In a Battle Against Greenpoint’s Real Estate Investors, Bar Matchless Loses – Tonight’s The Last Night (1/8)

Bar Matchless during the Bomb Cycle 2018 (photo: Julia Moak)

Today is a sad day for Greenpoint as one of its best cultural icons will be closing down for good – but not before one last hurrah tonight (January 8, 2018). After 15 years of being in business in 544 Manhattan Ave, Bar Matchless is unceremoniously shutting its doors after receiving a letter in the mail that the Sheriff is coming this Thursday, January 11th to enforce their eviction.

Free drinks tonight for volunteers who can help move Bar Matchless out. If you are available Tuesday, January 9th and/or Wednesday, January 10th, fill out the form and come say your goodbyes!

There was an outpouring of support for Bar Matchless after we reported that its future was precarious last week. Greenpointers’ responses ranged from anger & frustration to heartbreak & sadness about this loss. Here are a few from over 140 comments on our Instagram post about it: Continue reading

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Bar Matchless Resists Closure – For Now

Bar Matchless (photo: Chop Cult)

If you haven’t already heard, the rumors are true. The building where Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) is in has been sold and they were asked to vacate the premises. But they aren’t going down without a fight and they are still open for business.

The question of how long remains precarious as they have not been able to reach the landlords or new owners about the possibility of staying. For now, Tuesday 2-4-1 drinks, cheap late night food, and epic hangover brunch lives on in what is a Greenpoint institution.

Bar Matchless is one of the last men standing, having survived the death knell of North Brooklyn DIY spots and small performance spaces of yesteryear. Since its inception in 2003, it’s always been in the black and is still a legit thriving successful small business. The only reason it is slated to close is because the current landlord has not renewed the lease and the new owners remain out of touch – literally and figuratively. Continue reading

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Anti-Gentrification Panel Discussion in Long Island City Tonight (12/4)

Money, Power and Politics Poster

The Queens Anti-Gentrification Project and Progress Queens will be hosting an event tonight called “Money, Power and Politics: Queens Democrats Examined.” The Queens County Democratic Party is also known as “The Queens Machine.” According to a press release for the event, “activists will participate in a panel discussion on the upcoming New York City Council speaker’s race, the influence of money on elected officials, and the impact on local Queens communities of legislation and policy favorable to the real estate industry.” The panel’s special focus on issues surrounding real estate development might make it of interest to community members here in Greenpoint grappling with changing landscape of the East River Waterfront.

What: Money, Power and Politics: Queens Democrats Examined

When: Tonight (12/4) 6:30-8:30pm

Where: LaGuardia Community College (31-10 Thomson Ave., Room E242)

Who: Anyone interested in local politics or community advocacy

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Greenpoint gets a Tower, Newtown Creek Hoax?, and Halloween Fun – The Hook-up 10/21

Teacher Maura Flanagan of P.S. 373 (185 Ellery St.) brought students up to visit the McCarren Park Greenmarket. Students at P.S. 373 have their own gardens and were seeing how a real farmer’s market organizes and operates.

Been wondering what the massive building is going up between India and Huron Street along West Street? It’s “The Greenpoint”, a 40-story condo building, the details of which have been spilled in this article from Curbed.

For further proof that the G-entrification train now stops in Greenpoint, check out this piece from the New York Times.

A LaGuardia Community College assistant professor has reportedly contacted Progress Queens claiming that recent allegations made by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection regarding Newtown Creek are “a hoax” in line with “the strategy of corporations that are allegedly responsible for the pollution of Newtown Creek”.

The Better With Pets Expo, hosted this week at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, got some press on News 12 this week (disclaimer: “exclusive content for Optimum, Time Warner Comcast customers”.)

The Newtown Creek Alliance hosted their latest Superfund Community Advisory Group meeting last night at the McCarren Park Pool Community Room. There was a presentation by the EPA, including an open discussion with the community.

Last Saturday’s Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Open House event got some press in this article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

PS 110, The Monitor School will be hosting their Fall Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2-6pm at the PS 110 school playground (corner of Driggs and Monitor). Among other fun Halloween activities, the event will feature a haunted house, pumpkin painting, and carnival games. All proceeds will benefit the school.

Music Off McGolrick and the Tarot Society will be hosting “All of Them Witches” tonight at 8pm at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) The event will feature music, tarot readings and all sorts of spooky entertainment.

Vert Gardens (193 Banker St.) will be hosting their final plant sale before moving on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10am-4pm. Check out this Greenpointers post with more information on Vert’s moving.

The Participatory Budgeting process for District 33 has moved from the idea collection phase to the project development phase. Over 20 budget delegates have started reviewing over 100 ideas that have made it this far. There is still time to be a budget delegate. Click here for more information.

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Historical Walking Tour of Greenpoint This Saturday!

greenpoint walking tourWHAT: Greenpoint Walking Tour
WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2:00-4:30 pm

Join veteran Brooklyn tour guide Norman Oder on a briskly-paced, wide-ranging introduction to the neighborhood, including historic blocks, converted historic buildings, commercial corridors, religious institutions, parks, and civic buildings. The tour will touch on industrial history, immigration (notably Greenpoint’s enduring Polish presence), and the current (and future) signs of gentrification.

You should RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your spot! Continue reading

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A Collaborative Sculpture In McGolrick Park, and a Meadow-phor for All of Us

Conceptual artist Martynka Wawrzyniak will create Ziemia, a public art project created in collaboration with all Greenpointers.

Martynka Wawrzyniak has always been a conceptual artist. She thinks deeply about her relationship to the world and comes up with self-portraits that are inimitable and brilliantly unique. These ideas often utilize unusual substances and require her to collaborate with specialists in an eclectic range of fields.

For example, in her 2012 project, Smell Me, she spent two years working with Hunter College Professor Donna McGregor and a team of chemistry research students to create an olfactory-based self-portrait utilizing the extracted essence of her sweat, tears and hair.

In another project, Feed, she collected a year’s worth of her used cloth dinner napkins in order to create a suspended double spiral where viewers walked through her life in the self-described “stains of my existence”.

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Every Story Is About Congestion & Change — The Hook-Up 3/4

Photo via Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Eagle
Photo via Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Eagle
In January, Assemblyman Lentol announced a temporary suspension of alternate side parking rules on film shoot days, but that hasn’t stopped film crews from competing for space with residents (hearsay is that the production crew of “Tiara” blocked off a G Train entrance during rush hour). Well, if you ever wanted a quantifiable look at just how movie-famous our neighborhood is, here’s an interactive map.
Subway slashings have officially landed on the G Line (well, it happened once, but still). Now, police are looking to amp up NYPD presence on the trains at night.
You may have heard about plans to reevaluate the Meeker Avenue crossing, but the rather congested North Brooklyn is going to be the subject of a larger, more comprehensive transportation study.

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Greenpoint’s Median Home Price Hit Record High in 2015

Greenpoint Landing having a party...without us. Photo: Kim Masson
Greenpoint Landing having a party…without us. Photo: Kim Masson

To absolutely no one’s surprise, 2015 was the year real estate hit an all-time high in Greenpoint, but we’ve got some data to back that up.

Via PropertyShark
Via PropertyShark

At $950,000, this year’s median home price was up 27.1% over 2014, which had clocked in at a modest $747,500, according to PropertyShark. Continue reading

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From Vaudeville to Oil Slicks to Premium Condos — The Hook-Up 11/20

Via The New Yorker
Via The New Yorker

Though Greenpoint’s industrial history gets dredged up on the regular, it’s less often that we talk about its former status as a thriving hub of theatre and vaudeville. Today, the world is still a stage, but these illustrations done for the New Yorker are beautiful and surprising.

Is Yelp! holding a mirror to racist attitudes toward gentrification? A study compared restaurant reviews in the two rapidly changing neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Bed-Stuy, and it seems as though “ethnic charm” means something different depending on where you’re brunching.

The blowback from the NuHart rave was apparently not enough to stop Jack Daniels from relishing the noise complaints it generated last week on Huron Street. Looks kind of fun though — not going to lie.

A number of community boards are banding together to oppose de Blasio’s proposed zoning changes. According to DNAinfo, “the last time local groups connected on such a wide scale was during the 1990s when the Giuliani administration was changing zoning around adult-use establishments.”

For your light Friday afternoon read, here’s a good briefer on how Newtown Creek acquired its legacy of poison. As a supplement, here’s a reflection on how we normalize oil sheens in our waterways.

Here they come! Greenpoint’s priciest condos! The building comes complete with its own regal-sounding condo tower name: The Gibraltar. Hopefully it will come to represent the “limit to the known world” of escalating real estate prices.

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The Horsemen of Gentrification Could at Least Bring Some Trash Cans with Them — The Hook-Up 11/6

Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)
Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)

Is “Greenpoint” becoming synonymous with “gentrification?” This week, Forbes spotlighted the decline of Polish businesses, and McSweeney’s did a McSweeney’s.

Curb Your Litter is tackling Greenpoint’s abysmal person-to-garbage-can ratio with a new interactive map that lets you recommend locations for trash bins. As a matter of fact, “person-to-garbage-can ratio” is also pretty good shorthand for life in New York City.

Protect your package, people. Greenpointers posted this video on our Facebook page earlier this week, but in case you missed it, here’s something that might make you think twice about buzzing in a stranger.

Jack and Joshua Guttman just filed an application to build a new hotel on West Street at the abandoned Greenpoint Terminal Market complex. Perhaps the proposed rooftop bar will be distress-signal-distance from the Wythe Hotel’s.

Another five-story rental going up on West and India hopes to offer a more “approachable, neighborhood feel” counterpart to the big towers going up around it.

Is it the dawn of a new era for the G? Old Faithful made it to this short list of “best trains to live near” in NYC, but I’m not sure how much that actually means coming from a source who says the L is “reliable” and that the Q moves “with astonishing speed.”

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