Have you been feeling frustrated with Greenpoint’s local Police Department? Earlier this year, Greenpointers protested in front of the 94th Precinct following offensive statements the Captain made regarding the department’s approach to rape cases. And a few weeks ago, a woman was reportedly raped inside a port-a-potty on Banker Street. The location of that incident is right next to some warehouses, but within spitting distance of local bars Northern Territory (12 Franklin St) and Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 N 15th St), leaving residents concerned not just about the matter in question but also for their own safety. At first, no charges were filed due to “inconsistencies” in the woman’s story, but then following community outrage and a candlelight vigil, the DA stepped up to get involved.
Monday night (May 8) is your chance to connect with the 94th’s newly established Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs), Officer Rivera and Officer Molina. Their role will be to engage the community and address concerns—and also likely they will attempt to placate the many fired-up Greenpointers, any of whom are connected and fueled by local message boards. Perhaps what has been most frustrating to residents is the seemingly poor communication (or lack thereof) from the Precinct when troubling incidents are reported both in the news and via social media. In short, let’s hug it all out. Or at least try to.
WHAT: Meet the 94th Precinct
WHEN: Monday, May 8th @ 7pm
WHERE: Greenpoint Loft, 67 West Street, 5th Floor
Food and refreshments will be served.Continue reading →
Starting this morning, the East River Ferry is no more—it’s transitioning into a new entity, NYC Ferry, to provide city-wide service. The good thing about the new city-subsidized service is that fares are being slashed to $2.75 for a one-way ticket (formerly up to $6). As Greenpoint’s waterfront transforms itself from industrial shoreline to “Dubai on the East River,” and greater numbers of people settle along the East River shore the importance of local ferry service becomes increasingly important. Let’s take a look at the history of the Greenpoint ferry. Continue reading →
If you’re wondering why a bunch of parents and kids are strutting down Grand Street today (4/29), the Williamsburg Sports League is kicking off the summer baseball season with their fourth annual parade. Players, coaches, parents, and local neighbors will participate in the parade, flaunting their team spirit to the max. The parade will start at 9am at the Grand Street Campus(850 Grand Street @ Bushwick) and will end at Lindsay Park (Montrose & Lorimer) with a special First Pitch. Check out the parade’s Facebook event for more info.
The new Kosciuszko Bridge finally opened yesterday to much fanfare (and of course, some traffic). If you’re passing by at night, or on a rooftop, you’ll be able to catch the rad light show, which was funded with the $500 million that the MTA chipped in for bridge overhauls. According to CBS New York, “The first of two new spans opened to drivers Thursday. It will carry traffic in both directions while the second span is built. The first span will be converted to five lanes of Queens-bound traffic when the second span containing four lanes opens in 2020 for Brooklyn-bound traffic. The bridge will also feature a 20-foot-wide path for cyclists and pedestrians.”
The old sections of the bridge will be imploded this summer, and there’s currently a petition to have a live orchestra play the 1812 Overture as the bridge literally bites the dust. More than 14,000 people have RSVP’d to the bridge blow-up on Facebook, with another 56,000 people “interested” in the event. And PS—if you’re wondering how to pronounce Kosciuszko, here’s a video primer with a little history mixed in.
Yesterday, photographer Nick McManus was able to ride over the bridge before it opened to traffic and captured some cool instant photos. See more after the jump.
With this week’s new moon, our celestial vibe is one of renewal, rebirth, and restoration. This Taurus new moon tells us to live in the now, be grateful for what you have, enjoy the healing energy of nature, and celebrate your artistic endeavors!
There’s sooooo much going on in Greenpoint this weekend, really. But here’s just a few suggestions to get you started.
Spring has sprung, y’all! Get outside, celebrate your gifts, make and create!
April Open Studios
Saturday 4/29 and Sunday 4/30, 1PM-6PM
Various locations, featuring: Stephen Eakin, Roberto Jamora, Alison Kudlow, Dain Mergenthaler, and Rosalind Tallmadge
This Saturday, April 29th from 10am-4pm on the North side of Grand Street between Lorimer and Leonard Streets, you can drop off your old computers, cellphones, TV’s or whatever old gadgets you have laying around. Last year’s Grand Street E-Cycling event recycled over 3800 pounds of waste, and they’re hoping to recycle even more this year. For full info on what kinds of items you can bring, check out the list.
Julia Norton, Painting
Simulated oases, adventure game shows, and gymnastics are amongst the varied references in Julia Norton’s (b.1985, New York City) ongoing exploration of environment, body, and form. Her most recent series, Things That Could Go Wrong in the Holodeck, builds upon Norton’s interest in spaces as sources of fantasy, reinvention, and things gone awry.