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Williamsburg Mainstay Bedford Cheese Shop Is Now Closed

Bedford Cheese Shop closed its Williamsburg location on Sunday. (Image via Bedford Cheese Shop)

A North Williamsburg mainstay of 17 years, independently-owned Bedford Cheese Shop (265 Bedford Ave.) is now closed following the final day of business last Sunday.

The cheese shops’ Manhattan location, which opened in 2012 at 67 Irving Place remains open, leaving behind a storefront on the local avenue for which the business is named.

Relocating in 2016 from the original location on the corner of N 4. Street and Bedford Avenue, the 265 Bedford Ave. shop continued in the same spirit as the first location with an outstanding selection of cheeses and instructional classes, along with the addition of a wine bar.

The popular kitchenware store Whisk formerly located at 231 Bedford Ave. closed in 2019 following a 44% rent hike, among many other notable closings last year, including Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern (188 Bedford Ave.) which closed after more than 60 years. Continue reading

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Levain Bakery’s First Brooklyn Location to Open in Williamsburg in July

Levain Bakery is opening in july in Williamsburg. (Image via LEvain Bakery)

New York City-based Levain Bakery will bring its famous cookies and baked goods to the other side of the East River next month with the opening of a Williamsburg location.

With five other locations in Manhattan and one in the Hamptons, Levain Bakery’s Williamsburg shop will be the first in Brooklyn.

After more than two decades in the Upper West Side and Harlem, the bakery started expanding last year opening three new locations in Manhattan, and co-founders Connie McDonald and Pam Weeks are planning for a national expansion as well with a Washington D.C. bakery.

The Williamsburg bakery will be located at 164 N 4 St. which is nearby the Whole Foods on Bedford Avenue, and an opening date is set for July 1st.

 

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Levain bakery fans can expect to see the signature chocolate chip cookies walnut cookies along with loaf cakes, roll and breads, and pastries as the menu will be similar to the original location. The bakery’s hours will be 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. everyday.

 

 

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Greenpoint This Week: Protest at ‘Murder Bar,’ Clean up at Transmitter, Phase 2 Is Here, and More!

More retail is taking it to the sidewalks of Greenpoint as the Phase 2 reopening in NYC starts on Monday.

Happy weekend Greenpointers! It’s a Saturday Summer Solstice and what better way is there to kickoff the longest day of the year than cleaning up your neighborhood? To help remedy overflowing garbage cans, a volunteer Transmitter Park cleanup session is happening today starting at 10 a.m. and all are welcome to join (bring masks, gloves and trash bags if possible).

Yesterday was the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, which is on track to become an official New York State holiday. A number of murals in support of the Black Lives Matter movement were painted on Greenpoint walls in recent days, and Eckford Street Studio is currently holding a call for proposals for a BLM mural to be painted on the facade of the 70 Eckford St. studio. Two proposals will be chosen, one each for July and August.

Early voting for the June 23rd democratic primaries remains open through Sunday, and regular voting takes place on Tuesday; find your poll site here.

The Phase 2 reopening of NYC commences on Monday with barbershops and outdoor dining at restaurants set to resume along with the reopening of playgrounds. Still not permitted are malls, gyms, in-door movie theaters and amusement parks.

Coming up next week is Brooklyn Community Board 1’s monthly public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, but public space is limited for the virtual meeting. Those who wish to speak for up to two minutes during the public portion must register ahead of time by sending an email to [email protected]

Saturday is also the deadline to submit your recipes for Archestratus’s first cookbook in an ongoing community series with all proceeds going to organizations supporting Black Live Matter.

Have a safe start to your summer and catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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NYC Affordable Housing Waitlist Lottery Opens at Freeman Street Rental Building

A lottery to get on the wait-list for affordable apartments at 197 Freeman St. is live on the NYC Housing Connect website. (Image via Google Maps)

An NYC housing waitlist lottery is now open for studios and one and two bedroom apartments in a newly constructed 20 unit residential rental building at 197 Freeman St. Randomly selected “apparently eligible” applicants will be placed on a wait list for future openings at one of the five affordable apartments in the building.

Rents in the lottery start at $2,100 per month for a studio and cost as much as $3,219 per month for a two-bedroom apartment. And as with all of the units listed, applicants must earn 130% of the area median income to qualify. Applications for the waitlist, which has 200 spaces, are due by July 14th via the NYC Housing Connect website or by mail.

The building is located between Manhattan Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard and was completed in 2017. Amenities at 197 Freeman St. are listed as a laundry room, fitness center, shared roof deck, garage access and bike storage.

The roof at 197 Freeman St. (Via Studio C)

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Mid-Week Check In: Early Voting in Progress, 50 Kent Park Set to Open, Overflowing Trash Cans, and more!

One of the many overflowing garbage cans in McGolrick Park last weekend. (Via North Brooklyn Parks Alliance)

It’s Wednesday Greenpointers, and welcome to our mid-week check in where we share the news of the week so far, and provide a heads up on happenings around the neighborhood; remember to signup for the Greenpointers newsletter:

The week began with an announcement that 50 Kent at Bushwick Inlet Park will open on July 9th for four days per week, but the North Brooklyn Neighbors responded to the news  with a letter stating that the park’s opening should be sooner and with increased hours due to a shortage of park space in the area as summer approaches.

A much needed opening of a UPS Store at 106b Nassau Ave. also marked the start of the week, along with the permanent closure of CBD store Brooklyn Bliss (1048 Manhattan Ave.).

Early voting is officially open though June 21st for the June 23rd democratic primary elections; the final day to mail-in your absentee ballot is June 22nd.

North Brooklyn is currently deciding on important races between Assemblyman Joe Lentol and challenger Emily Gallagher, and the race between Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and the crowded field to unseat her that includes Lauren Ashcraft, Peter Harrison and Suraj Patel. Native Greenpointer Kristina Naplatarski is also running for District Leader.

Looking to have a recipe published while supporting social justice initiatives? Greenpoint bookstore Archestratus is accepting recipe submissions through Saturday June 20, for their first in an ongoing community cookbook series with “contributions from anywhere and everyone,” entitled “ARCHESTRATUS COMMUNITY: ‘Vol. 1 / FIRE WALK WITH US.” All proceeds will be donated to organizations supporting Black Live Matter.

 

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ARCHESTRATUS COMMUNITY: ‘Vol. 1 / FIRE WALK WITH US: Recipes from the Archestratus Community’ will be the first volume in an ongoing community cookbook series with contributions from anywhere and everyone. . . Historically, pamphlets were used as a weapon to inspire much needed political disorder. Let us use OUR pamphlets to create a new system, a new model for investment, and let it also serve as a public space where we take care of everyone. . . ALL REVENUE will always be donated to non-profits that support BLACK LIVES MATTER. This will not be a precious one-off; we will employ the pamphlet/zine model of quick and urgent production to make as much moneta and share as much info as possible! To invest in black lives is to invest in the transformation of our world! . Because the roof is falling, the first volume will explore the element of 🔥FIRE🔥 . . Fire is an active and transformational element. Ask yourself: What ACTIVATES you? What TRANSFORMS you? What are you filling yourself up with for the fight? What do you dream of filling yourself up with? As you hold fire, what is your sentiment? What are your emotions? What are your memories? What do you smell? Taste? We all have different ways of grasping and expressing our fire. There is never one way. . . (My fire tends to laugh and sing/howl, involves black ink pens and eggplant, it sets itself aflame joyfully because transformation is the only truth and the truth is such a relief.) . . This is the ONLY constraint for Vol.1 – that you ask yourself these questions. . . HOW TO SUBMIT: Take a breath, drink a water, crack a back, and submit as many recipes as you like to [email protected] and put ‘fire walk with us’ in the subject line. The ‘recipes’ can take any form the printed format can house. . . Submission deadline is June 20th . I implore you to share! A very gentle, loving reminder: Nothing is getting taken away from you when you share. love, ppp . . #blacklivesmatter #archestratuscommunity

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Word Books (126 Franklin St.) is also donating 10% of the sale of select authors’ books through June 21 to the social justice cause of their choice; read more about the Word Association initiative here.

The McCarren Park gatherings have continued for nearly 20 consecutive nights calling for police reforms in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. A gathering is planned once again for Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

A number of demonstrations are planned for the 155th anniversary of JuneTeenth on Friday, follow @JusticeForGeorgeNYC to stay up to date.

And finally, a friendly reminder from the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance to take trash with you when you see a full trash can in one of the area’s lovely parks.

Here’s the news this week so far: Continue reading

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Skyline Drive-in Ticket Sales Launch With Movies Scheduled Through July

Skyline Drive-in (1 Oak St.) is open on the Greenpoint waterfront. (Image via @kylemartino)

Skyline Drive-In NYC  (1 oak St.), Greenpoint’s new East River waterfront drive-in cinema has launched ticket sales for screenings of movies scheduled through July 2nd.

The drive-in held a test-run at the end of May and is now open to the public. Screenings through Sunday include “Footloose” (6/17), “Dreamgirls” (6/18), “Anchorman” (6/19), “Grease” (6/20) and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (6/21).

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UPS Store Opens on Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint

Greenpoint’s only UPS store is now open at 206b Nassau Ave.

The options for shipping and receiving packages in Greenpoint increased last week with the arrival of the neighborhood’s new and only UPS Store (106 B Nassau Ave.)

Greenpoint has experienced its share of mail delivery woes over the years and Assemblyman Joe Lentol even requested that the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General audit USPS mail delivery in North Brooklyn last year.

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Bushwick Inlet Park’s 50 Kent to Open in July

50 Kent Ave. will soon open to the public for the summer on a part-time basis. (Photo via @Adelamou)

The 1.8 acre bucolic-looking gassy parcel of land at 50 Kent Ave, known as the 50 Kent pop-up park, will open to the public on a part-time basis in July, according to the volunteer organization Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park.

Green space is a premium in North Brooklyn and access to the fenced-off 50 Kent park is welcomed news for quarantine weary residents who are utilizing local parks as summer approaches. A petition to open 50 Kent for public recreation began circling on Monday gaining over 300 signatures.

An opening date is set for Thursday, July 9th, when the fence will be unlocked for “passive use only” on Thursdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; dogs and sports will not be allowed, according to FBIP.

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Freelancers Union Hosts NY-12 Candidate Forum Monday Night

NY-12 candidates will speak with the Freelancers Union for a live interview on Monday.

The Freelancers Union will host a candidate forum between NY-12 congressional candidates on Monday night as early voting is now in session for the June 23rd democratic primary elections.

The four candidates on the ballot include the incumbent, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, second year challenger Suraj Patel, and progressive upstarts Lauren Ashcraft and Peter Harrison.

You can catch the forum live on the Freelancers Union Facebook page starting at 7 p.m. Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Community Board 1 Strikes Again, Police Reforms Abound, NYC Candidates Make Their Pitch, and More!

A new mural in Greenpoint depicting Breonna Taylor, who was a victim of a police shooting in her home in Louisville this year (Image via Greenpoint Glass)

Happy weekend Greenpointers! The McCarren Park gatherings for George Floyd continued every night this week as police reforms swept through Albany with the repeal of 50-a, among other measures meant to increase accountability.

Protests over the North Brooklyn Pipeline will also continue on Saturday morning starting at 11 a.m. as National Grid’s new natural gas infrastructure makes its way toward Greenpoint.

The official start of summer is just under two weeks away as New York cancels all overnight summer camps, but NYC pools might reopen just in time for the ensuing sweltering temperatures. In other summer fun, tickets are now available for Greenpoint’s new drive-in theater with screenings of “Raiders of The Lost Arc” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” scheduled for this weekend.

As statues depicting controversial historical figures fall across the U.S. and world, and streets are renamed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, NY politicians seek to rename the Confederate-named streets surrounding a Brooklyn military base; speaking of which, the Kosciuszko Foundation has an idea for Fort Bragg.

With the June 23rd elections fast approaching, and mail-in ballots in process, hear campaign pitches from Assemblyman Joe Lentol and challenger Emily Gallagher.

Stay safe out there this weekend Greenpointers, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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