BRC Homeless Shelter will NOT be getting 16 new Sex Offenders

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The controversial BRC homeless shelter at 400 McGuiness Blvd/149 Clay Street

 

Yesterday morning I received an email with the words WATCH OUT in big bold letters. Sitting in my inbox, like a sack of rotting onions, was a link to a New York Post article with this headline: Sex Offenders’ relocation to Greenpoint Infuriates Residents.

I blinked a couple times and continued reading as my shock and horror mounted with each sentence.

More than a dozen sex offenders were living in a Manhattan shelter prompted city officials to react—but all they did was move most of them to residential Greenpoint, sources said on Wednesday…The rapists, pedophiles, and other convicted sex criminals had been bunked up near schools and playgrounds at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter on East 30th Street in Kips Bay. They included serial sex offender, Rodney Stove, who was busted for a Manhattan bar rape…

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Don’t Miss the Last Night of The Hum: A Rare Evening of Musical Collaboration at Manhattan Inn

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© Photo by David Andrako. Rachael Pazdan (HYPNOCRAFT), Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket) , Sarah Pedinotti (LIP TALK), Kaila Mullady and Jordyn Blakely (Invisible Familiars).

People spill out of seats, onto steps and out through the doorframe of the back room of the Manhattan Inn. Lights low, tables topped with candlelight, the dark wooden room is warm and intimate. The gorgeous white baby grand is in its usual position under the chandelier draped with cascading moss. But every Monday night in April, it shares the spotlight with instruments like the saxophone, violin, harp and drums, setting the stage for The Hum. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: A How-To Guide for Going Crazy at the Club

Mike Servito plays Output
Mike Servito plays Output

This weekend’s music picks are dedicated to our favorite dance and club music around town. We’ve also provided some advice about clubbing properly, sourced from some classic songs about the experience.

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Booklyn’s Marshall Weber on artists’ books & revolutionizing the art world (Part 1)

1_SignIn the nineties, Booklyn Artists Alliance would have been an interesting place in New York—in fact, it would have been just one of the many interesting places in this city that, at the time, was a thriving cultural and artistic mecca. But, after a decade and some change of Bloomberg-era destruction and loss, Booklyn is now more of a rarity. It’s an artist-founded and artist-run space in Greenpoint that is dedicated to the practice of distributing archives, artists books, and works on paper, as well as independent publishing, exhibiting Brooklyn-based artists, and hosting a series of educational lectures that are open to the public.

One of the thirteen original co-founders, and now the Directing Curator, Marshall Weber, recently spoke to Greenpointers about artists’ books, New York in the ’90s, and how the Internet forever changed the art world. Continue reading

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A Peep Inside Cacao Market : A Place Where Chocolate Dreams Come True

shelves_3_cacao_market_greenpoint_rosiedebelgeonneGreenpoint: home to craft brewers, small-batch ice cream makers, and luxury tea ateliers. And just when we thought things couldn’t get any more up-market, along comes the cherry on the top in the form of an artisanal chocolate shop.

Cacao Market opened this week on Guernsey street and is the newest venture by Maribel Lieberman, the Honduras-born owner of Soho’s chocolate boutique MarieBelle New York.

The new Greenpoint store is housed beneath the existing MarieBelle chocolate factory, which has been quietly churning out sweet treats since 2004. When the downstairs space recently became available it seemed the perfect opportunity to open a Brooklyn outlet. Continue reading

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Sculpture lost on India Street. Anyone take it?

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Attention dumpster divers, sidewalk scavengers, and lovers of cool rusted metal objects! Anyone see this sculpture? It was accidentally thrown out over the weekend and its owners desperately want their wedding gift back.

This past Sunday, April 18th, the sculpture was last seen alongside a heaping pile of garbage bags at 180 India Street. The landlord of the building did some spring cleaning in the backyard and mistakenly tossed out the sentimental object of art.

The sculpture is approximately 18-24 inches high. It is mostly brown rusty-metal on a rocking base. The top of the sculpture is a yellow iron piece that looks kind of like a “Pac-man” head. It is pretty heavy.

The owners of the sculpture are offering a $100 reward for its safe return. If you picked it up or know the person who did, please contact Kevin at (917) 444-2584.

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Johnny Rotten, Shoe Cocktail Party, Spring Circus Cabaret, Greenpointers Spring Market – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/22–4/28)

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Sunday, 4/26 (1-7PM)

Electric Wildflowers Bloom at the Greenpointers Spring Market @ Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl) 4/26 Sunday, 1-7PM,  Local shopping and delicious food, plus FREE fun activites: Nail Art, Massages, Face-Painting, and a Photobooth, Music curated by ALT CITIZEN.  Refreshments: Strawberry Gin courtesy of Brooklyn Gin, specialty craft beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale, coffee by Cafe Grumpy.  Complimentary chips by Kettle Brands and membership discounts by Enterprise CarShare RSVP

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

11084048_10152877299049615_5425151105970872138_oWEDNESDAY 4/22
# Wine & Cheese Tasting @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 5:30pm, $18, A pairing of four Eastern District cheese and four Adelina’s wines, More info
Or, the Whale @ Word (126 Franklin St) 6:30pm, FREE, Threadbare Theatre Workshop presents a staged reading of its new adaptation of Moby-Dick, RSVP
* Buying into Brooklyn @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 7:30pm, $10, Brooklyn Based presents a crash course on everything you need to know about buying a home in this incredibly competitive market, Buy tix

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Who loves Short-Nosed Doggies? We do!! Visit Rescue Org S.N.O.R.T at the Spring Market (4/26)

Samwise, a Boston Terrier/Pekingese mix is looking for a forever home
Samwise, a Boston Terrier/Pekingese mix is looking for a forever home!

Starting this upcoming Spring Market, we are donating a table to non-profit organizations whose cause we want to support. We love all the furballs in our hood so when S.N.O.R.T (Short Noses Only Rescue Team) reached out to join us, we were like “hell yeah”! Continue reading

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The Spring Market is Happening this Sunday (4/26)!!! Preview our Vendors!!

April 26 (1-7PM) @Greenpoint Loft 67 West St, 5th Fl

We are having so much fun getting ready for our Spring Celebration this coming Sunday where Electric Wildflowers will bloom!

Since last week, there’s been a few exciting new additions including fresh music selections amplified by Supercrush Studio and curated by new music blog ALT CITIZEN, who is also joining the market to sell zines.  In addition, Kettle Brands will be present to give out complimentary bags of chips to our guests!

We are super thrilled about the talented vendors who will be selling incredibly creative stuff.  Take a look at just some of the many items and food that will be on sale this Sunday!

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Famous Greenpointer: Henry Miller

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A portrait of North Brooklynite, Henry Miller – illustrated by Rebecca Clarke

Henry Miller, born in Yorkville Manhattan in 1891, is a writer closely associated with place, but the places tend not to be New York City. Paris, Greece and Big Sur, California, home to his memorial library, are all places in time that Miller beautifully captured with his pen. But New York? In Tropic of Cancer, he writes, “When I think of this city where I was born and raised, this Manhattan Whitman sang of, a blind, white rage licks my guts. New York!” He continues with a dated and rather bigoted list of all he hates about that island, finishing with more timeless things to hate about the city: “above all, the ennui, the monotony of faces, streets, legs, houses, skyscrapers, meals, posters, jobs, crimes, loves . . .” Clearly, there was no love lost between Miller, and this great city of ours. Were we looking to draw connections between the Big Apple and Miller, it would seem we’d be best off turning to the Season 3 episode of Seinfeld that centered around an old copy of Tropic of Cancer and taught us to properly respect the library: Continue reading

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