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Nine Greenpoint Coffee Shops Stayed Up Past Their Bedtimes

<a href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tar-Pit/213736618637163><b>Tar Pit</b></a> (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. <a href=http://www.reverbnation.com/jessecohen>Jesse Cohen</a> played an acoustic set.

Tar Pit (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. Jesse Cohen played an acoustic set.

<a href=http://www.charlottepatisserie.com/><b>Charlotte Patisserie</b></a> (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, <a href=http://greenpointers.com/2013/11/05/coffees-night-out-cultural-events-map-1110/'In%20Carrie's%20Closet'>In Carrie’s Closet</a>, sold colorful dresses and coconut purses.

Charlotte Patisserie (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, In Carrie’s Closet, sold colorful dresses and coconut purses.

<a href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Edna/489543887788991><b>Café Edna</b></a><strong> </strong>(195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.

Café Edna (195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.

The menu at Cafe Edna.

The menu at Cafe Edna.

<a href=http://www.adelinasbk.com/><b>Adelina’s</b></a> (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.

Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.

<a href=http://cargocollective.com/propellercoffee><b>Propeller Coffee</b></a> (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.

Propeller Coffee (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.

<a href=http://spinanyc.tumblr.com/><b>Spina</b></a> (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to <a href=http://gordonkenny.tumblr.com/>Gordon Kenny</a> rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as

Spina (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to Gordon Kenny rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as "acoustic indie folk meets hyperactive unicorn meltdown. Come for the cello, stay for the tears."

<a href=http://www.cafecitobogota.com/><b>Cafecito Bogotá</b></a> (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances.

Cafecito Bogotá (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances.

 <a href=http://www.championcoffee.net/><b>Champion</b></a> (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.

 Champion (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.

<a href=http://cafegrumpy.com/><b>Café Grumpy</b></a><strong> </strong>(193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was <a href=http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/>Nick Demopoulus</a> playing the <a href=http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/smomid.html> Smomid</a>, a musical device he created.

Café Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was Nick Demopoulus playing the  Smomid, a musical device he created.

This past weekend, nine coffee shops curated by Greenpointers offered special menus, treats, and live performances during the neighborhood’s first-ever celebration of its local cafés. It all happened around (where else?) Java Street. Click through our slideshow to relive Coffee’s Night Out.

Photos by Melissa Kravitz

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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

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