Down to Earth Farmer’s Market Vendor Profile: Full Circle Farms

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The 2014 market season marks the debut of Full Circle Farm, both as a farming endeavor and as a vendor with Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park and Cooper Park farmers markets. Shelle Bailey and Jesse Mandel run Full Circle Farm in Dutchess County, NY, and this summer is the first time the couple has ever sold their produce at a farmers market.

Devotees of thoughtfully cultivated food can find Full Circle Farm every Sunday at Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market. It takes place at the park, on Maspeth Avenue at Olive Street, from 11 am to 4 pm every week through Sunday, November 23rd. We recently sat down with Shelle as she shared about the adventures that led to Full Circle Farm. Continue reading

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Crystal Jukebox Hymn, Mini-Zine Fest, Out in the Streets – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/23–7/29)

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

WEDNESDAY 7/23
SummerScreen @ McCarren Park (North 12th & Bedford Ave) 6pm, FREE, John Waters’ cult classic Cry-Baby, with music before the film from Man Forever and White Suns, More info
* International Film Fest @ Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd) 7pm, FREE, Screening of Umberto D., a neorealist masterpiece from De Sica, More info
* Poker Philanthropy
 @ TBD Brooklyn (224 Franklin St) 7:30, FREE, Twenty-seat Texas Hold ‘Em tournament to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, More info

THURSDAY 7/24
# Wine & Cheese Tasting @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 6pm, $16, Join Eastern District for a pairing of three wines with three cheeses, RSVP 
* Friendship
 Book Release
 @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Word Bookstore hosts the release party for Emily Gould’s debut novel, RSVP
* What Should Be the Fear?
@ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 8pm, $5, A one-man show where the Speare Bearer will perform his unique and bizarre Shakespeare repertoire, RSVP

FRIDAY 7/25
♦ Defying Gravity
 @ Java Studios Gallery (252 Java St, #308) 6pm, FREE, Opening reception for Debra Drexler, More info
* If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time 
@ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Morley, a Los Angeles-based street artist that specializes in bold, typographic wheatpaste posters, launches his new book, RSVP
* Films on the Green @ Transmitter Park (Greenpoint Ave) 7:30, FREE, Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents the action-comedy Le Magnifique, More info
♫ Crystal Jukebox Hymn
 @ Glasshouse (246 Union Ave) 8pm, Ten characters are woven together in a poetry-and-prose-driven performance, More info

SATURDAY 7/26
# Summer Luau, Pig Roast, and Dance Party @ Fitzcarraldo (195 Morgan Ave) $40, live surf rock and indie bands, hula dancers, a limbo contest, and more, Buy tix
* Mini-Zine Fest
 @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 2pm, FREE, The longest running zine fest in Brooklyn, RSVP
# Bushwick Beverages
 @ Troutman Street (449 Troutman St) 2pm, $20 adv / $30 day of, Mugs of beer, glasses of wine, plates of food, and tons of good music, Buy tix
* International Festival & Fashion Show @ Bushwick City Farm (354 Stockton St) 3pm, FREE, A day of international fashion and fun, food and drinks, RSVP
♫ 
Founders Luau
@ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 6pm, $30, Featuring authentic Hawaiian cuisine, Hula by Kaina Quenga and Hoaaloha, Mele (songs) by Dewi Maile Lim, and more surprises, Buy tix

SUNDAY 7/27
* Glittering Realms: A Walking Tour of Greenpoint
 @ St. Anthony’s Church (Manhattan Ave & Milton St) 10am, $25, Join Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman for an exploration of Newtown Creek, More info
♫ Out in the Streets Festival
@ Onderdonk House (18-20 Flushing Ave) 1pm, $15, With Body Language / Not Blood Paint / Psychic Twin / Starlight Girls, More info
* Guernica Mag Summer Benefit @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 2pm, $20, Help Guernica celebrate their 10th anniversary, RSVP
* Invasion Ecology
 @ Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 3:30, $10, Join artist Ellie Irons of Genspace for a tour of the wild world of Brooklyn weeds, Buy tix
Because the Guilt Is So Great @ Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) 6pm, $3–$10 suggested, individual chapels will be created inside the century-old church with themes ranging from Americana via Texas trick-riding, second hand memories of Cuba, identity construction/disappearance through technology, and more,

MONDAY 7/28
♫ Silent Rider @ Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) 8pm, $8, With Wolvves / Young Heel, Buy tix
♫ Pop-Gun Presents
 @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30, $10, With Behaviors / My Body / Decent Lovers / Jesse Cooper Levy, Buy tix

TUESDAY 7/29
* Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Anya Ulinich presents her darkly comic graphic novel, RSVP

♫ JMC Aggregate Presents
 @ Palisades (906 Broadway) 8pm, $7, With The Gradients / The Doozies / Palm / Washer, RSVP

* Greenpointers Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
☺Comedy Event
# Foodie Event

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Going, Going, Gone…Greenpoint Sludge Tank Is History

Photo courtesy of Kim M.

Well Greenpointers, the time has come. Bust out your hankies, snap those photos, and wave bye-bye to one of our most recognizable landmarks, the beloved Greenpoint Sludge Tank.

After a series of delays, the Park Tower Group, the firm responsible for the contentious Greenpoint Landing developments, has finally gassed up their bulldozers. The 16 column, 52ft concrete behemoth that spent the bulk of its years processing millions of gallons of treated sewage is officially is being laid to rest. Continue reading

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The G Trains “stuGGLe” Begins Friday (7/25) for an entire month! Tell Us Your G Train Story

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Dear Greenpointers,

There is no funny or cheerful way to put this. There will be no G train service between Nassau Ave and Court Square in Queens from Friday, June 25th (at 10:30pm) through Tuesday September 2nd (5am). Service operates between Church Ave and Nassau Ave.

There will be free shuttle buses providing service at all times. Manhattan Ave shuttle buses run between Nassau Ave and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Ave and 21 St. McGuinness Blvd shuttle buses run between Lorimer St and Court Sq, stopping near stations at Nassau Ave, Greenpoint Ave and 21 St. Continue reading

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FREE Greenpoint Mommy classes begin this Thursday (7/26) at Flying Squirrel!

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Attend the first FREE Greenpoint Mommy Class at Flying Squirrel!
Being a new Mom or Dad is super exciting, but, let’s be honest… it’s also very scary. Suddenly you are faced with providing for a little person that you love – whom you want to give safety, comfort and happiness – but maybe you’re not be sure exactly how!?
That’s why Flying Squirrel is supplementing their excellent customer service and high quality children’s goods with a new addition - Greenpoint Mommy Classes!

These FREE classes at Flying Squirrel begin this Thursday, July 24th at 10:30 am. This first class will feature two postpartum doulas who will instruct you in the basics of swaddling, an ancient blanket wrapping practice known to calm, soothe and restrict your baby’s movements during sleep, helping to keep them safe in their cradle. As a bonus, attendees will recieve 30% off Aden & Anais swaddles to take home, a top selling product at Flying Squirrel. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other new parents in the neighborhood; because, after all, the best place to learn is in a supportive community!

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Happening Now: MAD MEDS at Microscope Gallery

Marni Kotak, “Surviving 6 Karpas (Beth Israel Psych Ward)”, 2014, photographic plaque, 40 x 24 inches (detail) © courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery

In 2011, Brooklyn-based artist Marni Kotak shocked art critics and mommy bloggers alike by giving birth to her son Ajax in Bushwick’s Microscope Gallery. Continue reading

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Nerd Alert Trivia Tuesdays at Black Rabbit – By No Means “Someone Else’s Canned Shit”

Black Rabbit Trivia Hosts Casey & RyanThe Black Rabbit Bar (91 Greenpoint Ave) is easily one of the most visually appealing bars in all of Brooklyn–a softly lit, atmospheric wood-paneled den with a narrow, rail car-style interior and a tranquil, leafy backyard. A portrait of the tavern’s namesake, the Rabbit himself (the owner’s Irish grandfather), hangs in a prominent position on the wall. Perhaps the most distinctive feature is the private booths with swinging, hinged double doors, evoking the entrance of a “Wild West” era saloon. This is perhaps a misleading comparison, as bartender and owner Kent Lanier claims there has never been a fight on the premises (something he partly attributes to the purposeful lack of Red Bull or Jagermeister in the pub).

No, on this Tuesday night – and damn near every Tuesday night since 2007 – the only battle is the battle of minds and wills as teams of (up to) 5 compete in the long-running Nerd Alert Trivia, a pub quiz the Village Voice dubbed the Best Trivia in New York last year - not Greenpoint, not the borough – this is the best goddamn game in town. Continue reading

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French Pastries Get Fancy at Charlotte Patisserie

Charlotte Patisserie's splendid pastry selection

Charlotte Patisserie  (596 Manhattan Avenue)  is like a little piece of France in Greenpoint. Although it’s been open since 2011, recent renovations and the addition of a dining room have given new life to the pastry shop, which also boasts a wonderful back yard surrounded by ivy- covered brick walls.

They have also expanded their menu to offer brunch and a casual but elegant dinner. Menu options include French classics like a croque monsieur, ratatouille, omelette, crepes, Niçoise salad and croquettes.
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Brooklyn Brewery Throws a Dinner Party…and it’s Spectacular!

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Last Wednesday night a very special culinary collaboration took place on Humboldt Street. Hosted by Brooklyn Brewery, it was called Dinner Party No.1, and was special for three reasons:

1. The event took place at the brand new ‘Humboldt & Jackson’ (434 Humboldt St), an American Bar and Tasting Room just the other side of the BQE.

2. The evening involved a delicious 6-course meal using the wares of local producers and revolving around the unique fermented seasonings developed by the Kaizen Trading Company (KTC), the experimental culinary research lab founded by Momofuku.

3. The dinner featured fabulous beer pairings by Brooklyn Brewery with numerous rare brews not often available to the public. Continue reading

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