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It’s really happening. G Train Shutdown Begins Tonight! Are you ready?

Photo credit, Kim M

Tonight at 10:30p.m. three G train stops will go out of service for 5 weeks–Greenpoint Ave, 21st Street and Court Square. One thing on everyone’s mind is how the hell are we going to get around in this mess? Continue reading

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Celebrate Violet Pepper’s One Year Anniversary This Weekend!

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Jade Elzien in her shop, Violet Pepper.

When Franklin Street first started to become a shopping destination, one of the first people I met there was Jade Elzien, who was then working at one of Greenpoint’s earliest boutiques, Dalaga. Her upbeat attitude, warmth and genuine personality helped me feel comfortable and excited for what the neighborhood had in store. So it was very exciting to find out that she was opening her OWN boutique, Violet Pepper (688 Manhattan Ave.) last summer.

To celebrate the shop’s first year, Violet Pepper‘s hosting a big celebration with sales Friday July 25-Sunday 27th. Everything will be 20% off and sale items an extra 20% off. On Saturday the 26th there will be an added bonus of Brooklyn Brewery beers!

A little more about Jade and her journey from friendly Greenpoint neighbor to independent Greenpoint business owner after the jump! Continue reading

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Down to Earth Farmer’s Market Vendor Profile: Full Circle Farms

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The 2014 market season marks the debut of Full Circle Farm, both as a farming endeavor and as a vendor with Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park and Cooper Park farmers markets. Shelle Bailey and Jesse Mandel run Full Circle Farm in Dutchess County, NY, and this summer is the first time the couple has ever sold their produce at a farmers market.

Devotees of thoughtfully cultivated food can find Full Circle Farm every Sunday at Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market. It takes place at the park, on Maspeth Avenue at Olive Street, from 11 am to 4 pm every week through Sunday, November 23rd. We recently sat down with Shelle as she shared about the adventures that led to Full Circle Farm. Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone…Greenpoint Sludge Tank Is History

Photo courtesy of Kim M.

Well Greenpointers, the time has come. Bust out your hankies, snap those photos, and wave bye-bye to one of our most recognizable landmarks, the beloved Greenpoint Sludge Tank.

After a series of delays, the Park Tower Group, the firm responsible for the contentious Greenpoint Landing developments, has finally gassed up their bulldozers. The 16 column, 52ft concrete behemoth that spent the bulk of its years processing millions of gallons of treated sewage is officially is being laid to rest. Continue reading

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The G Trains “stuGGLe” Begins Friday (7/25) for an entire month! Tell Us Your G Train Story

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Dear Greenpointers,

There is no funny or cheerful way to put this. There will be no G train service between Nassau Ave and Court Square in Queens from Friday, June 25th (at 10:30pm) through Tuesday September 2nd (5am). Service operates between Church Ave and Nassau Ave.

There will be free shuttle buses providing service at all times. Manhattan Ave shuttle buses run between Nassau Ave and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Ave and 21 St. McGuinness Blvd shuttle buses run between Lorimer St and Court Sq, stopping near stations at Nassau Ave, Greenpoint Ave and 21 St. Continue reading

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Brooklyn’s Katy Perry, Gentrification Thoughts, & de Blasio on Colbert–The Hook Up 7/18

Catey Shaw is Brooklyn's own Katy Perry knock off #livinthedream

 

If you want to be irritated, watch this cringe-worthy music video, which is basically a knock off of California Girls, sung by a party girl who dances around Williamsburg in a Nets hat.

Bill de Blasio played it cool with Colbert this week and denied being a socialist (even though we all know he’s a communist spy infiltrating the city to spread universal pre-K).

Both GIRLS and Boardwalk Empire are shooting in the hood today.  Speaking of which, have you heard of Film Complaint 11222? Local resident, Rolf Carl, is Greenpoint’s own film shoot monitoring vigilante, removing tape from irresponsible crews and keeping 311 on speed dial.

The NY Times finally publishes a thoughtful piece on gentrification from a writer who has lived in Brooklyn since the 70′s.  Continue reading

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UPDATE: India St. Ferry Landing Now Under Repair

Crane for Repair of India St Pier / Photo: Jackie Hoving

After months of head scratching and hand wringing, it appears that work to repair the India Street ferry landing has finally visibly begun, just nine days before next Friday’s G-train closure plunges North Brooklyn into a five-week transportation brown out. It appears city officials are now “cautiously optimistic” that the landing’s owners will finish repairs before the G shuts down.

In our in-depth June 6 post on the topic, we noted a disconcerting lack of transparency about the repair process and called on local political leaders to pressure the city and the landing’s owners to publicly commit to a timeline that would ensure the ferry is operational before shutdown.

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A Sidewalk Sale to Benefit Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue – Tomorrow (7/19)

Local dog rescue, Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, is hosting a fundraising sidewalk sale this Saturday, July 19th from 11am to 4pm outside of the Shoe Market at N. 6th St and Bedford Ave. Badass Couture will feature a curated selection of vintage and gently-used clothing, Badass merchandise, and of course adorable and adoptable doggies. All proceeds go towards the rescue, who rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the southern U.S. and get them adopted into loving, New York homes.

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Fed Up with Fed-Ex? P&P Offers Local, Friendly Stationary Solutions!

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Vakrim, Sujit & Jeff

I have a confession to make – I am horrible with correspondence. It was not until Father’s Day that I realized the gift I had gotten for dad was sitting there, wrapped up in a bag in my room, 8 hours away from where my Dad lives. The post office was already closed, and by the time I was home from work, there was only one place I could rely on to be open – P&P Shipping and Stationery Store (746 Manhattan Avenue.)

As you may recall from this post in March, P&P Shipping opened on Manhattan Avenue, filling a recent void in the local stationary scene. The owner, Sujit, opened the business because he saw the need in the community. Like me, he has had some bad experiences at the Post Office and decided he wanted to offer something better to his neighbors. Continue reading

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Body of Peter Spear Found

It is very sad to report that the body of missing man Peter Spear was found. On the Facebook page created in order to find him, his family shared the following message:

“It is with the deepest sorrow we have ever experienced that we report to you that our precious Peter Spear’s body was found and we have identified it. We are together as a family and lovingly supported by friends. The community of love that came together around Peter was a testament to how he cared for each of us. We know that you love Peter and that you love us and want to help. As needs arise we will not hesitate to reach out. Please continue to pray for us. No arrangements have been made yet. We will share those details as plans go forward.”

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

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