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Spotted: McCarren Hawk Enjoys Rodent Picnic

A McCarren hawk spotting from this July.

It has been a fairly busy summer for McCarren Park hawk sightings. While many Greenpointers refer to the hawk in the singular, there is perhaps a family of hawks that call the park home. A video of two hawks enjoying a bath in a puddle in the park was shared a few weeks ago, and this morning a tipster shared a video of a hawk devouring a rat on a picnic table in McCarren Park. Continue reading

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Lentol on Williamsburg Postal Problems: “You Can’t Live Like That”

The UPSP office at 263 S 4TH St (Google Maps)

With an uptick in complaints over chronically late mail, missing packages and unsatisfactory service, Assemblyman Joe Lentol sent a letter to the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General earlier this month asking how to improve mail delivery in his district. The letter also asks to identify the cause of USPS’s delivery woes in Brooklyn zip codes in 11211, 11222, and 11249. Lentil spoke to News 12 Brooklyn in an interview at the Williamsburg post office: Continue reading

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Heavy Rain Floods India Street and Court Square

India Street flooding on Wednesday night.

The heavy rain that poured down on NYC yesterday sparked a flash flood warning and caused flooding in Greenpoint and Long Island city affecting commuters.

The portion of India Street leading up to the pier and NYC ferry entrance was covered in water and flooded the vehicles parked on the street.

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A ferry commuter shared a video from Wednesday night showing India Street inundated with water.

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Night Dancing of the Giglio Is Tonight, Feast Ends Sunday (7/21)

The Giglio (Courtesy of OLMC Feast)

The night dancing of the Giglio at the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel takes place in Williamsburg tonight at 7 p.m. The annual festival runs through July 21, and tonight the famous four-ton spire will be hoisted during a procession that involves over 300 lifters, approximately 80 are first time volunteers. If you missed the  Giglio Sunday lift, checkout the video with Giglio footage and interviews from Current News:

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Kickstarter Seeks Creators and Artists for Fall Residency

Spring 2019 Creators-in-Residence (courtesy of Kickstarter)

Greenpoint-based Kickstarter is seeking NYC-based artists and creators for their fall 2019 residence program to gain mentorship on projects by staff at the company’s headquarters.

The fall 2019 Kickstarter Creators-in-Residence program runs from 9/10 – 12/13 and the deadline to apply is 7/31.

Last spring the company hosted 11 creators “to work on Design & Technology, Journalism, Art, Comedy, Publishing and Games.” More on the residency: Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Outdoor Summer Film Screenings

Courtesy of NYC Parks

This is the first summer in 14 years where North Brooklyn is without the SummerScreen series in McCarren Park, which was produced by Northside Media. But if you’re seeking to view an outdoor film this summer in Greenpoint, there are plenty of screenings planned in Transmitter and McGolrick parks.

In Transmitter Park:

  • July 19 – “Aquaman”
  • July 26 – “Coco”
  • August 2 – “Mamma Mia!”
  • August 9 – “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
  • August 16 – “Captain Marvel”

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Key Food Meat Department Signs New Contract

 

Photo courtesy of Ben Weiss

After a lockout, public protest, and federally-mediated cooling off period, meat department workers at seven Key Food locations across Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island have a new contract.

“We got what we was fighting for,” declared Bonnie Mingo, a meat wrapper at the Greenpoint Key Food on McGuinness Blvd.

The 38 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 342 “overwhelmingly” ratified a new contract three weeks ago, said Kelly Eagan, director of Local 342, in an email.

Photo courtesy of Ben Weiss

This concludes a more than two-month-long fight in which Pick Quick Foods, Inc., the owner of seven Key Food supermarkets, barred meat department workers from work because of an ongoing contract dispute. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Street Repaving Schedule 7/15 – 7/19

Before and after repaving on Franklin Street last wwek.

The Dept of Transportation continues to repave the streets around North Brooklyn this week.

Here’s the milling and paving schedule 7/15 – 7/19:

07/15/19 :

Greenpoint: Meserole Ave (Franklin St to North Henry St)

Williamsburg: Conselyea St (Graham Ave to Woodpoint Rd) and Maspeth Ave (Conselyea St to Morgan Ave)

 

07/16/19:  

Greenpoint: Meserole Ave (Franklin St to North Henry St)

Williamsburg: Taylor St (Wythe Pl to Lee Ave) Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Con Edison Development, Greenpoint Library Update, the Great Giglio Lift, and More

A freshly repaved Franklin Street awaits.

The weekend is here Greenpointers! Catch up on the local headlines, and find out what weekend events are happening:

“Brooklyn Hipsters” are saving this year’s great Gigilo lift. (NY Times)

Two Trees is exploring housing development and a new park for the Con Edison site in Williamsburg. (Brownstoner)

The Greenpoint Library is on schedule for a planned fall opening. (Greenpointers)

There’s some recent openings and closings on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint (Greenpointers)

A co-working space for women, The Wing is coming to Williamsburg at 71 North 7th St. (Commercial Observer)

Poison ivy lurks near the Pulaski Bridge on an MTA-owned lot. (Gothamist)

A Dept. of Sanitation street sweeper collided with a garbage truck on Flushing Ave. sending two people the hospital (Greenpoint Post)

Smorgasburg launches Food Truck Fridays on the Williamsburg Waterfront. (Eater NY)

“American Idol” is scheduled to hold open auditions at the Brooklyn Expo Center. (AM New York)

Here’s a rundown of summer outdoor film screenings in Brooklyn. Sidenote: it’s the first summer in 13 years without the SummerScreen McCarren Park film series. (Brooklyn Paper)

A GoFundMe is raising funds for Dan Scinta, a longtime local bartender and musician who suffered a stroke. (Patch)

This Williamsburg loft has the custom-designed bookshelves of your dreams. (Design Milk)

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Beware: Poison Ivy Lurks Near Pulaski Bridge and Throughout NYC

Poison Ivy plant (courtesy of Flickr/Cygnus921)

A large patch of the poison ivy plant has been the source of 311 complaints on an MTA-owned lot near the Pulaski Bridge, Gothamist reports.

The poison ivy plant has reportedly been spotted throughout our urban jungle this season, which may be a result of mild winters.


The specific patch of poison ivy causing a stir near the much-traveled Pulaski Bridge is “right off Jackson Avenue and is now encroaching onto the sidewalk,” in Long Island City.” More from Gothamist: Continue reading

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