Citizens of North Brooklyn looking to ameliorate their community have three opportunities this week to directly affect some change through New York City Council’s Participatory Budgeting program. As described on the City Council’s website, Participatory Budgeting is “a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.” Each year, NYC council members decide whether they want their districts to participate in the PB process, and then spend a year organizing public meetings, speaking to members of their communities and getting an idea of what sorts of projects citizens need and want most.
Thanks to City Council Member Stephen Levin, the opportunity is being afforded to District 33, which includes Greenpoint and Williamsburg. This year, there’s $1.5 million dollars allocated. You’ve got three opportunities this week to go pitch your own ideas and hear ideas of fellow community members. The schedule for the remaining meetings is as follows:
Monday, Sep. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Spanish Church (161 South 3rd St.)
Tuesday, Sep. 20 at 6:00 p.m. at The Greenpoint Library (107 Norman St.)
Thursday, Sep. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at The Actor’s Fund (160 Schermerhorn St.)
Tuesday, Sep. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at WeWork Brooklyn Heights Office (195 Montague St.)
Wednesday, Sep. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Independence Towers Community Center (114 Taylor St.)
Transforming furniture is one of the things we love to do the most at Suite Pieces (located at 162 Huron Street)! We’re going to share with you how fun and easy it is to change the look of something you already own without the hassle of sanding and priming. We’ll be using one of our favorite product lines that we offer in the shop, Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. By the time you do all that prep-work with traditional latex paint, you’re ready to call it quits and leave yet another unfinished project sitting around your apartment taking up precious, expensive square footage. When you use Chalk Paint® for your painting projects, you get instant gratification that keeps you going till it’s back in place ready for a photo op! Continue reading →
“I feel like I’m in Pulp Fiction” says Gina as we meet for this week’s Cheap Eats adventure. This is because we have picked Greenpoint’s Manhattan 3 Decker (695 Manhattan Ave) to seek out our next budget meal. With its classic all-American interior of red leather booths and blind-shaded windows it would indeed be no surprise to hear the mockney tones of Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer plotting from the next table. Continue reading →
Last week Gina and I set out on a mission to find great local eats that would set us back no more than $7 per person. After kicking things off with a supremely wallet-friendly breakfast at Peter Pan’s, this week we decided to seek out a dirt-cheap lunching spot.
We got word that Chinese Musician (151 Greenpoint Avenue) does a lunch special for a mere $6.50. This allows you to choose a soup, a rice and an entrée from a list of 33 dishes (or 43 options if you’re feeling flush enough to spring an extra dollar). This was obviously a very exciting prospect for us.
On Saturday afternoon we slid into a sunny window booth and, before we’d even ordered, our hosts greeted us with iced water, a pot of green tea, a big bowl of savory bites and a sweet chili dipping-sauce. For free. We suspected we were onto a good thing. Continue reading →
We love cheap food. And we don’t just mean your regular budget-friendly fare. We’re talking down and dirty, there’s-only-$12-left-in-your-bank-account cheap food.
Our mission is to find satisfying, delicious meals for under $5-$7 per person. Rosie and I are going to wade through this wasteland of small plates and $15 kale salads to bring you the very cheapest of the cheap. It’s no easy task, but we (and by we I mean me, Gina) are willing to try just about anything (keep an eye out for our White Burger post) in the name of broke-ness.
To kick things off we met for a power breakfast at Peter Pan, which we have deemed the best breakfast bang for your buck in, quite possibly, all of North Brooklyn. There, we said it. Continue reading →
You have the next seven days to vote on how $1 million dollars should be invested in neighborhoods that include Greenpoint & Williamsburg. Projects include technology upgrades at PS31, restoration and beautification of the playground at PS34, a new dog run in East River State Park, district wide tree plantings and installation of tree guards for new trees on Kent and Nassau Ave.
You can choose up to 5 projects to vote on. This is a great chance to have a say in where public funding goes in our communities!
Monday, April 1 * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm
Tuesday, April 2 * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm
Wednesday, April 3 * Greenpoint, PS 34, 131 Norman Ave: 7:45-9:30am * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm
Thursday, April 4 * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm
Friday, April 5 * Greenpoint, PS 31, 75 Meserole Avenue: 7:30-9:30am * Williamsburg, Independence Towers Senior Center, 114 Taylor St: 10am-4:30pm
Saturday, April 6 * Greenpoint Public Library, 107 Norman Ave: 10am – 5pm * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm * Williamsburg, El Puente Community Center, 80 Clymer St: 10am-5pm
Sunday, April 7 * Williamsburg, Independence Towers Senior Center, 114 Taylor St: 10am-4:30pm * Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm