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Blizzard hits Greenpoint. Got your supplies?

Well, if you heard we’re in the throes of a serious winter blizzard. So while most of us should be home right now sipping a hot toddy and snuggling up on the couch, some of us are trudging home, hoping to snag a few essential items before Governor Cuomo’s travel ban goes into effect come 11 pm. By 11 pm all subway and buses will stop running and the Governor expects all non-essential vehicles to stay off the roads or expect a ticket.

The latest weather models now show Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx being some of the hardest hit with estimates of 24″ inches to 36″ of snow. Yikes!  Supplies are dwindling fast at our local grocery and hardware stores, but if you need to get something essential Greenpointers has you covered for the time being. Continue reading

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Word on the Curb: Ticketing blitz, Brazen Burglars, and more!

Hey, hey Greenpoint! We’re already three weeks into 2015 and a lot has gone down,  some of it good, some of it ugly, and some of it downright funny. In the spirit of community, Greenpointers is happy to announce the addition of Word on the Curb—the latest source of juicy gossip lifted off the street and out of your lips.

So without further adieu, let’s tackle some issues plaguing Greenpointers these days:    Continue reading

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Have YOU Seen This Man?

photo via NYPD

Well, folks, Greenpoint has its own “bandit.” DNAinfo reported this supreme loser is a “mustachioed bandit… a hungry hipster with an eye for fashion.” On January 1st, he stole an “A.P.C topcoat, estimated to be worth $600, a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses, which usually go for $400, and a Jack Spade wallet filled with credit cards, from the stylish Mediterranean eatery Anella.” The next day, in a display of epic genius, the suspect purchased groceries with stolen credit cards at the Manhattan Ave C-Town.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or go to their website.

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New Warsaw Bakery sold to developers for new condos

New Warsaw Bakery. Photo credit: Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik

 

Move over bread, something new is cooking at 866-868 Lorimer Street home to the famed New Warsaw Bakery.  Right before the turn of the New Year, the Swidzinski family, who provided Greenpointers with tasty bread for the past 20 years, and the Cisek family of the neighboring Brooklyn Electric Co, inked a deal with Chatham Developers to sell their spaces to make way for, you guessed it, more luxury condos. Continue reading

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Spotlight: John Reardon of Greenpoint Tattoo Company Talks Shop

John Reardon, owner of GPTC, busy at work ©John Reardon

John Reardon is getting ready to tattoo a woman in her mid-twenties when I arrive early at the Greenpoint Tattoo Company for our interview. It is a Saturday afternoon, and a cheery song by Of Montreal is playing over the speakers. The walls are covered in framed prints of tattoos, and a book by Reardon on the subject rests near a stack of Vice magazines. The woman has brought along a guy friend for moral support, but the process goes so quickly that she doesn’t even have time to grimace.

After a few moments, the woman gets up to check her arm in the mirror, proclaims the tattoo to be “awesome,” and leaves to meet friends for brunch at Slick Willie a few blocks away. Since John’s schedule is packed today, with another appointment in fifteen minutes, I turn on my recorder and we dive right into the questions. Continue reading

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Newtown Barge Park is about to get a makeover and needs our help!

Is this what you want Barge Park to look like? Photo rendering: NYC City Planning

Parks. Everybody loves them. They are green, full of trees, and the perfect escape for people seeking refuge from NYC’s concrete jungle. But these days the word ‘park’ is unfortunately a matter of semantics. According some, tossing some green astroturf on the ground, installing a couple of plastic benches along a cement walkway, and sprinkling a couple of real plants here and there for good measure is considered a park.

We all know Greenpoint is hardly green, but thanks to the infusion of developer money and some motivated city officials, we are about to get two brand spanking new parks. How they look and smell, well…that’s where we come in. Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Greenpointers is Sold!

It’s always good to end the year with a bang, so I am extremely excited to announce that Greenpointers is sold!

Julia Rhi, a born and raised New Yorker and Greenpoint resident is the new Owner of Greenpointers. Please welcome her aboard!

There was quite a bit of interest in this sale from other local publishers and talented creative teams. But in order to keep the soul of this business alive and its neighborly point of view in tact, I was hoping to find a community minded individual who has a vested interest in Greenpoint. I found Julia.

Over brunch at Five Leaves’ amazing House Made Ricotta, I found Julia to be intelligent, enthusiastic, energetic and full of great ideas for Greenpointers. She comes from a technology start-up background, so look forward to updates and improvements on the website. Julia strongly values the arts and local businesses and does most of her socializing in the 11222, so I’m sure you will see her around town. And meet Julia at the next Greenpointers Valentine’s Market on Sunday February 8th! Hopefully she will bring along her “jorkie” pup Ella, too.

When I bought Greenpointers from Justine three years ago you gave me a chance and have been incredibly supportive since. Thank you. I have been profoundly touched by this community and so many talented amazing individuals who call Greenpoint home. I’ve been able to do things I’d never imagined I could, like the Gasper & Son documentary among countless other creative projects and events. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Gasper & Son will remain a project of fellow filmmakers Hannah Jayanti, Miguel Rodriguez and myself. We have an exciting road ahead in 2015 so please stay up to date on Gasper & Son’s Facebook page or at gasperandson.com.

I won’t be totally out of the picture just yet because I will be working with Julia to transition the business for a few months.

If you want to catch any of my west coast mule riding or owl hugging antics follow me on Instagram @jengphoto, Tumblr and my website jengpywell.com.

I will remain a huge fan and supporter of Greenpointers and I hope you do, too. I look forward to seeing what Julia creates and feel confident that with the support of readers and the community she can bring Greenpointers to the next level!

Keep making Greenpoint awesome.

Cheers to 2015!

Muchos Hugs,

Jen G

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“Save the Palestine” Water Tower is Now Just Grey

The iconic water tower, now grey ©Ona Abelis

First, 5 Pointz was shut down to make way for a new complex of gleaming residential high-rises. Then, Domino Sugar factory was salvaged for “industrial artifacts” ahead of developers’ plans to raze the buildings and create a “mini-neighborhood of apartments, offices and parks.” Now, this past weekend, another Brooklyn icon went silently in the night—Greenpoint’s famous steel water tower, inscribed with the Polish flag on one side and “Save the Palestine” on the other, was painted over with a coat of grey. Continue reading

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The votes are in for Greenpoint’s Large Environmental Grant!

Last month we cast our votes on how to spend Greenpoint’s pot of $19 million ExxonMobil settlement money. Now it’s time to see who came out on top as the GCEF large/legacy grants winners! Out of the 13 prospective projects, 6 lucky dogs were chosen by you to receive a total of $11 million dollars in grant funding. If that wasn’t awesome enough, the selected winners come with an additional $23 million in matching funds. When everything is all said and done, Greenpoint will receive nearly $35 million dollars–that’s almost double what the state was able to squeeze out of the ExxonMobil suit!

So without further adieu, here are the winners…

  • · Greenpoint Environmental Education at Greenpoint Library (Brooklyn Public Library)
  • · Greening Greenpoint (City Parks Foundation)
  • · Intertidal Wetland Project (Research Foundation of CUNY (LaGuardia Community College)
  • · Greenpoint Eco-Schools (National Wildlife Federation)
  • · Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint (Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce)
  • · West Street Watershed Stormwater Project (Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Inc.)

Congratulations to all the winners. Looks like we can finally put some green back into Greenpoint. I think we can all toast our glasses to that!

For more details on these selected projects or the small grant winners check out the GCEF website.

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On view now at Cafe Grumpy: Craig Peterson’s “Coffee Art” series

"Sailboat" (2014) ©All images courtesy of Craig Peterson

There is something playful happening at Cafe Grumpy on 193 Meserole Avenue. It stops me when I’m looking for a seat in the recently renovated space—almost a dozen colorful and fun paintings made with brewed coffee, pen, ink, and watercolor line the walls in neat wooden frames. I want one, I think, and my best friend will want one, too. The barista confirms that he wants one as well, and so I look up the artist: Craig Peterson of Indiana, Pennsylvania. A day later, we discuss his “Coffee Art” series via telephone. Continue reading

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