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Brooklyn’s Katy Perry, Gentrification Thoughts, & de Blasio on Colbert–The Hook Up 7/18

Catey Shaw is Brooklyn's own Katy Perry knock off #livinthedream

 

If you want to be irritated, watch this cringe-worthy music video, which is basically a knock off of California Girls, sung by a party girl who dances around Williamsburg in a Nets hat.

Bill de Blasio played it cool with Colbert this week and denied being a socialist (even though we all know he’s a communist spy infiltrating the city to spread universal pre-K).

Both GIRLS and Boardwalk Empire are shooting in the hood today.  Speaking of which, have you heard of Film Complaint 11222? Local resident, Rolf Carl, is Greenpoint’s own film shoot monitoring vigilante, removing tape from irresponsible crews and keeping 311 on speed dial.

The NY Times finally publishes a thoughtful piece on gentrification from a writer who has lived in Brooklyn since the 70′s.  Continue reading

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Sit Down! Vogue’s (For Real) GIRLS Guide to Greenpoint

I’ll just go ahead and say it – Vogue created a GIRLS Guide to Greenpoint.

(Take a minute to rejoice, laugh, barf, or cry.)

Did you know that Cafe Grumpy is a “real place”? There “you can peck away at your literary masterpiece on your MacBook Pro while hoping to meet a hot divorced doctor with a brownstone. (Good luck with that.)”

Yeah good luck because doesn’t Vogue know that all the hot doctors who have the time to drink cappuccinos in Greenpoint don’t live in Brownstones – they live in aluminum siding houses. NA DOY!

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Traffic Heroes, the Return of GIRLS, & Doughnut Romance– The Hook Up (1/13)

© Sebastian Dooris / Paris Review

Our new mayor vowed to find the killer of local landlord, Menachem Stark.  Police are following a lead from a cell phone that they found strapped to the bottom of his car, possibly a tracking device.

Transportation Alternatives is advocating for increased awareness from drivers to cut down on accidents on dangerous intersections, like McGuinness and Nassau by lowering speed limits to 20 mph (which statistically lessens the likelihood of pedestrian fatalities).  Here’s to hoping. Continue reading

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GIRLS Trailer Hits the Internet

Have you guys heard of this show, GIRLS? No one ever talks about it. Oh wait, sorry my brain just traveled back to the early 2012 for a minute–what I meant to say was EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT THIS SHOW ALL THE TIME (even James Franco).

 

 

Whether you love to hate it or hate to love it, Girls is back for a 3rd season and L Duns (can I call her that?) just released the HBO trailer on this other popular thing called the internet.

The end of last season got a little wonky, as the writing team tried to give Hannah’s quirkiness a back story with a mental illness that was never brought up before and made very little sense in the context of her character. Watching her shove one-too-many-Q-tips into her ear was less than enjoyable and might have caused one cast member, Charlie, Marnie’s love interest played by Chrisopher Abbott, to actually leave the cast because he “didn’t like the direction things were going in. ”

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Craft Epidemic, Hipster Vet, Levin Loves Girls, $300 Difference, 106 New Bars, Homeless Stabbing – The Hook-Up 9/16

Artwork by Tamara Garvey

 

We all know how crafty Greenpointers are, well, now we have a new 1500 square foot classroom in the Pencil Factory studios that will be teaching classes beginning in October. (BB)

What’s young, bearded and likes to ride bikes in Greenpoint? Hipsters? Try Afghan Vets. (Brokelyn)

Steve Levin won by a landslide, but he may not win the hearts of Greenpointers when it comes to bringing TV show tourists to our “calm, humble” neighborhood. (Greenpoint Gazette)

Recent reports from real estate insiders now say the difference in cost of an apartment in Greenpoint versus downtown Manhattan is only $300. (NY DailyNews)

Homeless people are stabbing each other with ice picks at Greenpoint’s least favorite place ever.

And you thought that our neighbors to the south already had enough bars, over 100 Williamsburg businesses are applying for liquor licenses this month alone. (DNA Info)

 

 

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New Web Series PSYCHODRAMA Brings More “Girls” to Greenpoint

Web series have taken off in the last few years as a new medium that gives artists a viable way to make content. One new series, PSYCHODRAMA, has just launched over the summer,using the picturesque backdrop of our neighborhood.

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the three young ladies (Luisa Fidalgo, Liza Renzulli, and Kimmy Foskett), who created and star in the series, to discuss their experience with inspiration, crowdfunding, and, of course, shooting in Greenpoint.

The ladies of Psychodrama, Liza Renzulli (L), Kimmy Foskett and Luisa Fidalgo (R)

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It Ain’t Girls: The Greenpoint Hotel

Greenpoint Hotel Resident Harold Francis

With the proposed ten luxury high rises coming to Greenpoint, adding over 5000 new homes to the area, nearby residents of The Greenpoint Hotel currently live in deplorable conditions. With rents on the rise, are low income residents being victimized by landlords looking to cash in on valuable real estate?

It ain’t the Greenpoint depicted in Girls – that’s for sure.

In 2006, the NY Times described the The Greenpoint Hotel on Manhattan Ave, reporting that the “hallways stink of marijuana and urine; the bathrooms – one per floor – are caked in dirt, and hot water is rare. The front desk is barricaded shut with sheets of plywood. Theft and violence are a constant threat.” Since then, not much has changed.

Last week a public walk thru took place after 30 residents of this Single Room Occupancy (SRO) had their first court appearance to file a law suit to address violations, which were described in a Greenline article in December to include, mold, rats, sporadic heat and hot water and electrical issues. Since then, none of the issues have been addressed by the landlord.

Advocating for the residents, Greg Hanlon of St. Nicks Alliance provided us with photos from the walk thru and the following statement:

The situation at 1109 Manhattan is an egregious and unconscionable example of what has become a common trend in North Brooklyn: Unscrupulous landlords’ forcing out longtime tenants by any means possible, so that they can make more money from their buildings. In some cases, it’s harassment and intimidation; in some, neglect. In this case, it’s both.

These tenants pay around $250 to $350 a month. We’re talking about prime real estate in Greenpoint, a stone’s throw away from the proposed Greenpoint Landing Development, which will have ripple effects on property values throughout the neighborhood. Tenants have told us that the landlord, Jay Deutchman, is trying to sell the building. It’s not too hard to see what’s going on here, and what Mr. Deutchman’s motivations are.

Greenpoint Hotel Resident Bill (above) hangs his belongings to keep them out of reach of the rats.

Along with St. Nick’s Alliance, Council Member Stephen Levin was at the walk thru and had this to say:

For years, the Greenpoint Hotel has been a haven for miserable living conditions. Rats, broken toilets, and collapsing ceilings have become a part of everyday life at the Hotel so that the landlord can vacate the building and sell it. 

We cannot allow this to happen in our city. No New Yorker should be taken advantage of like this. No New Yorker should be subjected to live in this type of environment. That’s why I have called HPD repeatedly to complain about the state of the building and commend the legal action taken on behalf of the residents to make sure these conditions do not persist.

It’s fortunate that the residents of The Greenpoint Hotel have spoken up and sought help. We hope we can count on our public leaders to help improve conditions there and be an advocate for other Greenpointers in similar situations.

With housing prices on the rise in Greenpoint, will more low-income residents be mistreated like by landlords who want to raise rent? Have you or your neighbors been the victim of such neglect?

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FRED FLARE SAMPLE SALE SAT. 9/8

Fred Flare Sample SaleThere will be a line down the block and it will be a total shit show. You might have a panic attack. That being said there are some crazy fun things to find at this sample sale. Last year I got my lawn ornament flamingo that lives in my kitchen and for reasons unknown to me I always refer to it as a swan. Now I have a lawn ornament flamingo tattoo! They are friends.

I will see you there, literally because the warehouse is right across from my apartment. Have fun and let me know what you get!

Fred Flare Sample Sale
Saturday September 8th, 11AM – 5PM (RAIN OR SHINE!)
300 Kingsland Ave (btwn Nassau Ave and Norman Ave)

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