Newtown Creek is getting a New Grand Street Bridge

The Grand St. Bridge
The Grand St. Bridge, via NYC.gov

The Grand Street Bridge has been shuttling New Yorkers between Maspeth and Brooklyn since 1903. But, after 115 years of service, the span across Newtown Creek needs a facelift. To make it happen, the Department of Transportation has requested proposals for a new Grand Street Bridge, and for demolition of the old structure.   Continue reading

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FREE Movies & Music in McCarren: Summerscreen is Here (7/18)

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via Summerscreen

Get ready to schlep your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to McCarren on Wednesday night, for a FREE Summerscreen viewing of the NYC classic When Harry Met Sally. Doors are at 6pm, live music starts at 7pm and the film will start around 8pm. The free film series has been around for 13 years (!) and is Brooklyn’s longest running film series. Set up your spot in the basketball courts between Bedford and Berry.

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Volunteer at American Playground This Weekend (7/21)

volunteers, photo via Open Space Alliance
photo via Open Space Alliance

Volunteer Extravaganza at American Playground!

Friends of American Playground invite all parents and kids to join forces as we give the park benches a makeover. We will re-paint the benches and do some general park maintenance. Come out to learn about how *you* can become a friend of the playground! We have volunteer opportunities available in programming, horticulture, and administrative roles. Visit the group’s Facebook page to learn more!

Volunteer activities are perfect for ages 6 and up. We will also have activities to keep preschoolers occupied.

When: Saturday, July 21, 10am – 12pm
Where:  American Playground; Meet by the park house

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Pizza, Politics and Floodplains — The Hook-up (7/13)

We Scream for Vegan Pizza via AM New York

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! This week, in an effort to find the best vegan pizza in the city, AM New York landed in Greenpoint, at Screamers.

Meanwhile, Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who represents Williamsburg, and parts of Bushwick, has endorsed Cynthia Nixon for Governor of New York.

And, according to Patch, all of North Brooklyn’s new construction may be running a wet and wild risk, since North Brooklyn’s coastline is prone to flooding.   

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FREE Bootcamp Classes This Summer in Cooper Park!

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Friends of Cooper Park Want You to Be Healthy!

In partnership with Partnerships for Parks and Citizens Committee for New York CityFriends of Cooper Park present a series of fitness classes for all. Instructors from neighborhood gym Outbreak Fitness will lead the outdoor classes. Come out to break a sweat and learn how to get involved in Cooper Park. The first class is this Saturday, July 14th at 10am and meet at the Oval at Cooper Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome!

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Free Family Movies in Transmitter Park—”Inside Out” Shows Tonight (7/13)

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Tonight, watch the Pixar hit Inside Out outdoors on the waterfront at Transmitter Park. Tonight’s film is part of their FREE Summer Starz series, bringing family-friendly flicks to Greenpoint. All screenings start around sunset (8pm-ish). Bring blankets, chairs and snacks for your little ones!

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Support Indie Cinema: Spectacle Theater Needs a New Projector

via Spectacle Theater
via Spectacle Theater

North Brooklyn is a hub for film. There are countless big name shows and movies shot and produced here, production design warehouses dot the industrial backstreets of the neighborhood, plus there are giant soundstages, and we have some pretty significant annual film festivals held here. And of course, we’ve got a small handful of quirky indie cinemas in the ‘nabe too: Film Noir (122 Meserole St), Light Industry (155 Freeman Street), the soon-to-be-opened Stuart Cinema & Cafe (West Street & Milton), Videology (308 Bedford Ave), Syndicated (40 Bogart St), and Spectacle Theater (124 S 3rd St) in South Williamsburg.

Spectacle is run entirely by volunteers, and shows rare cinematic gems, often with live scores, interactive performances and filmmaker appearances. It’s BYO-snacks and very DIY, and they keep ticket prices real with most screenings costing only $5.

They’ve just launched a fundraiser to purchase a new projector, as their old one sings its swan song. They write: Continue reading

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Catch the World Cup Finals at Humboldt & Jackson this Sunday (7/15)

World Cup Finals Humboldt and Jackson

The madness is coming to an end. The World Cup finals are this weekend, and you can watch France vs. Croatia on the big screen at Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt Street). The game kicks off (literally) at 11am, and the cozy American bar/restaurant will be showing it on their massive screen in the back room, for FREE. Expect cold AC, cold beer and warm and tasty burgers. If you want to bring a huge crew, you can email them for reservations ([email protected]).

Here’s some more of our favorite spots in the neighborhood to watch the big game.

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‘Za Very Nice: Ria Bella Pizza is Now Offering Slices!

New slices at Ria Bella Pizza. Photo via Instagram
New slices at Ria Bella Pizza. Photo via Instagram

In the northernmost part of Greenpoint, pizza options are a little thin (pun not intended), but now Ria Bella (1049 Manhattan Ave) is slicing up their tasty pies for single serving folks. Their pizzas are ceramic oven-baked, with either a thin or traditional Sicilian crust. And all of them are delicious combination of soft and crispy, and made with authentic family recipes. You can taste the care and love that goes into every pie, and now you can taste it with by the slice too. Perfect for a Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) pre-show nosh. Thanks for lookin’ out, Ria Bella!

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This is Your Last Weekend to get Pheasant’s Amazing Sticky Buns (for a while)

Sticky buns at Pheasant
Sticky buns at Pheasant. Photo: Sarah Schenkkan via Pheasant

Pheasant (445 Graham Avenue) has been delighting us since the beginning of the year with their caramel sticky buns at brunch, but sadly this weekend is your last chance this summer to taste these sweet heavenly pillows. The Banana & Date Caramel Sticky Buns with Whipped Cinnamon Labneh ($8) are seriously the stuff dreams are made of. If you haven’t had them yet, go go go. And try to go early, because they often sell out of the buns before brunch ends. This weekend’s brunch from 11am-3pm will be their last brunch service until they revisit it in the Fall.

But, starting this week they will be open seven days a week for dinner from 5pm onward (and, happy hour from 5-7pm). On the dinner menu, you really can’t go wrong with anything, but we love the Baby Gem Caesar and the Ricotta Dumplings.

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