McGolrick Park Winter Farmers Market moves indoors this Sunday (11/29)

HormansBestPickles_525pxRemember the great philosopher pickle king, Nick Horman? And his call to “Think. Question. Pickle.” Well, Greenpoint, he’s BACK! This Sunday, November 29th, Horman’s Best Pickles returns to the McGolrick Park Winter Farmers Market.

ParkChurchCo-Op-MGPW_275pxThis Sunday also marks the day when the market moves indoors to the Park Church Co-Op, formerly known as the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, located at 129 Russell Street. It’s right across the street from McGolrick Park, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. Continue reading

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We’re Thankful for this Pizza-Themed Space Invader at Vinnie’s

Via Vinnie's on Instagram
Via Vinnie’s on Instagram

Judging by the consistent theme of pizza and Ninja Turtles in his work lately, legendary street artist Invader is hungry for freedom slices.

We’re happy to say that Greenpoint’s very own Vinnie’s Pizzeria put some happiness in his belly recently. But mostly happy that he rewarded them handsomely with a parting gift.

“Invader loves pizza. And apparently ours,” said Vinnie’s co-owner Henrik Toncic. “He and his crew stayed for lunch after completing the job. Chill down to earth Parisians. We feel very lucky. And proud. And it’s never gonna get old walking up to it.”

According to Toncic, Invader custom-made his pizza critter especially for Vinnie’s, matching it to their logo and everything.

As tempting as it is, though, to say that pizza (and pizza alone) brought them together, Toncic has been part of the street art community his entire life. A mutual friend, photographer Stephen Kelley, facilitated the fateful meeting.

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This Greenpoint Barber Defies His Tourette’s in the Name of Great Hair

If there were ever a place to trust a twitchy man with a straight razor, it would be at the workstation of Tomcats Barbershop savant David Arce.

Arce has Tourette’s Syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the most skilled and respected barbers in Brooklyn.

In this mini documentary by Michael Byhoff, Jon Sarlin, and Jason Basso — who all work together at HLN, CNN’s sister network — Arce touches on everything ranging from being perceived as a drug addict to having a cult following, though he doesn’t like the word “cult.” Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland & Snow Sprites, Mulled Hungarian Wine, Craft Beer, Henna Tattoos, Tarot Cards, The Roving Typist, 60+ Vendors, and more!! Holiday Market (12/6)

GPHMfb2016_275pxMix and Mingle amongst Snow Sprites and Snowflakes without the chill at a Winter Wonderland on Sunday, Dec 6th (1-7PM) for our Greenpointers annual Holiday Market! The gorgeous Greenpoint Loft will come alive with FREE fun activities, food & refreshments, live music, holiday cheer, and a happy Greenpoint crowd!

RSVP for Sunday, December 6th from 1-7pm at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, 5th Fl.)

Winter is coming but sans ugly white walkers because it’s going to be toasty warm. Thanks to Palinkerie, we will be blending a lovely Benedek Pinot Noir from the highland region of Mátra in Hungary with a mulling kit provided by local spice blender extraordinaires Greenpoint Trading Co. to serve a delicious Mulled Wine.

GreenpointBeer_275pxOur favorite brew nerds at Greenpoint Beer & Ale are making us some “Snuggles,” their winter lager brewed with elderberries and cedar. “Warthog,” a juicy session IPA with notes of pine and orange peel will also be served.

There will ask be coffee by Cafe Grumpy and a large assortment of delicious eats by some talented chefs and local food establishments including Esme, Adelina’s, Centavo, Moe’s DoughsBrooklyn Whatever and more!

On FREE fun activities, we are so excited to welcome back The Roving Typist, who will write one-of-a-kind personalized stories for our guests. You may recognize him public spaces around NYC typing up stories for strangers. If not, check out this super sweet short documentary about him.

Miss V will get her demons out by Henna Tattooing, Lindsay Myers will peer into your future with Tarot Cards, and Peenk will work her Nail Art magic. Plus, new hair salon Bull in the Heather will be giving free bang trims to get you a quick refresher before the holidays and before you pose for our photo booth!

Excited to have Laura & Greg join us again to belt out two sets of live music from their album Forever for Sure!

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Greenpoint Trading Co.
Palinkerie Hungarian Imports
Palinkerie Imports
Cafe Grumpy
GP Beer & Ale
Greenpoint Loft
Greenpoint Loft
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NuHart Superfund Cleanup Plan on the Way

nuhartNow that the smoke has cleared from the attempted Halloween dance party incident at the NuHart Superfund site, we’re back to the perennial and even messier topic of the proposed cleanup plan.

The Nov. 2 meeting held in Greenpoint with Dr. Peter deFur, the community’s technical consultant, was an opportunity for local residents to ask questions about the toxic contamination in the soil and groundwater.

DeFur assured residents: “Your presence and your voice will make a difference…I have seen examples of where the community voice is an important determinate and changes the outcome.”

The moment of truth involved an array of toxins that have been detected at low levels at the NuHart test wells, including benzene, but deFur posited that they are not a major concern for most Greenpointers.

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From Vaudeville to Oil Slicks to Premium Condos — The Hook-Up 11/20

Via The New Yorker
Via The New Yorker

Though Greenpoint’s industrial history gets dredged up on the regular, it’s less often that we talk about its former status as a thriving hub of theatre and vaudeville. Today, the world is still a stage, but these illustrations done for the New Yorker are beautiful and surprising.

Is Yelp! holding a mirror to racist attitudes toward gentrification? A study compared restaurant reviews in the two rapidly changing neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Bed-Stuy, and it seems as though “ethnic charm” means something different depending on where you’re brunching.

The blowback from the NuHart rave was apparently not enough to stop Jack Daniels from relishing the noise complaints it generated last week on Huron Street. Looks kind of fun though — not going to lie.

A number of community boards are banding together to oppose de Blasio’s proposed zoning changes. According to DNAinfo, “the last time local groups connected on such a wide scale was during the 1990s when the Giuliani administration was changing zoning around adult-use establishments.”

For your light Friday afternoon read, here’s a good briefer on how Newtown Creek acquired its legacy of poison. As a supplement, here’s a reflection on how we normalize oil sheens in our waterways.

Here they come! Greenpoint’s priciest condos! The building comes complete with its own regal-sounding condo tower name: The Gibraltar. Hopefully it will come to represent the “limit to the known world” of escalating real estate prices.

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The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund in Action (More Action)


Last week, we bore witness to the first visible evidence of a benevolent tree invasion overtaking our neighborhood.

That, if you recall, is one of several projects brought to us by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (the payout from the Exxon oil spill settlement), which is funding initiatives to improve the local environment.

Today, the GCEF-funded Greenpoint Eco-Schools initiative is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony of sorts, and Greenpointers will have an opportunity to vote for future projects before the week is up. Continue reading

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A Tree Grows in Greenpoint, and We’re About to Get 499 More

Kids and trees! The young saplings of our future.
Kids and trees! The young saplings of our future.

Last Friday, Greenpoint took a small step in the direction of better living up to its name.

With one tree planted out of a proposed 500, the “Greening Greenpoint” project is well on its way to transforming our corner of Brooklyn into the verdant oasis we always knew it could be.

Neighbors, local officials, and students from the nearby St. Stanislaus Catholic Academy looked on during a tree-planting ceremony that took place Nov. 6 near 189 Driggs Avenue. There, a Hackberry tree was planted: a native shade tree that’s popular with the birds. Thanks to the students, the block then received over 300 new daffodil bulbs. Continue reading

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Get it Here: Videos of Post-Halloween NuHart Superfund Meeting in Greenpoint

It’s Friday; instead of “Netflix and chill,” why not “Superfund and chill?” After all, you can’t spell “Superfund” without “super fun” — ask CityFox to explain.

In what proved to be a fateful pre-scheduled meeting, the Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) and Council Member Levin’s office hosted a post-Halloween Superfund meeting at the Polish & Slavic Center in Greenpoint.

Here’s a video playlist of the meeting.

Local residents fielded their questions to: representatives of Dupont Street Developers, Council Member Levin, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health, City Office of Environmental Remediation and Assemblyman Joe Lentol’s office, in addition to NAG board members Mike Schade and Rita Pasarell.

NuHart Superfund Meeting - Greenpoint 11/02/15. Image: Mike Schade
NuHart Superfund Meeting – Greenpoint 11/02/15. Image: Mike Schade

As a result of the Halloween fiasco, CityFox and Dupont Street Developers LLC are now facing city and state investigations.

State Assemblyman Joe Lentol wrote a letter to the state’s attorney general to investigate the permit process for pop-up parties.

Other resources mentioned in the video:

NAG provided a copy of CityFox’s permit applications and approvals from the NYS Liquor Authority and the NYC Department of Buildings.

Dr. Peter deFur, the Greenpoint community technical consultant hired by NAG through a state grant, gave a presentation available here on what’s lurking beneath the surface at NuHart.

On the latter note, stay tuned for more coverage to follow.

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The Horsemen of Gentrification Could at Least Bring Some Trash Cans with Them — The Hook-Up 11/6

Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)
Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)

Is “Greenpoint” becoming synonymous with “gentrification?” This week, Forbes spotlighted the decline of Polish businesses, and McSweeney’s did a McSweeney’s.

Curb Your Litter is tackling Greenpoint’s abysmal person-to-garbage-can ratio with a new interactive map that lets you recommend locations for trash bins. As a matter of fact, “person-to-garbage-can ratio” is also pretty good shorthand for life in New York City.

Protect your package, people. Greenpointers posted this video on our Facebook page earlier this week, but in case you missed it, here’s something that might make you think twice about buzzing in a stranger.

Jack and Joshua Guttman just filed an application to build a new hotel on West Street at the abandoned Greenpoint Terminal Market complex. Perhaps the proposed rooftop bar will be distress-signal-distance from the Wythe Hotel’s.

Another five-story rental going up on West and India hopes to offer a more “approachable, neighborhood feel” counterpart to the big towers going up around it.

Is it the dawn of a new era for the G? Old Faithful made it to this short list of “best trains to live near” in NYC, but I’m not sure how much that actually means coming from a source who says the L is “reliable” and that the Q moves “with astonishing speed.”

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