The Hook-Up

Bike Raves, Secret Seders & Even More Secret Puddles — The Hook-Up 5/13

Photo by Sunny Jhooty Photography via Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Photo by Sunny Jhooty Photography via Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
A state study is claiming that there’s no obvious connection between pollution and the increased incidence of health issues in people living near Newtown Creek. But said residents are calling bullshit.
 
It’s no naked bike ride, but there are glowsticks involved. The Brooklyn Bike Rave is happening this Saturday night.
 
There’s a new 90-unit mixed-use residential development going up where seven buildings have been sitting (up til now) at 1050-1066 Manhattan Avenue and 154 Eagle Street. Of course, you can’t make an omelette without demolishing a few existing apartments (and tearing down that iconic J. Josephs & Sons Co. signage), but demolition permits haven’t been filed yet.
 
Passover might be pretty passé at this point in May, but this was too cool not to share. It seems as though the Sunview Luncheonette was home to a secret, alternative Passover Seder.
 
It’s been a while since Greenpoint first caught the attention of the New York Times trend watch, but now it looks like The Wall Street Journal has caught on.
 
It’s happening: the old Polonaise Terrace building is bringing in some new, well-known tenants. The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is moving in and creating a space that’s “much weirder than its predecessor.
 
There’s no place like home, and there’s no place where per-foot condominium sales prices are rising faster.
 
Have you seen this shirtless cyclist who attacked a driver with a bike lock?
 
 

There’s been a debate happening re: how viable that Brooklyn-Queens Connector streetcar is. A commissioned study seems to say it’s pretty viable.

A group of second graders at P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont won a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando. Just look at those faces!
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The Peril of the Birds, Plus Election Aftermath — The Hook-Up 4/22

That's Ted Cruz territory in yellow. All hail the Sewage King. (via New York Times)
That’s Ted Cruz territory in yellow. All hail the Sewage King. (via New York Times)
What’s stopping Greenpoint’s birds in their tracks? A discussion on the North Brooklyn Community page on Facebook brought attention to a weird prevalence of dead birds (and even a hawk) around the bus stop on the corner of Lorimer and Driggs, supposedly after flying into the glass.
 
As you’re surely all aware, Bernie’s best electoral NYC performance took place in Greenpoint. What you don’t know is that Ted Cruz’s also did. He didn’t just win by one vote, though. He won with one vote. Yeah, just read the thing.
 

Re: shutting down Riker’s Island: the city’s looking into it. But apparently it’s looking at Greenpoint as a potential site for a new satellite jail where it can transfer inmates.

The latest news in the L Train saga is that the city is setting its sights on 2019 as closure time. But things are still inconclusive.

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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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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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The Hook Up: Ilana Glazer Lookalikes, G Train Conductors Are Awesome, and A Spelling Bee’s Swan Song

Ilana Glazer lookalike
Is this you, dreamgirl?

Are you an Ilana Glazer (of Broad City fame) lookalike and do you also happen to have fruity tattoos? Someone you closely encountered at the Greenpoint Library is searching for you.

G train conductors are super nice, you guys, and they love us all.

Get spellbound! The Williamsburg Spelling Bee is dictating its final letter on April 4th after a twelve year run.

Don’t worry, the historic Greenpoint Savings Bank building isn’t going away anytime soon, but the office annex behind it may become new apartments.

Greenpoint Savings Bank
Greenpoint Savings Bank (via Wikipedia)

There’s a secret sticker art museum in Bushwick, and they’re having an art opening tonight.

It’s Easter this weekend, seemingly one of Greenpoint’s favorite holidays (if you gauge affection by the number of houses that are fully decked out with an explosion of Easter decor). So of course there’s an Easter Egg Hunt in McGolrick Park.

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The Seedy Underbelly of Greenpoint, Plus Lube in a Laundromat — The Hook-Up 3/18

NYPD loot. (Source: NYPD)
NYPD loot. (Source: NYPD)

There have been more than a couple shots fired in our neck of the woods over the last week. On Tuesday, two gunmen were apprehended at North 4th & Kent following an armed robbery. Then, on Wednesday, a member of the North Brooklyn Community Group on Facebook said a neighbor witnessed a teenager fire a hand gun at McCarren Skate Park around 5 p.m. before fleeing on a bike.

The seedy underbelly of Greenpoint continues its chorus with a drug bust of a $10-million-per-year operation. Cops seized 400 pounds of marijuana, 1,100 containers of retail-ready marijuana, mushrooms, liquid THC, liquid PCP and liquid HGH from Philip Feng, 36, and Victor Bae, 35. 
 
Northside Music Festival has confirmed its initial lineup. Conor Oberst, making a comeback!
 
Ready Set, a local set design company, is expanding into 15,000 sq. ft. of additional space at 100 Sutton Street, adjoining its current space at 663 Morgan Avenue.
 
Sunshine Laundromat — the pinball place — just became a little more well-rounded with its installation of a vending machine full of Plan B, pregnancy tests, and lube. According to the owner, they’re not in earnest about becoming a new family planning hub.

Greenpoint Beer & Ale is fed up with the firkin ignorance of you locals, so they’re turning it into a drinking opportunity this weekend.
The historic Union Baptist Church is due for repairs after its century-plus run in Greenpoint.
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Local Hot Sauce Company Feels the Bern, Plus Night Bazaar Moves — The Hook-Up 3/11

Tango Chile Sauce founders Dan Frieber and Chris Tart . Photo via Community News Group / Allegra Hobbs
Tango Chile Sauce founders Dan Frieber and Chris Tart. Photo via Community News Group / Allegra Hobbs
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is hoping to move back to familiar stomping grounds after its brief respite at the beach last summer. The owner is currently looking to secure a liquor license at 144 Greenpoint Ave, otherwise known as the shiny black catering hall of former Polonaise Terrace fame.
 
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is making a strong showing at the Greenpoint Film Festival next Thursday. A series of the group’s protest films will air at the Wythe Hotel on March 17 at 8 p.m.
 
It’s not just humans that are about to get priced out of the neighborhood. The feral cat colonies near the Greenpoint Landing site are also looking at a very likely displacement in the near future.
 
A Greenpoint hot sauce company is taking Ben & Jerry’s lead with the creation of a Bernie Sanders-themed food product. As far as hot sauce royalties go, 10% of their profits will go toward the Sanders campaign.
 
Another slashing? This time a cabbie was cut in the forehead during a mugging that took place on North 5th and Wythe last Thursday. According to ABC, there’s been a 22.1% increase in slashings and stabbings in 2016 so far.
 
If you’re struggling to keep up with the wave of construction that’s washing over Greenpoint, here’s a handy, comprehensive guide.
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Every Story Is About Congestion & Change — The Hook-Up 3/4

Photo via Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Eagle
Photo via Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Eagle
In January, Assemblyman Lentol announced a temporary suspension of alternate side parking rules on film shoot days, but that hasn’t stopped film crews from competing for space with residents (hearsay is that the production crew of “Tiara” blocked off a G Train entrance during rush hour). Well, if you ever wanted a quantifiable look at just how movie-famous our neighborhood is, here’s an interactive map.
 
Subway slashings have officially landed on the G Line (well, it happened once, but still). Now, police are looking to amp up NYPD presence on the trains at night.
 
You may have heard about plans to reevaluate the Meeker Avenue crossing, but the rather congested North Brooklyn is going to be the subject of a larger, more comprehensive transportation study.

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A Streetcar Named Whose Desire, Exactly? — The Hook-Up 2/12

Photo: Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector
Photo: Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector

Is it the Streetcar Named Desire for the people of New York, or is de Blasio’s proposed streetcar linking Brooklyn and Queens a developer’s fantasy in the making? In either case, here’s what we know so far.

We know slightly more about the L Train Shutdown than we did last week. Brace yourselves, because it seems as though “1 year vs. 3 years” was a generous estimate.

It only took a year, but the reports from the CitiStorage fire investigation have been wrested into public view by The Brooklyn Paper. The fire was allegedly sparked by a light fixture, subdued, and then reignited. Kind of weird that department reps maintained their line that the investigation was ongoing, even though investigators signed off on the report on Jan. 8. Continue reading

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What Jonas Wrought — The Hook-Up 1/29

It's that igloo. You know the one.
It’s that igloo. You know the one.

Weird to think that all that white stuff on the ground is half melted less than a week later, but here’s the low-down on that $200/night igloo that you’ve probably seen retweeted ad nauseum all week. The most surprising thing about all of this is that AirBnB has other igloos around the world that are up to code.

In other news of Winter Storm Jonas Exceptionalism: this woman skied from McCarren to Central Park. How many miles did you log on your Netflix Fitbit? Continue reading

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