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Greenpoint This Week: McCarren Park Gatherings, Marches, Volunteer Cleanups, Phase 2 and 3, and More!

Phase 2 started on Monday with outdoor dining at restaurants. (Photo via Lobster Joint)

Happy weekend Greenpointers!

A special Pride weekend edition of the McCarren Park gatherings will go down with a socially distant dance party hosted by Black Lives Matter Friday at 7 p.m., one month after the nightly gatherings started. A drag queen-led bike ride ahead of the dance party will begin at Maria Hernandez Park at 5:30 p.m. arriving in Greenpoint around 7 p.m..

There’s also public health stats to celebrate today. NY reported the U.S.’s lowest coronavirus infection rate on Friday, following five days of  NYC’s Phase 2 reopening. The city achieves Phase 3 status on July 6th when restaurants can return to indoor dining at up to 50% capacity. NYC Parks will also see the return of nets for the reopening of basketball, tennis and handball courts. Masks or face coverings and social distancing are still required to keep transmission of the virus low.

A number of community-led volunteer garbage cleanups will take place this weekend including a Transmitter Park cleanup Saturday at 10 a.m. and a McCarren Park cleanup Sunday at 12 p.m. All volunteers are welcome in helping out and are encouraged to wear face coverings and to bring a garbage bag and gloves (a volunteer cleanup ending at Greenpoint Landing collected 40 bags last weekend).

The kiddos will also have their time in the park this weekend. A Kid’s Peace Movement march is planned with a kickoff rally in McCarren Park Saturday at 11 a.m. Later on Saturday, the 7 p.m. gathering will honor recent graduates complete with “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Have a happy and safe Pride weekend and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Primary Elections Are Sort of Over, Beaches Will Definitely Open, and So Will More NYC Streets: Mid-Week Check In

St. Cecilia’s Church (84 Herbert St.) in Greenpoint on Tuesday during the elections.

We’re halfway through this week, which also happens to be an election week with the 2020 New York Democratic primaries.

Tuesday was the official day for in-person voting, and early voting was open through last Sunday thanks to recent election law reforms. Nearly 80,000 absentee ballots were mailed to NYC voters, which have yet to be tallied. Absentee votes will be counted over the course of the next few weeks, but preliminary vote counts show that Assemblyman Joe Lentol leads Emily Gallagher 57% to 42%, while Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney leads second time challenger Suraj Patel by a a thin margin of less than 700 votes.

New York City’s eight public beaches will be open for swimming beginning July 1st, Mayor de Blasio announced on Tuesday. Parks ambassadors will be on hand at city beaches to promote social distancing while distributing masks.

The city’s Open Streets initiative introduced another round of 23 miles of streets to be added to the vehicle-free list including Driggs Avenue from Monitor Street to Meeker Avenue. This brings the current citywide total to 67 miles of open streets, a goal to reach 100 miles was announced in April.

In another city announcement, alternate side parking and street sweeping on residential side streets will take place only once per week beginning June 29th.

For more news catch up on the headlines from the neighborhood this week so far: Continue reading

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Mid-Week Check In: Early Voting in Progress, 50 Kent Park Set to Open, Overflowing Trash Cans, and more!

One of the many overflowing garbage cans in McGolrick Park last weekend. (Via North Brooklyn Parks Alliance)

It’s Wednesday Greenpointers, and welcome to our mid-week check in where we share the news of the week so far, and provide a heads up on happenings around the neighborhood; remember to signup for the Greenpointers newsletter:

The week began with an announcement that 50 Kent at Bushwick Inlet Park will open on July 9th for four days per week, but the North Brooklyn Neighbors responded to the news  with a letter stating that the park’s opening should be sooner and with increased hours due to a shortage of park space in the area as summer approaches.

A much needed opening of a UPS Store at 106b Nassau Ave. also marked the start of the week, along with the permanent closure of CBD store Brooklyn Bliss (1048 Manhattan Ave.).

Early voting is officially open though June 21st for the June 23rd democratic primary elections; the final day to mail-in your absentee ballot is June 22nd.

North Brooklyn is currently deciding on important races between Assemblyman Joe Lentol and challenger Emily Gallagher, and the race between Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and the crowded field to unseat her that includes Lauren Ashcraft, Peter Harrison and Suraj Patel. Native Greenpointer Kristina Naplatarski is also running for District Leader.

Looking to have a recipe published while supporting social justice initiatives? Greenpoint bookstore Archestratus is accepting recipe submissions through Saturday June 20, for their first in an ongoing community cookbook series with “contributions from anywhere and everyone,” entitled “ARCHESTRATUS COMMUNITY: ‘Vol. 1 / FIRE WALK WITH US.” All proceeds will be donated to organizations supporting Black Live Matter.


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ARCHESTRATUS COMMUNITY: ‘Vol. 1 / FIRE WALK WITH US: Recipes from the Archestratus Community’ will be the first volume in an ongoing community cookbook series with contributions from anywhere and everyone. . . Historically, pamphlets were used as a weapon to inspire much needed political disorder. Let us use OUR pamphlets to create a new system, a new model for investment, and let it also serve as a public space where we take care of everyone. . . ALL REVENUE will always be donated to non-profits that support BLACK LIVES MATTER. This will not be a precious one-off; we will employ the pamphlet/zine model of quick and urgent production to make as much moneta and share as much info as possible! To invest in black lives is to invest in the transformation of our world! . Because the roof is falling, the first volume will explore the element of 🔥FIRE🔥 . . Fire is an active and transformational element. Ask yourself: What ACTIVATES you? What TRANSFORMS you? What are you filling yourself up with for the fight? What do you dream of filling yourself up with? As you hold fire, what is your sentiment? What are your emotions? What are your memories? What do you smell? Taste? We all have different ways of grasping and expressing our fire. There is never one way. . . (My fire tends to laugh and sing/howl, involves black ink pens and eggplant, it sets itself aflame joyfully because transformation is the only truth and the truth is such a relief.) . . This is the ONLY constraint for Vol.1 – that you ask yourself these questions. . . HOW TO SUBMIT: Take a breath, drink a water, crack a back, and submit as many recipes as you like to [email protected] and put ‘fire walk with us’ in the subject line. The ‘recipes’ can take any form the printed format can house. . . Submission deadline is June 20th . I implore you to share! A very gentle, loving reminder: Nothing is getting taken away from you when you share. love, ppp . . #blacklivesmatter #archestratuscommunity

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Word Books (126 Franklin St.) is also donating 10% of the sale of select authors’ books through June 21 to the social justice cause of their choice; read more about the Word Association initiative here.

The McCarren Park gatherings have continued for nearly 20 consecutive nights calling for police reforms in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. A gathering is planned once again for Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

A number of demonstrations are planned for the 155th anniversary of JuneTeenth on Friday, follow @JusticeForGeorgeNYC to stay up to date.

And finally, a friendly reminder from the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance to take trash with you when you see a full trash can in one of the area’s lovely parks.

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Greenpoint This Week: Community Board 1 Strikes Again, Police Reforms Abound, NYC Candidates Make Their Pitch, and More!

A new mural in Greenpoint depicting Breonna Taylor, who was a victim of a police shooting in her home in Louisville this year (Image via Greenpoint Glass)

Happy weekend Greenpointers! The McCarren Park gatherings for George Floyd continued every night this week as police reforms swept through Albany with the repeal of 50-a, among other measures meant to increase accountability.

Protests over the North Brooklyn Pipeline will also continue on Saturday morning starting at 11 a.m. as National Grid’s new natural gas infrastructure makes its way toward Greenpoint.

The official start of summer is just under two weeks away as New York cancels all overnight summer camps, but NYC pools might reopen just in time for the ensuing sweltering temperatures. In other summer fun, tickets are now available for Greenpoint’s new drive-in theater with screenings of “Raiders of The Lost Arc” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” scheduled for this weekend.

As statues depicting controversial historical figures fall across the U.S. and world, and streets are renamed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, NY politicians seek to rename the Confederate-named streets surrounding a Brooklyn military base; speaking of which, the Kosciuszko Foundation has an idea for Fort Bragg.

With the June 23rd elections fast approaching, and mail-in ballots in process, hear campaign pitches from Assemblyman Joe Lentol and challenger Emily Gallagher.

Stay safe out there this weekend 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: L Train Fixed, Streets Opened, Funerals Shutdown, Storefronts Vacated, and More!

Reading in public (at Domino Park) in time of coronavirus.

Happy weekend Greenpointers! It was just a a years ago when one of the greatest threats to North Brooklyn was the prospect of loosing access to the L train during repairs to the Canarsie tunnel. As of April 26th, the L train repairs have officially wrapped, although “additional project elements are on schedule to continue through fall 2020,” according to the MTA.

The weather will be beautiful this weekend as a pool-less and potentially beach-free summer is fast-approaching. On Friday, the city unveiled a preliminary plan introducing seven miles of streets that will be closed to traffic beginning next week with a focus on streets in and around parks.

Speaking of parks, remember to visit McCarren Park on Monday (5/4) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. to pickup a free face covering compliments of the city.

Looking for farm fresh produce on the regular this summer? The Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA is now accepting orders with the first distribution only a month away; subsidized plans are available.

Tired of your quarantine home-cooking? Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. will be serving New England style shrimp and lobsters rolls this Saturday and Sunday, as many local restaurants reopen with takeout-only menus for the first time since closing due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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

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Greenpoint This Week: Contained Fires, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Cafes Start Reopening, and More!

Local hero Mario Salerno (center) visited the North Brooklyn Angels after a $25,000 donation was made to the mobile soup kitchen in his name on The Ellen Show.

Happy Weekend Greenpointers! Start spreading the news (or, flyers will do), the Greenpoint Hunger Program launched a new pantry delivery service and coinciding website.

If you weren’t outside last Sunday, first-off, thank you for doing your part in social distancing, and secondly, you might have missed the Divine Sunday procession that blessed the wonderful homes of Greenpoint.

Speaking of goodwill, the Williamsburg landlord and veritable local legend Mario Salerno was a guest on The Ellen Show this week where a donation of $25,000 was made to the North Brooklyn Angels in his name.

In more good news, over 100 FDNY responded to a two-alarm fire at a Leonard St. apartment building on Wednesday morning containing the flames with no serious injuries reported.

A heads up that Lorimer Street between Meserole Avenue & Calyer Street will be closed to through traffic on Saturday and Sunday.

And finally, if you’re missing your favorite McGolrick Park farmer’s market goods due to quarantine, then you may be in luck with this new online ordering form with delivery available from select vendors. In the meantime catch-up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Local Businesses Burglarized, Mail Delivery Woes, Splendid Rainbows, and More!

A rainbow over Greenpoint earlier this week.

Happy weekend Greenpointers! In a welcomed break from the deluge of dreary news (and weather) a rainbow graced the sky over Greenpoint on Monday night.

A string of burglaries and break-ins at Greenpoint businesses since Tuesday is possibly connected and the NYPD is looking for a suspect captured on surveillance video.

As of 8 p.m. Friday night, all New Yorkers must now wear a face mask or covering such as a bandana while in public where social distancing isn’t possible to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Mayor de Blasio announced that city pools will not open this year as Governor Cuomo extends New York’s pause through May 15th.

For those seeking some ways to help right now, the Greenpoint Hunger Program seeks funding to support their the weekly soup kitchen and community dinner, and a separate crowdfunding campaign lead by Broadway Stages is rallying the local film industry to provide meals for health care workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Keep up the good work social distancing, and the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Sanitizer for Sanitation Workers, Grocery Store and Laundromat Reductions, Quarantine Portraits, and More!

One of the many ambulances seen and heard on Manhattan Avenue this week.

Happy weekend Greenpointers! We are approaching a month of quarantine and our efforts are showing early signs of progress as the number coronavirus patients in the ICU at NYC hospitals might be plateauing.

As of April 10th, Greenpoint (zipcode 11222) has 44% fewer confirmed coronavirus cases compared with the NYC average, and Williamsburg (zip codes 11211 and 11249) has a 2% more confirmed cases than average. Check out the ProPublica coronavirus map which uses real-time data from the city.

The city continues to enforce social distancing and closed dog parks this week while working to remove all remaining basketball hoops from public courts. Parks remain open for solo walks and exercise, but the McGolrick Park farmer’s market will not happen this Sunday.

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Greenpoint This Week: Williamsburg Rent Waived, ‘Essential’ Construction Map Revealed, Beloved Shop Owners Pass Away, and More!

A desolate Manhattan Avenue last Sunday morning

Happy weekend Greenpointers!

We are one week into the non-essential construction ban, and if you live near an active site then check out the Dept. of Buildings’ new map of “essential” construction, and remember to call 311 with any reports.

Governor Cuomo closed the playgrounds this week but parks remain open if you must go out to for solo exercise.

Greenpoint’s farmers markets are both open this weekend at McCarren Park (Saturday 8am to 2pm) and at McGolrick Park (Sunday from 10am to 4pm ), but remember to keep a six foot distance from others to maintain social distancing.

Following CDC recommendations, Mayor de Deblasio is now asking that everyone wear face masks when out in public. The precautionary measure helps to stop the spread of coronavirus by people who are asymptomatic.

“We’re advising New Yorkers to wear a face covering when you go outside and near others. It can be a scarf, a bandana or one you make at home. But PLEASE: save medical masks for our health care workers & first responders who truly need them,” de Basio said in a statement.

For all of the butter-milk fried chicken and beer fans out there, Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. is offering a takeout feast this weekend complete with house made mac and cheese and cole slaw; call ahead to place your order.

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

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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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