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Nachos Return To Post-Fire Commodore, Illegal Gas Hookups, Homeland — The Hook-Up 1/20

Construction on West St. between India and Java
Bless this mess—Construction on West St. between India and Java

Today—Inauguration Day 2017—you’re either donning a red baseball cap and poppin’ some champagne or silently crying at your desk and mustering up the guts to join a march tomorrow. Yesterday we published a list of politically-charged events in our area this weekend that embrace diversity. We should mention that we didn’t receive any details about pro-Trump celebrations; if we had, we would have published those too. Whatever your views on the incoming administration may be, here are some local news events from this week that had nothing whatsoever to do with PEOTUS—–>POTUS.

A sham utility company was found to be illegally installing gas meters so building owners could get the buildings finished and certificates of occupancy faster. Some of the buildings were reportedly in North Brooklyn.

The Commodore‘s kitchen is closed for a few weeks after a fire about a week and a half ago. But they just started serving nachos yesterday!

The Nasty Women art exhibit and Stay Nasty festivities last weekend at Knockdown Center raised more than $50k for Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Girls for Gender Equity, the New York Immigration Coalition, SisterSong, and Planned Parenthood.

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The Best of Brooklyn Beer & Food Festival Brings Unlimited Craft Brews and Tastings! Get 15% off Tix!

Clear your calendar and dust off that winter chill with the first-ever Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival! Greenpointers readers get 15% off tickets!

More than 45,000 Brooklynites voted across 128 categories and Best of Brooklyn is showcasing your picks on January 28 at Industry City! This collection of Brooklyn’s best craft brew (unlimited!), tastings on sale from 20+ top chefs (Doughnut Plant and Dinosaur BBQ to name a few), special exhibits by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), and music curated by C’mon Everybody. Pick from one of two sessions or hit the after party! Continue reading

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Precinct Protest, Deep Fried Burrata and Candy Vans — The Hook-Up 1/13

Greenpoint watertower sunset. Photo: Megan Penmann
Greenpoint watertower sunset. Photo: Megan Penmann

A protest at Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct this week made headlines following Captain Peter Rose’s statements to the press about rape cases. The protest happened despite his formal apology via Twitter. The National Organization For Women has requested a meeting with the police commissioner to discuss sytem-wide reforms.

There’s a new development going up next to Transmitter Park, and local residents are not excited about the building’s lobby overlooking the park. Residents voiced their dissent at a Community Board meeting this week about the zoning amendment which would allow the proposed construction to take place. The issue now goes up before the City Planning Commission and then to City Hall.

The renovated Kosciuszko Bridge might actually open sooner than originally planned. The project, which started in late 2014, has been regularly clogging up neighborhood traffic leading onto the BQE. A Department of Transportation spokeswoman says that the “main span will be completed and all traffic in both directions will be shifted onto it in early spring.” Hallelujah! Continue reading

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Calling All Crafters: Brooklyn Craft Co. Is Hiring Teachers!

Brooklyn Craft Co. Photo: Patty Scull
Inside Brooklyn Craft Co.’s space – Photo by Patty Scull

It’s a new year, which means it’s a good time to reset with new career goals and aspirations. If you’re handy with a needle and thread or a paintbrush, you may be in luck—Brooklyn Craft Co. (165 Greenpoint Ave.) is seeking some new instructors.

Per Brooklyn Craft Co: “If you teach crafts / DIY and you’re based in the NYC area, we want to hear from you. We are seeking paid instructors in the following subjects:

  • Garment Sewing
  • Crochet
  • Quilting
  • Painting & Art
  • Macrame
  • Loom Weaving
  • Cross Stitch
  • Embroidery
  • Drop Spindle Yarn Spinning
  • Dyeing

Brooklyn Craft Co looking for teachersTO APPLY: Please email hello [at] brooklyncraftcompany.com with the following:

  • Tell us about yourself, including your background in the area you want to teach, and online links to your current work (such as your blog, Etsy shop, Instagram, etc).
  • A brief description of 1-3 workshops you would like to teach with us, including a description of what you would cover in class and the finished project students would make.”

Brooklyn Craft Co. is located at 165 Greenpoint Ave. Follow them on Instagram.

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“Take Rape Seriously!” Protesters Gathered At The 94th Precinct Today

Protesters in front of the 94th precinct today. Photo: Julia Moak
Protesters in front of the 94th precinct today. Photo: Julia Moak

Greenpoint’s own 94th Precinct police station (100 Meserole Avenue) was the site today for an organized protest following Captain Peter Rose’s remarks to a DNA Info reporter last week that sparked not only local concern but also social media outrage and nationwide attention. His comments insinuated that the police may prioritize cases of “stranger rape” over cases where the perpetrator was known to the victim.

“It’s not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of 13 [sex attacks], only two were true stranger rapes,” Rose said in the DNA Info article. “If there’s a true stranger rape, a random guy picks up a stranger off the street, those are the troubling ones. That person has, like, no moral standards,” he said.

These comments come on the heels of a string of rape cases in Greenpoint last fall, in addition to reports of women being publicly groped, and police response to those events gave local residents enough concern to form a task force.

Captain Rose released a formal apology yesterday via Twitter stating, “Every rape, whether it is perpetrated by a stranger or someone known to them is fully investigated. We make no distinction in our response. My comments suggested otherwise and for that I apologize.” Despite the apology, the NOW protest planned for this afternoon in front of the precinct moved forward, with about 20-30 protesters in attendance and almost as many police personnel in front of the precinct keeping watch.
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Community Board 1 Voting Tonight (Tues. 1/10) On Transmitter Park Development

Proposed building design.

Via Friends of Transmitter Park:

“Owners of the property adjacent to Transmitter Park (13 & 15 Greenpoint Avenue) have submitted a zoning text amendment application with stipulations that could have a very negative impact on the park. As part of the application review process (ULURP) Brooklyn Community Board #1 will be voting on whether to approve this application or not. This text amendment will help the developer reap enormous additional revenue vs building up the property as-of-right by way of government approval of this application.

Friends of Transmitter Park and community members plan to speak at this meeting prior to the vote.

*** We need as many people as possible to be there to send a strong message to the board that the residents of Greenpoint do not want their precious park violated.”

The Community Board meeting is tonight, January 10th from 6pm–9pm at  the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie Street @ Manhattan Ave). Continue reading

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Tennis, Anyone? It’s Now Year-Round at McCarren Park, But Not Free

This past Sunday, January 8th marks the beginning of a new era of tennis at McCarren Park. Now players can play year-round thanks to a bubble that recently erected over the courts, but the luxury of playing indoors comes at a price ($40-$75 per hour) and has aroused some controversy. Chintan Trivedi, a real estate agent, built the heated dome at the park. A tennis coach from the Bronx, Trivedi explained that it was a lifelong dream to create a year-round tennis venue to teach the sport to kids. The bubble will be dismantled each April, but new lights will illuminate the courts year-round. Continue reading

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Breaking: Fire On Greenpoint Avenue

Fire on Greenpoint Avenue - Photo: Edward Winter
Photo: Edward Winter

According to @NYCfirewire and local eyewitnesses, there’s a fire currently blazing at 13 Greenpoint Ave. on the 2nd floor in a 2-story commercial building. We’ll update this post as we hear more.

Update via Patch:

“The affected building houses a high-end recording studio, The End. Twelve firetrucks and 65 firemen were on the scene around 10:05 a.m. after receiving the call a little after 10 a.m., an FDNY spokesperson told Patch.

There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire was still under investigation, the FDNY spokesperson said.

The End has a stock of high-end recording equipment, mixers, musical instruments, and speakers, according to its website. It was unclear which pieces of expensive equipment were damaged in the fire.”

Email us at [email protected] if you have any tips or photos you’d like to share!

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Q&A With Stephen Levin on Tuesday, January 10th At Pete’s Candy Store

Stephen Levin
Stephen Levin

Join new local podcast The Hook next Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm at Pete’s Candy Store for their inaugural episode of a new, live, one-on-one talk show. The first episode will kick off with NYC City Council member Stephen Levin for an intriguing sit-down with questions like:

“Is there hope in politics?”
“Are there other cities you are envious of, politically?”
“What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?”
And… “When you played bass for an indie- rock darling of college-radio, named after a $10 toy synthesizer, was it awesome?”

Levin is one of the city council’s youngest members and part of the 33rd District which includes Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Recently, Levin was a key player in the city’s acquisition of the final parcel of land to complete Bushwick Inlet Park, a victory which took years of hard work and collaboration between residents and local government. Though, it should be noted that the process isn’t over, and we still have a long way to go until the day we see the park fully realized on our waterfront land.

According to The Hook, it is “a new political speakeasy, in which people of idealistic distinction are interviewed before a live audience, with ample space for interaction, surprise, and discovery. Moderated by former Open City Dialogues host Jamie Hook in the venerable back-room of Pete’s Candy Store, The Hook is an experiment in the politics of the local, an incubator for new community ideas, and a subscriber to the notion that all you have to do to belong is participate. Join us!”

Audience members will have ample opportunity to ask questions and participate, so bring your best inquiries for a chance to find out what’s what from a local politician in this era of political uncertainty.

The Hook at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street)
7-9pm, Tuesday January 10th

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Mulchfest: How To Dispose of Your Christmas Trees!

Mulchfest - Transmitter Park - Christmas Tree Dropoff
Trees dropped off at Transmitter Park. Someone left theirs in a plastic bag – please don’t do this!

As of last week, we started seeing trees pile up at McCarren Park, some with lights and stands still attached, which is a big no-no. Here’s what you need to do to get your tree ready for recycling!

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation , and GreeNYC are hosting the annual MulchFest this Saturday and Sunday January 7th and 8th, where trees are turned into mulch for the city’s parks and plantings. You can drop off your Christmas trees to recycle them into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year.

You can bring your tree to McCarren Park at Lorimer and Driggs on January 7 and 8 from 10am to 2pm. They’ll chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch! McGolrick Park (at Monitor and Driggs) and Transmitter Park are both operating as tree drop-off sites, so you can bring your tree there but it won’t be chipped there (so no free bag of mulch). Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, stands and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest chipping or drop-off site. Bags will be provided if you wish to take some free mulch home. Continue reading

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