Dr. Seaman of Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital lost his cat Greta today from his Huron St (between Manhattan Ave & Franklin St) home. If you find her please do not hesitate to call (718) 406 – 2022. Please share this post.
An animal loving Greenpointer found Chico, this adorable Black and White Pit Bull in Williamsburg, near Graham and Withers on Tuesday 12/18. Chico is an intact male, about 60 pounds, is very friendly with people and wants belly rubs constantly.
If you have any information about the owner or are interested in fostering or adopting Chico, please call (917) 609-0624.
The kind woman who found him is boarding him for 2 weeks until the owner is found, has had him vaccinated and will be neutering him soon. She has spent over $400 on his care so consider donating anything for Chico’s care.
She noticed the signs she put up have all been removed so Chico has likely been abandoned.
Sunday’s Dog Masquerade & Food Drive for #SandyRelief was really fun and hilarious. While many of the dogs were humiliated or handicapped by their costumes, others really enjoyed all the attention! Especially the winners who received gift baskets with treats and toys. There was also a pie eating contest. Whomever ate an entire pie the fastest won the most ironic prize: another entire pie! Check out the rest of the photos on facebook.
From 5-7pm, The Diamond (43 Franklin St) is hosting a Chili Cook Off. $12 gets you some fabulous entertainment (after 7) a taste of all chills and one pint of the very rare Hofstetten Hochzeitsbier served from a wooden barrel! 100% door, plus beer special donated to Occupy Sandy Relief Effort.
Good morning, Greenpoint! Over a year ago when I wrote my first post, I did not imagine how important this website would be in critical times – such as Hurricane Sandy proved to be for New York City.
As a local website, we received an unprecedented amount of online traffic from Greenpointers seeking information about conditions here. We are happy to have been there and grateful that much of the information reported and all the photographs came from you, the readers. Talk about hyper-local, on the ground, real time reporting!
While we wait for things to return to normal, it’s important to think about the lessons that such a huge natural disaster can teach us about life in Greenpoint and New York City.
10 Lessons Greenpoint (and NYC) Can Learn From #Sandy
1. Precautionary Actions Are Critical During Times Of Crisis (And Also Before)
How many of us were saying, “Really? They shut down the subways?”
Mayor Bloomberg would have been ridiculed if Hurricane Sandy had not turned into “a storm of historic intensity.” And if he had not taken such important precautionary actions when he did, like shut down the subways early on, there would have been more emergencies, deaths and damage.
Next time the city government plays it on the safe side, remember we would have been sorry if they had not done so this time around.
2. Evacuate Means GTFO (Get The F$&K Out!) Greenpoint
Evacuation orders are not a minor inconvenience and should be taken seriously. No one wants to leave belongings, impose on family members or move into a shelters, but staying not only risks your own life, but the lives of rescuers when they have to come and save your sorry ass.
In Greenpoint Zone A, there was significant flooding from the East River and the Newtown Creek. The water was reported to have contained raw sewage released from the sewage treatment plant. In places that sustained unprecedented devastation due to flooding and fires, such as Breezy Point, we can see how important it is to take evacuations order seriously.
3. Stay Inside Means Stay Inside; And Don’t Take The Baby To The Park
When winds are over 90mph, there is no reason to leave the safety of your home and unnecessarily risk your own life and the lives of rescuers.
It may seem fun to check out the East River or take photos of downed trees or flooding, but none of those photos are worth the risk of being crushed by a tree or electrocuted by live power lines.
And, I can’t stress this enough: the most dangerous place to go during and right after any storm is to your local Park!
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I witnessed parents wheeling baby strollers through McGolrick and McCarren Parks. That is just stupid!
Entire trees can not only fall on top of you, but branches can kill or severely injure you.
4. Local Businesses Should Think Of Public Safety First
What a great article I could have written about what bars and restaurants were open during the hurricane and what great parties were going on, but I chose to encourage readers to stay inside and not patronize local businesses. I was torn because I did not want to hurt business in Greenpoint but in the end, public safety comes first.
For business owners, it is irresponsible during times of great emergency to expect employees and encourage customers to risk their safety in order to patronize your business. While at first you may feel like you are doing a service to your customers, but you are actually unnecessarily putting them in harm’s way.
We can all go without drinking for one night. (Shake. Shake.)
5. Social Media Is A Great Tool During A Crisis (But Also A Great Liar)
While I found it extremely useful that the @NYCMayorsOffice was live tweeting updates from the Mayor’s regular press briefings, information which I could then pass on to Greenpointers, there was also a lot of noise and a lot of lies.
Just like it is important for drivers to avoid using roadways during times of crisis so emergency crews can move around more quickly, internet users should also think twice about keeping the social media airways clear, but more importantly not put out false information that alarms and frightens people just to get attention.
The toxic state of our waterways, the sewage treatment facility that overflows into them, the under ground oil spill, the hazardous plumes that contain carcinogenic vapors, the garbage processing facilities – these are all facts of life in Greenpoint that potentially pose a significant threat to public health, especially during near catastrophic weather events that challenge local infrastructure.
What kind of affects do such weather events have on public health in Greenpoint? How should Greenpointers safeguard themselves? Is there a specific plan in place to deal with emergency situations that could negatively impact residents with respect to environmental hazards? These are important questions for our local government.
On a global level let us take seriously the state of the planet, how global warming results in such extreme weather, the most extreme I have seen in my entire life living in New York City. At the same time, think about each and every action you take and how that affects the world.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost, Eat Locally, Walk, Bike (Drive Less) and Stop Buying So Much Shit!
7. It Takes A Neighborhood To Run A Blog
Without contributions from locals this blog would not have been such a crucial information source for people living in Greenpoint, especially those who were evacuated from their homes and wanted to see photographs of their blocks and find out hyper local information.
Information from the Mayor was very broad, which made it so important that on a local level we could communicate and share information that immediately affected the neighborhood.
Thanks to everyone who contributed!
8. “We Can Judge The Heart of A [City] By [Its] Treatment Of Animals (& Homeless)” – Gandhi, sort of
I found it surprising, relieving and inspiring that hurricane shelters accepted evacuees with their pets. Greenpointers are animal lovers and would find it hard to leave pets behind.
Let’s hope the next Mayor takes into account this great city’s love of animals and realizes that sheltering pets can encourage people to evacuate.
Let’s also really look at the local homeless population we have living in Greenpoint. Many people live in our local parks, the worst place to be during a storm. Outreach to the homeless is very important. The homeless are not problems, they are people, our neighbors who we need to think about everyday, not just during times of crisis.
9. Thank The Mayor And City Employees
You may not like the Mayor, but he did a good job. Think about how f’ing crazy it must be to run this town, especially during times of extreme crisis. He kept calm and took care of business with a team of tireless city employees who worked around the clock and risked their own lives to take care of all of us. And they still have a lot of work to do.
Lesson learned here is that it’s important to have one information source and a strong chain of command. There is a reason why the Mayor is an elected official who is in charge of keeping us safe. Ultimately what he says during these times goes. So listen up and stay out of the way to let his team do their job safely. With Sandy this meant staying inside and keeping roadways clear. The less people out, the safer everyone is.
10. Greenpoint (and NYC) Is the Greatest Place In the World!
*Date change: Because of closing of parks for Hurricane Sandy the date for the parade has been moved to 11/4.
It’s that time of year again! This Sunday (11/4) at 1pm, Greenpoint dogs get dressed up in ridiculously awkward halloween costumes and strut their mutts through McGolrick (I mean Wintrop) Park, on this side of McGuinness. This is one of those events that make me wonder if aliens observed this what would they think about the human species?
My favorite costume last year was a dog dressed up like an air conditioner. Check out the video we did last year!
Other fun activities:
• Awesome raffled prizes (including gift cards from 5 Leaves, Lucky Dog Bar and more!)
• Doggy photo portraits
• Music by Timmy Mislock from the Antlers (DJ SET)
• Sponsored tables to connect local businesses with the community.
• Toy and blanket drop-off box to benefit BARC shelter provided by Dog-E-Dog.
Can humans dress up? …. YES!
(But the contest is for the dogs.)
♦ Polymorph @ The One Well (165 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, Work by Katya Usvitsky, More info
♫ The Library Is On Fire / Cool Serbia / Life Size Maps / Grand Resort @ The Library Is On Fire HQ (114 Forrest St $3C, Bushwick) 9pm, Watch this awesome video from Cool Serbia
• Flea Market @ Williamsburg High School For Architecture & Design (257 No. 6th St) 10-4pm
• Greencycle Swap @ Greenpoint Church (138 Milton St) 1-4pm, reduce, reuse, & recycle gently used & working men’s, women’s & children’s clothing, shoes, toys, & cell phones. $5 to drop off, browse and take as much as you can carry!
• Blessing of the Animals @ Church of the Ascension (127 Kent St) 3pm
• Oktober Feast @ Mark Bar (1025 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, Free Oktoberfest Food, $3 Happy Hour until 8pm, Tommy Mattiolo’s Gypsy Band plays live Gyspy Swing Jazz, RSVP
♫ Le Rug / Team Spirit / Jangula / Chappo / Cool Serbia / Butter The Children / Surfing / Lazyeyes @ 171 Lombardy, 6:30pm, $7
• Flea Market @ Williamsburg High School For Architecture & Design (257 No. 6th St) 10-4pm
• Get to The Point 5K Run @ St. Stan’s (12 Newell St) 10-4pm, Fun 5K race for all skill levels through Greenpoint! Register by Friday
• Brooklyn Record Riot @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) 12-7pm, $3, Live DJ’s, Polish Specialties, Over 55 dealer tables
• Rollerskate @ Brooklyn Lyceum (227 4th Ave) 2-6pm, $5, Bring your own skates!