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The votes are in for Greenpoint’s Large Environmental Grant!

Last month we cast our votes on how to spend Greenpoint’s pot of $19 million ExxonMobil settlement money. Now it’s time to see who came out on top as the GCEF large/legacy grants winners! Out of the 13 prospective projects, 6 lucky dogs were chosen by you to receive a total of $11 million dollars in grant funding. If that wasn’t awesome enough, the selected winners come with an additional $23 million in matching funds. When everything is all said and done, Greenpoint will receive nearly $35 million dollars–that’s almost double what the state was able to squeeze out of the ExxonMobil suit!

So without further adieu, here are the winners…

  • · Greenpoint Environmental Education at Greenpoint Library (Brooklyn Public Library)
  • · Greening Greenpoint (City Parks Foundation)
  • · Intertidal Wetland Project (Research Foundation of CUNY (LaGuardia Community College)
  • · Greenpoint Eco-Schools (National Wildlife Federation)
  • · Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint (Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce)
  • · West Street Watershed Stormwater Project (Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Inc.)

Congratulations to all the winners. Looks like we can finally put some green back into Greenpoint. I think we can all toast our glasses to that!

For more details on these selected projects or the small grant winners check out the GCEF website.

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Holiday Gift Guide Part Two: Last Minute Ideas

So, the holidays are a little more than a week away. And you haven’t got zip. Zilch. Here’s some of my favorite gift ideas that are all from local shops. Now, go on and get some sweet gifts. Y’know, so you still look thoughtful and all.

Click through for gift inspo for a host, for gals & guys.
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Witchy Vibes Please: Erica Weiner Sample Sale


Brace yourself, kids. Erica Weiner launches a sample sale today that goes all through the long weekend. Polar vortex, say what? Warm your little heart with some serious jewels that range from mystical and witchy to geometric and even vintage stock.

The sample sale is located at 50 Dobbins St and online all weekend long. Click through for some of my favorite picks and sale hours.
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KnickerBear Weeps for Humanity, Knicks

Last Monday neighborhood residents were witness to a rare sighting of the locally famous and indigenous/ursine hoops fan, KnickerBear. Standing near the corner of West Street and Greenpoint Ave. crying his hard, marble eyes out with middle fingers raised to the sky, KnickerBear let the north Brooklyn neighborhood know exactly what he thought of it–and of his team’s defense recently getting turned into Swiss cheese by Deron Williams and the rest of the Brooklyn Nets.

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Ghosts of Greenpoint alive and well!

 

Happy Halloween Greenpoint!!! Before you head out to play trick or trick tonight it might be fun to arm yourself with some ‘real’  ghost stories to spook out your friends. The New York Times recently wrote an article about a haunting at the Sweetwater Tavern, but have you heard about these ghost sightings ripped from headlines of papers that faded long ago?  

 

 

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes

© Baby Vamp by Bella Harris

I love Halloween. As a kid, I would plot and spend hours drawing mysterious costumes while anticipating the ultimate spooky night of the year. This idea carried on into adulthood with promises of parties, and yes, still, candy.

This year, with a busy schedule and new projects galore, the holiday snuck up on me. It’s that magic time and I’ve got nothing to show for it! Are you in a costume rut like me? Don’t have time to work on your Ziggy Stardust-turned-Werewolf mask? I didn’t think so. Here’s some ideas to try out this Friday.
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Slain pedestrians & cyclists get loving memorials

Anyone who rides a bike knows cycling in the hood can be treacherous business. But did you know roughly every 48 hours a pedestrian or cyclist in NYC is killed by a vehicle? That makes fatalities from cars and trucks more deadly than gun-related incidents! This year over 200 people have died from traffic fatalities and it is the city’s number one cause of death for kids ages 1-12 years old.

On October 18th,  Right of Way–an organization that promotes the right of way for pedestrians and cyclists, teamed up with a group called Families for Safe Streets to show folks traffic fatalities aren’t just a faceless statistic. Eight different locations were chosen to show where victims were killed and were honored with street art memorials. Seven of the sites involved families, the eighth location was chosen in remembrance of an “unknown victim”. Continue reading

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Glow In The Dark Punk Rope to Benefit the Greenpoint YMCA (10/30)

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Looking to get into shape, but tired of the same boring old routine? Why not pick up a jump rope, or better yet a Glow In The Dark Punk Rope and sweat, skip, shimmy, and shake to a “killer” playlist of ghoulish tracks right before Halloween!?

This Thursday (10/30) from 8:30-9:30pm at the Greenpoint YMCA (99 Meserole Ave), Punk Rope creators, Tim Haft and Shana Brady are putting together a super fun class to benefit the  the Greenpoint YMCA’s Annual Campaign. The campaign supports college readiness programs, after school programs, water safety programs, and many more programs that benefit children and adults from economically disadvantaged families.

No rope jumping skill necessary. LED ropes will be provided.

All participants will receive a Punk Rope pin.

Plus there will be vegan chocolate provided by Mountain morsel and prizes…

Come in costume to be eligible to win:
$25 gift certificate to the Soft Spot Bar
$25 gift certificate tKilo Bravo
$25 gift certificate to JackRabbit Sports
Punk Rope schwag
Waboba Moon Ball
Waboba Flyer
Waboba Street Ball

REGISTER HERE

DONATION: $20 (or more if you wish)

LIMITED TO 30 PARTICIPANTS

Sponsored post courtesy of Punk Rope.

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You NEED this 3br with a ROOF DECK in Greenpoint!

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Yes we all know that real estate prices are going up in Greenpoint. And guess what? They aren’t going down, so when you find a great place – with a gigantic 2000sq. ft roof deck and a great landlord – you take it! This place is a Greenpoint dream apartment. And the inside ain’t too shabby either. The 3br features French doors, wood floors, high ceilings, a nice kitchen with modern appliances, large bathroom, separate dining area, living room, and a closet in each room. The layout is smart and practical, and the outdoor space (did we mention it yet?) is to die for and completely private. The building is located just a short walk to McGolrick park, and is close to the L train and G trains. This is a unique opportunity to live in a great apartment with a very nice landlord.

Complete listing with tons of photos here.

Please call to make an appointment: (347) 881-3107

Sponsored post by Josef Galatioto Broker.

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19th Century Developers Gone Wild! History repeats itself on the waterfront.

1851 view of Brooklyn Navy Yard looking north towards Greenpoint

Over-zealous waterfront development in Greenpoint is actually pretty old news. Scroll back the hands of time to the mid 1800’s and we’d find a very familiar scenario taking place on our shores. Before there were real estate moguls like George Klein and David Bistricer, there was Neziah Bliss–an entrepreneur that radically transformed the Greenpoint landscape forever.

Bliss, like his modern day compatriots, was a man of big ideas. He saw our expansive waterfront and could instantly hear the coins ringing.  Continue reading

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