Tomcats Barber Shop (135 India St.) closed abruptly last October after 13 years leaving the staff with only two days notice to come up with a plan: “We are certainly sticking together and opening a shop together,” Manny Zee, a Tomcats employee of nine years, told Greenpointers. Continue reading →
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 →
It’s now a new year, but the changes in the neighborhood continued during the holiday season with the closure of both a Greenpoint pizzeria and a longtime neighborhood shop in Williamsburg, along a few business openings.
Greenpoint appears to be down one spectacular pizza spot as the Paul Giamatti approved Ria Bella (1049 Manhattan Ave.), which opened in 2014, has been closed since early December.
The Sicilian style pies were reason enough to venture to the northernmost stretch of Manhattan Avenue, and concerned customers have contacted Greenpointers asking if the business is reopening as no official closing announcement was made. We reached out to the owners and are waiting to hear back, but Ria Bella’s Yelp page lists the business as closed.
Over in Williamsburg, Fuego 718 Store (249 Grand St.), a neighborhood shop with colorful handmade goods from Mexico and around the world opened in 2004 and closed last week after 16 years of business.
My gratitude to you is huge and indescribable! What a great pleasure to have walked with you and the hand of so many artisans, artists, women and men whose creations and art have pulled a smile from our lips, they have brought us happiness to our lives and the lives of those we love so much!
Over the past decade, luxury development has proliferated around East River State Park, but dive bar prices can now be found on the corner of N. 8th Street and Kent Avenue at Dolly’s Swing and Dive (101 Kent Ave.), the newest Williamsburg watering hole complete with a jukebox and a throwback vibe to the 1930s – 1970s.
To complement the reasonably-priced drinks, the menu features pub classics like house-baked pretzels and smaller bites like vegetarian taquitos. Winter hours (Nov. 1st – April 1st) are Mon. – Fri. from 3 p.m. – 4 a.m., and Sat. – Sun. from 12 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Just a quick walk up Kent Avenue to the corner of Grand Street, Two Hands (262 Kent Ave.), also celebrated its grand opening last week. The Australian-inspired restaurant has a clean, Instagram-friendly aesthetic likely to draw a brunch crowd seeking out avocado toast and açaí bowls.
If you’re celebrating Hannukah or want to join in the festivities, The Chabad of Greenpoint will host an outdoor menorah lighting at the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and Franklin Street on Saturday night at 8 p.m.
On a sad and serious development this holiday week, Kong Chae Choi, manager of the recently closed Young Fruit (192 Nassau Ave.) for over 30 years, has been missing since Monday, December 23rd when he was last seen leaving his former workplace.
Have a safe weekend and catch up on this week’s headlines:
New York’s Safe Way Home Act, which started from Greenpoint resident Deborah Spiroff’s crowdfunding campaign to provide sexual assault victims free transportation home from the hospital following treatment, is now officially law.
Governor Cuomo signed the act into law this week and Senate Bill S3966A, as it’s known, goes into effect in three months, NBC reports.
Concerns were raised by Spiroff for sexual assault survivors who have to walk home alone after being discharged from Wyckoff Heights Medical Center where she has volunteered in the Violence Intervention Treatment Program for three years.
“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. Continue reading →
The Chabad of Greenpoint will celebrate Hanukkah with an outdoor menorah lighting this weekend in Greenpoint.
Everyone is invited and the lighting is open to the public with latkes, candles, and dreidels supplied; the menorah lighting takes place at the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and Franklin Street (next to the Pencil Factory building) on Saturday, December 28th, at 8 p.m. Continue reading →
Kong Chae Choi, who managed the recently closed Young Fruit (192 Nassau Ave.) for over 30 years, has been missing since Monday, December 23rd.
Choi was last seen on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the closed Young Fruit in Greenpoint at 192 Nassau Ave. His daughter Grace has contacted the NYPD and is looking for any information: “It is with great sadness (and anxiety) I write this, in hopes that the community may help with our family’s search…He is a loving father and family man and we wish for nothing more than his safe return.”
If you have any information please call 917-575-7976 :
Name: Kong Chae Choi Height: 5’5 Weight:160 Age: 67 Car: White 2009 Ford Econoline Plates: JDZ7412
Emily Gallagher is no stranger to being a squeaky wheel.
The 35-year-old Greenpoint activist has tackled hyper-local issues like bike safety and the 94th Precinct’s response to sexual violence. She ran for district leader in 2016, losing by 344 votes.
Earlier this year Gallagher, a member of Brooklyn Community Board 1, suggested that the board use special City Council funds for a service that tracks constituent issues. The board revealed it bought an SUV instead.
“I try to choose battles that are activist battles,” she said.
Now, she’s taking on a longshot primary campaign to unseat Democratic Assemblymember Joe Lentol, a third-generation lawmaker who has represented Greenpoint and nearby areas for the last 47 years.
Gallagher is only the second person to challenge Lentol in a primary — and the first since 2010.