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NYC Polystyrene Ban to Begin January 1st

Starting on Jan. 1, 2019 New York City businesses and restaurants will be restricted from selling and using polystyrene foam products such as cups, bowls and packing peanuts.

Banned Items:

Polystyrene foam single-service items including cups, bowls, plates, take-out containers, and trays.
Polystyrene loose fill packaging, commonly known as packing peanuts.

Exceptions:

Expanded polystyrene containers used for prepackaged food that have been filled and sealed prior to receipt by the food service establishment, mobile food commissary, or store.
Expanded polystyrene containers used to store raw meat, pork, fish, seafood or poultry sold from a butcher case or similar retail appliance.

Councilmember Stephen Levin posted a reminder of the ban to take effect this winter.

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City Unveils North Brooklyn Industry Plan To Grow Manufacturing Sector

North Brooklyn’s industrial business zone is undergoing a further rezoning push by Bill de Blasio’s administration just a week after the announcement of the tentative Amazon HQ2 move to Long Island City.

The North Brooklyn Industry and Innovation Plan released on Monday by the City Planning Dept. is meant to foster the growth of industrial manufacturing and tech office space by offering developers tax breaks through the federal Opportunity Zone program. According to the Empire State Development website, the creation of Opportunity Zones “encourages private investment in low-income urban and rural communities.”

In 2015, de Blasio announced an industrial action plan, with the stated purpose to protect the existing 530,000 NYC manufacturing jobs and to grow the local workforce with 20,000 new manufacturing jobs.

North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone boundary. (NYCEDC)

North Brooklyn’s Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) is the city’s third largest and was one of 16 IBZs that were created in 2006 across NYC to protect the city’s manufacturing workforce. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co’s 6th Annual Orphans’ Thanksgiving (11/22)

If you plan to be around for Thanksgiving this year Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (7 N 15th St.)  has got a killer deal for you as they celebrate their 6th Annual Orphans’ Thanksgiving. $65 will get you dinner and all the beer and wine you can drink. Bring your favorite family dessert to share with everyone. Then after you’ve filled your bellies, they’ll be screening “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” on their big screen at 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. – dinner starts at 6 p.m.

$10 from each ticket will be donated to The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen. So eat with Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. for a cause!

 

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New French Bistro Citroën Tantalizes With 1920s Inspired Aesthetics

Citroën, Greenpoint’s newest restaurant opening Saturday (11/24) at 931 Manhattan Ave.

Get ready, Manhattan Avenue: another liquor license has been approved.

And that license is in good hands — Citroën, the new French bistro at 931 Manhattan Ave. with market-fresh ingredients, has been tantalizing Greenpointers with its unique cocktails on Instagram and leaving those in fear of political discussions around the Thanksgiving table wishing they were saddled up at the new restaurant’s custom-made bar.

In fact, much of the decor, chairs, and tables in Citroën — like the menu — is custom-made. That’s because long-time Brooklynite and kingpin of repurposed goods Craig Kafton is behind these nifty operations. Kafton created a similar experience at Williamsburg’s beloved but now closed Second Stop Café — notice the detail in Citroën’s recycled columns and bespoke tables — including a restored one made from Rosie Perez’ door in her old Brooklyn home.

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Street Artists ASVP’s Limited-Edition Print Supports Intermediate School 318

“Equilibrium” by ASVP (coutesy of Stephen Donofrio)

Intermediate School 318 (101 Walton St.) is now hosting a large-scale mural by street artists ASVP spanning five stories and featuring balancing endangered species to start a conversation about the earth’s sustainability.

The mural, entitled “Equilibrium,” was one of two murals painted at the school last summer as part of #THEPOINTNYC, a Climate Week NYC project produced by Greenpoint Innovations in partnership with Comics Uniting Nations, Hypokrit Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Vintage clothing retailer Walk the West (150 Franklin St.) is currently displaying a large framed print of “Equilibrium” that is for sale and the store is helping to sell the smaller signed 15″ X 20″ prints. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the prints will go toward the parent-teacher association of IS318. The limited edition signed 15″ X 20″ prints can also be purchased online.

Walk the West

 

“Equilibrium” print on display at Walk the West (courtesy of Stephen Donofrio)

“We hope that in addition to raising money for the school, these prints will help us continue raising awareness about human-driven climate change and the urgency for all people, particularly the youth, to take action,” said Stephen Donofrio, founder of Greenpoint Innovations. “We’re grateful to ASVP for their support, talent, and ongoing generosity with this project.” Continue reading

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Comment Period Ends Today for Nuhart Plastics Superfund Proposed Cleanup

NuHart Plastics

The deadline is today (11/19) to submit feedback to the Dept. of Environmental Conservation on the proposed cleanup plan (PDF) of the Nuhart Plastics Superfund site.

Demolition is scheduled to start next year on the building which sits on highly toxic land at the Corner of Franklin and Dupont Streets, where the groundwater and soil are contaminated with a host of human carcinogens, such as phthalates and TCE.

Comments can be sent to:

Bryan Wong

NYSDEC, Region 2 Office

47-40 21st Street

Long Island City, NY 11101

(718) 482-4905; [email protected]

 

A letter with recommendations on the proposed cleanup plan addressed to the DEC from Environmental Stewardship Concepts, the technical advisor hired by the North Brooklyn Neighbors, addresses many issues including the need for pressurized tents during excavation to minimize the spread of harmful airborne volatile organic compounds.

 

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Rep. Maloney Hosts Women’s Issues Town Hall Tonight (11/19)

 

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will host a post-election town hall with her constituents of NY’s 12th Congressional District (including Greenpoint) tonight (11/19) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Bushwick Inlet Park’s community room (86 Kent Ave.).

NY’s 12th Congressional District includes Greenpoint, and parts of Bushwick and Williamsburg, and the district stretches into the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Astoria, Queens.

NY’s 12th Congressional District (Mapbox)

Rep. Maloney was first elected to Congress in 1992 and won reelection with 86 percent of the vote two weeks ago in the 2018 midterm elections. During the campaign, she focused on her history of championing women’s issues in Washington.

A list of 70 measures that were passed with her effort includes the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting (SAFER) Act (H.R. 594, 113th Congress), the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2722 – 114th Congress), and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act (H.R. 812, 113th Congress). Continue reading

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Join Us at Northern Territory’s Hibernation Party This Saturday (11/17)

Northern Territory (12 Franklin St.)
If you haven’t heard the news, the lovely people at Northern Territory (12 Franklin St.) are hibernating for the winter and the venue will close for the season after this Saturday before reopening in Spring 2019 for its final year at the current location.
Come and say goodbye in person to the Northern Territory crew at their Winter Hibernation Party this Saturday, Nov. 17, from 4 p.m. – closeGreenpointers will be guest bartending with pumpkin spice hot mulled apple cider, a favorite from our Samhain Fall Market.
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Here Comes Amazon HQ2-Inspired Real Estate Prospectors

 

Dutch Kills, connected to the Newtown Creek Superfund site is the next “It Zone” (MTA)

Amazon’s plan to build half of its HQ2 at Anabel Basin in Long Island City,  just a brisk walk from Greenpoint over the Pulaski Bridge, is proving to be a Rorschch test. The homeownership rate in Brooklyn is around 30 percent, leaving the majority of residents in the area feeling the stress of a potential for increased rent, similar to Seatle where rent has risen 39.8 percent over the past fives years.

On the other hand, real estate speculators are salivating at the HQ2 news and see an opportunity for a quick return on investment; online searches for LIC real estate have jumped 300 percent since the HQ2 announcement less than a week ago.

To “help capitalize on local growth,” NYC-based Compound Asset Management, Inc. has launched an “NYC HQ2 Fund” offering an investment opportunity with a “diversified portfolio of properties in neighborhoods such as Sunnyside, Woodside, Astoria, Greenpoint, Maspeth, and Long Island City itself.”

Yes, the speculators are coming (in even greater numbers) and are setting their fiesty eyes on the few neighborhoods with remaining charm in NYC. The highest accolades, according to Compound, are reserved for Dutch Kills, the next “It Zone,” a small waterway where raw sewage often overflows connected to the Newtown Creek Superfund. Compound cites in the fact that four luxury buildings are going up at Dutch Kills already. Continue reading

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Review: Gregory Alan Isakov warms a snowy night at Warsaw

Lief Vollebekk, left, and Gregory Alan Isakov perform a joint encore

Gregory Alan Isakov hails from Colorado; his opener Lief Vollebekk is French-Canadian. Throw them in a Brooklyn venue and you’ve got enough flannel and beards to open up an urban farm.

All in jest, this is not to downplay the authenticity of Isakov’s musicianship — his agrarian melodies feel borrowed from the earth as his poetic lyrics are caught from the wind. His folksy, bluer songs felt particularly powerful last night; it’s hard to not hear the lyric “The Universe, she’s wounded / but she’s still got infinity ahead of her” and not consider the onslaught of bad news that’s swept our country in the past few weeks. Still, many of his songs warmed instead of numbed, a necessary touch at Warsaw (261 Driggs Avenue) where audiences huddled and remained buttoned up from the unseasonably wintry evening.

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