Greenpoint This Week: Building Boom, Canceled Speeches, Newtown Creek Transformation, and More!

The Bayside Oil storage site is now tank-less and demolition is complete at the future Bushwick Inlet Park expansion (courtesy of Christine Murray)

Welcome to the weekend Greenpoitners! If the weather holds out there will be two movie screenings tonight: “Peter & The Wolf” at Transmitter Park at 6 pm, and “Adventureland” at 50 Kent Street Pop-up Park at 7:45 pm. On Saturday, free art activities are planned near McCarren Park with the Art Heart Bus including tie-dye shirt and dream catcher making.” Have a fun and safe weekend, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines: Continue reading

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Art Heart Bus Hosts Art Activities for All Ages Saturday

This Saturday, the Art Heart Bus, run by Greenpoint-based art teacher Moira Tuohy, and tie-dye artist Starhawk will have three tables near McCarren Park with activities for all ages! Look for the colorful bus located on Bedford Avenue close to No. 12th Street corner from 1 pm – 8 pm and bring some art supplies and for a small suggested donation create a tie-dye shirt, paint a planter and make a dream catcher.
Starhawk will be sharing his expertise and demonstrating how to make tie-dye clothing.
You are invited to make own tie-dye, just bring your own shirt (they will have extra shirts as well).

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From Tibetan Soundbaths to Heated Vinyasa, [email protected] Classes Offer Something for Everyone

The [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) Grand Rebrand had an enthusiastic turnout last Saturday, in a day filled with activities and classes living up to its ”Zen Chill Zone” reputation while debuting the new local vendor retail space.

Greenpoint’s “Zen-Chill Zone”

Owner Dishan Elise describes the refreshed direction of [email protected] classes as a “revolution of fitness and wellness.” The variety of classes include a weekly Tibetan Soundbath, heated power Vinyasa, and Tabata circuit training. The B.E.S.T Plan is [email protected]’s flagship program that runs 12 weeks and promotes self-growth through group strength training, Elise says. The At Ease Membership is $99 per month and drop-in classes range from $17 – $25.

A new retail space at [email protected] collaborates with local and global vendors and artisans with a unique selection of clothing, apothecary and other handmade goods from local artisans.

The new retail space at [email protected]
The new retail space at [email protected]

We asked Jessica Dolese, HumanAEase events manager, to send descriptions of upcoming classes that she especially recommends:

A Chakra Balancing Kundalini Workshop

Throughout this workshop series, instructor Paola Dattner will guide attendees on a journey of chakra balance and mindfulness to the tune of live music played by Peruvian musician Piero Rossini.

Within our bodies lie seven energy centers called chakras. Physical illness or emotional stress can cause the chakras to become blocked or cloudy. Healing of each chakra may offer relief to some physical and emotional conditions. This series continues with the second chakra, the sacral chakra which is connected to emotional balance, sexual expression and creativity.

A Kundalini practice, meditation, breathwork, and focused journaling will be combined with live music intended to create and enhance group vibrational frequencies. These musical frequencies are tuned to the frequency of the sacral chakra intended to give power to your sensuality, creativity center and help bring balance your sacral chakra.

 

Lay down as deep resonant sounds of antique Tibetan singing bowls surround you to end your day with a restorative sound bath. Release the stress of the day allowing sound and vibration to guide the way. Enter a state of deep relaxation. Leave feeling rested and prepared to enjoy a good nights sleep.

This class focuses on the practice of linking breath to movement in a classic vinyasa style. A slightly heated atmosphere helps muscles open to supporting safe transitions into more challenging postures. With a focus on balance between strength and flexibility along with providing modifications for all levels, this class is a great option for all: new practitioners looking to explore vinyasa for the first time, or experienced yogis looking to deepen their relationship with their practice.

Tabata circuit training is a form of High-Intensity Interval Training that requires the body to work hard in short bursts and rest for even shorter periods. With this protocol, the body’s anaerobic and aerobic systems start to work in tandem, thus improving overall performance in athletes. Circuit training is also a fantastic cardiovascular conditioning workout for anyone of any fitness level. The Ace of Swords Tabata focuses on strengthening with body weight, improving overall mobility, and providing functional physical tools that any busy New Yorker can incorporate into their daily life. Beginners are very welcome and encouraged to join this class.

Signature Introversion Group Strength Training with Dishan Elise and Geo Malave

Introversion means to go within. Owner and creator, Dishan Elise, utilizes her dynamic, unique approach to personal training in a group setting. Combining a special blend of meditation, coaching, motivation, and mind/body strengthening techniques, the class begins with a warm-up, breathing and body awareness followed by 30-45 minutes of an intense variety of moves including partnered cardio, manual resistance exercises, calisthenics, & other training tools; covering a full-body routine followed by a light centering stretch. Small group training is a great way to get personal training for a fraction of the normal cost. The group collaboration, motivation, and energy in this class will be unlike any other class you’ve experienced. Limit 8 Students per class.

 

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Highly Publicized Stolen Dog Reunited With Owner

Theo, a 10-year-old dog snatched off of a Williamsburg Street on Monday night was reunited with his human on Wednesday.

North Brooklyn’s most publicized pooch since the plunging Transmitter Park pup has been reunited with its rightful owner after being snatched from outside of a Williamsburg supermarket on Monday night, multiple news outlets reports.

Gothamist explains the dognapping:

Around 9 p.m. on Monday, 21-year-old NYU student Bre Kelly exited the Green Corner Fish & Farmers Market at Humboldt Street and Flushing Avenue, and was shocked to see her 10-year-old terrier (Theo) had vanished without a trace. Well, actually, there was one trace: his leash was lying on the ground, suggesting that Theo had been taken. Kelly, who regularly walks her dog from Bed Stuy to this particular grocery store, reviewed the security footage and saw that a man had indeed scooped Theo up by his collar and walked away with him, a sort of fly-by dognapping.

Theo and Kelly were reunited on Wednesday after she received a phone call from a person claiming to know the dog’s whereabouts. More from Gothamist:

They arranged for a bystander to drop off the dog, and by 6 p.m.,Theo “was back in my arms on Flushing, very close to where he was taken,” Kelly said. He was “definitely shaken up and nervous,” she added, “but … safe and okay.” He seems, to Kelly, “like he can barely believe he’s home.”

 

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Holocaust Revisionist Falsely Advertised Warsaw Speech According to Venue Staff

Warsaw (261 Nassau Ave) (via Google Maps)

The Holocaust revisionist Edward Reid who advertised an upcoming speech in Greenpoint at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) allegedly scheduled for this Sunday never ran it by the venue. “It was never actually booked, they put up this poster without our consent,” said Adam Romanowski, production manager at Warsaw. The event was never listed on Warsaw’s internal calendar he said.

Romanowski said he became aware of Reid’s marketing of the speech this morning when Warsaw’s social media was flooded with complaints.

A flyer circulated online and shared by Reid this week lists his appearance at Warsaw in Greenpoint on Sunday, August 25th and a separate speech in New Britan, CT.

Reid has published videos online claiming “Jewish collaboration” in Poland during the Holocaust which resulted in YouTube banning his account. Continue reading

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Sumac Soirée, For Paint’s Sake, Musical Pagamento — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/21-8/27)

WEDNESDAY 8/21

* A Benefit for “Freedom For Immigrants” @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $20, performances by Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors) + special guest Buy Tix
♫Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 6pm, $35, Buy Tix
Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival 2019 Launch Party @ The Counting Room (44 Berry St), 7pm, $20, Buy Tix
# A Sumac Soirée, A Themed Community Potluck, A Summer Journey @ Archestratus Books (160 Huron St, 7pm, FREE, bring a dish with a personal story, share the story behind the dish and eat, RSVP

THURSDAY 8/22

*Sketch the View @ Domino Park, 630pm, FREE, Equipment provided. All levels welcome. Make something new with new friends, More Info
♫ Spank!//Lena Fjortoft//Euge//Elda @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, $10, More Info
☺ PILAS Comedy Show @ Geraldines’ (198 Union Ave) 730pm, FREE, comedy show in a speakeasy behind a Brooklyn Pizza Shop, RSVP
♫ Stupid Beach: @ Magazine Bar (130 Franklin St), 7pm, FREE, LGBTBBQ summer party with DJ Mr Twin Sister, More Info

FRIDAY 8/23

♦ The Mark of Its Tooth | Opening Reception @ Yashar Gallery (276 Greenpoint Ave) 6pm, FREE, featuring artists: Kelly Olshan, Andrew Schwartz and Michael McHale, More Info
♦ SummerStarz Free Movies in the Park: “Peter & The Wolf” (Piotrus I Wilk) @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 6pm, Polish night with storytelling, music and film screening More Info
♦ Movies Under the Stars: “Adventureland” @ 50 Kent Pop-up (50 Kent Ave), 745pm, FREE, More Info
“For Paint’s Sake”| Opening @ Java Studios (252 Java St), 6pm, FREE, featuring abstract paintings by Kristyn Watterworth, More Info Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Warsaw to Host a Holocaust Revisionist for Second Time This Year

Edward Reid, a known Holocaust revisionist, is scheduled to speak at Warsaw in Greenpoint.

For the second time this year, local music hall Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.) will host a Holocaust revisionist. Edward Reid, who is scheduled to speak this Sunday at Warsaw, is a self-proclaimed Polish history expert supported by crowdfunding campaigns to “disprove the disinformation that is propagated against Poland” with video content that blames “Jewish collaboration” in Poland during the Holocaust.

Reid’s Patreon (a crowdfunding platform) speaks for itself:

My intention is to disprove the disinformation that is propagated against Poland by using historical accuracy and setting the record straight. For many years and especially now, Poland has been slandered in many ways, especially being accused of being a collaborationist county with the Nazis, as well as overwhelmingly antisemitic, which is absolutely not factual.

This is part of an agenda that is used for many reasons, partially by the Holocaust organizations as well as to maintain the status of keeping one people as the only sacred victim, disregarding others, monopolizing suffering to keep the Poles out of this “holy 6 million”.

To isolate others from their proper place as victims of the terror of Nazism is dishonorable and shameful and to then place those people in the aggressor camp is heartless. For anyone who cares about the truth and passing on the sanctity of the deaths of three million beautiful souls that perished, it is important to fight this attack on the Polish honor.

Reid has been banned from YouTube for alleged hate speech:

Local politicians including NYC Councilmember Stephen Levin spoke out last June when Warsaw hosted Ewa Kurek, who has also claimed that Jewish people collaborated with Nazis.

Reid promoted his Warsaw event this week on Twitter as a discussion that Poland is “facing next week.” :

Earlier this year Robert Winnicki, a far-right leader of Poland’s National Movement, spoke at a now-shuttered Greenpoint restaurant.

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Greenpoint Affordable Apartments at 60 Percent Area Median Income

133 – 135  Meserole Avenue (via Google Maps)

The NYC Housing Connect affordable housing lottery website lists two new Greenpoint affordable units at 60 percent of the area median income.

There are two apartments to apply for at 133 – 135 Meserole Ave, a four-story building between McGuinness Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue; apply by September 10th.

Courtesy of NYC Housing Connect

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Beyond The Streets Extends Through September 29th

Beyond The Streets in Williamsburg

Beyond The Streets, the exhibition celebrating “street art, graffiti, and beyond” with over 150 artists showing in over 100,000 sq ft of space at Williamsburg’s Twenty Five Kent, announced an extension through September 29th.

To celebrate, the kind folks at BTS are offering 200 free tickets, just use code GRNPT100 at checkout on their website.

The free tickets are likely to be claimed quick, so BTS is also offering Greenpointers 20% off tickets from now until September 29th with the code GRNPT204.

Checkout our interview with BTS founder Roger Gastman where he explains how the artist-driven exhibit aims to capture the excitement and allure of street art and graffiti.

BTS is open Thursdays – Sundays from 11 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

 

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Suspect Sought in Williamsburg Gunpoint Robbery

The suspect wanted for a gunpoint robbery in Williamsburg on August 9th.

The NYPD is looking for a suspect who robbed a couple at gunpoint in Williamsburg two weeks ago, multiple news outlets report.

The victims were walking on Kingsland Avenue at Frost Street on Friday, August 9th, at approximately 3:40 a.m. when a man holding a gun grabbed a purse containing $80 and a watch from one of the victims, Brooklyn Paper reports. Continue reading

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