Where to Donate Reusable Bags Ahead of NY’s Plastic Bag Ban

A plastic bag ban starts March 1st in NY. (Photo courtesy of Michael Kowalczyk)

On March 1st a New York State plastic bag ban, or the Bag Waste Reduction Law, takes effect and you might want to start using a renewable bag when shopping.

Perhaps, you’re ahead of the curve and want to unload some of those extra reusable bags piling up in your closet. The North Brooklyn neighbors are currently holding a bag swap and unneeded shopping bags can be donated in Greenpoint and Williamsburg at the following local businesses and institutions where NBN has drop-off bins setup: Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Park Deli Reopens After Temporary Closure

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) (Photo via Google Maps)

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) is open again after closing last week following an inspection by the Dept. of Health.

A January 16th DOH inspection resulted in a series of marks for unsanitary conditions in the food preparation area that have since been rectified.

A follow-up DOH inspection on Wednesday cleared the way for the reopening today.

Owner Krystyna Godawa and the deli are widely considered neighborhood treasures, and the Park Deli was rescued from closure in 2017 after the landlord raised the rent by more than double. The Park Deli lives on!

 

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Stories from the Rainforest, Universal Love, Cumbancha Flamenca, Vegan Dinner — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/22-1/28)

WEDNESDAY 1/22

☺ Good Girl @ Cantina Royal (58 N 3rd St), 6:30 pm, $7, a night of great stand up comedy!–not all humor will be clean, but it certainly will be good! Buy Tix
♫ Drinking Bird // Thor Jensen @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St), 10pm, FREE, an hour’s worth of melodic melodies and improvised improvisations, perhaps with special guests, More Info
♫ ESCAPE-ISM + Chyna Wyte @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave), 8pm, FREE, More Info
♫ Algiers Live + Signing @ Rough Trade NYC (64 N 9th St), 7pm, $16-$24, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 1/23

* What you need to know about National Grid’s N Brooklyn Pipeline @ Bushwick Library (340 Bushwick Ave) 6pm, FREE, enjoy snacks, neighbors and hear from local experts about the National Grid construction in our neighborhood, More Info
^ Green Series: “Lessons in Survival” @ Leonard Library (81 Devoe St), 630pm, FREE, a literary talk on ‘surviving climate change catastrophes,’ RSVP
# Our Vegan Dinner: @ Archestratus Books & Foods (160 Huron St), 7pm and 8pm, $40, three vegan courses cooked by Chef Ken Wiss, Buy Tix
♫ The Great American Novel @ Gutter Bar (200 N 14th St) 8pm, $8, with The Glitch, The Regrets, and The Huffers, More Info Continue reading

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Classic Nassau Avenue Deli Closed by Department of Health

 

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) is closed following an inspection on January 16th by the NYC Dept. of Health.

The cherished McGolrick Park-adjacent Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.), which is in a storefront that has been home to a deli since the 1930s, faced closure in 2017 when deli owner Krystyna Godawa struggled with a more than 100 percent rent increase. Broadway Stages stepped in and covered the difference in rent and saved Park Deli from shuttering.

A health inspection of the deli last week racked up 65 points (a “C” is 28 or more points) for evidence of unsanitary conditions that included evidence of live mice.

Park Deli was closed for business last Friday and the doors remained shut on Tuesday.

The nearby deli Brooklyn Standard also closed temporarily last week following a visit from DOH; the business reopened a day later after addressing a basement flood which was the root of the problem.

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Welcome Campers! Wild Honey Pies’ Memorial Day Weekend Camp and Music Festival Beckons

A scene from last year’s camp (Courtesy of Wild Honey Pie; Photo: Nicole Potosme)

The Wild Honey Pie is organizing an adult Memorial Day weekend camp and music festival in the Berkshires next spring as a retreat for New Yorkers.

The Welcome Campers music fest runs from May 23rd – 25th at Camp Lenox in Otis, MA, and early-bird tickets are now on sale. An optional bus will provide transportation directly from McCarren Park to the festival. Continue reading

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Is Williamsburg Getting A Vessel at the Domino Development?

A new installation at the Domino development in Williamsburg is taking shape. Photo: @marc @lucas_scherrer_production

The French street artists JR is working on a large-scale installation with shipping containers on the Williamsburg waterfront at the Domino development that is soon to open.

A Brooklyn Museum multimedia installation “JR: Chronicles” also currently displays work from the artist, whose images usually touch on social issues while utilizing size with massive paste-ups and portraits.

Stacks of over a dozen blue shipping containers were placed in a triangle formation at the Domino development last week. JR posted an Instagram update last Thursday indicating that the Brooklyn Museum and Italian architectural design studio LOT-EK are also partners on the work in progress. Continue reading

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Kimchee Market Closes For Rennovations, Plans February Relaunch

Kimchee Market (191 Greenpoint Ave.) (Via Google Maps)

The Korean takeout shop, Kimchee Market (191 Greenpoint Ave.) closed today and will reopen in February following kitchen and dining room renovations, along with a refreshed menu that will resemble sister locations Dokebi (199 Grand St.) and Little Dokebi (85 Driggs Ave.), according to owner Chul Kim.

 

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Kim obtained the Greenpoint Avenue space as a kimchee production kitchen eight years ago for his restaurants and started offering takeout food when he noticed foot traffic pickup in the area.

The kitchen also supplies traditional Korean fermented vegetables to local businesses like Jungle Cafe (131 Greenpoint Ave.) and Murray’s Cheese.

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Fashion Sundae: Episode 26

Courtesy of Watching New York

For the 26th edition of Fashion Sundae, we’re getting a bit sentimental as this marks the half-year mark of this photo series. Thank you to Watching New York for keeping us up to date on the fashionistas on Bedford Avenue and our stylish neighbors on the other side of the park. As usual, here’s a look at the styles spotted last week in Williamsburg:   Continue reading

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GosT Comes to Knitting Factory on February 12

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, one of the most electrifying (and scariest?) contemporary bands comes to the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) in Williamsburg. GosT will be on tour supporting his most recent full-length album Valedictionwhich came out this past October. With the release of Valediction, the metal synthwave producer breaks the mold by mixing 80s synth, guitar, gothic vocals and blastbeats that’s propulsive enough to compel the stodgiest of underground metal fans to dance instead of mosh.

Last year Century Media Records welcomed the mysterious producer known as GosT to their roster. GosT embodies the character of Baalberith on his propulsive synthwave solo project, channeling his fascination with the occult, John Carpenter, and 80s slasher flicks. As a teenager he played in metal bands, but eventually drifted toward electronic music which would later become the foundation of his powerful synthwave/retrowave sound. With its haunting atmosphere and aesthetics, influenced by the blackest corners of the metal world, his music quickly garnered GosT a loyal following within the rock and metal community worldwide. Apart from playing his own headlining tours in North America and Europe, he has performed with the likes of Black Dahlia Murder, Power Trip, Khemmis, Havok, Skeletal Remains, Carpenter Brut, and Pallbearer.
Tickets for February 12 are available for purchase here!
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Greenpoint This Week: North Brooklyn Pipeline Debate, New Indoor Skate Park, City Sewage Plan, and More!

Manhattan Avenue shines bright (Image via John Gurion)

Happy Friday Greenpointers! It’s feeling frigid out there, but if you venture out of the apartment then you might want to visit the opening reception of the exhibition Weird Nature at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery (67 West St. #320) open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Over at the Greenpoint Gallery (90 McGuinness Blvd) tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight, two floors of gallery space will display local art for the gallery’s first salon show of the year, along with live music.

If you couldn’t make it to the monthly Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting last Tuesday where the local National Grid pipeline project was debated, video of the entire meeting is available here.

For more weekend fun here’s what’s happening, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines: Continue reading

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