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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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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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Greenpoint Trading Co. Launches Kickstarter + Party 12/14 w/ FREE BEER!

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Did you enjoy that amazing mulled wine at the Holiday Market? It was made with mulling spices donated by Greenpoint’s favorite spice, seasoning and rub company. Greenpoint Trading Co.’s has just launched a kickstarter campaign. Their $30,000 goal will be to invest in a build-out of their warehouse, more machines for production, more inventory and more staff. With more inventory and manpower they can take on more customers and expand beyond the East Coast.

This Sunday December 14, 2014 from 1-4pm they will be having a fundraiser at Dirck the Norseman (7 No. 15th St). They will be giving away FREE BEER to anyone who donates to their cause. So donate!

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Greenpoint is in the World’s First Instagram Photobook

"This just happened," Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Taken on 10 January 2014 by @benlowy. © Benjamin Lowy/Out Of The Phone

Yes, Greenpoint! The world’s first book of Instagram photographs, Out of the Phone, includes a snap taken in our neighborhood earlier this year by American photojournalist Benjamin Lowy.

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Protests for #ericgarner #blacklivesmatter Today (12/4)

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We have some big issues in NYC to think about after the failure to indict the police offer who killed Eric Garner.

Lighting the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is a celebration of our city and there was nothing to celebrate yesterday.When I posted about the protests there on Facebook last night, someone commented, “What does this have to do with Greenpoint?” Eric Garner is a New Yorker. And NYC police officers patrol 11222. Enough said.

If you feel so inclined to demonstrate, our favorite local activist Emily Gallagher sent us these tips:

BE ON TIME & FOLLOW HASHTAGS

PROTESTS TODAY DEC. 4th Continue reading

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In conversation: authors Elisabeth Donnelly & Stu Sherman

The Misshapes: The Coming Storm by Alex Flynn ©Donnelly & Sherman

Fifteen-year-old Sarah Robertson is no ordinary teenager—she can control the weather with her emotions. Her older brother, Johnny, can turn water into alcohol. And their mother is Lady Oblivion, feared arch nemesis of America’s favorite superhero, Freedom Man. In this world, superheros with useful powers (creating earthquakes, flying, walking through walls) go to high school at Hero Academy to become crime fighters, while those with unsuitable powers (disappearing when embarrassed, talking to small woodland animals) get labeled as Misshapes and have to attend high school with the normals.

A few days ago, I caught up with Greenpoint residents Elisabeth Donnelly and Stu Sherman, the writing duo behind the pseudonym Alex Flynn…

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Holiday Specials from Usha Veda Yoga

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Give the gift of yoga to yourself or a friend with these sweet holiday deals from Usha Veda Yoga, located at 1104 Manhattan Ave.  Sale packages are available from 11/27/13 through 1/7/14. The holidays can be hectic and stressful and yoga is a great way to really unwind and reconnect with yourself.

Sponsored post courtesy of Usha Veda Yoga.

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McCarren Park Ice Rink is Open!

Photo Credit: NYC Parks Department

That’s right folks. Get ready to tie up those laces because our favorite and only ice skating rink is now back in business! From now until January 4th 2015, Greenpointers can ice skate their hearts and fannies off at the McCarren Park Ice Rink. Thanks to a nice $100,000+ injection from Councilman Levin’s office for parks-related improvements, our little ice rink is now a whopping 25% bigger!

This year the ice rink has stretched in size to 60 feet wide by 150 feet long. That’s give us 9,000 square feet of room to fall on our asses, knock into fellow neighbors, squeeze in some hand-holding, and get in touch with our inner Evengi Plushenko. Continue reading

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