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Summer Thunder, Prose Bowl, Electrique – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/15–6/21)

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downloadWEDNESDAY 6/15
 Antibalas @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $15, With special guest Kyp Malone, More info
 “Electrique” Opening Reception @ The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave) 9pm, FREE, A group show featuring electrical, mechanical, and sound pieces, More info

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 5.24.15 PMTHURSDAY 6/16
 ACJW Ensemble Presents “Connections” @ National Sawdust (80 North 6th St) 7pm, $15, Featuring Paola Prestini’s G-Force and a world premiere by Brad and Doug Balliett commissioned by Carnegie Hall, More info
 Wild Honey Pie Presents Coast Modern @ Rough Trade (64 North 9th St) With Strange Names / Ryan Egan, More info
Alice @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $10, Czech director Jan Švankmajer’s surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book with a live electronic score, More info

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Classic French Cooking Meets Innovative Twists at Sauvage

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image via sauvageny.com

Last week, the owners of the James Beard award-winning cocktail bar Maison Premiere, Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka, opened their new restaurant opposite McCarren Park, Sauvage (on the corner of Lorimer Street & Nassau Avenue/Bedford Avenue). With this new project came a full kitchen allowing the restaurateurs to expand their menu offerings in the gorgeously renovated space. The interior evokes a French Art Nouveau cafe with many decor pieces supplied by local artisans and the food thoughtfully balances old and new sensibilities. Continue reading

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Go Green! Brooklyn Festival at McCarren Park (Sat, 6/4)!

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This Saturday, June 4th (1-5PM) Go Green! Brooklyn Festival is taking over McCarren Park with a FREE celebration of the North Brooklyn Community and local environmental programs.  Park-goers can engage with and learn about sustainability initiatives while sampling local food, participating in live-action art projects, music performances, and more!

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Every Story Is About Congestion & Change — The Hook-Up 3/4

Photo via Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Eagle
Photo via Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Eagle
In January, Assemblyman Lentol announced a temporary suspension of alternate side parking rules on film shoot days, but that hasn’t stopped film crews from competing for space with residents (hearsay is that the production crew of “Tiara” blocked off a G Train entrance during rush hour). Well, if you ever wanted a quantifiable look at just how movie-famous our neighborhood is, here’s an interactive map.
 
Subway slashings have officially landed on the G Line (well, it happened once, but still). Now, police are looking to amp up NYPD presence on the trains at night.
 
You may have heard about plans to reevaluate the Meeker Avenue crossing, but the rather congested North Brooklyn is going to be the subject of a larger, more comprehensive transportation study.

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Know Your Neighbors: Hosh Yoga Studio’s New Teacher Training Scholarships

Greenpointers Summer Market 2015 Rooftop Yoga with Hosh Yoga
Greenpointers Summer Market 2015 Rooftop Yoga with Hosh Yoga

While sifting through clothes at beacon’s closet or grabbing a beer and a brat at Spritzenhaus, you may have seen a procession of yoga-pantsed Greenpointers heading in and out of the unassuming grey door on the corner of Nassau and Guernsey.

A closer look at 55 Nassau will lead you to Hosh Yoga, a Greenpoint nonprofit made possible by a team of 60 volunteers and instructors, which provides donation-based classes with a mission of health and wellness as a right to life, not a luxury. Continue reading

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Newtown Creek Superfund CAG Meeting Tonight (12/16)

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The Newtown Creek Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) will be having their quarterly meeting tonight, December 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at McCarren Play Center Community Room (776 Lorimer St.). The existing agenda is set to discuss three main topics: ecological, human health, background data summary, with a Q&A to follow. Continue reading

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More Toxic Secrets In This Rare 1980s ‘Hazardous Neighbors’ Brooklyn Study

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of toxic chemicals, specifically as they pertain to Greenpoint. First, Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) released the ToxiCity Map to bring confusing, widely scattered publicly available data together into one cohesive document. Now, we’re bringing you the long-lost 1980s factory-to-factory survey of Greenpoint and Williamsburg by Hunter College, a study that many lifetime Greenpoint residents say they couldn’t find or easily access until now.

It reveals the former locations and quantities of reactive chemicals — the kind that explode when they make contact with water, such as cyanide. In many cases, they’re shockingly close to residential buildings in Brooklyn’s priciest real estate drag. From speaking with a NAG member at the map release event, I also found that the “Hazardous Neighbors” study contains information that’s not available in the ToxiCity Map. Continue reading

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Kickball Feuds, Hostage Fashion & Celebrity Lambs — The Hook-Up 10/9

Photo by Nick Ramsey, via DNAinfo
Photo by Nick Ramsey, via DNAinfo

Everyone knows about the unrivaled people-watching potential of McCarren Park, but not everyone lives to see a standoff between a kickball bro and an indignant nap queen. Is she “the most selfish person in the world?” Or does he “think he fucking owns the park?” You decide.

According to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, no one can tell the difference between a Greenpoint hipster and a person who recently emerged from under a rock.

There’s a history behind TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint, and it has a lot to do with any strong community vibes you still catch around these parts. In 1975, more than 200 residents participated in a 16-month sit-in to preserve funding for city services, and last month, they honored them in the most Brooklyn way possible.

A famous lamb of Greenpoint fame has famed its way upstate. After being spotted dining at Five Leaves this spring, Smokey the lamb is now back at Violet Hill Farm in West Winfield, N.Y., but it appears his time in the city has instilled him with a troublemaking streak. “He had a ram buddy that he was hanging out with hardcore,” said his owner.

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Who was Patrick McCarren?

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Recently there was controversy about the naming rights to the McCarren Park Pool. A company offered money for the naming rights and many locals became angry about the proposed name change. Truth is, few people know anything about Patrick McCarren.

I have been researching McCarren for a book I am writing about Williamsburg . He was a fascinating, amazingly corrupt figure. In his day he was not just a powerful local boss, but was also powerful on the national level. Born in 1849 in Massachusetts, he grew up locally. Too poor to afford higher education, McCarren started life in the local sugar mills, but was ambitious. Politics in the eighteen seventies was almost the only way a humble man could acquire wealth and power. Continue reading

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Night of Noir, Glamdammit, Fools Gold Day Off – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/02–9/08)

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586918-250WEDNESDAY 9/02
* Night of Noir @ Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, A screening of Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-hiker with guest speaker Imogen Sara Smith of Independent Film Scholar, RSVP
♫ The Greenpoint Get-Down @ No 7 North (931 Manhattan Ave)9pm, FREE, DJ Patrick A. Reed will spin classic hip-hop, heavy soul, deep funk, ska, rocksteady, and more, More info

11958164_1114592961902518_2118881706089287959_oTHURSDAY 9/03
* Kick the Can with Scrap Entertainment @ McCarren Park (776 Lorimer St) 6:30pm, FREE, Celebrate the end of the summer with an evening playing a classic game, RSVP
* Head Space @ Spectacle Theater (124 South 3rd St) 7:30pm, $5, A showcase of animation by a dozen women, RSVP

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