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

Vision for New Williamsburg School Settlement Gains Support

Rendering of the new community center (courtesy of School Settlement Association)

A rally in support of the School Settlement Association’s plan for a new building on Jackson Street was held last week with appearances by Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Senator Julia Salazar, News12 Brooklyn reports.

The event was held to bring attention to the more than one-hundred-year-old SSA community building at 120 Jackson Street, that is the association wants to be replaced with a modern 22,000 square-foot building at an estimated cost of $23 million, according to their website:

The new facility will consists of 22,000 sq. ft. of fully accessible community and classroom space including a state of the art auditorium-gymnasium. The new center will also provide in-home care services for frail elderly seniors through School Settlement Home Care.

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Pregnant Woman Recovering From Williamsburg Hit and Run

Middleton Street at Lee Avenue (via Google Maps)

A driver who fled the scene after running over a 25-year-old pregnant woman at the intersection of Middleton Street and Lee Avenue in South Williamsburg is being sought by NYPD.

The hit and run happened on Wednesday at approximately 3 p.m. and sent the woman flying into the air, she is recovering at Bellevue Hospital

The car, a 2007 Chrysler was abandoned by the driver after he sped away, even driving onto the sidewalk to escape, Pix11 reports.

With at least 63 fatalities this year, traffic-related deaths are up approximately 30 percent in NYC compared with the same time period in 2018, according to Streetsblog.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74682), logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enterings TIP577.

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Dharmahuasca, PHYSICALITY, Mother’s Day Rally — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/8-5/15)

WEDNESDAY 5/8

*Dharmahuasca: Buddhist Dharma, Ayahuasca, and Sacred Medicines @ Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St), 7pm, $20, learn about sacred medicines with the practice of Buddhist Dharma, Buy Tix
♫ The Dandy Warhols @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St.), 7pm, $35 Buy Tix
♫ Delicate Steve with The Muckers @ Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) 9pm, $15, Buy Tix
* Community Reiki (105 Grand St.), 7pm, $40 – $70, a monthly, sliding scale Reiki clinic serving North Brooklyn in the Community Room at Grand Street Healing Project., More Info

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Brooklyn’s “Opportunity Zones” Among Wealthiest in the U.S.

View of the Manhattan skyline from Sunnyside, Queens, NY

A new report from consulting firm Webster Pacific breaks down the growth and concentration of households with an annual income of $200,000 or more in the U.S.’s 8,700 federal opportunity zones, and Brooklyn tops the list in growth.

Brooklyn’s “opportunity zones” are part of a federal designation for low-income communities to attract investment through tax breaks for real estate developers. The program was created in 2017 with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

(courtesy of Webster Pacific)

All totaled, New York accounts for 15 of the top 50 opportunity zones identified in the report. Here’s how the results were calculated:

To answer this, we calculated the growth in the percentage of households earning $200,000 or more in each of the 8,700 Opportunity Zones. (The growth is measured between 2000 and 2017 and is adjusted for inflation. We excluded any tracts that were recently created, tracts whose boundaries were significantly altered, or tracts with fewer than 100 households.

(courtesy of Webster Pacific)

At 22 percent growth, Gowanus experienced the largest gain during 2000 – 2017 of households with an annual income of $200,000 or more out of all 8,700 federal opportunity zones. Williamsburg ranks fourth on the list.

(courtesy of Webster Pacific)

The report’s major findings include that some opportunity zones, such a New York City’s, have already spurred major economic growth prior to the new designation:

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Man Dives Into East River to Save Dog at Transmitter Park

An unidentified hero warmed hearts in Transmitter Park on Saturday afternoon by jumping off the pier to rescue a dog that was rapidly swimming away in the East River.

The hero eventually captured the dog and appeared to have been bitten in the face and hand during the rescue.

Credit to Gothamist for unearthing the footage from Brooklyn-based filmmaker Lorenzo Fonda, who was taking in the day at the Brooklyn Barge, and offers some great commentary:

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Public Rally for Locked-Out Key Food Workers Happens on 5/19

UPDATE: The rally has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 19th, from noon- 1 p.m. at the Greenpoint Key Food.

Approximately 40 Key Food meat department workers at seven local stores, including the Greenpoint Key Food, are locked out and have been without pay since April 6th in an ongoing contract dispute.

A community action is being held in Greenpoint this weekend in solidarity with the workers, who are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 342.

The “Mother’s Day Rally for Locked-Out Key Food Workers” is happening Sunday, May 12th, from 2 p.m – 3 p.m. at the Greenpoint Key Food (224 McGuinness Blvd.) Continue reading

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Five Boro Bike Tour Passes Through Greenpont on Sunday 5/5

(courtesy of Mikel Ortega/Flickr)

Over 30,000 bikes will hit the NYC streets this Sunday during the 42nd annual Five Boro Bike Tour that will pass through Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

The event starts at 7:30 a.m. in lower Manhattan at Franklin and Church Streets and proceeds North to the Bronx and circles back through Queens before entering Brooklyn at the Pulaski Bridge and finishing in Staten Island around 5 p.m.

Here’s the route map:

And a closer look at the Brooklyn portion:

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Toast to Greenpoint, MatchaFam Summer Disco, The Other Art Fair, Secret Brooklyn — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/1-5/7)

WEDNESDAY 5/1

* We Got You: Meeting Your Guardians and Guide @ Devi Collective (191 Nassau Ave), 8pm, $40, experiential group healing circle that uses gentle breath work and movement to open into an expanded state of awareness—to sense and feel the presence of your guides in your field, Buy Tix
♫ Dervisi@ TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, FREE, Bittersweet melodies of passion and hashish from
the old-time Greek Rembetika underworld, More info

♫ MatchaFam Summer Monthly Disco 001 @ POnyboy (632 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, FREE,the fam gathers in the name of matcha, and the eternal disco energy it inspires within us, More info
♫ Come Get Sum: Dance Party & Cipher All Style Battle @ Silver Factory BK (270 South 5th St), 10pm, $15/20, a dance battle and party all in one with the best of hip hop, dancehall, afrobeats, breaks, deep & tech house. 10 slots sign up list to battle for cash prize, More Info


Starting Thursday, May 2nd raise a glass to Greenpoint! Take 25% off at local restaurants, bars and wine stores from May 2-12 with code TOAST25 when you pay with Cinch, a neighborhood exploration app. Discover a new cuisine, try out a new wine pairing, enjoy a local craft brew, and do it all within walking distance. [sponsored]


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ARTISTS: Register For Greenpoint Open Studios—Last Day For Early Bird Price!

Greenpoint Open Studios is happening again this year on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th!

GOS is an un-curated event where local artists and creatives open up their studio doors to share their work with the public. Last year more than 400 artists participated and tens of thousands of art lovers swarmed our beautiful neighborhood to weave in and out of art studios and spaces. And again this year, throughout the inspiring weekend there will also be parties, artist-led workshops, talks and guided tours.

Who should register? Artists of all mediums, designers, crafters, fabricators, performers, and anyone who has work or work-in-progress to show in Greenpoint.

Today (May 1st) is the last day to get the $15 Early Bird Registration price! After today, the cost to sign up will go up to $40.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up to register your work and location of your space (your studio, your home, or wherever you are able to show your art and host visitors).
  2. Your address will be on the publicly available GOS online map and a printed guide that is distributed all over North Brooklyn
  3. Registered artists open their doors on June 8th and 9th to visitors, from 12pm-6pm each day

*Note: You can also sign up if you are a Greenpoint artist without a space to show your work. A few local venues have generously offered up their space to show artists’ work during GOS. You can let them know you’re interested by signing up on the forms here.

GOS 2019 poster

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Coast and Valley Brings Taste of California to Manhattan Avenue

587 Manhattan Ave. (via Google Maps)

A new California-themed wine bar is opening today on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

Coast and Valley (587 Manhattan Ave.) will exclusively carry and serve wine from the golden state that can be ordered by taste, glass, or bottle.

The dining room features wooden tables and bright colors that evoke the simplified elegance of the Pacific coast with 34 seats between the bar and tables that have partial bench seating against the wall.

A sample of the extensive wine menu
A sample of the extensive wine menu

 

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The food options at Coast and Valley are also California-inspired, “but in that all-day Silver Lake way, not in that Balsamic gastrique way,” a PR rep for the business explained in a statement. Continue reading

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