By Lucie Levine

About Lucie Levine

Lucie Levine is the founder of Archive on Parade, a local tour and event company that aims to take New York’s fascinating history out of the archives and into the streets. She’s a Native New Yorker, licensed New York City tour guide, and freelance writer with a passion for the city’s social, political and cultural history.

Greenpoint’s Stillwater Artisanal Brewery Will Create a Custom Beer Just for You!

The “Gypsy Brewers” at Stillwater Artisanal are looking to open a home base at 321 Kingsland Avenue, which they’re calling “Production.” Stillwater Artisanal officially launched in 2010 and has been ranked as one of the best new brewers worldwide.

For the Greenpoint hub, Founder Brian Strumke envisions an “experimental fermentation facility, creatively integrating a brewery, eatery, bar and event space into a community hub for beer lovers, gourmands, and creatives.” The whole space is set to open in the fall of this year, and in addition to food, drink and creative events, Production will offer visitors limited edition beers and a chance to view the brewing process.  Continue reading

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An Art Heist, An Environmental Vision and Another Hit and Run — The Hook-Up (3/16)

One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg
One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg via Brooklyn Paper

Happy Friday, Greenpoint, and welcome to the Da Vinci Code. There’s been an art heist on Bayard Street, and the NYPD has made an appeal for information from the public. The thief broke into the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg, and made off 6 Hudson River School landscape paintings worth a combined 1.7 million dollars.

Speaking of the River, this week, local community advocacy groups Riverkeeper,  Newtown Creek Alliance, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Perkins+Will teamed up to launch their Vision Plan for Newtown Creek and Flushing Waterways.

Newtown Creek Alliance is also part of a coalition of nearly 200 environmental groups that staged a rally this week to pressure Gov. Cuomo to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in New York State.  Continue reading

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Hot News for the Summer: McCarren Park Getting Grills and Food Trucks!

rilling in McCarren Park, via Brooklyn Paper
Grilling in McCarren Park, via Brooklyn Paper

We know McCarren Park is a great spot for chilling, but come May, it will be a great spot for grilling! In previous years, would-be Brooklyn grill masters have had to keep their grilling on the DL or risk getting a ticket. Not anymore! The parks department in kicking $50,000 our way for nine double-wide grills, 18 picnic tables, 3 charcoal-disposal bins and two additional trash cans. All this new equipment will be stationed around the park in 3 separate locations.

For park-goes who don’t want to do their own grilling, but would still like to chow down, the Parks Department will be soliciting bids for on-site food vendors. Of the applicants, the department will choose 3. Two will operate trucks in the park, and the third will set up shop in the field house!

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Can We Kickstart our way out of L-Pocalypse with Pontoon Bridge?

A rendering of the proposed L-ternative Pontoon Bridge,, via Kickstarter
A rendering of the proposed L-ternative Pontoon Bridge, via Kickstarter

L-pocalypse looms just a year away, and the MTA doesn’t appear particularly interested in dealing with it, so New York residents have taken up the mantel of transit vigilantism, and moved forward with plans of their own. Last month Parker Shinn took to Kickstarter to drum up community support for an “L-ternative” Pontoon Bridge, which would run across the East River from North 8th Street in Williamsburg to East 10th Street in Manhattan. The Bridge would support 2 lanes of bus traffic, two lanes of bike traffic and command a $1 toll. It would also connect commuters to the Bedford Avenue L-train, and crosstown bus service along 14th street.  Continue reading

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Soul Clap, Mack & Cheese Smack Down and Edible Landscaping — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (3/14-3/20)

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Make Your Own Miso, March 15th @ Anima Mundi Apothecary (35 Noble Street) from 7pm-9pm Register here.
Covering the basic science behind making miso; both soy & non soy miso will be included.
Amazonian Plant Medicine, March 20th @ Anima Mundi Apothecary from 7pm-9pm Register here.
Taste healing Amazonian plant preparations, inhale the scent of traditional smudges & listen to icaros, traditional healing songs.

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# Global Tea Hut monthly gathering @ Puerh Brooklyn Tea Shop (174 Grand Street), 6pm, $5 suggested, Join our tea community for a relaxed gathering over tea. Open to all., More info
♦ The Simpsons Bingo @ Videology (308 Bedford Avenue), 6:45pm, FREE, It’s time for The Simpsons bingo! What better way to celebrate the longest running TV comedy of all time than with a good old ding-dong-diddily game of BINGO? Every Wednesday night we’ll be watching The Simpsons and playing BINGO. Watch for things like Duff beer, celebrity cameos, and the Itchy and Scratchy show. Listen for quotes like “D’oh!” “Eat my shorts!” and “Excellent…” Get a BINGO and you’ll win a free drink (or doughnut that makes you go “Mmmm”)! More info
♫ Crowbar Artificial Brain Extinction A.D Kings Destroy Sunro @Brooklyn Bazzar (150 Greenpoint Avenue), 8pm, $14, Buy Tix
♫ Easy @Union Pool (848 Union Avenue), 8pm, $10-12, More info


* Juggling Taxes for Freelancers @ The Muse (350 Moffat St.), 5:00pm, FREE, Are you self-employed? Do you receive 1099s? Do you file a Schedule C? Then this class is for you – Brooklyn Coop wants to help you SAVE on your taxes! RSVP
*# Edible Landscaping with Hortus Conclusus @ Lonard Library (81 Devoe St.), 6:30pm, FREE, With spring just around the corner, this edition of the Green Series features members from Hortus Conclusus, a Level II Arboretum, who teach us how to landscape our backyard garden using a rich diversity of edible fruiting plants from around the world, including the under-appreciated wild fruit from New York State’s native forest. RSVP
♫ Moon Tooth/Without Waves/Disparager/Juan Bond @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 7:00 pm, $10, Buy tix
♦ What is the Model City? @ UnionDocs (322 Union Avenue), 7:30pm, $10, Join architect and historian Susanne Schindler as she explains the origins, trajectory and legacies of the Great Society program launched in 1966, Buy tix
♫ Playing with Shadows: Drink and Draw @ Naive (299 South 4th Street), 8:30pm, $15, Joing us for a glass of wine, our relaxed, social vibe and two sessions with a semi-clothed model are all included in the price of the ticket. There won’t be an instructor, but a professional artist will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. You should bring your own supplies, but we will have pencils, printer paper and crayons on hand if you forget, More info
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Crashing Greenpoint and Changing on a Dime in Williamsburg — the Hook-up (3/9)

A rendering of the Dime Savings Bank Development, via YIMBY

Hey Greenpoint, Judd Apatow would like a word with us. He’s filming his latest HBO comedy series here in Greenpoint, at Cine Magic East River Studios, and word Bookstore (126 Franklin Street) will be making an appearance.

If you’re more into condos than comedy, you’re in luck, since yet another building of luxury condos is on the market here in Greenpoint. The new development, calling itself Greenpoint 282, even though it’s at 282 Nassau Avenue near McGolrick Park, has one, two and three bedroom apartments starting at $795K.

Speaking of money and real estate, no plan has merged those two things this week quite as well as the new design for Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh. The building at south 5th and Havemeyer will be refurbished and a new 22-story residential tower will rise beside it. Thirty percent of the apartments in the new building will be let at affordable prices. At the same time, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is holding hearings to decide whether or not to designate the bank building a historic landmark.  Continue reading

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Ladies Who Ranch, Art on Airwaves, La Banubas, Paint and Sip — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (3/7–3/13)

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  • Marcy Av (JMZ train)
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  • Bedford Av (L train)
  • Lorimer St/Metropolitan Av (L and G trains)
  • Graham Av (L train)
  • Nassau Av (G train)
  • Greenpoint Av (G train)

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^ Tables of Contents Reading Series: Hunt! Gerrard! Caldwell! @Egg (109 North 3rd St), 7pm, $5, Each reading will be paired with snacks inspired by its text, plus you’ll be in for an author-curated playlist and a rangy Q&A/discussion on writing, craft, aversion, and creativity to wrap up the night. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and WORD will be present slinging text, More info
☺ Ladies Who Ranch @ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St), 8pm, $5-10, Group of women does jokes for laughs at comedy show to change the national conversation. The show is followed by the Ladies Who Ranch Open Mic, an experimental comedy mic that especially encourages multimedia performances, More info
♫# Live Flamenco in St Charles Cellar @St. Mazie Bar (345 Grand St), 8pm, FREE, A night of authentic Flamenco in our beautiful speakeasy. Full dinner menu available as well as a 3 course Pre fixe menu, cocktails, absinthe and more… Ole!, More info
♫ Carte Blanche @Radegast Hall (113 N 3rd St), 9pm, FREE,French, Latin and American tunes while you sample the incredible selection of authentic german beers on tap and maybe have a giant german pretzel or bratwurst from the grill!! Space to dance!, More info


* Kombrewcha’s International Women’s Day Celebration @ The Williamsburg Hotel (96 Wythe Ave), 6:00pm, $3, Boss Ladies doing big things. We’ll be hosting a panel on Women Who Do. Buy tix
* NYC DRAFT Meetup @ PencilWorks (61 Greenpoint Ave), 6:30pm, FREE, Fast-paced hour of ideas, entrepreneurs and bikes, capturing the exciting things happening in the bike industry, RSVP
♫ ♦ Art on the Airwaves @ Union Docs (322 Union Avenue), 7:30 pm, $10, A showcase of radio documentary selected by James T. Green, cofounder of Postloudness, a collective of independent audio shows by people of color, women, and queer-identified hosts that aims to create a community of unique voices in audio. Buy tix
♫ Anna McClellan (Record Release), Navy Gangs @ ALPHAVILLE (140 Wilson Avenue), 10pm, $10, Buy tix
♫ Mughal Legion 3 Ft. Fanaa @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave), 10pm, FREE, Part 3 of a monthly-ish series of musical rites to be performed at Legion Bar, curated by Mughal Muesli. More info
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Before L-pocalypse: A History of Transit in North BK

B.R.C.C. Crosstown Trolley, Via the Transit Museum
B.C.R.R. Crosstown Trolley, Via the New York Transit Museum

As the MTA’s planned 15-month suspension of L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan draws near, all 200,000 daily riders of the L-pocalypse have been asking the same question: how will we get across the river? Brooklynites have been asking that question for generations, and personal ingenuity, along with municipal planning, has yielded several answers. All we can say for sure is that this is not the first time aggrieved Greenpointers have been up in arms over inadequate inter-borough transit. I’m just glad we don’t have to take a rowboat.

The rowboat commute was the first in a line increasingly efficient methods of getting from Greenpoint to Manhattan that includes horsecars, trollies, ferry services, elevated trains, and the dawn and growth of the subway. Step in, stand clear and read on for a history of transit in North Brooklyn.   Continue reading

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Green Futures, and Greenpoint Residents, Alive and Well — The Hook-up (3/2)

A student demonstrates the PS 34's new STEM Lab to Councilmember Stephen Levin. Via Bklyner
A student demonstrates the PS 34’s new STEM Lab to Councilmember Stephen Levin. Via Bklyner

This morning, students, teachers and local politicians and community members gathered to celebrate P.S. 34’s brand new Green STEM Lab and Hydroponic Garden.

But it’s not just plant life that’s thriving in Greenpoint. A 46-year old Greenpoint resident was mistakenly declared dead by the Social Security Administration last fall, when in fact she is alive and well. She is in the midst of making the federal government aware of this fact. According to ABC news, the SSA will send out a letter informing her of her “resurrection” once they update their files.

And speaking of rising again: The New York State Department of Transportation has unveiled its plans for the next stage of construction of the New Kosciuszko Bridge. The DOT expects the final section of the span to be completed in 2019 or 2020.  Continue reading

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