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Greenpoint Gigs: Personal trainers, Babysitters, Design interns, Food Service gigs, and more

Illustration by Aubrey Nolan
Illustration by Aubrey Nolan

Churn LLC (Van Leeuwen) needs a dish washer and a porter full time. They’re looking to fill the position immediately.
Score a design internship at Java Studios (252 Java Street). You’ll get a $20/day stipend and an unlimited MetroCard.
One of our fave salons, The Karcher (760 Manhattan Ave), wants a front desk host.
Wood-fired Mexican spot, Oxomoco (128 Greenpoint Ave), needs front of house staff.
Love social media? Need an internship? Brooklyn Craft Company (165 Greenpoint Ave) needs an intern.
Looking to make some extra cash? And, you’re an amazing sitter? A family is looking for a new sitter from September-June.
Keep that ship running: Nooklyn is hunting for a storefront maintenance coordinator and office manager.
Sweat it out: Crunch Fitness put out the call for personal trainers for their Greenpoint and Bushwick locations.
The Greenpoint Shul (108 Noble Street) seeks a part-time Executive Director.

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Building (and Exploding) on the River — The Hook-up (8/17)

1056 Manhattan Avenue, via Yimby

It’s been an explosive week here in Greenpoint. While real gunfire rang out on Noble St. on Tuesday, stunt explosions detonated over the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge the very same day.

In Real Estate news, a new behemoth is going up on Manhattan Avenue. The first renderings have been revealed for 1056 Manhattan Avenue, clocking in at 56,746 sqft. of retail and residential space.

One Blue Slip, the first of Greenpoint Landing’s market rate buildings is open for leasing. One-Bedrooms begin at $3,225, and according to the New York Times, 90% of units have water views.

If you want to get River Views without paying an arm and a leg, you can tour the new phase two of Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City.

 

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Shots fired in Greenpoint Near 50 Cent, 6ix9ine Video Shoot

50 Cent and 6ix9ine via Gothamist

On Tuesday around 9pm, a gunman on Noble St. fired 8 rounds from a 9mm semi-automatic weapon while 50 Cent and newcomer 6ix9ine filmed a music video for their newest collaboration, Get the Strap, on West St. Nobody was hurt.

Gothamist reports that sources connected to 6ix9ine say the gunman was not targeting any of the rappers on the scene.

The NYPD is currently investigating the shooting.

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Volunteer: Weed-O-Rama at Transmitter Park (8/18)

Wildflowers in Transmitter Park. Photo: Megan Penmann
Wildflowers in Transmitter Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

Unfortuantely for some, “Weed-o-rama” doesn’t refer to 420—Transmitter Park is holding the event this Saturday (8/18)  for volunteers to help weed the gardens after recent rains have produced an excessive amount of pesky greens.

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Endless Summer: Free (or cheap) North Brooklyn Must-Dos

Movie in Transmitter Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

August is like the Sunday of summer, so why not get the most of out this month? There’s still so much fun to be had, even as summer winds down to a slow and humid crawl.

Here are some ideas to have a great and wallet-friendly summer right here in North Brooklyn: Continue reading

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Previewing, Pumping and Polluting – The Hook-up (8/10)

Happy Friday, Greenpoint!

There has been much in the news this week about L-pocalypse, what with this weekend’s L closure, and the city’s cap on ride-share vehicles, but that’s not all. On Monday, the MTA showed of it’s L-ternative bus routes to city officials, who rode public transit throughout the two-mile route.

While there are few things as dirty as the way the MTA has been handling the L-train closure, it turns out that one quarter of the city’s most polluted sites are in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.  Continue reading

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What You Need to Know about The Ride-Sharing Cap

Bedford L Station (photo: Julia Moak)

As the L-Pocalypse looms and the L train shuts down for 15 weekends starting this weekend, the City Council’s vote to put a cap on the number of ride-share cars is not welcome news to many in North Brooklyn. As local businesses already face the challenge of retaining customers over the course of the 15-month L Train Shutdown, we wonder how limiting the number of ride-share cars will affect local businesses and workers.

Over the years as the neighborhood’s population has exploded, North Brooklyn has seen a higher number of yellow cabs cruise through the neighborhood—and in fact, we house many of them here—but still nowhere near the number of yellow cabs you see on the streets of Manhattan. Before Uber and Lyft came to town, there were a handful of local car services like Northside, Java, or Metroline you’d call to get a ride somewhere, often paying a flat cash fee that included tip. And those drivers usually knew the best back streets to take to get you to JFK in about half an hour.

Uber & Lyft via Unsplash
photo illustration via Unsplash

These days, getting a cab is as easy as pressing a few buttons on your phone without having to wait on hold or talk to anyone or give your credit card info—and in North Brooklyn, a 1-minute or less wait for an Uber or Lyft (or Juno, or Via) is common. But often, drivers of ride-share vehicles are not local to your neighborhood and are blindly following robotic-voiced directions on their phones. (Ed note: Northside and Metroline have their own apps, and you can book online with Java).

New York City currently has more than 100k ride-share vehicles on the streets, compared with less than 15k yellow cabs. Six yellow cab drivers have committed suicide in the last few years—depressed and traumatized about not being able to pay their bills—while Uber and Lyft drivers of all ages, races and backgrounds have raked in some extra side hustle cash.

The suicides, combined with general concern about traffic congestion and lack of regulation prompted the city to do something about this rapid explosion of vehicles on our streets that have very visibly threatened the livelihoods of thousands of Yellow Cab drivers—who are still iconic of New York City. Two months ago almost 150 taxi medallions hit the bankruptcy auction block. According to Curbed, “In 2013, a medallion was worth as much as $1.3 million, however, competition from ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft has driven medallion prices down to as low as $160,000.” According to the Post, earnings for Yellow Cab drivers have plummeted to $29k per year by some estimates.

The legislation passed on Wednesday will require ride-share companies to purchase a for-hire vehicle license (or face a $10k penalty) currently set at $275 per car, exempting wheelchair accessible vehicles from a fee, and requires the TLC to set a minimum wage for ride-share drivers. And, of course, the cap. The law also says that no new licenses (except for accessible vehicles) will be given out for one year, while the TLC conducts a transportation study. New York is the first major city to impose a limit on the number of ride-share vehicles. In response, Uber says it’s planning to recruit the tens of thousands of drivers who already own a valid for-hire-vehicle license. The company, currently the highest valued startup at $68 billion, was a staunch opponent of the bill, launching an ad campaign to drum up support against it.

A 2018 TLC study found that setting a minimum wage for ride-share drivers to $17.22 per hour would increase driver net pay by 22.5%. And by instituting a minimum wage for drivers, Uber and Lyft would take less of a cut. It would, “…substantially reduce growth in the number of new drivers and vehicles and provide some indirect benefits for medallion drivers.” According to Mashable, “Lyft said it supports a livable wage for its drivers and is already paying close to the $17.22 minimum hourly rate (after expenses) to its drivers.”

It’s a fact that more ride-hailing apps means more cars on the streets, which in turn creates more traffic and congestion. City bus routes are affected (if you ride the B62 you know this is true), and of course first responders and emergency service workers can be delayed too. Jon Orcutt, the director of communications and advocacy at TransitCenter, says we are currently in “our worst transportation crisis in decades.”

L Train Illustration via @brooklyncartoons Instagram
Illustration via @brooklyncartoons Instagram

Of course, all of this is happening above ground and that’s not the only way New Yorkers travel. In April of 2019 the L Train will shut down for repairs for 15 months, forcing thousands of Brooklynites to find a different way to get into Manhattan. The MTA’s plans have been heavily criticized, with many arguing that they have only accounted for a fraction of workers who will need to get into the city every day. The Village Voice calls it a “recipe for gridlock.” Some North Brooklyn lifers shrug their shoulders while they wait for rents to drop and café crowds to thin out.

The full magnitude of the L-pocalypse and the effect on our daily commutes to Manhattan remains to be seen. We do know, however, that it’s going to be epic. The shutdown will have its own documentary, already has a news series on Vice, and has been making national news. And there have been plenty of crazy-not-so-crazy alternatives to the subway proposed.

Local business owners are none too happy about the shutdown either, knowing that without the daily influx of tourists coming into the neighborhood and with some residents moving out of the neighborhood entirely, their business will drop. Maybe even to 2008 levels. With a ride-share cap in addition to the shutdown, many businesses who rely on people from outside the neighborhood—restaurants, entertainment venues, retail establishments—will certainly feel a pinch. But others ask, is the idea of less people coming into the neighborhood really a bad thing? Isn’t the neighborhood overcrowded as it is? It’s a complicated issue.

Greenpointers, we want to know how the ride-share cap and the shutdown will affect you. Are you a business owner or a Lyft driver? Let us know how you feel in the comments.

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Say Amen, Somebody: Movie Screening + Bake Sale at Park ChurchCo-Op

Park Church Co-Op Bake Sale

The Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) is celebrating gospel music and community building with a screening of the 1982 documentary Say Amen, Somebody! and a bake sale on Saturday, August 18th at 7pm. Tickets to the film are $5, and there will be homemade baked goods for sale, with the funds going towards the church.
If you want to donate a baked good, you can sign up on this form.
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Volunteers Needed: Greenpoint Tree Watering Day is This Saturday (8/11)

Greenpoint Tree Corps

Volunteer tree watering is happening this Saturday August 11th at 10am, meeting in Transmitter Park! In this brutal heat, the trees get dehydrated and need a little neighborly help to keep them growing—if you volunteer you’ll help water young trees along Kent and West Streets.

*Watch out for the park’s mockingbirds; we received a tip they are still actively defending their nests as of yesterday.

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L-Pocalypse Pre-Show Countdown: L to close for 15 weekends prior to “official” shutdown

How is this weekend like Christmas? No L!

In fact, the MTA announced on Saturday, The L train will not run between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 15 weekends between now and April, when the agency plans to usher in L-pocalypse.

While North Brooklyn has been aware of, and preparing for, April’s planed 15-month suspension of service through the Canarsie Tunnel with a litany of enterprising, madcap solutions, commuters were entirely unaware of the MTA’s pre-show closure countdown.

Now, purveyors of L-ternatives will have to fire up their tanks earlier than expected, because the first of the 15 weekend closures will take place this weekend (from 11:30pm Friday, August 10 – 5am Monday, August 13th). 

The other 14 weekend closures will take place throughout October, November, February, March and April.

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