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A Greenpoint Landmark Keeps on Ticking

Greenpoint_Landmark_Clock
Photo: Megan Penmann

As Greenpoint changes it becomes increasingly important to maintain our links to the past. One of the iconic features of Greenpoint is a permanent piece of street furniture: the large mounted cast iron clock on Manhattan Avenue between Meserole and Norman. The clock is called “The Bomelstein Clock” and it is the last street clock in Brooklyn and one of only four that survive in the city. The clock is not going anywhere—in 1981 it was designated a landmark. Continue reading

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Solfire: A Shop to Set Your Soul Ablaze

Solfire interior
via Solfire

I’ve lived in Greenpoint for eight years and have always felt a void in wellness offerings.  Thankfully, that’s begun to change as juice bars, gyms, and yoga studios started blooming on almost every corner. The emergence of establishments like Lucent Yoga, Botica Apothecary, and Help Your Self is exciting. Until recently, the one thing still lacking was somewhere to buy workout gear. Not just sneakers or a jump rope, but truly functional, cutting-edge activewear. As a former apparel buyer turned full-time yoga teacher, I appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into a well-made pair of leggings or running shorts. What you wear when you workout can totally change your experience, as anyone who’s suffered from inner thigh chafing or bleeding nipples can attest!

On a recent morning jog, I was intrigued by a sleek silver sign that read: “Solfire.”  The storefront was a beacon of light on the once desolate stretch of Driggs Avenue from the south tip of McCarren Park to the Bedford L Train. I peeked in and saw a plethora of colorful capri pants and made a mental note to pop by during store hours. When I revisited the shop later that week, I was surprised to discover that Solfire (483 Driggs Ave.) was so much more than a clothing shop. Continue reading

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Greenpointers Can Get More Details On The L Train Shutdown At Tomorrow’s Community Meeting

L Train Shutdown Illustration via @brooklyncartoons
Illustration by Emmet Truxes, @brooklyncartoons

On May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Marcy Avenue Armory, city officials will be hashing out the details for the impending L Train Carnasie tunnel repair work that has Greenpointers and New York City residents alike worried about future transportation options in and out of Brooklyn. Continue reading

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Get Yo’ Art On: Greenpoint Open Studios is This Weekend!

Greenpoint Open Studios 2016Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) kicks off tonight and goes all weekend (April 29-May 1), celebrating Greenpoint’s rich pool of artistic talent. From paintings to sculptures, video to photography, weaving and textiles to ceramics and more, there are seasoned artists to honor and emerging artists to be discovered among more than 350 who will open up their studio spaces to the public.

GOS2014_Visitors_670pxIt’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.

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The Sketchbook Project Is A Garden Of Artistic Goodness

The Brooklyn Sketchbook Project
Photo: Christine Stoddard

If you spent your childhood lusting after the library in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” there’s a place in Williamsburg you have to visit. It’s called the Brooklyn Art Library and it’s the home to The Sketchbook Project, a collection of more than 35,000 sketchbooks from artists in 135 countries, and the space’s main attraction. Every single sketchbook in the collection is on display and available for your perusal. All you have to do is swing by 28 Frost Street Thursday through Saturday for looksie. Continue reading

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Earth Day 2016 Roundup: What To Do and Where To Go

Transmitter Park in Greenpoint
Find out how to keep Greenpoint green for Earth Day this week.

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.

  1. 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.
Calling all educators: Celebrate Greenpoint TODAY at 4PM.
Calling all educators: Celebrate Greenpoint TODAY at 4PM.

2. Grab your crew, your posse, your family, or just your lonesome and head to Transmitter Park for Greenpoint’s INSTAMEET, co-hosted by Greenpointers and Edoardo Monti on FRIDAY April 22nd at 6:30PM. This is part of the WorldWide Instameet’s #LifeOnEarth celebration.

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’s 30+ 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.

Join GCEF in Greening Greenpoint
Join GCEF in Greening Greenpoint

5. Keep up the Earth Day momentum NEXT MONTH, on a Guided Tree Walk in McGolrick Park. Along the way you’ll learn the variety of tree species in the green haven, and discover the Greening Greenpoint movement and initiatives behind the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance.

We’re looking forward to celebrating with you this week! See you in the green!

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Greenpoint’s Mom & Icepops Serves Up Crazy Flavors Like Roasted Tomato and Chipotle, Plum Violet and Rhubarb Lavender

Mom & Icepops, popsicles, pops

Owner and co-Founder of Mom & Icepops Eli Kaplan has exciting new flavors in the works and dreams of bringing  his unique brand of fresh, delicious, responsibly sourced popsicles to more New Yorkers. He’s currently seeking a company expansion to keep up with the supply and demand of his inventive and delicious treats. We chatted with Kaplan about how his pops are created, and what he’s looking to achieve in the growth of Mom & Icepops.

GP: Do you have any exciting new flavors in the works? 

Eli: A bunch! Right now a flavor that has been getting a lot of positive feedback is the orange fennel. I’m also working on a roasted tomato and chipotle pop — it’s kind of savory and sweet. We also have a plum violet popsicle and rhubarb lavender pop when rhubarb is in season.  Continue reading

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40 Years of Service Means PSFCU Offers Great Benefits for its Members

Polish-Slavic-Union_40th-Anniversary-Blue_Logo_500With over 43,000 surcharge-free ATM’s in our network, competitive checking accounts, and a large offer of credit cards and personal loans, Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) has been serving its community for 40 years in three states: New York, New Jersey and Illinois. In addition to sixteen branches, PSFCU also offers mortgage loans for properties in Florida and Pennsylvania. With over 1.7 billion dollars in assets, PSFCU is currently the largest ethnic credit union in the United States.

PSFCU provides its Members with free 24/7 Online and Mobile Banking access to their accounts and loans. Continue reading

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Where to Drink Outdoors During This Two Day Heat Wave

Lobster Joint Backyard
Lobster Joint’s beer garden (courtesy their Facebook page)

Greenpoint (and pretty much all of NYC) will be experiencing record breaking temps of almost 70 degrees over the next two days. It’s March, people. Are you ready to strip off those coats? Here are some of our favorite outdoor spots in Greenpoint where you can soak up some of that good ol’ Vitamin E.

Lobster Joint – 1073 Manhattan Ave.
Open from noon every day, they’ve got a lovely New Englandy open air beer garden in the back of their seafood restaurant. Grub on a lobster roll and chill out with a beer.

More hotspots after the jump… Continue reading

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