Call for Vendors!! Greenpointers Holiday Market (12/6)

Designed by Akane Ogura
Designed by Akane Ogura

Apple Cider, Crispy Chilly Night, Roaring Fire, Hot Coco….. the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner and to help get you in the spirits, Greenpointers is hosting our annual Holiday Market at Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street) from 1pm-7pm on December 6th, 2015. 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.

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Are you a corporate level business, a distillery, or a business that is based out of the NYC area? Vendor tables are strictly reserved for local independent artisans and small businesses but you may qualify as a sponsor and can submit an application here. Continue reading

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NuHart Plastics Dance Party Shutdown + Important Superfund Meeting Monday 11/02

20150510-IMG_9541Last night Cityfox, mega-party organizers behind Bushwick’s smash-hit Brooklyn Mirage, selected Greenpoint’s NuHart Plastics facility to host the ghouls and gals as they danced into the pale Halloween moonlight.

To the horror of the 4,500-plus ticket holders, the dancing was dead on arrival; the party organizers didn’t secure proper permits, and the Fire Department intervened, shutting the party down while people lined up to enter the Superfund Site around midnight. Continue reading

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More Toxic Secrets In This Rare 1980s ‘Hazardous Neighbors’ Brooklyn Study


It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of toxic chemicals, specifically as they pertain to Greenpoint. First, Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) released the ToxiCity Map to bring confusing, widely scattered publicly available data together into one cohesive document. Now, we’re bringing you the long-lost 1980s factory-to-factory survey of Greenpoint and Williamsburg by Hunter College, a study that many lifetime Greenpoint residents say they couldn’t find or easily access until now.

It reveals the former locations and quantities of reactive chemicals — the kind that explode when they make contact with water, such as cyanide. In many cases, they’re shockingly close to residential buildings in Brooklyn’s priciest real estate drag. From speaking with a NAG member at the map release event, I also found that the “Hazardous Neighbors” study contains information that’s not available in the ToxiCity Map. Continue reading

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The Best Haircuts? At Freddy Vazquez’s ‘Fade 2 Famous’ Barbershop

 All photos c/o Rosie de Belgeonne
Freddy Vazquez, owner of Fade 2 Famous, in his barbershop on a busy day
All photos c/o Rosie de Belgeonne

“I was born here, and I’ve lived here all my life,” explains Freddy Vazquez, the owner of Fade 2 Famous barbershop in Greenpoint, “and I just made twenty years cutting hair this year.” His shop is a neat space with six black leather chairs, big windows, and wall-sized mirrors, located on the same block as the fire station and across the street from the Key Food. When I arrive, two customers are having their hair cut and everyone seems to be a good mood: The perfect time to ask some important questions.

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What’s New in the World of Bushwick Inlet Park?


As far as broken dreams and empty promises go, things have been pretty quiet around this site since Occupy the Inlet got busy with demonstrations in August.

Open space activists rarely sit still, however, being champions of movement and activity (ideally on a well-appointed lawn). Here are a few recent developments in the saga of the hotly anticipated Bushwick Inlet Park.

1. Midtown Equities is selling one of its properties in downtown Brooklyn for $200 million, which is also, coincidentally, the amount it would need to purchase the CitiStorage property from owner Norm Brodsky. Continue reading

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Hey North Brooklyn, Here’s Our Toxins Mapped

To shine a light on Brooklyn’s murky legacy of contamination, the Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) and Pratt’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (
SAVI) released a beta version of a ToxiCity Map revealing the underground toxins of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The map release event was held at the Sunview Luncheonette in Greenpoint last Tuesday, but in case you couldn’t make it, here’s a re-cap.

NAG's ToxiCity Map outlines N. Brooklyn contamination.
NAG’s ToxiCity Map outlines N. Brooklyn contamination.

To get right to the point, the most significant contamination hotspots persist around Franklin and Dupont Streets (across from where Greenpoint Landing is going up) and McGolrick Park (which is host to stubborn dry cleaning plumes). There’s also the still-functioning and unsettling Radiac storage facility (cough…VICE employees may want to look into this), keeping things radioactive on Kent Avenue around the corner from PS 84. Continue reading

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Look Smart and See Happy with Sunny Eye Shop

Dr. Saniya Shoaib at work

What does a fashionable kid who loves science do when she grows up? She follows a pathway to medicine that incorporates style. She becomes an optometrist then opens a shop that carries beautifully designed shades and spectacles.

After years of working in the industry, Greenpointer Dr. Saniya Shoaib O.D., better known as “Sunny” blends full service high-tech eye care with innovative eyewear in Sunny Eye Shop (284 Driggs Ave). Continue reading

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Greenpointers Fall Market, Back to the Future, Warper Party – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (10/21–10/27)

12045551_10155996534795447_7517165769783148547_oGreenpointers Fall Market
Greenpoint Loft (67 West St), Sunday (10/25) 1-7pm, FREE More info

We’re so excited to bring the beautiful Greenpoint Loft alive with our Foliage & Foragers–themed market! It will be a day filled with FREE activities, refreshments, epic local shopping, live music, and, most importantly, the wonderful people of Greenpoint. There will be spicy buttered rum, craft beer, face painting, henna tattoos, tarot cards, 50+ vendors, and more!! RSVP

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

12108219_10153644564324120_8646434913506647632_nWEDNESDAY 10/21
* Great Scott! Back to the Future 2 @ The Chain Theater (21-28 45th Rd) 7pm, $15, Celebrate Back to the Future‘s 30th anniversary and the year Marty travels to the future with the Usual Rejects, Buy tix
♫ Warper Party @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Two rooms of omnidigital art and music, plus visuals, interactive art, and workshops, RSVP

619034-250THURSDAY 10/22
* The Quirk Thing
@ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 6pm, FREE, Join Living Quirky NYC to be curious, open-minded, to connect, and to delight in the multi-faceted spectrum of who we are, More info
* Don’t Lose Your Head: The Science Behind Preventing the Zombie Apocalypse
@ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 7:30pm, $20, Network with other young professionals interested in the environment, wildlife conservation, and public health at this fun and informative event presented by the EcoHealth Alliance Young Professionals Council, Buy tix

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Our Fall Market is Happening this Sunday (10/25)!! Preview our Vendors!!


We are so excited for our annual Fall Market and cannot wait to introduce you to so many talented local creators!

The Deets: This Sunday October 25th (1-7pm) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West, St, 5th Fl)

RSVP on Facebook!

Activities (FREE): Photo Booth by Ben Shirai with “Foliage and Foragers” themed design by Libby VanderPloegNail Art by @Peenk!Tarot Card Readings by Lindsay, Face Painting by A Big Silly Guy (Roger), Henna Tattoos by Miss V, live performance by Laura & Greg!

Refreshments: Craft Beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale + Spicy Buttered Rum made with Sailor Jerry Rum and Mike’s Hot Honey + Coffee from Cafe Grumpy Coffee, and many food vendors!

See below for a sneak peak at some of our awesome vendors!

More details of what’s in store for Sunday here.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

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Tomorrow (10/20), ToxiCity Map Reveals Greenpoint & Williamsburg’s Contamination Trail

Did you know that North Brooklyn’s industrial legacy left behind an alphabet soup of toxins - TCEPCBs, phthalates, benzene, and many other chemicals – that’s lingering beneath the surface in many sections of our hood?

On October 20, a beta release of the ToxiCity Map will be hosted at Sunview Luncheonette, located at 221 Nassau Ave., starting at 7 p.m.

Source: Neighbors Allied For Good Growth
Source: Neighbors Allied For Good Growth

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