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News from the McGolrick Park Farmers Market + Growing Cities Screening (3/4)

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Greetings from Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market! We’re open indoors through the winter on Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. Find us at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah on Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues.

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Flowers or Towers at CitiStorage lot? Activists plan City Hall Rally.

Rendering of the promised 28 acre Bushwick Inlet Park.

A couple of weeks ago we reported a war was brewing at the former CitiStorage site, and while the flames have died down, the heat is on to reclaim our parkland. So Greenpointers got your skewers sharpened yet? If not, you better arm yourselves because it’s roasting time and you’re not going to want miss this.

Our good Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park have declared March 12th as the day we demand the city makes good on its promises to deliver our park according the 2005 Waterfront Rezoning. Some of you maybe thinking–why should we care if the City reneges? The answer doesn’t get more simple than this: If we don’t go to City Hall with our pitchforks and starting screaming like hell, we will be looking at another luxury tower in a only a few short years. Don’t want your promised park hijacked by another bloated developer with dollar signs in his eyes? Yeah, me either.

You see this battle isn’t just about a park or another tower, this is about a promise the City has NO intention of keeping. If there was ever a time to get really pissed, this is it. Continue reading

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Grab your Pitchforks. A war is brewing over CitiStorage’s future.

Rendering of Bushwick Inlet Park

Well I hate to say I told you so, but even as CitiStorage still burns, the 11 acre lot could be sold to private developers–as soon as tomorrow, warns City Councilman Steve Levin. Many of you may recall from last week’s post, the future of the CitiStorage site was on shaky ground, but I doubt any of us would imagine losing our parkland so soon.

According to the FDNY, the site is still under investigation and investigators have yet to access the origin of the fire due to hazardous conditions.  For the unforseeable future, we won’t know if there was foul play that sent CitiStorage up in smoke, but we do know the land is up for grabs, and perhaps to the highest bidder.

So while I don my silk turban and gaze once again into my crystal ball to predict what other crazy conspiracy theories might come true–like arson charges and measly insurance payouts–I am here to warn you: A war is afoot to reclaim CitiStorage as parkland and it’s time we start sharpening our skewers.

The South Williamsburg neighborhood group El Puente is hosting a CRITICAL CALL TO ACTION tonight and everyone from Williamsburg and Greenpoint should be there. Continue reading

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Goodbye Bill. Famed Williamsburg Pizza Deliveryman Passes Away

Sometimes bad things happen to good people.

Earlier this month, North Brooklyn lost another little snippet of its former self when local friend and famed Williamsburg pizza deliveryman, Bill Meier, passed away. Always known for his spunk and vivacious personality, Bill was delivering pizzas for Williamsburg Best Pizza for years before he fell ill.

Upon learning of Bill’s illness, more than 1,000 friends, family, and local fans took to Facebook hoping to raise money for his medical bills through a silent art auction. Continue reading

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This Sunday: Craftbeer, Haiku, Rosewater Gimlet, 60+ Vendors, & more!!! Valentine’s Market (2/8)

We’ve been keeping toasty by warming up for our Valentine’s Market and hope you can join us this Sunday, February 8th, 2015, 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

With the 60+ vendors, this market is going to be an amazing place to buy unique and high quality gifts for your sweetie and yourself.

The day will feature FREE fun activities including massages by Human@Ease, Nail Art by @Peenk, and a Photo Booth.

In addition, we’re super excited to have Greenpoint Beer & Ale provide delicious craft beer specially brewed for this occasion. We also welcome The Haiku Guys (who were just written up in the NYT) into the fold to write personalized love-themed verses onsite. And thanks to Brooklyn Gin, we will be serving a lovey dovey Rosewater Gimlet!

Don’t forget to enter Carpingo’s drawing for a chance to win a membership + $50 credit towards a car rental. Deadline to comment on the post is tonight (2/3/15 11:59PM).

Please RSVP on Facebook!

Special thanks to our sponsors!

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Word on the Curb: Shrunken Blizzards, Yeti Sightings, Considerate Criminals & more!

 

Photo by Harold M. Lambert

 

It was cold so there must have been shrinkage.

At least that is what the great George Constanza would have said if he had to describe the most boring blizzard in NYC’s history. Monday’s storm had subways shut down, curfews imposed, and weathermen promising us Brooklynites over 24 inches of pure unadulterated snow.  But when the blizzard showed us his mighty wrath with only 6 measly inches, you could hear the frustrated groans across the borough–and we mere mortals weren’t the only ones making noise that night.

One tipster wrote us that he spotted an allusive Yeti  binge drinking and growling at patrons at local waterhole Oak & Iron before hitting the snow covered sidewalks to terrify a few local residents during Monday night’s blizzard.

As if a Yeti sighting was not rare enough, another Brooklyn resident has come forward with evidence that Big Foot is alive and well, and residing inside Prospect Park. According to a man calling himself Russell Strarck, he claims to have captured footage of an over-sized hairy humanoid foraging for food inside Brooklyn’s largest park on Tuesday morning.

Don’t believe in Big Foot? Perhaps this mountain man’s testimony might convince you big hairy things exist in forests after all.

Robber says “sorry” and leaves apartment empty handed. Continue reading

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Where would you go with a FREE Carpingo membership?

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Don’t you want to get out of the city one weekend?  Just easily hop in a car and drive off?

With Carpingo, you can find cars parked all around Brooklyn, reserve your car for just the time that you’ll need from as little as 1 hour, use your membership card to unlock the car to start/end your reservation, and enjoy your driving freedom without worrying about gas, insurance, and parking!

Tell us where you’d go in the comments for a chance to win a FREE membership with Carpingo plus a $50 driving credit!

Deadline to comment is Tuesday, 2/4/15, 11:59PM.

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New Warsaw Bakery sold to developers for new condos

New Warsaw Bakery. Photo credit: Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik

 

Move over bread, something new is cooking at 866-868 Lorimer Street home to the famed New Warsaw Bakery.  Right before the turn of the New Year, the Swidzinski family, who provided Greenpointers with tasty bread for the past 20 years, and the Cisek family of the neighboring Brooklyn Electric Co, inked a deal with Chatham Developers to sell their spaces to make way for, you guessed it, more luxury condos. Continue reading

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Newtown Barge Park is about to get a makeover and needs our help!

Is this what you want Barge Park to look like? Photo rendering: NYC City Planning

Parks. Everybody loves them. They are green, full of trees, and the perfect escape for people seeking refuge from NYC’s concrete jungle. But these days the word ‘park’ is unfortunately a matter of semantics. According some, tossing some green astroturf on the ground, installing a couple of plastic benches along a cement walkway, and sprinkling a couple of real plants here and there for good measure is considered a park.

We all know Greenpoint is hardly green, but thanks to the infusion of developer money and some motivated city officials, we are about to get two brand spanking new parks. How they look and smell, well…that’s where we come in. Continue reading

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