On April 19, a residential building at 210 Freeman Street in Greenpoint underwent a partial collapse, leaving several residents without access to their homes. The Red Cross, Fire Department, and other emergency management organizations were called to the scene in response to complaints about the building shaking and vibrating. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
Ten people were evacuated from 210 Freeman Street and neighboring 208 Freeman Street, and at least 15 feet of foundation has been destroyed. According to the FDNY report, the collapse was due to a structural issue in the building, but they have not released the definitive cause of the damage yet. The NYC Department of Buildings has several complaints and violations listed for the buildings, and it seems that illegal construction taking place in the basement at 208 Freeman caused the collapse to occur. Continue reading →
Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) is springing back to life next weekend (April 29-May 1) to celebrate the arts in this fine neighborhood of ours because we have some super talented folks producing cool work in a wide range of mediums. From paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics, and more, there are seasoned artists to be visited and emerging artists to be discovered among over 300 who will open up their studio spaces to the public.
It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. Continue reading →
What’s stopping Greenpoint’s birds in their tracks? A discussion on the North Brooklyn Community page on Facebook brought attention to a weird prevalence of dead birds (and even a hawk) around the bus stop on the corner of Lorimer and Driggs, supposedly after flying into the glass.
As you’re surely all aware, Bernie’s best electoral NYC performance took place in Greenpoint. What you don’t know is that Ted Cruz’s also did. He didn’t just win by one vote, though. He won with one vote. Yeah, just read the thing.
In honor of Passover, which begins this Friday at sundown, it felt only fitting to take a closer look at Frankel’s, the newly opened delicatessen and appetizing shop at 631 Manhattan Ave.
It’s not to say the iconic delis of yesteryears can’t cut it anymore, but there’s clearly been a revival written about aplenty everywhere from The New York Times to Bon Appétit Magazine. But what Frankel’s offers is more than just a good brisket — it’s a modern, younger take on old school dining. Continue reading →
On a global scale, this year’s Earth Day marks a significant point in climate-change combat as world leaders including President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping, gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to sign the Paris Climate Agreement, attempting to keep global temperatures rising above 2 degrees celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. Thanks, guys!
And while historic world-wide initiatives are being considered, here are some ways we can get in on the action in our own neighborhood.
TODAY from 4pm-6PM you can join the NYC Eco-Schools and Greenpoint Eco-Schools in the Brooklyn Sustainability Coordinator Gathering, specifically celebrating the sustainability initiatives with Greenpoint’s teachers, students, parents and schools. This is a FREE gathering open to formal and non-formal educators across NYC and members of the Greenpoint community.
3. If hashtags aren’t really your thing, trot over to Newton Creek for an Earth Day Nature Walk, and learn about the the city’s wastewater treatment in one of the most infamously polluted industrial waterways in the US, all the while enjoying the inspired sculptures of artist George Trakas.Meet at the big picnic tables on the Whale Creek side at 6:30pm this FRIDAY.
4. Learn how you can help green Greenpoint through GCEF’s30+ environmental projects on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-noon at The Warsaw on Driggs Avenue. They’re looking for neighbors just like you to make things happen.
On April 10, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals held an Adoptapalooza event in honor of the ASPCA’s 150th anniversary.
Held at Greenpoint’s own House of Vans, 300 dogs, cats, and bunnies were breaking all sorts of hearts (or possibly making them whole again for the people who came to adopt).
Aside from getting to squee 300 times over, attendees were treated to meet & greets with celebrity pets like Marnie the Dog, Mervin the Chihuahua, Chloe Kardoggian, and Ella Bean the Dog, plus food trucks, photo booths, and a film premiere for a documentary called “Second Chance Dogs.”
For your Thursday afternoon edification, here are some choice snaps.
I recently got a beautiful tattoo of my favorite flower done by Three Kings’ talented Amanda Rodriguez, who specializes in flowers. Amanda lives in Greenpoint and until recently worked at Evil and Love. She’s recently moved to Three Kings and I’m excited to see what she does there.
I was impressed with her floral work and I also really enjoyed hanging out with her, so we chatted about how a portrait artist made the transition to tattoo art.
WEDNESDAY 4/20 * Dusty Rose 4/20 Pop-Up @ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, In honor of stoners’ favorite day, there will be ceramic pipes, weed-themed items, live screenprinting, and 20% off, More info ♫ Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 10pm, FREE, A tribute to Willie Nelson presented by Hypnocraft, More info
THURSDAY 4/21 ^ Updates, or C’est la Vie @ Triple Canopy (155 Freeman St) 7pm, $5, an evening of readings with poets Gabriela Jauregui, Maxwell Paparella, and Mónica de la Torre, More info * Cinema Club Vol 51: Wandering @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 8pm, FREE, Featuring shorts from directors Andrew Gitomer, Anu Valia, Mohammad Adel, Sophia Tamburrini, and Greg Browe, More info ♫ The End of Bread @ The Hall at MP (470 Driggs Ave) 8pm, $20, A night of merriment and matzoh-themed pop music with the Jewbadours, Buy tix