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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?  

 

 

It was said her heart died long before she did.   Continue reading

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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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Get green this weekend and help the trees!

Want to be a tree steward? Well, your time has come! This Saturday, October 18th between 10 am and 1 pm, join the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and together you can make Greenpoint a little greener.

Ask any gardener and they will tell you Autumn is the perfect time to get into the garden and put things into the ground. As the cold air moves in, plants go dormant, and quietly over the winter these little plants work on growing strong roots so that come springtime we can sit back and admire their precious blooms.

In an effort to keep Greenpoint’s trees and root systems happy for years to come, the Franklin Street Community Garden is freshening up tree beds around the area by planting daffodils. Not only will Greenpoint’s trees thank you for it, but come springtime the streets will be bursting with bright yellow flowers. It almost enough to make you forget that winter is coming! Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Photos & BIG THANKS!

Artist & Designer Libby VanderPloeg & Dusty Rose Vintage Owner Maressa Ponitch

Thanks to everyone who made Greenpoint Open Studios 2014 a hugely successful and super fun event. Thanks to the 265 participating Greenpoint artists who opened their doors to the public. And of course, thanks to the thousands of attendees who came out in full force to support the creative community in Greenpoint. It was quite an epic weekend!

We couldn’t do it without the help of a generous donation by Assemblyman Joe Lentol and the sponsorships of the following local businesses: Java StudiosAlter BrooklynDirck the NorsemanBrouwerij Lane,Cato’s Army NavyPaulie GeeGlasserieFive LeavesSilk Road CyclesGreen Desk,Diamond BarGowanus Open StudiosTBD.

Greenpointers was proud to produce Greenpoint Open Studios 2014 and we appreciate the media sponsorship of Hyperallergic.

Thanks to the awesome crew who worked tirelessly on every last detail: Eric Lee Bowman, Libby VanderPloeg, Lia Post & David Turchin. If you would like to get involved to help make next year’s event happen – email artsingreenpoint (at) gmail.com [dot] com.

Enjoy the rest of the GOS 2014 photos from Greenpoint photographer Will Star.

Follow Greenpoint Open Studios on FacebookTwitter @greenpointarts & Instagram @greenpointopenstudios!

Hashtag #greenpointopenstudios

Until next year!

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Neighbors test dust from Sludge Tank demo and find contaminants. Plus info on tonight’s Nuhart Superfund meeting.

Photo Credit: DEP

The last time we checked in, we were waving bye-bye to our beloved Sludge Tank as it was being demolished to pave way for some of Greenpoint Landing’s grand developments. Now that the demo is over, nearby residents are learning that the construction dust floating in the air, the same dust that entered homes and left residue over a children’s playground, was filled with lead and other harmful chemicals.

Welcome to remediation gone bad, where government agencies hire unscrupulous contractors who do shoddy work and leave us wondering if that odd smell in the air is just in our heads, or if something else is really going on, something infinitely more dangerous.  Let me set the record straight—it’s not in your head: The people responsible for protecting our health aren’t doing their jobs.     Continue reading

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Kickstarting Justice

If two recent burglaries are any indication, being a thief in New York is kind of easy. On

The Kickstarter headquarters on a recent morning, pictured not getting robbed.

September 24th two Macbooks Pros, a MacBook Air, and an iPhone 5S were allegedly stolen from the Kickstarter headquarters on Kent Street. How did they gain access? By holding the door open after a food delivery. That’s it. Continue reading

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