No Overnight L Train Between Brooklyn and Manhattan 4/15 – 4/26

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There will be no L train service between Lorimer Street in Brooklyn and 8th Avenue in Manhattan 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m., from April 15th to April 26th, according to the MTA.

April 15 – April 26
10:30 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri

No L overnight

What’s the work? As part of the revised L project, we’re still moving forward with the long-term reliability improvement work we had originally planned. This includes installing signal equipment. For you this means that we’ll have the right signals ready to run the one-track operation in April. We’ll also take this time to prepare the tunnel for the rehabilitation work, delivering materials, pulling fiber optic cable and installing tunnel lights so we can work efficiently during the one track operation.

What should customers do? If you’re traveling between Brooklyn and Manhattan, you can take the A , F, or J. For Manhattan L stations, you can take the M14 bus. In Brooklyn, the L will still operate between Lorimer St and Canarsie-Rockaway Pkway. Free shuttle buses will loop between Lorimer St G/L, Bedford Av, Marcy Av J, and Hewes St J.

Here are the key transfer points to remember during this service change:

Broadway Junction for the A, J or L
Lorimer St/Metropolitan Av for the L, G or shuttle bus
Marcy Av for the J or shuttle bus
14 St-8 Av for the A, E or the M14
14 St -6 Av for the F or M14
Delancey-Essex Sts for the F, J or M14A
The G operates in two sections:

Between Court Square and Bedford/Nostrand Avs
Between Bedford/Nostrand Avs and Hoyt/Schermerhorn, every 20 minutes.

The next MTA L train open house is Monday, Apr 8th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the 14th Street Y, (344 E 14th St.).

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Sign Up for FREE Rooftop Yoga at Our Flower Power Spring Market (4/7)!

Take a yoga class on the Greenpoint Loft rooftop!

After shopping with our local crafters and enjoying some neighborhood nosh at next Sunday’s Flower Power Spring Market, head up to the stunning Greenpoint Loft’s rooftop for some relaxing — and free! — yoga.

Hosted by Hosh Yoga (657 Meeker Ave),  a nonprofit organization that started out providing open-level yoga classes to the public in McCarren Park, the Greenpoint Loft rooftop will host three free, donation-based classes during our spring market on April 7.

There’s no better place to let the sunshine in than on a dazzling rooftop with views of the East River, Brooklyn, and all of Manhattan, so swing by, yogis, and bring your own mat, for some rejuvenation. Continue reading

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Developers to Sell Greenpoint Taverns’ Contents at Estate Sale

An estate sale at Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern (188 Bedford Ave.) this weekend is putting the historic Williamsburg bars’ furnishings up for grabs, Bedford and Bowery reports.

Rosemary’s with signs advertising the estate sale

The sale is from the developers Red Sky Capital who purchased Rosemary’s building and all of the treasures inside. The bar closed for good on February 28th after 64 years.

The sale takes place Saturday, March 30th, and Sunday, March 31st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days; a preview of the sale is up at All American Tag Sales. The photos suggest that it’s not just the bar contents that are for sale, but the apartment furnishings above the bar where Rosemary Bleyday herself lived for decades. Continue reading

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[email protected] Fitness Tip: Contrary to popular belief, exercise does NOT cause weight loss!

Simply put, you just can’t exercise the fat away. Some of you have been exercising up to 5 days a week only to jump on the scale and see very little difference in your weight. This can be frustrating when you’re putting a lot of effort into your workouts; and can often make you question your weight loss game plan.

We’ve been demanding answers to these questions from the muscle gods; and as always…nothing! But studies have given us some good clues as to why we’ve been getting steadily fatter for the past few decades, despite a growing increase in physical activity.

Statistics show that health club revenues increased from $200 million in 1972 to a whopping $16 billion in 2005!!

The first NYC marathon was in 1970 with only 137 entrants; and in 2008 there were 39,000 entrants and nearly 60,000 applicants.

So if being lazy makes us fat and exercise prevents or inhibits it, shouldn’t this fitness revolution have launched an epidemic of leanness? Hmmm. But in reality, this so-called fitness revolution has been coexisting with an epidemic of obesity. Another hmmm.

Very little evidence exists to support the belief that the number of calories we expend has any effect on how fat we are. When you increase the energy you expend, the evidence is very good that you’ll eat more to compensate. We actually burn very few calories with moderate exercise; and the effort can be easily undone with even the smallest bite or beverage.

Ran 5 miles, burns off 400 calories
Eats one slice of pizza, puts 400 calories back on

There was a Berkeley study that collected detailed information on over 13,000 habitual runners over the course of several years. And although those who ran the most tended to weigh the least, they all got fatter with each passing year – even those who ran over 8 miles a day!

It might be time to question our underlying beliefs. Is it something other than the amount of calories we consume and expend that determines whether we get fat?

Now, this is all not to say that exercise doesn’t have benefits. It absolutely does; and without it, you could be setting yourself up for failure on your weight loss journey. But, to rely on exercise as a “cause” for weight loss will only serve to disappoint you.

But don’t take our word for it, go ahead try it. But when you find yourself spinning your wheels, it may be time to start looking for other solutions. And when the time comes that exercise is not enough to induce weight loss… and it will; here are some things you can start to look at that could make the difference.

The first area you should start questioning is your diet.

  • What does your diet look like?
  • How much alcohol do you drink per week?
  • How much sugar is in your diet?
  • What percentage of carbohydrates make of your total daily calories?
  • Are you eating too much after your workouts?
  • What type of food are you eating after your workouts?

These are just some of the questions you can start to explore. However, if you’re still unsure on how to make healthier food choices, the second option can be to seek professional guidance.

The B.E.S.T. Diet Revival is a powerful food plan sent to you in structured phases, and is ideal for those seeking:

  • A customized regimented meal plan focused on your success
  • Detoxification and self-control from harmful processed foods
  • Reconditioning of food-associated habits
  • Accountability and structure in food planning
  • A practical and sustainable life-long diet
  • Wholesome, mindful eating behaviors and habits
  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Weight Loss, specifically excess fat-loss
  • More confidence around food! 

Since participating in the B.E.S.T. plan, I’ve lost weight easier than ever before, I’ve had more energy and more mental clarity, and I’ve been confident to take on endeavors, both personally and professionally, that I would not have attempted before the program” – BEST Diet Revival Client 2016

Invest in your health by learning how to detoxify your body, gain energy, lose weight, and create healthy sustainable habits around food.

Sponsored by [email protected]: Learn more about the B.E.S.T. Diet Revival and how to sign up at www.BESTeverywhere.me.

You can also get a head start and apply here.

[email protected] is located at 31 Nassau Ave in Greenpoint and can be reached at (718) 388-2900

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Ovenly Studio ONE54 Launches with Baking Classes and an Event Space

Have you walked by Ovenly’s second space at 154 Franklin St. yet and wondered what’s going on? Well, here’s the scoop: They just announced the launch of Studio ONE54 and is now offering baking classes and an event space.

With a full kitchen in the front and a private backyard patio, you can gain some baking skills taught by one of their in-house instructors or guest chefs. Their debut class will feature none other than their signature Brooklyn Blackout cake, where you will learn how to frost and pipe your own 6-inch, two layer cake in just about two hours. And the icing on the cake? Getting to go home with some scrumptious well-earned treats. Continue reading

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‘Affordable’ One-Bedroom Units Start at $2,320 per Month at 80 Ainslie Street

80 Ainslie St. rendering (via NYC Housing Connect)

The NYC Housing Connect has another “affordable” housing lottery open at 80 Ainslie St., where five units are up for grabs with an April 12th deadline to apply.

The four-story mixed-use building from developers Parkview Management has 16 apartments averaging 712 square-feet each with over 4,000 square-feet of commercial retail space on the ground floor. The development is just a short walk from the Metropolitan L/Lorimer G subway stations.

Two one-bedroom units are available for $2,320 per month for one to two occupants with an annual household income between $79,543 – $108,550 per year.

Three two-bedroom units are available for two to four occupants earning between $95,829 – $135,590 per year.

80 Ainslie St. in 2011 (via Google Maps)

The former one and two-story warehouse buildings at the site were razed to make way for the new mixed-used development.

The amenities at 80 Ainslie St. include a laundry room, bike storage, rooftop access, and an elevator.

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Local Love Blooms: Greenpointers Annual Spring Market Returns With Groovy Flower Power! (Sun, April 7)

A packed house at our seasonal markets

Spring into peace, love, and local business! Our sensational Flower Power Spring Market returns to the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, fifth floor) on Sunday, April 7 from 1 to 7 PM.

This far out event will spotlight local vendors, indie artists, and neighborhood artisans of all stripes. Thousands of neighbors and guests flock to buy and see the fruit of these artists’ labors.

The Greenpoint Loft will transfigure into a floral kingdom of hippy love and neighborhood harmony. 60+ highly curated vendors will be hawking their wares, and an exciting lineup of FREE dreamy activities awaits:

As always, our Flower Power Photobooth will be donned with an art installation made in collaboration with artist Colleen Blackard for professional photos shoots by Gustavo Ponce Photography. It’s going to be as gorgeous as the roses in our last market, so stop by, throw up the peace sign, and say, “Groovy!” Continue reading

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Vote for Participatory Budgeting Projects March 30th – April 7th

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Voting for Participatory Budgeting, the NYC program where residents vote on how to allocate $1.5 million in funding for projects conceived and pitched by locals, will take place between March 30th – April 7th. Here’s the list of District 33 poll sites.

There are two ballots to vote for three out of seven expense projects ($20,000 total) and five out of nine capital projects ($1.5 million total).

According to NYC Council Member Stephen Levin’s Participatory Budgeting website, expense and capital projects are as follows:  Continue reading

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Woman Randomly Assaulted at Pulaski Bridge by Man With Wooden Cane in Greenpoint

The Pulaski Bridge staircase at McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint (Google Maps)

A Greenpoint woman was allegedly attacked by a stranger resulting in her receiving 16 staples to her head after she walked down the Pulaski Bridge staircase onto McGuinness Boulevard at Box Street just over two weeks ago.

The Greenpoint-based artist who wishes to remain anonymous says that she exited the staircase after returning from Long Island City at approximately 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th, when the suspect appeared to walk past her and up the stairs to the Pulaski Bridge.

The attack allegedly occurred across the street from the Box House Hotel (Google Maps)

The suspect, described as a middle-aged man approximately 5′ 10″ tall and wearing a dark baggy hooded sweatshirt, struck the woman on her head from behind with a wooden walking cane multiple times across the street from the Box House Hotel (77 Box St.).

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Memories of a 90s Childhood in Williamsburg Recalled in Group Photo Exhibit

Before the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront ushered in dozens of luxury buildings with the 2005 rezoning, the yearning to create something out of nothing permeated the native youth in the 1990s recalls Dominic Bielak, who was born and raised with his identical twin brother Damian on Berry Street.

Dominic and Damian in McCarren Park in 1999

“Things felt neglected,” Dominic said recalling the days when he would explore the abandoned, decrepit industrial buildings near the Williamsburg waterfront.

A group photo exhibition, “I CAN BE PRETTY TOO” from the creative collective The Brooklyn Social Club, which includes the Bielak twins and photographer Terrence Miele, will showcase 90s-era photos from their forthcoming book on Friday, March 29, at the Sideshow Gallery (319 Bedford Ave.) at 7 p.m. The show will be displayed through March 31st.

 

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Williamsburg Waterfront. North 7th Street and Kent Avenue. 1991. Photograph by Ted Barron. When me and my brother were young this was our playground. In some ways it was dangerous and it other ways it was safe. It felt safe for us always maybe because we were small and Naive from the worlds dangers. No one bothered you here and no one owned it so you were able to get away with anything and everything. My dad used to come here and go fishing and drinking with his polish friends and sometimes catch a fish maybe to eat it or throw it back into the east river restoring its life. #Williamsburg #Brooklyn #Film #Photo #Photography #Pretty #Escape #Greenpoint #Williamsburgbridge #Home #Family #documentary

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