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Greenpoint This Week: Restaurant Worker Relief Center Opens, Condo Construction Halts, Supermarkets Adjust to Social Distancing, and More!

The North Brooklyn Angels’ Angelmobile parked on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

Happy weekend Greenpointers! For many of us everyday feels like the weekend lately, especially for those who have recently lost their jobs.

There are a number of places to find free meals in the neighborhood during the week in this time of uncertainty.

Gertie (357 Grand St.) in Williamsburg is feeding recently laid off restaurant workers for free on Tuesday – Friday nights from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The restaurant worker “relief center” will offer takeout meals and care packages with hygiene products for those in need until further notice.

Every Monday from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. the North Brooklyn Angels’ Angelmobile is parked in front of St Anthony of Padua-St. Alphonsus church (862 Manhattan Ave.) where volunteers distribute freshly prepared meals for free; see the Angelmobile’s full schedule here.

And on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the Greenpoint Hunger Program hosts a free community dinner at the Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St.); a food pantry is open on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the same location.

The ensuing weekend and warmer temperatures may bring the urge for you to go outside. In order to reduce crowding in NYC parks the city will block off select streets Friday through Sunday and has removed 80 basketball hoops from courts throughout the city, including the basketball hoops at McCarren Park.

A glance at a new map released by Mayor de Blasio’s office on Friday showing confirmed coronavirus cases by neighborhood may inspire you to further stay indoors to practice social distancing.

To respond to this pandemic, Assemblymember Joe Lentol has formed a COVID-19 Task Force bringing together community groups, leaders and experts to address immediate needs and solutions; Lentol’s office can be reached at: [email protected]

Stay safe Greenpointers, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Coronavirus Closings, Comic Book Store Opening, Eviction Moratorium, and More!

Comic Book Station (188 Eckford St.) opened Wednesday, becoming Greenpoint’s only comic book store.

Well, it’s Friday Greenpointers, and what a week it has been as the Covid-19 virus has all but interrupted every aspect of life, including this week’s canceled Brooklyn Community Board 1 public meeting.

For neighbors in Greenpoint who are in need of help (picking up groceries for example) or can offer assistance in this time of public emergency, a shared document is being circulated to list your details (please note that it’s a publicly shared document).

Local businesses are likely to take a hit over the next few weeks as new directives have limited large gatherings to under 500 people and all venues such as music clubs and restaurants must operate at 50% capacity maximum. Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: New Stop Signs, Paulie Gee’s Turns 10, Yoga Studio and Barber Shop Openings, and More!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring –  view of Manhattan Avenue.

Happy Friday Greenpointers! This should be another spectacular early spring-like weekend and a great time to be out-and-about.

If you want to get involved with local politics this election season, Greenpoint native Kristina Naplatarski who is running for District Leader will hold a petitioning event at Konditori (687 Manhattan Ave.) on Saturday at 10 a.m. with volunteers to collect signatures in order to get on the ballot for the June election.

And if you want to support woman-owned businesses, on Sunday the co-working space The Wing (75 North 7th St), hosts an International Women’s Day Market & Open House starting at 2 p.m.

For more weekend events check out what’s happening and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Pipeline Protest, Phil Collins Day Returns, Historic District Development Denied, and More!

Saturday is officially Phil Collins Day!

Happy Phil Collins Day Greenpointers! For the first time since 2015, the “In The Air Tonight” singer will be celebrated in a revived local tradition (complete with live cover sing-alongs) at Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (1150 Manhattan Ave.) starting at 3 p.m. today.

But first, neighbors and environmental advocacy groups will rally this morning from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Moore Street to call on Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to halt the pipeline’s construction.

In other local news the monthly Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting was Tuesday (full video here) and a jam-packed agenda revealed that the proposed development in the Greenpoint Historic District at 171 Calyer St. was denied as were the proposed renovations to the McCarren Park House, although both projects could still move forward if changes are made to the respective designs that suit CB1. Other presentations from the CB1 meeting include plans for the Franklin Street protected bike lane and the proposed change of traffic on N 14th Street.

For fans and patrons of Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt St.) you have two more days to visit the restaurant and bar before it closes forever.

For more weekend fun checkout what’s happening and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Neighborhood Safety Coalition, West Street Truck Takeover, Park Deli Reopens, and More!

Trucks lined up on West Street from Huron to Noble St. this morning at around 4 a.m. idling in the protected bike lane, residents say.

Happy Friday Greenpointers! If you live near the West Street waterfront then you likely had an early morning with a greeting from the dozens of trucks parked in the West Street bike lane headed to Greenpoint Landing.

Also on Friday, Mayor de Blasio launched three anti-hate crime Neighborhood Safety Coalitions in Brooklyn to coordinate with the recently-formed Office of Prevention of Hate Crimes; one coalition is to be based in Williamsburg.

Next Monday, NYC Parks will present its design of the Motiva portion of Bushwick Inlet Park to the Parks & Waterfront Committee of Community Board 1 in a public meeting at 86 Kent Ave. from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Designs for Ericsson Playground and Ten Eyck Plaza will also be discussed.

If you need to unwind this weekend here’s what’s happening, and in the meantime catch up on this weeks’ headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: North Brooklyn Pipeline Debate, New Indoor Skate Park, City Sewage Plan, and More!

Manhattan Avenue shines bright (Image via John Gurion)

Happy Friday Greenpointers! It’s feeling frigid out there, but if you venture out of the apartment then you might want to visit the opening reception of the exhibition Weird Nature at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery (67 West St. #320) open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Over at the Greenpoint Gallery (90 McGuinness Blvd) tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight, two floors of gallery space will display local art for the gallery’s first salon show of the year, along with live music.

If you couldn’t make it to the monthly Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting last Tuesday where the local National Grid pipeline project was debated, video of the entire meeting is available here.

For more weekend fun here’s what’s happening, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: BQX Redux, Swastika Vandals, Franklin Street Bike Lane Redesign, and More!

A pizzeria is coming to 93 Norman Ave. where Carmine’s Pizza and most recently Norman Cafe were located.

Happy weekend Greenpointers! A photo exhibition featuring photos from 1990s era Williamsurg opens tonight at 383 Bushwick Ave. from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

On Saturday, a new Greenpoint-based art collective will host its debut show featuring the works of 12 members at Brooklyn Bliss (1048 Manhattan Ave.).

Looking ahead to next Tuesday, there’s the monthly Brooklyn Community Board 1 public meeting with a jam-packed agenda including a presentation from National Grid on a contentious local gas main construction project.

For more events check out what’s happening and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines:

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Greenpoint This Week: Post Office Audit Results, Manhattan Ave Rat Funeral, Ria Bella Closes, and More!

A sunny afternoon this week in Greenpoint commenced the New Year.

Happy New Year Greenpointers! Will 2020 mark a new start for local mail delivery?

The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General released audit results on Greenpoint and Williamsburg post offices initiated by Assemblyman Joe Lentol, finding lots of room for improvement.

Speaking of improvements, the DOT will close part of the Pulaski Bridge on Saturday for maintenance with no access for Brooklyn-bound traffic from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., and on Monday, the DOT will begin installing a new style of a protected bike lane on the south side of Grand Street.

A Solidarity March with NYC’s Jewish Community is taking place on Sunday morning in response to a sharp rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes, many of which have been perpetrated in North Brooklyn.

For other local news, catch-up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Fruit and Meat Markets Closing, Tasting Room Opens, Holiday Photo Booth Fun, and More!

A festive display on Milton Street.

Happy Holiday weekend Greenpointers! Look and listen for the “Evergreenpoint Carolers” tonight near the G train entrance at India Street starting at 7 p.m. and ending at The Springs (224 Franklin Street) at around 8:30 p.m.

If you missed this week’s meeting on the search for a site to build a new Greenpoint elementary school the entire meeting was streamed by Councilmember Stephen Levin.

For those of you who snapped a holiday photo at the Greenpointers Nutcracker Holiday Market check out the photo booth pics here.

Looking ahead to the weekend, on Saturday NYPD’s Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, along with Santa and superhero friends, will deliver presents in the neighborhood for their 4th Annual Sleigh Ride starting at 10 a.m.

For more weekend fun check out what’s happening and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Garden Employee Card Drive, Local/Global Art Gallery Opening, Trader Joes is Coming, and More!

New mixed-use towers are proposed for the Williamsburg waterfront at N 3rd – N. 5th Streets. Via 6sqft (James Corner Field Operations and BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, courtesy of Two Trees Management)

Happy Friday Greenpointers! The holiday events continue this weekend with the Greencycle Swap at the Leonard Library (81 Devoe St.) on Saturday, and breakfast with Santa at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy (12 Newel St.) on Sunday.

Also On Sunday, The Faurschou Foundation (148 Green St.) celebrates its grand opening with a free exhibit, “The Red Bean Grows in the South,” from noon – 7 p.m.

For fans/mourners of The Garden: A local woman helped launch a holiday card drive for former employees of The Garden supermarket which shutdown on Thanksgiving after 25 years, and reopened this Wednesday under new ownership as Downtown Market.

For more weekend activities and ideas check out What’s Happening, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines: Continue reading

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