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No Overnight L Train Between Brooklyn and Manhattan 4/15 – 4/26

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There will be no L train service between Lorimer Street in Brooklyn and 8th Avenue in Manhattan 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m., from April 15th to April 26th, according to the MTA.

April 15 – April 26
10:30 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri

No L overnight

What’s the work? As part of the revised L project, we’re still moving forward with the long-term reliability improvement work we had originally planned. This includes installing signal equipment. For you this means that we’ll have the right signals ready to run the one-track operation in April. We’ll also take this time to prepare the tunnel for the rehabilitation work, delivering materials, pulling fiber optic cable and installing tunnel lights so we can work efficiently during the one track operation.

What should customers do? If you’re traveling between Brooklyn and Manhattan, you can take the A , F, or J. For Manhattan L stations, you can take the M14 bus. In Brooklyn, the L will still operate between Lorimer St and Canarsie-Rockaway Pkway. Free shuttle buses will loop between Lorimer St G/L, Bedford Av, Marcy Av J, and Hewes St J.

Here are the key transfer points to remember during this service change:

Broadway Junction for the A, J or L
Lorimer St/Metropolitan Av for the L, G or shuttle bus
Marcy Av for the J or shuttle bus
14 St-8 Av for the A, E or the M14
14 St -6 Av for the F or M14
Delancey-Essex Sts for the F, J or M14A
The G operates in two sections:

Between Court Square and Bedford/Nostrand Avs
Between Bedford/Nostrand Avs and Hoyt/Schermerhorn, every 20 minutes.

The next MTA L train open house is Monday, Apr 8th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the 14th Street Y, (344 E 14th St.).

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Developers to Sell Greenpoint Taverns’ Contents at Estate Sale

An estate sale at Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern (188 Bedford Ave.) this weekend is putting the historic Williamsburg bars’ furnishings up for grabs, Bedford and Bowery reports.

Rosemary’s with signs advertising the estate sale

The sale is from the developers Red Sky Capital who purchased Rosemary’s building and all of the treasures inside. The bar closed for good on February 28th after 64 years.

The sale takes place Saturday, March 30th, and Sunday, March 31st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days; a preview of the sale is up at All American Tag Sales. The photos suggest that it’s not just the bar contents that are for sale, but the apartment furnishings above the bar where Rosemary Bleyday herself lived for decades. Continue reading

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‘Affordable’ One-Bedroom Units Start at $2,320 per Month at 80 Ainslie Street

80 Ainslie St. rendering (via NYC Housing Connect)

The NYC Housing Connect has another “affordable” housing lottery open at 80 Ainslie St., where five units are up for grabs with an April 12th deadline to apply.

The four-story mixed-use building from developers Parkview Management has 16 apartments averaging 712 square-feet each with over 4,000 square-feet of commercial retail space on the ground floor. The development is just a short walk from the Metropolitan L/Lorimer G subway stations.

Two one-bedroom units are available for $2,320 per month for one to two occupants with an annual household income between $79,543 – $108,550 per year.

Three two-bedroom units are available for two to four occupants earning between $95,829 – $135,590 per year.

80 Ainslie St. in 2011 (via Google Maps)

The former one and two-story warehouse buildings at the site were razed to make way for the new mixed-used development.

The amenities at 80 Ainslie St. include a laundry room, bike storage, rooftop access, and an elevator.

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Vote for Participatory Budgeting Projects March 30th – April 7th

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Voting for Participatory Budgeting, the NYC program where residents vote on how to allocate $1.5 million in funding for projects conceived and pitched by locals, will take place between March 30th – April 7th. Here’s the list of District 33 poll sites.

There are two ballots to vote for three out of seven expense projects ($20,000 total) and five out of nine capital projects ($1.5 million total).

According to NYC Council Member Stephen Levin’s Participatory Budgeting website, expense and capital projects are as follows:  Continue reading

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Woman Randomly Assaulted at Pulaski Bridge by Man With Wooden Cane in Greenpoint

The Pulaski Bridge staircase at McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint (Google Maps)

A Greenpoint woman was allegedly attacked by a stranger resulting in her receiving 16 staples to her head after she walked down the Pulaski Bridge staircase onto McGuinness Boulevard at Box Street just over two weeks ago.

The Greenpoint-based artist who wishes to remain anonymous says that she exited the staircase after returning from Long Island City at approximately 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th, when the suspect appeared to walk past her and up the stairs to the Pulaski Bridge.

The attack allegedly occurred across the street from the Box House Hotel (Google Maps)

The suspect, described as a middle-aged man approximately 5′ 10″ tall and wearing a dark baggy hooded sweatshirt, struck the woman on her head from behind with a wooden walking cane multiple times across the street from the Box House Hotel (77 Box St.).

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Memories of a 90s Childhood in Williamsburg Recalled in Group Photo Exhibit

Before the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront ushered in dozens of luxury buildings with the 2005 rezoning, the yearning to create something out of nothing permeated the native youth in the 1990s recalls Dominic Bielak, who was born and raised with his identical twin brother Damian on Berry Street.

Dominic and Damian in McCarren Park in 1999

“Things felt neglected,” Dominic said recalling the days when he would explore the abandoned, decrepit industrial buildings near the Williamsburg waterfront.

A group photo exhibition, “I CAN BE PRETTY TOO” from the creative collective The Brooklyn Social Club, which includes the Bielak twins and photographer Terrence Miele, will showcase 90s-era photos from their forthcoming book on Friday, March 29, at the Sideshow Gallery (319 Bedford Ave.) at 7 p.m. The show will be displayed through March 31st.

 

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Williamsburg Waterfront. North 7th Street and Kent Avenue. 1991. Photograph by Ted Barron. When me and my brother were young this was our playground. In some ways it was dangerous and it other ways it was safe. It felt safe for us always maybe because we were small and Naive from the worlds dangers. No one bothered you here and no one owned it so you were able to get away with anything and everything. My dad used to come here and go fishing and drinking with his polish friends and sometimes catch a fish maybe to eat it or throw it back into the east river restoring its life. #Williamsburg #Brooklyn #Film #Photo #Photography #Pretty #Escape #Greenpoint #Williamsburgbridge #Home #Family #documentary

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The Local Purple Heart Recipient Memorialized With a Park

Sergeant William Dougherty Park (courtesy of DOT)

Recently there was a $ 12,000,000 renovation of Sergeant William Dougherty Park, which lies right by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway at the corner of Vandervoort Avenue and Anthony Street. Sergeant Dougherty died in one of the most horrific battles of World War II. He was one of almost 3,000 young Americans who died in the bloody battle. Tragically, the 22-year-old Sergeant Dougherty survived the worst fighting of the battle and died on July 10, 1944, the day after United States Navy Admiral Turner announced that Saipan was officially secured. Dougherty was posthumously awarded two of the highest honors a soldier can receive: The Bronze Star and The Purple Heart.

The Greenpoint park was named in his honor in 1948. Dougherty was born near the park on Hausman Street on November 9, 1921, and as a child, he played in the park. He graduated from high school and was a messenger boy for employment. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 126 pounds when he enlisted in the “ Fighting 69th” New York Irish Regiment that had won fame for its valor in the Civil War and in World War I, and was even the subject of a film made about the famous regiment’s exploits in the Great War. Dougherty enlisted in the National Guard Regiment before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Continue reading

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Tonight: Greenpoint YMCA’s Annual Campaign Kickoff

 

The Greenpoint YMCA (99 Meserole Ave.) will host its annual campaign kickoff event tonight (3/21) at 6 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center (176 Java St.). Donations can be made here.

The Greenpoint YMCA’s programming includes Early Childhood programsswim lessonspersonal training sessionskids’ classes, and afterschool programs; the schedule is available here.

In 2015, the Greenpoint YMCA expanded its early childhood center to include 5 classrooms (up from two) and doubled student capacity to 135 students from 65 students.

 

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Third-of-its-kind Industrial Development Gets Green Light

103 N. 13th St. rendering ( via CityLand; Albo Loberis/CPC)

Another Industrial Business Incentive Area for a seven-story office, retail, and light manufacturing development at 103 N 13th St. was approved by the City Planning Commission in February, making the greenlighted development the third-ever in NYC. Another IBIA will be needed for Acme Smoked Fishes’ redevelopment at 30 Gem St.

103 N . 13th St. (Google Maps)
The planned office and manufacturing building to (tentatively) open in 2021 at 12 Franklin St. (FXCOLLABORATIVE/BEZIER)

The other two unique IBIA developments, 25 Kent Ave. and 12 Franklin St., are also within the Greenpoint and Williamsburg Industrial Business Zone and gained approval for special permits to increase the legal floor to area ratio and to remove parking lot requirements. Continue reading

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Enid’s Final Two Weekends Take Shape

(Enid’s crew)

Enid’s (560 Manhattan Ave.), will close on March 31st, meaning you have less than two weeks to say goodbye in person. The neighborhood bar and restaurant originally opened in 1999 and is going out with a series of dance parties:

Friday 3/22One More Time Throwback Party

Saturday 3/23 – @grandpajeremy hip-hop dance party Continue reading

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