Henry Miller, born in Yorkville Manhattan in 1891, is a writer closely associated with place, but the places tend not to be New York City. Paris, Greece and Big Sur, California, home to his memorial library, are all places in time that Miller beautifully captured with his pen. But New York? In Tropic of Cancer, he writes, “When I think of this city where I was born and raised, this Manhattan Whitman sang of, a blind, white rage licks my guts. New York!” He continues with a dated and rather bigoted list of all he hates about that island, finishing with more timeless things to hate about the city: “above all, the ennui, the monotony of faces, streets, legs, houses, skyscrapers, meals, posters, jobs, crimes, loves . . .” Clearly, there was no love lost between Miller, and this great city of ours. Were we looking to draw connections between the Big Apple and Miller, it would seem we’d be best off turning to the Season 3 episode of Seinfeld that centered around an old copy of Tropic of Cancer and taught us to properly respect the library: Continue reading
Greenpointers, get your helmets ready. The bicycle share company, Citi Bike, is doubling in size and Greenpoint is one of the first places on the list to receive the new bikes.
6,000 bikes will be added at 375 new locations by 2017. The expansion will begin in 2015 with station installations happening in northern Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. 1,000 new bikes are expected to be in service next year.
While popular, Citi Bike hasn’t been without it’s share of problems since it’s inception in May 2013. The initial rollout was delayed a year because of software issues and damage to bikes after Hurricane Sandy. There have also been complaints of broken docks and kiosks as well as cracked seats. A lawsuit has even been filed about the bike designs. But none of this stopped 100,000 people from signing up for the ride-share program and riding 14.7 million miles in it’s first year.
If you live in Brooklyn and run, chances are you spend quite a bit of time exploring the streets. If you’re new to the area, need a new running route or want to compare notes, here are a few of my favorite running routes in North Brooklyn.
Bill Murray, Healthcare, Governors Island Mall?, DIY Networking, Rooftop Camping: The Hook-Up – 7/28
• Yes way! Bill Murray was at Briskettown! (Free Williamsburg)
• All you need to know about Low Cost Healthcare For Freelancers & Artists (Bushwick Daily)
• Rezoning is paving the way for retail on Governors Island (Curbed NY)
• Brooklyn Based pays a visit to Greenpoint’s The Perfect Nothing Catalog
• It isn’t just graphs and maps, understanding urban existence requires observation of social behavior (GOOD)
• Great advice on throwing an awesome DIY Networking Party (Brooklyn Based)
• New Brooklyn Commmunity Talk Show Broadcasting From McCarren Park: Bittersweet (Greenpoint Gazette)
• If this isn’t DieHipster fodder, I don’t know what is! Camp in rooftop tents in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Paper)
With the summer months ahead and significant increase in pedestrian traffic to and from the East River Ferry and Transmitter Park, many Greenpointers are complaining that the Greenpoint Waterfront is filthy. They want the city to put more garbage cans in pedestrian areas and clean up more thoroughly and more often. The Change.org campaign reads:
The streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn are disgusting, smeared with dog feces and full of garbage. THERE ARE NO GARBAGE CANS in the area. There does not seem to be regular street cleaning despite the street cleaning signs that indicate street cleaning times.
With the growth of the residential developments, businesses moving in (Kickstarter), the East River Ferry nearby and the opening of Transmitter Park, the neighborhood has experienced a significant increase in pedestrian traffic.
Over the past year, residents in our neighborhood have submitted multiple online requests for garbage cans via the Department of Sanitation’s website to no avail. Despite numerous requests by residents, the Department of Sanitation has simply ignored these requests and nothing has been done to rectify the situation.
All individuals signing below are petitioning the NYC Department of Sanitation to provide public garbage cans at all intersections of West Street between Greenpoint Ave and India Street as well as Franklin Street intersections between Greenpoint Ave and India Street. Additionally, the NYC Department of Sanitation should regularly dispose of the garbage in the public garbage cans and provide regular street cleaning to all named streets and surrounding areas.
How many of you Greenpointers have your own compost bin? Or bring your food scraps to the Greenmarket on Saturday in McCarren Park? Doesn’t it feel so good? Do you get giddy when you see all the food waste that doesn’t get thrown into plastic bags and sent to a landfill? Now the rest of this city is finally getting on board and this will directly benefit Greenpoint and North Brooklyn.
The city announced yesterday a volunteer composting program that may become mandatory. At first 150,000 households, 100 high rises and 600 schools will participate from all five boroughs, then the entire city will be on board in a few years.
What do you think about a mandated composting program in NYC?
As Greenpointers, this program will directly improve public health in our neighborhood because a large percent of the garbage that the rest of our fellow New Yorkers throw out ends up in Greenpoint before it gets trucked off to landfills. The more everyone composts, the less trash we have to deal with here, and the less garbage truck fumes we will inhale. Continue reading
“…the single most important piece of unfinished business that lies ahead of us in 2013: rebuilding the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy – and creating a more resilient and sustainable city.” – Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s State of the City Address, February 14, 2013
The Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) addresses how we rebuild New York City to be more resilient in the wake of Hurricane Sandy but with a long-term focus.
We invite you to join us for a facilitated conversation about how to rebuild Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Long Island City and surrounding communities. We are looking for participants who are invested in this neighborhood now and for the next generation.
SIRR Williamsburg/Greenpoint/DUMBO/LIC Public Workshop
March 14, 2013
P.S. 132 (320 Manhattan Ave)
We begin with a brief introduction of SIRR and will have break-out sessions to discuss priorities for rebuilding Northern Brooklyn and Long Island City to be more resilient in the face of future storms and long-term climate change.
RSVP by email: RSVPWaterFrontMarch14 (at) nycsirr.org.
Include the full name and email (if available) of each guest.
RSVP by phone: (212) 618-5745 – Leave the name of each guest and say “for March 14 Waterfront”.
According to the Daily News and DNAinfo, after weeks of agonizing uncertainty and hand recounts, it has been reported that Chris Olechowski has taken Lincoln Restler’s place as State Committeeman for the 50th Assembly District for the Democratic Party in Brooklyn, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Wallabout.
Relieved? Angered? Confused? Leave your comments below.
Debate Night, Art Openings, Pumpkins, Newtown Creek Bike Ride: What’s Happening Greenpoint? 10/3-10/7
Looking for Oktoberfest events in Greenpoint?
♦ End of Times @ Art Connects New York (220 36th Street, B-515, Gowanus) 6-8pm, Contributor Tony Luib’s artwork will be featured in this group show curated by Brad Silk alongside work from R. Dupree, Amos Massey III, Laura Perry, Catie-Rae Zappala, RSVP
• Yummy Eats Presidential Debate @ TBD (222 Franklin St) 8pm, Southwestern Dinner: Chipotle Fried Chicken, 7 Pepper Vegan Chili, Cilantro Lime Rice, Guacamole, Black Bean & Mango Salad, Salsa Fresca
• NAG Debate Watching@ Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave) 8:30-10:30pm, the “Domestic Policy” Debate with fun quizzes & games & prizes
♦ Speakers @ Front St Gallery (111 Front Street #216, DUMBO) 6-9pm, Artist Lecture Series presents a survey of 34 artists who have participated as lecturers in a series of talks begun in 2011 at the Greenpoint studio of Christopher Schade, Zoe Pettijohn-Schade, and Michael Lee.
♦ Bushwick Basement @ Grimm Schultz Gallery (313 Linden St, Bushwick) 6-10pm, an all blacklight exhibition of Ultraviolet paintings by artist Mark Flood
♦ Testing @ Heliopolis (154 Huron St.) 7-10pm, a collection of sketches, failed casts, cancelled proofs, and other objects that could have become works of art but didn’t, More Info
♦ Hyperallergic’s 3rd Birthday The House Party @ The Boiler (191 N 14th St) 8pm, RSVP
♫ The Denzels / Gunfight! @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm
♫ The Netherlands / Lost Boy? / The Hate My Day Jobs / Sloth Bear @ Delinquency (1031 Grand St.) 9pm
• Pumpkin Day @ McCarren Park, 11am-1pm, $10, Pick your own pumpkin, decorate it & take it home. Arts/crafts, live music by the Newtown Creek Players, & yummy things to eat by Urban Rustic, plus a costume swap by KRRB.
♦ Weird World @ Booklyn Art Gallery (37 Greenpoint Ave 4th Fl) 7-10pm, an exhibition of artists’ books, photography and drawings exploring anthropological portraiture through an artistic lens, with an emphasis on the unseen, the occult, the weird, the wild, and the subversive.
♫ The Psyched / Major Stars / Radical Dads / Warm Soda @ Public Assembly (70 North 6th St.) 8pm, $10
♫ The Dig / The We Shared Milk / Buffalo Jump @ Cameo Gallery (93 N. 6th St) 8pm, $8
* Compostoberfest @ McCarren Park, 2-5pm, learn about existing citywide compost initiatives, compost cooking and get some hands-on experience at North Brooklyn Compost Project!
• Newtown Creek Bike Riding Tour: Cruising the Queens Side @ NAG Office (110 Kent Ave. @ N8th) 2-5:30pm, Tour industrial North Brooklyn and learn about “black mayonnaise” and the other nastiness that lurks beneath the surface of Newtown Creek and discuss the future of this rapidly developing neighborhood, RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
I write this fully aware of the flak I’m going to get. But here it goes.
I read an article in Brooklyn Magazine the other day discussing whether hipsters and gentrification are ruining Brooklyn. I stand on both sides of the argument here. I’m not labeling myself a hipster. There’s more than enough evidence in my life to suggest that I certainly am not, but I do nevertheless fall under that umbrella of intellectual and creatively minded young people who enjoy a good artisinal roast every once in a while. And I’m definitely one of those more liberal arts types saddled with an enormous student debt sticker on my forehead.
Thus I moved to Brooklyn to cut my losses the best I could. But I moved to North Williamsburg, so I’m not exactly sure what good that did in the end. And having recently been the unsuspecting target of a hatefully anti-hipster website (over some pictures I took of a glow-in-the-dark kickball game…like really? Get over it.), I naturally began feeling pretty guilty whenever I walked down my street or whenever I worked my beat because of course I look nothing like the original culture of the neighborhood.
But now I wonder: Why am I guilty? I pay my rent. I take out my trash. I’m respectful to my neighbors and to members of my community. I have a great relationship with my landlords, who are among the first generations of Italian immigrants in Williamsburg. Why should I feel poorly for how I dress and for the things I like? Why is that at all marginalizing? Continue reading