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Full-Length G Trains, “Power Hour” Heroin, & A New Van Leeuwen Location — The Hook-Up 1/27

Dobbin & Norman. Photo: Megan Penmann
Dobbin & Norman. Photo: Megan Penmann

Here’s this week’s local news, in brief!

Traffic safety is an ongoing concern after a 14-year-old was hit by a reckless driver on Manhattan Avenue this week. The driver is currently being held on $2500 bail. Community members mobilized and met to discuss safer streets this past Wednesday.

This weekend we’re getting full-length G trains!

Police are currently looking for two suspects who bought more than ten thousand dollars of luxury goods after stealing a Greenpoint woman’s credit card.

A Williamsburg man has pled guilty to running a heroin ring, and sold the drugs out of his apartment on Driggs Ave. According to Patch, “Twenty-three other people pleaded guilty in the same ring, where they sold heroin under the names, “Knockout,” “Takeover,” “Power Hour,” “Killing Time,” “Pure,” “Gucci,” and “Scorpion.” Continue reading

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Are You A Greenpointer With Love For Local News? We’re Seeking A News Editor!

Greenpoint sunset. Photo: Megan PenmannAre you up-to-date on the environmental issues in Greenpoint? Local crime and safety issues? Are you interested being an active part of North Brooklyn community? Are you a writer with a nose for news?

We’re looking for a News Editor to join us! You will be responsible for keeping up with local news and creating a weekly news roundup post, managing and writing stories of your own, and assigning stories to contributing writers. You should be able to attend monthly Editors meetings, and occasional community-related events and meetings. Must be detail-oriented, highly knowledgable about Greenpoint (you live here!), and have a great personality and fun writing style. You should generally be comfortable with technology, as you will be working in WordPress and using our content management platform (it’s not hard, and we’ll teach you).

This position is paid per post written and per post edited.

Apply here or in the form after the jump. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Loses a Legend: Hugh Reid (1927-2017)

Hugh Reid

Hugh Reid, who helped bury the dead of Greenpoint for generations, himself finally succumbed to death himself last Thursday, just short of his ninetieth year. I was lucky enough to spend a long afternoon with Hugh about two years ago, while researching my recently published book, King of Greenpoint, about Peter J McGuinness, the boss of Greenpoint. Many locals insisted that I had to talk to Hugh because no one knew more Greenpoint history, so we sat down.

He told me his grandparents immigrated in 1856 from Cushendall Northern Ireland and for generations his family had worked the Greenpoint waterfront. He was one of twelve children, so when he was not in school he hustled to help the family get extra money. Hugh knew Peter McGuinness well because they both lived on Leonard Street, though he was not necessarily a fan of McGuinness by any means. I learned not only about McGuinness, but also a wealth of local information. Hugh had lived here all his life and his memory was sharp, even if his hearing had grown dim. Many of the characters I wrote about I only knew from books but Hugh knew them as people and gave me insights into their personalities no book or document ever could. Continue reading

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Traffic Safety Meeting In Greenpoint Tonight (1/25)!

Year-To-Date Traffic Collisions 94th Precinct Jan 25 2017
Year-To-Date Traffic Collisions 94th Precinct as of Jan. 25 2017, data via NYPD TrafficStat

Local residents are concerned after a recent uptick in traffic accidents and injuries. A 14-year-old boy was struck by an out of control driver on Manhattan Avenue and seriously injured last week. Two weeks ago, an elderly man was killed on Grand Street following a hit and run. And there was a report a few weeks back of a four-year-old getting struck by a box truck near McGolrick Park—we’ve heard the boy is ok. According to the NYPD, in the 94th Precinct collisions are up by 27%, and collisions with injuries are up 122% over last year, and our year has just begun. Neighbors have decided to mobilize and are meeting tonight (Jan. 25) at Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 N 15th St.) from 7-9pm to discuss traffic safety. Check out the Facebook event here.

 

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Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Dance Party Open Bar Art Auction – Saturday 1/28

Lifted, Juan Carlos Pagan, 17″ x 24″, Print. Available at auction at PLAN A! at Dobbin St on Saturday, January 28th, 2017

 

On Saturday, January 28th, Greenpoint’s Dobbin St is hosting an evening of dancing, exhibited artwork, and a 4-hour open bar, with proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood.

The team at Tickled HOT Pink partnered with Medium Rare to put together a bevy of food and drink sponsors plus a set of live DJs that all together makes up PLAN A!, a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. 

If you can’t make it for the PLAN A! fundraiser, you can still donate directly to Planned Parenthood. But hopefully see you there!

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A Humble Greenpointer and His Extraordinary Documentary

I usually write about local history, not film, but doing historical research I accidentally met Joe Campo, Greenpoint’s most successful documentary producer. When some people get a whiff of success, it goes to their head, but not Campo. Look up the word humble in the dictionary and Joe’s picture is there. I knew Joe for several months before I realized how successful his documentary The Human Experience was.

Joe Campo, Grassroots Films
Joe Campo, Grassroots Films

For years Joe has lived on Eagle Street quietly practicing his religious faith and making great films. In 2008 and his production company, Grassroots Films, released The Human Experience to a wave of rave reviews. The film won over thirty honors at international film festivals including the Audience Choice Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Atlanta International Film Festival. And it’s sold over a million DVD copies. Continue reading

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Nachos Return To Post-Fire Commodore, Illegal Gas Hookups, Homeland — The Hook-Up 1/20

Construction on West St. between India and Java
Bless this mess—Construction on West St. between India and Java

Today—Inauguration Day 2017—you’re either donning a red baseball cap and poppin’ some champagne or silently crying at your desk and mustering up the guts to join a march tomorrow. Yesterday we published a list of politically-charged events in our area this weekend that embrace diversity. We should mention that we didn’t receive any details about pro-Trump celebrations; if we had, we would have published those too. Whatever your views on the incoming administration may be, here are some local news events from this week that had nothing whatsoever to do with PEOTUS—–>POTUS.

A sham utility company was found to be illegally installing gas meters so building owners could get the buildings finished and certificates of occupancy faster. Some of the buildings were reportedly in North Brooklyn.

The Commodore‘s kitchen is closed for a few weeks after a fire about a week and a half ago. But they just started serving nachos yesterday!

The Nasty Women art exhibit and Stay Nasty festivities last weekend at Knockdown Center raised more than $50k for Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Girls for Gender Equity, the New York Immigration Coalition, SisterSong, and Planned Parenthood.

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The Best of Brooklyn Beer & Food Festival Brings Unlimited Craft Brews and Tastings! Get 15% off Tix!

Clear your calendar and dust off that winter chill with the first-ever Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival! Greenpointers readers get 15% off tickets!

More than 45,000 Brooklynites voted across 128 categories and Best of Brooklyn is showcasing your picks on January 28 at Industry City! This collection of Brooklyn’s best craft brew (unlimited!), tastings on sale from 20+ top chefs (Doughnut Plant and Dinosaur BBQ to name a few), special exhibits by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), and music curated by C’mon Everybody. Pick from one of two sessions or hit the after party! Continue reading

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Precinct Protest, Deep Fried Burrata and Candy Vans — The Hook-Up 1/13

Greenpoint watertower sunset. Photo: Megan Penmann
Greenpoint watertower sunset. Photo: Megan Penmann

A protest at Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct this week made headlines following Captain Peter Rose’s statements to the press about rape cases. The protest happened despite his formal apology via Twitter. The National Organization For Women has requested a meeting with the police commissioner to discuss sytem-wide reforms.

There’s a new development going up next to Transmitter Park, and local residents are not excited about the building’s lobby overlooking the park. Residents voiced their dissent at a Community Board meeting this week about the zoning amendment which would allow the proposed construction to take place. The issue now goes up before the City Planning Commission and then to City Hall.

The renovated Kosciuszko Bridge might actually open sooner than originally planned. The project, which started in late 2014, has been regularly clogging up neighborhood traffic leading onto the BQE. A Department of Transportation spokeswoman says that the “main span will be completed and all traffic in both directions will be shifted onto it in early spring.” Hallelujah! Continue reading

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Calling All Crafters: Brooklyn Craft Co. Is Hiring Teachers!

Brooklyn Craft Co. Photo: Patty Scull
Inside Brooklyn Craft Co.’s space – Photo by Patty Scull

It’s a new year, which means it’s a good time to reset with new career goals and aspirations. If you’re handy with a needle and thread or a paintbrush, you may be in luck—Brooklyn Craft Co. (165 Greenpoint Ave.) is seeking some new instructors.

Per Brooklyn Craft Co: “If you teach crafts / DIY and you’re based in the NYC area, we want to hear from you. We are seeking paid instructors in the following subjects:

  • Garment Sewing
  • Crochet
  • Quilting
  • Painting & Art
  • Macrame
  • Loom Weaving
  • Cross Stitch
  • Embroidery
  • Drop Spindle Yarn Spinning
  • Dyeing

Brooklyn Craft Co looking for teachersTO APPLY: Please email hello [at] brooklyncraftcompany.com with the following:

  • Tell us about yourself, including your background in the area you want to teach, and online links to your current work (such as your blog, Etsy shop, Instagram, etc).
  • A brief description of 1-3 workshops you would like to teach with us, including a description of what you would cover in class and the finished project students would make.”

Brooklyn Craft Co. is located at 165 Greenpoint Ave. Follow them on Instagram.

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