G Train

A Streetcar Named Whose Desire, Exactly? — The Hook-Up 2/12

Photo: Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector
Photo: Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector

Is it the Streetcar Named Desire for the people of New York, or is de Blasio’s proposed streetcar linking Brooklyn and Queens a developer’s fantasy in the making? In either case, here’s what we know so far.

We know slightly more about the L Train Shutdown than we did last week. Brace yourselves, because it seems as though “1 year vs. 3 years” was a generous estimate.

It only took a year, but the reports from the CitiStorage fire investigation have been wrested into public view by The Brooklyn Paper. The fire was allegedly sparked by a light fixture, subdued, and then reignited. Kind of weird that department reps maintained their line that the investigation was ongoing, even though investigators signed off on the report on Jan. 8. Continue reading

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You’ve Heard About the L-Pocalypse. What About the G-Pocalypse?

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Photo: Jeremiah Cox

The L Train is facing an imminent, extensive shutdown in the wake of lingering Hurricane Sandy damage, and North Brooklyn hasn’t taken the news very well.

And why would it, given the amount of daily riders who travel through the Canarsie Tube every day — around 350,000 — not to mention the huge impact ridership has on local businesses?

Currently, the MTA is considering two options to implement as early as 2017: to close the entire tunnel nonstop for one year, or to leave one side open and reduce traffic to half-volume, which would take anywhere from three to four years.

Not ones to bide their time quietly, a number of local residents and business owners have already formed The L Train Coalition to demand a better solution from the MTA, though many know full well that the answer will definitely be “pain.”

Pain, of course, can be abstract or painted in sharp relief. And while a fair amount of ink has been spilled over the implications for L Train commuters, there are fewer educated guesses regarding the fate of surrounding areas like Greenpoint, which will absorb a great deal of shock from the closure as riders scramble to find alternative routes. Continue reading

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The Clapboard Menace, the St. Nick Scourge, & More of the Same — The Hook-Up 12/11

The G Train lives. Photo by Craig Ward.
The G Train lives. Photo by Craig Ward.

The clapboard menace has ruffled enough feathers to generate a “no-film zone” proposal, but some are sensing a recurring plot line.

This year, many locals have been wishing for a Greenway Christmas, but the proposed bike path is nowhere to be seen.

Applications are now being taken for affordable units at 21 Commercial Street, one of the three affordable buildings within the imminent Greenpoint Landing complex. Studios start at $494/mo for applicants making less than $18,309 per year.

On the complete opposite end of that spectrum, here’s what a $1.2 million apartment looks like in our dear heartland.

If the MTA is a petri dish, the G Train is an itty bitty hot bed of salmonella.

Just because we’re up shit creek without a paddle doesn’t mean our waterways don’t have basic rights. Riverkeeper is the one to thank for keeping an eye on Newtown Creek.

A 40-year-old man is being treated at Bellevue after the G Train clipped him in the head early on Tuesday morning. He was reportedly leaning too far over the edge when the train pulled into the station.

The neighbors are already on high alert concerning the jolly St. Nick scourge overtaking the city tomorrow. Here’s some thoughts on why the Santa Conmen aren’t welcome in our twee little neck of the woods, as well as a guide to local Santa-free zones.

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The Horsemen of Gentrification Could at Least Bring Some Trash Cans with Them — The Hook-Up 11/6

Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)
Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)

Is “Greenpoint” becoming synonymous with “gentrification?” This week, Forbes spotlighted the decline of Polish businesses, and McSweeney’s did a McSweeney’s.

Curb Your Litter is tackling Greenpoint’s abysmal person-to-garbage-can ratio with a new interactive map that lets you recommend locations for trash bins. As a matter of fact, “person-to-garbage-can ratio” is also pretty good shorthand for life in New York City.

Protect your package, people. Greenpointers posted this video on our Facebook page earlier this week, but in case you missed it, here’s something that might make you think twice about buzzing in a stranger.

Jack and Joshua Guttman just filed an application to build a new hotel on West Street at the abandoned Greenpoint Terminal Market complex. Perhaps the proposed rooftop bar will be distress-signal-distance from the Wythe Hotel’s.

Another five-story rental going up on West and India hopes to offer a more “approachable, neighborhood feel” counterpart to the big towers going up around it.

Is it the dawn of a new era for the G? Old Faithful made it to this short list of “best trains to live near” in NYC, but I’m not sure how much that actually means coming from a source who says the L is “reliable” and that the Q moves “with astonishing speed.”

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Meet Greenpoint’s Drug Lords, Then Look Wistfully At the Changing Waterfront — The Hook-Up 10/30

Now that you mention it, this certainly appears to be a drug front. Photo: New York Post
Now that you mention it, this certainly appears to be a drug front. Photo: New York Post

Greenpoint might not need a Breaking Bad cafe after all. Turns out a local mom-and-pop pharmacy was host to “one of the biggest illegal prescription pill rings in New York history.”

Ready, set, development roundup. A new building is in the works for Kent and West, and “the design is…something.” Meanwhile, a Canadian firm just bought into Greenpoint Landing, with construction on two tall towers expected to begin in the first half of next year.

David Simon’s HBO pilot, The Deuce, was filming at The Capri Social Club last week. Get your 70s porn ‘stache ready in case they return. Continue reading

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Real Estate Woes, Real Estate Delights, & the Woo-Woo In Between — The Hook-Up 9/11

Where the magic happens for Pro Cupid Christian Rudder. ©Douglas Elliman
Where the magic happens for Pro Cupid Christian Rudder. ©Douglas Elliman

Is Greenpoint better off than it was 10 years ago? Are hipsters more like termites or ants? Depends on who you ask. Curbed ran a thoughtful rebuttal to Wired’s “before and after” photo essay bemoaning the effects of gentrification, which, if we’re being fair, is sometimes a careful architect and not so much a destructive force of nature.

Uh oh, G Train trouble! A derailment last night near Hoyt-Schermerhorn is what’s causing your limited service woes today.

If you didn’t already know, Beloved is no longer. For what it’s worth, it was the one place in town where you could get negronis on the house on the occasion of the bartender’s dog’s birthday. The dog’s name was Negroni.

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Weekend Music Picks: June 26 – 28

Butler Bernstein & The Hot 9

I am heading out to Reno tomorrow, where I promise not to shoot a man just to watch him die. But with travelling on my mind, this week I have you biking to Bushwick for a couple of shows, and on the G train Saturday heading to some modern stride jazz piano at an outdoor dance party in Prospect Park.

Thanks to Sonya P. who wrote up some of her own recommendations for part of this post.

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Citi Bike map hits Greenpoint streets!

DOT Citi Bike map of Greenpoint

Its official Greenpointers, Citi Bike is coming to the hood and we’ve got the map to prove it! The gears in the long stalled Citi Bike expansion appears to have finally been greased, but don’t go out and buy that helmet just yet—we won’t be seeing any bikes until the end of this year.

As Greenpointers reported in November, Citi Bike announced plans to bring the popular bike sharing program to the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The expansion plans included adding 6,000 bikes and 375 new docking stations to locations by the end of 2017. Lucky for us and the nearby nabes of Williamsburg, Long Island City and Bedford-Styvesant, we’ll be getting 1,000 of those blue babies this year. Continue reading

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Survey: How do you feel about the transportation here in the hood?

Our portal to the rest of New York.

Few things unite New Yorkers quicker than transportation. Whether complaining about the MTA, giving someone directions, or debating the best possible route to get where you’re going, New Yorkers love talking about how we get around the city. For those of us in Greenpoint, who only have access to one subway, transportation can be an especially touchy subject.

Now you have the opportunity to share your thoughts on your transit situation with someone who can actually do something about. The Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) are working on their first advocacy campaign centered on transportation. They are conducting a survey on transportation issues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The results will be shared with representatives and city officials next week.

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G Train is back on track.

Photo credit Kim M

Five weeks ago, we all bemoaned the G Train closure and the anxious questions that came along with it: How are we going to get around? Will that damn Ferry be up and running? Where the hell did I put the air pump for my bike tires? After an August of shuttle buses, long lines, and traffic, all the bitching has come to an end. The G train is finally restored.

When Sandy hit we all knew it was going to be bad for our subway tunnels. Millions of salt water and copper wires made fore a corrosive mess; our G line was one of the hardest hit tunnels in the system. So while we were being shepherded over the Pulsaki Bridge and down Manhattan Ave in air-conditioned shuttle buses, which some seemed to prefer,  crews of MTA workers repaired tracks and switches. The whopping total for fast track repairs in a post-Sandy NYC came out $80 million dollars.
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