118 Milton Street: The House of Famous Artists

Milton Street
Milton Street

Many famous people have lived on Milton Street. Former Governor of New York, Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Evans Hughes once resided on the street. Thomas Smith, the man who ran the Union Porcelain Works became a millionaire by setting up the first financially viable porcelain factory in the United States, also lived on the street, but #118 has not one, but two famous residents: R.A. Blakelock, (1847-1891) the famous painter and Margaret Wise Brown (1910- 1952) who some claim invented the modern children’s book and whose books more than sixty five years after her death still sell millions of copies annually. Continue reading

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Your Best Now Better

CrossFit Greenpoint offers experienced coaches, smart programming, and a supportive and thriving workout environment.

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“It doesn’t get easier. It just gets more addictive. ”

For years, many have struggled through the same, mundane health club workouts. We hear people say their lack of progress is frustrating. They’re getting bored with their program. We receive countless questions about a better way to train. This is why we decided to locally provide the CrossFit experience! Continue reading

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Where to Watch the 2016 Super Bowl in Greenpoint and Beyond

Photo courtesy of Ortega.com
Taco stadium photo courtesy of Ortega.com

Once again, the event where we try to convince the world that guacamole is a food group football is played with your hands and not with your feet is upon us.

On Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST, the Super Bowl 50 will pit the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in an epic battle of a young Jedi facing the evil Emperor … oh wait, nevermind. We would never insult Peyton that way. His skin is looking very fresh and unwrinkled thanks to all those product endorsements. Not as fresh as Cam, but that’s hard.

The spots to cheer on big cats versus wild, wild horses (or avoid them) after the jump.

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At CitiStorage Rally, Various Words that Amounted to ‘Where’s Our Park?’

This should have been a park by now: Photo by Steph Koyfman
This should have been a park by now

Yesterday was the year anniversary of the 7-alarm fire that razed the CitiStorage warehouse on the Williamsburg waterfront.

At a rally held near the site on N. 11th Street and Kent Avenue, more than a few attendees wondered why the Williamsburg waterfront never saw massive, suspicious fires prior to its 2005 rezoning into a lucrative development opportunity.

But the event wasn’t held in service of a whodunnit mystery. Instead, open space activists brought in local representatives to drive home the message that the local government still owes the city one (1) Bushwick Inlet Park.

To be clear, the 28-acre park has been in the works for nearly two decades. In 2005, when the Williamsburg waterfront was rezoned, the open-space promise was part of the deal Bloomberg cut with neighbors and local politicians in exchange for all those pricey condos and added congestion. With the CitiStorage building aflame (which sits atop a major parcel needed to complete the park), fears were reignited that the land would go to another developer, and though de Blasio recently said he would deny a residential rezoning in the area, activist group Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park isn’t about to rest easy until the city acquires the land via eminent domain.

After years of beating the same (hopefully not dead) horse, there’s little to say aside from “where’s our park?”

But really though
But really though

And that was, indeed, the rallying cry at yesterday’s meeting.

Here are a few more versions of this from yesterday’s demonstration.

“On this date, there was a huge warehouse fire that would not be put out. Today, there is also a fire that will not be put out in any of us.” Kim Fraser, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

“It is very important that we keep our word as a city, very important that we keep our word as a government, and very important that we keep our word as a community to one another. Because that means something — a commitment means something. So we need to continue to fight for this, we need to continue to remind our city and our mayor, respectfully, that this is something they committed to.” Councilman Stephen Levin

“I want to point out that this park is not a gift. It was a negotiated trade. It was a contract. It was a contract between the community and the city of New York. And this contract said, ‘you vote and support upzoning on the waterfront, and we will give you this park.’ It was a hard and fast agreement in exchange for the rezoning that has led to massive density and population increases. And if they do not follow through on this agreement, they’re telling communities all over the city that their word is worthless. That they cannot be believed or trusted.” State Rep. Carolyn Maloney

IMG_1917“I started in politics when we were talking about Bushwick Inlet Park. As an intern. And I stand here today as your Deputy Borough President, working with Eric Adams as your Borough President, committed to this 20-year plan, and committed to what is bringing dignity back to this community. Because I grew up not going to parks. Because in Williamsburg, when you went to a park, there would be a shootout. We are long past those days. We’ve worked hard to make sure we have a safer neighborhood. But it is not fair that after all that work, that we have to stand here again calling for the same negotiated contract that was already negotiated.” Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna

“Open space is as much of a [deciding factor] for people I know as to whether they can make a life here [as schools and property taxes]. It’s not a luxury we’re asking for. This is not a little cherry on top. This is part of what any person who ever thinks about the life and death of cities knows is a necessity when a city grows and changes.” State Senator Daniel Squadron

“A lot of people believe this is all about money. And I guess it is all about money, because either the Bloomberg administration or the de Blasio administration has said ‘we’re not gonna spend the money that’s necessary in order to give us a park.’…We’re not responsible for the cost of this park. This park could have been bought for pennies compared to what it costs today. The East River Park was purchased for $10 million. This park could have been purchased for less than $10 million back in 2005.” Assemblyman Joe Lentol

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Our Valentine’s Market is this Sunday (2/7)!! Preview our Vendors!!

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Poster design by Vivien Lee

So excited for our Valentine’s Market and can’t wait to introduce to our talented vendors!

The Deets: This Sunday, February 7, 2016 from (1-7pm) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

RSVP on Facebook to stay updated!

Activities (FREE):“Show love, it’s the Greenpoint way!” Photo Booth by Ben Shirai and graffiti backdrop designed by Miss V, Personalized stories by The Roving Typist, Nail Art by @Peenk!, Tarot Card Readings by Lindsay Myers, Henna Tattoos by Miss V, massages by Human@Ease, Face Painting by A Big Silly Guy !

Love jams, hip-hop, and old-timey tunes by DJ T*O*N*Y.

Refreshments: “Super Crush Gin & Juice” courtesy of Brooklyn Gin, Craft Beer by Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company + Coffee from Cafe Grumpy Coffee, and many more vendors serving sweet and savory food!!

More details on what’s in store for Sunday here.

We are proud sponsors of MOFAD (Museum of Food & Drink), who will join us for an educational food experience. GOS (Greenpoint Open Studios) will also be joining because we want to support local artists!

HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!!

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GP Beer & Ale
GP Beer & Ale
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Jonathan Castro Designs
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Sinclair Candle Co.
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Cigarettes After Sex: Q & A

No, the headline to this post does not mean we went around having sex with people then interviewed them afterwards. We’ll do that post a different day.

Cigarettes After Sex is a Brooklyn-based ambient pop band that headlined at Baby’s All Right recently in a sold out show. They have had tremendous success, with their song Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby garnering over 6 million plays. Libsyd Read was the opening act at 8 pm.

I had the chance to engage in some online banter with Greg Gonzalez, who writes and performs the band’s tunes. We talked about growing up in West Texas, coming up with band names, and how YouTube offers some really weird suggested videos sometimes. Continue reading

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Tomorrow: Join the Rally for Park Space, One Year After the CitiStorage Fire

Via Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park
Via Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

It’s been a year since the CitiStorage building went up in flames. And yet: no dice.

The city has yet to make good on its 2005 promise to turn 27 acres of Williamsburg’s waterfront into park space for the increasingly clustered residents of Glass High-Rise Central.

And because the owner of the CitiStorage property maintains an as-of-right position over the parcel, open space activists are mobilizing tomorrow to put pressure on the New York City government to purchase the land via eminent domain.

“When completed, Bushwick Inlet Park and adjacent Monitor Museum Park will become one of the crown jewels in a necklace of a growing number of parks along the city’s waterfront and help complete the City’s comprehensive open space master plan,” said activist group Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park in a statement. “Increasing the amount of open space will add billions of dollars to the city’s investment portfolio, save the city millions in yearly medical costs, and reduce storm runoff, keeping it out of an already overburdened sewage treatment system. Each day the prospect of losing the last large tract of open space on the East River looms ever larger. Friends of Bushwick Park’s mission is not over until the battle for a 27-acre waterfront park is won for the entire City of New York.”

The rally is also meant to celebrate recent accomplishments in the fight for promised park space. Mayor de Blasio recently, for instance, put the kibosh on rezoning the CitiStorage parcel for residential use.

Joining Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park will be local representatives such as Stephen Levin, Diana Reyna, Daniel Squadron, Joe Lentol, Rabbi David Niederman and Carol Maloney.

The event takes place Sunday, January 31 at 12:00 p.m. at the corner of N. 11th Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. In case of rain, it will move to Greenpoint Beer & Ale (or Dirck the Norseman).

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Ain’t No Stopping Us Now: McGolrick Park Farmers Market is OPEN Sunday, January 31st! 

Down-To-Earth-Markets_Kale_500It’s here: on Sunday, January 31st, there will be leafy greens! AND farm fresh eggs and meat, amazing cheese, artisanal olive oil, deeelicious pickles, the most wonderful hummus you’ll ever meet, and MORE.

AND did we mention: local apple brandy. What this winter needs is a hot toddy. Continue reading

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Spread Love, it’s the Greenpoint Way! Super Crush Gin & Juice, Craft Beer, Henna Tattoos, Massages, The Roving Typist, 50+ Vendors, and more! Valentine’s Market (2/7)

Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015
Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015

If you don’t know, now you know, Greenpoint! Every season, the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft comes alive with FREE fun activities, food & refreshments, music, and epic local shopping. And on Sunday, February 7th (1-7PM) we’re spreading the love the Greenpoint way at our annual Valentine’s Market!

RSVP for Sunday, February 7th from 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, 5th Floor) Continue reading

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It’s No Fun Living Next to a Superfund Site as Dubious Plans Move Forward at Former NuHart Plastics Building

Since scaffolding was erected last week on Dupont Street, complaints to 311 and NYC Council Member Stephen Levin’s Office have been rolling in.

Greenpoint’s former NuHart Plastics manufacturing facility is partially a state-managed Superfund Site and is divided into 10 parcels spanning an entire acre on Clay, Dupont and Franklin Streets. Two of the “uncontaminated” lots are scheduled to undergo demolition in the coming weeks.

Scaffolding on Dupont Street in Greenpoint lacks visible permiting and stretches far beyond Lot 57; A. Simon
Scaffolding on Dupont Street in Greenpoint lacks visible permiting and stretches far beyond Lot 57. Photo by A. Simon

At press time, the scaffolding lacked visible street-level permits and extends far beyond Lot 57 to include adjacent Lot 17. This is the latest in a series of well-documented missteps by the Dupont Street Developers and their rotating cast of contractors. Continue reading

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