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

Second L Train Open House is Wednesday (3/13) in Williamsburg

(Courtesy of Salim Virji/Flickr)

The MTA is hosting its second L train open house tomorrow (3/13) at the Williamsburg Northside School (299 N. 7th St.) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Two additional L train open house sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 19: Grand Street Campus High School, (850 Grand St.), and on Monday, April 8: (14th St. Y), 344 E 14 St.

The current L train reconstruction plan is thin on finalized details, but a night and weekend repair schedule beginning April 26th where the L train runs in 20-minute increments between Manhattan and Brooklyn is expected. To help mitigate the problem, the MTA would like L train commuters to reconsider their station: Continue reading

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Brooklyn Community Board 1’s Monthly Meeting is Tonight (3/12)

The monthly Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting is tonight (3/12) at the Swinging 60s Senior Citizens Center (211 Ainslie St.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meeting will also be live-streamed and the agenda is available here:

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NYPD to Host Community Forum Against Hate (3/14)

The NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn North is hosting a community forum and discussion on hate crimes and how residents can work together to stop the noted increase in hate crimes over the past year. The forum will take place on Thursday, March 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 179 Wilson Ave. in Brooklyn; RSVP at [email protected]

NYC experienced a 40 percent increase in hate crimes so far this year; 66 hate crimes in 2019 compared to 47 during the same period in 2018, with 64 percent categorized as anti-semitic, NBC reports.

Greenpointers recently reported on the string of local hate graffiti, a Manhattan Avenue-addressed hate letter, and vandalism at the Chabad of Bushwick.

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Barano: Old World Italian Cuisine With a Modern Twist in South Williamsburg

Venturing out of Greenpoint for food can be a difficult decision with the numerous options nearby for thoughtfully prepared cuisine and the array of affordable eats in the neighborhood. The Italian food scene in South Williamsburg is a delightful excuse to cross through to the other side of McCarren Park. And if by chance you end up near the Williamsburg Bridge, Barano (26 Broadway) from chef Albert Di Meglio offers a wood-fired seasonal Italian menu featuring fresh pasta and hand-pulled mozzarella made in-house.

The dishes and the name of the restaurant (which opened in April 2016) are inspired by the village of Barano on the Italian island of Ischia, near Naples, where Di Meglio’s grandmother Giuseppina was born. “From a food perspective we try for old school classics with a modern flavor,” said Jonathan Soleimanzadeh, Barano founding partner and director of operations.

Spirit Animal, a wine shop by the Barno team is set to open next door on Broadway this spring as a complimentary space that will host tastings. In the meantime, Barano makes for the perfect date spot with it’s rustic charm and spacious-yet-cozy dining room accented by oak wood, stained tiles and vintage lighting. Greenpointers staff stopped in for dinner on recent weeknight and sampled the incredible cuisine; the pictures (and memories) are already making us crave more:

Antipasto; stracciatella, wood-fired olives, giardiniera, charred marinated peppers and house bread
Octopus with farro, mint pesto, celery, pickled radish and pine nuts
Stuffed artichoke with parsley, pecorino and bread crumbs

Pasta: Safron Gigli (right); Persian saffron, Calabrian honey, pecorino, black pepper and Duo ravioli (rear) fonduta, mushrooms, brown butter, sage and aged balsamic
Torta caprese; raw dark chocolate almond tart, Calabrian anglaise

Barano is open for dinner Monday to Thursday – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday – 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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MTA to Host First of Four L Train Open Houses Tonight (3/7)

The MTA is hosting the first of four open houses focused on the L train tonight (3/7) at Our Lady of Guadalupe St. Bernard at 328 W 14 St. in Manhattan from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The other three open houses are also scheduled from 6-8 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, March 13: Williamsburg Northside School, 299 N 7th St.
  • Tuesday, March 19: Grand Street Campus High School, 850 Grand St.
  • Monday, April 8: 14th St Y, 344 E 14 St.

The L train is currently undergoing service disruptions on nights and weekends through March 18, and while a night and weekend repair schedule is expected to be implemented for approximately 15 to 18 months during repairs scheduled to start this spring, a final plan has yet to be approved. Continue reading

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Help Envision the “Gateway to Greenpoint” (3/5)

The Newtown Creek Alliance, Interval Projects and Evergreen Exchange are hosting a second visioning workshop for the “Gateway to Greenpoint” on Tuesday, March 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 520 Kingsland Ave. The meeting will give participants the opportunity to help plan the environmental development at the vacant lot at the corner of Greenpoint and Kingsland Avenues; RSVP here.

The vacant lot at Kingsland and Greenpoint Avenues (courtesy of Newtown Creek Alliance)

The 13,000 square-foot city-owned parcel is managed by the Dept. of Environmental Protection and was granted to the local community during the upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. Continue reading

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BQX Public Discussion on Local Business and Public Transit at Brooklyn Bowl (3/5)

BQX streetcar rendering

A panel discussion on the proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector (also known as BQX) is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th St.); the talk is hosted by Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, RSVP here.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will moderate a discussion with small business owners, organizers, and experts from Seattle, Portland, Toronto, Kansas City, and St. Paul. Small group brewery tours begin at 6:00 and 6:30 pm. and the panel discussion starts at 7 p.m. Complimentary food and drinks will be available.

The BQX is a streetcar that would span 11 miles of dedicated lanes from Astoria to Red Hook with stops half a mile apart connecting to nine ferries, 30 buses, and 13 subway lines.

According to the BQX website:

The BQX is anticipated to cost approximately $2.7 billion to construct. These estimates assume that the BQX will be built and operated using all union labor. Half the project can be paid for by a bond issued against future tax revenue increases from commercial and multifamily properties along the BQX route and will not not rely upon any new residential rezonings or tax rate increases. Furthermore, the project is estimated to created $30 billion in economic value over the coming decades which is over 10 times its capital cost.


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Coalition to Voice Concerns About L Train Mitigation Plans Tomorrow (3/1) at Brooklyn Bowl

The L Train Coalition, “a group of engaged stakeholders, community organizations, businesses, and concerned citizens” will meet to call on the MTA and Department of Transportation for “better, safer L train alternatives” tomorrow (3/1) at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.) at 10 a.m.

Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Senator Brian Kavanagh, Council Member Stephen Levin, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will meet with the public and give their feedback on recent developments regarding the L train.

The MTA announced its “Alternative Service Plan” earlier this month for construction on the Canarsie Tunnel to take place during nights and weekends, when L trains will run every 20 minutes from Bedford Ave to Manhattan.

The work will start on April 26, and is estimated to last 15 – 20 months. The previous plans to lengthen the G train and provide shuttle buses across the Williamsburg Bridge are not included in the new plan, but service will increase on the G, M and 7 subway lines.

L service changes are currently scheduled through March 18th according to the MTA:

Jan 28 – March 18, approx. 10:45 PM to 5 AM, Monday to Friday
L trains will not run between Broadway Junction and 8 Av.

Mar 15-18, Appx. 10:45 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday
There will be no L trains between 8 Av and Broadway Junction

Why can’t trains run overnight and on weekends during the track and signal work in February and March, like they will during the revised version of the L Project?
As you know, there are multiple pieces of the L Project. The part of the project that was revised was the tunnel rehabilitation work—which is great news for many customers since we’ll have L service 24/7, even with reduced service while we run a single-track operation during overnights and weekends.

For this overnight and weekend times in February and March, we’re focused on long-term reliability improvement work. Here are a few highlights of what we’ll be doing:

Removing and replacing all existing 16,000 feet of rails, plates and the ties supporting the track
Relocating and replacing cables
Rebuilding Bedford Av switches to be ready to support the one-track operation starting in April
Installing continuous welded rail at Bushwick-Aberdeen, between Jefferson and DeKalb, at Montrose and from Lorimer to Graham
The work requires full service closures because:

Track work: In order to perform the rail, plate and tie replacement, we use specialized track equipment that needs the full track access.
Switch work: The tracks south of Bedford Av have an “interlocking plant,” also known as a “double crossover,” which is what allows us to switch trains from one track to another. The switches and signals that form this interlocking are located on both tracks.


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Norman Closing on Sunday (3/3) for Good Inside of A/D/O

(Courtesy of Norman)

Seasonal Scandinavian restaurant, bakery and bar, Norman (29 Norman Ave.) will close after brunch on March 3, following two years of operation inside of the A/D/O co-working and event space. “Our lease ran up with A/D/O, and we had signed a two-year lease; they will be pursuing a new restaurant partnership,” Jenny Pura, director of marketing, said.

As far as opening a new Norman location in Greenpoint, she said there’s no announcement to share: “I think it’s probably a little too early to definitively say that, but we are doing our best to move our Norman team to our other properties in New York so that nobody’s without a job,” Pura said.

MeyersUSA, the restaurant group that owns Norman also operates Great Northern Food Hall at Grand Central Station and Agern, a Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant also in Grand Central.

The announcement of Norman’s closure came through a note posted on the Norman Instagram account:

On March 3rd, Norman’s partnership with A/D/O will come to end after two years in Greenpoint. Built as a space for creative exchange, the collaboration between Norman and A/D/O was always intended as a rotating space for culinary innovation and emerging talent. As our partnership comes to a close, we are honored to have served as the incubator’s inaugural restaurant partner, feeding some of New York City’s most groundbreaking entrepreneurs.
– Team Norman

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G Subway Line to See Night and Weekend Service Changes 3/18 – 4/26

(Courtesy of NewYork86)

The MTA announced that the previously scheduled northbound bypass of the Greenpoint Avenue G station during March is “no longer necessary,” and due to “track maintenance” the G train will have night and weekend service disruptions starting March 18 through April 26, when free shuttle bus service will be provided.

The service changes listed below begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. Fridays and end at approximately 5:00 a.m. Monday for weekend work, and from 9:45 p.m. to approximately 5:00 a.m. the following morning during weeknights:

March 18-22 (weeknights)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

March 22-25 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

March 25-29 (weeknights)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

March 29-April 1 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 1-5 (weeknights)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 5-8 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 8-12 (weeknights)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 12-15 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Court Square

April 15-19 (weeknights)
G service operates in two sections: Between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand Avenues, and between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets

April 19-22 (weekend)
Free shuttle buses replace G service between Jay Street and Court Square; transfer at Jay Street to take southbound F service replacing G trains

April 22-26 (weeknights)
G service operates in two sections: Between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand Avenues, and between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets


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