Having replaced God in their last show with security cameras and diorama church groups, Bushwick’s Ortega Y Gasset Projects settles down to a DIY Eden with Kelly Kaczynski’s Yes; Or As If. Continue reading
Dirck the Norseman (7 No. 15th Street) has been open just over a month and already the 6,000 sq ft brewery and restaurant has become a firm neighborhood favorite.
This Thursday, March 13th will mark their official Grand Opening Party, which will be open to the public from 3-5pm. Continue reading
Today has been a bit brutal with some heavy news. So we figured we’d lighten the mood with this adorable baby seal that decided to sunbathe yesterday on the banks of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk.
Harpy the Harp Seal, as we will now call him, was spotted by a very responsible group of teens, who called the police to report his presence. Meanwhile Harpy finished sunbathing and jumped back into the filthy water for a refreshing swim to the East River.
One of the more articulate teens described the seal as looking like a “fat dog.”
Kimberluy Durham, rescue project director with Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, told the Daily News that the Harpy was healthy and alert, saying that juvenile harp seals sometimes do go up creek.
We’re just relieved that he didn’t go the way of Sludgy, the Gowanus whale. This seal is a survivor.
Yesterday at 4pm (3/9) Jorge Rios, 47, was riding his motorcycle northbound on Manahattan Ave when he hit a car near Green Street. He passed away at Bellevue shortly after. The driver of the vehicle is not expected to face charges, according to the Daily News. Rios was from Queens.
This accident happened only two blocks away from the site of another fatal motorcycle crash that happened last August. The victim was 18.
This only heightens the need for safer driving/traffic regulations in Greenpoint, especially after we were already identified (with Williamsburg) as the site of the most traffic-related deaths in 2013. Continue reading
Remember all that controversy about the TEN 30-40 story towers that were approved by the City Council to be built on pretty much the entirety of the Greenpoint waterfront? Not to mention the new school and public park, all of which will have foundations on a toxic oil plume.
Need a refresher? We, along with many outspoken Greenpointers, were concerned with probable infrastructure strains, transportation congestion, affordable housing and most urgently, the environmental impacts of developing on and near a National Superfund Site. Council member Stephen Levin assured us that he did the best he could, wining more affordable housing, and that was that….leaving us with lingering disappointment and frustration.
Well, as of Friday, the developer, Greenpoint Landing Associates, has filed permits for two of the buildings, at 21 Commercial Street and 33 Eagle Street. The Real Deal reported that both buildings will be entirely affordable…however, the affordable and market price apartments were supposed to be integrated, so only time will tell if that agreement is upheld.
We were also supposed to see evidence proving that there are no harmful health impacts before construction begins. But of course, that information was never made public, and we’re pretty doubtful that it even exists. UGH.
Hey, did you know that you can now drop off your leftovers (ahem..compost) at the Greenpoint Ave G train every Monday morning and then pat your self on the back for saving the planet? This March marks the one year anniversary of the Commuter Composting initiative, which started in Queens and has made it our neck of the woods several months ago.
Compost hours are from 8:30am-10:30am, every Monday morning (except holidays) in front of the Garden (921 Manhattan Ave).
“With Commuter Composting, we are trying to meet New Yorkers where they are, which often happens to be on the way to the subway,” says NYC Compost Project Coordinator, Gina Baldwin.” In Greenpoint, we have about 100 households participating and dropping off in the two programs, diverting over 700lbs of food scraps per week.”
If that’s not part of your commute, you can check out other drop off locations here, including the McGolrick Park Farmers Market on Sundays from 11-2pm.
For tips on how to compost see this helpful resource guide.
Mark your calendars folks, our Annual Spring Market is right around the corner! On Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1-7pm we will transform the sun drenched Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl) into a blooming herbal wonderland. As always expect food and drinks, arts and crafts, gifts, photo booth, nail art, and a terrarium class (reserve now) AND MORE!
Don’t you just love the poster? Libby V created it!
Click here to become a vendor.
Like songs on a layered and atmospheric record album, the paintings at Janet Kurnatowski shimmer and dance along the gallery walls. “Geometry Poems” presents paintings by seven contemporary artists working in various modes of abstraction. Ranging from the soft and lyrical to the sharp and solid, the grouping offers plenty of formal and emotional contrast. Continue reading
Spring meditation exercise: Close your eyes. Picture yourself clothed in billowing white linen, ocean waves spanning before you, skin kissed by rays of golden sunlight. One hand holds a frosty piña colada, the other a frivolous periodical. You gently rake your outstretched toes through the warm, white sand. Ahhhhhhh, Key West. Wish you were here, my friends… SMACK! Yeah, I slapped you. Snap out of it! A) You’re still in freezing-cold New York and B) since you’re still in the city, I’m guessing you don’t have time to meditate. But one lucky Greenpointer, Yana Gilbuena, of the Salo Project, has escaped frigid NYC and is in that crazy city of Key West, kicking off her 50 states/50 dinners series tonight! In celebration, she shares with us her recipe for sinuglaw–a spicy ceviche of pork belly, cucumber, fresh tuna, and spices– a dish native to Davao, Philippines. Continue reading
I promise Spring is on its way soon.
In the meantime, get psyched for better temps by stocking up on some new threads at the Samantha Pleet sample sale this Saturday and Sunday (3/8-3/9) at Horizons Vintage (381 Metropolitan Ave).
The sale will feature the recent fall 2013 collection with dresses and separates at 50% off, past collections priced to move, and archive pieces starting at only $50. Additionally, there will be a special discount on shoes from Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet.