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Greenpoint This Week: Greenpoint Library Meeting, Gallery Night Returns, MTA Bushwick Inlet Towers, and More!

A Greenpoint “Mean Girls”-themed Halloween display (courtesy of Katherine Kulikowski)

Happy Friday Greenpointers. Defy the chilly air and squeeze some last-minute park time in before the leaves have all fallen for a screening of “Shocktoberfest: Pet Sematary” tonight in McGolrick Park starting at 6:15 p.m., part of NYTC Park’s Movies Under the Stars series.

Art gallery and retail shop Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St) will close at the end of the month and the shop is having a sale for the next two weekends before Smallhome (87 Oak St.) relocates to the space. Stop in on Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. for 40 percent off all items and art (store fixtures and furniture will also be for sale).

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

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Greenpoint This Week: Brooklyn Bazaar Closing, Historic District Development, Get to the Point 5K, and More!

Temkin’s celebrated its opening on Thursday night at 155 Greenpoint. Ave

Happy Friday Greenpoiners! The weather may be brisk, but maybe you’re feeling up for a run? The Get to the Point 5K returns to our neighborhood streets for the 26th edition this Sunday, in support of St. Stan’s Catholic Academy.

Tonight, there’s a group exhibition featuring the work of local artists at Greenpoint Gallery at 8 p.m., and for thirsty revelers, Greenpoint’s newest watering hole Temkin’s (155 Greenpoint Ave.) is officially open.

For more neighborhood fun check out what’s happening, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood:  Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Participatory Budgeting Deadline, Elle’s Guide to Greenpoint, Contemporary Condo Art, and More!

Pile driving has commenced at the end of Eagle Street for Greenpoint Landing development’s inverse ziggurat 30 and 40 story towers.

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! Looking for some weekend fun? On Saturday, join Friends of Transmitter Park to observe the moon with telescopes on the Transmitter pier. Also, gather your fine feathered (and furry) friends for the annual Blessing of the Animals this Sunday. For more ideas for weekend fun, check out what’s happening, or make like the actor Owen Wilson and head to your favorite bookstore. In the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: International Art Gallery, Greenpoint Landing Scandal, Bodega Stabbing, and More!

It’s the perfect weekend to hit the roof. (Image courtesy of Broadway Stages)

Happy Friday Greenpointers! With a beautiful weekend ahead you can hit the lush green roof at The 4th Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival on Saturday, and keep an eye out for the Bat Signal on Saturday night. For other events check out what’s happening, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood:  Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: L Train Service Suspension, Cookies for Protestors, Rock Climbing Gyms and More!

TASTE Williamsburg and Greenpoint returns this Sunday.

Happy Friday (the 13th!) Greenpointers! It’s a good night to view the Harvest Moon as it coincides with today’s spooky date. Brooklyn Community Board 1 had its first public hearing in two months last Tuesday, and the full four-hour session is available here. If you want to support a good cause and sample local cuisine TASTE Williamsburg and Greenpoint is going down this Sunday, and here’s what’s happening this weekend. In the meantime, catch up on this week’s headlines:

An SUV crash killed a man in Greenpoint Thursday night. (Greenpointers)

A pair of new rock climbing gyms will open in 2020, including a 24-hour gym across from McCarren Park. (Greenpointers)

L Train service is suspended starting Friday night through Monday morning. (Pix 11)

2021 City Council candidate and Greenpointer Victoria Cambranes met her protestors with cookies at her campaign launch event. (Brooklyn Eagle)

An “ultimate itinerary” of Greenpoint dining including, you guessed it, Peter Pan, Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop and Di An Di. (Eater NY)

The facade of Greenpoint Landing tower Two Blue Slip nears completion. (YIMBY)

Get $15 Off TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint happening Sunday! It’s going to beautiful out this SUNDAY, September 15th so why not hang out on the Williamsburg waterfront while supporting local businesses and a good cause? TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint (1-4PM) is back to present some of the best of what North Brooklyn has to offer so you can eat your way through this Sunday’s Funday. (Partner)

Franklin Streets newest clothing boutique, Only NY, got its start in the LES. (VICE)

Kickstarter, the Greenpoint-based B corporation, fired two union organizers. (Buzzfeed News)

Food writing courses are launching at Archestratus in Greenpoint. (Edible Brooklyn)

Domino Sugar 45-story development One South First opens for leasing with studios starting at $3,479/month.

A man was randomly punched in Williamsburg in August. (Brooklyn Paper)

The Greenpoint waterfront is attracting condo buyers. (NY Times)

Greenpoint-based The Wild Honey Pie celebrates is celebrating its 10th anniversary. (amNY)

“Smoldering and hot cables” resulted in frequent L train delays this week. (THE CITY)

The McKibbin Lofts building in East Williamsburg has $278,400 in unpaid penalties operating as a hotel. (Commercial Observer)

200 Kent Ave‘s rectangular glass facade is now in place. (YIMBY)

Record shop Halcyon opened a new Williamsburg location. (Resident Advisor)

The Wythe Hotel is getting a new French brasserie from Chez Ma Tante chefs. (Eater NY)

You’re invited to a free open house on Saturday, September 14 to try fitness classes, take a tour, meet staff and learn more about the Greenpoint YMCA. (Sponsored)

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Measles Success, L Train Closures, Deleted Photos, Brutalist Architecture and More!

The September 11th memorial lights made an appearance for one night this week, visible here from Greenpoint.

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! The stormy weather has closed NYC beaches this weekend and the McGolrick Park screening of “Minuscule Valley of the Lost Ants” has been rescheduled from Friday to Saturday night. Also on Saturday, TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint,  the “annual outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavors,” is still on and you can purchase tickets with a $15 discount here. For more weekend events, check out what’s happening, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines:

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Greenpoint This Week: McCarren Hawk Sighting, New Pier Opening, Postal Service Woes, and More

Stay cool at McCarren Pool this weekend (Courtesy of NYC Parks)

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers, excessive heat is here and Mayor de Blasio has declared an NYC emergency through Sunday as the heat index is expected rise over 100 degrees.

Stay cool at McCarren Poolcatch a ride out to Jacob Riis Park or visit the Java Street Community Garden; in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines:

A McCarren Park Hawk was spotted dining on the picnic tables. (Greenpointers)

Williamsburg’s “North 5th Street Pier and Park” will open this summer. (Brooklyn Paper)

Madre, the new restaurant at Franklin Guesthouse, is now open. (Greenpointers)

The 7-story mixed-use development at 1056 Manhattan Ave. has topped out. (Brownstoner)

The West Street protected bike lane is a popular parking spot (Streetsblog)

Assemblyman Lentol addressed complaints at the Williamsburg Post Office (Brooklyn News 12)

An “Alice in Wonderland” pop-up is open in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Paper)

The MTA calls flooding ‘unacceptable’ in viral Court Square video  (ABC 7)

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Greenpoint This Week: Con Edison Development, Greenpoint Library Update, the Great Giglio Lift, and More

A freshly repaved Franklin Street awaits.

The weekend is here Greenpointers! Catch up on the local headlines, and find out what weekend events are happening:

“Brooklyn Hipsters” are saving this year’s great Gigilo lift. (NY Times)

Two Trees is exploring housing development and a new park for the Con Edison site in Williamsburg. (Brownstoner)

The Greenpoint Library is on schedule for a planned fall opening. (Greenpointers)

There’s some recent openings and closings on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint (Greenpointers)

A co-working space for women, The Wing is coming to Williamsburg at 71 North 7th St. (Commercial Observer)

Poison ivy lurks near the Pulaski Bridge on an MTA-owned lot. (Gothamist)

A Dept. of Sanitation street sweeper collided with a garbage truck on Flushing Ave. sending two people the hospital (Greenpoint Post)

Smorgasburg launches Food Truck Fridays on the Williamsburg Waterfront. (Eater NY)

“American Idol” is scheduled to hold open auditions at the Brooklyn Expo Center. (AM New York)

Here’s a rundown of summer outdoor film screenings in Brooklyn. Sidenote: it’s the first summer in 13 years without the SummerScreen McCarren Park film series. (Brooklyn Paper)

A GoFundMe is raising funds for Dan Scinta, a longtime local bartender and musician who suffered a stroke. (Patch)

This Williamsburg loft has the custom-designed bookshelves of your dreams. (Design Milk)

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Greenpoint This Week: Religious Vaccine Exemption, CB1 SUV Outrage, Perplexing Petroleum Vapors

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! Catch-up on the local headlines from this week below and find out where to venture out this weekend.

New York eliminated the religious exemption for vaccinations this week. The U.S.’s largest measles outbreak in decades is centered in Williamsburg, where approximately 75 percent of NYC’s 588 confirmed cases have stemmed from. (ABC News)

North Brooklynites sounded off at this week’s public CB1 meeting over the closed-door purchase of the $26,000 Toyota SUV, the largest CB1 expense outside of payroll. (NY Post) (THE CITY)

Greenpoint’s newest upscale restaurant, Madre, is now open inside Franklin Guesthouse. (Bedford and Bowery)

Greenpoint’s artists opened their studios for GOS 2019 last weekend and there was an overwhelming amount of art to see and experience, demonstrating the thriving community of local creators. (Brooklyn Eagle) (Hyperallergic)

Greenpoint’s second petroleum vapors townhall so far this year happened this week at the Polish and Slavic Civic Center (176 Java St.), where residents expressed concern over vapor testing methods, and city and state agencies confirmed the petroleum build up in Greenpoint’s sewer lines has been flushed and air qaulity has returned to safe levels. (Greenpointers) (Brooklyn Eagle( NY1) (News 12 Brooklyn)

Williamsburg and Greenpoint restaurants Mason Premiere and Sauvage, which are owned by the same restaurant group, have racked up approximately $5.2 million in debt and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (Eater NY)

Bogdan Piasecki, a 47-year-old Diamond Street resident was arrested for allegedly punching an eight-year-old boy in Greenpoint. (Greenpoint Post)

There’s a shortage of strong arms to hoist the Giglio in Williamsburg this July for the 100+ year old tradition in honor of the Italian Saint Paulinas of Nola. (CBS New York)

Williamsburg yeshivas are being closed due to lack of compliance over the measles vaccination mandate. (NY Daily News)

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Brooklyn Bistro Owner Says Far-Right Polish Pol Duped Her

More than 100 people packed into Greenpoint restaurant to hear a Polish nationalist politician speak on June 5th. Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

This story was originally published on 6/6/19 by THE CITY. (By: Claudia Irizarry Aponte)

A Brooklyn restaurant owner said her staff was blindsided when a Polish nationalist politician showed up with 100 followers Wednesday — spurring a backlash that may force her to permanently close.

“There was someone there who shouldn’t be and no one was expecting,” the woman, who asked not to be identified by name, told THE CITY through tears. “I don’t have nothing [to do] with this, I didn’t do anything… I don’t even agree with this.”

“We are not evil,” she added. “We didn’t do anything to bring this guy.”

Robert Winnicki, leader of the National Movement (Ruch Narodowy), a nationalist Polish political party, spoke at French Epi in Greenpoint after being barred from nearby St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.

The restaurant’s manager, Jolanta Filip, said she received a reservation for 15 Wednesday night. Filip and her mother were the only two people working when a huge crowd rolled in to the small restaurant.

“In a matter of 15 minutes, we had a full house,” she said. “We weren’t prepared for this mass of people.”

More than 100 people packed into French Epi, overwhelming the staff.
More than 100 people packed into French Epi, overwhelming the staff. Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Filip said she called the owner, who told her to eject Winnicki and his supporters. But the crowd — which threw out two journalists from THE CITY — wouldn’t leave.

“We are not a platform for anything,” added Filip, a single mother of three who was hoping to buy the restaurant from the recently widowed owner. Continue reading

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