Jerry’s Italian Market (620 Lorimer St.) is closed after 40 years, one of the latest closings to hit the neighborhood.

This week brought the news of another longtime local establishment calling it quits. Jerry’s Italian Market (620 Lorimer St.) is now closed after 40 years in East Williamsburg, one of over 60 business closings occurring in Greenpoint and Williamsburg since winter when the coronavirus pandemic swept the city and globe.

Pole dancing and aerial-movement arts studio IncrediPole also announced the closure of their 145 Java St. studio this week, citing the economic fallout of having to pay rent without utilizing their space: “This was a sad decision but ultimately not a difficult one,” the closing announcement states.

If 2020 has a theme so far, it might be change, and at a breakneck pace. The significance of NY’s democratic primary elections this year in which a slate of progressive upstart candidates declared victory was underscored by the race in the 50th assembly district.

Assemblyman Joe Lentol, whose tenure as a local elected official stretches back to the 1970s, faced a challenge from Greenpoint activist Emily Gallagher, whose winning grassroots campaign was executed on a shoestring budget.

Was Lentol a victim of his own success with the changing demographic of his constituency? During a video interview at Lentol Garden with NY1 this week, the outgoing 47-year Assemblyman whose term ends in January spoke on his legacy of fighting for environmental justice while helping to secure green space in Greenpoint and Williamsburg:


“Because I improved this neighborhood, I believe that a lot of people moved in because of it. If they would of had a devastation on the waterfront instead of an evolution of housing and development all around, younger people wouldn’t have moved into this neighborhood; because as it turns out, they were the ones who voted against me and put me out of office.”

When Gallagher takes office in 2021, it will be the first year that a Lentol will not be representing North Brooklyn in Albany since 1949.

In volunteer cleanup news this weekend, the North Brooklyn Open Space Stewards will host cleanups at Macri Triangle on Saturday at 11 a.m. and at McGolrick Park on Sunday at 10 a.m. A McCarren Park to Transmitter Park cleanup will also happen Saturday at 10 a.m. (meet at Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue) hosted by Echoed Voices.

In case you need more motivation to continue social distancing, New Jersey is currently experiencing its largest virus transmission rate in three months. Keep your masks up Greenpointers, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood:

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  1. God bless Joe Lentol! A gem, total class act. Thank you for everything you have done for our community, and will no doubt continue to do as a constituent. We were so lucky you represented us, and we wish you all the very best going forward!

  2. Jerry’s aka Lorimer Market was unbelievable. Super sized Italian heroes at incredibly low prices with quality meats.

    You were one of a kind Jerry. Good luck re your future endeavors. You served the best heroes in NYC.

    About the only good thing re your closing is I may lose a few pounds!

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