renown of Edward Lycett, who is considered “the pioneer of China painting in America.” He worked at a celebrated Greenpoint ceramics firm called The Faience Manufacturing Company, which was located on the corner of Greenpoint and West Street in a building that now houses Red Star. Faience earned acclaim for producing ornamental pieces that created a new standard of excellence in American ceramics.

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Gastronaut: Kielbasa

various kielbasa
various kielbasa (from left to right): various kabanosy, weselna, mysliwska, wiejska, krajana, kiszka, parowki, parowki drobiowe, krakowska, jalowcowa; photo © Gordon Lingley

Taste, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the new Greenpointers food series Gastronaut. Its continuing mission: to explore strange, new ingredients; to seek out new flavors and new techniques; to boldly go where no food has gone before.

Grilling season is upon us and, since Greenpoint is home to at least seven meat markets, it’s high time you upped your grilling game.

Walking into a Polish meat market can be a bit overwhelming. For starters, most, if not all, of the signage is in Polish and, at least in my experience, not everyone behind the counter speaks English. Don’t be discouraged. With a little patience and this decoder key, you’ll be the star of your summer bbq or picnic in the park. Continue reading

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A History of Greenpoint in Twenty-Five buildings: The Mansion House

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The Mansion House is not just part of Greenpoint history, but also of baseball history. The colonial era house, near today’s Engert Street, was the home of the fabled Greenpoint baseball club, the Eckford Club. Many baseball historians claim that the Mansion House was first ever clubhouse in baseball history! Certainly the Eckfords, who played for many years on the grounds of the mansion etched their names into baseball history, but first, here’s a little bit about the house.

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Sunday: ZineFriends Zine Fest

ZineFest in Greenpoint, BK
ZineFest in Greenpoint, BK

While you’re bopping around this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios stop by ZineFriends at Tender Trap at 66 Greenpoint Ave. on Sunday.

“Dude, sounds cool,” you say. “Who’s all gonna be there?”

“Some real cool dudes are gonna be there,” I say. “Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Desert Island Comics, Killer Acid, Wizard Skull…” Continue reading

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Get Yo’ Art On: Greenpoint Open Studios is This Weekend!

Greenpoint Open Studios 2016Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) kicks off tonight and goes all weekend (April 29-May 1), celebrating Greenpoint’s rich pool of artistic talent. From paintings to sculptures, video to photography, weaving and textiles to ceramics and more, there are seasoned artists to honor and emerging artists to be discovered among more than 350 who will open up their studio spaces to the public.

GOS2014_Visitors_670pxIt’s an uncurated free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills.

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Thursday Spotlight: A. Brian McDonald & Sara C. Sun

A. Brian McDonald, Wood Panel , 2013 Collage, Gouache, Pastel (8.5 inches x 11 inches)
A. Brian McDonald, Wood Panel , 2013
Collage, Gouache, Pastel (8.5 inches x 11 inches)

This week we’re spotlighting two neighborhood artists participating in Greenpoint Open Studios this weekend: A. Brian McDonald and Sara C. Sun. Their styles may be different, but their work is equally captivating.

 

Sara C Sun, Night, 2012. Single-channel video, 2:37
Sara C Sun, Night, 2012. Single-Channel video, 2:37

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Greenpoint’s Gorgeous Little Secret: The Karcher Salon & Spa

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The Karcher’s adorbs back patio.

From the outside, The Karcher is an unassuming, if not extremely charming-looking salon. But inside, past the hair parlor and through the back door the space opens up to a sunny back garden. Owner Nackie Karcher tells me she got married in the garden, and it’s clear why. The space, private and enclosed with climbing vines feels tucked away, a gorgeous little secret. And that’s exactly the vibe of The Karcher salon and spa itself. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2016 Walking Tour #3: Greenpoint’s Alphabet City

As you know, Greenpoint’s West/East running streets are named in alphabetic order from North to South, starting with “B” for Box Street “A” for Ash Street. This art walk, at less than a mile, takes you criss-crossing through Greenpoint’s “alphabet city” to visit five artists participating in this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios.

Walking Tour #3: Greenpoint's Alphabet City
Walking Tour #3: Greenpoint’s Alphabet City

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2016 Walking Tour #1: One Stop, Dozens of Studios

The Pencil Factory / Pencil Works at 61 Greenpoint Ave, featuring 18 open studios and a group exhibition
The Pencil Factory / Pencil Works at 61 Greenpoint Avenue

If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck at this year’s Greenpoint Open Studios, you can rely on the studio-rich block of Greenpoint Avenue between Franklin and West. If you’re short on time or not up for a stroll around the neighborhood, head straight for The Pencil Factory at 61 Greenpoint Avenue. Continue reading

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Frankel’s: A Modern Jewish Deli Grows in Brooklyn

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Frankel’s storefront, via Facebook

In honor of Passover, which begins this Friday at sundown, it felt only fitting to take a closer look at Frankel’s, the newly opened delicatessen and appetizing shop at 631 Manhattan Ave.

It’s not to say the iconic delis of yesteryears can’t cut it anymore, but there’s clearly been a revival written about aplenty everywhere from The New York Times to Bon Appétit Magazine. But what Frankel’s offers is more than just a good brisket — it’s a modern, younger take on old school dining. Continue reading

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