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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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[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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From Greenpoint to Albany: Safe Way Home Act Awaits Governor Cuomo’s Signature

NY State Senate chamber (courtesy of Flickr/JVL)

A new state law that began in Greenpoint as a crowdfunding campaign to provide sexual assault victims free transportation home from the hospital following treatment is headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo for final approval.

The Safe Way Home Act (Senate Bill S3966A) unanimously passed both the New York State Senate and Assembly in June and the bill is headed to the Governor, whose 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda passed legislation this year including criminalizing revenge porn and strengthening workplace harassment protections.

Deborah Spiroff, a Greenpoint resident since 2004, and a volunteer for the past two years at Wycoff Heights Medical Center’s Violence Intervention Treatment Program raised concerns for sexual assault survivors who have no choice but to walk home alone after being discharged from the hospital.

“I’ve had more than one case where after the person has been treated they’re just released, and they literally were walking home from Wycoff Hospital at 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 4 o’clock in the morning,” Spiroff told Greenpointers last winter when the bill was first introduced.

Sprioff launched the initial GoFundMe campaign raising $750 for survivors and began reaching out to local elected officials. State Assemblyman Joe Lentol introduced the Safe Way Home Act after meeting with Spiroff and State Senator Julia Salazar sponsored the bill.

“The creation of programs to better our communities frequently come straight from those experiencing problems,” Lentol said in a statement. “I am happy to say the Safe Way Home Act was yet another incredible achievement spearheaded from a constituent. Deborah Spiroff saw a problem and found a solution,” he said.

“Sexual assault survivors deserve the highest standard of care, and part of that includes a ride home after what is often the most traumatic day of the victim’s life,” Salazar said in a separate statement. “This is common-sense legislation that shows the positive results of people getting involved in their community and in their government. I am grateful to Deborah Spiroff for bringing this issue to my attention and to Assemblyman Lentol for working with me to pass this bill into law.”

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Fashion Sundae Episode #3: Cool Summer

Via @WatchingNewYork

We’re now in the final stretch of summer with temperate breezes setting in (for now) after a sultry July and the styles that Watching New York spotted last week in the neighborhood reflect the airiness of recent days. Effortless blazers, vests, flowing dresses and classic summer styles were all spotted in Greenpoint and Williamsburg last week; for more follow along at @WatchingNewYork.

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String of Attacks on Jewish Men in Williamsburg Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

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Three suspects are sought by the NYPD for potential hate crimes following a series of attacks on three Jewish men early Monday morning in Williamsburg, multiple news outlets report.

The Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attacks which began around 5 a.m. this morning at Ross Street, News 12 Brooklyn reports: Continue reading

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Stargazing on the Pier, Movies in the Park(s), WAXWORKS — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/7-8/13)

There’s less than a month to catch Beyond The Streets and we have a sweet discount code! Use GRNPT301 for 20% off and check out 150 artists including never been seen work by the duo behind the Transmitter Park mural FAILE, Shepard Fairey, memorabilia by the Beastie Boys, and more!

WEDNESDAY 8/7

♫ Elgin Marbles and Psychic Lines @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, FREE,  More Info
☺ Limited Resources @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, $10 suggested, More Info
Drum Spiral @ Golden Drum (97 Green St), 730pm, $15-$20 suggested, learn drum techniques that will help to travel more freely through soundscapes, More Info
 ♦ Surprise Great Movie – Cinema unter National @ Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave), 645pm, $12, trust the judgment of the curator, who merely promises it’ll be a movie you may not have heard of but one you’ll not easily forget, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 8/8

* Stargazing on the Transmitter Pier @ Transmitter Park, 830pm, FREE, a tour of the world beyond the nocturnal skyline. Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon are possible sightings, More Info
DJ Eric Umble and DJ Despina @ National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 5pm, FREE, Happy Hour jam sessions featuring craft cocktails, drink specials and live performances, More Info
* Women’s Networking Bottle Share @ Threes (113 Franklin St), 8pm, $15, Poke around in your beer fridge, find that bottle you’ve been stashing for the perfect occasion and join Hop Culture for a night of networking, learning, conversing, and (of course) drinking, Buy Tix
♫♦ Community Art Show + Dance Party @ Magick City (37 Box St), 7pm, FREE, More Info

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Town Hall With Senator Salazar and Assemblyman Lentol Set for Williamsburg (8/15)

A town hall hosted by state Senator Julia Salazar and Assemblyman Joe Lentol will take place in Williamsburg next week.

The “groundbreaking bills passed this year” and the “goals for next year’s legislative session”
will be the topics of discussion at the town hall happening Thursday, August 15, at Bushwick Inlet Park Community Room (86 Kent Ave.) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

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Restaurant Week on Grand Street Returns August 12th – 25th

Foodies in Williamsburg have another August event to look forward to this summer, as Grand Street is once again slashing prices with prix fixe menus at 16 different
restaurants.

With prices ranging from $12 to $35 for 3 course dinners, Restaurant Week breaks down costs of entry and offers the best opportunity to try something new in your neighborhood. That’s why we’ve provided this guide with insider tips for every participating business, so everyone can find a reason to try the spot that just opened, or one that has been there for 20 years that you’ve never had the chance to visit.

“We want everyone in the community to feel at home in all of our small businesses, and be able to enjoy the entire range of our vibrant culinary scene,” said Executive Director Erin Piscopink. “That means sharing why pupusas from Bahia Restaurant may be the best comfort food you’ve never had, or how Thompson Brooke’s original French toast doughnut is the perfect ending to a bargain $35 dinner. “

There is something unique and special to try everywhere from our oldest participant Los Primos, to our newest Mad for Chicken. Read the full guide and find out more about Restaurant Week on Grand Street at grandstreetrestaurantweek.com.

Once again, the BID is rewarding those who share their prix fixe experience with their friends with #DineonGrand in our social media contest. Diners can win $50 to a Grand Street BID restaurant of their choice if selected the winner!

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Carbon Monoxide Poisioning Suspected in Williamsburg Death

211  Jackson St. (via Google Maps)

A man died and four more people fell ill from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on Saturday in a vacant Williamsburg building, multiple news outlets report.

Five people were found unconscious inside 211 Jackson St., a property that is for sale, around 6 a.m. on Saturday. Continue reading

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