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Lucie Levine

Lucie Levine is News Editor at Greenpointers, and the founder of Archive on Parade, a local tour and event company that takes New York’s fascinating history out of the archives and into the streets. She’s a Native New Yorker, licensed New York City tour guide, and freelance writer with a passion for the city’s social, political and cultural history.

01/18/18 9:32am
Grimaldi's Pizzeria

No Slices. Just mice. Via The New York Post

Welcome back to Hometown Headlines, our bi-weekly local news feature. On January 7th, Grace Church Brooklyn Heights (254 Hicks Street) announced that Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson will be its 15th rector — and first African American rector in the parish’s 170-year history. Reverend Robinson will take his post on March 19.

There are also changes afoot at another historic Brooklyn spot — Grimaldi’s Pizza in Dumbo (1 Front Street). The Pizzeria has been shut down by the health department due to violations including mouse droppings. Grimaldi’s is working with the department to fix the infractions and get back up and running.

If you can’t eat at Grimaldi’s at least you can drink at a prime new spot in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The swanky new Brooklyn Heights Social Club inside the 1 Hotel (60 Furman Street) features floor to ceiling windows showcasing iconic views of our glorious bridge and the Manhattan skyline. But with an $18 Gin and Tonic the view won’t come cheap.

But, if the drinks are pricey, Brooklyn made up for it in lower rents in 2017. Buyers and Renters were paying about 4% less across the borough at the end of the year.   (more…)

01/16/18 5:55pm

Wednesday 1/17

Book Launch: Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In @ Powerhouse @ the Archway (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, Anjali’s first book humorously chronicles her attempts to answer questions she can’t Google an answer to for her six year old daughter, RSVP.

Thrusday 1/18

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Open House @ Legal Services NYC (205 State Street), 4:30pm, FREE, Legal Services NYC invites diverse law students to attend our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Open House on January 18, 2018 at Brooklyn Law School, RSVP.

Essential Lighting & Studio (6 weeks) @ BKC (33 Washington Street), 6:30pm, $245-$350, Photographers who are adept at using their cameras but want to more deeply explore the technical and creative possibilities of studio lighting are invited to take this accelerated 6-week lab course. Buy Tix

Friday 1/19

Bourdain Books Event: wd~50: The Cookbook by Wylie Dufresne & Hawker Fare by James Syhabout — in conversation w/ Anthony Bourdain @ New Lab (19 Morris Av. Bldg. 128), 7:30pm, $100-$130, Conversation followed by a book signing, drinks by Don Q, and food by Fuku, OddFellows Ice Cream Co. & Du’s Donuts. Each $100 ticket comes with one copy of wd~50: The Cookbook ($75 value) and Hawker Fare ($40 value), to be collected at the event. For parties of 2, we are offering $130 tickets that include two entries and one copy of wd~50: The Cookbook ($75 value) and Hawker Fare ($40 value). Buy solo tix here and couple tix here.

Readings by Nancy Huang  & Kristin Chang @ Berl’s Poetry Shop (141 Front Street) 7pm, FREE, More info.

Saturday 1/20

Brooklyn Historical Society Dumbo Exhibition Opening: Waterfront @ BHS DUMBO (55 Water Street), 11am, Suggested Admission $10,Waterfront is an exhibition and multimedia experience for all ages that brings to life the vibrant history of Brooklyn’s coastline through stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems, More info.

Hot Winter Swing in Brooklyn Heights @ 119 Pierrepont Street, 7pm, $5, More info.

Camping in Brooklyn @ Camp (179 Smith Street) 5pm, FREE, S’mores and Board Games for “Women Who Explore, More info.

Sunday 1/21

Sip – Stitch & Patch – All Inclusive Sew’cial @ Sew ‘n’ The City (44 Court Street), 12pm or 5pm, $65, materials, wine and refreshments included. Buy Tix

Monday 1/22

Essential Photoshop (6 weeks) @BKC (33 Washington Street), 7pm, $245-$350, This class is great for Photographers and other visual artists, as well as weekend shooters and people who want to know how to “photoshop” their faces onto their friends’ faces, Buy tix.

Tuesday 1/23

Book Launch: Modern Loss @ Powerhouse @ the Archway (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE an evening of provocative storytelling on the complex, gut wrenching, illuminating, and hilarious mess we all know formally as “living with loss,” RSVP.

01/09/18 4:55pm

Wednesday 1/10

Readings by Eileen G’Sell, Niel Rosenthalis, Jess Feldman, Jess Rizkallah & Glenn Shaheen @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (141 Front Street), 7pm, FREE, more info                                                  Contemporary Collage Workshop @ New Forms Group for Creative Development (20 Jay Street), 1pm, First of 4 sessions, altogether $225, Designed for both the novice and the experienced collagist, we will explore such issues as: words and images in collage, the altered book collage, the narrative sequence, collage in children’s books, and surrealist and dada approaches (from the dream collage to the iconoclastic). More info

 

 

Thursday 1/11

We Are Legion: Anything Goes! @ Forgotten Works Studio (46 Bridge Street), 8pm, $15-$25, Join us for a night filled with all kinds of crazy shenanigans ranging from onesie burlesque to space age boas and beyond! You never know what we’ll bring out next, because at We Are Legion…anything goes! Buy Tix                                                                        Opening Reception: Lisa M. Robinson’s Terrestra @ Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street), 6pm, FREE, Terrestra is seven years in the making, and continues the artist’s deep-seated reverence for the natural landscape. These outstanding new photographs follow in the footsteps of Robinson’s critically acclaimed Snowbound and Oceana series, where she began her conceptual and artistic exploration of the landscape, in relation to the ebb and flow of climatic change and man’s relationship to it. More info                                                                                                                                                                Triangle Arts Association Open Studios @ Triangle Arts Association (20 Jay Street), 5pm, FREE, Meet Triangle Arts’ four artists-in-residence at this intimate open studios for their DUMBO neighbors. Stop by after work, see the work, talk directly with artists, and have a snack! More info                     Triangle + Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Edit-a-thon @ Triangle Arts Association (20 Jay Street, #317 and #318), 6pm, FREE, The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will host an edit-a-thon focusing on important but underrepresented New York area visual artists of the African Diaspora during Triangle Arts Association Open Studios. A training session will be held at the beginning, but help is available throughout the event. Please bring your laptop and feel free to bring a friend! RSVP                                              Readings by Sam Solomon, Tara Skurtu & Michael Robbins @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (141 Front Street), 7pm, FREE, more info                                                                                                                       Book Launch: Say My Name by Allegra Huston — in conversation w/ Joan Juliet Buck @ POWERHOUSE @ the Archway (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, Allegra Huston, author of the bestselling memoir, Love Child, makes an impressive debut as a novelist with an evocative and erotic exploration of love, passion, and empowerment, RSVP

Friday 1/12

Civics League for Disability Rights One Year Anniversary @ 25 Elm Place, 1pm, FREE, We here at Civics League feel the fierce urgency to fight the regressive policy choices that threaten our rights, our health, and our independence. Now is the time for our community to proceed with vigorous and positive actions for change. More info          Book Launch: Anthology of Emo Vol. 1 by Tom Mullen @ POWERHOUSE @ the Archway (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, Panel guests include: Norman Brannon – Texas is the Reason, Chris Leo – The Van Pelt, William Kheun – Rainer Maria & more TBA!, RSVP                             Readings by Anastacia-Renee, Tommy Pico, T’ai Freedom Ford & Derrick Weston Brown @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (141 Front Street), 7pm, FREE, more info

Saturday 1/13

Screening of A Primer in Sky Socialism @ Issue Project Room (22 Boreum Place), 8pm, $15,  Premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in May 2013, A Primer in Sky Socialism continues Ken Jacobs’ exploration into 3D filmmaking, renewing his fascination with the histories and technologies of the moving image, a theme that has preoccupied his work for over 50 years. Shot on the Brooklyn Bridge with a view of the fireworks, this long-form film privileges the experiential over narrative drive. Buy tix                                                             Opening Reception: Rudy Shepherd’s Everything in the Universe is My Brother and Theresa Ganz’s Wave Room @ Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street), 6pm, FREE, more info            Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy @ 47 Bergen Street, 11am, $99, Learn the fine art of writing beautifully by applying specific tools and rules – no matter what your handwriting looks like. Take some time to collect your thoughts, and learn to write beautifully and with intention. Buy tix                                    Matthew Schott’s Super Fun Adventurtastic Variety Show! @ Chaos Studios (247 Water Street), 7pm, $5, Come out to see Stand-Up! Scripted Comedy! Big Surprises! And a special preview of a theatrical experience unlike any to come before or since! More info

Sunday 1/14

Short Hair Don’t Care Runway Event @ Dumbo Loft (155 Water Street), 2:30pm, $20-$75, A Firece Hair Runway Show featuring a generation of hairstylists who are changing the game with the latest short hair trends.This event will give SHORT coifed beauties of ALL shades and textures a platform to celebrate the freedom & empowerment of short tresses. Buy tix                                                                                                                                                                                              1 Day Workout: Engaging Light @ BKC (33 Washington Street), 11am, $84-$120, This class challenges students to observe, perceive and manipulate light and shadow to help make unique photographs that inspire the imagination, Buy tix

Monday 1/15

Crash Course: Camera Basics @ BKC (33 Washington Street) 6:30pm, $52.50-$75, Camera Basics is an efficient, one-shot introduction to digital photography, and a good place to explore the fundamentals of your camera. Buy tix    The Next Step Food and Wine Charity Event @ 26 Bridge (26 Bridge Street), 7:30pm, $99-$125, The Next Step, a project of Israel Medical Fund, aides and supports adults and children in Israel that suffer from limb-loss; wounded soldiers, terror victims and cancer patients, by providing them high-end prosthetics, technical and emotional support. Buy Tix

Tuesday 1/16

Belladona* Presents Sophie Seita (Translator Of Uljana Wolf’s Subsisters) & Others @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (141 Front Street), 7PM, FREE, more info

01/04/18 1:16pm
Selfie Central, Via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Selfie Central, Via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Hey Dumbo, hope you’re keeping warm in this frigid weather! If you’re off from work or school today, we hope you’ll curl up with some Hometown Headlines, our bi-weekly local news roundup.

To begin with, if you’re inside today, you’re not the only one. Even “Selfie-Central,” that prime pic-snapping stretch of Washington Street near Water Street that so perfectly frames the Manhattan Bridge, is deserted due to today’s wild blizzard and freezing temperatures.

And it’s not just the snow that’s obstructing the view. The community group Save the View lost its appeal against Brooklyn Bridge Park and the developer Troll Brothers. The original lawsuit, concerns the construction of 1Hotel, which blocks the view of a part of the Brooklyn Bridge that is not legally protected.

But not all construction in the neighborhood meets opposition. Some is welcome, such as repairs on the stretch of the BQE under the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. But, a rift in priorities at the Department of Transportation has pitted the BQE against the planned BQX.

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01/03/18 5:19pm

Happy New Year, Dumbo! If you’re looking for some fun ways to get 2018 started, we’ve got the picks of the week right here.

Thursday 1/4

LIGHT YEAR 33: Textural Psychedelia @ Pearl Street Triangle (Water and Pearl Streets), 6pm, FREE,Video Art Exhibit projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, More info

Friday 1/5

“Abortion” Opening Reception @ A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street), 6pm, FREE,This exhibition will feature over 70 artists who were given the opportunity to create work expressing their rage, acceptance, sorrow, ambivalence, and thoughts on abortion hoping to make an important contribution to our collective history. More info                                                        Kathleen Supové premieres “In the Deep Heart’s Core” @ Fulton Ferry Landing, 8pm, $20-$40. Buy Tix

Saturday 1/6

Book Launch: How to Stop Feeling Like Shit by Andrea Owen @ POWERHOUSE @ the Archway (28 Adams Street), 6pm, FREE, No-punches-pulled advice to women who want to stop undermining their own happiness once and for all, RSVP                                                           Rookie on Love @ Books are Magic (225 Smith Street), 5pm, FREE,Join us for a celebration of this new anthology with Tavi Gevinson and contributors including Hilton Als, Amy Rose Spiegel,
Diamond Sharp, Laia Garcia, Jazmine Hughes, Tova Benjamin, Danielle Henderson, Annie Mok, and Emma Straub! More info                                                                                                                                               The Beginning Choice @ A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street), 1pm, FREE, a public performance by Parastoo Ahoon. More info

Sunday 1/7

1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up! @ BKC (33 Washington Street), 11am, $84-$120, In five hours we’ll help you forge a friendship with your digital camera, exploring its vital features and demystifying the buttons and dials that trip common users up. From controlling exposure to getting a handle on autofocus, we’ll unpack these tech-heavy tools in a simple and straightforward manner. Buy tix                                                                                                            The Harvard Krokodiloes Benefit Concert @ The River Café (1 Water Street), 12pm, $300, The Harvard Krokodiloes will have their first ever performance at the River Café for a concert and brunch on Sunday, January 7th. The concert will benefit the prestigious and historic Dodge Y, originally founded as the Brooklyn Central YMCA in 1853. Buy Tix                                                                                                  Youth Night @ Superfine (126 Front Street), 7pm, NO COVER, Sunday Night Jazz and Americana series celebrates the young musicians from our Dumbo community to bring in the new year with a triple bill. More info                                                                                                                                                                        With Women Workshop: Reproductive Self Determination and Autonomous Women’s Health-Care @ A.I.R Gallery (155 Plymouth Street), 2pm, FREE. More info

Monday 1/8

2×24 @ Museum Quality NYC (59 Pearl Street), By Appointment, Catch the last day of Chantal Meng and
Moritz Lehner’s exhibit 2×24: 48 Images, 2 Time Zones, 6:00am ≠ 1:00am, London, New York. More info

Tuesday 1/9

After Work Pizza Party @ Lady’s (572 Fulton Street), 5pm, FREE, RSVP

 

12/22/17 3:06pm
Reimagining Bridge Park 2. Via Brooklyn Paper

Reimagining Bridge Park 2. Via Brooklyn Paper

Welcome to the inaugural Hometown Headlines post, a new bi-weekly news roundup at Dumbo NYC!

This week, it seems that Dumbo will be having a green Christmas. On Monday, members of Community Board 2’s Parks Committee gave the ok on  plans to redesign Bridge Park 2. The park is currently almost entirely concrete. The plan is to un-pave paradise and turn the park into a verdant playground with artwork throughout.

Speaking of municipal improvements, Brooklyn Heights Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, the self-styled “Queen of Gowanus,” says that the plan to bury the Gowanus Expressway — creating an underground tunnel from 3rd Avenue to the Harbor, and connecting from there to the BQE — is nearly complete.

The fact that the wheels are turning on that tunnel might be welcome news, since the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX), the proposed streetcar that will run from Astoria to Sunset Park with stops in Vinegar Hill, Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights, is already behind schedule.

But enough about infrastructure. What about art? It turns out that the art gallery scene in episode 6 of Spike Lee’s new Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It was filmed in Dumbo!