Captain William E. Glynn took over as commanding officer of the 94th Precinct on November 22nd, and formally introduced himself to Greenpoint at the Community Council Meeting on December 6th. At the meeting, he explained that his personal philosophy of community-oriented policing comes down to “names, faces, places,” and since he arrived, he has been getting to know members of the community. I sat down with Captain Glynn on Monday to learn more about his career as an officer, and about his vision for the future of the 94th.
As we reported earlier this week, the MTA has taken a glacial approach to coming up with an alternative transit plan for commuters who will be affected when L train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn shuts down for 15 months beginning in April 2019. But, lo and behold! It’s here! The MTA’s transit plan.
Do you want to get involved with a North Brooklyn neighborhood group? Do you care about environmental issues? Join us for a drink! The five-minute presentations are purposefully short so that you’ll have plenty of time to grab a drink and talk directly with the experts and your neighbors.
WHERE: Muchmore’s | 2 Havemeyer St WHEN: Thursday, Dec 14th 6:30-8:30pm (presentations 7:00-7:30pm)
Friends of William Sheridan Playground welcomes all community members to the Auditorium of PS 84 (250 Berry Street) for a community meeting from 6:15-7:30 tonight. Friends of the Playground hope that everyone in the neighborhood, including “neighbors who don’t have kids enrolled in the school, local business owners and anyone else who would like William Sheridan to be a spot of fun and relaxation for them too.”
What: The first-ever meeting of Friends of William Sheridan Playground
Where: The Auditorium of PS 84 (250 Berry Street)
Who: All community members
Food: Complimentary light fare and refreshments will be served
The PSFCU owes it community-oriented nature to the way it’s structured. Unlike banks, credit unions are member owned, which means a credit union is “an integral part of the community it serves; profits earned by a credit union serve all its members and the local community they represent, including various community organizations (schools, churches, scouting and student organizations, etc.).” This year’s donations included Greenpoint organizations like the Slavic Arts Ensemble, and The Polonia NY Soccer Club
The PSFCU has been serving Greenpoint since 1976, aiding immigrants new to the neighborhood who were turned away from traditional banks when they applied for home loans. What we know today as PSFCU was established as the “Industrial and Commercial Federal Credit Union” by the founders of Greenpoint’s Polish and Slavic Center (177 Kent St. and 176 Java Street). Continue reading →
The market’s 30+ vendors will include a full range of gift-ready wares, from eco-friendly clothing to artisanal dioramas, bath and body products, handmade jewelry, crocheted accessories, stationery, artwork and more.
Extra-festive fun awaits in the form of a free wintry photobooth, live performances, tarot card reading and other seasonal surprises. If that’s not enough to convince you, the first 20 customers are getting gift bags at the door… and they don’t even have to be on the “nice” list!
If you’re looking for the perfect gift or you just want to support small businesses and artists in our area, you owe it to yourself to come by this quirky, fun market. Did we mention? Admission is free! Be sure to RSVP here, and pop a note on your calendar! Read on for a preview of some of the creative, stylin’ vendors…
On the other hand, if you are concerned about the eminent L Train Shutdown, the 15-month transit closure planned to take effect in April 2019, when the the MTA will repair the Canarsie Tunnel, it seems you may have no such survival guides. According to The Village Voice, the City and the MTA have no plan in place for how they’ll get the L Train’s 200,000 daily riders between Manhattan and Brooklyn and back again.
On Tuesday, December 5th, North Brooklyn community activists led by The L Train Coalition and local politicians, held a press conference at The West BK (379 Union Avenue) calling on the MTA and DOT to meet with community representatives before the end of the year. A media release for the event said, “the community needs a report of the current plans for transportation remediation, a serious discussion around help for local businesses, and any street use changes proposed by the Department of Transportation. We will also call for a commitment by the responsible agencies and their contractors to meet with a community advisory board on a monthly basis starting in January 2018.” The coalition also invited community members to get involved in the campaign. Continue reading →
There are a lot of post offices in New York City, from grand Beaux Arts gems to inspiring Art Deco projects. A survey of New York post offices can offer a look at the changing tides of civic architecture and urban planning in the five boroughs. Or, entering a post office can mean leaping into a shadowy vortex of shoddy service and lost packages. It’s really one or the other.
North Brooklyn’s post offices have gained some notoriety for being less than user-friendly. Greenpoint’s own branch, the Greenpoint Post Office (66 Meserole Avenue) became a crime scene in October when one employee was charged with stealing packages, electronics and nearly $10,000 worth of stamps over a two year period.
But even a stamp heist can’t complete with the goings-on at Williamsburg’s South Fourth Street Post Office (263 South 4th Street), a location Yelp users have called “The Bermuda Triangle of post offices” and “Hell personified in a post office.”
The branch has received one star on Yelp, and a total of 283 scathing reviews. Is it the worst post office in the city? Many aggrieved users seem to think so. Want to show the branch a little love? Have a thing for post offices no dower mail carrier can dampen? Sound off with positive vibes for the Williamsburg PO in the comments.
Here at Greenpointers, we’re gearing up for our Winter Candyland Holiday Market, and we hope you’ll join us on Sunday for the fun at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street). Meanwhile, around town, buildings are going up, criminals are being taken down, and the subway, as ever, is running with delays.