Church of the Ascension’s Parish Hall Gets an Unrecognizable Facelift

Rendering of 120 Java Street
Rendering of 120 Java Street via YIMBY

The Church of the Ascension (127 Kent Street) is one of Greenpoint’s oldest buildings, but its Parish Hall (120 Java Street) will soon find new life as residences. The Church sold the Parish Hall, and air rights for the building, in July 2015 for over 4 million dollars.

The Parish Hall at 120 Java in 2014 via YIMBY

The Parish Hall is not an original part of the church, but it still has significant history in the neighborhood, serving as a shelter during Hurricane Sandy, and as a headquarters in the Occupy Sandy relief effort. In the transition to apartments, the building on Java Street will triple in size and gain two stories, growing to accommodate 18 units. Each apartment will be approximately 1,300 sqft, and the building will offer “skyline views” from the roof.  Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Stillwater Artisanal Brewery Will Create a Custom Beer Just for You!

The “Gypsy Brewers” at Stillwater Artisanal are looking to open a home base at 321 Kingsland Avenue, which they’re calling “Production.” Stillwater Artisanal officially launched in 2010 and has been ranked as one of the best new brewers worldwide.

For the Greenpoint hub, Founder Brian Strumke envisions an “experimental fermentation facility, creatively integrating a brewery, eatery, bar and event space into a community hub for beer lovers, gourmands, and creatives.” The whole space is set to open in the fall of this year, and in addition to food, drink and creative events, Production will offer visitors limited edition beers and a chance to view the brewing process.  Continue reading

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A Night of Japanese Bands at The Knitting Factory This Sunday (3/18)

Japan Nite in Brooklyn

Japan Nite In Brooklyn
The Knitting Factory | 361 Metropolitan Avenue
Sunday, March 18th, 8pm
More info, $10 tickets

The Knitting Factory brings you Japan Nite – an evening of four live pop and indie music acts straight from Japan. Performing: Indie rockers Domico, pop singer/songwriter Anna Takeuchi, rapper Rude-A and lady rappers Prankroom.

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Awesome Gig Alert: Beekeeper Wanted in Bushwick

Beekeeper via Honey's
image via Honey’s

Enlightenment Wines, Bushwick’s artisanal meadery and an integral part of cocktail bar Honey’s (93 Scott Ave) is currently seeking a beekeeper. Details below:

Working with master hive designer and all around super smart guy Tim O’neal, we are one step away from building a very cool observation hive at Honey’s. That means you can watch the bees in their hive, but they can also fly outside. However we will need help maintaining it. We are open to a variety of barter options on the subject, including trading for space on our rooftop for even more bees of said helper, plus the obvious drink options. However said helper needs to have experience with hives and to come regularly to visit. Serious inquiries only. Send an email to [email protected]ines.com. Spread the word!

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The Sea Train: Will Ferries Mean Smooth Sailing Through L-Pocalypse?

Williamsburg Bridge (photo: Julia Moak)

The MTA has seen protests in Brooklyn due to its laissez-faire relationship with the impending L-pocalypse. In response, they’ve promised to make community engagement a “central priority” as the March 2019 L train closure nears. Part of that community engagement was on display last week, when the MTA and the DOT appeared before Brooklyn Community Board 1 to offer a joint presentation to this neighborhood offering new information regarding their plans for alternate service during the transit shutdown. In a word: Ferries.

While the proposed direct ferry route between North Williamsburg and Stuyvesant Cove isn’t technically new (it was part of the MTA’s original L-pocalypse mitigation strategy ominously entitled Planning Ahead for the Crisis), the agency offered new details on the route at last week’s meeting. During the presentation, transit honchos noted that ferry service along the route would run 6:00am-12:00am Sunday through Thursday, and that service may be extended until 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights.  Continue reading

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New DEP Garbage Grabbers are cleaning Newtown Creek

via NYC Water Flickr

Here at Greenpointers, we love getting down and dirty with the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. On Tuesday, that complex kicked it up a notch further when the Department of Environmental protection unveiled 4 brand new “Newtown Creek Litter Capture Devices.” These underground garbage grabbers are designed to trap pollutants in the waterway and direct them towards the plant, where they can then be hauled to landfills. The project required three years of construction and cost the City 42 million dollars.  Continue reading

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Meet Your NCOs!

NCO Sector C officers Sandy Torres and Kieron Lessey, photo by Julia Moak

Hey Greenpoint, do you know your Neighborhood Coordination Officers?  Out of 153 uniformed members of the 94th precinct, just 8 are NCO officers. Our NCOs are handpicked extensions of the detective squad, and are some of the best trained officers in the precinct, assigned to work directly with community members to address issues that are important to you.

Since NCOs are integral parts of this community, we wanted to know their favorite things about Greenpoint. We sat down with Captain William Glynn, head of the 94th precinct, to learn more about the NCO program, then chatted with each NCO officer to get the lowdown on their go-to spots around town and what they like to do on their days off. Check out their answers below!  Continue reading

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Dusty Rose’s Second Our Damn Selves Market Hits BK Bazaar This Friday (2/9)

After pulling off a hit in November with their inaugural market, Dusty Rose Vintage is returning to Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue) for Round II. Next Friday’s market will run from 6-10pm, and feature 30 vendors. The vendor list emphasizes queer and trans makers, and the event will benefit Housing Works

The $3 admission goes directly to Housing Works and scores you a raffle ticket. In addition to sweet prizes, you can expect ceramics, jewelry, vintage and contemporary clothing, chocolate, art, candles, crystals, tarot, live screenprinting and more.

Additionally, Arts Not Parts will be on hand with supplies to make make posters to support trans youth, Mur will be performing a few songs at 9 pm, and Weaves and Palehound are playing upstairs so you can make a whole night of it!

Who: Dusty Rose Vintage

What: Our Damn Selves Market #ourdamnselvesmrkt

Why: Fundraiser for Housing Works

Where: Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue Brooklyn

When: Friday, February 9th 6 – 10 pm

Tickets: available at door. RSVP here

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140 Affordable Units in Greenpoint now Available Through Housing Lottery

Rendering of The Greenpoint
You could live here for $613/month

You might live in Greenpoint, but do you want to live in The Greenpoint? The Greenpoint, the 40-story waterfront skyscraper on its way up at 23 India Street, is currently the tallest building in our part of town. It boasts a variety of amenities including a sundeck, two in-house restaurants, a bike room, an interior court yard, a sports court, a laundry room, a children’s playroom, an outdoor entertainment space, a fitness center, and prime access to both the India Street ferry terminal and the new public promenade that will run along the water adjacent to Transmitter Park.

Applications are now open for 140 affordable units in the building. Any New Yorkers earning 40% and 60% of the area median income are welcome to apply by the  March 19th, 2018 Deadline. 

Find all the intel about eligibility below!

If you live here already, you’ll have a bit of a leg-up in the lottery: residents of Brooklyn Community Board 1 will be given preference for 50% of the units. You can find full details on how to apply here!

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Pinball Wizards and Streetcar Woes — The Hook-up (1/19)

The Pinball Wizards of Williamsburg
The Pinball Wizards of Williamsburg. Via Brooklyn Daily

In the contentious world of elite New York pinball, there can be only one champion. This year, it was a North Brooklyn contest: Greenpoint’s Paragons of Pinball duked it out in the final round against Williamsburg’s Terrorwrists at Sunshine Laundromat (860 Manhattan Avenue). The Terrorwrists took the title.

Pinball is a fast-paced, high stakes enterprise. New York’s urban planning and infrastructural changes are much slower beasts. And so: the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX), also known as the gentrification express. This is The Streetcar Not Everyone Desires. With more and more funding necessary, but less and less actual money secured for the project, the BQX is stalled behind schedule, and seems, for now, to be more of a pipe-dream than a real possibility.

Speaking of transportation going off the rails, an unoccupied car was found partially submerged in Newtown Creek this morning. As of yet, there is no information on the condition, whereabouts or identity of the driver.

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