Last Thursday’s meeting on Greenpoint Landing was somewhat of a timing disaster. For those unfamliar with the project, Greenpoint Landing is the proposed and now, approved, project that encompasses 20 acres of the Greenpoint waterfront, and will include the construction of 10 thirty to forty story towers, as well as a new school and a public park.
After an initial last-minute location change, the 77 Commercial Street (another development on the Greenpoint waterfront) hearing was scheduled for 9am and ended up being pushed to approximately 1:45pm, causing it to overlap with the hearing on Greenpoint Landing. Council Member Stephen Levin had to duck out of the Commercial Street meeting early to lead the hearing on GPL, while the residents who came to testify waited over 5 hours to speak. Many of them had to leave early for work or other outside obligations; at least 10 speakers who were called to testify were not available by the end of the day. Continue reading →
Police are currently investigating the details surrounding the beating of Taj Patterson, a 22-year-old fashion student, who was allegedly attacked by a Hassidic mob on the morning of December 1st. Eye witnesses, including the MTA bus driver who pulled over and intervened when he saw what was happening, described the men who attacked the student as wearing uniform jackets with three letters, one of which was an “S.” Continue reading →
According to research from the New York-based think tank, the Center for an Urban Future, Brooklyn has witnessed the largest increase in corporate franchises this year, compared with the other NYC boroughs, with a 2.8% bump from 2012. That’s 1,511 new chain outlets this year; the runner up was the Bronx with 863 chains. The most prevalent big names to set down their stakes city-wide are Dunkin’ Donuts (the largest chain retailer in NYC), 7-Eleven, Duane Reade/Wallgreens and Starbucks.
It’s always exciting to buy gifts for your loved ones this time of year, but in the spirit of the holiday season, we can also give a gift to a child in need. This year’s Big Brooklyn Toy Drive is happening at locations throughout Wiliamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo, including Nitehawk, the McCarren Park Ice Rink, Rough Trade, Dandelion Wine, and many others. Continue reading →
Maryam Zaringhalam, a Ph.D. candidate at Rockefeller, spends the majority of her time in a lab, studying the molecular biology of yeast. But in her day-to-day social life, she surrounds herself with artists, musicians, and other creatives. She started the blog, Artlab, to bridge the gap between the two worlds that she often found herself straddling– the artificially disparate realms of art and science. Continue reading →
Last year I sat in a community meeting at Greenpoint Church on Milton St and listened to neighbors argue for and against the 10 bed homeless respite that had opened in the basement after Hurricane Sandy hit and the weather was getting down to freezing temperatures.
After the controversy it created, the church decided to shut it down and it moved to Ascension Church a few block north. But the respite did not reopen this winter season. Continue reading →
Update #3: According to DNAinfo, Christopher Meyer was NOT the victim of a hit and run because, “the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad later found that Meyer fell under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway when his bike’s front tire hit a curb, throwing him to the ground.”
Update #2: There is video footage from The Brooklyn Kitchen which shows Christopher hitting the curb before crashing into the northbound lane, according to Gothamist, but NYPD has not yet commented on the investigation.
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Reader Jeff Conklin wrote in to let us know that his friend Christopher Meyer was the cyclist who was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on Meeker Ave on Monday around 4am. Continue reading →
If you were reading Greenpointers last week or keeping up with the news in general, you probably haven’t been able to shake a general feeling of shock and horror in the wake of the tragic triple murder-suicide that happened in an unassuming East Williamsburg apartment just after midnight on Monday. Arash Farazmand (27) and Soroush Farazmand (28), brothers and members of the local indie band, The Yellow Dogs, were killed, as well as their friend and fellow musician, Ali Eskandarian (35).
Tonight Brooklyn Bowl is hosting a tribute show and fundraiser in memory of the three victims. All of the proceeds (100%) will go to the families of those killed, the hospital bills for Sasan Sadeghpourosko, the bandmate who was injured in the shooting, and the two surviving members of the band. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are still available for $15-$30.
The memorial will feature performances from Nada Surf, Habibi, James Chance of the Contortions, Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, Dirty Fences, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, Shirin Neshat, and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean. There will also be DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), Jonathan Toubin, Nick Offer (of !!!), Sinkane, The Men, and more.
The victims were all expatriates who fled Teheran to pursue freedom of expression, in search of a place where they could perform their music, free of political constraints. Several months ago, Arash Farazmand became the last member of the band to be granted political asylum. But despite the way the story is being reported in the mainstream media, the band’s Iranian roots did not define their identity as artists.