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Bust Craftacular’s Primped Sunday, 4/19 With Braid Bar + Nail Art!

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Hello, lovely readers. Bust Magazine’s Primped event is back at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar this Sunday, April 19th. From a barrage of beauty treatments and nifty products to peruse, it’s a perfect afternoon treat.

Want to get in on the action? Come on by this Sunday to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Banker Street for braids, nail art, and tarot readings. I know I’m going to snag a tarot reading and hopefully, a sweet mani!

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Craft Beer, Haiku, Strawberry Gin, Face Painting, Electric Wildflowers, 60+ Vendors, & more!!! Spring Market (4/26)

Spring-Market_noaddress_235pxThe late great Robin Williams once said “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!'”  So we’re thinking this year’s brutal winter overstayed its welcome as nature’s cue for a massive celebration.

Celebrate Spring with us on Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

We’ll have plenty of Strawberry Gin courtesy of Brooklyn Gin and craft beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale on the ready for toasting throughout the day. Specially brewed for this market is “Rabbit Island,” a modern New Zealand inspired pilsner with tropical fruit notes and white grape.  It will be served alongside “Fisticuffs,” a malty, creamy, easy day drinking English dark mild with hints of cocoa and bread crust.  Continue reading

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Another one bites the dust. 30 yr old Woodworking co-op priced out of Greenpoint

Photo credit: Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Paper
Photo credit: Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Paper

 

In the fast-paced shell game of who is making money off of Greenpoint’s real estate scene, carpenters are getting no love these days. The Brooklyn Woodworkers Co-op–a Greenpoint carpenter collective– who has been sawing, slicing and molding wood for the last 30 years inside the Pencil Factory is now on the chopping block after being presented with, you guessed it, an insane rent increase.

Philippe Prelati, owner of Atelier Prelati who makes custom doors and member of the Brooklyn Woodworker’s Co-op, says the landlord is jacking up the rent from $20,000 to $55,000 a month—practically 3x’s what they are paying these days.

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L.A.B. Brooklyn Opens this Weekend (4/11) with Artisan Goods, Fine Art, and a Trunk Show

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Tucked away in the Garden Spot of Greenpoint (144 Driggs Ave ), L.A.B. Brooklyn will be opening their doors this weekend (4/11) with a wide variety of local artisan goods and fine art. Expect an eclectic mix of goods, everything from housewares to handmade luxury bags made by veteran craftsmen as well as new comers launching their lines this spring.  Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: Beyond the Headline(r)s (4/4-5)

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The Beech Creeps
 
Back in the day, there was an advice columnist who assumed the persona of a familiar figure: your most annoying relative. He provided “wisdom you did not ask for from someone you will not like.” This week, we offer the same. There are some perfectly fine popular bands playing in North Brooklyn this weekend. We urge you to show up to the club early and catch some of the bands playing before them.

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Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce Kicks off First Annual Meeting at Kickstarter HQ

Lexy Funk delivering her speech.
Lexy Funk (Brooklyn Industries) delivering her speech.
 
Tuesday night, the newly revitalized Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce held its first annual meeting inside the Kickstarter Headquarters, Greenpoint’s pencil factory for the digital age.

More than 200 of the neighborhood’s foremost capitalists, investors, workers, and a smattering of politicians attended the event, which honored Kickstarter as the Community Anchor of the year, and which featured a terrific speech by the supremely well-named Brooklyn Industries co-founder, Lexy Funk.
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UPDATE: Superfund Nuhart Plastics. Seriously, you REALLY need to read this!

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Since last Thursday’s meeting, many of you have written me personally expressing concerns about Nuhart’s status and what it means for the hood when a Superfund cleans up its act and turns into an “affordable luxury condo building”.  Sadly, what is happening at Nuhart is not an April Fool’s joke.

Well, I have good and bad news to report about our darling little Superfund.  I suggest we bust out our hazmat suits and get suited up. I’m going to take us into the trenches and talk about toxic plumes.

Yes, you read that correctly. There are TWO plumes at Nuhart, not one.

Got your suit zipped and your mask on tight? Alright Greenpointers, let’s get dirty and talk toxins. Continue reading

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Russian Oligarch to build 90 story towers on waterfront

Photo credit: TransGas Energy
Photo credit: TransGas Energy

 

Here we go again Greenpoint.  You know the real estate bubble is sure to burst when a Russian Oil company has snapped up the last bit of waterfront to construct a “St.Petersburg style community on the water”.

The Russian Oil Barron, Piet Roscamenofv, quietly began acquiring the land several months ago after he spotted the few empty lots while taking a private helicopter tour during his annual NYC autumn retreat. Roscamenofv is no stranger to NYC Real Estate having plunked down his money into several high profile buildings throughout the city—including the controversial Time Warner Building where he allegedly owns several floors. Continue reading

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Important Meeting Tonight: Update on Nuhart Superfund Site! Psst, the plume is migrating.

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A few months ago, Greenpointers were alarmed to hear that Nuhart Plastics on the corner of Dupont Street had been sold to a Chinese developer who plans on turning the site into residential condos. Many of us were familiar with Nuhart’s former life as a plastics plant, but a lot of Greenpointers did not realize the site is a Class-2 Superfund site complete with a phthalate plume.

According to the 2013 NuHart Plume map–which shows liquid plasticizers 5ft deep in some areas–the plume is in fact moving. With a recent study tying prenatal phthlate exposure to lower IQ’s and a host of other health issues, we should be very concerned and vigilant about what is happening at the Nuhart site.

Tonight at 6pm at the Dupont Senior Center  the Department of Environmental Conservation (the agency who is responsible for the Superfund’s oversight) will be briefing neighbors about Nuhart and any clean-up efforts that have been conducted in recent months. Also 0n hand will be Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street representatives giving their own brief updates on their mega developments.

If you have questions, concerns, or comments about the Nuhart plant or our new neighbors Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street–I know I sure do–then you’ll make it your business to attend tonight’s meeting at the Dupont Street Senior Center (entrance on Eagle Street) between 6-8pm.

For those you can’t make it tonight, Greenpointers will be providing folks with an update. Stay tuned for more details to come.

 

 

 

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TONIGHT – A Talk on Starting a New Business: What To Expect But You’re Not Expecting

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One thing many people have said about starting a business or going out on your own as a freelancer is that you don’t know what you don’t know. Health insurance? Burning out? Working in a male-dominated industry? People with great ideas are not necessarily considering these obstacles.

A talk tonight at the coworking space The Yard (33 Nassau Ave.) will feature three startup experts on what small business owners should expect, but aren’t.  Food, drinks, & mingling start at 6PM.  Panel discussion from 7-9 PM. Continue reading

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