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Autumn News from the McGolrick Park Farmers Market

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market

Happy Autumn, Greenpoint, from Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market. We’re writing with the latest market news, including an important announcement: On Sunday, November 30th, the market will move indoors to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah! The church is located at 129 Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. This will be our second winter in this location, and we thank Pastor Amy Kienzle and the church community for hosting us during the chilly months. The market will be held every Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm, throughout the winter, including over the holiday weekends.  Continue reading

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L’Hourloupe Art Tours (re)discovers Greenpoint

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Banksy was here last year, so the secret’s already been out since at least then—Greenpoint is on the map for its galleries, artists, and street art, and is generally considered cool. But we all knew this already. What we didn’t know, L’Hourloupe Art Tours is here to show us: our neighborhood has wonders like a 17,000 year old public art sculpture and award-winning art hidden in plain sight at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Pot is Legal in Oregon & Greenpointers is For Sale

Dear Greenpoint,

I moved to Oregon!

And I couldn’t think of a better morning to announce it because after yesterday’s election recreational marijuana is now legal here. While that is a respectable reason to move across the country, it isn’t the exact reason why I am now here. My husband Jon took a position as City Forester in Corvallis and our dreams have come true to go to hot springs and hikes every weekend and be around big beautiful trees. Can you tell I am happy?

I lived the last 33 years – my entire life – in NYC and it was time to move on. But Greenpoint will always be the home I return to. In fact, I’ll be back in a few weeks for our Holiday Market (12/7) and to screen our “Gasper & Son” Neon Documentary. I’m stoked to see everyone!

What about Greenpointers?

I have been answering this question for months. While running the business from the West Coast has been really fun and is totally manageable, I believe the best thing for Greenpointers is to hand the torch to someone who will continue its mission to serve you, the amazingly wonderful people of Greenpoint, while living less than 3,000 miles away.

Greenpointers is officially for sale.

Not only is the online business very successful but our events are a huge part of the brand, so I hope to find someone who can be a savvy local publisher and an event planning guru. I know you are out there. Continue reading

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Screw the Governor’s race. There are 3 more important issues that need your vote this Election Day!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again–big old Election Day. For those of us living here, this day seems rather arbitrary. Since we’re such a blue state, it’s usually easy to guess the outcomes. The incumbent of the year–aka Governor Cuomo–usually wins. As a result, we have become lazy-ass voters. This needs to change.

A couple of days ago I pondered on our failed corrupt political machine and I thought to myself: What would happen if no one voted? What if we got even lazier than the measly 24% of registered voters and decided NOT to vote in the name of protest? What would be the outcome? Would things gets worse? Stay same?

Truth is, if we don’t vote our state of affairs will probably get a whole lot worse than allowing 30 corrupt lawmakers into our government affairs.

While I want nothing to do with a Governor who dismantled his own Moreland Anti-Corruption Commision when the dogs came sniffing too close to his butt, or his opponent, Rob Astorino, who continues to push the same tired-rich-white-man Republican agenda, I do care about computers for schools, who will get picked to draw out voting districts, and saving some trees.  Let’s break down our voting options shall we: Continue reading

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Are you watching season 2 of web series PSYCHODRAMA?

Twenty-something stars and creators of the PSYCHODRAMA web series, Liza Renzulli, Kimmy Foskett, and Luisa Fidalgo, have just launched three more hilarious episodes about life in Brooklyn at this sometimes awkward stage of our lives. Shot around the neighborhood (you’ll recognize Triskelion, the Waterfront, Shayz, Black Rabbit, Milk & Roses), the series is based entirely on true stories from the real lives of Liza, Kimmy, & Luisa. Catch all the episodes here. Read a GPers interview with the women here.

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Step back in time with Tony Wolf: “Greenpoint of View” remembers The Vitamen

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How long have you been here? And, how has the neighborhood changed since then? We all have our stories about the undulating Greenpoint streetscape—people moving in, people moving out, condos and developments covering up the sky, and coffee shops springing up faster than organic dry cleaners. Is it good? Is it bad? Tony Wolf chimes into the discussion with his labor of love: the Greenpoint of View comic. Continue reading

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The Hook-Up – Rat Mites / Get Rich on AirBnB / Greenpoint Landing Park / Trash? NIMBY!

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• It’s as disgusting as it sounds… rat mites (NY Times)

• Do you think it’s total BS that North Brooklyn processes a huge amount of the city’s trash? New legislation might change that (NY Environmental Report)

• If you have a spare room, why not get rich with AirBnB like your fellow North Brooklynites? (DNAinfo)

• It may not protect us from crowded G trains, but Greenpoint Landing is bringing a park that promises to protect Greenpoint from storm surge with oyster beds and public access to the river edge (Daily News)

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Get Fit or Get Fined? Is this Even Legal? B.E.S.T. Plan Starts 10/26!

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What would your community be like if it had ‘fitness patrols’ roaming your neighborhood streets? McDonald’s would probably be an underground junk food dealer (4 chicken nuggets in a dime bag, please) and Starbucks would most likely sell wheat grass macchiatos and have stair masters in their lounges instead of free wi-fi.

Well Human@Ease actually did the unthinkable and the Fitness Protection Police patrolled the Greenpoint streets to promote a healthier lifestyle to the community! Continue reading

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Get green this weekend and help the trees!

Want to be a tree steward? Well, your time has come! This Saturday, October 18th between 10 am and 1 pm, join the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and together you can make Greenpoint a little greener.

Ask any gardener and they will tell you Autumn is the perfect time to get into the garden and put things into the ground. As the cold air moves in, plants go dormant, and quietly over the winter these little plants work on growing strong roots so that come springtime we can sit back and admire their precious blooms.

In an effort to keep Greenpoint’s trees and root systems happy for years to come, the Franklin Street Community Garden is freshening up tree beds around the area by planting daffodils. Not only will Greenpoint’s trees thank you for it, but come springtime the streets will be bursting with bright yellow flowers. It almost enough to make you forget that winter is coming! Continue reading

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Historic Greenpoint book in the works! Submit your photos!

The old school Greenpoint that we love ©Brian Merlis

Rick Gomes and Brian Merlis are going back, way back, to the time when rope factories and lumber yards lined the East River in Greenpoint. And maybe even further back to the time when Greenpoint’s population was entirely five related families…Gomes and Merlis are diligently working on their third Brooklyn local history book, titled Brooklyn’s Historic Greenpoint, and are looking for your photos of the neighborhood. Continue reading

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