Sewage Overflow Public Meeting to Present City’s Proposed Plans (1/29)

(Image courtesy of Newtown Creek Alliance)

An upcoming public meeting will explain proposed changes to the Citywide & East River/Open Waters Long Term Control Plan by the Department of Environmental Protection, a plan local environmental groups are questioning.

A public meeting is scheduled by the DEP for January 29th, at the CUNY School of Law (2 Court-Square West Auditorium) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Last year, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed water quality standard changes were also opposed by local environmental groups. A public notice was issued by DEC last October with a proposal to remove “primary contact use” language for Class I waters  in NY, which are meant to “support aquatic life and recreation, and shall be suitable for primary and secondary contact recreation.” Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Standard Closes Temporarily Due to Basement Flood

Brooklyn Standard (188 Nassau Ave.) (Image courtesy of Ralphy Perez)

Brooklyn Standard (188 Nassau Ave.) was forced to close today following a basement flood and a visit from the Department of Health.

The good news is that the neighborhood cafe plans to reopen later today at 4:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Artist Submissions Sought For Bushwick Inlet Park Gallery Space

The building at Bushwick Inlet Park will display local art in a gallery portion (Image courtesy of NYC Parks)

NYC Parks is seeking artists to submit their works for consideration to be displayed in a gallery near the East River State Park in Williamsburg.

Artists can submit “works for inclusion in the gallery space at Bushwick Inlet Park that draws on their experiences in NYC Parks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, on the rich culture of activism and sustainability surrounding parkland in these neighborhoods,” according to the NYC Parks statement.  Continue reading

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Williamsburg Venue Villain Could be Replaced by Two Mixed-Use Developments

307 Kent Ave. rendering (via NY YIMBY/ S9 Architecture)

Two new mixed-use developments at 307 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg would require a special zoning change to construct retail, commercial, light manufacturing and medical office space, NY YIMBY reports.

Villain in Williamsburg  (via Google Maps)

The the live events space Villain currently occupies the lot and the zoning change is being sought by “307 Kent Avenue Associates.”

In 2018, the property was purchased by VICE as the media company moved into facilitating live events, but it’s not clear if VICE is involved in the proposed development. Continue reading

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Man Arrested After Vandalizing St. Anthony of Padua Church Last Sunday

Surveillance video shows the suspect in St. Anthony’s on Sunday.

A 33-year-old man entered the Greenpoint Catholic church St. Anthony of Padua – St. Alphonsus  (862 Manhattan Ave.) and vandalized a parish last Sunday.

A video posted by the Brooklyn Diocese shows the man pouring an unidentified red liquid on a table at the front of the church during mass last Sunday at around 9:30 a.m. Continue reading

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City to Host BQX Workshops for Redesigned Streetcar Plan

A rendering of the BQX on Franklin Street (via NYCEDC)

The NYC Economic Development Corporation is renewing its push to construct a zero emissions streetcar to run between Astoria and Red Hook with a series of community forums scheduled through March.

The $2.7 billion project would span 11 miles connecting waterfront communities in Queens and Brooklyn via a mode of transportation that harkens back to the early 1900s when streetcars ran through commercial districts like Manhattan Avenue. BQX tickets would cost $2.75 and would offer connections to NYC subways, buses, and ferry stops.  Continue reading

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MTA Announces G Train Overnight Interruptions for This Week, And Final L Train Repair Project Schedule

A G train entrance on Greenpoint Avenue.

The MTA announced overnight service changes for the G train this week along with the L train Canarsie tunnel repair project’s final schedule through next spring.

In a minor inconvenience, the MTA announced last week that the G train’s third rail will need emergency work causing trains to run at reduced frequency during Jan. 13 – 17, from midnight – 1:30 a.m.; also note that all trains will stop on the Court Square-bound platform at the Greenpoint Avenue station during these times.

The MTA has reportedly seen the light at the end of the L train tunnel (pun intended) with the release of the finalized L train repair schedule through March 2020, as repairs are expected to be completed in April 2020 “some three to six months ahead of schedule.” Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: BQX Redux, Swastika Vandals, Franklin Street Bike Lane Redesign, and More!

A pizzeria is coming to 93 Norman Ave. where Carmine’s Pizza and most recently Norman Cafe were located.

Happy weekend Greenpointers! A photo exhibition featuring photos from 1990s era Williamsurg opens tonight at 383 Bushwick Ave. from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

On Saturday, a new Greenpoint-based art collective will host its debut show featuring the works of 12 members at Brooklyn Bliss (1048 Manhattan Ave.).

Looking ahead to next Tuesday, there’s the monthly Brooklyn Community Board 1 public meeting with a jam-packed agenda including a presentation from National Grid on a contentious local gas main construction project.

For more events check out what’s happening and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines:

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DOT Proposes Protected Bike Lane on Franklin and Quay Streets

A portion of Franklin Street may be getting a protected bike lane. (Courtesy of Google Maps)

A redesign of Franklin and Quay Streets by the Department of Transportation with plans to rearrange 15 parking spots and add a protected two-way bike lane is in the works, Brooklyn Paper reports.

Courtesy of NYC DOT

The proposal (available here) is part of a larger DOT plan to make commuting by bike easier and safer along the often perilous route through Greenpoint starting where Kent Avenue and Franklin Street meet; existing issues identified in the proposal include:

• Gap in the protected bike lane network between Kent Ave two-way bike path and West St two-way path
• Challenging transition from Kent Ave to Franklin Ave with increased bicycle volumes along a truck route
• Limited eastbound access from West St – Quay St and Calyer St are westbound”

Franklin Street has become especially congested in recent years with heavy truck and construction traffic, the added B32 bus route, more waterfront residents resulting in an increased number of cyclists and runners competing for space on the two-way street.

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