How many of you Greenpointers have your own compost bin? Or bring your food scraps to the Greenmarket on Saturday in McCarren Park? Doesn’t it feel so good? Do you get giddy when you see all the food waste that doesn’t get thrown into plastic bags and sent to a landfill? Now the rest of this city is finally getting on board and this will directly benefit Greenpoint and North Brooklyn.
Many readers have been very concerned about the proposed Greenpoint Landing development on the waterfront. But you can’t just worry about it now – then complain about it later. As Greenpointers, this is our neighborhood and we have to take responsibility for the vision and future plan of what Greenpoint can and will become.
Join GWAPP & NAG for a Special Community Workshop on the Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street Developments on Thursday June 27th, 2013 at 6:30-8pm at the Newtown Creek Visitor Center (329 Greenpoint Ave). This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP
Are you like a lot of people wondering what ULURP means? It stands for Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, which is a standardized procedure whereby applications affecting the land use of the city would be publicly reviewed. In a nutshell, if you’re building something in the city, it needs to go through ULURP for public review and approval.
As a community, we will discuss what is “as-of-right” (per the 2005 Waterfront Rezoning) and what is still negotiable as these two developments approach certification and “ULURP” approval.
This is an opportunity to share ideas about what’s at stake, what we might gain in the ULURP process and how to prioritize our negotiating position.
Representatives from Greenpoint Landing will be making a brief presentation to familiarize everyone with the aspects of the project coming up for ULURP approval. The Center for Urban Pedagogy will be leading a workshop on how the ULURP process works.
Take advantage of this chance to get expert insight into the civic mechanism that is, typically, the last opportunity for the community to have input on impending development.
If you need to amazing kitchen items, don’t miss this super sale at Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) to taking place Friday June 14th thru Monday June 17th. Kitchenware, brands like Le Creuset, Bodum, Hikuichi, and Staub will be marked down 40%, plus there will be 10% off the entire Homebrew department. More info.
Yesterday I posted an article written by Matt G. that reported that Thaddeus “Teddy” Padlo had passed away. This article has been removed at the request of his family, who wrote in that Teddy is not dead, but instead at a VA hospital. I am embarrassed that I didn’t do a better job at verifying this serious information before sharing it and sincerely apologize for any harm my lack of oversight has caused Teddy and his family.
While I have no interest in showing you a dog attack and will not, the nice folks at Napa Auto, where the recent dog attack took place last Wednesday June 5th, 2013, reviewed their surveillance video footage in order to help Lauren Schneider find the owner of the dog who attacked and killed her young pomerania named Arlo.
The owner of the attack dog, a white man who was originally described as thin, but is in fact NOT thin, but instead fat and balding, literally ran away up Freeman after the attack. The attack dog was confirmed to be a white shepherd.
If you see this person or the dog or have any information, do the right thing and contact Lauren at 631-835-0789 or laurenEschneider AT gmail.com.
Unfortunately since this is a “civil matter” this unbelievable irresponsible and horrendous human being cannot be arrested for his disgusting behavior. Regardless, his dog is dangerous – not only to other dogs but potentially to people as well. Such an aggressive animal owned by such a vile human being is a dangerous combination and at the very least this dog should be taken away from this man.
I can think of a few things I’d like to see happen to him, but I will keep those to myself.
There’s a simple phrase that means a lot to many people: E.B.T. Available. For people at Down to Earth Farmers Markets, it means that there is an Electronic Benefits Terminal available to process Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for the purchase of fresh, local food.
As of Sunday, June 9th, McGolrick Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market will have E.B.T. available. (Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market in East Williamsburg already does!)
“It takes a little behind the scenes effort to implement the electronic benefit terminals, such as filing paperwork with the state and training the market managers, but it’s work we are happy to complete,” said Frankie Rowland of Down to Earth Markets. “Our vendors also jump in to help out with some of the cost and administration of running the program. It’s a community effort to broaden the local food community!”
Also, beginning in July, the NYC Department of Health offers a $2 coupon for every $5 of SNAP benefits spent at one of our EBT markets. Please visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at nyc.gov to learn more about this program.
And the farmers market continues to expand! At McGolrick Park, we now have FOUR local farms with amazing produce: Alex’s Tomato Farm, Great Road Farm, Garden of Eve, and Brooklyn Grange. They are all small-scale farms bringing seasonal fruits and vegetables, grown with care for the environment.
In addition to the growers, we now have fresh fish from American Pride Seafood, homemade tempeh from Grown in Brooklyn, pasture-raised poultry and meats from Stone & Thistle, and expert charcuterie from Brooklyn Cured. This market also has Horman’s Best Pickles (and we all know Nick named his company RIGHT), incredible breads from Orwashers, the best seasonal pies ever from Pie & Lady & Son, and locally-roasted nuts, nut butters, granola, and more from Tierra Farm.
AND have you visited the newest market vendor: La Newyorkina? She makes Mexican-style ice pops and frozen treats that are the perfect respite from the summer heat.
Want to help us get a compost drop-off site up and running at the McGolrick market? Stop by and talk to the market manager, Ellie, this Sunday. She’s taking down names of volunteers to create a compost program. The shifts would be only two hours long, every few weeks. (The more volunteers, the more weeks between the shifts.) We’ve been working with the wonderful ladies at BIG! Compost in Astoria to make this possibility. BIG! Compost will train all volunteers in one easy session. We hope to get this going as soon as this month. Join us.
McGolrick Park Market: every Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm, at the corner of Nassau Avenue and Russell Street.
Thank you for supporting your local farmers market!
According to Greenpointer Lauren Schneider, her young 1 year old pomeranian dog named Arlo was viciously attacked on Wednesday June 5, 2013 by a very large short haired white dog with a long snout that isn’t a pit bull mix. The attack occurred on Manhattan Ave between Freeman St and Green St in Greenpoint. The attack dog owners, white females in mid-upper 20s, left without giving Lauren any information. Arlo died on the way to the vet’s office. If anyone witnessed the attack or has any information about the attack dog or its owners – please contact Lauren at 631-835-0789 or Lauren’s sister brooke.ashley.s (at) gmail.com.
Wondering what will fill the space (more like a void) that was the former Veronica People’s Club?
Broken Land (105 Franklin St) has come. And they are opening their doors tonight – Thursday, 6/6 at 9pm!
I sat down with bar manager, Ryan Wood and one of the owners, Julia Arnold, amidst the flurry of prepping for their opening party tonight.
GP: What’s the concept of ”Broken Land”?
BL: We choose “Broken Land” because it was the original name the Dutch gave Brooklyn (Breukelen) and it was descriptive of the the area where Newtown Creek was: waving marshlands. Those marshlands are now known as Greenpoint. We wanted to create a bar “where we would want to be.” Continue reading →
I hate to break it to you folks, but our beloved or behated G Train will be closed at Greenpoint Ave for 12 weekends beginning on July 6, 2013. Also closed will be 21st Street and Court Square stops in Long Island City.
That means no service between Nassau & Greenpoint Aves or to Queens. The train will run from Church St to Nassau Ave, which will be the last stop. Then you can take a shuttle service along the rest of the line.
Thanks to Hurricane Sandy the MTA has some major work to do to repair the tube. According to a NY Times report: “In the Greenpoint tube, power cables, exposed to salt water, are ‘corroding from the inside,’ the authority said, and exterior corrosion of rails and fasteners has increased the likelihood of short circuits.”
The affected weekends are July 6, July 13, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17, Aug. 24, Sept. 7, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.