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An Upstart hopes for a Shocking Electoral Upset

Suraj Patel, via surajpatel.nyc
Suraj Patel addressing voters, via surajpatel.nyc

If elections were about enthusiasm and not counting votes Suraj Patel would probably defeat twelve-term incumbent Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in the June 26th Democratic primary for the twelfth congressional district, which includes Greenpoint. Visiting Patel’s campaign headquarters in Lower Manhattan, enthusiasm pervades the room, as a horde of young energetic people scurry about and electric buzz of youth and optimism fills the air.

The candidate, a millennial, enters, exuding the same enthusiasm. The thirty-four year-old Patel did his undergraduate work at Stanford and then went on to study Law at NYU, where Patel also is a professor of Business Ethics. An attorney, he received a scholarship at Cambridge where he earned a Masters in public policy. Continue reading

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BQGreen Block Party Tomorrow (6/16)

The Green Queen! via Friends of BQGreen

Join La Reina Verde (The Green Queen), the superhero fighting for new parkland on the Southside of Williamsburg, and Friends of BQGreen, for a Free Block Party this Saturday, 6/16 from 12-5!

Friends of BQGreen has been working to create a “park out of thin air” over the BQE between South 3rd and South 5th Streets. The Green will incorporate Marcy Green and Rodney Park and include “3.5-acres of open space with a flower garden, a playground, a baseball diamond, barbecues, grassy and wooded areas, an indoor pool and a water play zone.”

Saturday’s celebration will take place on the future site of BQGreen and include Latin food, burgers, refreshments, DJ Gasolina, 2 bouncy castles, face painting and games and a few surprises!

What: Friends of BQGreen Block Party
When: Saturday, 6/16, 12-5pm
Where: The Bridge at South 5th Street between Marcy Avenue and Rodney St.
Who: Everyone!!

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Ecology to Take Center Stage at Monitor Museum Site

A rendering of the Monitor Museum restored shoreline, via Brooklyn Paper in 2015
A rendering of the Monitor Museum restored shoreline, via Brooklyn Paper in 2015

The USS Monitor, built here in Greenpoint by Continental Ironworks in 1862, was one of the first iron-clad battle ships in the US Navy. During the Civil War, the Monitor took part in the “Battle of the Ironclads,” and money from the building of the Monitor contributed to the building of the Church of the Ascension (127 Kent Street).

Given The Monitor’s deep role in the industrial, naval and ecclesiastical history of Greenpoint, and the United States itself, lifelong Greenpoint residents George and Janice Weinmann have been advocating for a museum dedicated to the boat since 1996.

The couple secured land for the museum on Quay Street at the Monitor’s construction site in 2003, and scored a grant from GCEF to fund the museum in 2015. The project requires a restoration of the ecological shoreline at the Quay Street property, and the museum has been working with design and engineering firm AECOM to make it happen. On Wednesday, June 13, friends of the Monitor Museum teamed up with AECOM to host a public info meeting about the current status of the project.  Continue reading

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Mow your lawn, slurp your noodles — The Hook-up (6/15)

Parks Department to Greenpoint Landing: Municipal Lawn Care? Lol, Byeee

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! You know how it is here in North Brooklyn — another week, another waterfront development… Get the first look at the three towers proposed for the site immediately south of the Greenpoint Terminal Market.

Meanwhile, the Parks Department is taking quite the snarky attitude about the relentless development here in Greenpoint. Turns out, Parks doesn’t want to mow the lawn at Greenpoint Landing.

And they’re not the only ones up in arms this week. An off duty cop was arrested here last Friday night in a road rage incident.

In lighter news, looks like we’re the best slurpers in town. Wanpaku (621 Manhattan Avenue) topped this list of the city’s ramen joints.

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Newtown Creek is Getting a New Living Dock

Working and Learning on the Living Dock. Via Newtown Creek Alliance
Working and Learning on the Living Dock. Via Newtown Creek Alliance

Do you feel alive, Greenpoint? Well, the valiant conservationists at Newtown Creek Alliance certainly do. The good folks at NCA have announced plans for a second Living Dock in Newtown Creek. The Living Dock is a “floating structure designed to provide valuable marine habitat within a heavy polluted and largely bulkheaded waterway.”

The original Living Dock was installed here in Greenpoint at the North Henry Street Public Basin in 2015, and its brand-new sister dock will be built this month and installed in the English Kills tributary of the creek.  Continue reading

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Java Street Community Garden Party Saturday June 23rd!

java garden party

The Java Street Community Garden (59 Java Street) is having a neighborhood summer potluck picnic! The party will get going on Saturday, June 23rd from 2-pm, and there’ll be a photo booth, arts and crafts and a raffle. Guests are encouraged to bring something to share, and light fare and cold refreshments will be provided.

RSVP info on Facebook Continue reading

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Community Board Meeting Tomorrow Night! (6/12)

Dealice Fuller at the CB1 meeting on November 14, 2017
Dealice Fuller at the CB1 meeting on November 14, 2017

Tomorrow night (6/12) at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St), our local Community Board 1 will be having its monthly meeting from 6pm-8:30pm. If you cannot attend in person, you can live stream the meeting on PBS Thirteen’s YouTube channel. The meetings are open to all, and a range of topics will be discussed, including: Continue reading

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Docking, Driving, Building and Borrowing — The Hook-up (6/8)

Williamsburg car-share sites dedicated to the DOT’s new pilot program. Via Greenpoint Post

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! Now you’re really living — because the Newtown Creek Alliance has announced plans for the construction and installation of a second Living Dock within Newtown Creek.

And if that doesn’t quicken your pulse, maybe the unveiling of a new staircase at the Bedford Avenue L station will. They opened on Saturday as a first taste of the MTA larger L-pocalypse repair work.

But, with more stairs comes fewer parking spaces. The city has reserved dozens of spots in Williamsburg as part of its car-sharing pilot program.

Speaking of sharing, Brooklyn Public Library cardholders can now borrow musical instruments for up to two months at a time!  Continue reading

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Greenpoint Monitor Museum Site Visit + Public Info Session (6/9 & 6/13)

Greenpoint Monitor Museum

The Greenpoint Monitor Museum received a grant three years ago from the GCEF to build a museum honoring the USS Monitor on the shores of developing Bushwick Inlet, where the great ship was constructed more than 150 years ago. The project requires a restoration of the ecological shoreline, and the museum has been working with design and engineering firm AECOM to make it happen.

This Saturday, June 9 from 12m to 2pm, the Monitor Museum will host a guided visit of the future museum site. Meet up with folks at 56 Quay Street (at Bushwick Inlet).

Next Wednesday, June 13th from 6:30-8pm the Museum will be hosting a public info meeting  at the Community Room at Bushwick Inlet Park (86 Kent Ave). Continue reading

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