Pancakes and Whiskey Holiday Party at Rough Trade Tomorrow Night

Our friends at Pancakes and Whiskey will be celebrating the holidays in style tomorrow night at Rough Trade, replete with music and whiskey. Not sure about the pancakes, but you should definitely go. Continue reading

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New Outpost of Xi’an Famous Foods Provides One Less Reason to Ever Leave Greenpoint

Xi'an Famous Foods

We all know that living in New York affords us the ability to travel without leaving the city, and few destination neighborhoods offer as much variety as Flushing, Queens.  Even a short trip here is enough to realize how lazy a term ‘Chinatown’ is.  Many of the restaurateurs in that neighborhood have begun to capitalize on this, highlighting their regional identity and scoring great reviews in the New York Times while attracting more western eaters to endure the 7 train in exchange for a cheap, delicious meal.  Few have done so with the marketing skill of Xi’an Famous Foods, which has now gone one better and recently opened up shop on the corner of Bedford and Manhattan Avenues in Greenpoint, thus sparing us the pre-dinner commute to Queens. Continue reading

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The votes are in for Greenpoint’s Large Environmental Grant!

Last month we cast our votes on how to spend Greenpoint’s pot of $19 million ExxonMobil settlement money. Now it’s time to see who came out on top as the GCEF large/legacy grants winners! Out of the 13 prospective projects, 6 lucky dogs were chosen by you to receive a total of $11 million dollars in grant funding. If that wasn’t awesome enough, the selected winners come with an additional $23 million in matching funds. When everything is all said and done, Greenpoint will receive nearly $35 million dollars–that’s almost double what the state was able to squeeze out of the ExxonMobil suit!

So without further adieu, here are the winners…

  • · Greenpoint Environmental Education at Greenpoint Library (Brooklyn Public Library)
  • · Greening Greenpoint (City Parks Foundation)
  • · Intertidal Wetland Project (Research Foundation of CUNY (LaGuardia Community College)
  • · Greenpoint Eco-Schools (National Wildlife Federation)
  • · Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint (Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce)
  • · West Street Watershed Stormwater Project (Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Inc.)

Congratulations to all the winners. Looks like we can finally put some green back into Greenpoint. I think we can all toast our glasses to that!

For more details on these selected projects or the small grant winners check out the GCEF website.

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Holiday Gift Guide Part Two: Last Minute Ideas

So, the holidays are a little more than a week away. And you haven’t got zip. Zilch. Here’s some of my favorite gift ideas that are all from local shops. Now, go on and get some sweet gifts. Y’know, so you still look thoughtful and all.

Click through for gift inspo for a host, for gals & guys.
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Cafe Edna’s Holiday Party This Saturday! (12/20)

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Cafe Edna is excited to invite you to join us at our first HOLIDAY PARTY on Saturday, December 20 from 8-10PM.  We’re looking forward to celebrating everything we’ve shared at the restaurant and in the neighborhood with drinks, food, music and amazing company.  Friends, family, foes, flames and other associates are warmly welcome. 

Tickets are $20 per person at the door  and include an unlimited two-hour open bar with appetizers.  We will be honoring the groundbreaking work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and a portion of your ticket sales will be directly donated towards the life-changing relationships they help develop and nurture.  We encourage you to think about volunteering as an older sibling yourself.

Come hungry, come thirsty, come to unwind and start the evening off right with all of your Greenpoint friends!  Our very own local celebrity — Dana Rachlin — will be guest bartending throughout the evening and, much to our chagrin, she’s got a mighty heavy-hand.  Buy your tickets today and see you there!

Cafe Edna is location at 195 Nassau Ave.

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Collaborative T-Shirt Party, Holocenter, Groupmuse – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (12/17–12/23)

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

WEDNESDAY 12/17
* Music & Pyrrhonism Without Us @ Capri Social Club (156 Calyer St) 7:30pm, FREE, Join Triple Canopy for a presentation by 2014 commission recipient Kieran Daly, More info
♫ Permutations121714 @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 8pm, $15, Featuring Kafka Fragments / Mike Tyson Will Eat Your Children / Talking in Circles / Four Koans, and more, RSVP Continue reading

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On view now at Cafe Grumpy: Craig Peterson’s “Coffee Art” series

"Sailboat" (2014) ©All images courtesy of Craig Peterson

There is something playful happening at Cafe Grumpy on 193 Meserole Avenue. It stops me when I’m looking for a seat in the recently renovated space—almost a dozen colorful and fun paintings made with brewed coffee, pen, ink, and watercolor line the walls in neat wooden frames. I want one, I think, and my best friend will want one, too. The barista confirms that he wants one as well, and so I look up the artist: Craig Peterson of Indiana, Pennsylvania. A day later, we discuss his “Coffee Art” series via telephone. Continue reading

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Warsaw Uprising Mural Vandals Still At Large

The vandalized Warsaw Uprising mural

Last summer, a vibrant new mural went up in Greenpoint at 261 Driggs Avenue, the location of the Polish National Home and the popular music venue, The Warsaw. Created by Polish-American artist Rafal Pisarczyk, the artwork commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising (not to be confused with the earlier Warsaw Ghetto Uprising). Continue reading

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See If You Qualify For Affordable Housing in LIC

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Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

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The brand new Hunter’s Point South Living development, located in Long Island City,  offers affordable housing in one of the most desirable waterfront locations of Queens. There are nearly 1,000 apartments available with unique layouts, new appliances, and fantastic views, while the complex itself boasts a long list of amenities. You may not think you would qualify for an affordable unit at Hunter’s Point South, but there are actually a wide variety of living arrangements for various household sizes at multiple income levels. Those New Yorkers falling into upper income brackets — between a $55,200 and $224,000 yearly income — can still apply for affordable housing.

There are 738 apartments at Hunter’s Point South Living designated for moderate income families making between 130 and 205 percent of the area medium income. That means a single person making between $55,000 and $135,000 could apply, as well as a four person family making between $110,000 and $190,000. A family of six, making between $110,000 and $224,000, could also apply for a three-bedroom unit. Be sure to read through the specific income qualifications.

Apartments designated for moderate income families will remain rent stabilized after they move in. A single person in a studio will pay between $1,561 and $1,997 depending on their salary. One bedrooms are renting from $1,965 to $2,509; two bedrooms from $2,366 to $3,300; and three bedrooms from $2,729 and $4,346.

Applying for affordable housing, however, is a much different process than the traditional rental experience in New York City. Instead of working through a broker, all those interested in living at Hunter’s Point South must submit an application by December 15th, 2014. (You can either apply online or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018.) Then, a housing lottery will take place, and the city will begin notifying qualified applicants regarding their application starting in early 2015. The first group of selected residents is expected to move in in the spring of 2015.

Once moved in, residents will have access to public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, and a parking garage. Both of the buildings will be fully staffed with 24-hour lobby attendants, as well as an on-site resident manager. The apartments themselves will include dishwashers, and each of the two-and three-bedroom units have in-unit washers and dryers.

For more information on the buildings and application process, be sure to visit the  Hunter’s Point South Living website.

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The Bones of JR Jones Tomorrow 12/13 and Brooklyn Venues Closing

It seems like everyday another venue in North Brooklyn is closing. It’s a real bummer and unfortunately it’s not a new story; lots of establishments end up priced out of rapidly changing neighborhoods. We’ve been informed Brooklyn Rod & Gun will be closing its doors in the next few weeks. However, they at least have a pretty great 2nd to last ever show lined up for tomorrow to go out in style. Continue reading

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