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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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TONIGHT *Greenpoint Gallery Night (7-10PM)* – This is How We Do It!

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It’s been a long week, Greenpoint Gallery Night is happening tonight (3/20) from 7-10PM, and Montell Jordan is on my mind singing:

♫ It’s Friday night, and I feel all right
The party is here on the North Side
Hit the shore ‘cause I’m faded
Honeys in the street say, “Greenpoint, yo we made it!”
It feels so good in my hood tonight
The gallery art and the beer that’s so cold
All the cool hipsters forgot about the spring-snow

To all my neighbors you got much flavor
(This is how we do it)

This is how we do it: RSVP on Facebook. Follow the Art Crawl Guide. Party it up at Broken Land.

Questions? Email greenpointgalleries@gmail.com to get in touch with organizers Scott Chasse of Calico and Lia Post of Fowler Project Space.

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Are You Still in a Bad Relationship with Food? Human@Ease can Help!

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Whether you’re looking to detox your body, gain energy, lose weight or just create better habits around food, our Clean Slate B.E.S.T Detox will get you to recognize and break harmful habits that have been keeping you from reaching optimum health.  Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Fanaberie! Party this Saturday (3/21) – FREE Wine & Snacks, Shopping Discounts, and Giveaway!

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Time Out New York’s Critic Pick, Fanaberie Boutique, is celebrating their fifth year in business with a party. Starting at 10 am on March 21st at 102A Nassau Ave in Brooklyn, there will be 20% off all new arrivals, a $100 giveaway, and complimentary wine and snacks.  RSVP here. Continue reading

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Get Your Art Crawl On! Greenpoint Gallery Night is Happening this Friday! (3/20)

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There’s no better draw for a cool, fun-loving crowd than art and booze. Greenpoint Gallery Night, which we are once again media sponsors for, returns this Friday (3/20) from 7-10PM to bring this winning combo to our cozy little neighborhood.  Several local galleries and businesses open up their doors after normal operating hours to give Greenpoint the opportunity to start the evening immersed in art, while sampling tasty, boozy libations along the way. So join us in kicking off the weekend with great drinks in great company, while getting a glimpse of what the art world in Greenpoint has to offer!  RSVP here.

While each location is in close proximity to one another, we want to be sure to hit up every spot so have strategized a route for the most efficient art crawl.

Here’s our guide:

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Gasper & Son Neon Doc Premiering in Queens this Friday (3/20)

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[Carolina Ro Design created this chalk art “neon” sign for Gasper & Son.]

It’s true everybody is talking about Queens these days…

What does Greenpoint have to do with Queens!? Aside from bordering one another on the world’s most wonderfully polluted waterway, this amazing community came together to help produce a neon sign documentary called Gasper & Son. The film’s Directors and Editor and Director of Photography, Hannah Jayanti and Miguel Rodriguez, respectively both work and live in Greenpoint. Plus, the story of neon sign shop owner Robbie Ingui was shot in Queens, the film’s Director & Producer (and former Greenpointers owner) Jen G Pywell is from Queens and its NYC premier is this Friday at the Queens World Film Festival. 

And it’s about so much more than Queens! It’s about family, the struggle of being a small business in NYC, the challenges of keeping a hand craft alive – and did we mention neon!?

Check out the trailer here and if you are so inclined, please join the fun on Friday. You can buy tickets here. Please like Gasper & Son on Facebook. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen!

Side note: I am flying from Oregon to NYC for the weekend and aside from the half hour I will be in Queens, I will be spending the rest of my time eating my way through Greenpoint. Can’t wait to see you wonderful people!

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