Art and Green Lights Illuminate Local Streets to Inspire Thought on Climate Change

Mural in Transmitter Park by FAILE ©Julia Moak
Mural in Transmitter Park by FAILE ©Julia Moak

I love this time of year when Fall starts trickling in and warm sunny days are tempered with a little bit of crisp in the air. So last week, when Mother Earth granted us a couple of these perfect days, I decided to work outside and stepped into Transmitter Park, where I was met by a gargantuan illustration of a girl donning traditional Polish socks, in peaceful repose, holding daisies that have lost a few petals that are blowing away. The image though large, blends in unassumingly with the quiet midday scene of the park and is reminiscent of an idyllic innocent childhood. At times like this, it’s hard to remember that just a few years ago, this part of Greenpoint was slammed by Hurricane Sandy and we have been experiencing some erratic behavior with the weather since.

Mural by Vexta and Askew
Mural by Vexta and Askew ©Julia Moak

You don’t need to study scientific evidence to know that climate change is real. However subtle or extreme it is in the way it manifests itself in our daily lives, its presence is often like an elephant in the room and we carry on with the same habits even after being shaken up by a natural disaster. I wonder if Transmitter Park will recede with rising sea levels and the days of dipping out of the office to soak in the sun and enjoy the cityscape are numbered. I think about unusually warm winter days and how it felt unsettling. Appreciation of the moment’s beauty sinks in and I gain a renewed sense of urgency that something needs to be done. Continue reading

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For The Kids: Pumpkin Day 2016 This Saturday!

pumpkin day 2016Pumpkin Day 2016 | Saturday, October 1, 12-3 PM
Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street)
Tickets: $15 per child, $20 at the patch. Comes with 2 complimentary Schoolfest tickets.

Town Square’s 9th Annual Pumpkin Day is this Saturday, October 1st at the Brooklyn Expo Center (in past years it was held at McCarren Park). Each year, hundreds of kids and parents come to pick pumpkins and have fun with Fall! There’s a pick-your-pumpkin patch, arts & crafts, face painting, concessions, activities presented by local businesses and organizations, and live music and dance performances.
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Promo Code for the NYC PTA Expo & Schoolfest (Sat 10/1), Babyfest (Sun 10/2)!

Parents, schools, school leaders, and kids! There are two events coming to the Brooklyn Expo just for you and Greenpointers readers get a 2-for-1 promotional discount with the promo code “Greenpointers.”

ptaexposchoolfest300pxThis Saturday, October 1, 2016 (12-4PM) at the Brooklyn Expo (72 Noble St), Town Square is hosting the NYC PTA Expo and Schoolfest. NYC PTA Expo is a fun and informative event with great products and information for all NYC PTAs and PAs. Schoolfest is a school fair that connects local schools to parents to share new information and projects.

Purchase tickets to Schoolfest here and tickets to NYC PTA Expo here. Use promo code “Greenpointers”.

For more info on NYC PTA Expo/Schoolfest, follow on Facebook.

The following day on Sunday, October 2, 2016, Brooklyn Babyfest will help expectant and new parents discover new products, test drive the best baby products on the market, meet other new parents and score amazing prizes. Continue reading

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Introducing Bullet Mouth: Greenpointers’ New Advice Column

Bullet Mouth is Greenpointers’ new advice column, here to answer your questions on life’s many vexing issues.

Raise a glass to living within your means.

Dear Bullet Mouth:
I have a group of friends who love to go out to dinner and out to bars all the time, which is great, as I love to socialize and be out on the town too.
The problem is, lately I’ve been a little on the broke side and can’t afford the same lifestyle. I want to see people and be involved, but how do I avoid forking over serious cash every night?
—Cash-Strapped on Calyer

Dear Cash-Strapped on Calyer: Everyone I know has this problem. Like you, they either can’t afford night-after-night out or, if they can, feel guilty about it because they should be saving more or engaging in healthier activities. You are absolutely not a special snowflake in this regard.

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Are You a Master Barber? The Land of Barbers is Hiring!

Old World Charm at The Land of Barbers (422 Graham Ave)

The Land of Barbers (422 Graham Ave) is a modern twist on the old school gentlemen’s experience of barber culture and is looking for a Master Barber to join their team!

Here’s the note from them with the job description and deets.

What we offer:
Specializing in excellent customer service, we welcome our friends and clients into our shop and greet them with a complimetary glass of Italian prosecco, espresso or cappaccino. After a relaxing head, facial message and hot towel, we begin crafting. Most of our clients are men but we also cut hair for women and kids on occasion. We cut all types of hair and straight razor shaves, beard trims and stache ups are part of the daily regimen. Continue reading

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Concerned Residents Meeting, That Cubbyhole Lifestyle, & BOOM! — The Hook-Up 09/23

Community members meet with District 33 Participatory Budgeting Coordinator Benjamin Solotaire Tuesday night at the Greenpoint Library.








Participatory budgeting meetings have been happening all week, and there’s more to come. You can submit your ideas here or attend a meeting in person (click here for a schedule). Get a piece of that $1.5 mil!

In light of several assaults that allegedly occurred near McGolrick park recently, a community meeting was held Thursday night at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.) Concerned citizens asked questions of several attending officers of the 94th Precinct and then brainstormed ways to make the community safer. Greenpointers attended the meeting and we will have an update coming soon!

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Weekend Art Roundup: Sept 23 – 25

Askew One and Yvette Vexta working on their mural on Berry Street for The Greenest Point
Askew One and Yvette Vexta working on their mural for The Greenest Point

Funny stories, Mozart in a Loft, a choreography competition, a street art rooftop party, and a “roof (farm) to plate” pizza party… here’s your weekend roundup!

Also? Ted Leo is playing BK Night Bazaar, Morrissey is playing Kings Theatre, but you knew that already. Y’all love that Morrissey!

See ya in the streets!



Summer Stories at The City Reliquary: Back To School
Friday, September 23, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
at The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave
$5 at the door

Summer Stories is a monthly comedic storytelling series hosted by City Reliquary in Williamsburg. Come enjoy one of Brooklyn’s quirkiest museum, grab a drink at our donation based bar, and hear some of the city’s best comedians, writers, and storytellers present personal anecdotes with a new theme every month.

Hosted by NYTVF’s Kady Ruth Ashcraft & Alise Morales, this month’s theme is “Back To School” and will feature Meghan Ross (Slop Sandwich), Alyssa Limperis (The Scene), Pat Regan (UCB), Ian Adams (ISTDM Podcast), Sydnee Washington (The Warm Up), Steven Poletta (UCB), Catherine Cohen (UCB), and Gary Richardson (Don’t Think Twice).

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Four of Wands Wellness Collective: Self-Care and Community

Four of Wands Wellness Collective Williamsburg Store Window
Four of Wands exterior; all photos via Four of Wands

Four of Wands Wellness Collective (349 Leonard Street) is a self-care studio in Williamsburg, where people can find different kinds of holistic treatments, classes, handmade gifts, and a community space. Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist Daru Oda wanted to create a space for  doing “what makes you happy. We forget to do things that are fun or to expand our minds. At Four of Wands, we can take care of ourselves for an hour.”

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Are You a Concerned Greenpointer Following the 2 Assaults Last Week? Join the Community Meeting this Thurs (9/22)

The corner of Driggs and Sutton.
The corner of Driggs and Sutton.

Last week, we received several messages from concerned community members about two assaults in Greenpoint. A possible rape that occurred just two blocks from McGolrick Park happened around 2:30AM on September 13th. The next day, a woman reported that she was knocked to the ground by a group of teenagers nearby around Driggs and Humboldt.

If you are a Greenpoint resident and are concerned about these recent events, we encourage you to join this Thursday’s (9/22) community meeting at the Park Church Co-Up (129 Russell Street) at 7:30PM.

The meeting description reads: “A number of violent and harassing incidents have happened recently around our community. This is a meeting to discuss how to proceed in creating a safer neighborhood, sharing concerns and brainstorming impactful solutions. We will not solve this problem overnight, but solidarity will help us to move forward.”

According to Gothamist, the details of the incidents are still “thin and preliminary” and DNAInfo reported that no rape has been reported as of Monday according to Pete Rose of the 94th precinct. That said, we as Greenpoint residents are incredibly alarmed by these assaults.

Here is the Facebook post that’s been circulating, purportedly from a friend of the victim:

“hello to my nyc community – I just ran into an old friend who had a beyond horrible thing happen to her a few days ago and I must spread the word. She was walking to the deli on Sutton street bt driggs and nassau, near mcgolrick park, and was attacked and raped by a group of teenagers who stabbed the side of her neck with a knife. She is beyond lucky to be alive. I haven’t heard anything or seen any signs around the neighborhood about this, so I am using facebook to spread the word. I know a lot of you live in that area, and you should be aware of this! Please be careful out there! And if anyone has any information that may be useful in this – if you have heard other stories like this in the past few months – anything! just let me know and I will pass it along to her so she can get it to the police.”

The North Brooklyn Community Facebook group was abuzz with this news. On Saturday, 33rd District Councilman Steven Levin had this to say:

Hi all, Just a quick report regarding the assault that was posted about by Amy Franklin on Sutton Street this week. I was very concerned to read about this incident on this page on Thursday night. I was in touch with multiple NYPD personnel on Friday, including the 94th Precinct. They confirmed that there was an incident that was reported matching the description of this incident. They also assured me that there are detectives conducting an investigation currently. That investigation is not concluded yet so they can't comment on any of the specifics. If you have an information related to this incident, please reach out to the 94th Pct. Detective Squad at (718) 383-8495 or the main line at (718) 383-3879. Also if you or someone you know has been the victim of rape or sexual assault, you can call the Safe Horizon Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 at (212) 227-3000. From Safe Horizon: -You are not alone. -You are not to blame. -You do not deserve to be treated in this way. -You have rights. -You can get help. If anyone wants to share anything confidentially with me, please feel free to private message me. Thanks, Steve
via Facebook

The NYPD has an interactive crime map of the city you can view here. Again, it bears repeating that if you or someone you know has been the victim of rape or sexual assault, you can call the Safe Horizon Rape and Sexual Assault hotline 24/7 at (212) 227-3000. If you have information related to the incident, reach out to the 94th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 383-8495 or the main line at (718) 383-3879.

We will continue to update as we learn more. In the meantime, if you have any tips or other concerns, please comment or email us directly at news@greenpointers (Erik), (Megan), and (Julia).

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Celebrate the New Beautiful Green Roof at the Kingsland Wildflower Festival this Sat (9/24)!

via Kingsland Wildflowers
via Kingsland Wildflowers

Kingsland Wildflowers is a beautiful new green roof here in Greenpoint and is inviting the community to come celebrate its opening this Saturday, September 24th (11AM-3PM). Located on the roof of Broadway Stages (520 Kingsland Ave), Kingsland Wildflowers will serve as a green roof and community engagement space. Visitors will explore three newly installed roofs that have been planted with a mix of indigenous grasses and wildflowers native to the New York landscape.

kingslandwildflowers_poster300pxpxFestival details:
When? Sat, Sept 24th 11am-3pm
Where? Broadway Stages
520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn 11222
What? Rooftop festival.

Activities include:
● Tours of newly planted roofs with wildlife and plant experts!
● Interactive activities for kids and families!
● Music, food, beer!
● Partner organizations discussing local conservation projects!
● 360 panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens!

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