Newtown Creek polluters alive and well. State officials investigate fresh oil leak.

Photo courtesy of Newtown Creek Alliance

Anyone living in Greenpoint knows whatever lies in the murky waters of Newtown Creek is filled with some seriously nasty cancer-causing stuff: PCBs, VOCs, oil, anti-freeze—the list is endless.  In recent months our little Superfund has had a lot of work done. It was dredged to accommodate a new CSO pipeline and major clean-up efforts are underway to reverse years of heavy pollution. Many say the clean-up is working: Blue crabs are coming back, even birds like the majestic Great Egret are settling upon the creek’s shore. Yet for all this focus on revitalizing the water, sadly Newtown Creek is being polluted once more. State and city officials announced they are investing multiple reports of oil leaks—two of which were reported this month.   Continue reading

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Grindpoint: Greenpoint’s New Skateboard Shop

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Just a portion of Grindpoint's great skateboarding selection

The G Train shutdown is a great opportunity to liven up your commute. Instead of walking or taking a shuttle, why not make your commute a little more fun by skateboarding? Grindpoint, a new skateboard shop on Nassau Avenue, has everything you need to get started from boards and safety equipment to clothing and accessories. Want a really special board? Grindpoint can build you one custom. Busted your favorite skateboard? Owner Simon Gabrys, a lifelong Greenpoint resident, can also help you with maintenance and does repairs.

If you’re just getting started, here are some of Grindpoint‘s options to inspire you:
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Can you Solve the Mystery of the Disappearing Tamales?

The mysterious case of the disappearing tamales (Image courtesy of Tamale Factory)

This week we received a touching missive from a reader in distress, bringing to our attention a curious Greenpoint mystery. It wasn’t something we were able to solve, so we have decided to print the letter in full, in the hope that someone can help provide us with some answers.

“Dear Greenpointers,

I am a 19 year resident of Greenpoint. In the past eight or nine years I’ve been lucky enough to have been blessed with the most wonderful, succulent, authentic tamales that ever graced this coast – Monday to Friday, rain or shine – at the India Street G line entrance.  No tamales compared…not at any restaurant nearby, not even in Manhattan – and other ‘competing’ tamale vendors in the neighborhood didn’t even come close. Continue reading

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Rattled Expo, Twilight Cocktails, Apocalypse Wow – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/20–8/26)

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Youngman Grand @ The Grand Victory
 (245 Grand St) 7pm, $10
The five members of Youngman Grand all live and work in Greenpoint (Variety Cafe, Cafe Grumpy, Achilles Heel, and Budin). They will be bringing their colossal rock sound to a headlining show at The Grand Victory featuring a line-up of great local bands: Forts, Dead Letters, and Sand Mansions. Buy tickets here.

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

WEDNESDAY 8/20
* Crochet Metal Jewelry @ Brooklyn Craft Co. (61 Greenpoint Ave) 6:30pm, $55, Make mixed-media statement pieces that combine chunky metal with simple crochet trimming, More info
Outdoor Gallery @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Learn about the vibrant outdoor art culture of NYC with an interactive presentation from author and photographer Yoav Litvin and artist Jilly Ballistic, RSVP

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New Parents: Shake, Rattle and Roll at the Greenpoint Rattled Expo!

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Find out about the best baby products at Rattled Expo!

NYC’s raddest baby + family fair,Rattled Expo, will take place in Greenpoint on Sunday, August 24! Combining an eclectic mix of eco-friendly baby products, modern ideas and services for new parents, Rattled Expo is a unique event for young, urban families who appreciate eco-conscious, stylish, locally made goods.

The carefully curated marketplace will include new/vintage kids’ clothing, nannies, playgroups, doctors, music/art lessons, schools, handmade toys, diaper services, doulas and more!

Kids (and perhaps some adults) will enjoy free face painting from Brooklyn Balloon Company and an open juice bar courtesy of Bundle Organics. Food samples, live music, games and raffle prizes all day!!!

Adults $5, Kids free! The Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, Sunday August 24, 12pm-4pm; Rattled Expo

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Summer Twilight Cocktail Party at Franklin St Community Garden (08/21)

61_Franklin_Flyer_GreeenpointYou know that cute community garden on Franklin Street?

Well, they’re hosting a summer cocktail party and it sounds like a super lovely opportunity to hang on to the fading evenings of summer whilst checking out the charming oasis for yourself. Continue reading

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Warm Your Bones at the Moonlight Mile

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Meet friends old and new at The Moonlight Mile on Franklin Street!

It’s fun to cheer a new local business on, so we thought we’d check in on Greenpoint’s whiskey and cocktail joint, The Moonlight Mile. Five months in, I found that the bar has grown to include even more of what makes it great– expert cocktails, carefully selected whiskey, music, and community.

The Moonlight Mile is a rare space in which the bar is not only responding to the customers needs, but works to include the customer in every aspect of their service and setting. The Moonlight Mile is centered around creating community and a space for neighbors to get to know each other. This is in part because the owners, Garry and Rebecca Embry, are Greenpoint neighbors as well as business owners, and supporting the community is what drives their decisions. There are many ways to participate beyond drinking a great cocktail, whiskey or beer. Continue reading

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Say it ain’t so! Permanent Records is closing…

One of my fondest memories as a kid was walking into my local record store—Numbers, Records and Tapes, in Jackson Heights, Queens—hard-earned allowance of sweaty dollar bills in one hand, and The Clash’s final LP, Cut the Crap in the other. It was the very first piece of music I bought and took a whole lot of swearing on my grandma’s grave (she was still alive, btw) to convince my mom the album was curse-word free.  Under her watchful eye, I ran home and listened to all 38 minutes of it with glee. After the needle went silent, all I dreamt about that night was running back to the record store to buy more music.

Most of us remember places like these—musical havens where one could get lost in a sea of albums, sample different tunes, talk with knowledgeable people who were passionate about music, and get the scoop on new groups or gigs coming out of the woodworks. At some point every town and every neighborhood had a music store to call their own. For Greenpoint, it was and will be until September 30th, Permanent Records. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Love Bites: Blind Date #1

It’s a momentous day for Greenpointers. Today we bring you the outcome of our first ever Love Bites in Greenpoint blind date!!

This week’s couple are Dean, 34 and Bryony, 27. We hand-picked them from dozens of applicants and we’re mighty glad we chose them to start the series off because it turns out they are both awesome!

The pair met for their blind date at Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave), our favorite local Italian. The wine was free-flowing and the food was to die for but, at the end of the evening, was there romance in the air? Continue reading

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