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Notes from Wednesday’s Community Development Meeting

Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran
Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran

On Wednesday, Greenpoint residents came together at the Polish and Slavic Center (176 Java Street) for a community development meeting organized by Councilman Stephen Levin. The meeting promised information about how new construction along the waterfront, will impact Greenpoint.

Representatives from Greenpoint Landing, The Greenpoint (21 India Street) and Heritage Equity Partners (25 Kent) presented the most recent developments regarding their on-gong construction projects, and took questions from community members. Then community organizations took the floor to discuss their recent work. Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Curb Your Litter, and Evergreen all turned out to detail their ongoing efforts on behalf of Greenpoint. Here are notes from the 2 hour meeting:

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Big N Tall: Greenpoint’s Future Skyline Grows Up

Greenpoint's future skyline (via CityRealty)
Greenpoint’s future skyline, facing Manhattan (via CityRealty)

Another skyscraper is rising along the Greenpoint waterfront, slated for completion in 2018. The area is quickly being transformed into a cordon of gleaming skyscrapers. Some people have jokingly started calling our area “Dubai” in reference to North Brooklyn’s huge skyscrapers.

Developer Andru Coren’s application to build a 12 story 60-unit residential tower at 29 Clay Street was approved by the city. The building will contain 48,000 square feet and an underground garage for parking. The tower will have a single apartment on the first floor, seven on the second and eight each on the third and fourth floors. There will be five apartments each of the second through tenth floors with two on the 11th and a single penthouse apartment on the 12th floor. Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know As Development Prepares to Go Full-Throttle in Greenpoint

A rendering of a high-rise coming to Greenpoint Landing (via Brookfield Property Partners and Park Tower Group)
A rendering of a high-rise coming to Greenpoint Landing (via Brookfield Property Partners and Park Tower Group)

If the trucks, dust, and noise of recent months haven’t been self-evident enough, the Northwest corner of Greenpoint is now bracing itself for more of the above.

In a meeting held Tuesday between developers, city officials, and community representatives, Council Member Stephen Levin attested to the notion that we’re more or less exiting the warmup phase of the current development cycle and heading for the main event.

“The reality is that the pace of development has sped up over the last six months to a year,” he said. “Even since we first start meeting, the pace of development has really accelerated. That’s because the economy’s doing well, banks are lending, developers are getting in the ground, and things are moving.”

Organized by Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), the meeting gave residents an opportunity to ask some tough questions and hear a slightly more unscripted perspective from developers.

Hot topics included Greenpoint Landing, the West Street project (what’s the deal with all those missing trees?), environmental remediation at NuHart, and the not-so-promising future of Greenpoint’s parking situation. The aftermath of the infamous Halloween rave also received some airtime (for those curious, fines will be levied, but the amount is still undetermined).

nuhartThat construction is inevitable (and that it’s inevitably a nuisance) is hardly breaking news, but it seems as though residents still have a window of opportunity to air their concerns and perhaps influence the direction some of this taking. The public comment period for the Nuhart State Superfund remediation, for example, is still coming up.

In the meantime, here are a few of the latest updates from the land of jackhammers drilling into toxic soil. Continue reading

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Local Hot Sauce Company Feels the Bern, Plus Night Bazaar Moves — The Hook-Up 3/11

Tango Chile Sauce founders Dan Frieber and Chris Tart . Photo via Community News Group / Allegra Hobbs
Tango Chile Sauce founders Dan Frieber and Chris Tart. Photo via Community News Group / Allegra Hobbs
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is hoping to move back to familiar stomping grounds after its brief respite at the beach last summer. The owner is currently looking to secure a liquor license at 144 Greenpoint Ave, otherwise known as the shiny black catering hall of former Polonaise Terrace fame.
 
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is making a strong showing at the Greenpoint Film Festival next Thursday. A series of the group’s protest films will air at the Wythe Hotel on March 17 at 8 p.m.
 
It’s not just humans that are about to get priced out of the neighborhood. The feral cat colonies near the Greenpoint Landing site are also looking at a very likely displacement in the near future.
 
A Greenpoint hot sauce company is taking Ben & Jerry’s lead with the creation of a Bernie Sanders-themed food product. As far as hot sauce royalties go, 10% of their profits will go toward the Sanders campaign.
 
Another slashing? This time a cabbie was cut in the forehead during a mugging that took place on North 5th and Wythe last Thursday. According to ABC, there’s been a 22.1% increase in slashings and stabbings in 2016 so far.
 
If you’re struggling to keep up with the wave of construction that’s washing over Greenpoint, here’s a handy, comprehensive guide.
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Hot Sauce, Hot Rents & Hot Accolades — The Hook-Up 1/8

Greenpointer and holder of many other titles Rev. Ann Kansfield. Photo: Kirsten Luce via The New York Times
Greenpointer and holder of many other titles Rev. Ann Kansfield. Photo: Kirsten Luce via The New York Times

Two Greenpoint Landing buildings have reached a construction milestone — a vertical one. Both 33 Eagle and 21 Commercial Street have topped out.

Greenpoint is on the map for hot sauce in New York City. Though the resident expert at The Heatonist cautioned that there’s “no face-melting sauce coming out of New York City right now,” Paulie Gees favorite Mike’s Hot Honey represents some of the best of the Big Apple’s Big Pepper Ambitions.

Making locals proud is Rev. Ann Kansfield, the Fire Department’s first lesbian chaplain, who made the New York Times’ short list of New Yorkers of the Year.

At PS34, legos are serious business. The school even appointed a Lego Program Coordinator to help steward our next generation of little engineers.

Williamsburg: it’s hot. It’s a global brand. It’s getting “a new wave of huge luxury hotels…to cater to the influx of gawking globetrotters.”

“Eight hundred dollars for a room; it’s outrageous,” says this New York Times expose on renting in Greenpoint, which is, incredibly, written in 2015.

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The Clapboard Menace, the St. Nick Scourge, & More of the Same — The Hook-Up 12/11

The G Train lives. Photo by Craig Ward.
The G Train lives. Photo by Craig Ward.

The clapboard menace has ruffled enough feathers to generate a “no-film zone” proposal, but some are sensing a recurring plot line.

This year, many locals have been wishing for a Greenway Christmas, but the proposed bike path is nowhere to be seen.

Applications are now being taken for affordable units at 21 Commercial Street, one of the three affordable buildings within the imminent Greenpoint Landing complex. Studios start at $494/mo for applicants making less than $18,309 per year.

On the complete opposite end of that spectrum, here’s what a $1.2 million apartment looks like in our dear heartland.

If the MTA is a petri dish, the G Train is an itty bitty hot bed of salmonella.

Just because we’re up shit creek without a paddle doesn’t mean our waterways don’t have basic rights. Riverkeeper is the one to thank for keeping an eye on Newtown Creek.

A 40-year-old man is being treated at Bellevue after the G Train clipped him in the head early on Tuesday morning. He was reportedly leaning too far over the edge when the train pulled into the station.

The neighbors are already on high alert concerning the jolly St. Nick scourge overtaking the city tomorrow. Here’s some thoughts on why the Santa Conmen aren’t welcome in our twee little neck of the woods, as well as a guide to local Santa-free zones.

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Meet Greenpoint’s Drug Lords, Then Look Wistfully At the Changing Waterfront — The Hook-Up 10/30

Now that you mention it, this certainly appears to be a drug front. Photo: New York Post
Now that you mention it, this certainly appears to be a drug front. Photo: New York Post

Greenpoint might not need a Breaking Bad cafe after all. Turns out a local mom-and-pop pharmacy was host to “one of the biggest illegal prescription pill rings in New York history.”

Ready, set, development roundup. A new building is in the works for Kent and West, and “the design is…something.” Meanwhile, a Canadian firm just bought into Greenpoint Landing, with construction on two tall towers expected to begin in the first half of next year.

David Simon’s HBO pilot, The Deuce, was filming at The Capri Social Club last week. Get your 70s porn ‘stache ready in case they return. Continue reading

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GPL cuts down 75 yr old trees. Parks Dept scoops up $414,000 in Restitution Fees

Old London Plane Trees hang over GPL Property Photo Credit: Darren Lipman
Old London Plane Trees hang over GPL Property
Photo Credit: Darren Lipman

In recent weeks, some of you may have spotted the mutilation of 5 trees bordering the northern edge of Barge Park. These trees, identified as 75 yr old London Plane Trees, have been around longer than most of us and recently met their untimely death at the hands of our new neighbor Greenpoint Landing, and the Parks Department.

How they were chopped down and how much money Greenpoint will be getting out of the deal is rather murky indeed.

Let’s just say, in NYC money really does grow on trees. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Landing Throws a Party & Doesn’t Invite the Community

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What does gourmet ice cream and shovels have in common? Nothing really. But throw in some sand and a couple of key photo-ops with politicians and you’d be at a party thrown by none other than our new neighbor, Greenpoint Landing.

For those of you unfamiliar with the mega development Greenpoint Landing and how our former Borough President and current City Councilman Steve Levin sold Greenpoint up a polluted river two years ago for a towering gilded waterfront cage, I suggest you read here, here and here for more details.

For the rest of us who cringe each time another pile is driven into the ground for what will eventually be a long string of 40 story towers, then I beg you to read on and seethe in disgust as Greenpoint Landing held a “Ground Breaking Ceremony” complete with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream trucks and yet failed to invite the community. Continue reading

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UPDATE: Superfund Nuhart Plastics. Seriously, you REALLY need to read this!

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Since last Thursday’s meeting, many of you have written me personally expressing concerns about Nuhart’s status and what it means for the hood when a Superfund cleans up its act and turns into an “affordable luxury condo building”.  Sadly, what is happening at Nuhart is not an April Fool’s joke.

Well, I have good and bad news to report about our darling little Superfund.  I suggest we bust out our hazmat suits and get suited up. I’m going to take us into the trenches and talk about toxic plumes.

Yes, you read that correctly. There are TWO plumes at Nuhart, not one.

Got your suit zipped and your mask on tight? Alright Greenpointers, let’s get dirty and talk toxins. Continue reading

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