Happy weekend Greenpointers! While many local businesses are hurting due to the on-going economic fallout caused by the global pandemic — an issue that brought Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to the neighborhood this week — the opening of exciting new eateries and bars this summer continues to breathe new life into into North Brooklyn.
The arrival on Thursday of Jewish pop-up bakery and restaurant, Edith’s (60 Greenpoint Ave.) was met with “overwhelming demand” as customers lined up in the rain for a taste of their wood-fired bagel sandwiches and baked goods. On Saturday, the soft opening of Lebanese deli and specialty foods shop Edy’s Grocery (136 Meserole Ave.) will feature a fundraiser for Beirut, and a sample menu lists traditional spreads like muhammara and hummus alongside ‘delicacies’ like the riz a jej (dirty rice with chicken) and eggplant and chickpea fatteh. A nod to the former Maria’s Deli, which recently closed in the same space, is also on the menu with Polish classics such as stuffed cabbage rolls and potato and zucchini pancakes.
In reopening news, bowling alleys in NY are set to reopen at 50% capacity on Monday, and aquariums and museums can host indoor visitors at 25% capacity starting Monday, August 24th, Governor Cuomo announced on Friday. Protocol for the reopening of gyms and fitness centers in NY is expected to be announced next week.
For those looking to help out in the neighborhood this weekend, Echoed Voices will host a McCarren Park cleanup on Saturday at 11 a.m., and North Brooklyn Mutual Aid is organizing two volunteer garbage cleanup sessions at Barge Park on Saturday at 3 p.m. and at McGolrick Park on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Enjoy the ideal summer weather (responsibly), and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood:
Bronx Ice opens on Manhattan Avenue with plans for expansion. (Greenpointers)
North Brooklyn Neighbors celebrate 26 years advocating for a cleaner greener environment. (Greenpointers)
How a photo of trash in Greenpoint became a photo of Seattle’s ‘autonomous zone.’ (Greenpointers)
Ovenly says goodbye to Studio ONE54 with a moving sale. (Greenpointers)
The Great Map of Williamsburg’ Follows Artist Alex Russell’s Greenpoint Pictorial. (Greenpointers)
Greenpoint residents testify on air quality during city council hearing. (Greenpointers)
Di An Di offers personalized private Vietnamese cooking classes. (Greenpointers)
Developers seek approval for modifications at 134 Greenpoint Ave. within the Historic District. (NY YIMBY)
Meet Greenpoint-based filmmaker Gabe Jacobs who documented bowling culture in Astoria, Queens. (Greenpointers)
A McGolrick Park-adjacent sidewalk sale has raised money for Black Live Matter. (GQ)
Developer of 34 Berry St. wants to clean the soil of toxins a decade after constructing the apartment building. (Brooklyn Paper)
Councilmember Stephen Levin is urging the city to end “inadequate enforcement of parking regulations.” (Kings County Politics)
Williamsburg oyster bar Maison Premiere appears to have permanently closed. (Eater NY)
Man injured on a Revel scooter three weeks ago dies from injuries. (NY Daily News)
Williamsburg poet’s new book lays bare the imperfect process of healing. (BK Reader)
Permits were filed for an eight-story mixed-use building at 402 Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburg. (NY YIMBY)
Nearly a quarter of the toppled trees have yet to be cleared from NYC after the Tropical Storm Isaias last week. (Gothamist)