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Town Hall With Senator Salazar and Assemblyman Lentol Set for Williamsburg (8/15)

A town hall hosted by state Senator Julia Salazar and Assemblyman Joe Lentol will take place in Williamsburg next week.

The “groundbreaking bills passed this year” and the “goals for next year’s legislative session”
will be the topics of discussion at the town hall happening Thursday, August 15, at Bushwick Inlet Park Community Room (86 Kent Ave.) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

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Restaurant Week on Grand Street Returns August 12th – 25th

Foodies in Williamsburg have another August event to look forward to this summer, as Grand Street is once again slashing prices with prix fixe menus at 16 different
restaurants.

With prices ranging from $12 to $35 for 3 course dinners, Restaurant Week breaks down costs of entry and offers the best opportunity to try something new in your neighborhood. That’s why we’ve provided this guide with insider tips for every participating business, so everyone can find a reason to try the spot that just opened, or one that has been there for 20 years that you’ve never had the chance to visit.

“We want everyone in the community to feel at home in all of our small businesses, and be able to enjoy the entire range of our vibrant culinary scene,” said Executive Director Erin Piscopink. “That means sharing why pupusas from Bahia Restaurant may be the best comfort food you’ve never had, or how Thompson Brooke’s original French toast doughnut is the perfect ending to a bargain $35 dinner. “

There is something unique and special to try everywhere from our oldest participant Los Primos, to our newest Mad for Chicken. Read the full guide and find out more about Restaurant Week on Grand Street at grandstreetrestaurantweek.com.

Once again, the BID is rewarding those who share their prix fixe experience with their friends with #DineonGrand in our social media contest. Diners can win $50 to a Grand Street BID restaurant of their choice if selected the winner!

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Carbon Monoxide Poisioning Suspected in Williamsburg Death

211  Jackson St. (via Google Maps)

A man died and four more people fell ill from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on Saturday in a vacant Williamsburg building, multiple news outlets report.

Five people were found unconscious inside 211 Jackson St., a property that is for sale, around 6 a.m. on Saturday. Continue reading

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National Sawdust Announces Fifth Season: “Take Root”

National Sawdust is a leading non-profit music venue dedicated to building new audiences for classical and new music

National Sawdust, the hot-on-the-rise performing arts institution in Williamsburg, announced its landmark fifth anniversary, “Take Root.” This season will be focused on celebrating the artistic process, from incubation to dissemination, while honoring the local and global artistic community that National Sawdust serves.

An artistic home for creatives and an incubator of vital new works, National Sawdust has practiced a devotion to representation of voices. In its fifth season, National Sawdust deepens its ties to its community and digs into its roots with the Artists-In-Residence program, which takes artists’ work from incubation to dissemination. This season’s class of residents are Lucy Dhegrae, Ash Koosha, Against The Grain Theatre, Kinds of Kings, Mwenso & The Shakes, and Sonic.

For its fifth season, National Sawdust is dedicating a week to each of its diverse National Sawdust Curators to better ensure that the organization’s curatorial model provides an invaluable platform for the artists selected and guided by the curators to advance their careers through performances on National Sawdust’s stage. This season’s curators are Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) and Ted Hearne.

“Take Root” also sees the public debut of National Sawdust’s partnership with Juilliard: the BluePrint Fellowship Program, a dual-track career, project mentoring, and commissioning course designed to leverage the extensive project development and presenting experience of the National Sawdust team and guest women and female-identifying mentors to help bridge the fellows’ training and bring their interdisciplinary projects to completion at National Sawdust. Guest composers for this first round, spearheaded by Prestini, include Prestini, Claire Chase, Reena Esmail, Nathalie Joachim, Alex Temple, and Laura Kaminsky. 

Also, National Sawdust continues to stretch the boundaries of creative possibility through the launch of a long-term sound partnership with legendary Berkeley company Meyer Sound. With the installation of Meyer Sound’s Constellation® acoustic system as well as its immersive component Spacemap®, National Sawdust builds upon its already stellar reputation as a place for bold experimentation and creativity. Spacemap’s sophisticated, multi-channel panning system provides artists an extraordinary amount of freedom to explore and play with three-dimensional spatial sound, while Constellation offers an almost unlimited palette of acoustic possibilities with the press of a button.

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Fashion Sundae Episode Two: Tank Tops on Parade

Welcome to the second edition of Fashion Sundae, a candid look at the styles spotted in the neighborhood last week. To follow along during the week head over to Watching New York.

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Greenpoint This Week: Bayside Tank Demolition, Lead in North Brooklyn Schools, Williamsburg Pier Opening, and More

The changing Williamsburg waterfront at the Domino Park development.

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! Luckily, the four-alarm fire on Monitor Street this week resulted in no life-threatening injuries, and thankfully, the abandoned van across from John Ericsson Middle School was finally towed.

If you’re looking for weekend activities, there’s time left to see the “Beyond the Streets” exhibit featuring 150 artists at 25 Kent. While you’re in the area you might want to checkout North Brooklyn’s latest waterfront opening, the North 5th Street Pier and Park and say farewell (for now?) to the iconic Wythe Diner.

For now, catch up on this week’s local headlines: Continue reading

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Wythe Diner Sign Removed, Mixed-Used Development Coming

Wythe Diner in 2011 (via Flickr)

A mixed-use development is slated for the site of the iconic former Wythe Diner (most recently Cafe De La Esquina) in Williamsburg, Brownstoner reports.

In a potential move signaling what’s to come, the Wythe Diner sign was removed on Thursday from atop the 50s-era building on Wythe Avenue and N 3rd Street in Williamsburg. Continue reading

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Greenpoint and Williamsburg Schools Tainted With Lead Paint

P.S. 110 classrooms were found to have lead-based paint in a newly released DOE study.

The NYC Dept. of Education released data on Wednesday on deteriorating lead-based paint in public schools and the results are not great for North Brooklyn. Over 900 NYC elementary classrooms, including 114 Brooklyn schools, tested positive for lead paint, with many tainted classrooms in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick, Chalkbeat first reported. 5,408 classrooms were tested as part of the inspection and it’s the first time DOE has released lead paint statistics.

The city’s classroom data (.XLS) release follows a June WNYC/Gothamist investigation of four schools that revealed “substantial levels of lead contamination from deteriorating paint inside four public elementary schools operated by the New York City Department of Education.”

A new online tool to report deteriorating paint in NYC schools was launched and on Friday, Mayor de Blasio vowed to have all lead-tainted classrooms remediated in time for the upcoming school year during his call-in on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show.

Two local schools, P.S. 17 (208 N. 5th St.) and P.S. 31 (75 Meserole Ave.) did not have deteriorating lead-based paint in the tested classrooms according to the city’s data. Continue reading

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Williamsburg’s North 5th Street Pier and Park Finally Open

Courtesy of NYC Open Data

The Williamsburg waterfront’s long fenced-off North 5th Street Pier and Park are now open to the public and the walkways feature plants, benches, and even AstroTurf.

 

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The piers, located to the South of the North Williamsburg Ferry stop, were under construction for several years as part of the development of the 40-story tower at 2 N 6th Pl, Brooklyn Paper reports Continue reading

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