By Kim M

About Kim M

Kim is a native New Yorker, local activist and writer. When she's not writing books or playing Erin Brockovich with her Save Greenpoint peeps, you will see her whipping around Greenpoint on her bike, chatting it up with folks, and sharing stories about what it is about her hometown that makes life worth living. Follow her on twitter @kimasson or www.kimmassonwrites.com

Winter Delights at our Nutcracker Holiday Market 2019 Recap

Greenpointers Nutcracker Holiday Market 2019

The holiday spirit was in full swing this past Sunday at our Nutcracker Holiday Market! Neighbors and friends gathered at the Greenpoint Loft to spread the good cheer.

Set against the twinkling lights of the Manhattan skyline talented indy crafters, yummy food, spice mulled wine and thirst-quenching craft beers tantalized shoppers with delights at every turn. And of course our holiday market wouldn’t be complete without a fun photo booth to capture the holiday spirit. Check here and see if you can spot yourself!

Photographer Ben Shirai and artist Colleen Blackard snap a pic behind their Nutcracker photo booth

The shining stars of the day were our vendors who dazzled us with their creations. From colorful coasters to chic cement candles and handcrafted baubles, there was something for everyone’s gift list.

Local vendors like Greenpoint Beer & Ale,  Kombrewha, Small Smores and Stanley’s Piegori, and made sure we were filled to the brim.

Upstairs offered a bevy of free activities. Finger nails were painted, kids made ornaments, even acupuncture treatments were given.

Nail art always puts smiles on faces

Back on the main level, portraits were taken the old fashion way on tin plates.

And for those pining for a peek into the New Year received tarot card readings interpreted by the wonderful wordsmith, Ars Poetica.

 

A good time was had by all. Be sure to check out our upcoming Valentine’s Day Market on Feb 9th  from 1-7 pm and let the winter love flow.

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Weekend Must-Do’s: Greenpointers Nutcracker Holiday Market, Gold Dust, Oddities Flea, STREB Slam + MORE!!

Hold on tight, Greenpointers! Starting Saturday, it’s all about supporting small local businesses. From our Nutcracker Holiday Market to the Phonecia Flea, Greenpoint is overflowing with awesome holiday pop-ups you won’t want to miss. So grab your holiday gift list and check the best holiday happenings this weekend.

Greenpointers Nutcracker Holiday Market 

Sunday, Dec 8th | 1-7 p.m.
Greenpoint Loft (67 West St., 5th Floor)
FREE, dog-friendly, More Info

Get lost in our dreamy Nutcracker-themed Holiday Market tucked inside the cozy Greenpoint Loft at 67 West Street, 5th Flr. Snowy landscapes, sugar plum fairies, and the irresistible scent of cloves is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. 60+ inspiring makers and crafters will have their dazzling creations ready for sale.

Enjoy some spice-infused Mulled Wine or a refreshing beer made by local brewer Greenpoint Ale & Beer. Delectable treats, savory nibbles, a giant gumdrop photobooth + TONS of FREE activities will have you (and your furry friends!) staying all day. RSVP on Facebook and stay updated. Continue reading

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Nuzzle up with Nutcrackers and Sugar Plum Fairies at Greenpointers Holiday Market (12/8)!! 60+ Vendors, Mulled Wine & Craft Beer, Tasty Treats, Tarot readings, Acupuncture, Ornament Making and so much more!

Get cozy Sunday, Dec 8th 1-7pm for the Greenpointers Annual Holiday Market located at 67 West Street! This year’s Nutcracker-inspired holiday market is transforming the rustic Greenpoint Loft into a magical winter wonderland filled with local artisans, tasty treats and TONS of free interactive activities.  With so much good cheer under one roof, make it official and RSVP! Come early and stay all day. 

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Townhall Meeting on Crime Happens this Wednesday

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Mark your calendars, Greenpointers. On Wednesday, September 16th at 6 pm (Polish Slavic Center 176 Java Street) there will be a Town Hall meeting about the crime-related issues plaguing our neighborhood.

All the major players will be there, including Councilman Steve Levin, State Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Senator Martin Dilan, and three new VIP’s to the crew: The 94th precinct’s new Police Captain, Clay Street Homeless Shelter Operator & the new interim Parks administrator.

Sadly many of us know crime has been a major theme in Greenpoint over the past several months. The situation in North Greenpoint, particularly on Clay Street and the surrounding areas, have become downright dangerous. In the span of less than six months, there have been muggings, assaults, sexual harassment, blatant drug-dealing and worse.

For a refresher on the reported crimes just take a peek at these headlines since July:

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Pulaski Bridge FINALLY Gets a Dedicated Bike Lane

Pulaski Bridge
Proposed Pulaski Bridge Bike Lane

 

If you happened to cross the Pulaski Bridge as of late, you might be wondering when we would be getting that loooong awaited dedicated bike lane. Well Greenpointers, the word is out and we won’t have to  wait much longer.  Starting September 13th, the Department of Transportation will finally begin construction.

The project, which has seen setback after setback, seems to have righted itself and commuters might have their own bike lane as early as the end of this year—might being the key word here.

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Greenpoint’s Taxi Graveyard

Photo © Emma Whitford via the Gothamist
Photo © Emma Whitford via the Gothamist

In the land of transportation woes, Greenpoint has got another thing to worry about. It’s a yellow graveyard growing on the outer-edges of Provost Street. No, these aren’t daisies growing in a cemetery; these are the remains of discarded NYC cabbies which nobody wants to claim.

For a good part of the year, this graveyard has crept outside of the crowded taxi dispatch, McGuiness Management Corporation, located on the corner of McGuiness Boulevard and Huron Street and continues to grow outwards onto the surrounding streets. With the Uber lobbyists hard at work in Albany and the infusion of green taxis making outer borough pick-ups, yellow taxis are feeling the pinch. Their carcasses can be seen snaking their way  onto Provost Street, filling up side blocks all the way from Huron down to Freeman Street.

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Fall in Love with PÉTALES–A Sexy New Fragrance Where the World of Flowers & Photography Collide

Photo © Tal Shpantzer
Photo © Tal Shpantzer

Imagine sitting under the moonlight surrounded by overflowing vines loaded with nighttime blooms. A soft breeze rustles through leaves and tickles petals from their open blossoms. A minute later a warm rush of honey, rip figs, and anise fills the air. Immediately you want to wrap yourself in this decadent scent of earthly delights and bask in it until the sun rises.

Welcome to the evocative world of Tal Shpantzer, a long time Greenpoint resident whose photo exploration of the dark feminine mystic and fragrance play out in real life.

Some of you might recognize Shpantzer’s photography which has cropped up on HBO’s hit show True Detective, Vogue, and recently on this site. One look at this  work and you’ll see there is more than meets the image; Tal has an enviable way of making women look and now smell deliciously sexy. But what started as a photographer’s fascination between women’s relationships to flowers took her to places even she couldn’t imagine.

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Citi Bike Stations Officially Hit Greenpoint

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They’re heeeeere

Whether you what to cheer or sneer, Citi Bike has begun the first wave of its Greenpoint bike installations. Over the weekend, rows of blue bikes cropped up on streets like tactical operatives ready to whisk us off at any minute. Following in the footsteps of other bike sharing programs in cities like Paris, Rome and Mexico City, Citi Bike’s expansion into Brooklyn was designed to ease city street congestion and give commuters an alternative means of transportation.

Until the end of this month Citi Bike is luring new customers by offering a $25 dollars discount off the $149 yearly membership. Sign into the Citi Bike club and you’ll be able to take those shiny new wheels to your next destination, so long as each ride is 45 minutes or less.

Before you hit the starting gate familiarize yourselves with NYC’s bike riding traffic rules. And now, without further adieu, let’s check out where all these blue babies are parked around the hood.

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It’s official–Greenpoint is Crowned NYC’s King of Illegal Dumping

Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle
Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle

We all know Greenpoint has a rep as being a pretty filthy hood.  Not only do we process the lion’s share of  NYC’s poop, but our backyard is infamous for its catastrophic oil spills and industrial superfund sites. Unfortunately, Greenpoint has and still remains a dumping ground for a myriad of things.

Our current garbage situation is so out of control, several test programs have been implemented to eliminate the scourge: The smelly composting pilot program, Big Belly Solar Compactor Cans installed on select corners, and we even have a neighborhood organization called Curb Your Litter, whose sole mission is to clean up our streets.

Just to put things into perspective about how insane our trash problem really is, in just one day of cleaning 25 Greenpoint streets, Curb Your Litter plucked 400 lbs of trash from curbs and gutters. Even worse—this poundage doesn’t even include the overflowing NYC garbage cans!

Talk about disgusting.

Now, I’m a proud Greenpointer like the rest of you, but after encountering a recent article declaring Greenpoint as “The Top Neighborhood in NYC for Illegal Dumping”, well…let’s just say I wasn’t feeling very patriot. In fact, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Oh, yeah? What else is new?”

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Want Green Space? Occupy the Inlet this Sunday!

OCCUPY Bushwick Inlet

Got your kayaks and kites ready? If you don’t, better hurry up! This Sunday, the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park are about to make history and they want you in on the action.

This Sunday, August 9th between 12:30 and 2pm, Occupy the Inlet intends to fill up Bushwick Inlet’s waters with as many boats and kayaks as possible. The goal is to put the screws on City Hall to fulfill its promised 28 acre waterfront park before it’s turned into more luxury residential developments.

“The park is being held hostage from us,” says  Steve Chesler, a local activist. “We’re getting angrier. Our base has been growing. We’re not going to relent until the administration starts talking about it and engaging our reps in the community.”

Since the suspicious 7 alarm fire in February that clogged streets with soot and charred medical records, the fate of CitiStorage’s 11 acre site has been the subject of intense debate. Continue reading

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