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L Train Shutdown Solutions Meeting – Tonight 2/23!

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The Riders Alliance, a grass-roots membership organization of subway and bus riders dedicated to winning better transit in New York City, are hosting an L Train Shutdown meeting tonight.

Riders deserve a voice in the L train shutdown!

Are you worried about how the L train shutdown will affect your community? You’re not alone!

We’re fighting hard to make sure you’ll be able to get around easily when the L is out of service–but we can’t do it without your help!

Come join us at our first L Train Riders meeting to discuss what riders like you need during the shutdown–and how we’re going to make sure the MTA and DOT listen to us!

When: Thursday, February 23rd, 6pm-8pm

Where: The Carto Center: 201 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY, 11206

Food will be provided. Two way MetroCards for those in need.

RSVP HERE

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VENDOR CALL! Spring Market in Celebration of Earth! (Sunday, April 9th)


We love this time of year when greenery and blooms sprout back to life! For the love of Earth in the month of Earth Day, we’re celebrating Spring at the Greenpoint Loft on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 for a day full of free fun activities, live music, and shopping in one of the most beautifully restored historic spaces in Brooklyn!

Creative entrepreneurs and makers of food, art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, etc. – you know who you are – sign up with us to join one of the most enjoyable selling experiences in New York City. Apply here or directly in the form after the jump.

The Greenpointers Markets started in 2011 and has been growing ever since. Check out a recap of our last Old-Timey Valentine’s Market where we had an oversized paper rose garden photo booth, thousands of visitors, and live jazz music! News 12 even came to visit us!

It’s a low-risk way to get your product or business in front of thousands of visitors and spend a day of local shopping, activities, and music in one of the most beautiful spaces in Brooklyn.

Are you a corporate level business? Learn about sponsorship opportunities and apply here!

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Feminist Tattoos, Putin + Trump Lovefest, and CB1 Livestreams — The Hook-Up 2/17

McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann
McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann

In case you missed it, an illustrated image of Putin/Trump embracing was projected onto a building on North 6th Street this week.

Police are investigating after an apartment building with mostly Hasidic residents in Williamsburg was vandalized with swastika graffiti.

Hurrah! Community Board 1 will now be livestreaming their lengthy meetings! Here’s the meeting from earlier this week, which runs almost four hours.

Greenpoint’s Magick City (37 Box St.) hosted a tattoo event to benefit Planned Parenthood last week, which got completely booked up, drawing crowds from all around the city.

Applications for affordable housing ($596 for a studio!) at the Domino Sugar Factory reached a whopping 87k—only 104 are available, with half designated to go to residents of CB1.

Will makeup giant Sephora be coming to Williamsburg? It’d probably look right at home next to the Apple Store, Levis Store and Whole Foods.

Following two pedestrian deaths, neighbors are speaking up about making Grand Street a safer place to walk.

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L Train Shutdown Meeting Tonight (2/16)!

L Train ShutdownWhat’s the plan for the 2019 L Train shutdown? Do we have alternative transportation options? Tonight’s the night to voice your opinion and talk with community members about the upcoming L Train closure. The DOT and the MTA are hosting a series of community workshops, and NOW is the time to get involved before it’s too late!

Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design | 257 N 6th St.
6-8pm
Facebook event RSVP

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Support The Greenpoint YMCA This Thursday (2/16)!

The Greenpoint Y (99 Meserole Ave.) is kicking off its annual fundraiser this Thursday from 12-4pm. There’ll be free snacks and Y schwag giveaways. 100% of the proceeds will be dedicated to enhancing programmatic needs and providing funding for scholarship programs!

These scholarships provide deserving children with the opportunity to:

  • Experience the magic of camp
  • Learn to swim
  • Enjoy the benefits of an early childhood education
  • Boost academic performance and social skills through after school programs
  • Make college a reality
  • Be healthy and fit
  • Explore a new sport or skill
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Old-Timey Valentine’s Market, Anti-Valentine’s Day Party, Self-Care Faire, Tea Drunk Tasting – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/8–2/14)

I’m (Not) In Love Anti-Valentine’s Day Party @ Littlefield (622 Degraw St), Friday (2/10), 10pm, $6-10, The last thing you need to worry about in 2017 is Valentine’s Day, a made-up holiday about a four-letter word. Avoid all the mushy stuff and dance your way into oblivion. Wear black. All black. More info [sponsored]

This Sunday, February 12th from 1-7pm, we are hosting an Old-Timey Valentine’s Market in the beautiful Greenpoint Loft (67 West St). Whether you’re single, attached, or can’t really say, come imbibe Prohibition-era cocktails and vintage jazz tunes — or just mix and mingle as you shop for yourself, your friends, or your beloved. As always, we’ll be offering plenty of free, fun activities in addition to a judiciously selected panel of amazing local vendors. RSVP

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

WEDNESDAY 2/8

♦ Tattoo to Protect Your Parts: A Planned Parenthood Affair @Magick City (37 Box St) 2pm, Pop-up tattoo salon with highly sought-after, talented artists on-site to give $40 flash sheet tattoos. 100% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, More info
♦ The Professional Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Watch The Professional in the Main Ballroom! Full bar and restaurant menu open before after and during the movie, RSVP

 

THURSDAY 2/9


#Global Flavors: How Curry, Soy Sauce, and Sriracha Became American
@MOFAD (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $10, Historic gastronomist and author of Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, Sarah Lohman explores the global flavors that make up American cuisine, More info
* Better Than Jam’s 7 YEARS Anniversary Party @ Better than Jam (20 Grattan St) 8pm, $10, BYOB, snacks provided. Sales and perks plus raffles and fun!, More info
♦ Taste of Streep MOVIE PARTY *postcards from the EDGE* @Syndicated Bar (40 Bogart St) 7pm, $20, Drink, eat, and celebrate three amazing women – Meryl Streep, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds, Includes film screening, cocktail, & the chance to win a grand prize basket in a competitive round of Meryl trivia, Buy tix
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Greenpoint Has A Serial Groper

Christopher Boissard. Image via DNA Info/Facebook
Christopher Boissard. Image via DNA Info/Facebook

A local man, Christopher Boissard, who has been harassing and grabbing locals, in addition to shoving customers inside local businesses has now been charged with felony sex abuse.

Via DNA Info:

“An accused serial groper who has attacked and stalked a neighborhood mom continues to target other local woman — seemingly undeterred by restraining orders against him, police and his victims said.

Christopher Boissard, 25 — a deaf man who’s been arrested more than 30 times on various low-level charges — has three pending groping cases against him and a conviction for attacking and harassing his own father, court records show.

He has violated orders of protection barring him from going near his alleged victims at least six times, in a pattern neighbors worry could get someone killed.”

“Last fall, on Sept. 11, he fondled a woman’s breasts at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Freeman Street at around 9:30 p.m., according to prosecutors. He was arrested, and Judge Matthew J. D’Emic set bail at $500, which he posted, court records show.”

“Boissard fondled a woman’s breasts and shoved her inside a store near India Street and Manhattan Avenue, as workers at the store repeatedly asked him to leave, prosecutors said.”

“Workers at Manhattan Avenue’s Champion Coffee said that two weeks before Boissard groped Clare, police were called after he chased several women down the avenue, though no police report was filed.

He’s shoved customers inside local businesses, and sometimes walks in and screams before running out, witnesses said. Shopkeepers say they keep a watchful eye on Boissard.”

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Greenpointer Withdrawing as Secretary of The Army Nominee

So, a local hero will not be serving in the Trump Administration after all. Vincent Viola, the billionaire owner of the Florida Panthers ice hockey team and St. Cecilia’s graduate, has decided not to pursue his nomination by President Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of the Army. It was widely reported by many American newspapers on Friday that Viola informed President Trump on Friday that he would be unable to accept the nomination because separating from the companies that he had built over the last 35 years had proven too difficult, according to the Chicago Tribune. Some reports say that Viola could not divest himself from his stake in Eastern Airlines, which he would have been required to do under conflict of interest laws cabinet members must abide by. The New York Times reported that Mr. Viola had been negotiating to swap his stake in Eastern Air Lines for a stake in Swift Air, an airline with government subcontracts. If his nomination had continued, he would have faced controversy by potentially becoming a government official who profited from federal contracts. Viola becomes the first nominee chosen by Trump to remove himself from the nomination process. Continue reading

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Some Williamsburg Residents May Be Seeing Brown Tap Water, And Here’s Why

rust brown water greenpoint

Hopefully your tap water doesn’t look like the above photo. Gross! According to NYC Water, some local residents currently have a water system maintenance advisory due to a situation at the Domino Sugar Factory:

Water system maintenance advisory for residents in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: There is a broken pipe within Old Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg. The property owner is making repairs now. This work could cause some residents to see discolored water at the tap. While it is not harmful, residents should not drink obviously discolored water.  

Please report discolored water to 311 (you can call 311 or fill in this form online) to help our engineers pinpoint any problems. Crews will be on standby to open hydrants and flush water mains, if necessary. Go here to learn more about the causes of discolored water.

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Polish Sci-Fi Films This Friday At The Park Church Co-Op!

Polish films at Park Church Co-OpCheck out some 80’s sci-fi films presented by Polish Filmmakers NYC this Friday night at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.), at 8pm—there will be Polish food and vodka! The films will be presented in Polish with English subtitles. Bring your own pillow and blanket and get cozy. Facebook invite here. Tickets are $15. Continue reading

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