Carnival Party Introducing The Gibraltar at T.B.D. this Saturday (9/19)!

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The Serhant Team of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing NY is proud to introduce the carnival unveiling of The Gibraltar (160 West St) at T.B.D. Brooklyn (224 Franklin St) on Saturday, September 19 from 3pm-6pm. The carnival unveiling will include a carnival bouncy house, a dunk tank, and many more of your favorite carnival games. Food will be catered by Lobster Joint and drinks will be provided by Tito’s Vodka and Brooklyn Brewery. It’s all fun and games for this debut! Continue reading

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We Make Peace (in our Party): Greenpoint Benefit Album and Show (9/21)

“Murmuration” by Flynn appears on the benefit album

Marie Mamonia, founder of WeMakePeace.org, contacted Greenpointers about an album release she is putting out for International Peace Day, on the 21st. She brought in some local acts, and with the proceeds giving 80% back to the cause, we were at least going to have a listen. (Beats the paltry return on the UHO and rapper CD scams in Midtown).

She picked some good acts.

Buy window disappears this Thursday so here’s the link, and here is our favorite performer:

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Townhall Meeting on Crime Happens this Wednesday


Mark your calendars, Greenpointers. On Wednesday, September 16th at 6 pm (Polish Slavic Center 176 Java Street) there will be a Town Hall meeting about the crime-related issues plaguing our neighborhood.

All the major players will be there, including Councilman Steve Levin, State Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Senator Martin Dilan, and three new VIP’s to the crew: The 94th precinct’s new Police Captain, Clay Street Homeless Shelter Operator & the new interim Parks administrator.

Sadly many of us know crime has been a major theme in Greenpoint over the past several months. The situation in North Greenpoint, particularly on Clay Street and the surrounding areas, have become downright dangerous. In the span of less than six months, there have been muggings, assaults, sexual harassment, blatant drug-dealing and worse.

For a refresher on the reported crimes just take a peek at these headlines since July:

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Citi Bike Stations Officially Hit Greenpoint


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Whether you what to cheer or sneer, Citi Bike has begun the first wave of its Greenpoint bike installations. Over the weekend, rows of blue bikes cropped up on streets like tactical operatives ready to whisk us off at any minute. Following in the footsteps of other bike sharing programs in cities like Paris, Rome and Mexico City, Citi Bike’s expansion into Brooklyn was designed to ease city street congestion and give commuters an alternative means of transportation.

Until the end of this month Citi Bike is luring new customers by offering a $25 dollars discount off the $149 yearly membership. Sign into the Citi Bike club and you’ll be able to take those shiny new wheels to your next destination, so long as each ride is 45 minutes or less.

Before you hit the starting gate familiarize yourselves with NYC’s bike riding traffic rules. And now, without further adieu, let’s check out where all these blue babies are parked around the hood.

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It’s official–Greenpoint is Crowned NYC’s King of Illegal Dumping

Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle
Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle

We all know Greenpoint has a rep as being a pretty filthy hood.  Not only do we process the lion’s share of  NYC’s poop, but our backyard is infamous for its catastrophic oil spills and industrial superfund sites. Unfortunately, Greenpoint has and still remains a dumping ground for a myriad of things.

Our current garbage situation is so out of control, several test programs have been implemented to eliminate the scourge: The smelly composting pilot program, Big Belly Solar Compactor Cans installed on select corners, and we even have a neighborhood organization called Curb Your Litter, whose sole mission is to clean up our streets.

Just to put things into perspective about how insane our trash problem really is, in just one day of cleaning 25 Greenpoint streets, Curb Your Litter plucked 400 lbs of trash from curbs and gutters. Even worse—this poundage doesn’t even include the overflowing NYC garbage cans!

Talk about disgusting.

Now, I’m a proud Greenpointer like the rest of you, but after encountering a recent article declaring Greenpoint as “The Top Neighborhood in NYC for Illegal Dumping”, well…let’s just say I wasn’t feeling very patriot. In fact, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Oh, yeah? What else is new?”

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Weekend Music: “I just woke up” edition

oderdonkThe past few weeks we have been bragging how Greenpointers this summer are always only an easy cruise away from great tunes outdoors.

Today, in case you just woke up and stumbled to the bodega for an egg and cheese on a roll, we give you: the Out In the Streets festival, taking place at the Onderdonk House today and tomorrow.

It’s the L train to Jefferson, or you can bike over the Grand St. bridge and hook a right on, of course, Onderdonk Avenue. Continue reading

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Supervillains, Morning Gloryville, Mallrats – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/29 to 8/04)

[sponsored] KID EXPRESS! classlogoBLUEat Triskelion Arts
After-school classes for children age 4 to 7 in the Expressive Arts.
Trial classes offered in Aug/Sept:
TUESDAYS: Dance as Storytelling – Creative movement and dance, confidence and team building
THURSDAYS: The World’s A Stage! – Life skills and how to be awesome through theater games and circus arts
For more info, visit: www.triskelionarts.org/kidexpress

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

10411862_686182497708_9115951935707975432_nWEDNESDAY 7/29
* Voices of Brooklyn: Alter (Quilts) as Memorials @ St. Paul’s Theater (334 South 5th St) 7:o0pm, FREE, Jazz, Soul, and Funk fusion is paired with stories of heroes of Williamsburg past, who are memorialized through art quilts by Smithsonian featured quilter Sylvia Hernandez, aka the Brooklyn Quilt Girl, RSVP
^ Zine Release & Erotic Reading @ Molasses Books (770 Hart St) 8pm, FREE, Celebrate the release of Volume 2 of the She/Folk Zine and relish in a reading of erotica stories by women from the self-published collection Ripe, RSVP

KGO-Villains-Doom-219x283THURSDAY 7/30
 Kevin Geeks Out About Super Villains @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, Comedian Kevin Maher takes an obsessive look at some of the best and worst super villains, More info 
♫ Morgan O’Kane @ Black Bear Bar (70 North 6th St) 10:30pm, FREE, With Lonesome Leash, RSVP  Continue reading

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Heavy Metal Yoga Changed My Life

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This past year, I made a commitment to myself to be more in tune with my body and fitness. Being mindful and centered is something that’s important to me, but without frilly affirmations in pink pen and cheesy mantras. I wanted a real and engaging perspective to develop.

Enter, Metal Yoga Bones. Imagine a warrior pose with complex heavy metal blasting, low lights, and howling at the darkness. Yes, it’s amazing as it sounds.
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77 Yr Old Watch Fixer Gets Evicted From Shop After 26 Years

Photo via GoogleMaps
Photo via GoogleMaps

Two weeks ago Greenpoint resident and local watch repairwoman, Ms. Leokadia Trzaskowska, was sitting at her workbench, like every day for the past 26 years, and had the unimaginable happen. A NYC Marshal stormed into her shop, not get a watch fixed, but to announce that the 77 year old was to leave the premises immediately. With no time to spare, the woman grabbed her purse and watched in confusion as a padlock was put on the door.

For the last 26 years Ms. Trzaskowska has sat in the window of the Sunshine Laundromat tinkering with gears and tiny screws, repairing a lifetime of watches from ending in the up in garbage heaps. All of her specialized tools, her passport, and essentially her life’s work was now being kept under the auspices of a commercial possession.

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Gigawatts and Summer Thunder festivals this weekend for local bands, tans, and beer

Looks like another great beach weekend is ahead for us. Here are some obvious concert picks: Jason Isbell tonight in Prospect Park, and Nicki Minaj Sunday night at the Barclay’s Center. During the day let’s just meet on the deck of this boat

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