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Greenpoint’s Taxi Graveyard

Photo © Emma Whitford via the Gothamist
Photo © Emma Whitford via the Gothamist

In the land of transportation woes, Greenpoint has got another thing to worry about. It’s a yellow graveyard growing on the outer-edges of Provost Street. No, these aren’t daisies growing in a cemetery; these are the remains of discarded NYC cabbies which nobody wants to claim.

For a good part of the year, this graveyard has crept outside of the crowded taxi dispatch, McGuiness Management Corporation, located on the corner of McGuiness Boulevard and Huron Street and continues to grow outwards onto the surrounding streets. With the Uber lobbyists hard at work in Albany and the infusion of green taxis making outer borough pick-ups, yellow taxis are feeling the pinch. Their carcasses can be seen snaking their way  onto Provost Street, filling up side blocks all the way from Huron down to Freeman Street.

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Boulevard Tavern to Close its Doors for the Final Time this Weekend

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Image c/o @boulevardtavernbrooklyn

Sad news: Boulevard Tavern will be pulling its final pint this weekend, after 10 years of serving the neighborhood.

Owner Harold Kramer and his wife Ria started running the bar in 2005.  They reclaimed the name ‘Boulevard Tavern’ after discovering the signage underneath that of J&D’s, the bar that closed on the same site in the early 2000s.

Tragically, Ria lost her battle with cancer three years ago, and Harold has been struggling to manage the bar alone. Among the reasons he cites for closing, he says “it’s tough being a small business in NYC right now”.  Continue reading

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Help Clean Up our Streets and Get a Free Lunch Tomorrow! (8/22)

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If you haven’t already heard, Greenpoint was crowned NYC’s King of illegal dumping recently and that isn’t including the over 400lbs of litter that was picked up in the first Greenpoint Clean Up Day. Thankfully, the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce is addressing this problem with their “Curb Your Litter” initiative and has organized another clean up day tomorrow (8/22).

Lunch will be provided to all volunteers thanks to Grandma Roses, Casanova and Slick Willie! Continue reading

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Citi Bike Stations Officially Hit Greenpoint

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They’re heeeeere

Whether you what to cheer or sneer, Citi Bike has begun the first wave of its Greenpoint bike installations. Over the weekend, rows of blue bikes cropped up on streets like tactical operatives ready to whisk us off at any minute. Following in the footsteps of other bike sharing programs in cities like Paris, Rome and Mexico City, Citi Bike’s expansion into Brooklyn was designed to ease city street congestion and give commuters an alternative means of transportation.

Until the end of this month Citi Bike is luring new customers by offering a $25 dollars discount off the $149 yearly membership. Sign into the Citi Bike club and you’ll be able to take those shiny new wheels to your next destination, so long as each ride is 45 minutes or less.

Before you hit the starting gate familiarize yourselves with NYC’s bike riding traffic rules. And now, without further adieu, let’s check out where all these blue babies are parked around the hood.

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The 411 on 211 McGuinness Boulevard

Roof deck and pool rendering by Gene Kaufman
The future of Greenpoint comes with rooftop pools. Rendering by Gene Kaufman

Unless you’ve been living in a hole underground (or must avoid the block because your ex lives around the corner) you have probably noticed that McGuinness Boulevard, between Greenpoint Avenue and Calyer, is about to get way douchier fancier.  And so the story goes – Greenpoint continues to get slapped in the face by developers. 

Stellar Management recently broke ground  for a massive mixed-income rental development complete with a rooftop pool and a laundry list of other amenities including a tiered back garden on the first floor, game room, fitness center, fancy lounge, library and concierge.  Oh boy.

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It’s official–Greenpoint is Crowned NYC’s King of Illegal Dumping

Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle
Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle

We all know Greenpoint has a rep as being a pretty filthy hood.  Not only do we process the lion’s share of  NYC’s poop, but our backyard is infamous for its catastrophic oil spills and industrial superfund sites. Unfortunately, Greenpoint has and still remains a dumping ground for a myriad of things.

Our current garbage situation is so out of control, several test programs have been implemented to eliminate the scourge: The smelly composting pilot program, Big Belly Solar Compactor Cans installed on select corners, and we even have a neighborhood organization called Curb Your Litter, whose sole mission is to clean up our streets.

Just to put things into perspective about how insane our trash problem really is, in just one day of cleaning 25 Greenpoint streets, Curb Your Litter plucked 400 lbs of trash from curbs and gutters. Even worse—this poundage doesn’t even include the overflowing NYC garbage cans!

Talk about disgusting.

Now, I’m a proud Greenpointer like the rest of you, but after encountering a recent article declaring Greenpoint as “The Top Neighborhood in NYC for Illegal Dumping”, well…let’s just say I wasn’t feeling very patriot. In fact, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Oh, yeah? What else is new?”

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Potluck Party in Transmitter Park this Sunday (8/16)

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Hey Greenpoint Kids! No, not the big kids this time. I’m talking to the little ones. The ones who will want to splash around in baby pools, play games, and have parents who still cook for them and will whip something yummy up for a family friendly potluck party this Sunday (8/16, 5-8pm) in Transmitter Park.

Mommy start-up Social Pants is hosting the event and will provide utensils/plates, baby pools filled with ice for the food, lots of games for the kids, and a photographer to capture family photos in the park.

You (your parents) bring: A blanket and a yummy dish! RSVP and post what dish you’d like to bring!

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Want Green Space? Occupy the Inlet this Sunday!

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Got your kayaks and kites ready? If you don’t, better hurry up! This Sunday, the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park are about to make history and they want you in on the action.

This Sunday, August 9th between 12:30 and 2pm, Occupy the Inlet intends to fill up Bushwick Inlet’s waters with as many boats and kayaks as possible. The goal is to put the screws on City Hall to fulfill its promised 28 acre waterfront park before it’s turned into more luxury residential developments.

“The park is being held hostage from us,” says  Steve Chesler, a local activist. “We’re getting angrier. Our base has been growing. We’re not going to relent until the administration starts talking about it and engaging our reps in the community.”

Since the suspicious 7 alarm fire in February that clogged streets with soot and charred medical records, the fate of CitiStorage’s 11 acre site has been the subject of intense debate. Continue reading

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Artist Community Rallies for Bryan Osburn: Fundraiser this Sunday (8/9)

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Bryan Osburn. Untitled. Oil on canvas. 14 inches x 12 inches. 2012

A few weeks ago, painter Bryan Osburn was brutally attacked near his Greenpoint studio by a group of thugs who shattered his jaw and took his cell phone. Bryan has undergone extensive surgery to put his jaw back together and will need financial assistance as his body and mind heal.

106 Green has set up a fundraiser and the local artist community has rallied by donating artwork to help out one of their own. Donate, buy a raffle ticket, attend this Sunday’s event and show love the Greenpoint way! Here’s how you can help: Continue reading

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Judy Blume Shows a Greenpoint Hubby Some Love

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A couple of days ago, Greenpointers put out an all-points bulletin for a very special item—a signed 1991 paperback copy of Judy Blume’s revered Are you there God? It’s me Margaret which tragically went missing last week.

Perhaps some of you may have even seen the scotch-taped signs of featuring the worn cover of the book clung to lampposts all over the neighborhood.

The culprit behind the treasured book’s disappearance comes from none other than a loving husband named Leonard Lasek, who accidentally threw out the book while cleaning up his apartment. According to the neighborhood notice, Lasek admitted, “I accidentally gave this book away on Saturday July 25th in a box on the corner of Green & Franklin. This book is extremely important to my wife. It was a keepsake from her mother and is irreplaceable. On the inside cover is a note that reads ‘Christmas 1991.’ If you happened to pick up this book can you please get in touch with me.”

Good news for the trouble husband, Judy Blume got on the case.

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