By Nathaniel Z

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Bringing you the Green in Greenpoint.

Can You Bring It? Town Square’s Greencycle Swap (3/9)

Bring some, take some at the Town Square’s Greencycle Swap.

Browse the selection and take home as much as your handsome, bulky arms can carry! Don’t forget to bring a bag (or shopping cart) to tote it all!


When: Saturday, March 9, 1pm-4pm
WhereChurch of the Ascension, 127 Kent between Franklin St and Manhattan Ave
Cost: $5 donation.

All remaining items will be donated to local charities and churches.

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Kickstarter HQ – What’s On Deck

Progress on Kickstarter’s forthcoming Greenpoint HQ at the old Pencil Factory on Kent Street has been ongoing, but perceptible improvements have been hard to report for the last few months.

Well that and my lack of snooping around…

Architect Ole Sondresen has released a portfolio for the Kickstarter project. Visit the link to see an illustrated rendering of what their vision for the roof deck/courtyard seen above will morph into.

This isn’t the only urban design project Kickstarter is getting behind. Check out these 6 recent Kickstarter projects for cities from This Big City.

Follow (intermittent) progress reports on Kickstarter’s new Greenpoint based HQ at buildingkickstart.

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Newton Creek Alliance Turns 10; Wed 11/28

Whether you are a new supporter, or were there at the very beginning, the Newtown Creek Alliance invites you to share this moment to commemorate the great work they have done, and recognize the important work ahead, tomorrow Wednesday November 28, from 7-9pm @ The Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave).

Considering how much funk is in the creek, you know it’s gonna be quite the jam.

*Refreshments will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

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#Sandy Relief Tee: Rebuild NY… In Style

Show your support for Sandy Relief Efforts with this styling Tee-shirt.

About the design: The heart in the hurricane logo was one inspired by all of the love and support people were sharing, amidst the devastation that existed.

A group of New Yorkers volunteering in the Rockaways and Staten Island decided that they needed to create a platform to raise money for continuing Sandy relief efforts. The result of their dedication and inspiration is Let’s Rebuild NY.

By purchasing a Tee-shirt from, you’ll not only be supporting New Yorkers effected by Hurricane Sandy, but looking dapper doing it. I can’t wait to rock mine with my favorite pair of Zubaz pants.

All Let’s Rebuild NY Tee-shirts are produced in NY, and every penny of the net proceeds is going towards supporting those suffering from the impact of Sandy through a partnership with the Red Cross.

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West Street Waterfront Changes to Be Unveiled at CB1 Meeting (11/14)


Rendering of proposed changes on West Street. Source NYC DOT.


The Department of Transportation (DOT) is set to unveil their plans for the Greenpoint waterfront route at Community Board 1’s next meeting.

The DOT is proposing the conversion of West Street into a one-way street between Eagle and Quay Streets. The plan also calls for moving utilities that are currently above ground on West Street underground.

The big change will be the construction of a two-way bike lane. The bike lane will connect to the Kent Ave bike lane at Bushwick Inlet and continue north to the planned pedestrian bridge at Ash and Commercial streets which will connect the Brooklyn waterfront to Queens.

The CB 1 meeting at which the presentation will take place will be held on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30PM at the Swinging 60’s Senior Citizen Center, 211 Ainslie Street.

Download the DOT Greenpoint/Williamsburg Waterfront Implementation PDF or visit  the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to learn more.

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Suds for Sandy Relief at Brooklyn Brewery Tonight 11/5

Tonight Monday 11/5 at 7:30pm, Brooklyn Brewery (79 No. 11th St) is having a party for their new beer There Will Be Black and will contribute to Sandy Relief Efforts. Guests are encouraged to bring a $10 donation or one of the items on Brooklyn Kitchen’s supply list for the Rockaways.

There Will Be Black has a core of black bread and dark chocolate, wrapped in a bright coat of orangey, minty hops. This beer knows the night. This beer will be awesome with your burger, revelatory with your chicken molé, and intends to marry your lamb vindaloo. We think you’ll approve. 

British pale, lager, crystal and chocolate malt, American black barley, German black malt

American Willamette and Sorachi Ace, New Zealand Pacific Gem and Motueka

Our House Ale Yeast
O.G. 17.2° Plato
ABV 7.5%

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Getting Out and Around in Greenpoint

If it’s too far to walk or bike…

Subway recovery MAP (as of November 3)

  • G Train
    Completely suspended. No surprise, it’s the G!
  • L Train
    Partial service is in operation between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway. No word when local stops or service to Manhattan will be open.
  • E Train
    Service to and from Manhattan via Court Square is suspended.
  • 7 train
    Limited 7 train service has resumed in both directions from the Times Square-42 Street Station to the Flushing-Main Street Station.

Follow All Trains NYC @NYCTrains on twitter for latest updates.

Subways to Manhattan via Queens

  • Queens Plaza F/M trains are operating into Manhattan to 63rd/Lex.*
  • Queensboro Plaza N trains are running as far as Times Square.*
  • Vernon Blvd 7 train to Manhattan is now running.*

*You can take the B62 bus from Manhattan Ave to the F/M at Queens Plaza and N/R to Queensboro Plaza. Why does everyplace in Queens have to have the same name?

*You can also take  B62 or walk over the Pulaski Bridge to the 7 at Vernon Blvd.

Brooklyn Bus MAP 

The B62 and B43 are both running North/South from Manhattan Ave.

East River Ferry stops in Greenpoint and South Williamsburg will remain closed until further notice, as damage continues to be assessed.

Ferries from North Williamsburg (at North 6th Street) will start at 7AM, and the last ferries will leave Manhattan from E 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11 at 6PM. The ferries will arrive at each stop in 15-minute intervals.

More detailed info from NY Waterway’s Advisory Details.

The harbors are open and a new supply of gas is coming in. Supposedly HESS is the best. You can search for gas stations in the area here.

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Pratt Rockaways Sandy Relief Supply Drive; Greenpoint D/O Location Today

The Pratt Institute Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development (PSPD) department is collecting donations today to be brought down to the Rockaways.

Several students have been out in the Rockaways the past few days and have been absolutely appalled at the conditions.  PSPD has been in touch with Jeanne at Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and she said food and water is desperately needed.

Please read the following message from student Rebecca Crimmins:

On Saturday a truckload of goods will be headed out to the Rockaways (to the Firehouse at 59 St) and we need your help to fill it up! Please bring goods to Higgins Hall 406 before Friday night, there is a donation table on the studio side.

Greenpointers, if you want to contribute you can drop off items by me until about 3pm and I’ll bring them over – 59 Kent St #3G (buzzer 307)

Specific Requests in Rockaway and Far Rockaway (starred ones are most urgent):

* Canned food, non perishables
* bottled water
* Propane grill or camping style oven
* Plates, cups, forks, bowls, spoons, etc (disposable)
* blankets, jackets, gloves, hats, anything to keep folks warm
* cleaning supplies – buckets, squeegies, mops, bleach
* masks, gloves for cleaning
* batteries
* socks
* tarps
* garbage bags
gas stove
big paper, tape, markers
pens, paper, notepads
camping tables
gasoline containers
fire extinguishers
walkie talkies

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Ways Greenpointers Can Help: Sandy Disaster Relief in North Brooklyn

The devastating aftermath of Sandy is here, but our community has a chance to become stronger as a result. The cleanup has hardly even begun. Here is a list of ways you can lend a helping hand to your friends and neighbors:

Volunteer / Donation Opportunities For Sandy Relief



• New York City Public Advocate’s Office is organizing volunteers in areas across the five boroughs. You can register to participate for a four-hour shift in North Brooklyn.

• City sponsored cleanup of McCarren Park will take place on Saturday, Nov 3rd. – REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. Stay tuned for information about a McGolrick Park clean up.

• New York Blood Center was in need of blood even before the storm, but the storm has made the need greater. There will be a Blood Drive on Saturday (11/3) at Williamsburg Church (231 Ainslie Street) from 10-4pm.


• Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) is collecting donations of goods that people in the Rockaways need now and in the future.

  • Canned Goods
  • Nonperishable Food
  • Blankets
  • Jackets
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Utensils
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Brooms
  • Mops
  • Sponges
  • Garbage Bags
  • Water
  • Tarps

• Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Contact: Rev. Jennifer Aull (718) 383-5941

• St. Cecilia’s Church
23 Monitor Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Contact: Mary Jane Del Vicario (718) 389-0010

• St. Stanislaus American Legion Post 1771
519 Leonard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

• House of Yes
342 Maujer st
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Contact: Kae Burke (585)217-7209

Good Co.
10 Hope Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Contact Sean Aiken (718) 281-7191

• 6 Leonard St, apt J1
Btwn Conselyea and Metropolitan
Contact: Jennifer (917) 586-4153 Continue reading

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Get Lucky at Greenpoint Bargains

Looking for bargains? Of course of you are. Then check out the recently opened, and appropriately named, Greenpoint Bargains.

The store stocks well-priced furniture, clothing, books, records and all sorts of other curious oddities. I picked up this dreamscape of Impressionist Paris for a $100.00.

Greenpoint Bargains
211 McGuinness Blvd
(Between Greenpoint Ave and Calyer St.
Open 9am to 10pm daily.

They offer free local delivery for purchases over $150.00 plus set rentals.

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