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Partial Building Collapse on Freeman and McGuinness

Photo via nyc.gov
Photo via nyc.gov

On April 19, a residential building at 210 Freeman Street in Greenpoint underwent a partial collapse, leaving several residents without access to their homes. The Red Cross, Fire Department, and other emergency management organizations were called to the scene in response to complaints about the building shaking and vibrating. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Ten people were evacuated from 210 Freeman Street and neighboring 208 Freeman Street, and at least 15 feet of foundation has been destroyed. According to the FDNY report, the collapse was due to a structural issue in the building, but they have not released the definitive cause of the damage yet. The NYC Department of Buildings has several complaints and violations listed for the buildings, and it seems that illegal construction taking place in the basement at 208 Freeman caused the collapse to occur. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios is Happening!! Next Weekend (4/29-5/1)!!

billboardGreenpoint Open Studios (GOS) is springing back to life next weekend (April 29-May 1) to celebrate the arts in this fine neighborhood of ours because we have some super talented folks producing cool work in a wide range of mediums. From paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics, and more, there are seasoned artists to be visited and emerging artists to be discovered among over 300 who will open up their studio spaces to the public.

GOS 2014
GOS 2014

It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. Continue reading

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Earth Day 2016 Roundup: What To Do and Where To Go

Transmitter Park in Greenpoint
Find out how to keep Greenpoint green for Earth Day this week.

On a global scale, this year’s Earth Day marks a significant point in climate-change combat as world leaders including President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping, gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to sign the Paris Climate Agreement, attempting to keep global temperatures rising above 2 degrees celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. Thanks, guys!

And while historic world-wide initiatives are being considered, here are some ways we can get in on the action in our own neighborhood.

  1. TODAY from 4pm-6PM you can join the NYC Eco-Schools and Greenpoint Eco-Schools in the Brooklyn Sustainability Coordinator Gathering, specifically celebrating the sustainability initiatives with Greenpoint’s teachers, students, parents and schools. This is a FREE gathering open to formal and non-formal educators across NYC and members of the Greenpoint community.
Calling all educators: Celebrate Greenpoint TODAY at 4PM.
Calling all educators: Celebrate Greenpoint TODAY at 4PM.

2. Grab your crew, your posse, your family, or just your lonesome and head to Transmitter Park for Greenpoint’s INSTAMEET, co-hosted by Greenpointers and Edoardo Monti on FRIDAY April 22nd at 6:30PM. This is part of the WorldWide Instameet’s #LifeOnEarth celebration.

3. If hashtags aren’t really your thing, trot over to Newton Creek for an Earth Day Nature Walk, and learn about the the city’s wastewater treatment in one of the most infamously polluted industrial waterways in the US, all the while enjoying the inspired sculptures of artist George Trakas. Meet at the big picnic tables on the Whale Creek side at 6:30pm this FRIDAY.

4. Learn how you can help green Greenpoint through GCEF’s 30+ environmental projects on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-noon at The Warsaw on Driggs Avenue. They’re looking for neighbors just like you to make things happen.

Join GCEF in Greening Greenpoint
Join GCEF in Greening Greenpoint

5. Keep up the Earth Day momentum NEXT MONTH, on a Guided Tree Walk in McGolrick Park. Along the way you’ll learn the variety of tree species in the green haven, and discover the Greening Greenpoint movement and initiatives behind the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance.

We’re looking forward to celebrating with you this week! See you in the green!

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Here Are Some Adorable Animal Photos, Because Why Not?

On April 10, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals held an Adoptapalooza event in honor of the ASPCA’s 150th anniversary.

Held at Greenpoint’s own House of Vans, 300 dogs, cats, and bunnies were breaking all sorts of hearts (or possibly making them whole again for the people who came to adopt).

Aside from getting to squee 300 times over, attendees were treated to meet & greets with celebrity pets like Marnie the Dog, Mervin the Chihuahua, Chloe Kardoggian, and Ella Bean the Dog, plus food trucks, photo booths, and a film premiere for a documentary called “Second Chance Dogs.”

For your Thursday afternoon edification, here are some choice snaps.

Photo by Jessica Fejos
Photo by Jessica Fejos

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Tumbleweeds Art Camp Is Back This Summer to Inspire Kids’ Creativity

Tumbleweeds Art CampIn North Brooklyn we’re lucky to be surrounded with artistry—we have dozens of gallery spaces, hundreds of working artists, and street art on practically every corner. So if you live here and you’ve got kids, nurturing their creative side in this neighborhood should be a no-brainer. Of course summertime is a great time to do it, when they’re out of school and need to keep their busy minds and hands occupied. And lucky for neighborhood parents, there’s a truly unique opportunity to send the kids to Tumbleweeds Art Camp right here in Greenpoint.

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Greenpoint Instameet This Friday At Transmitter Park!

Transmitter Park
Transmitter Park

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that this week we have Greenpointer Edoardo Monti taking over our account. He’s also co-sponsoring the Greenpoint Instameet (part of Instagram’s Worldwide Instameet 13) with us at 6:30pm this Friday, April 22 at Greenpoint’s scenic Transmitter Park. Continue reading

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It’s Greenpoint Cleanup Day!

Greenpoint Cleanup Day

Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint clean up day is today, Saturday, April 16.

The Greenpoint Chamber is teaming up with Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Cooper Park Houses Residents Association and the Greenpoint YMCA to pick up the southeast section of our neighborhood. Come on out, meet your neighbors and make Greenpoint a healthier and cleaner place to live.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to suggest locations for the placement of new trash cans in the neighborhood. And everyone will get a free lunch as a thank you for the hard work!

Saturday, April 16, 2016
10am – 1pm: Clean up
1 – 2pm: Lunch
Red Park at Cooper Park Houses (295 Jackson Street)
RSVP here!

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A Greenpointer in the Spanish Civil War

John Kozar
Johnny Kozar

In the spring of 1937, the hottest topic at Brooklyn College was the Spanish Civil War. Twenty Brooklyn College students volunteered to go to Spain and fight, despite the fact that traveling to Spain was a violation of American law. Today, an exhibit at the school, curated by Prof. Alejandro Alonso, will explore the college’s reaction to the conflict.
The interest in the Spanish Civil War was not just limited to college students. More than 250 men and women from around Brooklyn decided to leave home for Spain to join the fight, many never to return home. One of those Brooklynites who went off to fight in Spain was a 23-year-old from Oakland Street (now McGuinness Boulevard) in Greenpoint named Johnny Kozar.

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Greenpoint Businesses Employ Rehabilitated Young Men Through GOSO

GOSO - Getting Out And Staying OutAt our seasonal markets we always make sure to donate space to unique community-oriented organizations. This Sunday, because we know you’re all going to be having fun at the Greenpointers Spring Market anyway, you should stop by and check out GOSO, (Getting Out and Staying Out, Inc.). They provide comprehensive re-entry services to young men (16-24) who’ve been involved in the criminal justice system.

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The Spring Market is this Sun (4/17)! Preview Our Vendors!!!

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Poster design by Llubav Duerr

We’re so excited for our Spring Market and can’t wait to introduce you to our talented vendors! This time around we have 60+ talented local crafters, artists, makers, plus plenty of delicious food and beverages to get you going for the Spring Season.

The Deets: This Sunday, April 17, 2016 from (1-7pm) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

RSVP on Facebook to stay updated!

FREE Activities:
Honeycomb and Golden Blooms photo booth by Ben
Massage by human@ease (1PM – 5PM)
Spring Nail Art by Peenk!
Personalized Stories by The Roving Typist
Henna Tattoos by Miss V
Bang Trims by Bull In The Heather
Face Painting by a BigSillyGuy

Check out our awesome vendors after the jump:

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