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Pitbull flung from BQE lives

Pitball thrown from moving car on BQE and lives. Photo credit: Angel Chevrestt

There are few things were worse than an animal abuser.  But it takes a truly despicable person of the lowest common denominator to toss a live animal out of a moving car. The grim incident happened around 6:25pm, Tuesday night on the BQE. Jon Ernsberger was the first to spot the pitbull making a 30ft descent towards Meeker Avenue in Greenpoint. He told reporters at first he thought it might have been a human being hurled over the railway, only feet from his car, but when he slammed on the brakes and got out for a better look, he found the 50lb male pitbull still alive and struggling to get up. Continue reading

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Farewell to Free Pizza: Lulu’s to Close on August 9th

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Lulu's: Sadly closing its doors forever on August 9th (Image Courtesy of Lulu's)

As we were passing by Lulu’s on Sunday night we were shocked to see a sign outside saying ‘Last Call…15 Days Left‘. When we popped inside in the hope that the sign was just some kind of sick prank, our worst fears were confirmed: Lulu’s, the Franklin Street institution famed and loved for its free pizza and live music will indeed be closing its doors for the last time on August 9th.

Lulu’s Manager Ani Monteleone tells us the closure “has something to do with an unresolvable disagreement with the landlords of the space.” Continue reading

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Dog Thrown or Jumped from BQE

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A reader named Lacie wrote in this morning about a terrible incident that happened last evening after 6pm, under the BQE at Meeker Ave and Manhattan Ave. She saw a crowd of people surrounding a 50-60lb white and brown male neutered pit bull (no tags or microchip) that was believed to have been thrown from the above highway. He was lying on the cement bleeding from his mouth. Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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Help Find Peter Spear – Missing Greenpointer

Have You Seen This Missing Person?

I got a message from a reader whose friend Peter Spear went missing this past Sunday  (7/6/14) from Pine Plains, NY. His full name is Peter Delaney Spear and if you have information about him please contact Detective Ralph Franceschi at 845-486-3880.

There is a Facebook page dedicated to finding him: facebook.com/findpeterspear

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