By Aaron Simon

Local Favorite Videology Closing At End Of Month

Videology (via Videology Facebook)

Videology (308 Bedford Ave.) announced today that the business will close its doors forever at the end of October after nearly a 15-year run.

The much-adored bar and neighborhood hangout for film aficionados became a staple in South Williamsburg that hosted screenings and trivia nights after shifting focus as a movie rental store.

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NYC Togethers Bridges Youth With The NYPD

NYC Together’s annual fundraiser takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave.), with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the program to bring officers from the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Brooklyn North together with high schoolers.

Founder Dana Rachlin (L) student (C) and Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey (R): Image courtesy of NYC Together

NYC Together’s founder Dana Rachlin views the relationships as beneficial for both the students and the officers: “We don’t see it as a mentorship, we see it as a way for us to build community and support young people with the resources and the support that they need.”

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Dreamy Music Video Highlights Greenpoint From Above

In the newly released music video for Pink Slater’s “DREAMCATCHER,” director Johnny Cirillo uses Greenpoint as a backdrop to dramatically showcase the neighborhood’s contrasting textures with sweeping drone footage.

Pink Slater’s debut album HOMEGIRL is a new music project from Greenpoint-based musician Tim Poovey, formerly of NIGHTDOGS. Continue reading

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Park Church Co-Op Hosts Autumnal Harvest Dinner

Join your neighbors at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) for a locally sourced feast on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.

Tickets for the Park to Table Community Harvest Dinner are available now and cost $35 for adults and $5 for children; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Brooklyn Defenders.

Image courtesy of The Park Church Co-op

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6th Annual Brooklyn Greenway Half Marathon & 5k This Sunday

The 6th annual Brooklyn Greenway Half Marathon & 5k will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8:30 a.m.

The start and finish lines are located at the future Columbia Waterfront Park (168 Columbia St.), with the 5k route tracing the waterfront to Brooklyn Heights and the half marathon to Williamsburg and back.

BK Greenway Half and 5K 2018 via BGI

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‘Stinky’ Limo Towed, No Longer on the Lam

A decrepit white limousine featuring plastic covered windows and loaves of bread overflowing from the trunk may have alerted your senses on and around Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint this week.

You can breathe easy, the limo was towed from the neighborhood on Wednesday following a series of complaints to 311 and the 94th Precinct according to CBS2.

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How to Submit Your Comments on Toxic Cleanup of NuHart Plastics

A two-month public comment period is now open for you to submit feedback on the proposed cleanup of the NuHart Plastics Superfund site, where two large plumes of phthalates and trichloroethylene (amongst a cauldron of other toxins) remain in the soil and groundwater at 280 Franklin Street from vinyl plastics manufatcuring dating back to the mid-20th century.

You can access and download the full report (PDF) from the Dept. of Environmental Conservation remediation database.

The lots that compose the NuHart Plastics building at Dupont, Franklin and Clay Streets.

The operators of NuHart Plastics vacated the site in 2004 leaving behind toxins in 12 leaky underground storage tanks and two aboveground silos. Over the years the gooey liquid phthalates mixed with groundwater and migrated toward the Greenpoint Playground and the adjacent lot where a potential school is planned, conveniently stopping at the playground’s edge on Franklin St.

The phthalates plume located at the NuHart Plastics site.

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A/D/O Takes Shape, Heartbreak in Milk and Roses — The Hook-Up 12/09

A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.)
A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) – nARCHITECTS

Step inside the futuristic, BMW-0wned co-working space A/D/O that is slated to open in Jan. 2017. The 23,000 square-foot facility will have a Scandinavian-style restaurant, retail space and a public seating area; a membership will cost you $600/month.

The Bowery Presents newest venue is Brooklyn Steel, a 1,800 person capacity general admission concert venue near the intersection of Frost St, and Debevoise Ave., is set to open early next year with performances by the Pixies and PJ Harvey, amongst others.

NYC-based band Loose Buttons released “Milk & Roses,”a song inspired by lead singer Eric Nizgretsky’s breakup following a meal at the Manhattan Ave. restaurant. Continue reading

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Sur-Real Estate, Home Invasion, Goldie’s — The Hook-Up 12/2

Rendering of proposed building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. - Kutnicki Bernstein Architects
Rendering of proposed building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. – Kutnicki Bernstein Architects

Developers are planning to build an 11 story mixed-use residential building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. overlooking Transmitter Park. The proposed building would have 77 apartments (23 affordable) and approximately 4,700 square feet of commercial space.

Notorious Brooklyn slumlords admitted to using abusive tactics to push out tenants from five North Brooklyn buildings, including 300 Nassau Ave. A plea deal was reached resulting in a $350,000 fine and no jail time.

An 85-year-old man played dead while he was robbed by three men who ran off with $36,000 from his Huron St. home. Continue reading

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Meeker Ave Toxic Plume Meeting Today: Ask Questions

Investigation area - Meeker Ave. Plume
Investigation area – Meeker Ave. Plume via DEC

Today is your chance to learn about the toxins lurking underneath the area surrounding our beloved McGolrick Park.

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding a public meeting to answer your questions about the Meeker Avenue Plume. State reps will be on hand to talk about the ongoing investigation at the site outlined in black on the map above.

The information session takes place today (Thursday, December 1st) at the Polish and Slavic Center located at 176 Java St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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