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New Greenpoint Library on Track for Fall Opening

Rendering of the new Greenpoint Library scheduled to open this fall(courtesy of Marble Fairbanks)

Anticipation is building as the summer moves along for fall’s anticipated reopening of the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.), which closed in July 2017 for demolition, and construction on the new library.

The fall relaunch is on-schedule as of now as explained at the Friends of Greenpoint Library meeting that was held on July 1st.

At the meeting, Sharon Kim, President of FOGL, introduced her new Co-President, Randy Locklair, and they generated ideas with the group for fundraising and outreach this summer. A bar night and book swap in early August is in the planning process.

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 Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel Overcomes Volunteer Shortage to Carry Four-Ton Giglio

The Giglio last year (courtesy of OLMC Feast)

The annual Italian-American celebration that has taken place for the past 116 years in Williamsburg, the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola, kicked off last night and runs through July 21st.

The most storied event during the annual celebration is the hoisting of the four-ton Giglio (taking place this Sunday) which requires over 300 volunteers to carry the decorated tower and attached stage that in the past has held a 10-piece brass band. Continue reading

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11 “Affordable” Williamsburg Apartments Available in Housing Lottery

150 Meserole St. (via Google Maps)

Eleven “affordable” apartments in Williamsburg will become available on Friday to apply for via the NYC Housing Connect website.  The two newly constructed buildings hitting the lottery market are less than one street apart at 150 Meserole St. and 142 Manhattan Ave.

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American Idol to Hold Open Auditions in Greenpoint (7/23)

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Are you America’s next cable television music phenomenon? If so, American Idol’s judges want to hear you sing.

American Idol will hold in-person open-call auditions in Greenpoint at the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St) on July 23rd, to find talent for the network television show, AM NY reports: Continue reading

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Recent Manhattan Avenue Openings and Closings

The McDonald’s at 904 Manhattan Ave. is undergoing renovations and will reopen later this month.

From the temporarily closed McDonald’s to a newly opened New Jersey-based bank, there are a number of recent changes with the businesses on Manhattan Avenue.

At 904 Manhattan Avenue, the longstanding McDonald’s is closed for renovations on a busy corner across from the Greenpoint Avenue G train. The McDonald’s building is currently boarded up, but the two banners flying above the store state “reopening July 22nd,” big-mac fans rejoice!

Kearny Bank is Manhattan Avenue’s newest financial institution.

Just one block away on the avenue, a newly open Kearny Bank is ready for business at 875 Manhattan Avenue. The New Jersey-based bank celebrated its grand opening in June. According to the bank’s website “Kearny Bank is headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey. It is a wholly-owned New Jersey state-chartered stock savings bank subsidiary of Kearny Financial Corp.” Continue reading

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Eckford Street Studio Launches Art Classes for Adults

A figure drawing session in action (courtesy of Eckford Street Studio)

The Greenpoint-based community art studio Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford St.) is offering drawing classes for adults beginning next week.

 

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OK, so obviously we are big fans of our adult education courses here at the studio. More importantly, though, so are our students! 100% (that’s 💯!) told us the class they took at Eckford Street Studio was a better time than programs they had participated in elsewhere. According to one recent artist, “Catherine was such a wonderful teacher! It was a creative and supportive environment and I had a ton of fun.” 💫 Lucky for YOU, our next series of ✍🏾Drawing from Observation👍🏻 starts on Monday! Don’t miss out on the fun creative supportive atmosphere! Register today! . . . #eckfordstreetstudio #esscommunityprojects #esscp #artstudio #communityartstudio #nonprofitartstudio #brooklynnonprofit #arteducation #brooklyn #northbrooklyn #greenpoint #williamsburg #brooklynart #drawing #drawingclass #adulteducation #classesforadults #drawingfromobservation #continuingeducation

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The “drawing from observation” class starts on Monday, July 15, and meets once per week through August 12th. The five-week class is $250 and all skill levels are welcome and materials are provided; register here. The class description:

Enhance your drawings by developing your observation skills.  In this five-session class, we will practice looking deeply and creating mindfully. We will look at our surroundings in new ways and translate what we see into sketches and drawings using a variety of drawing materials. Strengthening our observational skills gives us more information and allows us to draw with intention, making artwork that is uniquely our own. Enjoy a relaxed, nonjudgmental class; all levels welcomed and encouraged to come.


For those looking for a one-off or weekly drawing session, Eckford Street Studio offers a BYOB figure drawing session with a live model that happens on most Tuesdays from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. and participants provide their own supplies.

Another five-week class, the “essentials of acrylic painting” is also in the works, which would tentatively meet on Wednesday nights; details for the acrylic painting class are still in the works.

 

 

 

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Assemblyman Lentol Calls For Mail Delivery Audit in North Brookyln

The Greenpoint Post Office (via Google Maps)

Assemblyman Joe Lentol is calling for the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General to “conduct a thorough audit of mail delivery  and its efficiency in North Brooklyn.” Speaking for his constituents in Brooklyn zip codes in 11211, 11222, and 11249 Lentol addressed a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz urging a close look into the cause of mail-related complaints flooding Lentol’s office:

For the past few months, many constituents in our districts have expressed their dissatisfaction with the inadequate performance of the USPS. We have heard numerous complaints that include untimely deliveries, routine delivery to incorrect addresses and mail sometimes not being received at all.

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Greenpoint Street Repaving Schedule 7/8 – 7/12

Franklin Street will be repaved this Friday.

The streets around Greenpoint are in the process of resurfacing by the Dept of Transportation with a number of streets set to be repaved this week. During this time it’s best to double-check parking restrictions.

The milling and paving schedule 7/8 – 7/12: Continue reading

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MTA Announces Nine Weeks of Limited Overnight Brooklyn L Train Service

Courtesy of the MTA

As part of the MTA’s ongoing Canarsie Tunnel repair project, there will be no L train service from 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. between Lorimer Street and Broadway Junction in Brooklyn starting July 16th for “nine weekends and the preceding weeknights,” the MTA announced in the latest L train newsletter.

During the upcoming closures (listed below) the L train will also run every 20 minutes between 8th Avenue in Manhattan and Lorimer Street in Brooklyn, and every 20 minutes between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway. A shuttle bus will run in Brooklyn between Lorimer Street and Broadway junction on weeknights and on affected subway stations on weekends. Here’s the full schedule of closures via the MTA: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Record Townhouse Sale, Vinnie’s Greenpoint, Cyclists Deaths Spike and More

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! Catch-up on the local headlines from this week below and find out where to venture out this weekend.

Here’s a roundup of headlines from Greenpoint and Williamsburg this week:

After ten years on Nassau Avenue Vinnie’s Pizzeria will close and focus on their Williamsburg pizzeria. (Greenpointers)

Greenpoint and Williamsburg have 10 new “affordable” apartments to apply for in the latest housing lottery. (Greenpointers)

MoMA PS1’s Warm Up concert series returns this Saturday with a new courtyard art installation. (Greenpointers)

NYC’s 4th of July violent incidents included a woman who slashed two men during a fight on Middleton St. near Union Ave. (NY Daily News Continue reading

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