SoHo’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Comes to Greenpoint

photo credit: Camila Gutierrezh
photo credit: Camila Gutierrezh

Maman’s original SoHo cafe opened in early Fall 2014 without much fanfare. That is, until people tasted their Nutty Chocolate Chunk Cookie and that cookie alone should make you want to stop at their newest location at 80 Kent Street (between Franklin and West). Luckily, the southern-France-chic bakery has plenty of attention-worthy treats beyond the cookie to make it a welcome addition to our neighborhood!
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Summer Shakeup, Summer Thunder, Independence Day – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/29–7/05)

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

13424000_775790775890289_5977694055260702131_nWEDNESDAY 6/29
* Summer Shakeup @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 7:30pm, $16, Featuring Ezra Goh, Nicole von Arx and Dancers, Sarah Rose and Dancers, and many more, Buy tix
 Rocker Stalker Presents Rock for Orlando @ Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $10, With Courtesy Tier / Pussywolf / Marco With Love / Outernational, RSVP

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 Covers Night @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $10, With The Sweater Songs performing Weezer and The Chumps performing Green Day, More info
☺ The Dingleberry Theater Foundation @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 9pm, $10, Attendees of this interactive theatrical seminar will learn valuable office skills to optimize their performance in the workplace and their personal lives, More info

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Inside Adelina’s: Street Art, Tapped Wine, and Vegan Cuisine

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Toby Buggiani describes his 4-year-old wine bar and restaurant as “a tiny, quirky space” where he gets elbow-deep in pizza dough and fresh vegetables on the daily. It’s a quiet little nook in Greenpoint (159 Greenpoint Avenue) where the things he loves can thrive: inventive art, plant-based cuisine, natural wine, and an ethos rooted in simplicity.

Adelina’s is a fairly young restaurant, but its story began back in the 1980s between the street art scene in Greenwich village and a humble kitchen outside of Tuscany.

“Most of what we do here is rooted in my history and what I believe in. Art has a lot to do with that, actually,” Buggiani explains. “I was born in Italy, but we moved to New York City in the late 1970s for my father’s work as a painter, sculptor, and performance artist. I pretty much grew up in Greenwich village during the late 80s and early 90s surrounded by a lot of artists and musicians, friends of my parents and so on.” Continue reading

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A History of Greenpoint in 25 Buildings – P.S. 34

Screen shot 2016-05-26 at 5.33.47 PMP.S 34, also known as the Oliver Hazard Perry School, is more than an elegant old red brick school building on the corner of Norman Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard. Built in the gorgeous Romanesque Revival style, it is in fact the oldest continually used school building in New York and a New York City Landmark. According to some sources the school dates back to 1867 when it was designed by Samuel Leonard, the Superintendent of school buildings in the still independent city of Brooklyn. Leonard Street is in fact named after Superintendent Leonard. These were years when Greenpoint was growing fast. Leonard supervised another addition to the building in 1870 and another superintendent oversaw another addition in 1887-1888. Continue reading

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Baoburg Moves to Greenpoint

Back courtyard at Baoburg's new home in Greenpoint
Beautiful back courtyard at Baoburg’s new home in Greenpoint

Get excited, Greenpointers— your walk to some seriously delicious Asian fusion just got shorter. Baoburg has moved to our very own stretch of Manhattan Avenue (between Nassau and Driggs). Chef Suchanan Aksornnan (aka Chef Bao Bao) had been delighting patrons in Williamsburg since 2013, but was forced to move her restaurant as a result of Thor Equities’ new mixed-use building. The menu is inspired by a variety of Asian cuisines with some nods to Spanish and French cooking as well. The interior of the new location at is still quite small, but Baoburg gained a beautiful back courtyard in its new home. I recommend walking straight to this oasis to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and brick facades of the outdoor space you wish was your own. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Time Out of Mind (6/24 – 6/26)

Jimmy Gestapo from Murphy’s Law, shot before the advent of color photography.

Veteran hardcore punk bands are an odd thing. I’m thinking about the bands you listened to twenty years ago. The ones where you see their name in the concert listings and think, “They’re still around?”

Those type of bands are just not mainstream enough to land endorsement deals, multi-album recording contracts, or other obvious means of sustainability. It’s almost as if the doggedness and passion of their music carries them through hard years on the road.

Murphy’s Law, the hardcore band formed in 1982, pulls into The Grand Victory tonight (6/24) with just one remaining original member, but with the gravitas of a cultural mainstay. They’ve appeared in one of artist Matthew Barney’s Cremaster movies, and been featured in both Grand Theft Auto IV and Backyard Wrestling 2.

In another generational disconnect, Greenpoint metal institution St. Vitus puts on its grown-up clothes this weekend and hosts, of all things, a metal-themed flea market during the daytime. It’s your chance to engage in a little friendly haggling over the price of a replica blood-stained corpse. DJ Hellspell will establish the ambience.
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The City’s Offer to Purchase Last Piece for Promised Park Expires on August 8th

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Bushwick Inlet Park is 11 acres away from being realized and the city is trying to make good on the promise it made over a decade ago by its offer of $100 million to purchase the last remaining parcel of land.

Though owner of the CitiStorage site Norm Brodsky rejected this offer, there is still time to negotiate a deal – 45 days as of today. To put the pressure on closing the deal, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park along with local politicians and community organizations, are counting down the remaining days on a clock located on the corner of Kent Ave and North 14th Street.

The city’s offer expires on August 8th. Do you want to help push the deal for the promised park? Join the community to flip the numbers on the countdown clock weekdays at 8AM and 9AM on weekends. Or, sign this petition started by the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Youth Soccer League.

 

 

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Weekend Art Roundup: June 24-26

Secret Project Robot's final summer at Melrose.
Secret Project Robot’s final summer at Melrose.

Hey guys, welcome to Summer! If you’re anything like me you’re still vibing off this week’s cosmic combo of the full moon with the Summer Solstice. Ride that wave through Sunday if you can, with a few suggestions here…

But firstly, we have to tip our hat to the good folks at Secret Project Robot who recently announced that they’ll be leaving their space at Melrose Street at the end of the summer. “We’ve moved before, from Monster Island in Williamsburg to Bushwick, and we shall persevere, and move again… In many ways, We are ourselves to blame, we’ve helped to create a hipper safer neighborhood and higher rents, as so often do, have followed… ” They’re hosting a ton of events in the coming weeks, including a series of dance parties this weekend.

But wait! There’s more!

 

Per­form­ance artist Jake Dibel­er
Per­form­ance artist Jake Dibel­er
A DECAPITATION
Friday, June 24 – 7–10pm
Secret Project Robot | 389 Melrose St. | Bushwick
 
The new show by Jake Dibeler featuring Ms. William
“Per­form­ance artist Jake Dibel­er […] uses his unique brand of dis­arm­ing, semi-tra­gic hu­mor to sweep us along for the ride. Like a full-throated rendi­tion of your fa­vor­ite pop song in a sleazy bar, Dibel­er’s per­form­ances may have the ven­eer of na­ive op­tim­ism but they twang with the dis­son­ance of an emo­tion­al break­down.” -Philadelphia Weekly

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The Brooklyn Barge is Officially Open For Summer!

photo via @thebrooklynbarge Instagram
photo via @thebrooklynbarge/Instagram

Late last summer, Greenpoint got its own waterfront boozy destination when The Brooklyn Barge opened right off of Transmitter Park, and it quickly became the perfect spot for chill evenings on the water. Despite being closed for few weeks after Memorial Day weekend, they’re open and ready for business once again with local beers on tap and a revamped food menu. And it just was announced that they’ll be throwing a Fourth of July party for the Macy’s fireworks show!!
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North Brooklyn’s Trans Theatre Fest: Toxic and Heartfelt “Love Letters to Nobody, or Insignificant Others”

Graphic by Kevin Burke
Graphic by Kevin Burke

“Daily reminder: you’re spectacular.”

It’s refreshing when this quote returns in Maybe Burke’s one-person, self-explorative show. For sixty minutes Burke shares personal accounts both harrowing and poignant, so this motif, delivered downstage right every few anecdotes, becomes a welcome respite and window into Maybe’s world: As their motivational adjective of choice, “spectacular” does not connote one sex or another.

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