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Brace yourselves. Greenpoint is getting more towers.

161 West Street. Photo courtesy of Google Street View.

Believe it or not, it’s true. Developers think Greenpoint is the capital of cool. So cool in fact, even a London-based private equity firm called Quandrum Global, is the latest real estate developer to pony up on our waterfront action.   Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone…Greenpoint Sludge Tank Is History

Photo courtesy of Kim M.

Well Greenpointers, the time has come. Bust out your hankies, snap those photos, and wave bye-bye to one of our most recognizable landmarks, the beloved Greenpoint Sludge Tank.

After a series of delays, the Park Tower Group, the firm responsible for the contentious Greenpoint Landing developments, has finally gassed up their bulldozers. The 16 column, 52ft concrete behemoth that spent the bulk of its years processing millions of gallons of treated sewage is officially is being laid to rest. Continue reading

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UPDATE: India St. Ferry Landing Now Under Repair

Crane for Repair of India St Pier / Photo: Jackie Hoving

After months of head scratching and hand wringing, it appears that work to repair the India Street ferry landing has finally visibly begun, just nine days before next Friday’s G-train closure plunges North Brooklyn into a five-week transportation brown out. It appears city officials are now “cautiously optimistic” that the landing’s owners will finish repairs before the G shuts down.

In our in-depth June 6 post on the topic, we noted a disconcerting lack of transparency about the repair process and called on local political leaders to pressure the city and the landing’s owners to publicly commit to a timeline that would ensure the ferry is operational before shutdown.

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Where to Watch 4th of July Fireworks from Greenpoint

FINALLY! The fireworks are back on the East River this year, to be set off from barges under the Brooklyn Bridge. While Brooklyn Bridge Park will be the hottest spot, as a waterfront hood Greenpoint will have some killer views, too. Maybe you’ve been invited to a bunch of rooftop parties or backyard BBQs but you’re waiting on the right one – the one with best view of the fireworks, of course.

We’ve put together an OFFICIAL list of great spots to watch the fireworks in Greenpoint. Continue reading

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Forgotten Greenpoint: Wooden Sidewalk on West Street May Become Extinct

West Street's wooden block sidewalk is a common stop on walking tours of Greenpoint; Courtesy of Preservation Greenpoint

Is one of Greenpoint’s most unexpected features­­­—a stretch of historic wooden block paving on West Street near the Greenpoint Terminal Market—in imminent danger? Many say that this is the last place where original wooden paving exists in New York City. These blocks are so rare that one from this section of sidewalk is included in the collection at The City Reliquary. But a new bike path down West Street could mean this final vestige of obscure New York City history will be put on the chopping block. Continue reading

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DOMINO Community Meeting Tonight (3/31) & City Council Hearing Tomorrow (4/1)

Speak up! This is your community!

This isn’t a joke. TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, the NYC Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will be holding a PUBLIC HEARING on the Domino Sugar redevelopment proposal by Two Trees Management. The hearing starts at 9:30am on Tuesday in City Council chambers. Arrive earlier than 9am to make sure you can get in and sign up to speak. Continue reading

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East River Ferry 4EVER (or at least 5 more years)

Boaters rejoice! The East River Ferry will continue to carry (some) commuters to work and (many) tourists to the Brooklyn Flea until 2019! But, seriously, any transportation vessel that makes the L train a little more bearable in the mornings deserves our everlasting gratitude.

Plus, riding a boat on a summer day is just more fun than cramming against the bodies of 50 sweaty strangers.

The ferry launched in June 2011 as a pilot program. Since then, close to 3 million passengers have cruised across the glorious brown-ish waters of the East River, tripling initial estimates. The ferry now carries 100,000 riders per month.

The only downside is that weekend rides will increase from $4 to $6. That’s a lot more than $2.50, so as much as we love getting to DUMBO in 10 minutes, the MTA wins the approval of our inner cheapskate.

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