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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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Vote For The Next Book That North Brooklyn Reads

The Williamsburgh Library is participating in North Brooklyn Reads

What book should North Brooklynites read together this year? The Brooklyn Public Library is currently seeking votes to answer that question and has curated a neighborhood-centric list of titles to pick from; you have until Friday (tomorrow) to vote in the “North Brooklyn Reads” poll.

The list of literature to pick from includes works from local authors such as Greenpointers’ Geoff Cobb, whose The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King tells the story of the American sugar industry and the Havemeyer family’s world famous Domino factory. “It is a tale of greed, crime, wealth, power and corruption, but it is also the story of Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” the book’s description reads.

A landmark Grenpoint building makes an appearance on the list with Kate Christensen’s The Astral: A Novel.  In the book, poet and Astral (yes, that Astral) resident Harry Quirk attempts to save his failing marriage and win his wife’s heart back amongst a backdrop that is all too familiar for Greenpointers.

Solos by Kitty Burns Florey is set in Williamsburg where a mystery unravels according to the official book description:

Emily Lime and her equally palindromic dog, Otto, live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (zip code 11211), in a warm community of friends and fellow artists. Her life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Marcus, a dog-walker and fellow Scrabble nut, whose father is Emily’s shady ex-husband who wants the lovable Emily dead. A mystery unravels, a valuable lost cache of paintings is found, and Emily’s life changes in ways she could not have anticipated.

Hipster Death Rattle by Ritchie Narvaez also set in “uber-hip” Williamsburg, is a gruesome murder mystery:

Murder is trending. Hipsters are getting slashed to pieces in the hippest neighborhood in New York: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While Detectives Petrosino and Hadid hound local gangbangers, slacker reporter Tony Moran and his ex Magaly Fernandez get caught up in a missing person’s case—one that might just get them hacked to death

The Bushwick, Leonard, Williamsburg and Greenpoint (upon opening this spring) libraries will participate with readings of the chosen literature:

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New Deli Coming to American Deli Market Location, Fox & Fawn Relocating, and more Greenpoint Business Changes

Work to open a new deli at 97 Franklin Street began this week.

A new deli will open at the storefront of a former Franklin Street deli, and a Manhattan Avenue second-hand shop will relocate a few doors down, among other local openings and closings.

American Deli Market (97 Franklin St.) closed in the fall of 2018 due to a rise in rent after approximately 20 years on the corner of Noble and Franklin Streets, and on Monday early work began to open a new deli work at the storefront. A man standing in front of 97 Franklin St. on Monday who identified himself as a co-owner said that renovations will take two months and that he’s also a co-owner of the bodgea at 887 Manhattan Ave. in the LA Pizza space.

The night in October 2018 that the iconic sign came down at American Deli Market.

Manhattan Avenue vintage shop Fox & Fawn (570 Manhattan Ave.) is currently having a major sale to clear out stock and will close on Tuesday ahead of their move to a new space down the avenue.

Fox and Fawn is closing their 670 Manhattan Ave. location on Tuesday and will reopen in February. (Image via Google Maps)

The new location of Fox & Fawn will relocate this week to 599 Manhattan Avenue to the storefront of a former pet supply store with a a target opening as the second week in February.

On the same block at 674 Manhattan Ave. Hair Bar & Make Up Lounge opened at the former location of Bar Uni. This marks the second location for the salon from owner Lisa Albanese who opened the original Hair Bar & Make Up Lounge in Bellmore, Long Island in 2012.

 

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On the northern end of Manhattan Avenue the takeout sushi spot Oishi Sushi (929 Manhattan Ave.) closed earlier this month and a “for rent” sign is currently on the front of the building.

Oishi Sushi closed in early January.

 

 

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New Greek Gyro Shop Opening Soon, and More Changes to Greenpoint’s Dining Scene

BZ Grill, a Greek gyro shop from Astoria, is opening soon on Manhattan Avenue

In recent changes to the local dining landscape, Greenpoint will soon gain its only Greek gyro shop, and the neighborhood lost a ramen restaurant last month, amongst other closings.

While nearby restaurants like Dar (168 Driggs Ave.) serve hummus, grilled meat kabobs, and other dishes that are typically found in Greek restaurants, Greenpoint has been without a dedicated Greek restaurant since Mr. Souvlaki (208 Franklin St) closed two years ago.

The Greek food drought will end with BZ Grill’s opening at 544 Manhattan Ave., the former home of the farm-to-table restaurant Annicka. BZ Grill is under construction and the opening date has yet to be announced, but the awning has already been installed and construction workers have been spotted preparing the restaurant this week.  Continue reading

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Greenpoint Retail Round-Up: New Ice Cream Shop, Barley Rebrand and More

The Royal (1025 Manhattan Ave) rebranded from Barley.

The ever-changing Greenpoint retail and restaurant landscape has experienced a number of openings in recent weeks, here’s a round-up.

 

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Starting at the north end of Manhattan Ave., the restaurant formerly known as Barley (1025 Manhattan Ave), and recently before that Whiskey Burger, closed briefly in July and relaunched as the The Royal. For fans of the fomer incarnations of the restaurant, there are few changes to the new menu, and yes, the burger is still available.

Lockwood (98 Greenpoint Ave)

At 98 Greenpoint Avenue, the awning was installed on Thursday for the forthcoming expansion of the Queens-based lifestyle store Lockwood, which is scheduled for a Septermber opening, according to owner Mackenzi Farquer who spoke with Greenpointers about the expansion. Continue reading

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Toxic NuHart Plastics Cleanup Plan to Be Presented at Community Forum (7/29)

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation has approved a cleanup plan for the toxins at the NuHart Superfund site on the corner of Franklin and Dupont streets.

A NuHart Suerfund community forum will take place on Monday, July 29, at 176 Java St. at 6:30 p.m. where the “decision of record” will be discussed.

North Brooklyn Neighbors have also hired two new technical advisors, Dr. Joseph Gardella and Dr. Alan Rabideau to consult the community on the Class II Superfund, a site where hazardous waste “represents a significant threat to public health.” Continue reading

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Is Cycling on Franklin Street Safer Than on McGuinness Boulevard?

Cylcists have voiced concerns over safety on Franklin street.

On Thursday, a cyclist was involved in a collision with a box truck on Franklin Street near the intersection at Calyer Street resulting (luckily) in non-fatal injuries and providing an unfortunate example of the street’s dangerous conditions. Just two days prior to the Franklin Street accident a 58-year-old man was killed while biking on McGuinness Boulevard, a notoriously dangerous street to bike. Is Franklin Street that much safer than McGuinness Boulevard?

The intersection of Calyer and Franklin streets.

The stretch of Franklin Street from Calyer Street to Greenpoint Avenue was repaved two weeks ago and now lacks street or bike lane markings, which Greenpoint residents say make the street especially unsafe for biking. Continue reading

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Northern Territory Will Not Reopen This Year

Northern Territory Rooftop

This past November, we announced that Northern Territory would be hibernating for the winter and planned to reopen this Spring (as in now) for their final year at the corner of Franklin and Meserole Avenue before the building is razed for new development. Sadly, Nothern Territory will remain officially closed.

Jamie Toll, photo by Ian Hartsoe.

Why the sudden change of plans? Even though their lease is up at the end of the year, Northern Territory “came to an agreement with the new landlord” to be out in a few months and make way for the seven-story office and manufacturing building that is slated to be built. Continue reading

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FOA Collective Brings Local Artists Together at New Home Goods Shop on Franklin Street

Have you noticed the stunning restored stained glass at The Greenpoint Palace (206 Nassau Ave.) or the beautiful light fixtures at Anella (222 Franklin St.)? They’re the creations of Friend of All Glass founder Flannery Cronin who helped to recently open FOA Collective, an artist-run home good collective at 89 Freeman St.


The new shop quietly opened last December, but the official grand opening is May 3rd to coincide with the completion of the custom-designed glass wall in the rear of the shop and the launch of a first Friday initiative where neaby business will extend their hours to 9 p.m. for the summer months.

The stained glass wall at FOA Collective

FOA Collective currently hosts 13 designers, artists, and creators who contribute a monthly membership fee along with a commitment to work two days per month at the shop.

Artist members in the collective receive 100% of the proceeds from sales helping customers to directly support the FOA Collective’s artists and designers:

Able Ground @able_ground
Erin Louise Clancy @erinlouisdeclancy
Goldie’s Natural Beauty @goldiesnaturalbeauty
Good Connection @good_connection
Interesting Editions @interestingeditions
Lesley Gold @lesley.gold
Trish Andersen @trishandersenart
Neile Cooper @neilecooper
Pore @123pore
Quiet Town @quiettownhomeShira

Entis / Immodest Cotton @fleabg
Two Tree Studios @allisonsamuels

With the growing retail and food scene at the northernmost stretch of Franklin St. a first Friday series for the summer will help to bring more foot traffic and customers to the area. “We’ll have events and feature specific artists eventually,” said FOA Collective founding artist Flannery Cronin. Continue reading

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‘Magazine’ Opens at Former Shayz Lounge With Emphasis on Fun

Magazine (130 Franklin St.) opened last night with a packed house at the former home of Shayz Lounge. The new bar emphasizes a fun atmosphere and friendly, unpretentious service, co-founder Jermey Willis said.

Willis who lived above Shayz Lounge for 12 years, moved to Greenpoint from New Orleans in 2004 and is a co-founder of Greenpoint’s Real Estate Fine Art gallery and is also the vocalist/guitarist in the band The Listeners. “I’m from New Orleans and we kinda took some of the points of service from experiences in bars and restaurants there, and we want to have a jovial attitude,” Willis said. “The goal is to make a bar that feels like a party; we want it to feel very open and inviting and fun,” he said.

Magazine’s founding partners include Matt Wang (Candy Bar in Detroit), Julian Brizzi (Rucola, Grand Army, Celestine), and John Russell, a co-founder of Real Estate Fine Art. “Disco” David Discavage runs the bar program (formerly of Hotel Delmano, Mr. Fong’s, Primo’s), and will focus on mixed and frozen drinks. Continue reading

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