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Greenpointers is a hyperlocal blog about Greenpoint, Brooklyn covering Ash to Apollo and everything in between.

Fox & Fawn Reopens on Manhattan Avenue, Dusty Friends Extends Their Stay and Other Local Business Changes

Fox & Fawn (599 Manhattan Ave.)

A vintage clothing store has moved a few doors down from its former location and a new Korean bistro has come to N. 6th Street in Williamsburg, among other local business changes.

Manhattan Avenue vintage shop Fox & Fawn closed their 570 Manhattan Ave. location last month and as of last week are now open at 599 Manhattan Ave. just across the street. Continue reading

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North Brooklyn Pipeline Protestors Call on Governor and Mayor to Stop Construction

Protestors on Sunday called of Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to deny the National Grid pipeline in North Brooklyn.

North Brooklyn residents and community groups are holding a rally outside of a fundraiser for Governor Andrew Cuomo at Giano On The Water (400 Kent Ave.) in Williamsburg to protest National Grid’s fracked gas pipeline, known as the Metropolitan Reliability Infrastructure Project, that is making its way toward Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

Brownsville saw the start of the 6.8-mile-long pipeline’s construction in 2018, and the project quietly progressed toward North Brooklyn where local residents say that they were only recently informed of the plan.

Small businesses in East Williamsburg have reportedly taken a massive hit from the construction and road closures, and critics say that a $185 million rate hike is anticipated for National Grid customers in New York over the next three years to cover the pipeline’s costs. Continue reading

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Where to Find Pączki for Fat Thursday in Greenpoint

Today is Fat Thursday and pączki are plentiful in Greenpoint. (Image courtesy of Polka Dot)

Happy Pączki Day! As if Greenpointers need another excuse to gorge on delicious sugary fried dough (thank you, Peter Pan), it’s officially Tlusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday), or the final Thursday ahead of Ash Wednesday and the start of fasting for Lent.

The Polish tradition is said to bestow a year’s worth of good luck for those who eat as many of the fluffy frosted treats that are similar to donuts as possible. Here’s where to find pączki today in Greenpoint:

Polka Dot (726 Manhattan Ave.) is a Manhattan Avenue destination for classic Polish food and today the adorable takeout/dine-in spot has prepared plenty of doughnuts for Fat Thursday; Polka dot is open Monday — Sunday 9:00 a.m. — 8 p.m. Continue reading

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Debate Watch Party, Outlaw Wrestling, Democratizing Design, Trip N’ Draw — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (2/19-2/25)

WEDNESDAY 2/19

* Debate Watch Party @ Magazine (130 Franklin St), 9pm, FREEE, beer pizza and debate watch party, More Info
* Debate Watch Party with Senator Julia Salazar @ The Well (272 Meserole St), 730pm, Donation-based, Buy Tix
♫ Sonoscopia (Phobos), Crystal Penalosa, Ed Bear @ The Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St), 8pm, $10, More Info
☺ Hey! It’s a Comedy Show! @ Silver Light Tavern (689 Lorimer St), 630pm, $5, one of the country’s hottest headliners as well as the cities best up-and-comers, admission includes a free beer, RSVP

 

THURSDAY 2/20

* Outlaw Wrestling presented by NYWC @ Our Lady of Mount Carmel Gym (275 N 8th St), 8pm, $20, Outlaw Wrestling in Williamsburg! Buy Tix
# An Evening with Lukas Volger of JARRY Magazine + Start Simple @ Archestratus Books & Foods (160 Huron St) 630pm, $10-$35, a conversation, Q + A, and signing, Buy Tix
☺ Green Series: Artist Talk @ Leonard Library (81 Devoe St), 630pm, FREE, Join ecological artist Mary Mattingly in a talk where she explores the notion of “the commons” as it has informed her artistic practice and her ways of engaging with other citizens through public art projects, More Info
# Nourishing Japan: Food Education & School Lunch in Japan @ MOFAD Lab (62 Bayard St), 7pm, $25, Embark on a delicious journey from farmer’s field to school classroom that celebrates how one country has re-imagined school lunch and food education, Buy Tix Continue reading

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More “Affordable” Housing Lotteries Open in Williamsburg

Rendering of 312-314 Keap St. via YIMBY

Affordable housing lottery options in Williamsburg continue to roll out this month with 312-314 Keap St. as the latest buildings to apply for via the NYC Housing Connect website.

At 312 – 314 Keap St. there are five total affordable apartments priced at 130% of the area median income, and the application is open through March 4th. Continue reading

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Kickstarter Employees Vote to Join Union

Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint. (Via Google Maps)

The employees of the Greenpoint-based tech company Kickstarter (58 Kent St.) voted to unionize on Tuesday, becoming one of the first U.S. tech companies to join a union.

A vote on Tuesday by employees of the crowdfunding website resulted in 46 in favor of and 37 against joining the Office and Professional Employees International Union, which represents over 100,000 white collar workers according to VICE.

A year-and-a-half process leading up to Tuesday’s unionization vote began in 2018 when Kickstarter employees and management disagreed on the decision to allow a campaign for a book entitled “Always Punch Nazis,” as NBC New reports: Continue reading

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EPA Extends Comment Period for Newtown Creek Control Plan

Newtown Creek

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment deadline to Febraury 28th on the proposed control plan to partially reduce combined sewage overflow into the Newtown Creek superfund site and will present more info on the plan at a public meeting in Queens on Wednesday night.

Community groups such as the Newtown Creek Alliance have dubbed the EPA’s proposal the ‘No Action Plan‘ for lacking commitment to fully rid the three mile tributary to the East River of the raw sewage that overflows into the water during rain episodes. Continue reading

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Fashion Sundae Episode 30

Courtesy of Watching New York

For the 30th Episode of Fashion Sundae from Watching New York, we’re are enamored with the boots and heels seen marching on the fashionable Bedford Avenue. Check out more looks spotted last week in Williamsburg: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Pipeline Protest, Phil Collins Day Returns, Historic District Development Denied, and More!

Saturday is officially Phil Collins Day!

Happy Phil Collins Day Greenpointers! For the first time since 2015, the “In The Air Tonight” singer will be celebrated in a revived local tradition (complete with live cover sing-alongs) at Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (1150 Manhattan Ave.) starting at 3 p.m. today.

But first, neighbors and environmental advocacy groups will rally this morning from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Moore Street to call on Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to halt the pipeline’s construction.

In other local news the monthly Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting was Tuesday (full video here) and a jam-packed agenda revealed that the proposed development in the Greenpoint Historic District at 171 Calyer St. was denied as were the proposed renovations to the McCarren Park House, although both projects could still move forward if changes are made to the respective designs that suit CB1. Other presentations from the CB1 meeting include plans for the Franklin Street protected bike lane and the proposed change of traffic on N 14th Street.

For fans and patrons of Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt St.) you have two more days to visit the restaurant and bar before it closes forever.

For more weekend fun checkout what’s happening and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Williamsburg Delivery Man Robbed and Stabbed

A delivery worker was stabbed and his bike stolen by a group of suspects last weekend in Williamsburg.

A 20-year-old pizza delivery man was physically assaulted and robbed of his bicycle by a group of men last weekend in Williamsburg.

Surveillance footage in front of 32 Walton St. on February 8th at approximately 4:30 a.m. shows the delivery worker being approached by four men as they throw him to the ground and steal his bike, as Gothamist reports.

More details for the NY Post:

“If you don’t give us everything, we’re going to have to kill you,” one of the thugs threatened the 20-year-old, sources said.

One man pushes him out of the way, toward another, who flings him to the ground.

Two of the men wrestle with the 20-year-old as they try to get hold of his property, before stabbing him with an unknown item in both legs during the tussle, police said.

The thugs made off with his cellphone, about $70, a jacket, a pizza, and the e-bike, cops said.

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