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The Apocalyptic Landscape Near the Kosciuszko Bridge Is Now Complete

All we needed was the removal of trees!

We know eastern Greenpoint is readying for construction of a new Kosciuszko Bridge, replacing the decrepitly old (and ugly) monster of a structure that currently connects Brooklyn and Queens (and that this will require a collective holding of everyone’s breath). We also know that our State’s forward-thinking Department of Transportation is removing surrounding trees to prevent an endangered bat species from nesting (so that they’ll settle elsewhere and won’t be harmed as construction begins).

Still, we can’t help but look at the new, treeless scene and wonder if the area, already bleak, has now reached its apotheosis of soulless, post-apocalyptic gloom. Continue reading

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Greenpointers is HIRING! ($$$)

Do you love Greenpoint and want to contribute to the community in a positive way by working for a well respected and popular local blog? Greenpointers is hiring!!!

News Editor / Blog Manager

Can you write well researched, informative and fun blog posts (on the fly), manage a team of talented editors and contributors, while managing the day to day upkeep of a WordPress blog? Are you self-motivated, Greenpoint-obsessed, extremely organized and impeccably detailed? You know who you are! (Monthly Stipend, Immediate Hire)

Weekend Editor

Think Jonathan Schwartz’s Frank Sinatra Fridays - light, fun and creative blog posts for reading over a cup of coffee in McGolrick/Winthrop Park. You can get weird because it’s the weekend! (2 Posts/Weekend – Saturday & Sunday, Pay Per Post) Here I am really looking for creative and unique content in all types of media.

Local Ad Sales

Do you know all the local business owners by name and sincerely want them to succeed? Advertising is a crucial component of Greenpointers’ mission not only because the revenue funds our website and pays our writers, but because we directly promote small businesses that make our neighborhood awesome and give jobs to our friends! (Commission, Immediate Hire)

To apply email greenpointers (at) gmail [dot] com.

In the subject line write: YOUR NAME + POSITION.

In the body of the email write a short statement on why you are a great fit for the position. Include a resume or link to a website.

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Visiting Hours at the New York State Pavilion

This may have happened today in Flushing, Queens, but nevertheless Greenpointers is ON IT.  Today, for a mere three hours, visitors were invited into the remnants of the New York State Pavilion.  This building is one of the structures remaining from the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and is currently in the spotlight as the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair is upon us.  It’s also been in the news lately as a variety of restoration efforts are being contemplated.

The line for a tour of the NY State Pavilion.

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An Email to Millennials From Greenpoint (your future home)

Oh hey Millennials,

I hope you’re reading this on your phones because that’s like what you guys do all day, right? Aside from TINDERING like 24/7.  I, too, am a tech-obsessed millennial, it’s true. I mean, I’m taking a #selfie right now! JK LOL #sorrynotsorry. I watch GIRLS and invent apps and throw around the term Basic Bitch like it’s no big deal. What’s Sex in the City?? I’m too young to even get that reference.

HELP! The Millennials are Coming!! Says 60 Minutes circa 2008

Anyway, seeing as how Business Insider is our go-to publication for dating advice and  foodie culture and like, political strategy (?), I guess you’ll be joining me now in Greenpoint #blessed, seeing as it’s the number 1 place for millennials to live in all of AMERICA.  No one knows if we’re 10-29 or 20-34, but age is just a number, right? Greenpoint is #winning because there are like, a ton of other young people and coffee shops, which is awesome because people older than 34 weren’t in high school in the 90′s, so they totally don’t get irony. Good thing there are only a few of them here in Greenpoint. Continue reading

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10 TIPS FOR ADOPTING A RESCUE DOG + FREE Seminar Tomorrow! (4/23)

When you adopt a rescue pup you’re doing a good deed and saving a cherished life, but you may also be taking on some unforeseen problems. This makes your decisions before adopting and after you get him home very crucial to his peace of mind as well as your own.

Denise from Empire of the Dog has (in just one session) helped me out so much with my rescue dog named “D.” This woman is a serious miracle worker. She offers a FREE Rescue Dog Seminar at her business, too. The next one is tomorrow Wednesday April 23 at 7pm at Empire of the Dog (415 Grand St.)

Here she shares some helpful insights for before and after rescuing a dog.

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WTF is Plank Road?

A black-crowned night heron.  Several swallows, cormorants, and geese.  One lone white duck.  These were some of the birds seen on this Saturday’s canoe trip to Plank Road, which was a collaboration between the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) and the North Brooklyn Boat Club.  The paddlers, many out for their first trip on New York’s waterways, remarked on the stunning juxtaposition of active and crumbling industrial sites alongside a very living, if troubled, ecosystem.   They traveled up the Newtown Creek and met up with a land-based group to hear from historian Mitch Waxman about this peculiar site that the NCA is looking to revamp in the coming months.

Mitch Waxman speaks about the history of Plank Road. Photo credit NBBC

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Haters Gonna Hate: North Brooklyn Boat Club

One of the original 2011 Boat Club Mockups, designed for 1115 Manhattan Ave

Local blogger, Miss Heather of New York Shitty stirred up some controversy in early February with a theory about scandal and embezzlement within the ranks of the  North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC), in regards to a the organization’s new location. The Boat Club responded with a statement on their site explaining their story and defending the funding.

Then two weeks ago, Queens Crap published this story, calling the NBBC a “phony environmental group,” accusing the non-profit of building a park in Masbeth that the local community doesn’t want. The blog also faulted the boat club for supposedly paying a member $20,000 to paint a mural on the future site of Plank Road.

So why is all this blogosphere hate being spewed at this boat club, which was created to improve the local community and environment? Continue reading

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Landlord Won’t Let Lulu’s Be Gay

This bar just wants to come out of the closet. © Lulu's

We found out over the weekend that John McGillion, the owner of Lulu’s, is suing his landlord, Guard General Merchandise Corp, for not allowing him to turn the establishment into a gay bar. McGillion told the Post that gay-ifying the bar would boost his customer base and raise profits, allowing him to survive in the now quite competitive Greenpoint nightlife market.

But apparently the lease has a specific homophobic clause forbidding this: “The leased Premises shall be used by Tenant as a restaurant and bar. It shall not be used for adult entertainment and shall not be operated as a gay or lesbian bar and/or restaurant.” Just the grouping of “adult entertainment” and “gay bar” is ridiculous/offensive, but so is including this level of discrimination in a legal document. What if the lease prohibited the bar from catering to blacks or Jews? Imagine that outrage that would cause. Continue reading

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A Streetcar Named “What’s Manhattan?”

I’ve said it before, I only go to Manhattan to visit the dentist, since finding a new dentist is the only thing more painful than going into “the city.” Otherwise I’m very content to stay on this landmass we know as Long Island and within the confines of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. But travel between the two sometimes illogically results in “having” to go through Manhattan.

With development on the East River waterfront outpacing transportation solutions, commuting remains a hugely unanswered question. In Greenpoint, with much complained about G service (which is only going to get worse before it gets better) and still no East River Ferry service at India St on the known horizon, maybe it isn’t too cockamamy of an idea to imagine a self powered wireless street car that runs along the Queens and Brooklyn waterfront between Astoria and Red Hook. Continue reading

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Judgmental NYC, Mutant Alligators, & the “New Williamsburg” x 1000 – The Hook Up (4/18)

Curbed tipped us off to this offensive map of stereotypes and cliches around the city, created by  Joe Larson and posted on his blog, Judgemental Maps. Greenpoint is dominated by “OIL SPILL, Polish People, and Really Cool Coffee Shop”– not a terrible summary.  Best of all though is the “Nuclear Industral (spelled wrong) Cesspool.” Even if the makers of this map couldn’t spell the word “industrial,” they did label Newtown Creek as “Mutant Alligators,” which is entirely accurate. If you’re offended, remind yourself that this is a map of STEREOTYPES, not accurate statistical facts.

Racked did a cool feature on Psyche Jewelry, which is based in Greenpoint and run by the gorgeous and talented Nina Berenato of Bushwick.  Continue reading

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