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.
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 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.
WEDNESDAY 10/3 ♦ 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
THURSDAY 10/4 ♦ 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.
FRIDAY 10/5 ♦ 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
SATURDAY 10/6 • 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
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 →
You might know Scott Chasse from his OMGWEBCATS drawings or from his obsessive paintings of Burt Reynolds. This Friday September 28, 2012, 7-9pm, Scott is introducing a new art gallery to Greenpoint called Calico Brooklyn (67 West St, #206), with an opening reception of the inaugural show titled, Exhibit A.
When asked the significance of the word Calico and whether it has anything to do with perhaps a secret obsession with feline’s, Scott said he liked the ring of the question: “Are you going to the opening at Calico tonight?” He did mention he has “two pretty cool cats at home,” and believes that “cats are good marketing tools.” Continue reading →