94th Precinct Nabs Suspect Possibly Connected to Burglary, Search Continues for Men Wanted in Mugging Spree

Police have released images of two of the men wanted in connection with the Sept. 25 robbery spree.

Greenpoint has recently had a wave of robberies and a burglary that have disturbed neighborhood residents. Early in the morning on Sunday, Sept. 25, four separate robberies occurred within 90 minutes of each other.

The first robbery took place around 3:15am at the corner of Jackson Street and Meeker Avenue when four men approached a 26 year-old victim, attacked him, and took his backpack, iPhone, camera, and books.

The second incident took place around 4am at Jewel Street and Meserole Avenue when a 34-year old man was attacked by three men and robbed of his iPhone, $300 in cash, and wallet. The victim was struck in the face during the robbery and required stitches to close a laceration he received.

The third incident occurred shortly after at 4:30am at Leonard Street and Driggs Avenue when two men robbed a 33-year old man at knifepoint of his iPhone and credit cards. This victim was unharmed.

The final robbery took place at Meserole Avenue and Diamond Street and involved two men attacking a 32-year old man and stealing his phone and wallet.

Police have strong video and photo evidence in the robberies and are looking for a group of four men in connection with all of the incidents.

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Lager Legislation, An Airbnb Nightmare, and The King of Greenpoint – The Hook-Up 10/07

Firefighters responded to calls from multiple people who reported smelling gas near Franklin and Noble Wednesday night. After checking it out, firefighters determined that nothing was wrong.

After a string of recent robberies in Greenpoint, police are looking for four men. Images have been released of two of these men. Stay vigilant and be careful if walking late at night.

Ever wonder where McGuinness Boulevard got its name? It’s because of a man named Peter J. McGuinness, an influential character in the neighborhood’s history who, despite having never graduated high school, helped get such projects as the Meeker Avenue Bridge and McCarren Park Pool completed. Local historian and frequent Greenpointers writer Geoff Cobb has a new book coming out about him called King of Greenpoint, which is getting some attention!

After being forced out of their apartment of 23 years by nefarious landlords and forced to live in shelters and temporary housing for three years, a Greenpoint family has finally returned to their longtime home at 300 Nassau Avenue.

Ever wonder what an Airbnb nightmare looks like? Check out this story, on a Williamsburg family who rented out their duplex only to have $7k in damage occur.

Tired of feeling like your paycheck disappears faster than free pizza at Paulie Gee’s? Well, you may be on to something, according to this study from a real estate data company, which calls Brooklyn the most “unaffordable place to live in America”.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that North Brooklyn Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol originally introduced providing tax credits for brewers in New York City. Greenpoint Beer and Ale, Keg & Lantern, and Brooklyn Brewery all got shout outs from Lentol in the press release!

Greening Greenpoint hosted the Greenpoint Community Tree Summit on Monday at the McCarren Park Play Center.

The 94th Precinct hosted their monthly Community Council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

t.b.d. (224 Franklin St.) hosted a fundraising event on Wednesday in support of Hillary Clinton.

Town Square is hosting Go Green Day, a volunteer afternoon on Friday, October 7 from 2-5pm in McCarren Park.

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Vert Gardens Is Moving + Plant Sale This Weekend + Fall Gardening Tips!

Plant Sale via Vert Gardens Instagram
via Vert Gardens Instagram

After 10 years in the neighborhood, local landscape design and plant shop Vert Gardens (193 Banker Street) is in the process of moving to the Navy Yards. Before they officially close, they’ll be having two more plant sales, one this weekend on Saturday October 8th (10am-4pm) and the last on October 22 (10am-4pm). From Vert: “We’re definitely going to miss Greenpoint, and if you’re in the area, come see us at our new location.” Their new spot is at 72 Flushing Ave.

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The Fate of Bushwick Inlet: “Where’s Our Park?” Meeting Tonight!

#wheresourparkWhat’s been going on with the negotiations between the city and the owner of the CitiStorage site? Come join Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park tonight at Greenpoint Beer & Ale to chat about the park’s future. While there’s currently nothing specific to report, FBIP has been told that the parties have begun negotiating, so they’re cautiously optimistic. But that said, they believe that time is of the essence and hope the parties will come to a settlement soon. However, if negotiations fall apart and no deal is made then potentially the only remaining course of action would be for the city proceed to eminent domain and condemn the CitiStorage site for the public good, fulfilling the 2005 rezoning agreement to the benefit of all New Yorkers.

Join FBIP tonight and engage with fellow open space advocates!

Greenpoint Beer and Ale | 7 N15th St @ Franklin St.
Wednesday October 5th
Meet Up at 7:00pm
Updates + Q&A at 7:30-8:00pm
Craft Beer & Conversation thereafter

Related stories:
What’s Next For Bushwick Inlet Park As $100 Mill Offer Expires
Where’s our park? In the hands of another developer if CitiStorage owner has his way.
At CitiStorage Rally, Various Words that Amounted to ‘Where’s Our Park?’
Watch Out CitiStorage. Eminent Domain Wants to Head Your Way!

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Explore the Beautiful Kingsland Wildflowers and Community Space this Saturday (10/8)

Kingsland Wildflowers Rooftop
Kingsland Wildflowers Rooftop

If you didn’t get a chance to visit the beautiful Kingsland Wildflower Rooftop Festival last weekend, this Saturday October 8th starting at 5PM, is another opportunity to check out Greenpoint’s newest green addition. Visitors will explore the newly installed roofs, enjoy light refreshments, and talk to green roof experts. Renowned environmental journalist Michael McCarthy will do a talk followed by a book signing for his published work “The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy.”

mothsnowstormbook_michaelmccarthyEvent Details
When: Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Where: Kingsland Wildfloweres Roof and Community Space (520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn 11222)

6:00–6:45PM: Renowned UK environmental journalist Michael McCarthy on “NATURE AND JOY: A NEW DEFENSE OF THE NATURAL WORLD”
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Misplaced Street Signs, Concerned Citizens Meeting Part 2, and G Train Serenades – The Hook-Up 09/30

Community activist and organizer Emily Gallagher meets with concerned Greenpointers Thursday night at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) The meeting was the second such session for citizens to discuss recent incidents and formulate plans to combat a rise in alleged recent assaults and robberies.

If your train isn’t going to show up you might as well write a catchy song about it like this Brooklyn R&B trio did!

Well, this is literally a bad sign. The city finally removed a “Meserole Avenue” street sign they had erroneously placed in Williamsburg earlier this month.

Polish Pride takes center stage this Sunday in Manhattan during the 79th annual Pulaski Day Parade!

Wondering about the status of the long-promised 27-acre Bushwick Inlet Park!? Friends of Bushwick Park Inlet is hosting an informational “Meet Up at Greenpoint Beer and Ale” (7 N. 15th St.) on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00pm. Continue reading

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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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