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GPL cuts down 75 yr old trees. Parks Dept scoops up $414,000 in Restitution Fees

Old London Plane Trees hang over GPL Property Photo Credit: Darren Lipman
Old London Plane Trees hang over GPL Property
Photo Credit: Darren Lipman

In recent weeks, some of you may have spotted the mutilation of 5 trees bordering the northern edge of Barge Park. These trees, identified as 75 yr old London Plane Trees, have been around longer than most of us and recently met their untimely death at the hands of our new neighbor Greenpoint Landing, and the Parks Department.

How they were chopped down and how much money Greenpoint will be getting out of the deal is rather murky indeed.

Let’s just say, in NYC money really does grow on trees. Continue reading

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Our Summer Market is Happening this Sunday (7/19)!! Preview our Vendors!!

July 19 (1-7PM) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl)// Poster design by Akane Ogura

We are excited for our annual Summer Market and cannot wait to introduce to you our awesome vendors!

The Deets: Sunday July 19th from 1-7pm at Greenpoint Loft (67 West, St, 5th Fl)

RSVP on Facebook !

Activities (FREE): Photo Booth by Gustavo Ponce, with Greenpoint Garden Variety Watermelon Patch designed by Libby VanderPloegNail Art by @Peenk!, Massages by Human@Ease,Henna Tattoos by Miss V, Rooftop Yoga by Hosh Yoga (donation based).

Refreshments: Craft Beer by Greenpoint Beer and Ale + Homemade Watermelon SojuCafe Grumpy Iced Coffee + many food vendors!

Special thanks to our sponsors! Continue reading

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What Are People Reading in the Park? (McGolrick/McCarren Edition)

It’s the summer time–the weather is fine, and you could reach right up and touch the sky–or you could simply reach for a good book and hit the park. Last weekend we canvassed McGolrick Park and McCarren Park, approaching total strangers and interrupting their afternoons to ask them questions about their reading material. Join us now as we discover what the young and the restless and the literary of Greenpoint are burying their noses in this July.

WHite Noise
© JP Grace

Subject: Mike
Book: White Noise by Don DeLillo

So what’s this novel about?
I think it’s about how so much of American anxiety is created by pop culture.
Wow, that was good. You really cut to the heart of that, a lot of people just recite plot points.
[Mike’s Girlfriend: That was a great summary, babe.] Continue reading

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Summer Cocktails at the Franklin St Community Garden (Thurs,7/16)

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Celebrate summer in a lush urban oasis while supporting the community!

This Thursday July, 16 from 6:30PM-8:30PM, Franklin St Community Garden is hosting a cocktail party to support their Children’s Education Program.

For $20, you get 2 drinks, delicious local food, a raffle ticket for items donated by local Greenpoint businesses, and an evening of live music surrounded by greenery and good company.

Tickets are available for purchase here. Continue reading

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It’s about time! Greenpoint Avenue Bridge gets Dedicated Bike Lane!

Photo credit: Daniel Mauer via Bedford+Bowery
Photo credit: Daniel Mauer via Bedford+Bowery

Whether in driving a car or riding a bike, at some point or we all have experienced the hair-raising ride across Greenpoint Avenue’s treacherous J.J Byrne Memorial Bridge. For years we’ve watched on the edge of our seats as trucks hurdle over Newtown Creek barreling along at 70 mph, cars making the made dash to the LIE, and poor little bikers constantly getting nudged off the road (or worse, sideswiped) by someone not paying attention to the oddly placed bike lane.  Thankfully all of that drama has come to an end with a little help from the DOT. Continue reading

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Watermelon Soju, Craft Beer, Rooftop Yoga, Henna Tattoos, Painted Postcards, 50+ Vendors, & more!!! Summer Market (7/19)

Designed by Akane Ogura
July 19, 2015 (1-7PM) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Floor)// Poster Design by Akane Ogura

Summers in Greenpoint call for outdoor revelry and picnics so we’re bringing both to the upcoming Summer Market because did you know that Greenpoint Loft has an amazing rooftop space with views of the Manhattan Skyline and the East River? Plus, illustrator Libby VanderPloeg is hand drawing a Garden Variety Watermelon Patch for a picnic themed photobooth manned by Gustavo Ponce! Your handsome mugs will come alive like living art as they did in the last market.

RSVP for Sunday, July 19th from 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

There will be FREE Activities, Craft Beer and Refreshments, Local Shopping, and Music:

GreenpointLoft_Rooftop_View_275pxRooftop Yoga: Is there a better way to get your urban zen on? Visitors have enjoyed Greenpoint Loft’s outdoor section for its views but we thought we should take advantage of the weather by inviting Hosh Yoga to host a donation-based yoga class there.

Henna Tattoos: Ohm your way over to Miss V, who will get her demons out by doling out some Henna Tattoos. Continue reading

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Watermelon Soju Recipe for All Your Picnicking Needs

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Every summer, someone I know calls for an impromptu celebration of a sunny Greenpoint day in the form of a picnic. Each time, I always show up with the same thing – Watermelon Soju, a boozy pureed watermelon punch that is dangerously (or gloriously) stronger than it tastes.

Watermelon Soju is no secret to anyone familiar with Koreatown’s best offerings but since many people have asked me what goes in it and how I make it, I decided to quench all your curious minds here on Greenpointers. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Landing Throws a Party & Doesn’t Invite the Community

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What does gourmet ice cream and shovels have in common? Nothing really. But throw in some sand and a couple of key photo-ops with politicians and you’d be at a party thrown by none other than our new neighbor, Greenpoint Landing.

For those of you unfamiliar with the mega development Greenpoint Landing and how our former Borough President and current City Councilman Steve Levin sold Greenpoint up a polluted river two years ago for a towering gilded waterfront cage, I suggest you read here, here and here for more details.

For the rest of us who cringe each time another pile is driven into the ground for what will eventually be a long string of 40 story towers, then I beg you to read on and seethe in disgust as Greenpoint Landing held a “Ground Breaking Ceremony” complete with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream trucks and yet failed to invite the community. Continue reading

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North Brooklyn PRIDE!

June is LGBTQ Pride Month and events, celebrations and parties have been popping up all over Brooklyn culminating in the huge Manhattan parade this weekend. And it couldn’t be more timely, with the Supreme Court ruling that there can be no more bans on same-sex marriage, the country has cried out in celebration for marriage equality, FINALLY.

Last Saturday North Brooklyn PRIDE Block Party was bumping, despite some cloudy skies and rain, check out some photos below:

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Curb Your Litter Hits Greenpoint Streets

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We’ve been talking a lot about trash these days. Whether it’s about the pilot composting program or the new Big Belly Solar Bins hitting the streets, garbage is a serious problem for Greenpoint and high time it got fixed.

Say hello to Curb Your Litter, a GCEF grant winner and trash program designed to figure out why Greenpoint looks like a gigantic festering rats nest and how best to get rid of the filth. The three year project in connection with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce has big plans to go block by block and get down to the nitty gritty of our garbage issues. They want to know what kind of trash is being discarded, and who or what is causing such a mess.

Is it stores? Coffee houses? Restaurants? Your neighbors? Out of towners? Or maybe the source could be as simple as the piglet in front of you who mistook your foot for a trash can. No one knows yet, but Curb Your Litter is determined to find the answers and ways to fix it. Continue reading

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