Remember the great philosopher pickle king, Nick Horman? And his call to “Think. Question. Pickle.” Well, Greenpoint, he’s BACK! This Sunday, November 29th, Horman’s Best Pickles returns to the McGolrick Park Winter Farmers Market.
This Sunday also marks the day when the market moves indoors to the Park Church Co-Op, formerly known as the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, located at 129 Russell Street. It’s right across the street from McGolrick Park, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. Continue reading →
“Invader loves pizza. And apparently ours,” said Vinnie’s co-owner Henrik Toncic. “He and his crew stayed for lunch after completing the job. Chill down to earth Parisians. We feel very lucky. And proud. And it’s never gonna get old walking up to it.”
According to Toncic, Invader custom-made his pizza critter especially for Vinnie’s, matching it to their logo and everything.
As tempting as it is, though, to say that pizza (and pizza alone) brought them together, Toncic has been part of the street art community his entire life. A mutual friend, photographer Stephen Kelley, facilitated the fateful meeting.
If there were ever a place to trust a twitchy man with a straight razor, it would be at the workstation of Tomcats Barbershop savant David Arce.
Arce has Tourette’s Syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the most skilled and respected barbers in Brooklyn.
In this mini documentary by Michael Byhoff, Jon Sarlin, and Jason Basso — who all work together at HLN, CNN’s sister network — Arce touches on everything ranging from being perceived as a drug addict to having a cult following, though he doesn’t like the word “cult.” Continue reading →
Mix and Mingle amongst Snow Sprites and Snowflakes without the chill at a Winter Wonderland on Sunday, Dec 6th (1-7PM) for our Greenpointers annual Holiday Market! The gorgeous Greenpoint Loft will come alive with FREE fun activities, food & refreshments, live music, holiday cheer, and a happy Greenpoint crowd!
Winter is coming but sans ugly white walkers because it’s going to be toasty warm. Thanks to Palinkerie, we will be blending a lovely Benedek Pinot Noir from the highland region of Mátra in Hungary with a mulling kit provided by local spice blender extraordinaires Greenpoint Trading Co. to serve a delicious Mulled Wine.
Our favorite brew nerds at Greenpoint Beer & Ale are making us some “Snuggles,” their winter lager brewed with elderberries and cedar. “Warthog,” a juicy session IPA with notes of pine and orange peel will also be served.
On FREE fun activities, we are so excited to welcome back The Roving Typist, who will write one-of-a-kind personalized stories for our guests. You may recognize him public spaces around NYC typing up stories for strangers. If not, check out this super sweet short documentary about him.
The Nov. 2 meeting held in Greenpoint with Dr. Peter deFur, the community’s technical consultant, was an opportunity for local residents to ask questions about the toxic contamination in the soil and groundwater.
DeFur assured residents: “Your presence and your voice will make a difference…I have seen examples of where the community voice is an important determinate and changes the outcome.”
The moment of truth involved an array of toxins that have been detected at low levels at the NuHart test wells, including benzene, but deFur posited that they are not a major concern for most Greenpointers.
Though Greenpoint’s industrial history gets dredged up on the regular, it’s less often that we talk about its former status as a thriving hub of theatre and vaudeville. Today, the world is still a stage, but these illustrations done for the New Yorker are beautiful and surprising.
Is Yelp! holding a mirror to racist attitudes toward gentrification? A study compared restaurant reviews in the two rapidly changing neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Bed-Stuy, and it seems as though “ethnic charm” means something different depending on where you’re brunching.
The blowback from the NuHart rave was apparently not enough to stop Jack Daniels from relishing the noise complaints it generated last week on Huron Street. Looks kind of fun though — not going to lie.
Here they come! Greenpoint’s priciest condos! The building comes complete with its own regal-sounding condo tower name: The Gibraltar. Hopefully it will come to represent the “limit to the known world” of escalating real estate prices.
That, if you recall, is one of several projects brought to us by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (the payout from the Exxon oil spill settlement), which is funding initiatives to improve the local environment.
Last Friday, Greenpoint took a small step in the direction of better living up to its name.
With one tree planted out of a proposed 500, the “Greening Greenpoint” project is well on its way to transforming our corner of Brooklyn into the verdant oasis we always knew it could be.
Neighbors, local officials, and students from the nearby St. Stanislaus Catholic Academy looked on during a tree-planting ceremony that took place Nov. 6 near 189 Driggs Avenue. There, a Hackberry tree was planted: a native shade tree that’s popular with the birds. Thanks to the students, the block then received over 300 new daffodil bulbs. Continue reading →
It’s Friday; instead of “Netflix and chill,” why not “Superfund and chill?” After all, you can’t spell “Superfund” without “super fun” — ask CityFox to explain.
In what proved to be a fateful pre-scheduled meeting, the Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) and Council Member Levin’s office hosted a post-Halloween Superfund meeting at the Polish & Slavic Center in Greenpoint.
Local residents fielded their questions to: representatives of Dupont Street Developers, Council Member Levin, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health, City Office of Environmental Remediation and Assemblyman Joe Lentol’s office, in addition to NAG board members Mike Schade and Rita Pasarell.
As a result of the Halloween fiasco, CityFox and Dupont Street Developers LLC are now facing city and state investigations.
By now, most of you are familiar with the story of the Cityfox rave that never was. To sum it up briefly, a club promoter sold thousands of tickets to an all-night Halloween fête in Greenpoint’s toxic NuHart Plastics building. Due to intervention from the Fire Department, the party never quite made it to witching hour, but many residents are super pissed that something like this almost went down at a state Superfund site — and across the street from a senior center, no less.
Beyond that, the details are somewhat difficult to follow, which makes it hard to know exactly where to point fingers, even if the impetus is hardly in short supply. Cityfox issued a public apology yesterday, and organizers at Monday night’s NAG meeting made a point to save any rave-related questions for last, but the Q&A session quickly became a sounding board for public outrage. As one resident summed it up, the whole thing was a “huge slap in the face” for a community that’s been impacted by the building’s toxic history and is now grudgingly attempting to trust developers who claim to have its best interests in mind.
Fielding many of these questions was geologist Michael Roux, the environmental consultant for Dupont Street Developers LLC, which bought the NuHart site in 2014. He was joined by Yi Han, a representative of the group. Together, their account was confusing and at times seemingly contradictory to some of the other things we now know about the incident (for instance, Han said the owners never signed a contract, but NAG has supplied copies of the signed party permit on its website. To be clear, the building is owned by multiple parties). Additionally, Roux said that he wouldn’t be “totally forthcoming with everything [he knows],” as he’s been put on notice of potential legal action by the state.
In order to help make heads of tails, here’s a rough chronological timeline presented from multiple perspectives. Continue reading →