Community Board 1 Voting Tonight (Tues. 1/10) On Transmitter Park Development

Proposed building design.

Via Friends of Transmitter Park:

“Owners of the property adjacent to Transmitter Park (13 & 15 Greenpoint Avenue) have submitted a zoning text amendment application with stipulations that could have a very negative impact on the park. As part of the application review process (ULURP) Brooklyn Community Board #1 will be voting on whether to approve this application or not. This text amendment will help the developer reap enormous additional revenue vs building up the property as-of-right by way of government approval of this application.

Friends of Transmitter Park and community members plan to speak at this meeting prior to the vote.

*** We need as many people as possible to be there to send a strong message to the board that the residents of Greenpoint do not want their precious park violated.”

The Community Board meeting is tonight, January 10th from 6pm–9pm at  the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie Street @ Manhattan Ave). Continue reading

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Tennis, Anyone? It’s Now Year-Round at McCarren Park, But Not Free

This past Sunday, January 8th marks the beginning of a new era of tennis at McCarren Park. Now players can play year-round thanks to a bubble that recently erected over the courts, but the luxury of playing indoors comes at a price ($40-$75 per hour) and has aroused some controversy. Chintan Trivedi, a real estate agent, built the heated dome at the park. A tennis coach from the Bronx, Trivedi explained that it was a lifelong dream to create a year-round tennis venue to teach the sport to kids. The bubble will be dismantled each April, but new lights will illuminate the courts year-round. Continue reading

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Bad Boys of the Past: The Notorious Gangs of North Brooklyn History

A 1924 mugshot from Australia. Credit NPR, NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Justice & Police Museum, Historic Houses Trust of NSW

Think that North Brooklyn was a safer place back in the good old days? Think again! In the second half of the 19th century, North Brooklyn had many notorious gangs and hard-core hoods. Here are some of the most infamous local gangs of yesteryear.

The Battle Row Gang – This gang, which had an almost two-decade-long life starting in 1870, was in the words of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle “composed of the scum of the Fourteenth Ward (Williamsburg).” known as “fighters and rowdies,” they lurked at “Crow” McGoldrick’s saloon on Union Avenue and North First Street. They became notorious in July of 1871 when gang member Henry Rogers killed Brooklyn Police officer Donoghue and was hanged for the murder. In June of that year, two factions of the gang fought with “pistols, knives, fists and slingshots. The battle raged,” furiously and unrestrained” for thirty minutes. One dying member, Patrick Cash, asked to name his assailants, replied “I’d die with the name of the fellow in my throat, before I’d give him away.” You can read more about these scumbags in the Daily Eagle archives here and here. Continue reading

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Breaking: Fire On Greenpoint Avenue

Fire on Greenpoint Avenue - Photo: Edward Winter
Photo: Edward Winter

According to @NYCfirewire and local eyewitnesses, there’s a fire currently blazing at 13 Greenpoint Ave. on the 2nd floor in a 2-story commercial building. We’ll update this post as we hear more.

Update via Patch:

“The affected building houses a high-end recording studio, The End. Twelve firetrucks and 65 firemen were on the scene around 10:05 a.m. after receiving the call a little after 10 a.m., an FDNY spokesperson told Patch.

There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire was still under investigation, the FDNY spokesperson said.

The End has a stock of high-end recording equipment, mixers, musical instruments, and speakers, according to its website. It was unclear which pieces of expensive equipment were damaged in the fire.”

Email us at [email protected] if you have any tips or photos you’d like to share!

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Q&A With Stephen Levin on Tuesday, January 10th At Pete’s Candy Store

Stephen Levin
Stephen Levin

Join new local podcast The Hook next Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm at Pete’s Candy Store for their inaugural episode of a new, live, one-on-one talk show. The first episode will kick off with NYC City Council member Stephen Levin for an intriguing sit-down with questions like:

“Is there hope in politics?”
“Are there other cities you are envious of, politically?”
“What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?”
And… “When you played bass for an indie- rock darling of college-radio, named after a $10 toy synthesizer, was it awesome?”

Levin is one of the city council’s youngest members and part of the 33rd District which includes Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Recently, Levin was a key player in the city’s acquisition of the final parcel of land to complete Bushwick Inlet Park, a victory which took years of hard work and collaboration between residents and local government. Though, it should be noted that the process isn’t over, and we still have a long way to go until the day we see the park fully realized on our waterfront land.

According to The Hook, it is “a new political speakeasy, in which people of idealistic distinction are interviewed before a live audience, with ample space for interaction, surprise, and discovery. Moderated by former Open City Dialogues host Jamie Hook in the venerable back-room of Pete’s Candy Store, The Hook is an experiment in the politics of the local, an incubator for new community ideas, and a subscriber to the notion that all you have to do to belong is participate. Join us!”

Audience members will have ample opportunity to ask questions and participate, so bring your best inquiries for a chance to find out what’s what from a local politician in this era of political uncertainty.

The Hook at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street)
7-9pm, Tuesday January 10th

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Mulchfest: How To Dispose of Your Christmas Trees!

Mulchfest - Transmitter Park - Christmas Tree Dropoff
Trees dropped off at Transmitter Park. Someone left theirs in a plastic bag – please don’t do this!

As of last week, we started seeing trees pile up at McCarren Park, some with lights and stands still attached, which is a big no-no. Here’s what you need to do to get your tree ready for recycling!

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation , and GreeNYC are hosting the annual MulchFest this Saturday and Sunday January 7th and 8th, where trees are turned into mulch for the city’s parks and plantings. You can drop off your Christmas trees to recycle them into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year.

You can bring your tree to McCarren Park at Lorimer and Driggs on January 7 and 8 from 10am to 2pm. They’ll chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch! McGolrick Park (at Monitor and Driggs) and Transmitter Park are both operating as tree drop-off sites, so you can bring your tree there but it won’t be chipped there (so no free bag of mulch). Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, stands and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest chipping or drop-off site. Bags will be provided if you wish to take some free mulch home. Continue reading

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Hello 2017! Urban Didgeridoo, Sunday Supper, Computer Juice, Unsung Heroines – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (1/4–1/10)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!


WEDNESDAY 1/4

♫ Riverwild E.P. Release @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8, Riverwild’s musical influences are as diverse as the sounds of the Catholic liturgy, the racket of cult worship services, late night F.M. radio and the music found on stolen cassette tapes, More info
=) Comedians You Should Know NYC @ Gutter Bar (200 North 14th St) 9pm, $5, Featuring Sam Morril (Comedy Central) Samantha Ruddy (CollegeHumor) Saurin Choksi (Brown Privilege) Erik Monical (Red Clay Comedy Festival) & more, RSVP
♫ Limited Resources 1 @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm, $6, Experimental music featuring Brandon Lopez (composer/bassist), Platypus Revenge (improvisation collective) Hendley/Khilko/LiButti, More info

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ICYMI: 4 Beloved Greenpoint Restaurants Are No More

The Saddest Sign  Image: Megan Penmann

Restaurants come and restaurants go with increasing regularity—I’m personally still mourning the loss of Lomzynianka. And 2016 didn’t go out without a few shocks to our neighborhood restaurant scene. Some beloved spots quietly served their last meals and closed up shop while we were all busy celebrating the holidays. On the bright side, more than a few new places have opened last year like Greenpoint Avenue’s Hail Mary, Cherry Point with its excellent charcuterie, high-end Leuca in the William Vale, River Styx transformed into 21 Greenpoint, and now we have two fried chicken joints with Brooklyn Star in the Brooklyn Night Bazaar and Pretty Southern on Bedford Ave. Plus at least one big one, A/D/O, is on the way, and they are all ready to comfort our souls over the losses. Continue reading

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Get Ready for Your January 2017 Horoscopes

Illustration by Alex Ariza

This month is all about goals and aspirations. Now that we’re in Capricorn, matters of career, goals, ambitions are on the brain—and you’ll be focused on who you want to be in the future, and how to get there. The sun will be in Capricorn until the 19th, and Mercury will be retrograde through the 8th. This means you should hold off signing contracts or making major choices with your job–which is what the first week of the month is for.

♑ CAPRICORN ♑

With the sun going through your sign until January 19th, you’re eager for beginnings. Since Mercury is rounding out a retrograde from December 19, 2016, to January 8, 2017, which means this is a good time to start focusing on what you do what in general. It’s also going to be a very social month for you, to get ready.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Emily Dickinson’s “The Poetry of Emily Dickinson” Continue reading

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A History of Greenpoint in 25 Buildings: The Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory

The Pencil Factory, illustration by Aubrey Nolan
The Pencil Factory, illustration by Aubrey Nolan

Perhaps no local building combines Greenpoint’s proud industrial past and creative present and future than the Eberhard Pencil factory at 47- 61 Greenpoint Avenue. Like many other local factories the pencil factory building has been re-invented and is now home to an amazing variety of creative individuals and innovative firms.

The Eberhard Faber Pencil Company, originally the A. W. Faber Company, was founded by German Eberhard Faber, (1822-1879) in 1861. Faber came from a family already famous as German pencil makers. Faber received a trademark here for the production of lead pencils and started the American branch in a factory close where the United Nations now stands, making it the first American pencil factory. After a destructive fire destroyed the company’s Manhattan plant in 1872, Faber moved the to Greenpoint, where the plant remained until it shuttered 1956. The company first introduced German lead pencil making techniques stateside and Faber grew to become one of Brooklyn’s largest factories, employing hundreds of workers, most of whom were local women. Continue reading

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