No Overnight L Train Service Starting Tonight Through 10/6

Courtesy of MTA

The L train will not be in service between Lorimer Street and Broadway Junction in Brooklyn from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting tonight (9/23) through 10/6, the MTA announced.

Service will also be disrupted overnight on one weekend in October and during all weekends in January, according to the MTA’s L Project Weekly newsletter: Continue reading

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Fashion Sundae Episode 9

Courtesy of @WatchingNewYork

The ninth edition of Fashion Sundae from @WatchingNewYork gives us proof that Fall is officially here as jackets, coats, and blazers are back in the mix as of last week. Since today is officially the first day of fall here’s some inspiration on how to keep it bright and comfortable while strolling the Williamsburg walkway:

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Greenpoint This Week: International Art Gallery, Greenpoint Landing Scandal, Bodega Stabbing, and More!

It’s the perfect weekend to hit the roof. (Image courtesy of Broadway Stages)

Happy Friday Greenpointers! With a beautiful weekend ahead you can hit the lush green roof at The 4th Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival on Saturday, and keep an eye out for the Bat Signal on Saturday night. For other events check out what’s happening, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood:  Continue reading

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Bat Signal to Light up Domino Sugar Factory For “Batman Day” (9/21)

The Bat Signal (courtesy of silvery/Flickr)

The famous bat signal will light up landmark buildings around the world on Saturday night for Batman Day, including the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, the NY Times reports.

The event marks the 80th anniversary of the caped DC Comics character and the lighting starts this Saturday at 8 p.m., more from the NY Times:

The bat-signal will be projected onto the sides of landmarks in each of 13 cities for four hours, beginning at 8 p.m. locally. A Batman Bat-Tracker clock on the DC website is counting down to the first lighting at Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia. In New York, the signal will be projected onto the former Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The other cities on the bat-rotation are Tokyo, Johannesburg, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barcelona, London, São Paulo, Montreal and Mexico City.

The final lighting will be at City Hall in Los Angeles, the location of a bat-signal in 2017 to honor Adam West — the Batman of the camp 1960s television series — when he died, at age 88.

 

 

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State Fines Developers for Their “Gifts” to Mayor Mayor De Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

This story was originally published on 9/20/19 by THE CITY. (By: Greg B. Smith)

On the same day would-be President Bill de Blasio unveiled a campaign finance reform plan he hopes to take national, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s own fundraising tactics shadowed him at home.

A state watchdog agency on Thursday revealed three deep-pocket developers seeking favors from City Hall settled charges that they had made illegal gifts to de Blasio by writing five-figure checks to his now-defunct charity, the Campaign for One New York (CONY). Continue reading

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Greenpoint Landing Developers Broke State Law With de Blasio Donations

de Blasio (left) (courtesy of Kevin Case/Flickr) and Greenpoint Landing (right)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political fundraising tactics are facing an ethics probe as real estate developers will have to pay fines for donating to de Blasio’s non-profit while seeking contracts with his administration, Politico reports.

De Blasio’s Campaign for One New York received donations from Greenpoint Landing Developers, Brookfield Financial Properties and Toll Brothers in 2015 while the developers lobbied his administration. The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced on Thursday that the developers will pay a $65,000 fine for breaking state laws, Politico reports: Continue reading

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International Gallery Plans Permanent Exhibition Space in Greenpoint

Rendering of Faurschou New York at 148 Green St. (courtesy of Faurschou Foundation)

Greenpoint will be the home of the next gallery from the Faurschou Foundation which plans its grand New York City opening this November with a show at the new permanent exhibition space at 148 Green St.

The warehouse at 148 Green St. is undergoing renovations and will have 12000 square feet of space; most recently home to the wholesaler 79 South China Import INC., which relocated to Long Island.  Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Didi Rojas and Her Fantabulous Shoes

It’s hard to not be beguiled by an art show entitled You’re Doing Amazing Sweetie — now on view at Launch F18 until October 19th — and it’s even harder to not fall in love with the whimsical, colorful ceramic shoes created by Didi Rojas for the show. Rojas uniquely combines her day job work with her craft, elevating seemingly simple creations into something creative and singular. Learn more about this week’s Thursday Spotlight below!

Greenpointers: You live and work in Greenpoint, right? Any favorite spots in the neighborhood?

Didi Rojas: I live in Bed-Stuy but my studio space is in Greenpoint. There are so many good spots in the neighborhood. One of my favorite spots in Greenpoint, and probably all Brooklyn, is McCarren Park. I love walking my dog, Charlie, around the park whenever I bring her to the studio with me.  Other favorite spots include the McCarren Deli (I usually get the Smoky Jack sandwich for lunch here), Five Leaves (whenever I want to treat myself) and Bernie’s (martinis and mozzarella sticks)!

Your day job is at Grouppartner Ceramic Studio, but you also create some of your work there, yes? I feel artists don’t always talk about their day job, but yours seems to be one that also feeds your work. How does that relationship balance?

I started working at the Grouppartner Studio when I was still in college and I eventually was able to get my own studio space in the same building. I’m really grateful for the relationship I’ve built with the studio and with the people I work with there. The space has changed so much over the years and it’s been fun getting to be a part of its growth. It’s a space I feel very comfortable in so it’s pretty great to be able do both my practice and day job in the same building. The Grouppartner Studio feels like home to me and I feel extremely lucky to be able to have a job that also helps inform my practice.

I love the shoes you crafted for you Launch F18 show! What are they made of, and how did they come to be?

Thank you! The sculptures are ceramic. I made my very first ceramic shoe over three years ago. I had been working at the studio and had a pair of Nike Air Force sneakers that were covered in clay from wearing them there daily. They looked like they could have been made out of ceramic so I had to try making one. I haven’t stopped making ceramic shoes since then. Fast forwarding a bit, the shoes for the show You’re Doing Amazing Sweetie at Launch F18 are similar to my previous bodies of work. There are over 40 included in the show and all but a few were made this year.

Silly question, but are the shoes in any way wearable? If not, what do you want to do with them when the show is done?

The ceramic shoes are not wearable, but I like to pretend. I often take photos of me pretending to wear them. The idea for them also somewhat originated from a “fake it till you make it” kind of playful mentality.

I’ll be keeping the sculptures that don’t sell from the show as part of my own collection.

Are there any upcoming projects you’re excited about/want to share?

My sculptures are being featured monthly in Vogue Italia’s magazine. It’s really crazy and cool getting to see the pieces in print. I’m also currently working on a couple photography and video projects as well as a book featuring the pieces from the show at Launch F18. More ceramic shoes are also in the works!

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Kingsland Wildflowers Festival, Spirit Animal Opening, Art Book Fair — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/18-9/24)

WEDNESDAY 9/18

# Environmental Justice & Health Working Group Meeting @ Dupont Senior Housing (80 Dupont St), 630pm, FREE, help develop community-based strategies to combat issues of air pollution, legacy toxins, toxic sites, and trash & waste, More Info
♫ Salsa by the Water @ Domino Park, 6pm, FREE, lessons followed by open dance, with a live DJ, More Info
♦ In Conversation with Crash, Daze and Charlie Ahearn @ Beyond the Streets (25 Kent Ave) 7pm, FREE, a discussion on art, expression and New York City culture from then to now, RSVP
♦ Documentary Screening: “Frank Serpico” @ Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St), 7pm, FREE, film screening and a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosio, RSVP

THURSDAY 9/19

♦ Poster Making Party @ North Brooklyn Neighbors (240 Kent Ave), 2pm, FREE, make a poster ahead of the  global climate strike; materials will be provided and kids are welcome, More Info
* Spirit Animal – Grand Opening @ Spirit Animal (20 Broadway), 7pm, FREE, celebrate the beginning of fall with amazing wines & bites, More Info
♦ Words With My Family @ Union Docs (322 Union Ave) 730pm, $10, films, and audio pieces in which makers bravely interview members of their own family with humorous, intimate and revealing results, Buy Tix
♫ Psychedelephant // Record Release + Listening Party @ Magick City (37 Box St), 730pm, $10-$25, Disco balls! Pretty lights and flowers! More Info Continue reading

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