Yesterday morning I received an email with the words WATCH OUT in big bold letters. Sitting in my inbox, like a sack of rotting onions, was a link to a New York Post article with this headline: Sex Offenders’ relocation to Greenpoint Infuriates Residents.
I blinked a couple times and continued reading as my shock and horror mounted with each sentence.
“More than a dozen sex offenders were living in a Manhattan shelter prompted city officials to react—but all they did was move most of them to residential Greenpoint, sources said on Wednesday…The rapists, pedophiles, and other convicted sex criminals had been bunked up near schools and playgrounds at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter on East 30th Street in Kips Bay. They included serial sex offender, Rodney Stove, who was busted for a Manhattan bar rape…”
In the nineties, Booklyn Artists Alliance would have been an interesting place in New York—in fact, it would have been just one of the many interesting places in this city that, at the time, was a thriving cultural and artistic mecca. But, after a decade and some change of Bloomberg-era destruction and loss, Booklyn is now more of a rarity. It’s an artist-founded and artist-run space in Greenpoint that is dedicated to the practice of distributing archives, artists books, and works on paper, as well as independent publishing, exhibiting Brooklyn-based artists, and hosting a series of educational lectures that are open to the public.
One of the thirteen original co-founders, and now the Directing Curator, Marshall Weber, recently spoke to Greenpointers about artists’ books, New York in the ’90s, and how the Internet forever changed the art world. Continue reading →
Attention dumpster divers, sidewalk scavengers, and lovers of cool rusted metal objects! Anyone see this sculpture? It was accidentally thrown out over the weekend and its owners desperately want their wedding gift back.
This past Sunday, April 18th, the sculpture was last seen alongside a heaping pile of garbage bags at 180 India Street. The landlord of the building did some spring cleaning in the backyard and mistakenly tossed out the sentimental object of art.
The sculpture is approximately 18-24 inches high. It is mostly brown rusty-metal on a rocking base. The top of the sculpture is a yellow iron piece that looks kind of like a “Pac-man” head. It is pretty heavy.
The owners of the sculpture are offering a $100 reward for its safe return. If you picked it up or know the person who did, please contact Kevin at (917) 444-2584.
Since last week, there’s been a few exciting new additions including fresh music selections amplified by Supercrush Studio and curated by new music blog ALT CITIZEN, who is also joining the market to sell zines. In addition, Kettle Brands will be present to give out complimentary bags of chips to our guests!
We are super thrilled about the talented vendors who will be selling incredibly creative stuff. Take a look at just some of the many items and food that will be on sale this Sunday!
The Deets: Sunday April 23rd from 1-7pm at Greenpoint Loft (67 West, St, 5th Fl) Continue reading →
Last month Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighbors broke out of North Brooklyn and headed down to City Hall to fight for Bushwick Inlet Park. We joined hands, sang songs, screamed our heads off and showed Mayor DeBlasio we have serious balls to bang on the table. In fact, there were so many of us at City Hall, 300+ people by most accounts, we were spilling out into the streets because there wasn’t enough room to for us all.
Our rabble-rousing Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park are at it again and need our help. They are passing around a petition which lays it out to the Mayor in clear-cut terms: We want our park, you know the one promised to us YEARS ago, and we won’t back down until we get one!
Tax season has come and gone, and hopefully by now, your nasty W2’s and 1099’s have been neatly filed away until next year. While you are sitting pretty, dreaming of all the different ways to spend that refund check (or pay the IRS back), what if I told you there was a way to spend a million dollars of city tax money instead? You’d be excited, right?
Welcome to the wonderful world of Participatory Budgeting, where a cool $1 million dollars is placed into our delicate hands to help fund neighborhood projects within the City Council’s 33rd district.
Last year, over 2,000 of you casted your vote and roped in a whopping $1.6 million dollars for the 33rd! McGlorick Park Playground got a much needed makeover, the BOOKlyn Bus shuttle drove around inspiring kids to read, and even our fellow toxic hood Gowanus saw their community center, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, get much need repairs.
It’s time to spread the love again, and if Greenpoint wants to get a slice of that million dollar pie, we need to put our mouths where the money is and vote for our favorite projects. Continue reading →
In the fast-paced shell game of who is making money off of Greenpoint’s real estate scene, carpenters are getting no love these days. The Brooklyn Woodworkers Co-op–a Greenpoint carpenter collective– who has been sawing, slicing and molding wood for the last 30 years inside the Pencil Factory is now on the chopping block after being presented with, you guessed it, an insane rent increase.
Philippe Prelati, owner of Atelier Prelati who makes custom doors and member of the Brooklyn Woodworker’s Co-op, says the landlord is jacking up the rent from $20,000 to $55,000 a month—practically 3x’s what they are paying these days.
Before the Internet, you needed a book agent or a handful of luck if you wanted to spare your novel a slow death in a publisher’s slush pile. But now, with the triple power of the Internet, tablets, and self-publishing platforms, it’s possible for anyone to release a book into the world and do well. Or, even astoundingly well (Fifty Shades of Grey was originally self-published as an e-book and a print-on-demand). But should you do it? Here are ten points to consider—from someone who has self-published—before you take the plunge. Continue reading →
More than 200 of the neighborhood’s foremost capitalists, investors, workers, and a smattering of politicians attended the event, which honored Kickstarter as the Community Anchor of the year, and which featured a terrific speech by the supremely well-named Brooklyn Industries co-founder, Lexy Funk. Continue reading →