From 11am-1pm this Sunday (7/15) when you swing by the farmers market in McGolrick to pick up those oh-so-perfect summer cherries, you and your kids can enjoy lots of family-friendly activities. Part of a summer series that goes through September, this Sunday’s event will feature live music, watercolor crafts, a hula hooping workshop and face painting.
If you haven’t been throwing your food waste scraps into the brown bins in front of your apartment, or don’t know how to start composting, this Department of Sanitation/Trees NY/NYC Compost Project popup on Thursday will help you out! Find out how to compost and what happens to your food scraps to turn it into healthy soil. Plus, pick up a free 1-lb. bag of composted soil while supplies last. The composting popup will be at the Greenpoint Ave & Manhattan Ave G train entrance this Thursday July 12th from 3pm-6pm.
Happy Friday, Greenpoint! If the news is any indication, it’s time to eat out. Food writing is all over Greenpoint this week:
There’s enthusiastic praise for The Hidden Pearl, Greenpoint’s newest (and only) Tropical Japanese Speakeasy.
And the Frankle’s Duo is scoring points for their new retro outfit, Bernie’s which recently opened in the Park Luncheonette space.
But, if you’re more into grass than grass-fed, then Long Island City is the place for you. The second phase of Hunters Point South Park opened last Wednesday, and the Architect’s Newspaper says the 11 acres of riverside park land, “brings a fresh breath of air to the formerly inaccessible, industrialized site and showcases expansive views of the East River alongside Newtown Creek.”
The Weeksville Heritage Center, a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of Weeksville, a self-supporting 19th century free black community in what is now Crown Heights, has a “5th of July Resource Center for Self-Determination and Freedom.”
This 5th of July, I’d like to honor that project by taking a look at Abolitionist Williamsburg. In the 1840s and 1850s, Williamsburg was home to Brooklyn’s second largest African American community, and was a hotbed of the Abolitionist movement. Continue reading
The secret is officially out: the best viewing areas for the 4th of July fireworks are hands down in Greenpoint. Here are some scenes from around the ‘hood during yesterday’s poppin’ light show extravaganza. Continue reading
McCarren Park Pool | 776 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg/Greenpoint
Pro tips: Now open through Labor Day. Get ready to mix and mingle with your neighbors of all backgrounds and ages. The semi-recently restored pool is perfect to take a dip on the hottest days of the year. It’s FREE, but there are rules. You need to bring your own lock, a towel, wear all white (if you plan to don a t-shirt or coverup) and should leave your cellphone at home. We recommend getting an ice cream bar from a park vendor post-plunge (there are no food vendors inside the pool). Check out this previous post for the full lowdown on how best to prepare yo’self. Here’s what the pool looked like in 2006 when it played host to hip summer parties, a few years before the restoration.
Metropolitan Swimming Pool | Bedford & Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Pro tips: Annual membership costs $150 for adults, and $25 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $25 for young adults (ages 18-24). Membership is free for under-18’s. There are designated community swim hours. Continue reading
The PopGun crew is celebrating Fourth of July on the Elsewhere Rooftop! They’re hosting an eight-hour party with tons of talented local homies spinning house, disco, soul and more all night, plus food and fireworks. Here’s the link to buy tix.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper 4th without a cook-out and lucky for you, Holy Ground BBQ will satisfy your munchies with pulled pork, chopped brisket, and char grilled veggies.
Here’s a preview of who’s providing your soundtrack for the 4th:
When it comes to sexual assault, it has been a devastating week here in Greenpoint. First, the NYPD apprehended a man who attempted to violently rape a Greenpoint woman, and now police are on the hunt for a man who groped a woman on Eckford Street and Meserole Avenue just before 2:30am on June 10th, and then forcibly touched another woman on June 21st near Meserole Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard.
The man approached both women via scooter, dismounted, and forcibly groped each on the sidewalk, then fled the scene.
Police request the public’s help in the investigation, and describe the suspect as “short and wearing a dark-colored jacket, a hat and carrying a bag with two stripes on it…his scooter is dark in color with a light on the front.”
If you have information regarding the investigation, call Crime Stoppers as 1-800-577-TIPS
Happy Friday, Greenpoint! It’s a whole new world, or, at least, it’s a whole new development… The former site of the Greenpoint Terminal Market, at 27-41 West Street, has been cleared for development, and renderings have been released for a suite of 5 buildings collectively known as Calyer Place, that will add over 700 apartments to the area.
At the same time, Greenpoint Landing has released new renderings for its first market-rate rental building, which will begin leasing at the end of the summer.
Speaking of additions, Citi Bike will add 2,500 docking stations between Williamsburg and Manhattan, and 1,250 new bikes system-wide, to help contend with L-Pocalypse. Continue reading
Beloved neighborhood worship/art space, the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) has put out a fundraising call to the community. Ace local historian, and Greenpointers contributor, Geoff Cobb has answered that call in a fantastically innovative way! He’ll lead a donation-based historical walking tour of Greenpoint on Saturday, July 7th from 10-11am, and donate all proceeds to the Park Church Co-op.
The tour will meet at the corner of Calyer and Franklin. All are welcome! RSVP here.
What: Walking Tour with Geoff Cobb on Behalf of the Park Church Co-op
When: Saturday, July 7, at 10am.
Where: Franklin and Calyer