The rain stayed away, and the neighbors came in! Thanks to all of our visitors who came out on April 7 to support our Flower Power Spring Market at the Greenpoint Loft. Attendees enjoyed nail painting, yoga on the roof deck with Hosh Yoga, Dreamcatcher workshops with Living the Dreamcatcher, and more. To dive deeper into all the springtime festivities, take a look at some of our event photos below, or visit our Facebook album here. Thanks to all who joined us, and be on the lookout for news about the next market!
Over at the bar, our friends kept us hydrated with bevies like BABE Wine, Greenpoint Beer, and a specialty cocktail. Lots of lovely drinks for lovely neighbors. Don’t forget to water the flowers! Continue reading →
# A Tale of Two Cities: Immigrant Foodways in London & NYC @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St.), 6:30pm, $20, signing + bites from the cookbook, Buy Tix * Greening the Concrete Jungle: An Intro to Green Roofs @ AgTech (40 Bushwick Ave.), 6:30pm, $29, Buy Tix ♫# A Dinner Party with Daisy the Great @ Le Fanfare (1103 Manhattan Ave.), 7pm, $50, Italian food, music and bourbon, Buy Tix ♫ FULL FLEX w/ Dave Q + Ripley @ The Good Room (98 Meserole Ave.), 9pm, FREE, More Info
♫ Pink Moon Farmraiser @ The Palace (206 Nassau Ave.), 7pm, $20, a fundraising party for North Brooklyn farms, Buy Tix # A Brick Lane Bangladeshi Dinner with author Dina Begum @ Archestrauts Books and Foods (160 Huron St.), 7pm, $50, a three course meal, Buy Tix * Open Full Moon Ritual: The Pink Moon @ Catland (987 Flushing Ave.), 7pm, $15, Buy Tix ♦ Mold Session # 3 – Mediareality of the Divine Beyond @ Glass House (246 Union Ave.), 9pm, FREE, More InfoContinue reading →
“What?” yelled Kelly Eagan, director for Local 342, a union representing meat department workers in Brooklyn and Long Island.
“Contract!” replied the chorus of locked-out workers.
Butchers, meat wrappers, and meat clerks rallied in front of the Park Slope Key Food on Baltic Street and Fifth Avenue yesterday afternoon to demand a new contract from Pick Quick Foods Inc., owner of seven Key Food groceries in Brooklyn and Long Island. Despite negotiations that Monday evening, management and the union have still failed to broker a new agreement, said Keeley Lampo, a union representative.
The lockout began April 6th in retaliation against union workers’ short-lived strike to protest what was deemed a “gutted” contract offer from the Pick Quick Foods owner, Benjamin J. Levine.
Members have begun to feel the pain of more than a weeks-long lockout. While her finances aren’t yet dire, Bronx resident Bonnie Alarcon cares for a family of four and her 76-old mother. “It’s horrible I have to be here after so many years,” she lamented.Continue reading →
Local businesses and galleries will extend their hours to open their spaces and display the work of artists to the public; check out the Greenpoint Gallery Night map to plot your route.
Participating locations include:
Areté Venue and Gallery – 67 West St. suite 103 Brouwerij Lane – 78 Greenpoint Ave Calico Brooklyn – 67 West St. suite 203 Dandelion Wine – 153 Franklin St. Dusty Rose – 67 West St. suite 216 G-Spot popup @ Brooklyn Safehouse – 120 Franklin St. Imagic Studio – 937 Manhattan Ave. Plexus Projects – 198 Greenpoint Ave. Yashar Gallery – 276 Greenpoint Ave. Continue reading →
Evacuations from Freeman Street between Franklin and West Streets followed the report of a gas leak at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, FDNY said.
A gas leak at 77 Freeman St. was initially reported and five buildings in total were evacuated: 74, 77, 79 81 and 89 Freeman St., NBC reports.
Crowds gathered on the sidewalk on Franklin Street across from where emergency responders investigate the source, which is suspected to be related to a gas service connection being installed at a residential building. Continue reading →
Today Al Reach is largely a forgotten figure here in North Brooklyn where he began his baseball career, But Reach not only became the first openly professional baseball player in 1864, but he also went on to co-found the Philadelphia Phillies and become a millionaire – not bad for an immigrant kid who began life working twelve hour days in a Greenpoint shipyard.
Reach was born in 1840 in London, England, but he followed his father to America and lived in Williamsburg. When Reach was a teenager in the 1850’s, the East River was lined with shipyards and Reach got a job doing the grueling work of a shipwright, working ten to twelve hours a day in the days before power tools.
Baseball was also exploding on the scene in America, but nowhere was the sport more popular than here in Brooklyn. Most of the teams were composed of the sons of well-to-do families who could allow their sons the leisure to play the game. Greenpoint also formed a team, but it was not composed of rich kids sons. Its team, the Eckford Club, was made up of shipwrights like Reach who worked 60 to 72 hours per week. Though they had little time to practice, the grueling nature of their work left them very strong and fit and it is little wonder that the team proved successful.
Reach was never a great power hitter, but he was a great fielder. Many sources give him credit for being the first baseman who for the first time played off the bag allowing him to turn balls hit through the infield into outs.
Baseball was evolving in the 1850s and there is a lot of conjecture about the rules of the game. Pitching was underhand and many of the modern pitches had yet to be born. The game was still amateur and players played simply for love of the game. The Civil War interrupted baseball for many players, but the Eckford Club still played on and in 1862 and 1863 the Greenpoint club won the National title, making them the best club in America, but money would soon destroy the proud local baseball team.
The 1862 and 1863 championships were held at the Union Grounds in Williamsburg, the first fully enclosed baseball stadium. The Eckford Club’s victory on its home grounds was the cause for jubilant celebrations. The thousands of fans who showed up for the championship showed observers there was the potential for ticket money in baseball. Teams began to charge and offer players money under the table to join their squads. Continue reading →
Experts on soil contaminants will answer your questions and help interpret soil test results; a 40-pound bag of compost will be available to take home for free.
Attendees should be at least 18 years old and must have completed the GCEF Soil Safety Basics workshop in advance. Contact workshop organizer, Lael Goodman ([email protected]), for permission to enroll if you have not taken the Soil Safety Basics workshop.
Some Williamsburg parents disagree with the legality of the measure mandating vaccines in New York City and filed a lawsuit against the city on Monday citing “insufficient evidence of a measles outbreak or dangerous epidemic,” the NY Times reports.
You all look totally groovy! At our Flower Power Spring Market, we built a floral paradise in in collaboration with local artist Colleen Blackard, with photographer Gus Ponce taking pictures of our stunning neighbors, visitors, and — yes — dogs! For a reel of some highlights and superlatives, take a gander at the sporting pictures below, or visit our Facebook page to view the full, adorable album.
Thanks to all of our talented vendors who made this event such a success — stay tuned for future news about upcoming Greenpointers markets on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. And be sure to mark June 8 and 9 on your calendars for the return of Greenpoint Open Studios!
A handful of new “affordable” apartments have hit the market via the NYC Housing Connect lottery. The former three-story mixed-use building at 196 Freeman St. between Manhattan Avenue and Mcguinness Boulevard was demolished to make way for the construction of the new four-story building with 10 apartments; apply by May 6th.
At 196 Freeman St. a one-bedroom unit is available for $2,544 per month for one to two occupants with an annual household income between $87,223 – $108,550. Market rate one-bedroom units at the building are listed for $2,850 per month.