The Hook-Up

More Space, Less Space and Greenpoint Rings our Bell — The Hook-up (1/12)

Part of the Greenpoint Hospital Complex
Part of the Greenpoint Hospital Complex, Via CityLimits

As 2018 picks up steam, the news continues to roll in… even when the subway doesn’t. Much has been made of the MTA’s plans for L-pocalypse, the 15-month L train closure slated to begin in April 2019, but some G train riders are already feeling the squeeze. New York 1 reports that “it’s a mess” at the Court Square station because the MTA is adding 3 new stairways to the G platform in anticipation of the L train shutdown. 

Speaking of construction-induced squeezing, two city agencies have come forward with separate plans to redevelop the Greenpoint Hospital site, and the parking lot across the street. Together, the two developments could add 750 new apartments within a two-block area.  Continue reading

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Art, Urban Equity and Brooklyn in Albany — The Hook-up 12/15

#BroCleanBKLYN via Instagram
#BroCleanBKLYN via Instagram

Last week, I had the privilege to see a remastered print of Ken Burns’ 1981 film, Brooklyn Bridge, at the Brooklyn Museum. The documentary had me feeling all the feelings for the Bridge and the borough. But it’s not just the Great Bridge that’s been inspiring Brooklyn this week. In fact, our very own Newtown Creek has been inspiring equitable urban greening and environmental activism here in the neighborhood, and around the country. For example, the Newtown Creek Nature Walk was cited as a project for the neighborhood that avoids environmental gentrification.

Further, brothers Gary and Sam Bencheghib took to the mighty waters of Newtown Creek in their series  #BroCleanBKLN. On December 2nd, the pair paddled both the Creek and Gowanus Canal to highlight pollution in Brooklyn, and advocate for cleaner waterways.  Continue reading

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Sinkholes, Summonses and the City Council — The Hook-Up 9/1

Hallelujah, we're in Greenpoint. Photo by Lucie Levine
Hallelujah, we’re in Greenpoint. Photo by Lucie Levine

Pedestrians in North Brooklyn have been Walking on the Wild Side this week, since our thoroughfares are more treacherous than you thought. On Tuesday, a sinkhole opened on Myrtle Avenue between Bedford and Nostrand, and swallowed a man’s entire right leg as he was walking to work. He was rescued by the NYFD and was not seriously injured.

That means Greenpointer Victoria Cambranes has her work cut out for her. As an advocate for street-safety and affordable housing, she is hoping to run for City Council as a member of the Progress for All Party, which she created,

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Mockingbirds Attack in Transmitter, Robbers Impersonate ICE, Literary Playlists—The Hook-Up 7/31

Sunset at The Lot Radio. Photo: Megan Penmann
Sunset at The Lot Radio. Photo: Megan Penmann

Word on the street is that there’s a dangerous crew of mockingbirds hanging out in Transmitter Park, and boy are they ready to start shit. One reader tells us, “I was running through there the other day and one of them swooped down and started pulling at my ponytail. When I tried to keep running, it followed be and started yanking at it again.” Apparently, it is nesting season for the birds and the brutal attacks should stop once the birds’ babies are able to leave the nest. This has been happening for years, and seemingly is just wildlife being rightfully pissed off that we’re invading their turf.

Japan-o-philes and lovers of designy home goods rejoice—North Brooklyn is getting a MUJI!

Greenpointer and programmer Kate Ray created playlists, for books.

A Fox News host was doused with water at Union Pool. Continue reading

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All Bacon Everything, Greenpoint Burglaries, and $$$ Condos—The Hook-Up 7/21

Greenpoint Ave & Franklin St - Megan Penmann
Greenpoint Ave & Franklin St. Photo by Megan Penmann

The condos that are replacing the old New Warsaw Bakery on Lorimer Street have gone on the market, for upwards of $1.5 million per unit.

A guy broke into two Greenpoint businesses in less than one hour, and robbed them. Baoburg (614 Manhattan Ave) and a nearby laundromat were both hit.

Predictably, there’s a new all-bacon tasting menu in Williamsburg at a restaurant called Belly. Continue reading

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Alligator Lounge Assault, Filth Flies at Blue Bottle, OY/YO and The Giglio! –The Hook Up 7/14

Sunset from The Brooklyn Barge. Photo: Megan Penmann
NYC sunset from The Brooklyn Barge. Photo: Megan Penmann

What happened this week besides the weather being steamier than a dirty monkey’s crotch and more stifling than a sweat lodge? Here’s the rude, sad and the fugly.

A woman tried to eat a man’s arm at legendary Peter Luger Steakhouse (178 Broadway), and the incident was provoked by Venezuelan politics, and there’s a video.

A woman was punched in the face at Alligator Lounge, and it sounds like the 90th Precinct had a predictable reaction.

Third wave coffee, or zero wave? Mice and filth flies shut down Williamsburg’s Blue Bottle Coffee on North 5th Street.

The first death on the new Kosciuszko Bridge happened this week. Continue reading

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Slashing In McGolrick, L-Pocalypse & Paulie Gee’s Server Injured — The Hook-Up 5/26

Franklin St & Greenpoint Ave. Photo: Megan Penmann
Franklin St & Greenpoint Ave sunset. Photo: Megan Penmann

According to police, a man was slashed and robbed in McGolrick Park Saturday night around 9:30pm. He had seen someone in a group of people drop a pack of cigarettes and went to return them—only to get his head smashed on a metal bar, slashed on his cheek with a knife and robbed of his iPhone, $250 in cash and a bracelet.

A Paulie Gee’s server was seriously injured after a cyclist struck her on the corner of Manhattan and India. Without insurance, she’s now facing $10k in medical bills and $25k of  bills and lost wages combined while she recovers. You can donate to her crowdfunding campaign to help her recover physically and financially. Continue reading

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Pigeon Pets, Greenpoint Garbage Moves Away, and Back Stabbing — The Hook-Up 4/21

Adelaide the pigeon
Adelaide the pigeon in her home sweet home. Via Instagram

Omg! A pigeon flew into someone’s kitchen near the Lorimer stop and made a nest inside a pasta strainer. Follow Adelaide the pigeon on Instagram.

This Fall, some of our Greenpoint garbage will be moving out of the neighborhood. Maybe the rent was too damn high?

Bushwick Inlet Park is finally complete! The mayor just closed the deal on the purchase of the CitiStorage site, the last remaining parcel needed to complete the 27-acre waterfront park. Mayor de Blasio tweeted the deal’s closing saying, “We keep our promises to New Yorkers.” Continue reading

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Manhattan Ave Ticket Trap, Bearded Burglars, & Williamsburg Hate Crime — The Hook-Up 4/17

14th Street Reimagined - via TransAlt
14th Street Reimagined – via TransAlt

The L Train shutdown could totally transform 14th Street as we know it.

Think twice before you try parking on Manhattan Avenue between Huron and India. It’s a “ticket trap”.

Shooting so many movies and TV shows in Greenpoint and Williamsburg is both a blessing and a curse. It makes our restaurants and shops more popular, but isn’t always the most convenient. Continue reading

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It’s A Mirage, Live Band Plays As Kosciuszko Falls, & Gas Passing—The Hook-Up 4/7

Scene from our Greenpointers Valentines Market
This weekend we’re hosting our Spring Market! Come on down to the Greenpoint Loft and sip palomas while you shop.

It’s sounding like troubled megaclub Brooklyn Mirage might actually open this summer. Party on!

The old Kosciuszko Bridge is going to be demolished this summer, and people are demanding an epic party, complete with a live orchestral score. Have you RSVP’d on Facebook yet?

There was a gas leak caused by construction along Wythe Avenue last weekend, and businesses and residents were evacuated for at least four hours. Continue reading

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