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Electronics Recycling on Grand St. Rain or Shine (Sat, 1/16)

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What do you do with your old electronics that you can’t seem to give away? Throwing it in the trash is illegal ($100 fine), so here’s your chance to get rid of them old things once and for all – legally! Partnered with Lower East Side Ecology Center and Tekserve, Grand Street BID is hosting an E-Waste Recycling event January 16th from 10am-4pm on Grand St between Graham Ave and Humboldt StContinue reading

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Call for Vendors!! Valentine’s Market (2/7)

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Poster design by Vivien Lee

Greenpoint is for lovers! We’re talking the urban kind of love. The kind of love that is open, accepting, variegated, expansive and blooms out of a sometimes gritty backdrop. So we’re ready to kick off 2016 with our annual Valentine’s Market at Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street) from 1pm-7pm on February 7th, 2016. RSVP here!

We are seeking all types of local vendors (food, artists, crafters, jewelers, potters, etc.) so apply here or directly in the form after the jump.

We are still a bit high from the buzz of our last “Winter Wonderland” themed Holiday Market where we had around 4,000 visitors! Many vendors sold out and several shoppers asked us where to find them post market so we answered in our recap. Check out some photos here. Continue reading

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Sorry to Do This, but Here’s a Quick Guide to Sticking to Your Resolutions about Town

You'll sweat so hard you'll stop seeing color. Photo: CrossFit South Williamsburg
You’ll sweat so hard you’ll stop seeing color. Photo: CrossFit South Williamsburg

You don’t really want to be reading this, but just in case you kind of do, here are a few relatively new players in Greenpoint’s health and fitness scene. Because doing good for a body doesn’t have to mean leaving your 10-block-radius no-bra zone. Even if you can’t technically pull that off during a bout of jumping jacks, or you’re a dude and you’re struggling to relate to this entire premise. Continue reading

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Here’s How You Can Help the Victims of the Richardson St Fire

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Early Tuesday morning, a fire at 30 Richardson St. left two dead and others displaced. Those who survived were forced out into the cold with no possessions and no longer have a home to return to.

Many of you have asked about ways to help, and you can do it by donating to The Richardson Street Fire Relief Fund. If you cannot provide a monetary contribution, then please send out love and prayers for a healthy recovery for everyone.

Thanks to all the firefighters who responded to the fire and if you’re around any of the local fire houses you can also thank them directly: Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Median Home Price Hit Record High in 2015

Greenpoint Landing having a party...without us. Photo: Kim Masson
Greenpoint Landing having a party…without us. Photo: Kim Masson

To absolutely no one’s surprise, 2015 was the year real estate hit an all-time high in Greenpoint, but we’ve got some data to back that up.

Via PropertyShark
Via PropertyShark

At $950,000, this year’s median home price was up 27.1% over 2014, which had clocked in at a modest $747,500, according to PropertyShark. Continue reading

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A Meeker Avenue Proposal Cometh in the New Year

Certain peril awaits. Photo: Google Maps
Certain peril awaits. Photo: Google Maps

Because we’re all natural skeptics, we’ll maintain the premise that no meek shall cross the pedestrian thoroughfare at Meeker Avenue. Then again, things in that area might get a little friendlier in 2016.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be making a few important new safety proposals to improve conditions at the pedestrian crossing, which include shorter crosswalks, wider sidewalks, improved signal timing, and clear lane designations. Continue reading

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Newtown Creek Superfund CAG Meeting Tonight (12/16)

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The Newtown Creek Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) will be having their quarterly meeting tonight, December 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at McCarren Play Center Community Room (776 Lorimer St.). The existing agenda is set to discuss three main topics: ecological, human health, background data summary, with a Q&A to follow. Continue reading

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You Don’t Have to Travel Far to Get in on a Didgeridoo Jam Circle

Photo: Steph Koyfman
Photo: Steph Koyfman

If I told you that you could overcome your weak tendency to produce fart noises from a long wooden tube in just an hour and a half — and replace it with a soulful, meditative drone instead — would you take up the didgeridoo?

In Greenpoint, a small cohort of world music enthusiasts is putting New York City on the map for didge culture, and they were gracious enough to let me struggle with one of their sacred instruments for an evening.

AJ Block, the director of Didge Project, has been teaching a series of didgeridoo classes at the Sacred Arts Research Foundation on Green Street this fall. He opened this particular session with a question, which more or less amounted to: “what’s still iffy to you about producing a rich, continuous sound that requires you to more or less breathe in and out at the same time, while varying the pitch in rhythmically sophisticated ways?”

Everything. All of the questions.
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The Locals Have Spoken: We’re Not out of the Woods yet with the Clay St. Shelter

Louis Molina, Senior Advisor at the DHS, fields some questions. Photo: Julia Moak
Louis Molina, Senior Advisor at the DHS, fields some questions. Photo: Julia Moak

The swell of crime in North Greenpoint is still not the type of thing we’re discussing in yesterday’s terms, but things, on some level, appear to be happening. The fact that city officials scheduled a followup town hall meeting so soon after the last one is testament to the notion that they’re taking things seriously, even if residents are pretty firm on their stance that they haven’t gotten serious enough.

As many God Bless Deli II loyalists can attest to, the corner of Clay and Manhattan is frequently a hub of aggression, and some residents feel that it has to do with the homeless shelter at 66 Clay Street that moved into the neighborhood about a year ago. The tension that’s erupted in the months since can be traced to anything ranging from “quality of life concerns” to actual assaults on people who live nearby.

It’s unfortunate no matter how you slice it. Though the violence tends to stay between the clients (it’s a couples shelter, so domestic violence disputes come with the territory), there have also been reports of muggings, assaults, and sexual harassment afflicting the neighboring community. Greenpointers are also pretty unhappy about living with the constant shouting, aggression, and drug dealing that goes on, especially insofar as their children are concerned.

“There’s an aggression that comes out of 66 Clay,” said one local man at the meeting, which took place Dec. 7 at the Polish & Slavic Center at 176 Java Street. “We can feel it; we can sense it; it’s a totally different vibe. The BRC guys [at a neighboring shelter on McGuinness] say ‘hello, how are you.’ [The residents at Clay Street] come at you, block the sidewalk. It’s just a constant aggression and different kind of person.” Continue reading

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Imagine a War-Torn Greenpoint: The Syrian Nightingale Sings for Refugee Relief at Park Church Co-Op (12/13)

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I am sitting in Charlotte Patisserie sipping on a large cup of coffee, full from devouring a ratatouille omelet, listening to Amy Winehouse and trying to decide which cake to get for dessert. It’s these little moments that I suspect I’d miss if I were to flee this place one day. In our comfort zone, it’s easy to feel disconnected and turn a blind eye to what is going on in Syria. But if you are in a good place as you read this, imagine life as you know it being torn from you. Look around and try to visualize it turning into a dangerous and scary place. Capture the feeling of desperation that would drive you to risk everything you care about and get on a boat to nowhere specific. I think the very last vestiges of hope would quickly slip away if I stumbled upon strange shores to be met with shut doors and suspicion. Don’t succumb to the culture of fear or indifference. Let’s show love the Greenpoint way!

This Sunday (12/13), the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) is hosting a Syrian Refugee Relief Benefit Concert. Buy tickets and/or donate. 100% of the proceeds go to relief effort. Continue reading

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