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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).

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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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Friends of Greenpoint Library Meeting Today at 3pm

Friends-of-Greenpoint-Library_500With the amount of information available online, it’s easy to take our libraries for granted. Did you know that at one point the idea of a “library” didn’t even exist? Ben Franklin was hosting regular meetings with a group of friends (Junto), where they would discuss politics, philosophy and morality. During these meetings, the members would exchange books and information, and ultimately inspired Franklin’s plans for a public library. Fast forward a few centuries and now we have 87 public libraries in NYC, with one of them right here in Greenpoint.

Friends of Greenpoint Library is hosting a meeting where you can meet neighbors, brainstorm on ideas, and help find ways to support the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave).

DATE: Today, April 9th
TIME: 3pm
LOCATION: Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave)

For more information, contact Sharon at sharonkimstone@yahoo.com

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Bee’s Knees, Craft Beer, Henna Tattoos, Massages, The Roving Typist, Face Painting, Nail Art, 60+ Vendors, and more! Spring Market (4/17)

Valentine's Market 2016
Valentine’s Market 2016

We are busy bees getting ready for our upcoming Spring Market on Sunday, April 17th (1-7PM) and can’t wait to strip off a few layers of winter bitterness to take in the sweet nectar of Greenpoint life in this season, when cherry trees are bursting with blooms, daffodils and tulips start to pop out of sidewalk gardens, and we spend more time at the park or in backyard beer gardens.

Did you know that the Greenpoint Loft was once the home of the largest rope manufacturer in the U.S.? It has been beautifully restored to its pre-war glory and we can’t wait to see it come alive with old-timey tunes, FREE fun activities, food & refreshments, music, and epic local shopping.

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Speed Metal Speed Dating & the G Train Shocker — The Hook-Up 4/8

Photo via Nicole Disser, Bedford + Bowery
Photo via Nicole Disser, Bedford + Bowery
What are you doing next Saturday? If you can stomach planning more than two days ahead, come help clean up the neighborhood with Curb Your Litter and NAG on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you like your environmentalism with a touch of interactive data, check out this cool map.
 
What are you doing this Sunday, actually? If you’re single and metal as hell, come to Speed Metal Speed Dating at St. Vitus. This, from the same people who brought you Morrissey-themed speed dating night at Black Rabbit.
 
Transparency could soon be imposed upon the film industry thanks to a bill sponsored by Councilman Stephen Levin, which would require the city to provide monthly reports detailing when and where filming goes down (as well as the companies involved).
 
Via MTA
Via MTA

Do we smell another passive-aggressive Cuomo/de Blasio standoff? A state audit found that the MTA fudges its numbers on how often subway trains show up on time, and that service sucked more in 2015 than it did in 2014. But wait! Want to know the real shocker? The G Train performed better than any other line in terms of meeting target wait times: a rate of 81.3%.

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce, allowing all BCC programs to trickle down to GPC members.
 
Have you met the North Brooklyn Democratic District Leader? He can serve you a drink at 151 on the Lower East Side, where he tends bar.
 
Jonesing for a tree? You have until May 5 to register for the Greening Greenpoint Tree Giveaway. It’s free! And it’s a tree!
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Greenpoint’s Connection to the Irish 1916 Rebellion

 

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On April 24th Ireland will mark the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising that led to Irish independence. Irish patriots seized the General Post Office in the heart of Dublin and proclaimed the Irish Republic. The first man to sign that proclamation, Thomas Clarke, lived for many years right here in Greenpoint at 175 Russell Street with his wife Kathleen Clarke who was also a heroic Irish revolutionary in her own right. So let’s investigate the Clarke’s stay here.
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New Web Series Captures The Hustle (And Humor) Of Living in Williamsburg

You’ve heard of people splitting studios in Williamsburg, but would you split a bed to live within spitting distance of Bedford Avenue? That’s the premise of “Full Disclosure,” a new web series about two women living, dating, and flailing in Brooklyn’s prime real estate. The comedy, created by Katie Baker and Corrie Nance, premieres at Videology Bar & Cinema tonight (April 6th).

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The New Waterfront Trolley: Is it Money Well-Spent?

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One reader responded to a recent post on the problems involved in building a bridge over Newtown Creek, suggesting that the article was too negative toward the project and that no infrastructure would ever be built if people only saw the inherent flaws — certainly a valid viewpoint.

However, before we begin a new multi-billion dollar project, we need to evaluate the time, expense and displacement it will create and decide if those billions of dollars might be better spent on subways or other existing forms of mass transportation. The city says that the streetcar will be ready in 2024, but critics feel this is a wildly optimistic timeframe.

John Orcutt, a streetcar critic and spokesman for Transit Center, a non-profit public transportation advocate group, stated, “The biggest concern is these kinds of transit projects haven’t performed well and have been difficult to implement.”

Washington D.C experienced years of delay and large cost overruns on a much smaller streetcar line, and the New York plan is far bigger than what any other American cities have recently built. The de Blasio administration envisions 30 stops over a 16-mile route and 60 streetcar vehicles. The very scope of the project almost ensures many more years of delay than Washington’s tiny system.

Another issue that many have with the streetcar is that in a city already short on parking, the rail line would eliminate hundreds of parking spots, so that drivers all along the route would be vehement enemies. It is hard to imagine City Council members backing a plan that would draw the ire of their driving constituents, especially if they never take the streetcar line.
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It is still not clear if the streetcar would be woven into the subway system or if it would be an independent system. There is also the huge question of whether the system would honor MetroCards. It is hard to imagine that many riders who already pay a lot for public transportation would shell out even more money for the tram if the streetcar fare costs extra. A limited ridership would mean that the billion-dollar cost of the streetcar cannot be justified.

There is one other problem with bridges: bureaucracy. Besides the time and expense of constructing a bridge, building spans today mandates conducting long and costly environmental impact studies that could take years and push back the 2024 date even further into the future. Let’s not even begin to contemplate the delays legal challenges to the light rail line would create.

Perhaps the more than $2 billion earmarked for the trolley could be better spent on a renovation of the inadequate G line. Certainly improvements to the G would have a greater impact on the local transportation situation in the near future. Clearly, the city needs to explain how the plan for the streetcar is more positive for Greenpoint than a subway overhaul.

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Local Industry Is Making Brooklyn Great Again — The Hook-Up 4/1

A rendering of Amalgamated Drawing Office.
A rendering of Amalgamated Drawing Office.
Everyone groaned when BMW leased the former Brooklyn Night Bazaar space, but it looks as though the dealership is actually doing something really cool with the space/probably trying a little too hard to do Brooklyn right/might still deserve the benefit of the doubt for now. “Amalgated Drawing Office” will feature a restaurant, retail design store, co-working space, and start-up accelerator. One thing it definitely won’t be is an automotive space, but “design” is apparently an open-ended concept for the time being.
 
Speaking of maker spaces, North Brooklyn is getting its first new privately-financed manufacturing/industrial space in 40 years. 25 Kent will soon be home to its own version of Industry City.
 
After one month and 19 burglaries, it seems as though police have finally caught one of the suspects involved in a rash of break-ins across North Brooklyn. Security footage suggests they entered a lot of (unlocked, why?) apartments at night, taking cash, electronics and other valuables. While his accomplice is still at large, and for forever after, remember to lock your non-suburban doors.
 
Like textiles and feminism? Good. This Sunday, there’s a stitch-in happening at Bushwick Inlet Park to raise awareness for abortion rights. That’s one stitch for every one of the 5.4 million women of reproductive age in Texas.
 
Bioremediation workshops are coming to Greenpoint. Details are still to come, but the Newtown Creek Alliance will be laying down some knowledge on urban soil, harnessing beneficial microorganisms with compost tea, and mycoremediation (that’s using fungi for remediation).
 
Blooms are blooming, and the Greenway is showing the first signs of life. The two-way bike lane that’s been three years in the making is finally in the construction phase on West Street.
 
While things are popping, other things are drawing to a close. Verboten just got shut down. Fraud, mismanagement, sexual harassment and racism weren’t the official reasons, though. The government seized the property over unpaid taxes.
 
Are countdown clocks finally coming to the G Train? Gothamist spotted some suspicious-looking packages at the Classon stop. If you see something, say something.
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It’s Official: Greenpoint Is (Cardinally) Directionally Challenged

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Another year, another completely made-up neighborhood acronym. Except this year, the city is calling it official in Greenpoint.

Following a series of closed-door negotiations with residential developers, Mayor de Blasio has designated the area north of Greenpoint Avenue as “North Greenpoint,” or “NoGre” (rhymes with “ogre”). As such, the area bordered by Greenpoint Avenue, North 12th Street, and the BQE will heretoforth be known as South Greenpoint, or “SoGre.”

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