Vote for the Greenpoint Environmental Business Stewardship Project Tonight & Saturday!

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Greenpointers,

Do you care about keeping good jobs in Greenpoint and helping local businesses to be more environmentally sustainable?

Vote for the Greenpoint Environmental Business Stewardship Project!

This project will raise the quality of life in Greenpoint by working with local businesses to prevent pollution; protect workers from exposure to chemicals; cut back on waste, water, and energy use; improve the health of the community; and grow local businesses.

Green Businesses = Healthy Communities

We have an opportunity to win a grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, but we need your help!

There are three opportunities to vote!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Polish & Slavic Center 177 Kent St.

Noon – 2:30 pm or 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Polish National Home “Warsaw”

261 Driggs Ave.

10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Visit the “community preferencing” section of   www.gcefund.org

You can vote for more than one project!

Check out these great proposals as well: Greenpoint Eco-Schools: Creating a Legacy of Sustainability and Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint.

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Dirck the Norseman Orphan’s Thanksgiving

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Can’t get home to the family this Thanksgiving (too expensive, or maybe you just prefer to avoid that all together)? If so, come to Dirck the Norseman’s “Orphan’s Thanksgiving”. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 3 pm, and dinner starts at 4 pm.

For $20 a person, they’ll fill your plate with turkey, sides and fixings, plus an open bar (beer and wine).  Kids eat for free. Guests are invited to bring something sweet to the table (pie, cake, your family’s secret dessert?).

To confirm your reservation email dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com or call 718-389-2940.  Limited seating.

“Dirck the Norseman’s 2nd Annual Orphans’ Thanksgiving”

Date: Thanksgiving Day, November 27
Time: 3 pm ’til turkeys gone
Where: 7 N. 15th Street (at the corner of N. 15th and Kent/Franklin)
Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 26 to: dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com

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Soup Bowl Fundraiser, Shed Story Salon, Muse Memorial – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (11/19–11/25)

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Bushwick Community Outreach & Adoption Event @ Bushy Tails @ The Loom (8 Porter ave, Bushwick) SATURDAY 11/22, 12-6pm, Join local rescuers to raise awareness on the positive impact TNR (trap,neuter, return) has on the lives of streets cats. Bushwick/Bed Stuy is overrun with feral and friendly cats, come learn how you can help our community. We will also have lots of kittens and cats available for adoption!

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

WEDNESDAY 11/19
* Newtown Creek Alliance Public Meeting @ McCarren Park Rec Center (776 Lorimer St) 7pm, FREE, Come learn about Weather in the Watershed and Plank RoadThe Living Dock and North Henry Street Planning, Wetland Restoration ProjectOpen Sewer Atlas, and upcoming voting for GCEF Projects, More info
☺ Adelina’s Comedy Night @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 9:30pm, FREE, With Jo Firestone / Adam Chad Brody / Alan Yaspan / Mallory Jean Cruz, RSVP

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The Scoop on the Soup for this Sunday’s Soup Bowl Fundaiser!

The Splendid Spoon's Smoky Tomato Soup

We have been enticing you with all the gorgeous soup bowls you will get to chose from at this Sunday’s Soup Bowl Fundraiser. Now for the main event – the soup, which is lovingly prepared and generously donated by The Splendid Spoon.

Remember to reserve you soup bowl ASAP. They are available on a first come first serve basis and there is a limited amount of bowls. Also, Nicole from The Splendid Spoon needs to know how much soup to prepare. Thanks in advance! Continue reading

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Vote on how Greenpoint gets greener!

 

 

Alright Greenpointers, the time has come. Tomorrow and Saturday we get to vote on how the next installment of the $19 million Exxon-Mobil settlement funds gets spent. As of present, the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) has already doled out $395,000 in small grants. Now it’s time for the GCEF to bust out the big knife and slice up bigger pieces of the pie for the large and legacy grants.

While I want to be super excited about the projects coming down the pike, because all this is for the betterment of Greenpoint after all (!), as a resident I get little weary when I see non-Greenpoint corporations and city agencies sticking their pudgy hands out for a piece of the pie. But nevertheless, we’ve got important decisions to make.

So out of love for Greenpoint, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at both sides of the coin–the winners and some notable losers of this latest preferencing round, so that we can make an informed decision come this Thursday and Saturday. For more details about the selection process and projects involved, hit up the GCEF website.  Continue reading

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Nitehawk Cinema’s Second Annual Shorts Festival Begins Tonight 11/19

Back after a successful debut last year, Nitehawk’s second shorts festival kicks off tonight and features programming through Sunday. If you are looking for a diverse array of  works from up-and-coming filmmakers, this event is not to be missed! Continue reading

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Calling all self-published poets: Apply for a new reading series at Word!

Richard March Hoe's printing press—one cylinder design ©A.H. Jocelyn

If you’re a self-published poet and you’re looking for a stellar place to read and sell your work, apply now for the new “Self-Published” reading series starting at the Word Bookstore in Greenpoint this January 2015. Application deadline for the January reading: November 25, 2014. Continue reading

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New Juice Bar ‘Botica & Co.’ will Help Keep You Glowing Until Spring

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A 'Daily Green Essentials' and a 'Beauty Shot' ©Rosie de Belgeonne

It’s the time of year when every close encounter on a crowded G train threatens to land you with a dose of someone else’s snotty cold. It’s therefore probably a pretty good time to start taking extra care of our immune systems, which is where Botica & Co., a new business at 607 Manhattan Avenue, might be able to help.

Newly opened next to Awakening wellness centre, Botica and Co. is a cold-press juice bar and apothecary run by herbalist Adriana Ayales. The bar offers an array of fresh juices and herbal elixirs guaranteed to help keep your body and soul in tip-top form all year long. Continue reading

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925 Affordable Apartments Available in Long Island City in Queens

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Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

All along the East River, in Brooklyn and in Queens, shiny new high-rise apartment buildings are going up. These towers boast deluxe amenities and stunning views. Those New Yorkers with limited incomes would be forgiven for thinking that an apartment in one of these buildings would be out of their reach. However, thanks to various government initiatives, many of these buildings are mixed-income developments that offer affordable housing options.

Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing are the first two mixed-income residential buildings at Hunter’s Point South in Long Island City. All 925 units are moderately priced rent stabilized apartments. They are offering studio apartments for as low as $494 a month, 1-bedrooms for $689, 2-bedrooms for $835, and 3-bedrooms for $959. As you can imagine, the demand for these apartments is high, and qualified applicants should apply to be entered into the lottery.

You must submit your application by December 15, 2014, to be entered into the lottery system. Income restrictions apply for each unit, so make sure you read through their qualifications. The city will give a seven percent preference to mobility, hearing and/or visually impaired households, a 50 percent lottery preference to residents of Queens Community Board 2, and a five percent preference to current New York City municipal employees.

This brand-new complex offers 925 total apartments with a variety of layouts. The LEED Silver designed buildings feature public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, and a parking garage. Both buildings will be fully staffed with 24-hour lobby attendants, as well as an on-site resident manager. The apartments themselves will include dishwashers, and each of the 2-and 3-bedroom units have in-unit washers and dryers.

You can apply through Housing Connect or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than December 15, 2014, and you are only allowed to submit one application, which will then be entered in the lottery system. Qualified applicants will be notified of their housing lottery status in early 2015, and the first group of selected residents is expected to move in in the spring of 2015.

For more information on the buildings and application process, be sure to visit the Hunters Point South Living website.

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The Blue Bikes Are Coming

Greenpointers, get your helmets ready. The bicycle share company, Citi Bike, is doubling in size and Greenpoint is one of the first places on the list to receive the new bikes.

6,000 bikes will be added at 375 new locations by 2017. The expansion will begin in 2015 with station installations happening in northern Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. 1,000 new bikes are expected to be in service next year.

Blue bikes coming to the greenest of points.

While popular, Citi Bike hasn’t been without it’s share of problems since it’s inception in May 2013. The initial rollout was delayed a year because of software issues and damage to bikes after Hurricane Sandy. There have also been complaints of broken docks and kiosks as well as cracked seats. A lawsuit has even been filed about the bike designs. But none of this stopped 100,000 people from signing up for the ride-share program and riding 14.7 million miles in it’s first year.

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