After living in NYC my entire life, I found the strongest sense of community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. My proudest moment as owner and editor of Greenpointers.com is raising over $11,000 for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy. It shows how neighbors can come together through one small blog and make a big impact.
Featured vendor at our Holiday Market, Sarah (pronounced SAH-RAH) Goldschadt a graphic designer + crafter has published two books: Craft-a-Day and Pom-Poms! (Quirk Books). She was a proud Girl Scout growing up (earning the Gold Award with her sister) and always enjoyed making things. She loves to knit, sew, crochet, and make simple paper projects and blogs about it at sah-rah.com. Continue reading →
We will have a more in-depth report on yesterday’s meeting soon. In the meantime, according to DNAinfo:
“The decision on Chetrit Group‘s proposed towers at 77 Commercial St. was postponed for further negotiations, officials said, not providing a specific date for the vote.”
After our last call for action, I received numerous emails from community members and local politicians who wanted to be clear that the meeting was NOT about whether the towers were to go up or not, but some finer details. Basically the message we have been getting all along – this is going to happen no matter what. Even if every single Greenpointer doesn’t support it.
Yes we know all about the ULURP process (remember we hosted the Community Workshop earlier this year) and we understand that the 2005 rezoning makes Greenpoint Landing “as of right.”
That being said, I don’t see those towers up yet and the feeling I get from the community at large is that they don’t to see those towers. So until they are blocking our view of the city, let’s make some noise.
We made that very clear on social media yesterday when we bombarded Stephen Levin, Mayor Mike and Mayor Elect DiBlasio with the message, “Greenpoint Landing’s 40 Story Towers are NOT GOOD for Greenpoint.”
For many reasons Greenpointers are in opposition to this project. Concerns about infrastructure, transportation, the potential superfund site, affordable housing, and the complete and utter butt ugliness of 40 story towers over a neighborhood of mostly 6 story max buildings. And remember Hurricane Sandy? If we get another storm like that how are we going to evacuate 10,000 more people? On the G train?
Just because wealthy developers want to make a dime here isn’t enough of a reason to overlook that this is our community and we have a voice and that voice needs to be heard. Take this opportunity to make phone calls, send emails and write letters. The more noise we make, the better we can get our message across.
“Greenpoint Landing’s 40 Story Towers are NOT GOOD for Greenpoint.”
This past year a public walk-thru of the Greenpoint Hotel, a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) at 1109 Manhattan Ave revealed mold, rats, and heat, hot water and electrical problems. The property has been purchased along with authority over ALL the tenant leases and there is talk that it may be demolished completely and transformed into a hostel. Continue reading →
Metal Atelier, a featured vendor at our Holiday Market, is a one woman show, creating jewelry using precious and non precious metals in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Anna Butwell strives to make pieces that stand the test of time.
Are you a “a culture-absorbing, globe trotting mermaid with a penchant for pretty things?”
Then you must be wearing Bombay Mermaid, a featured vendor Bombay Mermaid you may remember from our Fall Market. How could we forget about the colorful handmade accessories and gorgeously curated vintage?
Designer Michelle Christina Larson will be selling her world travel inspired Brooklyn fashion line at our Holiday Market, too! And she is generously donating 15% of December profits to the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen.
PLUS – Greenpointers readers use coupon code GREENPOINT for a 15% discount until December 31st, 2013!
Holly Fairall is proud to be a full-time mom and working artist. She draws much of her inspiration from Greenpoint itself, as seen in her illustrations of our iconic water tower.
Her company, Holly’s HeART by Hand, creates whimsical illustrations cards and framed pieces made entirely on “treeless” Sri Lankan paper. How can paper be treeless, you may ask? Try combining 50% post-consumer recycled paper with 50% elephant dung and VOILA, there you have it. TREE-FREE paper. Continue reading →