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.

National Hot Dog Day, Epic Ride, Weird Science and Glitter Punk Extravaganza — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/18 – 7/24)

WEDNESDAY 7/18

* National Hot Dog Day @ Clinton Hall (247 Metropolitan Ave.), 11am, $7, celebrate all day with Kimchi Hot Dogs, More Info 
♫ POPC Rooftop Party & Fundraiser
@ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Avenue), 6pm, $10, DJs til late! POPC is an arts nonprofit that aims to amplify the voices of underrepresented people and causes through arts and performance, More Info
☺ No Cool Kids @ Starr Bar (214 Starr St.), 8pm, FREE, comedy about akward youth, RSVP
Titanic @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.), 8pm, FREE, spend the evening with Jack and Rose, RSVP
♫ Noah PC Presents A Very Bad Room Special @ The Good Room (98 Meserole Ave.), 9pm, FREE, more info

THURSDAY 7/19

♦ RU Exhibition: Scrims & Blurs @ El Museo de Los Sures (120 S. 1st. St.) 6pm, FREE, a navigable pathway of paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, photographs and partially site-specific installations, More info
♦ Disassembly : Brooklyn. Opening Celebration. @ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) 6:30pm, FREE, a participatory art installation that explores our obsession with technology and the untold story of the consumer electronics lifecycle, RSVP
* Beauty Rituals Panel @ Anima Mundi (35 Noble St.), 6:30pm, $30, join a conversation on the meaning of “Beauty,” and explore rituals and self care. Start with a special blended Beauty Elixir tea,  delve into a panel discussion, and conclude with a DIY Customizable Vegan Chap stick Class, Buy Tix
☺ Laugh Riots Comedy Showcase @ GAMBA Forest (17 Division Pl.), 7pm, $5-7, Buy Tix
♫ Fitness & Wild Moccasins, Shiffley @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave.), 8pm, $15, Buy Tix
* Stargazing on the Transmitter Pier @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Avenue.), 8:30pm, FREE, Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will provide telescopes to view celestial objects in the night sky on the Transmitter Park pier, More Info

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Newtown Creek is getting a New Grand Street Bridge

The Grand St. Bridge
The Grand St. Bridge, via NYC.gov

The Grand Street Bridge has been shuttling New Yorkers between Maspeth and Brooklyn since 1903. But, after 115 years of service, the span across Newtown Creek needs a facelift. To make it happen, the Department of Transportation has requested proposals for a new Grand Street Bridge, and for demolition of the old structure.   Continue reading

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Pizza, Politics and Floodplains — The Hook-up (7/13)

We Scream for Vegan Pizza via AM New York

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! This week, in an effort to find the best vegan pizza in the city, AM New York landed in Greenpoint, at Screamers.

Meanwhile, Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who represents Williamsburg, and parts of Bushwick, has endorsed Cynthia Nixon for Governor of New York.

And, according to Patch, all of North Brooklyn’s new construction may be running a wet and wild risk, since North Brooklyn’s coastline is prone to flooding.   

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Combustion NYC, Happy Family Night Market, The “Godfather of Roller Disco,” and Papi Juice BBQ — What’s Happening Greenpoint? (7/11 – 7/17)

Sunday, July 15th | Doors: 10 AM; Kick Off: 11 AM
As the World Cup 2018 narrows in on its victors, Popgun Presents is opening Elsewhere Hall for the full A/V effect this Sunday for the final game, projected onto a massive 30′ x 18′ foot screen and piped through their hifi club sound system. Enjoy drink specials including mimosas & bloody mary’s, with plenty of seating & standing area and perfect sight lines throughout the whole room. There’s no cover, just RSVP and join them for the game! {sponsored}

WEDNESDAY 7/11

♦ Learn The Art of Glass Etching @ Threes (113 Franklin St.), 6:30pm, $45, You get two rocks glasses or two pint glasses as your canvas, Buy Tix 
* Curious Fox Social: Communication
@ New Women Space (188 Woodpoint Rd.), 7pm, $20, talk about the best communication strategies for non-monogamous relationships, Buy Tix
♦ SummerFest @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St.), 7:30pm, $18, part of Triskelion’s two-week SummerFest featuring 25 short, movement-based works, Buy Tix.
♫ Love Games with Lauren Murada & Finn Jones @ The Good Room (98 Meserole Ave.), 9pm, FREE, more info

THURSDAY 7/12

♦ A/D/O Design Seminar with VR Creator Gabo Arora @ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) 6:30pm, $10, Gabo Arora, VR creator and the United Nations’ first ever Creative Director talks about his latest VR and UN projects, Buy Tix
# The Multitudes of Miso @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St.), 6:30pm, $20-26, learn all about the superfood that is Miso, Buy Tix
* The Floasis presents: Combustion NYC
 @ House of YES (2 Wycoff Ave.), 7pm, $25-30, Celebrate fire arts with a flamed packed variety show, Buy Tix
♫ Horoscope / Dolce / L’éclipse Nue / Endless Chasm + more @ Catland (987 Flushing Ave.), 8pm, $10, Buy Tix
♫ Tropical Past & Future After-Party Especial! @ Black Flamingo (168 Borinquen Pl.), 10pm, FREE, More Info

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New Plates, New Parks — The Hook-up (7/6)

The Newest Green space on Newtown Creek. Phase two of Hunter’s Point South Park

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! If the news is any indication, it’s time to eat out. Food writing is all over Greenpoint this week:

There’s enthusiastic praise for The Hidden Pearl, Greenpoint’s newest (and only) Tropical Japanese Speakeasy.

The entire staff of Bon Appetit is eating exclusively at Di an Di these days

And the Frankle’s Duo is scoring points for their new retro outfit, Bernie’s which recently opened in the Park Luncheonette space.

But, if you’re more into grass than grass-fed, then Long Island City is the place for you. The second phase of Hunters Point South Park opened last Wednesday, and the Architect’s Newspaper says the 11 acres of riverside park land, “brings a fresh breath of air to the formerly inaccessible, industrialized site and showcases expansive views of the East River alongside Newtown Creek.”

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The 5th of July: Abolitionist Williamsburg

African School WIlliamsburg
The African School in Williamsburg via the Brooklyn Historical Society

The Weeksville Heritage Center, a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of Weeksville, a self-supporting 19th century free black community in what is now Crown Heights, has a “5th of July Resource Center for Self-Determination and Freedom.”

This 5th of July, I’d like to honor that project by taking a look at Abolitionist Williamsburg. In the 1840s and 1850s, Williamsburg was home to Brooklyn’s second largest African American community, and was a hotbed of the Abolitionist movement.  Continue reading

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4th of July, Sex Trivia, Magickal Thinking and Greenpoint History Tour — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/4-7/10)

WEDNESDAY 7/4

♫ The Lot Radio 4th of July Block Party @ The Lot Radio (17 Nassau Avenue), 12pm, FREE, More Info 
♫ YES 4th of July Extravaganza @ The House of YES (2 Wyckoff Ave.), 2pm, FREE before 5 with RSVP, $10 After RSVP
♫ Good Roof at Dobbin St with Nancy Whang (DJ set) & Love Tempo @ Dobbin St. (64 Dobbin St.), 5pm, $30 at the door, More Info.
♫ Fireworks at The Box House Hotel Rooftop! @ Box House Hotel (77 Box St.), 6pm, $125-150 ticket includes a drink, The first public event at the Box House Hotel, Greenpointers readers get $10 off tickets with the code “GREENPOINTERS,” Buy Tix

THURSDAY 7/5

* Sex Trivia @ Starr Bar (214 Starr St.) 6pm, FREE, more info
♫ High Cost, Roseblood, MVA @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue), 7pm, $10, Buy Tix
^ LAAB Launch ft. Ronald Wimberly
 @ Desert Island (540 Metropolitan Ave.), 7pm, FREE, a new periodical art magazine about identity, aesthetics and representation, more info
☺ Hot Goss W/ On The DL @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St.), 7:30pm, FREE, improv, More Info

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Groper At Large in Greenpoint

The Greenpoint Groper
The Greenpoint Groper, via the NYPD

When it comes to sexual assault, it has been a devastating week here in Greenpoint. First, the NYPD apprehended a man who attempted to violently rape a Greenpoint woman, and now police are on the hunt for a man who groped a woman on Eckford Street and Meserole Avenue just before 2:30am on June 10th, and then forcibly touched another woman on June 21st near Meserole Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard.

The man approached both women via scooter, dismounted, and forcibly groped each on the sidewalk, then fled the scene.

Police request the public’s help in the investigation, and describe the suspect as “short and wearing a dark-colored jacket, a hat and carrying a bag with two stripes on it…his scooter is dark in color with a light on the front.”

If you have information regarding the investigation, call Crime Stoppers as 1-800-577-TIPS

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Welcome to Calyer Place? — The Hook-up (6/29)

Calyer Place Renderings via YIMBY

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! It’s a whole new world, or, at least, it’s a whole new development… The former site of the Greenpoint Terminal Market, at 27-41 West Street, has been cleared for development, and renderings have been released for a suite of 5 buildings collectively known as Calyer Place, that will add over 700 apartments to the area.

At the same time, Greenpoint Landing has released new renderings for its first market-rate rental building, which will begin leasing at the end of the summer.

Speaking of additions, Citi Bike will add 2,500 docking stations between Williamsburg and Manhattan, and 1,250 new bikes system-wide, to help contend with L-Pocalypse.  Continue reading

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Greenpoint History Walking Tour to Benefit the Park Church Co-op Saturday (7/7)

Historical Map of Greenpoint courtesy of Dennis Ward

Beloved neighborhood worship/art space, the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) has put out a fundraising call to the community. Ace local historian, and Greenpointers contributor, Geoff Cobb has answered that call in a fantastically innovative way! He’ll lead a donation-based historical walking tour of Greenpoint on Saturday, July 7th from 10-11am, and donate all proceeds to the Park Church Co-op.

The tour will meet at the corner of Calyer and Franklin. All are welcome! RSVP here.

What: Walking Tour with Geoff Cobb on Behalf of the Park Church Co-op
When: Saturday, July 7, at 10am.
Where: Franklin and Calyer
Who: Everyone!

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