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The Horsemen of Gentrification Could at Least Bring Some Trash Cans with Them — The Hook-Up 11/6

Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)
Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)

Is “Greenpoint” becoming synonymous with “gentrification?” This week, Forbes spotlighted the decline of Polish businesses, and McSweeney’s did a McSweeney’s.

Curb Your Litter is tackling Greenpoint’s abysmal person-to-garbage-can ratio with a new interactive map that lets you recommend locations for trash bins. As a matter of fact, “person-to-garbage-can ratio” is also pretty good shorthand for life in New York City.

Protect your package, people. Greenpointers posted this video on our Facebook page earlier this week, but in case you missed it, here’s something that might make you think twice about buzzing in a stranger.

Jack and Joshua Guttman just filed an application to build a new hotel on West Street at the abandoned Greenpoint Terminal Market complex. Perhaps the proposed rooftop bar will be distress-signal-distance from the Wythe Hotel’s.

Another five-story rental going up on West and India hopes to offer a more “approachable, neighborhood feel” counterpart to the big towers going up around it.

Is it the dawn of a new era for the G? Old Faithful made it to this short list of “best trains to live near” in NYC, but I’m not sure how much that actually means coming from a source who says the L is “reliable” and that the Q moves “with astonishing speed.”

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Meet Greenpoint’s Drug Lords, Then Look Wistfully At the Changing Waterfront — The Hook-Up 10/30

Now that you mention it, this certainly appears to be a drug front. Photo: New York Post
Now that you mention it, this certainly appears to be a drug front. Photo: New York Post

Greenpoint might not need a Breaking Bad cafe after all. Turns out a local mom-and-pop pharmacy was host to “one of the biggest illegal prescription pill rings in New York history.”

Ready, set, development roundup. A new building is in the works for Kent and West, and “the design is…something.” Meanwhile, a Canadian firm just bought into Greenpoint Landing, with construction on two tall towers expected to begin in the first half of next year.

David Simon’s HBO pilot, The Deuce, was filming at The Capri Social Club last week. Get your 70s porn ‘stache ready in case they return. Continue reading

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Walter White Coffee, Development Sagas, & Life in Newtown Creek — The Hook-Up 10/16

Here's your flat white, bitch. (Via Kickstarter)
Here’s your flat white, bitch. (Via Kickstarter)

Greenpoint Avenue is a Bike Blockers clusterfuck, according to WNYC. Most of us might be willing to make exceptions for vans delivering smoked salmon, however.

Perhaps fitting that owner Deniz Kosan chose our charming toxic wasteland as the proper setting for his Breaking Bad-themed Turkish coffee shop, but a Walter’s Coffee Roastery may just provide some pleasant smells for once.

Not convinced that life can prosper in Newtown Creek? Come down to the Newtown Creek Alliance’s North Henry Street location this Sunday afternoon (from 12-4) to check out its Living Dock project. Greenpointers will be on the scene to provide verified coverage of this scientific marvel. Continue reading

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Kickball Feuds, Hostage Fashion & Celebrity Lambs — The Hook-Up 10/9

Photo by Nick Ramsey, via DNAinfo
Photo by Nick Ramsey, via DNAinfo

Everyone knows about the unrivaled people-watching potential of McCarren Park, but not everyone lives to see a standoff between a kickball bro and an indignant nap queen. Is she “the most selfish person in the world?” Or does he “think he fucking owns the park?” You decide.

According to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, no one can tell the difference between a Greenpoint hipster and a person who recently emerged from under a rock.

There’s a history behind TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint, and it has a lot to do with any strong community vibes you still catch around these parts. In 1975, more than 200 residents participated in a 16-month sit-in to preserve funding for city services, and last month, they honored them in the most Brooklyn way possible.

A famous lamb of Greenpoint fame has famed its way upstate. After being spotted dining at Five Leaves this spring, Smokey the lamb is now back at Violet Hill Farm in West Winfield, N.Y., but it appears his time in the city has instilled him with a troublemaking streak. “He had a ram buddy that he was hanging out with hardcore,” said his owner.

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Toxic Waste & Overachievers — The Hook-Up 10/2

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The world can’t seem to stop dumping on Newtown Creek. A company based in Bed-Stuy was caught dumping untreated industrial waste into the waterway via a bypass line, but it unfortunately wasn’t the first time.

Railroad apartment too tight a squeeze for your visiting parents? Soon, they’ll be able to lodge comfortably at a new hotel coming to Eckford Street near McCarren Park.

In case you didn’t feel behind enough in life already, here’s Brooklyn Magazine’s edition of “30 Under 30.” The plus side is that with Greenpoint so well-represented on the list, we’re all in great company. Continue reading

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Motorcycle and Church Thieves, Plus Meredith Graves About Town — The Hook-Up 9/26

Photo: Driely Schwartz via Racked
Photo: Driely Schwartz via Racked

As Pope Francis alights upon our city, the New York Times turns its attention to Greenpoint’s own St. Anthony Church, where graffiti, theft, and abuse of holy water bely the sometimes less savory side of embracing the destitute.

Progress for Newtown Creek’s new Kosciuszko Bridge are right on track. Where public development projects are concerned, no news is certainly newsworthy.

New York’s first Polish Dual Language Program has landed at PS34. On the agenda: preserving the neighborhood’s cultural heritage, preparing kids to succeed in English, and raising a class of high-achieving wunderkind. Continue reading

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Garbage, Garbage Trucks, & Zoolander: The Hook-Up 9/19

Via Twitter: @BKbroadcast
Via Twitter: @BKbroadcast

The Franchesca Mini Market between Eagle and Dupont has certainly seen better days. Not much word yet on what created the behemoth-shaped hole in the bodega’s storefront, but one tweet suggests it was a garbage truck accident.

Another Ben Stiller movie? It’s happening here in Greenpoint. The crew of Zoolander 2 is doing their film thing at the site of Hansel’s loft.

The Salvation Army is the latest community fixture to get priced out of the neighborhood. Its 981 Manhattan Ave. location is now on the market for the first time since 1973. Continue reading

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Brooklyn’s Katy Perry, Gentrification Thoughts, & de Blasio on Colbert–The Hook Up 7/18

Catey Shaw is Brooklyn's own Katy Perry knock off #livinthedream


If you want to be irritated, watch this cringe-worthy music video, which is basically a knock off of California Girls, sung by a party girl who dances around Williamsburg in a Nets hat.

Bill de Blasio played it cool with Colbert this week and denied being a socialist (even though we all know he’s a communist spy infiltrating the city to spread universal pre-K).

Both GIRLS and Boardwalk Empire are shooting in the hood today.  Speaking of which, have you heard of Film Complaint 11222? Local resident, Rolf Carl, is Greenpoint’s own film shoot monitoring vigilante, removing tape from irresponsible crews and keeping 311 on speed dial.

The NY Times finally publishes a thoughtful piece on gentrification from a writer who has lived in Brooklyn since the 70’s.  Continue reading

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The New Kosciuszko, Lobster Crack Rolls, & Greenpoint-Inspired Tunes– The Hook Up 7/11

Kosciuszko of the FUTURE

The new Koscuiszko Bridge renderings have been released and they look pretty goddamn sleek. For a cool $770 million, they very well should.  Meanwhile there’s some concern about crossing the current bridge, which has been deemed “structurally unsound,” with a lifespan of only 3 more years.

In foodie news, a new crepe shop just opened on Manhattan Ave. The owner chose Greenpoint because, in his words: “They were asking me to pay $25,000 a month to rent a space in Williamsburg,” said Grzedzica. “You’d have to make cocaine in your basement to afford that kind of rent.”

Maybe that’s what the folks at Littleneck are doing to fund their new outpost at 128 Franklin… lobster rolls are almost as expensive (if not more so?) than crack/cocaine.

And the new restaurants keep on comin.’ Pasar Malam, a new Malasian “night market-inspired” restaurant is opening at 208 Grand Street, adding one more cuisine variety to North Brooklyn.

And in other edible content, the Daily News has some mouthwatering local breakfast recommendations. Continue reading

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Public Pools, Church Condos, & VICE’s $$$ – The Hook Up (6/27)

Head on over to your nearest swimmin' hole, 'cause all 55 New York City pools open today.

A 21-year-old jumped off the Kent and N. 1st Street pier around 5am on Thursday and was immediately carried away by the current. Police are continuing to search the water for him. Although the East River often looks calm, it has deceivingly fast moving currents and swiftly changing tides that can push swimmers north at a rapid rate of approx. 1.5 nautical mph.

The recent White Lung show at St. Vitus witnessed a pretty epic mosh pit, complete with beer throwing, flower smashing, and some “undirected air punches” from the crowd.

Is it sacrilegious to convert your local historic church into a condo? WNYC & DNA Info investigate. See St. Vincent De Paul on North 6th, which is now the “Spire Lofts.”

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