New Renderings of Domino Sugar Redevelopment Show Glass-Domed Design

(Courtesy of PAU Architects/World Architecture)

New renderings of the Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment have been released by PAU architects. The developer, Two Trees Management has proposed an 11-foot height increase to the original design of 292-314 Kent Avenue, historically known as the Havemeyer & Elder Filter, Pan & Finishing House.

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In 2017, the Landmarks Preservation Commission initially approved the plan to add a glass-domed building with a barrel-vaulted ceiling inside the brick facade of the centerpiece of the redevelopment.

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According to YIMBY:

The PAU design team has proposed a height increase of the building’s domed glass roof from 224 feet to 235 feet. New elevation diagrams also appear to eliminate the building’s 16th floor. Instead, levels one through four, 14, and 15 include increased ceiling spans of varying heights.

Updated proposals also include a newly designed stair system positioned between the two volumes of the domed expansion. Previous iterations of the stair system existed fully within the glass structure.

Pending approvals, the building will include ground-floor retail, 12 levels of office space, and a 14th-floor event space with double-height ceilings, a catering kitchen, and back-of-house areas. According to Two Trees, the developers of the property, completion is anticipated in the early 2020s.

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Over 2,000 apartments are planned at the Domino development, including more than 700 affordable apartments.

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Facing Closure, Park Church Co-op Seeks Community Support

Park Church Co-op (Google Maps)

The Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St), Greenpoint’s coolest church, is facing closure after losing funding from the Metropolitan New York Synod last June. In a letter dated August 15th and posted on social media on Monday, the Greenpoint church asks for the community’s help in a call for letters that detail the church’s local impact. Donations can also be made here.

A concert inside Park Church Co-op

Park Church Co-op hosts music performances, yoga sessions and great community programming in addition to their Sunday service. The church states their plan to hand-deliver the community’s letters of support to Synod Council members at the upcoming September 5th meeting.

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TASTE Williamsburg/Greenpoint Now On Sale!

TASTE is back for its 10th anniversary! The TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Festival will take place on Sunday, September 15 from 1–4 PM at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) in Williamsburg.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is a celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor, benefitting the Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center. Now in its 10th year (!), the block party style tasting event will return to the scenic Williamsburg waterfront, bringing the neighborhood’s top restaurants, bars and independent merchants together with over 2,000 attendees to eat and drink for a great cause.

Confirmed restaurant and bar participants to date include Tacocina, Leuca, Barano, Lighthouse, Zona Rosa, Baba’s Pierogies and more, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Ticket sales will begin today via Eventbrite, here. Early bird tickets will start at $50 for general admission (8 food ‘tastes’ and all you can drink beverages), and VIP tickets start at $100 for all you can eat and drink, with early access to the event, and a gifting lounge with seating.

Proceeds from the event will once again go to benefit the Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center, located in the former Engine 212 Firehouse at 134 Wythe Avenue, which is working to re-open as a crucial hub for the local community. After several years of successful fundraising towards the $2.8M goal, the project is nearly fully funded, with just $250,000 to go, and entering into the construction phase. Eat up while supporting a good cause!

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Greenpoint This Week: Safe Way Home Act, Old Bay Seasoning, Carolyn Maloney’s Challangers, and More

The door to D’EMPLOI Studio on Franklin Street

Happy Friday, Greenpointers, now’s the perfect time to enjoy cooler weather following the hottest month in recorded history. There’s a screening of “Captain Marvel” tonight in Transmitter Park and a children’s sing-a-long in Domino Park on Sunday morning, if you’re looking for what’s happening this weekend. In the meantime, catch-up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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[email protected] Bounces Back With a Grand Rebrand After Almost Closing

Being consistent with exercise has never come easy to me. Even though I like the exhilarating feeling of a good post-workout sweat, it’s getting up and actually going that is my challenge. My mind would make up all kinds of excuses to avoid going to the gym, everything from the bad weather to just not feeling like it, but mostly I would tell myself that I don’t have time.

The fact that for several years, I’ve managed to go to [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) at least once per week is a telltale sign of its appeal. I find [email protected] to be a warm, welcoming environment that distinguishes itself from your run-of-the-mill commercial gyms, and their signature Introversion Training whips me into shape in 30 minutes.

Self-proclaimed as a”Zen Chill Zone,” I can say from personal experience that [email protected] feels like a wellness sanctuary, rooted in the neighborhood but with elements reminiscent of exotic parts of the world. After a long week of work, I come here, push my muscles into exhaustion in the most meditative way. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Retail Round-Up: New Ice Cream Shop, Barley Rebrand and More

The Royal (1025 Manhattan Ave) rebranded from Barley.

The ever-changing Greenpoint retail and restaurant landscape has experienced a number of openings in recent weeks, here’s a round-up.

 

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Starting at the north end of Manhattan Ave., the restaurant formerly known as Barley (1025 Manhattan Ave), and recently before that Whiskey Burger, closed briefly in July and relaunched as the The Royal. For fans of the fomer incarnations of the restaurant, there are few changes to the new menu, and yes, the burger is still available.

Lockwood (98 Greenpoint Ave)

At 98 Greenpoint Avenue, the awning was installed on Thursday for the forthcoming expansion of the Queens-based lifestyle store Lockwood, which is scheduled for a Septermber opening, according to owner Mackenzi Farquer who spoke with Greenpointers about the expansion. Continue reading

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“Affordable” Williamsburg Apartments for 130 Percent of Area Median Income

223 Manhattan Ave

The NYC “affordable” housing lottery is back again with a fresh crop of Williamsburg and Bushwick apartments to apply for.

Here’s your chance to live like your average New Yorker earning 130 percent of the area median income, the criteria for the following units up for grabs.

At 223 Manhattan Ave., three one-bedroom apartments are available at $2,276 per month for one to three occupants with an annual household income between $78,035 – $97,110.

The five-story building developed by Sol Ekstein has 6,819 square-feet divided between 10 units, making the per-unit average 681 square feet, YIMBY reports. Who said you can’t live large on 130 percent of the area median income?

223 Manhattan Ave. in 2016 (Google Maps)

The amenities for 232 Manhattan Ave are listed as “intercom and laundry,” which comes with additional fees. Apply by September 9th. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Stayin’ Humble with Stew, your Neighborhood Podcaster

We’ve profiled myriad artists in our Thursday Spotlight series, but it’s rare we get the pleasure of speaking with a podcaster, especially one whose comedic prowess is as fierce as Stewart Fullerton’s. New to Greenpoint (but not the city), Stewart has been hosting a weekly podcast Stayin’ Humble with Stew for almost six months where she rebels against, celebrates, and (per the title) humbles pop culture and those who stir it.
The podcast is nihilistic with a life-affirming, souther gothic spin, and is rich in millennial upspeak without an ounce of irony. Stayin’ Humble with Stew highlights how New York rains on each of our parades when we step outside in Ray Bans, high on Kimmy Schmidt levels of hopeful and entrepreneurial spirit. Personal recounts pepper the episodes (a funny one follows our hostess through the Pride parade, forgetting her wallet in the gay shuffle while dizzy on stolen treats from Slack’s Narnia closet full of expensive snacks), as do tips on Venmo etiquette (it’s not that hard), how to feel about Taylor Swift (sentiments change like the weather), and who should be the face of the Me Too movement (spoiler: it’s Brad Pitt). Follow her on Insta here, and dive into her saucy responses below!
Greenpointers: She’s new to the nabe! How has it treated you? Any fave spots yet?
Stewart Fullerton: I am absolutely loving this neighborhood. Everyone here is SO hot and the girls here wear the most creative flats I’ve ever seen. The second I moved all my stuff in I needed to go shopping for trendier clothes and a pair of clogs. I live right around the corner from Goldie’s Bar which is where I’m currently spending my paycheck. I also LOVE Three’s Brewing, best beer/ burger combo in the game. For my margaritas: Calexico, great happy hour. And shout out to Variety Coffee.
This pod has been going strong for a couple months now, I believe. What was the impetus for creating Stayin’ Humble with Stew?
People have always told me I have the perfect face for podcasting. JK. As a comedian, you have to think of yourself as your own business and do anything you can do to get your name out there. Once I realized I wanted to start a podcast I knew I wanted it to be about celebrity culture in some way. Celebrities are not from the same planet as us mere mortals and I have always been obsessed with that. I also wanted my podcast to feel like a slumber party where I am catching up with my listeners. So I just combined my two favorite things, talking bad about celebrities and updating people on the humbling things that happen in my life. Also, starting a podcast is the new  gluten free: everyone’s doing it!

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[email protected] Grand Rebrand, Books and Brews, Secret Friend, Silly Karaoke — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/14-8/20)

Sign up to tour the A/D/O Workspace tomorrow, August 15 during the open house for Workspace membership opportunities. The A/D/O Workspace is a collaborative environment designed for creative professionals to enhance their businesses and cultivate meaningful connections with other creators. With 24/7 access to the facility and the ability to utilize state-of-the-art fabrication tools, the Workspace offers designers flexibility and essential resources for a variety of creative practices. Special membership rates and perks will be offered exclusively to attendees of the open house.

Tours will be given from 4:30-6:30pm. Register here or visit a-d-o.com/workspace to learn more. [Sponsored]

WEDNESDAY 8/14

* North Brooklyn XR Group Launch @ Our Lady of Mt Carmel (275 N 8th St) 730pm, FREE, how do you see yourself taking part in this ongoing fight to save life on this planet? RSVP
* Executive Committee Meeting — Community Board 1, Brooklyn @ CB1 District Office (435 Graham Ave) 630pm, FREE, More Info
Silly Karaoke Showdown! @ Brooklyn Comedy Collective (579 Metropolitan Ave), 930pm, $10, , More Info
♫ Color Collage, Atlas Engine, The Foxy Johnstons @ Sunnyvale (1031 Grand St), 730pm, $10, jazzy soulful blues, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 8/15

* Lentol & Salazar Town Hall Recap of 2019 NYS Legislative Session @ Bushwick Inlet Park Community Room (86 Kent Ave), 6pm, FREE, come hear about the groundbreaking bills passed this year and learn about goals for next year’s legislative session, More Info
Movies Under the Stars: “Blade Runner” – Director’s Cut (1982) @ 50 Kent Pop-up (50 Kent Ave), 8pm, FREE, More Info
# Chicken Parm Dinner @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 630pm, $30, an evening of Sicilian, family-style food inspired by Nonna, Buy Tix
* Books and Brews @ Threes (113 Franklin St), 6pm, FREE, toast the soon to open new library (a portion of drink sales will be donated to Friends of the Greenpoint Library) or order some delicious food from the Purslane run kitchen! Bring a used book and swap books with a new friend!  More Info

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Old Bay Seasoning Tracks Down Greenpoint Woman

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A Greenpoint woman was tracked down by representatives from Old Bay Seasoning for the name of her wi-fi network, which she named after the McCormick & Company seasoning.

 

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An employee for Old Bay Seasoning happened to see Greenpoint resident Catherine Zhou’s “oldbayseasoning” wi-fi network while working in a local coffee shop, and the company set off on a mission to locate Zhou.

Zhou randomly set the name of her wi-fi network five years prior to Old Bay Seasoning reps stalking her in Greenpoint. The company sent a man with a sign stating “IF YOUR WIFI NETWORK IS oldbayseasoning DM US @OldBay_Seasoning” to stand near Zhou’s apartment according to TIME: Continue reading

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