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Best Dressed Awards, New Elevators at Greenpoint Ave Station + More Notes From Last Night’s CB1 Meeting

Dealice Fuller at the Community Board 1 meeting, March 13, 2018
Dealice Fuller (Chairperson) and Simon Weiser (First Vice Chair) at the Community Board 1 meeting, March 13, 2018.

It’s a frigid Tuesday night in March, currently breezy, but there was a Nor’easter in the morning. The day and the commute hasn’t been easy. You probably feel like parking yourself on the couch, ordering a giant pizza and throwing back a few glasses of red wine. Well, a handful of Greenpointers staff did just that AND we watched the livestream of tonight’s Community Board 1 meeting. Every month, the CB1 meeting livestreams on YouTube via PBS Thirteen, and if you’re a little late or you miss it entirely you can watch it after the fact, from your damn couch. Our neighborhood is one of the lucky ones around town—not all Community Board meetings get the YouTube treatment. We’ve written before about how entertaining the meetings are—if the idea of a “real life episode of Parks & Rec” doesn’t hook you, then check out the cast of local characters and issues below. Continue reading

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Before L-pocalypse: A History of Transit in North BK

B.R.C.C. Crosstown Trolley, Via the Transit Museum
B.C.R.R. Crosstown Trolley, Via the New York Transit Museum

As the MTA’s planned 15-month suspension of L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan draws near, all 200,000 daily riders of the L-pocalypse have been asking the same question: how will we get across the river? Brooklynites have been asking that question for generations, and personal ingenuity, along with municipal planning, has yielded several answers. All we can say for sure is that this is not the first time aggrieved Greenpointers have been up in arms over inadequate inter-borough transit. I’m just glad we don’t have to take a rowboat.

The rowboat commute was the first in a line increasingly efficient methods of getting from Greenpoint to Manhattan that includes horsecars, trollies, ferry services, elevated trains, and the dawn and growth of the subway. Step in, stand clear and read on for a history of transit in North Brooklyn.   Continue reading

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Looking for Love on the G Train, Life and Death in Brooklyn — The Hook-up (2/23)

Billboard Looking for Yellow Shoes Guy

The Man in the Yellow Hat was always looking for Curious George. This Valentines Day, a 25-year-old Williamsburg woman was looking for the Guy in the Yellow Shoes. After a chance meeting on the G train,  she took the hunt to massive proportions, opting for a 20-foot billboard.   Continue reading

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On the Struggle Bus: The MTA finally reveals its plans for L-Pocalypse

Alternate Service during L-Pocalypse via Free Williamsburg

As we reported earlier this week, the MTA has taken a glacial approach to coming up with an alternative transit plan for commuters who will be affected when L train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn shuts down for 15 months beginning in April 2019. But, lo and behold! It’s here! The MTA’s transit plan.

The big fix? Busses and bike lanes.

  • The MTA plans to create a dedicated “busway,” and upgrade Select Bus Service along 14th street.
  • While the DOT refuses to designate bus lanes on the Williamsburg Bridge, the outer-deck of the span will be a dedicated HOV3+ lanes at rush hour, catering to busses, trucks and vehicles making right turns.
  • Bike traffic is expected to double, so 13th will feature Manhattan’s first two-way protected crosstown bike lane.
  • There will be new pedestrian space around Union Square, and bike parking on University Place
  • Delancey Street will get a protected bike link to the Williamsburg Bridge.

But, the MTA estimates that 80% of the 225,000 riders who take the L between Manhattan and Brooklyn every day will seek alternate subway routes, and thereby turn to the G and J/M/Z trains (oy!).

  • Commuters can expect increased service on those lines, as well as higher capacity G and C trains.
  • There will also be free MetroCard transfers between the Broadway G and the Lorimer and Hewes JMZ trains.
  • Free transfers will also be available between the 3 train at Junius St. and the L at Livonia Avenue.
  • On the weekend, and overnight, the M will run to 96th Street/2nd Avenue.

Read on for information about new ferry services and street improvements!  Continue reading

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Essay: Gee vs. Elle, A Tale of Two Subways

Gee’s been in her older sister’s shadow for a while. Like, since 1933. She heard legend of Elle’s flapper-filled carts and smooth shuttling of partiers from soirée to soirée, borough to borough, without ever so much as rattling their champagne, which they could drink whilst riding cause Elle was a “cool train.”

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A Goat on the Lam, Explosions of Love and Brooklyn in Paradise — The Hook-up (10/5)

Goat on the Lam! via New York Daily News
Goat on the Lam! via New York Daily News

The psalm says the Lord is our shepherd, and nobody seemed to know it better this week than the abandoned billy goat who took shelter under the steps of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration on North 12th and Driggs. Officer Jamar Ferguson, newly-dubbed official goatherd of the 94th Precinct, corralled the freelance goat into a cage and named him “Lil’ Ferg.” Continue reading

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What a Great Ride with City Reliquary’s Miss Subways Pageant 2017


Lisa Levy is crowned Miss Subways 2017! Photo by Megan Penmann
Lisa Levy is crowned Miss Subways 2017! Photo by Megan Penmann.

Last Thursday, mermaids, sword swallowers and oracles joined their fellow New Yorkers in the back garden at City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Avenue) for the Miss Subways Pageant 2017. All thirteen contestants displayed their stunning talents, and even more exciting costumes, in hopes of being crowned Miss Subways 2017. Each contestant took to the stage to express love for the subterranean system that connects us all (when its not being held by the dispatcher). The night was alive with Transit Tarot, Subway Striptease, an ode to the G Train, and a whole lot of Razzle Dazzle.

SUZQ, regal representative of the N and W trains. Photo by Megan Penmann
SUZQ, regal representative of the N and W trains. Photo by Megan Penmann

The Reliquary invited community members to enter the competition, and New Yorkers from all over town turned out for the fun. To enter, each contestant had to write a short essay about their favorite subway line and why it “inspires/enrages/enchants.” There were representatives from myriad lines. An L Train Drag Queen competed against an F Train Oracle, a 6 Train Singer and a Q Train Mermaid. A panel of local civic heroes and celebrity judges including Janeane Garofalo, downtown art icon Reverend Jen Miller, NY1 reporter Roger Clark and writer, comedian, author and producer Baratunde R. Thurston ultimately crowned Lisa Levy Miss Subways 2017. Continue reading

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Sinkholes, Summonses and the City Council — The Hook-Up 9/1

Hallelujah, we're in Greenpoint. Photo by Lucie Levine
Hallelujah, we’re in Greenpoint. Photo by Lucie Levine

Pedestrians in North Brooklyn have been Walking on the Wild Side this week, since our thoroughfares are more treacherous than you thought. On Tuesday, a sinkhole opened on Myrtle Avenue between Bedford and Nostrand, and swallowed a man’s entire right leg as he was walking to work. He was rescued by the NYFD and was not seriously injured.

That means Greenpointer Victoria Cambranes has her work cut out for her. As an advocate for street-safety and affordable housing, she is hoping to run for City Council as a member of the Progress for All Party, which she created,

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A Duck on the G Train, A Massage For Your Period and the Best Place to Photograph The Kosciuszko Bridge—The Hook-Up 8/25

Merry Pranksters All Aboard on Lombardy Street via The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Merry Pranksters All Aboard on Lombardy Street via The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Do you feel like things have been pretty quacked in Greenpoint this week? You’re not wrong. On Monday night, a leashed duck boarded the G Train, and as you can see from the video, he was not too pleased to be there.

If you’re feeling as stressed as that duck, and you think your period might have something to do with it, Massage Greenpoint (37 Greenpoint Avenue) has you covered. They’ve just rolled out “The Moon Cycle Massage,” aimed at alleviating those monthly aches.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle went on a hunt for the best place in the neighborhood to photograph the new Kosciuszko Bridge, and concluded it’s a tough task. But they did manage to snag a pic of an ultra groovy bus on Lombardy Street.   Continue reading

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Beauty As Deep As The NYC Subway: Are You The Next Miss G Train?!

Miss Subways 1968 contestants (Frank Hurley/New York Daily News) - The City Reliquary
Miss Subways 1968 contestants (Frank Hurley/New York Daily News)

Local cultural ephemera museum The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) is seeking contestants for its 2017 Miss Subways Pageant, happening in September. “In a night of performances spanning the classy, the trashy, the weird, and the whimsical, contestants will demonstrate their love, frustration, and ultimate devotion to their subway line of choice. But only one will take home the transit tiara!”

Via The City Reliquary:

We’re seeking Miss Subways 2017!

On Thursday, September 28 at 7 PM, The City Reliquary Museum will host The 2017 Miss Subways Pageant. You might remember that the Reliquary celebrated NYC’s most maligned line with its 2009 “Miss G Train” competition. How things have changed! The G is now one of the most reliable lines in the system. Clearly, something must be done.

The “Summer of Hell” is upon us. These days straphangers are filled with dread over a stalled train, signal failure, or sick passenger leaving them trapped in a dark, sweltering transit nightmare. Between its deteriorating equipment and the massive crowds cramming into its cars each day, our 112-year-old system, though still a marvel of public transportation, is showing some wear and tear. Governor Cuomo’s “MTA Genius Grant Challenge” suggests we’re on our own in this mess, so it’s time for the people to take matters into their own hands.
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