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Greenpoint This Week: McCarren Protests Grow, Primary Elections Heat Up, Citywide Curfew Cut, and More!

Protestors have gathered by the thousands in McCarren Park all week calling for police reforms (Photo: Amanda Leigh)

Happy Weekend Greenpointers! Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday morning that the citywide curfew has been lifted immediately, although it was set to expire on Monday.

A week of demonstrations in McCarren Park in response to the killing of George Floyd drew thousands of people calling for justice as incidents of violent policing in New York and across the U.S. are scrutinized. Governor Cuomo has responded to the protests with a set of proposed police reforms.

If you’re going to the McGolrick Park farmer’s market on Sunday, stop by Brooklyn Grange from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to stock up on your fresh produce as the local farm has pledged 100% of Sunday’s profits to the national chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Other restaurants are also supporting the cause, including Esme (999 Manhattan Ave.) which is reopening on Sunday with 100% of proceeds going to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, and Di An Di (68 Greenpoint Ave.) where money raised from the sales of a special bahn mi sandwich will go to Color of Change.

With the June 23rd elections just two weeks away, Greenpointers is ramping up coverage featuring interviews this week with Assembly Member Joe Lentol who is facing one the few primary challenges in his nearly 50 years in office from activist Emily Gallagher, and an interview with native Greenpointer Kristina Naplatarski who is also seeking to unseat a long time incumbent.

As always stay safe Greenpointers, and the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood:

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Greenpoint This Week: Pipeline Protest, Phil Collins Day Returns, Historic District Development Denied, and More!

Saturday is officially Phil Collins Day!

Happy Phil Collins Day Greenpointers! For the first time since 2015, the “In The Air Tonight” singer will be celebrated in a revived local tradition (complete with live cover sing-alongs) at Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (1150 Manhattan Ave.) starting at 3 p.m. today.

But first, neighbors and environmental advocacy groups will rally this morning from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Moore Street to call on Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to halt the pipeline’s construction.

In other local news the monthly Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting was Tuesday (full video here) and a jam-packed agenda revealed that the proposed development in the Greenpoint Historic District at 171 Calyer St. was denied as were the proposed renovations to the McCarren Park House, although both projects could still move forward if changes are made to the respective designs that suit CB1. Other presentations from the CB1 meeting include plans for the Franklin Street protected bike lane and the proposed change of traffic on N 14th Street.

For fans and patrons of Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt St.) you have two more days to visit the restaurant and bar before it closes forever.

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Greenpoint This Week: Greenpointers Valentine’s Market, New Library Sneak Peek, East River Park Renamed, and More!

Greenpointers Valentine's Day Market 2018
The Greenpointers“Love Grows in Brooklyn” is this Sunday (2/9).

Happy Friday Greenpointers! We can hardly wait as we prepare for the Greenpointers Valentine’s Market this Sunday from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. under the rustic wooden beams of the Greenpoint loft (67 West St 5th Flr).

Shop from and meet 60+ of Brooklyn’s best indie crafters and enjoy lots of FREE activities including face painting, henna tattoos, massages, tarot card readings and a special Valentine’s scratch-off station for kids.

Also this weekend, Greenpoint’s undefeated heavyweight boxing contender Adam “Babyface” Kownacki is returning to the neighborhood for a meet and greet with fans on Saturday at Dunne’s Polemost Liquors (698 Manhattan Ave) at 4:30 p.m. ahead of his big fight scheduled for next month in Brooklyn.

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Solidarity March in Support of NYC Jewish Community Happening Sunday (1/5)

A solidarity march in support of the NYC Jewish community is happening this Sunday

A solidarity march with the New York Jewish community is taking place this Sunday for people of all backgrounds to stand in unity following a spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes over the past year. The march will begin at Foley Square in Manhattan on Sunday at 11 a.m. and will end at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn after a procession over the Brooklyn Bridge. Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Garden Employee Card Drive, Local/Global Art Gallery Opening, Trader Joes is Coming, and More!

New mixed-use towers are proposed for the Williamsburg waterfront at N 3rd – N. 5th Streets. Via 6sqft (James Corner Field Operations and BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, courtesy of Two Trees Management)

Happy Friday Greenpointers! The holiday events continue this weekend with the Greencycle Swap at the Leonard Library (81 Devoe St.) on Saturday, and breakfast with Santa at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy (12 Newel St.) on Sunday.

Also On Sunday, The Faurschou Foundation (148 Green St.) celebrates its grand opening with a free exhibit, “The Red Bean Grows in the South,” from noon – 7 p.m.

For fans/mourners of The Garden: A local woman helped launch a holiday card drive for former employees of The Garden supermarket which shutdown on Thanksgiving after 25 years, and reopened this Wednesday under new ownership as Downtown Market.

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Greenpoint This Week: Gallery Crawl, Beloved Diner for Sale, Elementary School Squeeze, and More!

Greenpoint Gallery Night returns Friday (10/25)

Happy Friday Greenpoiners! An art crawl will happen tonight for the 15th edition of Greenpoint Gallery Night where local businesses host free exhibitions from 6 p.m – 9 p.m.

On Saturday, there’s a Halloween Parade and Spooktacular Party for kids. For adults seeking some Haloween fun, there’s New York City’s biggest horror film festival, FEARnyc running at Film Noir Cinema through Halloween night.

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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).

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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.

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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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