If this yo-yo weather has got you befuddled, try a new kind of spring cleaning to get you in the groove. At the end of the month, Greenpoint’s own Dusty Rose Vintage will be hosting their first ever “This for That” annual spring clothing swap. So if you’re super bored with what you have now, why not just trade it in? People do that in summertime with relationships too, so why not clothing? (more…)
Selling north Brooklyn’s waterfront to the highest bidder has become something of an art form during the Bloomberg administration, and yet somehow the people who they sell it to never get any better selling the public on their plans. The latest misstep comes courtesy of the people behind the hideous Greenpoint Landing, which already has the disadvantage of having a name that sounds like a WASP golf course. Greenpointers reports things didn’t go well at a public meeting on the project, almost from the start:
“’We’re creating a neighborhood on the waterfront.’
These were the poorly-chosen words of Melanie Meyers, a representative for the Greenpoint Landing development. “
Welp, that’s certainly one way to present yourself to the neighborhood fiercely protective of the uh, community, that they’ve built there over most of a century. It doesn’t sound like it got much better after that, be sure to read the whole post. Here’s a little unsolicited advice: offer another waterfront park to make people forget that one.
Full Circle Bar
318 Grand St. (between Havemeyer and Marcy)
What it is: The national home of Brewskee-ball, the first-ever national competitive skeeball league.
Why we love it: It’s a mix of Brooklyn cool and boardwalk fun. Even if you’re not on a Skee-ball league you can roll your luck on one of the four Skee-ball lanes. the fun vibe at the bar is helped by the decorations made of reclaimed old skeeball machine parts and a staff so dedicated to the game they’ve got Skee-ball tattoos. Tuesdays and Thursdays are some of the best cheap nights out in all the land: not only is Skee-ball free those nights, but you get a hot dog or pretzel with every beer purchase! If you live locally, take advantage of the special “sip codes” nights every month, which is an open bar for people in the Williamsburg zips. (more…)
It’s been a while since we’ve worn a fancy dress, shotgunned Malibu rum on a party bus and thrown up on the floor in front of a chaperoning science teacher. But it looks like the Fates are giving us a chance to relive the magic once more, because Williamsburg’s kicking off the summer with a prom night. (more…)
If you’ve been yearning for the opportunity to put Rover on a fixie, or stick Lassie in jorts, a threadbare band tee and a flannel buttondown, well, today’s your lucky day: a hipster dog contest is coming to (duh) Greenpoint, and they’re calling for a whole bunch of doggies dolled up in ironic finery to compete. (more…)
If you’ve spent any time on our fabulous events calendar (and why wouldn’t you? it’s great), you may have noticed the occasional listing for a diaper elimination group. If you didn’t have kids, you probably skipped right over it, because unless you’re noted diaper fetish and gun enthusiast Senator David Vitter, you probably don’t have a huge need to think about diapers. But DNAInfo went and found out what the parenting trend was all about, and it will either make you never want to have children or rush out and buy a dog so you can train for the day when you have a kid. (more…)
579 Meeker Ave., at Monitor St.
What is it: Stationed under the BQE is the ultimate of neighborhood bars: The Boulevard Tavern. Here you have one of the best drinkeries in the McGlorick Park area of Greenpoint. You can stop in for a quick beer after work, or stay raging into the night with a bunch of friends.
Why we love it: Besides their continuous BBQ, they have nights like ROCKUMENTARY Mondays and screen shows like Portlandia. They are usually just the right amount of crowded and the possibility of getting to use the pool table is high. (more…)
Is it ever not music festival season? Obviously summer has a pretty good claim to the title, but it’s not like you can’t get a whole bunch of people together for music when it’s cold. Or moderately warm. A little harder than usual, but still doable. The proof? This week is the third straight year of the Brain Cave music festival, a Brooklyn-centered festival that shows off the borough’s unknown musical talents over a four day period. Plus it shows off free beer! (more…)
3 Franklin St. between Quay St. & Calyer St.
What is it: This cozy nook version of a brutopia is a bit off the beaten path, but it’s worth the quiet walk from your usual Greenpoint spots on Manhattan Ave. for some serious beer knowledge.
Why we love it: The more you look around this small, colorful beer haven, the more interesting decorating choices will pop out at you, like the painted face of Michael Landen, or the bathroom walls entirely covered in a seriously impressive collection of cassette tapes. Elite without being elitist, The Diamond will have you wondering what you missed and coming back for more. (more…)
Even with it’s expansive parkland, it can never hurt to get some more around here. Parkland is for everyone, is pretier than boring-ass asphalt and also hurts less is you go skidding across it. So you would think a Parks Department plan to unify two sections of McCarren Park and add 33,000 square feet of parkland would be greeted with a goddamn parade. Who could possibly not like this plan? People who’d rather have parking apparently. (more…)
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