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.

Dangerous Donuts, Mercedes by the Minute, and Greenpoint’s Beef with Friendly Reminder Emails — The Hook-up (10/20)

Lots in the news about cars this week. Here's a great one I saw on Calyer Street on Wednesday! Photo by Lucie Levine
Lots in the news about cars this week. Here’s a great one I saw on Calyer Street on Saturday! Photo by Lucie Levine

Peter Pan‘s donuts are beloved far and wide, but drivers at the intersection of Bedford and Lorimer were serving up donuts of a different kind on Friday night. After Brooklyn Automotive High School’s car show ended at 9pm, teens on bikes blocked the intersection, and at least three cars sped in circles, doing donuts, as hundreds looked on. CBS2 has a video of the scene.

If stunt driving isn’t your thing, or you’d like a swankier experience behind the wheel, get pumped. The car sharing company Car2Go will add Mercedes CLA sedans and GLA crossovers to its New York fleet later this year. You can rent the high-end wheels for 47 cents a minute.  Continue reading

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Meet Tarot Reader Eva Jane Peck, Greenpoint’s Electric Lamassu

Image courtesy of Eva Jane Peck
Image courtesy of Eva Jane Peck

What better way to cure a case of the Mondays than to tap into the wisdom of tarot over a glass of wine? You can find this calming and enlightening experience at Budin (114 Greenpoint Avenue) every Monday from 5-10pm courtesy of Eva Jane Peck, who has been studying the language of tarot and astrology for more than ten years. (And, if you sit for a fifteen minute “mini reading” with Eva, you can get $2 off wine at Budin). Eva, of Electric Lamassu Tarot and Astrology, has been collaborating with Budin to offer readings since May, and I stopped in last week to see what my cards would reveal. For the the reading, Eva used the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, “the traditional Victorian deck,” and her her kind, thoughtful and insightful reading was a joy. I particularly appreciated how she solicited my questions and interpretations, and made me feel a part of the process.

Monday Night Tarot. Photo courtesy of Eva Jane Peck
Monday Night Tarot. Photo courtesy of Eva Jane Peck

Helping others learn though tarot is a big part of what Eva does. She says, “I think of Tarot as a language to sort of figure out life. It was kind of an objective way to understand myself…It helped me get grounded and just sort of accept myself and who I am.” Since she has found tarot so helpful in her own life, she hopes that continued study of the cards and the imagery, coupled with continued readings, can help her help other people “come to an understanding for themselves.” She notes that people often get their Tarot cards read when they’re feeling nervous about something, “so it’s about trying to work through that.”  Continue reading

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Thinking Big and Living Large in A/D/O’s new MINI Living Cabin

Micro Living in Action. Via A/D/O's facebook page.
Micro Living in Action. Via A/D/O’s facebook page.

Limited space is a hallmark of city life, so it’s not everyday that New Yorkers ask themselves, “where should I put the hammock.” A/D/O, the creative design hub and co-working space at 29 Norman Avenue, has answered this question, and many more in its new MINI Living Urban Cabin. The Cabin is installed in A/D/O’s courtyard, and is on view for free daily between 9am and 7pm through November 22nd. The instillation seeks to “create a house within a limited footprint that is inspired by local surroundings; a cabin that blends into the landscape and illustrates New York as a vibrant city that incorporates cultural influences from around the world.”  Continue reading

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Green Thumbin’ It: North Brooklyn Community Garden Roundup

61 Franklin Street Community Garden. Photo by Lucie Levine
61 Franklin Street Garden. Photo by Lucie Levine

It’s planting season, and North Brooklyn’s giving us lots of opportunities to play in the dirt. This past weekend community members turned out for OpenHouseGCEFBushwick Inlet Park’s Daffodil Planting, Free Garden Workshops at the McCarren Park Demonstration Garden, and Transmitter Park’s Weeding Workshop. On Saturday, you can participate in the Friends of Cooper Park Daffodil Planting. If you’re a Greenpoint Resident, you can even become a licensed Citizen Pruner for just $15 by completing the Trees New York Tree Pruning Course beginning This evening, October 16th.

If the current Columbia study on lead levels in Greenpoint’s soil has you steering clear of all things growing, community gardens could help you find a safer place to try out your green thumb: the study finds that public park spaces have significantly lower concentrations of lead than private yards. Further, based on Cornell’s 2014 study of New York City community garden soils, NYC Parks GreenThumb (which administers the city’s community gardens) prioritized clean soil deliveries to affected gardens.

So, ready to pull a Joni Mitchell and get yourself back to the garden? With over 600 community gardens throughout all five boroughs, New York City has the largest community gardening program in the nation. This handy NYC Parks GreenThumb Community Garden Guide lets you search by zip code or address to find the ones closest to you. Read on for a roundup of local community gardens. Continue reading

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A Stamp Heist, A Soup Princess and Some Slavic Pride — the Hook-up (10/13)

A Stamp Heist Two Years in the Making! Via Greenpoint Post
A Stamp Heist Two Years in the Making! Via Greenpoint Post

The James A. Farley Post Office in Manhattan is the largest post office in the nation. The building bears a rousing inscription — taken from Herodotus’ Histories — which reads, “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Turns out, what does stop a postman is his tracks is being charged with stealing packages, electronics and nearly $10,000 worth of stamps. Greenpoint postal worker Bagner Cardoso pleaded not guilty to federal felony charges on Tuesday even after he admitted to stealing all of those items from the Greenpoint Post Office (66 Meserole Avenue) nearly every other day for the past two years.  Continue reading

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As 94th Precinct Gains More Resources, Link Kiosks Draw Crime

Link Kiosk on Manhattan Avenue between Huron and India Streets. Photo by Lucie Levine
Link Kiosk on Manhattan Avenue between Huron and India Streets. Photo by Lucie Levine

A September 21st Press Release from Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol’s office announced that NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill has equipped the 94th Precinct with additional resources. Following the deadly stabbing of George Carroll in August, and the proliferation of hateful symbolism in McGolrick Park throughout the summer, the department has granted the 94th six new officers (with seven more on the way in December), and upgraded surveillance cameras around McGolrick Park. Now, it seems that the 94th Precinct must contend with an unforeseen adversary: LinkNYC Kiosks.  Continue reading

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Columbia Finds High Concentration of Lead in Greenpoint Soil — Have Your Yard Tested for Free!

Testing Greenpoint Soil. Via Columbia University
Testing Greenpoint Soil. Via Columbia University

An ongoing study by Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with the local community organization Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, has been testing Greenpoint’s soil for lead. Since this spring, the Columbia team has analyzed 264 soil samples from 52 neighborhood backyards. Their preliminary results show that 92% of Greenpoint backyards have soil with lead concentrations that exceed what the EPA considers safe for residential soil. Some of the soil samples exceed that mark by 7 or 8 times the safety limit — which makes them more adulterated than soil found in some polluted Peruvian mining communities. Continue reading

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Two Men Wanted for Violent Assault on Nassau Avenue

NYPD surveillance photos of the suspected attackers. Via News12
Can you help identify these men? NYPD surveillance photos of the suspected attackers. Via News 12

The NYPD has released surveillance images of two men suspected of carrying out a violent attack against another man on Nassau Aveune between Diamond and Newel Streets on September 15th. According to News 12, two men approached a 36 year-old man from behind, and knocked him to the ground. Once he fell, the assailants continued to punch and kick the victim’s face and body. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

While members of the North Brooklyn Community facebook page have speculated that the attack began with a game of pool at Goldies, the bar’s managers say there was no argument inside the bar. They explain, “the police did inform us to an attack that happened several blocks away, as they stopped by to review the cameras we have that show the sidewalk, I think to see if they could track whoever did the attack as they passed by. There certainly was no attack inside or outside of Goldie’s.” Continue reading

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Trivia Night with our News Editor at Archestratus Moved to Next Wednesday (10/18)

Calling All Trivia Champs
Calling All Trivia Champs!!!

Hey! I’m Lucie, your News Editor here at Greenpointers. I’ve teamed up with Paige Lipari over at Archestratus Books and Foods (160 Huron Street) to offer a monthly Trivia Night! We’ve had a blast since we started two months ago! Paige is in charge of the glorious food and beer that you can WIN, and I’m Quizmaster!

Our next game is Next Wednesday, 10/18. There will be three rounds + a lightning round! Are you the Trivia Champ of Greenpoint? Come by with a team of up to 4, or swing by solo and claim your title, all are welcome!

Want to start playing right now? Find questions from previous games here!

Trivia Night! | Wednesday 10/18 | Free | 8pm | RSVP Here

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Immersive Chocolate Dances come to Triskelion Arts Tonight and Saturday

Chocolate Dances via Facebook
Choreography meets Chocolate! Via Facebook

Megan Sipe might have the coolest job description around. She’s a Choreographer/Chocolatier and she’s melded both of her passions, dance and chocolate making, into one exciting company: Chocolate Dances. Through Chocolate Dances, Sipe and her creative partners create multi-sensory performances paired with handcrafted chocolates, which they serve to the audience during each performance. The result is a natural connection between performers and audience members.

This week Chocolate Dances’ newest performance is coming to Greenpoint, and you can be part of it!  The Chocolate Dances Costume Party Tasting Performance will be in the Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street) Tonight (10/11) and Saturday (10/14) at 8pm. The performance is sure to showcase Chocolate Dances in all its decadent glory, and promises to be an event that “taps into your gustatory cortex, that mysterious part of your brain that allows you to taste the deepest, darkest (or milkiest) chocolate truffles we’ll be serving and provokes the question, what if you could let yourself fully live out your chocolate fantasy without reservation?” Continue reading

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