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Greenpoints’ In God We Trust To Close Saturday 1/12

In God We Trust, Greenpoint (via Yelp)

Over the past 10 years, In God We Trust (70 Greenpoint Ave.) has been a neighborhood staple for unique jewelry at the end of Greenpoint Avenue. Its final day in Greenpoint will be Saturday 1/12, but the IGWT Williamsburg store at 132 Bedford Ave. will remain open.

The Greenpoint store was one of the first handmade jewelers in the area and helped to set the tone for craftsmanship with their engraved necklaces that have a timeless aesthetic.

 

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IGWT is leaving Greenpoint. After 10 amazing years in our beloved store / studio the time has come to say goodbye. This is the last week the shop in Greenpoint will be open. Saturday the 12th is our last day of regular shop hours. I can’t even begin to relate all the amazing experiences this location has brought myself and the opportunities it presented the company. I will take away from this experience the amazing friendships, community and support that helped me grow and have forever changed my life. Thank you to all that have been a part of this journey. I will forever be grateful @catjanefreeman @bbackman @jules_and_binoculars @lam.a.lam @annielchan @rebecca_mapes @alieatoric @3133 @jukeboxcowgirl @pollizabeth @brimc__ @alexamaas @noelledowning @myraflynn @spfreedman @homecoming @thekarcher ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Art By Daan Spanjers

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North Brooklyn Angels to Receive 5 Percent of Brooklyn Whole Foods Sales 1/10

The mobile soup kitchen run by the North Brooklyn Angels, known as the Angelmobile, is the first recipient of the Whole Foods 5% Day. This Thursday (1/10) Whole Foods has committed to passing on 5% of their profits to benefit The North Brooklyn Angels from in-store sales at all three Brooklyn stores (Williamsburg, Fort Green and Gowanus.)

If you’re available consider volunteering tomorrow 3-4 hours to help staff their information tables. Shifts 11 AM – 2PM and or 3:30PM – 7PM. You will work in a team and have fun while doing good!

To get involved, email [email protected] with the subject line WHOLE FOODS VOLUNTEER

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Hazardous Conditions Claimed by Rent Stabilized Greenpoint Tenants

97 – 99 Clay St. in Greenpoint

After 97 – 99 Clay St. was sold to developers in 2014, the 25 rent-stabilized tenants in the building reduced to five, following what current tenants claim has been a sustained effort by the new landlords to push them out through untenable demolition and construction conditions. “The first thing that happened is that they changed the locks on Christmas day and didn’t tell us,” said Gretchen, who wishes to withhold her last name and continues to live in a rent-stabilized studio at 97 Clay St. despite alleged harassment.”We live between a halfway house and two homeless shelters and there was no front door for two months,” she said adding that one of the other tenants is a wheel-chair bound senior citizen, making him especially vulnerable.

“They let everything get very run down and then started offering buyouts. They first offered me $4,000 and I said no.”

The new landlords originally planned to raze the building to make way for new construction, but with at least one tenant remaining in each of the buildings, the owners had to settle for renovations instead. Around February 2018, tenants say that demolition commenced and the living situation became increasingly hazardous. Complaints to the management company, Perfect Management, would simply result in a visit from the building’s super who tenants say has acted hostile toward their complaints. Perfect Management has not yet responded to Greenpointers.

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Wegmans Supermarket Hiring 500 Employees, Opening Fall 2019

The new 74,000 square-foot Wegmans supermarket located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is now hiring and training 500 employees (150 full-time), as the Rochester, NY-based company nears its first New York City opening that is scheduled for this fall.

Wegmans, which has 98 stores in six states, is consistently ranked as one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE Magazine. The Wegmans scholarship program also helps employees attend college.

For those looking for employment, Wegmans released a press statement with directions on how to apply.

Full-time job applicants are invited to apply online at jobs.wegmans.com, or call 347-652-2424 for more information. Interviews are conducted by appointment only and applications are not accepted at the store construction site. Available full-time positions include everything from entry-level management to customer service, overnight grocery, and culinary roles like chefs and line cooks. Select part-time positions for bakery and culinary roles are currently being filled as well. Hiring for all other part-time positions will begin at a later date.

A 2015 post in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog explains why Wegmans is “the best supermarket in the U.S.”

But Wegmans’ food isn’t merely fresh, it’s also cheap. An independent analysis of prices at grocery chains by Washington consumer group Checkbook found that Wegman’s prices were 13 percent lower than the average prices found at Giant and Safeway. Consider that Whole Foods, whose food quality has been compared to Wegmans, just announced it is working to open a new chain of cheaper stores, effectively conceding that its current, decidedly pricey model is ill-suited for the future.

Part of the reason Wegmans manages to maintain low prices is that its turnover is so efficient. Wegmans has historically been very good about managing food waste, which can be a sizable cost for other grocers, according to Flickinger.

 

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Greenpoint Inundated With anti-Semitic and Hate Propaganda

A series of stickers with anti-Semitic and hate speech were discovered along McGuinness Boulevard on Sunday morning by a Greenpoint couple who took photos and peeled the stickers before tipping off Greenpointers. The 94th Precinct has been notified and is investigating the spread of the stickers.

In 2018, New York City was the safest of all major U.S. cities as the murder rate declined to a historic low, but the NYPD documented over 350 hate crimes last year, an increase of approximately 5 percent from 2017. And hate crimes targeting Jewish people skyrocketed by 22 percent last year, according to the NY Times.

One troubling trend in 2018 was a rise in reported crimes motivated by bigotry. As of Dec. 23, hate crimes reported to the police rose 5 percent to 352 incidents. Reported crimes targeting black people because of their race increased by 33 percent, while anti-Semitic hate crimes rose 22 percent, the police said.

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Rapid Change for Franklin Street Businesses

Manhattan Avenue isn’t the only Greenpoint shopping corridor experiencing a rapid change in its businesses. The stretch of Franklin Street from N. 15 Street to Commercial Street has seen a shakeup in the past year with the closings and openings of longtime and new businesses. Here’s the latest:

Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (7 N. 15th St.) and Northern Territory (12 Franklin St.) share the same block that is soon-to-be-razed to make way for a new office building. Northern Territory is closed for the winter and will reopen for the final year at its current location this spring. Meanwhile, Greenpoint Beer celebrated its final night on New Year’s Eve at its current location and the owners are busy preparing their new 1150 Manhattan Ave. location for a tentative spring opening.

Just across the street from Northern Territory, the House of Vans (25 Franklin St.) concert venue and skate park opened in 2010 and closed last August with a goodbye set from NYC legends Interpol. The space is now on the market for $77,000 per month.

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Shayz Lounge

Shayz Lounge (130 Franklin St.) announced on Thursday that January 20th will be the neighborhood bar’s final night of operation after spending a decade in Greenpoint on Franklin Street. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Named One of the ‘Hottest NYC Neighborhoods for 2019’ by NY Post

Image via NY Post

Greenpoint has received a lot of attention for the many great restaurant openings of 2018, and now the NY Post has identified Greenpoint as one of the ‘hottest NYC neighborhoods for 2019,’ largely due to new waterfront real estate development and the Amazon HQ2 announcement.

Some 42 buildings are under construction in Brooklyn’s northernmost ‘hood, with 1,754 units in progress and even more in the pipeline. The most attention-grabbing addition is 40-story condo tower The Greenpoint, which will be occupied early this year, but Localize.city notes “no fewer than five major developments are underway.”

The first market-rate building of the Greenpoint Landing megaproject, One Blue Slip, started leasing last summer, with rents starting at $2,600 per month for studios (higher than the current neighborhood median of $2,400 for a one-bedroom).

Not to mention Amazon’s HQ2 in Long Island City will be just two stops away on the G train.

“The Greenpoint” waterfront tower.

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L-Train Apocalypse Averted, Reconstruction to Take 15 – 20 Months

Gov. ‘Amazon’ Cuomo at Thursday’s press conference in Manhattan.

Governor ‘Amazon’ Cuomo held a surprise press conference in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon to announce last-minute changes in the two-year-old L train shutdown plan that was scheduled to start in April 2019. The plan for a full shutdown of the L train’s Canarsie tunnel has been scrapped in lieu of a new engineering plan (PDF) to keep the tunnel in operation during reconstruction. The announcement has a profound impact on Brooklyn residents working in Manhattan and the real estate developers with local interests, who are some of Cuomo’s largest donors.

Without offering many specific details, Cuomo said that L train commuters can expect service disruptions on some nights and weekends during the coming 15-to-20-months of construction on the Canarsie tunnel.

Cuomo didn’t talk about the MTA’s former plans to create express bus lanes on the Williamsburg Bridge and across 14th Street in Manhattan. Cuomo also continued to deny his control over the MTA: “No, I am not in charge of the MTA…Yes, I did ask this group, I convened this group, I got them access, I facilitated their research, they came up with their conclusion, they presented it to the MTA, and the MTA said it’s a better way to do it.”

The flooded Canarsie tunnel in the aftermath of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy

The Canarsie tunnel was damaged way back in 2012 from the salty, corrosive floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy. The MTA announced its mitigation plan in 2016, and since then dozens of meetings in North Brooklyn have been held by local activist groups such as the L train Coalition and NYC Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso.

Cuomo’s team of Ivy League engineers drafted a new engineering design “never used in the United States” to supplement the full shutdown, Cuomo explained during Thursday’s press conference:

To make a long story short: They have proposed a new design to use in the tunnel. It is a design that has not been used in the united states before to the best of our knowledge. It has been implemented in Europe. It has never been implemented in a tunnel restoration project. They came up with that design suggestion that uses many new innovations that are new to, frankly, the rail industry in this country. But the MTA has gone through their recommendations and gone through the new design, and the MTA believes that it is feasible, it’s highly innovative but that it is feasible. Long story short, with this design, it would not be necessary to close the L train tunnel at all, which would be a phenomenal benefit to the people of New York City. There would need to be some night and weekend closures of only one tube, so service would still work because there are two tunnels, but it would be a major, major breakthrough, and that’s what we want to discuss with you today.

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Cuomo to Make Surprise L Train Announcement Today

Governor ‘Amazon’ Cuomo will take a break from striking backroom deals with monopolistic billionaires and make a surprise announcement during a press conference today at 12:45 p.m. in Manhattan regarding the L train shutdown, Gothamist reports. Just two weeks ago Cuomo submerged himself into the Canarsie Tunnel that runs between Manhattan and Brooklyn to take a hard look at the reconstruction plan with a team of experts. As of now, the plan (four years in the making) is to shut down the tunnel to train traffic for 15 months begging at the end of April 2019.

A potential switch may be a three-year shutdown with one track remaining in operation, Gothamist reports:

MTA sources told Gothamist that they have heard rumors that the governor was planning on altering the L train shutdown. “We usually have provisions that allow us to get out of contracts at any given time, but there’s been a fair amount of work done already,” one source said. “If there’s a new plan only the very upper management knows what that is.”

Another source in contact with city decision makers said the governor may switch from the 1.5 year total shutdown timeline to one that would last 3+ years by partially shutting down one track.

Update: The NY Times reports that a full Canarsie Tunnel shutdown will not happen. Specific details are still to be announced.

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