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Winter Beach Bazaar at Diamond Bar

Summer loving: Greenpoint bar fights the freeze with beach party

for The Brooklyn Paper

It may still be frosty outside, but one Greenpoint bar is breaking out the boardshorts and sunscreen.

On Feb. 15, the Diamond Bar in Greenpoint is throwing a beach party and swimwear sale in a brave effort to battle the winter blues. The organizers are hoping some garish Hawaiian shirts and a few rounds of limbo will help Brooklynites forget about the double-digit inches of snow and single-digit temperatures outside.

“The winter’s been so rough, we thought it would be fun for people to pretend that it’s not happening for a day,” said Diamond Bar co-owner Dave Pollack.

Revellers can join in that sunny optimism by getting a (very) early start on their summer shopping. Items at the in-bar bazaar will include tie-dyed linen beach towels and scarves from Brooklyn Beach, headbands by Wilhelm, swimsuits by K Belo Swimwear, and hats by Wax & Cruz.

If bikini-buying does not make you feel any warmer, special food and drink options may at least transport you to the Long Island Sound for the evening. A special menu for the day will include with fish tacos and Fishers Island Oysters, plus beer from Barrier Brewing and Montauk Brewing.

“We’ll have one guy shucking oysters, great Long Island breweries,” said Pollack. “I think we got all the key players in play to have a really fun day.”

For those with a competitive streak, the bar will also be hosting a limbo contest and a Hawaiian shirt contest. The best shirt will win a $20 bar tab.

“Even though most people don’t wear Hawaiian shirts, they make the room so much brighter and fun,” said Brooklyn Beach founder Emily Harrison, who helped round up the vendors for the event.

Everyone dressed up in a Hawaiian shirt — or any aloha gear, for that matter — will also score a free beer.

“Hopefully it will be a fun escape from the winter,” said Harrison. “Let’s pretend we’re somewhere a lot warmer for the afternoon.”

Winter Beach Bazaar at the Diamond Bar [43 Franklin St. between Quay and Calyer streets in Greenpoint, (718) 383–5030, www.thediamondbrooklyn.com], Feb. 15 from 4–8 pm. Free admission.

Updated 5:18 pm, February 13, 2014: Address corrected.
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bkmanhatposeur from nubrukclyn says:
please leave all that bro-fest to Murray Hill...ugh
Feb. 13, 8:30 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
The Diamond is on Franklin St, not Greenpoint Ave.
Feb. 13, 8:39 am
diehipster from Suplexing Soyboys says:
Looooooooook at meeeeeeeeee!!!! I wear shorts and flip flops in the winter and in the summer I wear ski hats and scarfs!!! Like yaaaaaah maaaaan, Broooooooklyn deeeeeeeeed!!
Feb. 13, 9:10 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I don't know what the Brooklyn Paper would do if DieHipster didn't copy and paste the same thing to every article.
Feb. 13, 9:37 am
BrooklynGersh from The WT says:
Why does everyone hate hipsters? If someone throws a party and invites you, you don't have to go. But don't hate the host.
Feb. 13, 10:53 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Not to say that the comments of diehipster are predictable, but there are colonies of slugs under the rocks of yet undiscovered islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean that knew he was going to say that.
Pardon the interruption.
Feb. 13, 11:25 am
Dave Pollack from Greenpoint says:
I am that hipster/owner in the picture. Here's the thing…when I wear my scarves and wool hat in the summer, I save up all that heat and can, therefore, dress light in winter. Its really very efficient. Plus, I'm so cool already, I don't mind the chilly weather anyways.
Feb. 13, 11:56 am
NYPD from NY says:
Look at diehipster! Another idiotic comment. So attention starved.
Feb. 13, Noon
Mike from Williamsburg says:
The Diamond is on Franklin St., not Franklin Ave.

Do I get a job yet?
Feb. 13, 12:01 pm
NYPD from NY says:
To Dave Pollack,

Pay no attention to diehipster, he obviously has nothing going on in his life and is bitter that people move to NY for careers. Congratulations on being a successful business owner.
Feb. 13, 12:09 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Wait! Where are the bike lanes in the snow?

I can't get there without a bike lane!
Feb. 13, 12:27 pm
NYPD from NY says:
^^^Idiot^^^
Feb. 13, 12:57 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Tiki and Umbrella drinks for all!

dieHipster feel free to grab a Mike's Hard Lemonade or a Smirnoff Ice out of the cooler.
Feb. 13, 7:18 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Wow, thanks NYPD. I can just cut & paste my last comment to you because your comments are so predictable. Forget the fact that Diehipster has a blog with millions of views. you can type up arrows!!!! I bet you got gold stars for taking a poopy on the potty!!! anyway, a replay of my last comment:

NYPD.......errrr.....yeah...it's the reader feedback section, people comment....it's the comments section. As for being whiners? Really? How so? Did you frequent "The Newsstand"? do you miss their...oh dear god must I say it......"ZINES"? ZINES? Really? as to you. Do you have a comment about the closing of the ZINE stand or just a comment about somebody that took the time to write a well considered opinion? So, are you just going to be a sniveling, nasally honking sniper or do you have something to contribute to the conversation you twizzler armed beta male? HONK! HONK! I NASALLY HONK AND MAKE UP ARROWS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^HONK! HONK!!!!!LOOK AT ME!! I'M A TRANSPLANT AND i NASALLY HONK! HONK!
Feb. 13, 7:48 pm
ty from pps says:
So.... a bar having a beach-themed event. Wow! That sure is controversial. I'm sure no bar in "real Brooklyn" has ever done that.

Diehipster, Swampy and Rufus... you're so sad.
Feb. 13, 10:49 pm
NYPD from NY says:
Look at swampyankee whine like a 3 year old. It's so funny that I can type anything and get your panties in a bunch. I own you, chump!
Feb. 14, 11:08 am
NYPD from NY says:
The only thing diehipster might own is some Valtrex, assuming she's still covered under mom's insurance.
BWAHAHAHAHAAAA, the only thing you are crushing is your mother's prescription meds for snorting.
Feb. 14, 12:53 pm

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