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Homeless man dies in McGolrick Park & giving thanks this holiday season.

Glowing Homeless. Photo credit: Fannie Allie

With Thanksgiving Day practically upon us, our lives are consumed with thoughts of tasty morsels like the crispy skin on that 10lb turkey, or the savoring the sweet smell of pumpkin pie gently wafting out of the oven. The day before Thanksgiving Day is one of the busiest times of the year, and whether we’re at home slaving over the stove, or stuck at the airport, almost all of us are all getting ready to celebrate and give thanks. Yet, not all of us are so fortunate. Homelessness in the city has risen to epic proportions (24,000 being children!) and there are many people who don’t have much to thank for this holiday season. One such person was a homeless man whose body was discovered in McGolrick Park two weeks ago.

This past Sunday, Rev. Amy Kienzle held a brief service of remembrance for the homeless man at Mc Golrick Park’s pavilion. While his death was preventable, it hits home because he died right in our own back yard. So tomorrow, as we sit around the table with our family and friends squabbling over the drumstick, we should remember our less fortunate neighbors and give thanks for the basics: food on our plate and the roof over our heads. As we’ve seen, some Greenpointers this Thanksgiving Day might not have it so lucky.

For anyone wanting to do good this Thanksgiving Day, the Church of Ascension is taking on volunteers from 9am to 4:30 pm to feed the hungry.

 

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Soup Bowl Fundraiser Recap! Donate to Soup Kitchen Today!

Photo by @oabelis

Thanks to everyone who made the Soup Bowl Fundraiser this past Sunday happen! EAT, Brooklyn Brewery, The Splendid Spoon, contributors Isabel @aobelis & Peter @grizzzly and the following potters: Little Bear Pots, Akiko Tsuji, Rabbit & Dragon, Selene Likes Mugs, Clayspace, Freundeskreis, Cor Pottery, Stephanie Tran, Calyer CeramicsBailey Doesn’t Bark, Fisheye Brooklyn, & Object Totem.

We raised $526 for The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry, a local organization that feeds hundreds of hungry Greenpointers. Today they are busy making over 30 turkeys for homeless and hungry neighbors.

If you couldn’t make it out to the fundraiser on Sunday, why not make a donation in any amount to this important organization at this very special time of year.

Happy Thanksgiving, Greenpoint!

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Vote for the Greenpoint Environmental Business Stewardship Project Tonight & Saturday!

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Greenpointers,

Do you care about keeping good jobs in Greenpoint and helping local businesses to be more environmentally sustainable?

Vote for the Greenpoint Environmental Business Stewardship Project!

This project will raise the quality of life in Greenpoint by working with local businesses to prevent pollution; protect workers from exposure to chemicals; cut back on waste, water, and energy use; improve the health of the community; and grow local businesses.

Green Businesses = Healthy Communities

We have an opportunity to win a grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, but we need your help!

There are three opportunities to vote!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Polish & Slavic Center 177 Kent St.

Noon – 2:30 pm or 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Polish National Home “Warsaw”

261 Driggs Ave.

10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Visit the “community preferencing” section of   www.gcefund.org

You can vote for more than one project!

Check out these great proposals as well: Greenpoint Eco-Schools: Creating a Legacy of Sustainability and Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint.

Sponsored post courtesy of ITAC.

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Vote on how Greenpoint gets greener!

 

 

Alright Greenpointers, the time has come. Tomorrow and Saturday we get to vote on how the next installment of the $19 million Exxon-Mobil settlement funds gets spent. As of present, the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) has already doled out $395,000 in small grants. Now it’s time for the GCEF to bust out the big knife and slice up bigger pieces of the pie for the large and legacy grants.

While I want to be super excited about the projects coming down the pike, because all this is for the betterment of Greenpoint after all (!), as a resident I get little weary when I see non-Greenpoint corporations and city agencies sticking their pudgy hands out for a piece of the pie. But nevertheless, we’ve got important decisions to make.

So out of love for Greenpoint, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at both sides of the coin–the winners and some notable losers of this latest preferencing round, so that we can make an informed decision come this Thursday and Saturday. For more details about the selection process and projects involved, hit up the GCEF website.  Continue reading

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Calling all self-published poets: Apply for a new reading series at Word!

Richard March Hoe's printing press—one cylinder design ©A.H. Jocelyn

If you’re a self-published poet and you’re looking for a stellar place to read and sell your work, apply now for the new “Self-Published” reading series starting at the Word Bookstore in Greenpoint this January 2015. Application deadline for the January reading: November 25, 2014. Continue reading

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925 Affordable Apartments Available in Long Island City in Queens

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Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

All along the East River, in Brooklyn and in Queens, shiny new high-rise apartment buildings are going up. These towers boast deluxe amenities and stunning views. Those New Yorkers with limited incomes would be forgiven for thinking that an apartment in one of these buildings would be out of their reach. However, thanks to various government initiatives, many of these buildings are mixed-income developments that offer affordable housing options.

Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing are the first two mixed-income residential buildings at Hunter’s Point South in Long Island City. All 925 units are moderately priced rent stabilized apartments. They are offering studio apartments for as low as $494 a month, 1-bedrooms for $689, 2-bedrooms for $835, and 3-bedrooms for $959. As you can imagine, the demand for these apartments is high, and qualified applicants should apply to be entered into the lottery.

You must submit your application by December 15, 2014, to be entered into the lottery system. Income restrictions apply for each unit, so make sure you read through their qualifications. The city will give a seven percent preference to mobility, hearing and/or visually impaired households, a 50 percent lottery preference to residents of Queens Community Board 2, and a five percent preference to current New York City municipal employees.

This brand-new complex offers 925 total apartments with a variety of layouts. The LEED Silver designed buildings feature public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, and a parking garage. Both 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 2-and 3-bedroom units have in-unit washers and dryers.

You can apply through Housing Connect or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than December 15, 2014, and you are only allowed to submit one application, which will then be entered in the lottery system. Qualified applicants will be notified of their housing lottery status in early 2015, and the first group of selected residents is expected to move in in the spring of 2015.

For more information on the buildings and application process, be sure to visit the Hunters Point South Living website.

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Reserve Your Bowl for This Sunday’s Soup Bowl Fundraiser! (11/23)

Rabbit & Dragon

We specifically host our Soup Bowl Fundraiser on the Sunday before Thanksgiving because we want to make sure that before we stuff our faces with turkey and pie that we have the opportunity to offer something to our neighbors in Greenpoint who might not be as well fed as we are during the holidays.

Our 3rd Annual Soup Bowl Fundraiser is this Sunday, November 23rd from 3-5pm at EAT (124 Meserole Ave).

Bailey Doesn't Bark

We have so many gorgeous locally and handmade bowls from potters in Brooklyn!

Object & Totem, Bailey Doesn’t Bark, Selene Likes Mugs, Rabbit & Dragon, Akiko Tsuji, Little Bear Pots, Fisheye Brooklyn, Modern Mud, ClaySpace1205 & many more!

Little Bear Pots

For $25 get a locally handmade ceramic bowl + a bowl of soup from The Splendid Spoon. Free beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

100% of Proceeds benefit Greenpoint Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen prepares meals and offers food to hundreds of hungry folks every week. Let’s help them feed our neighbors!

*Reserve your bowl now via paypal.

First come, first serve. Come early to make sure you have top pick of all the bowls!

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Gallery Roundup: Greenpoint Terminal Gallery

Brian Willmont of Greenpoint Terminal Gallery ©Brian Willmont

Greenpointers are going places this autumn—all of the gallery places, and we’re taking you with us. Who are the people behind the lively GP art scene? How do they like their coffee? Where do they hang out? We’ve got the scoop right here. This week, we went on another journey through the historic Greenpoint Terminal Building at 67 West Street to Brian Willmont’s gallery space on the 3rd floor, called Greenpoint Terminal Gallery. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Meat Club Comes to Greenpoint – Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey!

(sponsored)Brooklyn Meat Club is a neighborhood butcher shop, without the shop. Targeting home chefs, the newest addition to the Brooklyn business scene provides restaurant quality meat at below market prices.

“We work directly with suppliers, plus we cut out almost all of the overhead, so our products are priced to let our customers cook incredible meals 7 days a week,” founder Jorge Viscarra Jr., was quoted as saying. Viscarra has been in the meat supply business for over 15 years, working alongside his father, Jorge Viscarra Sr., the founder of GV Food Service, a thriving family business that has been serving New York for over 25 years.

Brooklyn Meat Club’s website, www.brooklynmeatclub.com, lets customers choose not just the meat they would like, but also how thick they would like their pork and beef cut. The orders are then hand trimmed to insure tenderness. In addition, they carry organic poultry and seasonings, as well as lamb and game. Customers that place their orders by Wednesdays at 4pm can pick them up that Saturday between 12 and 6 at Brooklyn Safehouse (120 Franklin St) in Greenpoint.  Fresh, organic Thanksgiving turkeys are available for pick up both Saturday the 22nd and Tuesday the 25th of November.

“We want to provide not just a great product, but also a great experience for our patrons,” said co-founder Shannon Clare. “Everything will be nicely cut, wrapped and boxed for you when you get to the Safehouse. If you want to grab a beer or two, we’ll keep it cool for you until you are ready to head out.”

Clare also developed the line of seasonings, made with organic herbs, for Brooklyn Meat Club.  Iníon’s Seasons has 4 different rubs that were made specifically to bring out the flavor of the meats the pair sell. Iníon is Gaelic for daughter, and Izzy’s Herb Rub, one of the spices in the line, is named for Clare’s 1 year old.

The logo for both Iníon’s Seasons and Brooklyn Meat Club, as well as all of the art on the site, were created by Brooklyn artist Nathan Chase.  Chase, Viscarra, and Clare are all friends and residents of Greenpoint, making Brooklyn Meat Club a true neighborhood endeavor.

Sponsored post courtesy of Brooklyn Meat Club.

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New Homeless Shelter Could be Coming to Greenpoint

66 Clay Street - possible site of new homeless shelter.

New York City just hit a milestone you might not have heard about. The amount of homeless people living in shelters is 57,665 people – a new record. According to a report released in October, New York’s homeless population grew last year, with almost 68,000 people without a permanent residence–all this while the number of luxury apartments for sale in Manhattan doubled in the last year. Meanwhile, homelessness is down across the country.

In the wake of this new reality, New York City’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS) announced a new homeless shelter will open in Greenpoint at 58-66 Clay Street. The shelter will be operated by Home Life Services, Inc. and will shelter 91 homeless adult families. A timeline for opening has not been set.

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