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How McGuinness Boulevard Was Created

 

(via Forgotten NY)

Maybe it is just me, but I find McGuinness Boulevard ugly. Huge trucks and streams of traffic wiz by the four-laned, soulless traffic artery. The newer apartment buildings lack the quaint charm of many of Greenpoint’s other streets, but this was not always so.

McGuinness Boulevard (via Google Maps)

Once McGuinness Boulevard was not a boulevard at all, it was named Oakland Street; a narrow charming cobblestoned lane lined by wood frame 19th-century homes typical of our area.

Oakland Street would become a victim to a vision of New York City as a city of cars and trucks. The destruction of Oakland Street was only a small piece in the grand scheme of Robert Moses who built the BQE, the Tri-borough Bridge, and the Cross-Bronx Expressway. Thousands of homes across the city fell victim to Moses’ vision.

(NY Public Library archives – Greenpoint map 1880s)

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Take a Historic Stroll at Jane’s Walk This Weekend

Domino Sugar factory in 2013 (courtesy of Christopher Camp)

The Municipal Art Society of New York is bringing back Jane’s Walk NYC, which is part of “a global festival of free, volunteer-led walking conversations inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs,” with tours happening in all five boroughs this weekend. See the tours happening in Greenpoint and Williamsburg:

Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.:

Domino Refinery Walk:

Join author of ” The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King” Geoffrey Cobb as he explains the history of the Domino plant, which was the largest sugar refinery in the world and the linchpin in the “Sugar Trust.” The tour focuses on the brutal conditions for the thousands of workers who toiled and died working in the landmarked building now undergoing a controversial luxury renovation.

Saturday at 11 a.m.:

Rezoning Brooklyn: “Where’s Our Park?!”:

Written into the rezoning of the Williamsburg-Greenpoint’s waterfront was a promise of a park. Ever since area residents have steadily chanted; “Where’s Our Park?!”

Join Lynn del Sol, a native New Yorker and twenty year resident of the area, in a discussion about the rezoning North Brooklyn’s waterfront and what happens when city government, private interest, and community residents duel over two miles of land.

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New Greenpoint Library Expected to Open This Fall

(courtesy of Marble Fairbanks)

The Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.) closed in July 2017 for demolition, and construction on the new library was estimated to finish in the winter of 2018, but the discovery and removal of asbestos in the former foundation and related delays has pushed the expected completion to this September or October. Earlier this week, the Friends of Greenpoint Library hosted a community forum in Greenpoint to help answer questions on the new library.

(courtesy of Marble Fairbanks)

As far as the construction progress, work is far along: the structure of the new library is in place and steel beams, concrete floors, decking, and roofs have all been installed; electrical, plumbing and HVAC work is in progress.

(courtesy of Marble Fairbanks)

“We’re about doubling the interior size of the old library, and that’s not even counting the garden space…The outdoor plaza will be really nice, instead of having a fence around the library like we did before,” said Ames O’Neil, project manager for the Greenpoint Library. The new library is approximately 15,000 square feet.

(courtesy of Marble Fairbanks)

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North Brooklyn Boat Club Announces 2019 Public Paddle Schedule

(via NBBC)

The North Brooklyn Boat Club announced their 2019 public paddle schedule, where guides lead short trips on Newtown Creek. More from NBCC:

Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Brooklyn neighbors to see the city the way we love to see it — from the water. In particular, we are proud to welcome other nonprofit community organizations to join us and relax from the hard work of making the world a little bit better.

We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water, but the earlier you arrive the better your chance of going on a paddle. All our voyages are led by certified trip leaders and include some of the best views of the city. This is a great way to check out the neighborhood and get a chance to explore the local waterways. Paddling is free! And we serve beverages and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

(via NBBC)

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Hosh Yoga Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Flash Sale

Hosh Yoga (657 Meeker Ave.) is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is marking the occasion with a special sale.

The yoga and wellness center is offering five annual memberships for $555 to the first five people who email [email protected], this equals $46 per month; the regular price of annual memberships is $750.

 

 

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New Axe Throwing Bars Coming to Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn

Greenpoint’s first axe throwing bar, Bury the Hatchet (25 Noble St.), opened last October and will soon be joined by another axe throwing bar within walking distance.

Hatchet and Hops, a Buffalo-based axe throwing bar is planning to open at 98 N. 11th St. in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Industrial Business Zone between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street. The business signed a 10-year lease on the new venue and also operates a mobile axe throwing station called the Axemobile; the Williamsburg space is their first New York City location.

Opening in Downtown Brooklyn this May at 436 Albee Sq., Bad Axe Throwing is currently building their space and is the first commercial tenant at the new development known as “The Azure,” according to the Commercial Observer. Continue reading

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Newtown Creek-A-Thon 2019 Tours Entire Creek (4/28)

Newtown Creek tour courtesy of Newtown Creek Alliance)

Do you have what it takes to trek the entire perimeter of Newtown Creek in one day?

The good folks at Newtown Creek Alliance with support from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund are hosting the third annual Newtown Creek-A-Thon, a 12-mile walking tour around North Brooklyn’s historic beleaguered creek on Sunday, April 28th from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; registration is open.

via NYC Water Flikr

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Annual Good Friday Procession, “The Way of the Cross,” Returns to Greenpoint

“The Way of the Cross” parade and reenactment by the local church St. Anthony of Padua – St. Alphonsus (862 Manhattan Ave.) began on Dupont Street around 1:30 p.m. today and proceeded South on Franklin Street with an impressive cast of costumed actors. The procession marks the Good Friday Christian holiday, or the Friday prior to Easter. The annual procession is one of the most interesting and theatrical events to catch on the streets of Greenpoint; see the footage we captured from today’s festivities:

 

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P.S. 34 Elementary’s Eco-Fashion Show is Tonight (4/18)

(courtesy of P.S. 34)

P.S. 34 Oliver Perry Elementary in Greenpoint is hosting its third annual Eco-Fashion Show tonight (4/18) at Bushwick Inlet Park (85 Kent Ave.) doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.

(courtesy of P.S. 34)

P.S. 34 Green Team Parents describe the show in a statement:

The Eco-Fashion Show raises awareness about the environmental impacts of consumption and waste, and involves the students in designing and then debuting their designs made out of recycled and upcycled items. The kids spend several months learning, designing, and creating their costumes, and the program is supported by the National Wildlife Foundation. The theme of this year’s show is wildlife, and students have selected species and have written narratives that explain how their species impact their environment and how humans impact the species (e.g., poaching, habitat loss, pollution, water scarcity, etc.).

See more eco-looks from last year’s edition:

(courtesy of P.S. 34)

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Our Spring Market Flower Power Was Groovy!

Roof Deck Yoga with Hosh Yoga

The rain stayed away, and the neighbors came in! Thanks to all of our visitors who came out on April 7 to support our Flower Power Spring Market at the Greenpoint Loft. Attendees enjoyed nail paintingyoga on the roof deck with Hosh Yoga, Dreamcatcher workshops with Living the Dreamcatcher, and more. To dive deeper into all the springtime festivities, take a look at some of our event photos below, or visit our Facebook album here. Thanks to all who joined us, and be on the lookout for news about the next market!

Over at the bar, our friends kept us hydrated with bevies like BABE Wine, Greenpoint Beer, and a specialty cocktail. Lots of lovely drinks for lovely neighbors. Don’t forget to water the flowers! Continue reading

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