We will have a more in-depth report on yesterday’s meeting soon. In the meantime, according to DNAinfo:
“The decision on Chetrit Group‘s proposed towers at 77 Commercial St. was postponed for further negotiations, officials said, not providing a specific date for the vote.”
After our last call for action, I received numerous emails from community members and local politicians who wanted to be clear that the meeting was NOT about whether the towers were to go up or not, but some finer details. Basically the message we have been getting all along – this is going to happen no matter what. Even if every single Greenpointer doesn’t support it.
Yes we know all about the ULURP process (remember we hosted the Community Workshop earlier this year) and we understand that the 2005 rezoning makes Greenpoint Landing “as of right.”
That being said, I don’t see those towers up yet and the feeling I get from the community at large is that they don’t to see those towers. So until they are blocking our view of the city, let’s make some noise.
We made that very clear on social media yesterday when we bombarded Stephen Levin, Mayor Mike and Mayor Elect DiBlasio with the message, “Greenpoint Landing’s 40 Story Towers are NOT GOOD for Greenpoint.”
For many reasons Greenpointers are in opposition to this project. Concerns about infrastructure, transportation, the potential superfund site, affordable housing, and the complete and utter butt ugliness of 40 story towers over a neighborhood of mostly 6 story max buildings. And remember Hurricane Sandy? If we get another storm like that how are we going to evacuate 10,000 more people? On the G train?
Just because wealthy developers want to make a dime here isn’t enough of a reason to overlook that this is our community and we have a voice and that voice needs to be heard. Take this opportunity to make phone calls, send emails and write letters. The more noise we make, the better we can get our message across.
“Greenpoint Landing’s 40 Story Towers are NOT GOOD for Greenpoint.”
This past year a public walk-thru of the Greenpoint Hotel, a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) at 1109 Manhattan Ave revealed mold, rats, and heat, hot water and electrical problems. The property has been purchased along with authority over ALL the tenant leases and there is talk that it may be demolished completely and transformed into a hostel. Continue reading →
Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I wanted to share a few songs and upcoming shows you should check out.
Let’s start with Hey Anna, one of my favorite bands with Greenpoint roots. Though they are local, the band put out an EP in Japan for their recent song “Dance Until Three.” Fortunately, This Time Records made the previously exclusive track “Tangerine Lightning” available on Soundcloud. As a group that includes three sisters, one of Hey Anna’s strengths is their incredible harmonies. They are on display here, as well as their music’s infectious blend of energy and elegance.
If you are looking for some shows to check out tonight, I have two ideas. Continue reading →
Do you like mac n’ cheese? If you answered “no”, are you sure that you’re human? If you answered “yes,” have you ever eaten it in chip form?
I’m betting you haven’t, because this product doesn’t even exist yet. It comes out in January to Brooklyn retailers. But, you, dear readers, can sample these tasty snacks for free this Sunday 12/8 at our Holiday Market.
Let me re-iterate: MAC N’ CHEESE CHIPS. They’re made down in Red Hook and we hear they’re crunchy and cheesy and unlike real man n’cheese, you can eat them right out of your purse. Also, despite all logic, they are actually healthy i.e. gluten free, non-gmo, and 100 calories per serving. In conclusion, you can now eat mac n’ cheese in chip form out of your purse, and no one can call you a fatty. NO ONE.
If you don’t make it to the market (shame on you) you can grab Crunchy Mac n’ Cheese Chips at The Garden (921 Manhattan Ave) where they are being sold early.
In the meantime, visit the Eatrageous website to receive an invite to a private launch event in Brooklyn. We hope this event includes a bounce-house made of cheese. But only time will tell.
With an influx of second wave of blockbuster artists ( M. D. Jackson and the like ) on the heels of first wave young hip artists, it’s easy to forget that there have been local people making work in the neighborhood since well before the first plaid clad types ventured in to a then “scary” area.
Eleanor Curran grew up in Greenpoint “when there was only one Chinese restaurant.” The lively Mrs. Curran grew up on Eckford St before moving to a house on Leonard St that still connected with her Dad’s old house.
“There was always the question of whether I lived in his backyard, or he in mine!” Continue reading →
Last Spring I noticed a photocopied “Call For Mural Artists” for the Greenpoint Library. I couldn’t find anything online about it and I really thought every artist in Greenpoint should have a shot at this amazing opportunity so I transcribed the entire document and posted it on the blog. There were many amazing entries and after a final round of community votes, Leslie Wood won!
Now her mural is complete and she wrote in to tell us about it. Take a stroll down Norman and see it for yourself. Continue reading →
Let’s share the love of this holiday giving season by donating toys to children who don’t get elaborate visits from Mr. Claus on Christmas. Donate an unwrapped toy for infants to teenagers at Greenpoint Church (126 Milton St) starting on Wednesdays from 4-7pm and Thursdays from 8am-noon through 12/12.
Ok, here we are. This is your last shot. I’m not playin’. Either are the developers who will soon turn Greenpoint into a Disneyfied vision of Brooklyn. The last of the public meetings will take place Thursday, December 5th, 2013 and this is your last chance to do something.
UPDATE Location: 250 Broadway Committee Room 16th Floor CITY HALL Time for Commercial Street meeting: 9:30 am Time for Greenpoint Landing meeting: 1:00 pm
Anyone familiar with the politics of New York knows most of these politicians are flags flapping in the wind. Where the wind blows is the direction they point in. If you all become the wind and let them know how you feel, you may be able to get the city council to vote against this project.
Become a collective hurricane! Go to the meetings. Voice your opinions, and let it be known that you are not feeling this.