Happy Weekend Greenpointers! Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday morning that the citywide curfew has been lifted immediately, although it was set to expire on Monday.
A week of demonstrations in McCarren Park in response to the killing of George Floyd drew thousands of people calling for justice as incidents of violent policing in New York and across the U.S. are scrutinized. Governor Cuomo has responded to the protests with a set of proposed police reforms.
If you’re going to the McGolrick Park farmer’s market on Sunday, stop by Brooklyn Grange from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to stock up on your fresh produce as the local farm has pledged 100% of Sunday’s profits to the national chapter of Black Lives Matter.
Other restaurants are also supporting the cause, including Esme (999 Manhattan Ave.) which is reopening on Sunday with 100% of proceeds going to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, and Di An Di (68 Greenpoint Ave.) where money raised from the sales of a special bahn mi sandwich will go to Color of Change.
With the June 23rd elections just two weeks away, Greenpointers is ramping up coverage featuring interviews this week with Assembly Member Joe Lentol who is facing one the few primary challenges in his nearly 50 years in office from activist Emily Gallagher, and an interview with native Greenpointer Kristina Naplatarski who is also seeking to unseat a long time incumbent.
As always stay safe Greenpointers, and the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood:
- Greenpoint Vietnamese destination Di An Di survived the pandemic though inventiveness and will launch a new outdoor market for provisions on Sunday. (Greenpointers)
- While this year’s Pride events will certainly be different from years past there are still a number of ways to celebrate. (Greenpointers)
- Meet Greenpoint-based floral designer Maria Christina Nino as she explains how her business has changed during the pandemic. (Greenpointers)
- A crackdown on protesters in Brooklyn included a tense standoff on the Manhattan Bridge. (Gothamist)
- Commercial tenants are desperate for rent relief in Greenpoint. (City Limits)
- Mayor De Blasio’s staff are taking frustrations to the streets over his handling of the Georg Floyd protests. (The CITY)
- A Greenpoint woman makes masks for the hard of hearing during coronavirus. (amNewYork)
- Some thrift stores are hanging on during the pandemic while others have closed. (Bedford & Bowery)
- Greenpoint author Leah Konen discusses her debut adult thriller. (BK Reader)
- Developers are doubling down on their Williamsburg waterfront gamble. (Crain’s NY)
- The affordable housing lottery is now open for 29 units at 187 Kent Ave starting at $1,101 per month for a studio. (Brownstoner)
- Is New York City worth it anymore given the new socially distant reality? (NY Times)
- The city DOE faces a lawsuit stemming from the alleged lead poisoning of a toddler at a 3-k program in Bushwick. (Gothamist)
- How New York’s haredim are responding to George Floyd protests? (Forward)
- What will Phase 1 of NYC’s reopening look like for retail? (NY 1)