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Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. Celebrates Phil Collins Day Ahead of Grand Reopening

The new rooftop at Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. (1150m Manhattan Ave.) features a signature Tom Fruin glass water tower.

Something was in the air Saturday afternoon. The dulcet tones of Phil Collins, yes, but also the yeasty aroma of craft beer.

Photo courtesy of Ben Weiss

Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co., a local brewery shuttered since late 2018, opened the doors of its newly renovated location at 1150 Manhattan Avenue Saturday to celebrate Phil Collins Day.


The event marked the first public showing of Greenpoint Beer and Ale’s new space before the brewery opens permanently next weekend, according to owner Ed Raven.

Inside the new Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (Photo courtesy of Ben Weiss)

The new space is as cavernous as the previous site, which was located on North 15th Street, but now has a new rooftop bar overlooking the Manhattan skyline. And the brewery has quadrupled its brewing capacity, adding 15 more barrels to its production line. Despite having a full kitchen, Raven plans to slim down the menu, “First and foremost, we’re brewers,” he said. Continue reading

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Fashion Sundae Episode 30

Courtesy of Watching New York

For the 30th Episode of Fashion Sundae from Watching New York, we’re are enamored with the boots and heels seen marching on the fashionable Bedford Avenue. Check out more looks spotted last week in Williamsburg: Continue reading

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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.

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

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Williamsburg Delivery Man Robbed and Stabbed

A delivery worker was stabbed and his bike stolen by a group of suspects last weekend in Williamsburg.

A 20-year-old pizza delivery man was physically assaulted and robbed of his bicycle by a group of men last weekend in Williamsburg.

Surveillance footage in front of 32 Walton St. on February 8th at approximately 4:30 a.m. shows the delivery worker being approached by four men as they throw him to the ground and steal his bike, as Gothamist reports.

More details for the NY Post:

“If you don’t give us everything, we’re going to have to kill you,” one of the thugs threatened the 20-year-old, sources said.

One man pushes him out of the way, toward another, who flings him to the ground.

Two of the men wrestle with the 20-year-old as they try to get hold of his property, before stabbing him with an unknown item in both legs during the tussle, police said.

The thugs made off with his cellphone, about $70, a jacket, a pizza, and the e-bike, cops said.

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Greenpointers Fire Back At Fracked Natural Gas Pipeline

National Grid installs a natural gas pipeline along Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, Feb. 13, 2020Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

This story was originally published on 2/14/20 by THE CITY. (By: Claudia Irizarry Aponte)


Construction of a 6.8-mile natural gas pipeline stretching from Brownsville to North Brooklyn has hit a wall in Greenpoint, where community leaders and elected officials are vying to halt the project as it reaches its final stage.

The National Grid gas main — which has been in the works since 2017 — would supply fracked gas from Pennsylvania, where the extraction is legal. The controversial practice was banned in New York state in 2014.

On Saturday, a community coalition of environmental advocacy groups, schools, and social justice groups will host a rally at the pipeline’s latest construction site, the intersection of Moore Street and Manhattan Avenue.

“I am familiar with the history of environmental devastation in my neighborhood,” said Kevin LaCherra, a third-generation Greenpointer who is helping organize the rally. “We need our elected officials to be taking bold steps to bring renewables on now.”

The pipeline opponents are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to stop the project on the grounds that it goes against both the state and the city’s clean energy goals.

“This is not the kind of system we want any more,” Kim Fraczek, director of the Sane Energy Project, an environmental advocacy group, told THE CITY. “This industry doesn’t have the interests of the community at heart.”

Their claims are quickly gaining momentum: On Tuesday, Brooklyn’s Community Board 1, which includes Greenpoint, voted unanimously to stop any construction of the pipeline.

Advocates say they have the support of every single elected official who represents North Brooklyn at the state and city level, from City Councilmembers Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, to State Sen. Julia Salazar and veteran Assemblymember Joe Lentol.

Levin, Reynoso and Lentol all confirmed to THE CITY they oppose the pipeline’s construction, Salazar did not return requests for comment. Continue reading

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Suspect Wanted For Random Hammer Attack in Williamsburg

The suspect in Tuesday’s attack on Wilson Street in Williamsburg (Courtesy of NYPD)

A 38-year-old woman is recovering following an attempted robbery and attack from a man wielding a hammer on the streets of Williamsburg.

The NYPD is seeking the suspect who attacked the woman in front of 186 Wilson St. as she walked to work on Tuesday at around 7 a.m. Continue reading

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The Next North Brooklyn Development Meeting is This Month (2/27)

Construction trucks on West Street.

Another public meeting with local elected officials in regards to real estate development in the neighborhood is scheduled for later this month.

The next North Brooklyn Development Meeting is Thursday, February 27, at the Polish Slavic Center (176 Java St.) from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Continue reading

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Phil Collins Day 2020, Valentine’s Karaoke Party, River Street Master Plan Meeting — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (2/12-2/18)

Restaurant Week is back on Grand Street for its 7th Winter Edition from February 18th to March 1st. 15 of the best eats in Williamsburg are offering 3 course prix fixe dinners at discounted rates from $12 to $35 as Brooklyn’s annual answer to Manhattan’s pricier Restaurant Week. (Sponsored)

WEDNESDAY 2/12

* Man-Eater: Cannibal Women in Film @ Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave), 7pm, $12-$15, this lecture focuses on women cannibals in films from the past fifty years. These women devour – sexually, metaphorically and, sometimes, literally, Buy Tix
* Rep Your Block Meetup @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St), 6pm, FREE, Want to join the campaign to change the Democratic Party in Brooklyn? Come and meet your neighbors who are talking about “County Committee” and how we can become voting members of the Democratic Party in our borough, More Info
♫ Rocky and The Pressers + Brother Jerome @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 8pm, $10, More Info
☺ Funhouse Comedy @ Cantina Royal (58 N 3rd St), 630pm, $5, stand-up comedy showcase hosted by Brooklyn stand up comedians, Buy Tix Continue reading

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Phil Collins Day Returns to Greenpoint This Weekend (2/15)

There are few things that unite Greenpoint residents as much as their collective appreciation for legendary musician Phil Collins.

For the first time since 2015, Phil Collins Day will be celebrated in NYC this Saturday at Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (1150 Manhattan Ave.) starting at 3 p.m.

The 69-year-old singer was celebrated in Brooklyn with his very own day begining in  typically held on Valentine’s Day weekend.

The event seemed to have reached its apex in 2011 when a full-fledged parade processioned through the streets of Greenpoint featuring a marching band playing instrumental versions of Collins’ hits. Continue reading

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Tonight Is Brooklyn Community Board 1’s Monthly Public Meeting

Brooklyn CB1 meets tonight at 211 Ainslie St. starting at 6 p.m.

Brooklyn Community Board 1’s monthly combined public hearing is tonight (2/11) at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St.) starting at 6 p.m.

If you can’t attend in person tonight, you can follow along during the livestream available here. A quick side note: the application for community board membership is currently open through February 14th.

According to the agenda (available here), there will be a presentations tonight on: Continue reading

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