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Gertie to Launch Hospitality Workers Relief Center With Free Meals

Gertie (357 Grand St.)

The Williamsburg restaurant Gertie (357 Grand St.) will offer free meals for laid off hospitality workers as a result of mass closures from the coronavirus crisis.

Starting on Thursday at 4 p.m., Gertie will become a “relief center” for anyone who has recently lost their job in the hospitality industry, as the announcement posted to Instagram on Tuesday states: “Each night, we will pack hundreds of to go dinners that people can come to pick up and take home,”

Meals will be available Tuesday – Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on a first come first served basis. The pop-up relief center will continue indefinitely until the restaurant can no longer financially support the program.

 

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We desperately need funds and donations to keep feeding furloughed restaurant workers for the Restaurant Workers Relief Program by @LEEInitiative by @chefedwardlee @lindseyofcacek⁣ ⁣ You can contribute monitarily at www.leeintiative.org or through the link in our bio. Even $5 makes a difference.⁣ All donations go right back us and other participating restaurants in other cities and go directly into feeding our community. ⁣ We need supplies: diapers, baby food, tampons, toilet paper, canned food, shelf stable food⁣ We can only buy in limited amounts so we need you to help us⁣ Please order online at @amazon @target @walmart @instacart @meijerstores or any delivery service, buy supplies through your account and ship it to Gertie (357 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211) Big thanks to @chefedwardlee and @makersmark for making this happen

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Along with the Gertie team, partners include the Prospect Heights restaurant Olmsted (which is also operating a food bank) the Lee Initiative and Makers Mark:

Due to the closure of restaurants in NYC we have an urgent need for assistance for the thousands of restaurant workers who find themselves suddenly without work, without a paycheck and without a support system. Independent restaurants are at the center of the vibrant growth in America. For the past decade, we have relied on the stellar hospitality and positive PR of the independent restaurant scene to make this a city we are incredibly proud of. But now restaurant workers need your help more than ever. If we don’t take a stand and do something now, there will not be an independent restaurant industry to speak of when the corona-virus crisis is over.

 

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This is the incredible project we’ve been working on: While we are closing our doors to the public (except Saturdays), WE ARE HERE FOR HOSPITALITY WORKERS IN BROOKLYN!! Starting on Thursday March 26th in partnership with @makersmark and @leeinitiative @chefedwardlee @olmstednyc we will turn @gertienyc into a relief center with @natejackadler @caulofthewild @flippelman @_talialc_ for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/ or pay. We are offering help for those in dire need of food and supplies. Each night, we will pack hundreds of to go dinners that people can come to pick up and take home. Dinners are offered on a first come first serve basis. Limit 1 per person unless there is an emergency situation. We will also have essential supplies on hand. We will limit how much any one person can take of these supplies but they will be handed out free to those in need. We will continue to offer this program until we can no longer financially support the program. Restaurant Workers Relief Program Due to the closure of restaurants in NYC we have an urgent need for assistance for the thousands of restaurant workers who find themselves suddenly without work, without a paycheck and without a support system. Independent restaurants are at the center of the vibrant growth in America. For the past decade, we have relied on the stellar hospitality and positive PR of the independent restaurant scene to make this a city we are incredibly proud of. But now restaurant workers need your help more than ever. If we don’t take a stand and do something now, there will not be an independent restaurant industry to speak of when the corona-virus crisis is over. Details of the program are below: – Dinner pick up address: 357 Grand St. (on the Corner of Marcy Ave + Grand St) – This program will be offered Tues-Friday unless otherwise noted – Pick up time is 4:00 to 7:00 daily To support this program and our restaurant community donate to LEEInitiative.org #chefselevatingchefs #goodfoodforgood #LEEInitiative #toosmalltofail

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Governor Cuomo Demands Social Distancing Plan for NYC’s Crowded Parks

The McCarren Park soccer field last weekkend.

The beautiful parks of North Brooklyn hosted groups of people eager to get outside last weekend as the state of New York implores everyone to self-quarantine in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.


NY officially hit PAUSE on all non-essential businesses Sunday night and most businesses have complied, but crowded parks remain an issue and Governor Cuomo is asking the city for a plan to reduce crowding. Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: It’s Time to Take Coronavirus Seriously

Park-goers enjoying the warm weather last weekend in McCarren Park as warnings to socially distance were ignored.

It was just one week ago that crowds flocked to Greenpoint’s parks and popular brunch spots as news of the global pandemic continues to be taken with varying degrees of seriousness, despite Italy’s dire consequences of ignoring the warnings coming from public health experts to practice stringent social distancing.

Warm spring weather may entice people to head outside again this weekend, but as Mayor de Blasio pushed for a ‘shelter in place‘ restriction this week, Governor Cuomo followed California’s lead on Friday in calling for everyone to stay indoors indefinitely.

New York City has emerged as the epicenter of the country’s crisis and it’s imperative that we all do our part to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. That means going outside this weekend, and for the foreseeable future, only for necessities such as food and medicine.

Walking, running and biking outside for exercise are still permitted, but not in groups, and a minimum of six feet between people should be maintained all times.  Continue reading

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How To Support Local Restaurants and Bars During The Covid Crisis

An empty Anella, pre-shutdown.

One of the best things about Greenpoint is our abundance of fantastic restaurants (some Michelin-starred, many highly praised by food critics and locals) and bars with amazing cocktails, and the hardworking and friendly staff that run them. In a very sad turn of events, all bars and restaurants in New York City have been closed to the public this week per government orders, to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Restaurants can, however, still serve food for pickup and takeout. As a result, liquor laws have been loosened so people can pick up and take away alcoholic beverages, including cocktails.

This is an unprecedented time for our state and for New York City. Currently, more than 15,000 people have signed a petition to Governor Cuomo to offer Relief For All Restaurants (ROAR) by a variety of measures. The petition was started by and is supported by dozens of restaurants all over the city, including some in North Brooklyn.

We don’t know how long the shutdown will be in effect, but it could be many months. And that’s a very long time for restaurant workers and small businesses to not receive an income. Very quickly this week, the air has been sucked out of the heart and soul of Greenpoint, along with the rest of New York City. So we’ve made a list of local restaurants and their current status.

If it’s an option, restaurants are encouraging patrons to order over the phone or directly instead of through an app—that way the money goes directly to the restaurants and staff instead of to a third party. You should check the restaurant or bar’s Instagram account (linked in their name) or call them to verify what they’re offering, as that’s changing by the hour. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Asian Restaurant Baoburg Launches $5 Takeout ‘Survivor Meals’

Baoburg (614 Manhattan Ave.)

The southeast Asian restaurant Baoburg (614 Manhattan Ave.) will launch a reduced-price ‘Survival Meal’ menu available for takeout on Thursday.

$5 meals will be available for pickup everyday at Baoburg from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. to help provide affordable options while most non-essential businesses shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  Continue reading

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Williamsburg Wedding Celebration Shutdown Over Coronavirus Concerns

Ateres Avrohom in South Williamsburg where a large wedding celebration took place on Tuesday. (Image via Google Maps)

The leaders of New York’s hassidic communities are being urged to limit gatherings to under 10 people to help prevent to spread of coronavirus after 100 people tested positive in Brooklyn and as over 1,000 tests await results.

On Tuesday, the FDNY was called to Ateres Avrohom in South Williamsburg where a wedding with more than 200 guests took place, as the NY Times reports: “The wedding was broken up by two men in Fire Department jackets who arrived in a red pickup truck and dispersed a crowd that had gathered outside the venue’s door.” Continue reading

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Greenpoint Restauranteurs Battle Food Insecurity With Pay-What-You-Can Meals

The pay-what-you-can meals launched on Monday at Jimmy’s Diner (577 Union Ave.)

Greenpoint restauranteurs and married couple Blair Papagni and Josh Cohen are offering pay-what-you-can hot meals for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, as the issue of food insecurity worries freshly out of work people in the service sector.

“As we get further into this shutdown I think it’s going to be more difficult to get hot meals. We’re a city built on people that go out to eat, so I think there’s a good portion of our younger population here that probably doesn’t cook often, and then we have our older population that maybe can’t get out,” Papagni said. Continue reading

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Coronavirus Shuts Nearly Everything Down as Officials Race to Soften Impact

A man stands with a sign that states “Cancel Brunch” on Sunday in Greenpoint. (Image courtesy of @hannahsea)

We are now living through — in the words of Mayor Bill de Blasio — a “wartime” scenario where the city, state and federal governments are readying hospital facilities and supplies to treat the anticipated flood of sick patients infected with the coronavirus, as five drive through testing facilities are being prepared. in NYC.

The coronavirus situation continues to evolve, here are the latest developments: Continue reading

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The Other Art Fair, Popular Greenpoint Event, Postponed

The Other Art Fair, a traveling celebration of worldly and avant art that has popped by the neighborhood for a number of seasons, will be postponing its anticipated stop at The Brooklyn Expo Center from April 30 to May 3. Joining the chorus of a number of other companies’ and events’ cancellations due to the coronavirus, The Other Art Fair is merely the latest in what is likely to be a string of postponed public springtime gatherings. Uniquely, The Other Art Fair is cancelling all of their events around the country through the end of May, while most announced operations seem to be on some kind of hiatus only until early April, at least as of this moment. Greenpointers recently published a roundup of how some local businesses are handling this unprecedented, confusing time.

A message from The Other Art Fair’s founder Ryan Stanier follows:

“After serious consideration, and in light of recent announcements from the CDC and World Health Organization, The Other Art Fair regretfully announces the postponement of its Spring Fairs.

Our team, artists and partners have worked incredibly hard over the past months to present another fantastic event, and this decision has not been taken lightly. The health and safety of our visitors, artists and staff is our top priority in light of the ever-changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

The decision to postpone our events will affect the following Spring fairs:

London, at Truman Brewery, 19 – 22 March
Sydney, at The Cutaway, 19 – 22 March
Los Angeles, at Barker Hanger, 16 – 19 April
Brooklyn, at Expo Center, 30 April – 3 May
Dallas, at Dallas Market Hall, 7 – 10 May
Melbourne, at The Facility, 21 – 24 May
Chicago, at The Skylight at Board of Trade, 27 – 30 May

Ticket holders will be notified regarding new dates in the coming days. All tickets will be transferable and valid for future fairs, or refundable via Eventbrite should that be requested.

It may be uplifting to hear we are currently working in tandem with our partners at SaatchiArt.com on ways to bring our Fair artist’s collections online so everyone can still experience the impressive works of our artists. As soon as we have updates on this, we will email you with more information.

We are deeply disappointed to have to postpone, but look forward to seeing you again at a future fair. In the meantime, contact us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.”

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