Newtown Creek

The New East River Trolley: Abridged Version?

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When plans were announced by the de Blasio administration for a light rail system running from Astoria to Red Hook, many of us Greenpointers wondered about an important, but perhaps overlooked detail: How do you get your trolley line over Newtown Creek?

For years, Newtown Creek isolated Greenpoint from Queens. It wasn’t until 1855 that Neziah Bliss built a bridge that linked the two areas, but that was when the area around the bridge consisted of farmland. A bridge today would have many more hurdles to clear. Continue reading

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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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All That Sparkles is Gold Donuts & the Promise of a Better Newtown Creek — The Hook-Up 1/22

Peter Pan's crullers are ready for their beauty shots. Photo via Christopher Lee for The New York Times.
Peter Pan’s crullers are ready for their beauty shots. Photo via Christopher Lee for The New York Times.

The treasure that is Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop is not a secret to anyone who’s lived in Greenpoint for more than two months, but it was recently given the New York Times treatment. Donuts! Must be a Brooklyn thing. Especially when they’re leafed in 24-karat gold.

Uber baby, or Übermenschen? A baby girl was born in the back of an Uber while stuck in BQE traffic in Greenpoint on Monday. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Greenpoint — The Hook-Up 12/25

Presumably Santa's house. Photo: DNAinfo
Presumably Santa’s house. Photo: DNAinfo

You’ve seen the gingerbread house on Humboldt Street — now meet the man behind the candy cane trim.

It may be too late to look, but it’s not too late to read on in horror. Here’s a closer look at what motivates the man who got up close and personal with Newtown Creek’s cesspool of puke.

The votes are in and the funds are allocated. Here’s the next batch of projects that will be funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (also known as ExxonMobil hush money). Here’s a closer look at one of them: the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, which celebrates the history of a Civil War ship built and launched from West Street in 1862. 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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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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From Vaudeville to Oil Slicks to Premium Condos — The Hook-Up 11/20

Via The New Yorker
Via The New Yorker

Though Greenpoint’s industrial history gets dredged up on the regular, it’s less often that we talk about its former status as a thriving hub of theatre and vaudeville. Today, the world is still a stage, but these illustrations done for the New Yorker are beautiful and surprising.

Is Yelp! holding a mirror to racist attitudes toward gentrification? A study compared restaurant reviews in the two rapidly changing neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Bed-Stuy, and it seems as though “ethnic charm” means something different depending on where you’re brunching.

The blowback from the NuHart rave was apparently not enough to stop Jack Daniels from relishing the noise complaints it generated last week on Huron Street. Looks kind of fun though — not going to lie.

A number of community boards are banding together to oppose de Blasio’s proposed zoning changes. According to DNAinfo, “the last time local groups connected on such a wide scale was during the 1990s when the Giuliani administration was changing zoning around adult-use establishments.”

For your light Friday afternoon read, here’s a good briefer on how Newtown Creek acquired its legacy of poison. As a supplement, here’s a reflection on how we normalize oil sheens in our waterways.

Here they come! Greenpoint’s priciest condos! The building comes complete with its own regal-sounding condo tower name: The Gibraltar. Hopefully it will come to represent the “limit to the known world” of escalating real estate prices.

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Walter White Coffee, Development Sagas, & Life in Newtown Creek — The Hook-Up 10/16

Here's your flat white, bitch. (Via Kickstarter)
Here’s your flat white, bitch. (Via Kickstarter)

Greenpoint Avenue is a Bike Blockers clusterfuck, according to WNYC. Most of us might be willing to make exceptions for vans delivering smoked salmon, however.

Perhaps fitting that owner Deniz Kosan chose our charming toxic wasteland as the proper setting for his Breaking Bad-themed Turkish coffee shop, but a Walter’s Coffee Roastery may just provide some pleasant smells for once.

Not convinced that life can prosper in Newtown Creek? Come down to the Newtown Creek Alliance’s North Henry Street location this Sunday afternoon (from 12-4) to check out its Living Dock project. Greenpointers will be on the scene to provide verified coverage of this scientific marvel. Continue reading

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Toxic Waste & Overachievers — The Hook-Up 10/2

Via Brooklyn Magazine

The world can’t seem to stop dumping on Newtown Creek. A company based in Bed-Stuy was caught dumping untreated industrial waste into the waterway via a bypass line, but it unfortunately wasn’t the first time.

Railroad apartment too tight a squeeze for your visiting parents? Soon, they’ll be able to lodge comfortably at a new hotel coming to Eckford Street near McCarren Park.

In case you didn’t feel behind enough in life already, here’s Brooklyn Magazine’s edition of “30 Under 30.” The plus side is that with Greenpoint so well-represented on the list, we’re all in great company. Continue reading

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