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What Will Become of the Huxley Envelope Building?

Photo by Joanne Ambia

Many of you might be familiar with the nearby Huxley Envelope building, a fixture sight on the waterfront and an identifier of Greenpoint across the soiled waters of the East River.

Remediation Site Map

But what you might not know is that the entire building and surrounding land could be demolished, as a result of a major brownfield cleanup run by the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), which will purge the area of what they refer to as “hazardous waste and/or petrolium.” An official report found that the cleanup will not post a significant threat to public health …but more on that later. Basically the remediation is going to detox the shitty/toxic soil embedded on our deceivingly pretty waterfront, which I’m sure we can all agree, is a good thing. I mean, this soil has to get clean at some point; that’s the whole idea of a Superfund site. Continue reading

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The Fireworks Are Back!

© Ed Betz/Associated Press

GOOD NEWS! The July 4th fireworks are returning to the East River this year, meaning we can watch them from rooftops across North Brooklyn.

We have fellow Brooklynite, Billy de Blasio, to thank for the change, which he announced on Monday. The fireworks will actually be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge and sources that we just made up say it will be spectacular. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Couple Found Dead in Hot Tub

Yes, this actually happened. On Sunday afternoon, a mailman found a couple naked and dead in their hot tub on Nassau Ave. An empty gallon of vodka was found nearby and according to authorities, the tub was still running.

And somehow the scenario gets even darker. Alicia Wieczorkiewicz and Jacek Crockiewitz, who were found facing each other in the tub, were not married. Crockiewitz’s wife showed up at the home later, stumbling upon what we can only assume was a very morbid and bizarre scene. Continue reading

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Not An Urban Outfitters! Franklin St is Getting… a Convention Center!

Brooklyn Expo Center - Opening October 2014

When the curtains fell to reveal a wrap around glass front building at 79 Franklin St (at Noble St) in Greenpoint, many residents wondered and dreaded what would open up there. A few of the predictions were American Apparel, Blue Bottle, Brooklyn Industries, laser tag, a roller disco and Trader Joe’s. Soon signs reading “Brooklyn Expo” were hung in the windows. Continue reading

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Kickstarter Debuts its New Headquarters in the Revamped Pencil Factory Building

A few weeks back, Kickstarter opened its new Greenpoint office for a Creators Open House, revealing a beautiful renovation reflective of the many warehouse conversions in our neighborhood. Though factory aesthetics are a dime a dozen in North Brooklyn, this headquarters stands out, with a theater (Kickstarter has successfully funded 13,368 film and video projects to date), an art gallery (they hope to host exhibits for aspiring artists), a sprawling recreational and kitchen area with a long bar and seating booths, and a terrarium-like nature insertion between glass and wood walls. And that’s just the first floor.

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Cafe Grumpy is Killing It, One Starbucks at a Time

Grumpy Starbucks

It’s pretty cool when a local business beats out a chain, so we have to give some props to Cafe Grumpy, which will be taking over the Starbucks location on the east side of Grand Central.  Sources told the Huffington Post that Starbucks’ lease was up and apparently the the MTA has a policy of not allowing big chain stores to apply for a new one.  “It’s part of our effort to keep the space unique,” an MTA spokesperson said. Continue reading

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Update: NYC Transportation Activism

"meeker&frost turned into a beautiful space for remembrance RIP Christopher Meyer" Photo by @nycstreetmem

Last week we talked about speed cameras being voted out of the city budget, which could be a major road block for Vision Zero, de Blasio’s ambitious campaign to end all traffic deaths in NYC. But what’s been most fascinating about the conflict, is seeing the ways in which New Yorkers have responded.

Tomorrow (4/9) Right of Way, a “direct action street justice group,” is taking their protest to the streets, staging a demonstration that will involve stenciling the outlines of 40 bodies on Grand St (Between Columbia and Lewis in the LES), the number of lives they believe will be lost as a result of the speed camera bill. The protest will point fingers directly at lawmakers in Albany, whom they hold ultimately accountable, using #killedbyalbany as a slogan, transposed over a logo of a bloody handprint.

On the other end of the spectrum, a group of about two dozen bikers visited the sites where fellow NYC cyclists were killed, holding make shift memorial services over white ghost bikes, lovingly adorned with flowers and photos.  Continue reading

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This Morning We Smelled New Jersey From Brooklyn

Cause there's a fire, y'all.

 

…And that will be the title of my forthcoming memoir. Until then, let us remember that the smell was caused by a brush fire, not Chris Christie.

Just pretend that it’s summer and we’re all sitting by the campfire, inhaling that sweet smokey smell of nature. Try to forget that there is an actual fire in a forest somewhere 90 miles South of Manhattan. Close your eyes. Dream a little dream. And maybe stay inside so as to not activate that asthma. All cool?

P.S. The odor will be “observable” for the next 12 hours and as of this very moment, the fire is about 50% contained.

But, REAL TALK: we’re not happy that a nature preserve is burning. Save the osprey!

That is all.

 

 

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Speed Cameras Nixed From NYC Budget

Earlier this week, much to our dismay, Governor Cuomo and the state legislature denied a request from Mayor de Blasio for 160 new speed cameras, which were an important part of eliminating traffic deaths via the Vision Zero plan.

A source told the Daily News that Cuomo didn’t want to give another budget victory to Mayor de Blasio (i.e. political squabbling replacing ACTUAL need for safety). Right now, according to Capital New York, NYC has a measly 20 speed cameras.

Courtesy of Vision Zero

On Monday, Right of Way, a safe-streets group, demanded immediate legislative action to get even more speed cameras. They would ideally like 1,000 to be installed on NYC streets, which was the recipe for success in Washington, D.C.

“Earlier this month, legislative leaders promised grieving parents organized by Families for Safe Streets that the new state budget would at least double the number of speed cameras in New York City,” said a representative from Right of Way. ” Instead, we got zero.”

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All Your Shipping & Printing & Film Developing Needs on Manhattan Ave!

P & P Shipping & Stationers

It seems like everyday another business is closing in Greenpoint – especially on Manhattan Ave. But great new businesses are also opening, like P&P Shipping & Stationers (746 Manhattan).

In the stationery department we’ve lost Jam Stationery and Greenpoint’s favorite film developing spot – Enla Photo.

Have no fear – you DO NOT need to go to Staples at its cringe worthy, pedestrian unfriendly location anymore.

Filling the void, P& P Shipping & Stationers has opened a big and bright new location that answers your shipping, stationery, office supplies and yes – BELIEVE IT – film developing needs.  Continue reading

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