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

Environmental History Project, Peppermint Soda, Gateway to Greenpoint — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/19-6/25)

WEDNESDAY 6/19

* Newtown Creek CAG Meeting w/ EPA Superfund team @ Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39 Street Sunnyside, NY 11104), 630pm, FREE, topics will include updates on the remedial investigation, the responsible parties list and the aeration system, meeting is open to all, More Info
♫ Connan Mockasin, Gentle Dom (DJ Set) @Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave), 7pm, $20Buy Tix
^ The Economics of Being an Immigrant in NYC’s Food Industry @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 630pm, $20, an informative conversation about the rewards and challenges of being a business owner and an immigrant in 2019, Buy Tix
♫ Koeosaeme / CVN / Amelia Rose / Crystal Penalosa  @Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, FREE, More Info

THURSDAY 6/20

* Greenpoint Environmental History Project Reception and Exhibit @ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave), 6pm, FREE, a reception and exhibit showcasing documents, photographs and oral histories collected for the Greenpoint Environmental History Project, RSVP
# Drawing & Cake Garden Party @ Ovenly Studio ONE54 (154 Franklin St), 7pm, $25, still life drawings, cake, treats and drinks with sketching, drawing materials provided, Buy Tix
* Accessing NYC Environmental Data @ Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave)630pm, FREE, environmental data experts talk about various platforms and resources available to community members that can help inform decisions about activities we may choose to do in our daily lives., RSVP
♫ LIC Gallery Nights @ LIC Arts Open Gallery at The Factory (30-30 47th Avenue, Long Island City) 6pm, FREE, Long Island City galleries and art venues open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, More Info

FRIDAY 6/21

^# Dinner with the Women of WE ARE LA COCINA@ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, $65, A multi-course family style taquiza featuring global foods from the chefs of La Cocina and two of their New York heroes, RSVP
♦ Peppermint Soda – Films on the Green @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 830pm, FREE, film in French with English subtitles free and open to the public, More Info
♫ Takuya Nakamura @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 8pm, $25, warped piano sounds, haunting synths, and dazzling visual projectionsBuy Tix
♫ The Raconteurs Live + Signing @ Rough Trade, 3pm, $20, a performance and signing on the release day of their new LP, Buy Tix

 SATURDAY 6/22

♫ Pluies @ Horti Play (70 Eckford St), 4pm, FREE, a sound and performative project that aims to strengthen the relationship between plants, nature and the human being, More Info
♫ Dave’s Waves’s Rockin’ Solstice Weekend 
@ Sunview Lunchnet (221 Nassau Ave), 11am, FREE, performance by the Schumann Resonance Percussion Ensemble, More Info
♫The Bobby Lees, Gustaf, Metaled (Rooftop Show) @ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave), 730pm, $10, Buy Tix
* Tree & Medicinal Plant ID Workshop @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 10am, FREE, Friends of Transmitter Park welcomes arborist Bill Schmidt and herbalist Maya Robinson to guide us through identifying the park’s tree and plant species, focusing on those that potential provide healing properties, More Info
Funk Style Quality @ Ponyboy (632 Manhattan Ave), 1pm, FREE, music by current nudisco / house / soulful house and funk artists, and old school funk and disco, More Info Continue reading

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We’re Going Camping, See You July 1st

You may notice less content from Greenpointers over the next two weeks as this weekend marks the start of our much-needed break. In recent weeks we put on Greenpoint Open Studios and as usual, followed news and events in the neighborhood. We’re a small ragtag team who feel fortunate to be part of this incredible community, and in order to keep things fresh and interesting, we sometimes must venture away from this wonderful place and get lost in the woods Henry David Thoreau style. During this time we’ll be brainstorming in preparation for the Greenpointers website redesign and relaunch and we’ll be back July 1st with more news and surprises!

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Greenpoint This Week: Religious Vaccine Exemption, CB1 SUV Outrage, Perplexing Petroleum Vapors

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! Catch-up on the local headlines from this week below and find out where to venture out this weekend.

New York eliminated the religious exemption for vaccinations this week. The U.S.’s largest measles outbreak in decades is centered in Williamsburg, where approximately 75 percent of NYC’s 588 confirmed cases have stemmed from. (ABC News)

North Brooklynites sounded off at this week’s public CB1 meeting over the closed-door purchase of the $26,000 Toyota SUV, the largest CB1 expense outside of payroll. (NY Post) (THE CITY)

Greenpoint’s newest upscale restaurant, Madre, is now open inside Franklin Guesthouse. (Bedford and Bowery)

Greenpoint’s artists opened their studios for GOS 2019 last weekend and there was an overwhelming amount of art to see and experience, demonstrating the thriving community of local creators. (Brooklyn Eagle) (Hyperallergic)

Greenpoint’s second petroleum vapors townhall so far this year happened this week at the Polish and Slavic Civic Center (176 Java St.), where residents expressed concern over vapor testing methods, and city and state agencies confirmed the petroleum build up in Greenpoint’s sewer lines has been flushed and air qaulity has returned to safe levels. (Greenpointers) (Brooklyn Eagle( NY1) (News 12 Brooklyn)

Williamsburg and Greenpoint restaurants Mason Premiere and Sauvage, which are owned by the same restaurant group, have racked up approximately $5.2 million in debt and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (Eater NY)

Bogdan Piasecki, a 47-year-old Diamond Street resident was arrested for allegedly punching an eight-year-old boy in Greenpoint. (Greenpoint Post)

There’s a shortage of strong arms to hoist the Giglio in Williamsburg this July for the 100+ year old tradition in honor of the Italian Saint Paulinas of Nola. (CBS New York)

Williamsburg yeshivas are being closed due to lack of compliance over the measles vaccination mandate. (NY Daily News)

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Celebrate International Axe Throwing Day With Bury the Hatchet

Today is officially International Axe Throwing Day and in celebration Greenpoint’s only axe bar (for now) is offering free sessions tonight.

Bury the Hatchet (25 Noble St.) is inviting the public to wield and throw an axe or two on the house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight.

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Dog Rescue Adoption Event Comes to Greenpoint Saturday (6/15)

The non-profit organization In Our Hands is hosting two rescue adoption events this Saturday, June 15th.

One of the adoption locations will be at Port James of New York at 116 Franklin St. in Greenpoint and the other location will be at Green Pup at 544 Union St. in Gowanus, with both events going from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Continue reading

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Maison Premiere and Sauvage File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Sauvage in Greenpoint

The restaurant group behind popular restaurants Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Ave.) and Sauvage (905 Lorimer St.) have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Eater NY reports.

Maison Premiere in Williamsburg

Owners Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka opened Maison Premiere in 2011 and Sauvage in 2016 and told Eater that both restaurants will stay open  for business as usual despite racking up approximately $5.2 million in debt Continue reading

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Locals Grill Community Board Purchase of $26,000 Toyota

The purchase of a $26,000 Toyota SUV by the executive committee of Brooklyn Community Board 1 resulted in multiple community members speaking out at Tuesday’s public meeting against the board’s largest expense outside of payroll, the NY Post reports.

Approximately a dozen people spoke out on Tuesday against the purchase of the SUV which is used by CB1 manager of more than 40 years Gerald Esposito, who lives a few blocks from the SUV’s city designated parking spot, the NY Post reports: Continue reading

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Greenpoint Monitor Museum Hosts Open House Saturday (6/15)

Rendering of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum waterfront (courtesy of GCEF)

The Greenpoint Monitor Museum will hold an open house this weekend to provide updates on the plan to build a museum in honor of the historic USS Monitor, the Civil War battleship constructed on the Greenpoint waterfront.

The Monitor Museum open house is Saturday, June 15th, at 56 Quay St. from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

An acre of land along the Greenpoint waterfront at Quay Street will eventually be transformed into a public greenspace and boardwalk with historical markers/information on the Monitor.

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Brooklyn Art Book Fair, Queer Cult Pride, Take the L — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/12-6/18)

WEDNESDAY 6/12

^ BookBook Club: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, FREE, read a new memoir, a collection of essays, novel, or anything else Archestratus finds interesting that somehow, in a big or small way, relates to food. Then discuss, RSVP
♫ Jog Blues @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 7pm, $18, deep tradition meets spontaneous improvisation in Jog Blues, a daring new combination of jazz, blues, and Indian classical musicBuy Tix
Hydroponics 201: Intro to Plant Nutrients @ AgTech X (40 Bushwick Ave), 630pm, $29, learn what plant nutrients are; how to ensure you’re picking the right fertilizer for what you’re looking to grow; and understanding the various metrics for maintaining healthy nutrition, Buy Tix
♦♫ Brooklyn QUEER CULT PRIDE  @3 Dollar Bill (260 Meserole St), 830pm, $10, a ridiculously fun filled rainbow unicorn queer performance art show, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 6/13

* Walking Tour: History of Domino Sugar @ Domino Park Rock Shop (Kent Ave at Grand St), 6pm, FREE, join author of “The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King” Geoffrey Cobb as he explains the history of the Domino plant, which was the largest sugar refinery in the world and the linchpin in the “Sugar Trust, RSVP
* National Axe Throwing Day @ Bury the Hatchet (25 Noble St), 4pm, FREE, grab your friends and family for free axe throwing sessions (quick training provided), More Info
♫ New York Public Radio featuring a special performance by Real Estate @Brooklyn Bowl (67 Wythe Ave)630pm, $75, a party with all your WNYC favorites and Real Estate, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley performing a DJ set, Red Baraat, and the High and Mighty Brass Band, Buy Tix
♫ Vomit Nose @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, $5, with Mouth Reader, Jeff Draco, and Nick Cage, More Info Continue reading

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New Kids Clothing Store ‘Parachute Brooklyn’ Focuses on Sustainability

(Courtesy of Parachute BK)

Parachute Brooklyn (151 Norman Ave.) is a new modern and vintage kids clothing store in Greenpoint that celebrated its opening in May.

(Courtesy of Parachute BK)

Co-founders and Greenpoint residents for over a decade, Carly Boonparn and Ambra Markos met through the friendship between their 3-year-old daughters at school. “We’re both mothers of three-and-a-half-year-olds and having little babies you get a lot of hand-me-downs and a lot of presents,” Markos said. Boonparn worked as a manager at the local clothing trading chain, Beacon’s Closet for the past 15 years and Markos worked as a production manager for major fashion brands, making their business venture a natural progression.

(Courtesy of Parachute BK)

Parachute Brooklyn operates as with a buy/sell/trade model with a variety of modern used clothes and vintage clothes dating back as far as the 1950s. “Because babies grow so fast from the age of newborn to four, they just go through their clothes soo quickly so it’s kinda just this cycle of clothes piling up and piling up,” Markos said, adding that it’s difficult to find one location to drop unwanted clothing an avoid it going into a landfill if it’s stained or damaged.

(Courtesy of Parachute BK)

Sellers at Parachute Brooklyn are given the option to receive 25% of the retail value in cash or 50% in trade, and the store even has a donation drop-off site for stained or damaged pieces. “We don’t want people throwing away their clothes and them just ending up in a landfill, we want them to go into housing installation or be upcycled in some way,” Markos said.

(Courtesy of Parachute BK)

Items that are not purchased for resale in-store will be donated to a variety of charities and recycling facilities. “Right now we’ve been giving the stained and damaged items to GrowNYC and they get them to the textile recycling facilities,” she said.

Another way Parachute is upcycling is by working with a local tie dying artist to transform stained or imperfect white clothing items into tie-dyed items.

The store will also host events for kids and parents from time-to-time with a live music singalong scheduled for every Tuesday morning in July.

Parachute Brooklyn’s hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-6.p.m.

 

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