New York City just hit a milestone you might not have heard about. The amount of homeless people living in shelters is 57,665 people – a new record. According to a report released in October, New York’s homeless population grew last year, with almost 68,000 people without a permanent residence–all this while the number of luxury apartments for sale in Manhattan doubled in the last year. Meanwhile, homelessness is down across the country.
In the wake of this new reality, New York City’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS) announced a new homeless shelter will open in Greenpoint at 58-66 Clay Street. The shelter will be operated by Home Life Services, Inc. and will shelter 91 homeless adult families. A timeline for opening has not been set.
Just got off the phone with our Art Editor who was headed to a CMJ show tonight at The Gutter only to find out it was closed. According to Brooklyn Vegan, “The Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg shut down, allegedly due to Ebola scare (CMJ shows included).” A few hours ago a Daily Mail headline read ”Ebola panic in Brooklyn, doctor who treated patients in West Africa visited hip bowling spot in Brooklyn before he was rushed to the hospital with 103 fever.” The Daily News gives a more detailed account Dr. Craig Spencer’ self-quarantine, bowling and Ubering on Wednesday. His fiancé has also been quarantined and his apartment in Harlem has been sealed off. Results overnight will confirm whether he actually has Ebola.
• If you have a spare room, why not get rich with AirBnB like your fellow North Brooklynites? (DNAinfo)
• It may not protect us from crowded G trains, but Greenpoint Landing is bringing a park that promises to protect Greenpoint from storm surge with oyster beds and public access to the river edge (Daily News)
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.
The sky over Greenpoint was lit up last night and the dark plume of smoke from the fire that burned over a 600 sq. foot industrial area could be seen as far as NJ. (And that’s far!) The fire is finally out and the photos we have collected are incredible. Continue reading →
Firerighters are working right now to put out a HUGE fire at a Greenpoint recycling facility on Humboldt St. and Greenpoint Ave – right across from the Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment facility. If it’s the plant that many of us are familiar with, you can see huge cubed bails of recyclables inside when you turn up Humboldt St. from Greenpoint Ave.
Update: According to NBC it is a 4 alarm fire, with plumes of back smoke seen from as far away of NJ. Thankfully there are no reported injuries. Firefighters were still on the scene as of 9:30pm putting out the fire which was reported at around 7pm.
O CO CHODZI Z MANDATAMI DLA PRZECHODNIÓW NA McGuinness?
Przejście dla pieszych na McGuinness należy do bardzo niebezpiecznych od długiego czasu. W grudniu zeszłego roku 32-letnia Nicole Detweille została śmiertelnie potrącona tam przez samochod. Od tego czasu policjanci ostrzegają przechodniów przed przechodzeniem na czerwonym świetle w tym miejscu. Konsekewncje są i będą w postaci mandatów lub upomnienia włacznie ze spisanie danych osobistych. Widocznie atwiej jest kontrolować pieszych niz szybkość jazdy kierowców…Ale jednak może warto poświęcić dodtakową minutę i poczekać na zielone światło? Dla własnego bezpieczeństwa i swiętego spokoju. Continue reading →
Unfortunately, we have another tragic traffic death to report in the neighborhood. At 1:30am on Sunday (3/2), 21-year-old Marisol Martinez was struck and killed by an MTA bus at the corner of Union and Meeker in Williamsburg. She was walking south on Union Ave when she was hit by the Q59, which was making a left turn on Meeker. Continue reading →
Readers sadly wrote in to tip us on the news that Greenpoint’s video store Photoplay, on Manhattan Ave for over a decade, is shutting its doors. We popped in a few times hoping to catch owner Michael Sayer’s for confirmation, but were unable to reach him and his loyal staff tried their best to remain mum. But not mum enough because the cat’s out of the bag. Photoplay is closing tomorrow. And according to Bedford & Bowery, there will be no liquidation sale.
A few options: Film Noir (10 Bedford Ave), Videology (308 Bedford Ave) & errr Netflix.