Environmental History Project, Peppermint Soda, Gateway to Greenpoint — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/19-6/25)

WEDNESDAY 6/19

* Newtown Creek CAG Meeting w/ EPA Superfund team @ Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39 Street Sunnyside, NY 11104), 630pm, FREE, topics will include updates on the remedial investigation, the responsible parties list and the aeration system, meeting is open to all, More Info
♫ Connan Mockasin, Gentle Dom (DJ Set) @Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave), 7pm, $20Buy Tix
^ The Economics of Being an Immigrant in NYC’s Food Industry @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 630pm, $20, an informative conversation about the rewards and challenges of being a business owner and an immigrant in 2019, Buy Tix
♫ Koeosaeme / CVN / Amelia Rose / Crystal Penalosa  @Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, FREE, More Info

THURSDAY 6/20

* Greenpoint Environmental History Project Reception and Exhibit @ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave), 6pm, FREE, a reception and exhibit showcasing documents, photographs and oral histories collected for the Greenpoint Environmental History Project, RSVP
# Drawing & Cake Garden Party @ Ovenly Studio ONE54 (154 Franklin St), 7pm, $25, still life drawings, cake, treats and drinks with sketching, drawing materials provided, Buy Tix
* Accessing NYC Environmental Data @ Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave)630pm, FREE, environmental data experts talk about various platforms and resources available to community members that can help inform decisions about activities we may choose to do in our daily lives., RSVP
♫ LIC Gallery Nights @ LIC Arts Open Gallery at The Factory (30-30 47th Avenue, Long Island City) 6pm, FREE, Long Island City galleries and art venues open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, More Info

FRIDAY 6/21

^# Dinner with the Women of WE ARE LA COCINA@ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, $65, A multi-course family style taquiza featuring global foods from the chefs of La Cocina and two of their New York heroes, RSVP
♦ Peppermint Soda – Films on the Green @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 830pm, FREE, film in French with English subtitles free and open to the public, More Info
♫ Takuya Nakamura @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 8pm, $25, warped piano sounds, haunting synths, and dazzling visual projectionsBuy Tix
♫ The Raconteurs Live + Signing @ Rough Trade, 3pm, $20, a performance and signing on the release day of their new LP, Buy Tix

 SATURDAY 6/22

♫ Pluies @ Horti Play (70 Eckford St), 4pm, FREE, a sound and performative project that aims to strengthen the relationship between plants, nature and the human being, More Info
♫ Dave’s Waves’s Rockin’ Solstice Weekend 
@ Sunview Lunchnet (221 Nassau Ave), 11am, FREE, performance by the Schumann Resonance Percussion Ensemble, More Info
♫The Bobby Lees, Gustaf, Metaled (Rooftop Show) @ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave), 730pm, $10, Buy Tix
* Tree & Medicinal Plant ID Workshop @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 10am, FREE, Friends of Transmitter Park welcomes arborist Bill Schmidt and herbalist Maya Robinson to guide us through identifying the park’s tree and plant species, focusing on those that potential provide healing properties, More Info
Funk Style Quality @ Ponyboy (632 Manhattan Ave), 1pm, FREE, music by current nudisco / house / soulful house and funk artists, and old school funk and disco, More Info Continue reading

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We’re Going Camping, See You July 1st

You may notice less content from Greenpointers over the next two weeks as this weekend marks the start of our much-needed break. In recent weeks we put on Greenpoint Open Studios and as usual, followed news and events in the neighborhood. We’re a small ragtag team who feel fortunate to be part of this incredible community, and in order to keep things fresh and interesting, we sometimes must venture away from this wonderful place and get lost in the woods Henry David Thoreau style. During this time we’ll be brainstorming in preparation for the Greenpointers website redesign and relaunch and we’ll be back July 1st with more news and surprises!

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Greenpoint This Week: Religious Vaccine Exemption, CB1 SUV Outrage, Perplexing Petroleum Vapors

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! Catch-up on the local headlines from this week below and find out where to venture out this weekend.

New York eliminated the religious exemption for vaccinations this week. The U.S.’s largest measles outbreak in decades is centered in Williamsburg, where approximately 75 percent of NYC’s 588 confirmed cases have stemmed from. (ABC News)

North Brooklynites sounded off at this week’s public CB1 meeting over the closed-door purchase of the $26,000 Toyota SUV, the largest CB1 expense outside of payroll. (NY Post) (THE CITY)

Greenpoint’s newest upscale restaurant, Madre, is now open inside Franklin Guesthouse. (Bedford and Bowery)

Greenpoint’s artists opened their studios for GOS 2019 last weekend and there was an overwhelming amount of art to see and experience, demonstrating the thriving community of local creators. (Brooklyn Eagle) (Hyperallergic)

Greenpoint’s second petroleum vapors townhall so far this year happened this week at the Polish and Slavic Civic Center (176 Java St.), where residents expressed concern over vapor testing methods, and city and state agencies confirmed the petroleum build up in Greenpoint’s sewer lines has been flushed and air qaulity has returned to safe levels. (Greenpointers) (Brooklyn Eagle( NY1) (News 12 Brooklyn)

Williamsburg and Greenpoint restaurants Mason Premiere and Sauvage, which are owned by the same restaurant group, have racked up approximately $5.2 million in debt and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (Eater NY)

Bogdan Piasecki, a 47-year-old Diamond Street resident was arrested for allegedly punching an eight-year-old boy in Greenpoint. (Greenpoint Post)

There’s a shortage of strong arms to hoist the Giglio in Williamsburg this July for the 100+ year old tradition in honor of the Italian Saint Paulinas of Nola. (CBS New York)

Williamsburg yeshivas are being closed due to lack of compliance over the measles vaccination mandate. (NY Daily News)

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Petroleum Build up in Sewer Lines Caused Vapors City and State Reps Say

The petroleum vapors town hall on 6/12 in Greenpoint

The recent spike in petroleum odors in Greenpoint homes was the topic of discussion on Wednesday night at the second town hall this year hosted by the North Brooklyn Neighbors at the Polish and Slavic Civic Center (176 Java St.).


Representatives from the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection, Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene amd the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation provided updates on the pretorium vapors centered around Freeman, Huron, and Green Streets.

The DEP flushing sewer lines on McGuiness Blvd and Huron Street in May, 2019,

The DEC confirmed that petroleum product had recently built up in the “tight” sewer lines in the northern section of Greenpoint where multiple residents, including Freeman Street resident Mary Cinadr, have been relocated from due to vapors. The DEP has been flushing sewer lines in the area and said that petroleum vapors have reduced to safe levels.

A quick side note: if you detect petroleum vapors are present in your home then dial the DEC spill hotline at 1-800-457-7362 and call 311 (remember to write down the complaint number).

The vapor complaints that have been coming into 311 and 911 haven’t always made it to DEC in time for air sampling, as was the case with the preschool evacuating on Java St. on May 23rd, which DEC rep. Rodney Rivera said was a “chemical odor,” despite audience members claiming that a gas smell was detected prior to the school evacuation.  Continue reading

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Celebrate International Axe Throwing Day With Bury the Hatchet

Today is officially International Axe Throwing Day and in celebration Greenpoint’s only axe bar (for now) is offering free sessions tonight.

Bury the Hatchet (25 Noble St.) is inviting the public to wield and throw an axe or two on the house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight.

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Dog Rescue Adoption Event Comes to Greenpoint Saturday (6/15)

The non-profit organization In Our Hands is hosting two rescue adoption events this Saturday, June 15th.

One of the adoption locations will be at Port James of New York at 116 Franklin St. in Greenpoint and the other location will be at Green Pup at 544 Union St. in Gowanus, with both events going from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Meena Hasan and “Post-Colonial Legacy”

Courtesy of LAUNCHF18

Meena Hasan’s newest show at LAUNCH F18 is, what she brilliantly and comically calls, a “kaleidoscopic onion.” To understand that, one must first understand her vivid works that stem from diverse compositions and series but are now in giddy and ponderous conversation with each other in one show. She shares this LAUNCH F18 exhibition with the Tommy Kha, who, alongside Meena, is exploring imperialism through a contemporary lens. To learn more about Meena and her work that “investigates and reveals Asian American experiences,” read on, follow her Instagram, and visit “Other Echoes Inhabit The Garden” at LAUNCH F18!

Greenpointers: You’re a Greenpointer yourself, I hear! How has the neighborhood treated you. Any favorite spots?

Meena Hasan: Yes, I’ve been in Greenpoint for about six years and I love it. I am hesitant to tell too much, since one of the greatest characteristics of Greenpoint is that the best spots feel secret, tucked away and well supported by local patrons. Northside Bakery has amazing Polish food – schnitzels and stuffed cabage are my go to. I am always on the hunt for good curry and am lucky to have a legit take-out Indian food spot nearby, Moharani, run by Bangladeshis. They use all the right spices and do not water down their food like most places. I also discovered the Lite Bites lunch hour, they have insanely tasty Trinidadian curries and rotis during the week, but you have to hit it before 2pm to get the choicest morsels. Possibly the best hot sauce I’ve ever had too (in the US). Not to get all romantic about it, but the distinct flavors really do unveil themselves slowly on your tongue, in your throat and belly, like a raga, and trying to decipher their recipe is great fun.

Your current show at LAUNCH F18 Gallery in Tribeca deals with “post-colonial legacy,” the press release says. Can you dive into the works you contributed to this exhibition?

This show, titled “Other Echoes Inhabit The Garden” unfolded over time. I like to think of it as a kaleidoscopic onion of distinct shapes and ideas reflecting each other across and through the room. Each of the works that I included is from a different series that I have been working on for the past few years and it’s fantastic to see them all hanging out together. Included are a first-person perspective or PoV painting as I call the series of putting on gold bangles, a small paper sculpture of my grandmother’s earrings, a portrait of my mother’s nape and a large hanging paper piece that investigates and transforms a Chintz pattern (a calico textile made in South Asia for the British). Also included are two small gouaches on cardboard that were made as meditations in between the making of the above pieces.

The show was an experiment in many ways, a chance to juxtapose the many distinctions not only within my pieces but also those in contrast to Tommy’s works, with the hope that they would converse, open up and find meaning through their interaction, that they would “echo” in other words. This could be like any group show, but in our case it was particularly significant given our shared desire to investigate and reveal Asian American experiences through our works. Tommy and I, like all children of immigrants, and honestly like the majority of individuals in the world, have inherited the post-colonial legacies of our families. The show seeks to pay respect to this inheritance and, particularly, the matriarchs who have shaped and raised us, whose influence pervades the works and, of course, our daily lives as well. Continue reading

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Maison Premiere and Sauvage File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Sauvage in Greenpoint

The restaurant group behind popular restaurants Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Ave.) and Sauvage (905 Lorimer St.) have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Eater NY reports.

Maison Premiere in Williamsburg

Owners Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka opened Maison Premiere in 2011 and Sauvage in 2016 and told Eater that both restaurants will stay open  for business as usual despite racking up approximately $5.2 million in debt Continue reading

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Locals Grill Community Board Purchase of $26,000 Toyota

The purchase of a $26,000 Toyota SUV by the executive committee of Brooklyn Community Board 1 resulted in multiple community members speaking out at Tuesday’s public meeting against the board’s largest expense outside of payroll, the NY Post reports.

Approximately a dozen people spoke out on Tuesday against the purchase of the SUV which is used by CB1 manager of more than 40 years Gerald Esposito, who lives a few blocks from the SUV’s city designated parking spot, the NY Post reports: Continue reading

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Greenpoint Monitor Museum Hosts Open House Saturday (6/15)

Rendering of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum waterfront (courtesy of GCEF)

The Greenpoint Monitor Museum will hold an open house this weekend to provide updates on the plan to build a museum in honor of the historic USS Monitor, the Civil War battleship constructed on the Greenpoint waterfront.

The Monitor Museum open house is Saturday, June 15th, at 56 Quay St. from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

An acre of land along the Greenpoint waterfront at Quay Street will eventually be transformed into a public greenspace and boardwalk with historical markers/information on the Monitor.

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