Greenpoint YMCA

Rezoning, Renovating and Revving up for Election Day — The Hook-up (11/3)

A rendering for the Pfzier Rezoning Plan
A rendering for the Pfzier Rezoning Plan, via NewYorkYimby

Yesterday, when Joe Rickets, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade, who owned DNAinfo and Gothamist shut down those sites – putting 115 people out of work – following the reporters’ vote to unionize, we got another reminder of how easily a powerful individual can wantonly affect the lives of so many people according to his whims.

Powerful business interests have been flexing their muscles here in Greenpoint, too. Both the waterfront development firm Greenpoint Landing Associates, and the pharmaceutical conglomerate Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) scored some good press this week by making grants to the local community. Greenpoint Landing Associates donated $250,000 to the Greenpoint YMCA (99 Meserole Ave) to renovate the gym, fitness room and spin center. PhRMA pledged $2,000 to P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry Elementary to support the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.  Continue reading

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Bugs, Bulls Fans and Back to School — the Hook-up 9/8

Transmitter Park, a leafy oasis on Labor Day or any day. Photo by Lucie Levine
Transmitter Park, a leafy oasis on Labor Day or any day. Photo by Lucie Levine

Even though Labor Day began as a New York City tradition, lots of us like to get out of town over the holiday. If you were off soaking up the last days of summer outside of the lush tropical paradise that is North Brooklyn, catch up on local news here!

Those who stuck around Greenpoint this holiday weekend had the opportunity to sample some unusual eats during the first annual Brooklyn Bugs Festival, “NYC’s first festival dedicated to edible insects.”

Meanwhile, at Mingstar Liquor (598 Grand Street) they were in a decidedly less festive mood on Monday night when a man in a Chicago Bulls cap held up the store, and walked off with $1,500.

School doesn’t start until after Labor Day, but parents in Greenpoint were gearing up even before the weekend began. Last Thursday night, moms, dads and caregivers went full rock-concert and came out with folding chairs and tents, ready to stake out a spot in line to register their children for the Early Childhood program at the Greenpoint YMCA (99 Meserole Avenue).

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Poolin’ So Hard: From Free to Fancy, Where You Can Dive In This Summer

mccarren pool
Photo via NYC Parks Department

McCarren Park Pool | 776 Lorimer Street
Pro tips: Now open through Labor Day. Get ready to mix and mingle with your neighbors of all backgrounds and ages. The semi-recently restored pool is perfect to take a dip on the hottest days of the year. It’s FREE, but there are rules. You need to bring your own lock, a towel, wear all white (if you plan to don a t-shirt or coverup) and should leave your cellphone at home. We recommend getting an ice cream bar from a park vendor post-plunge (there are no food vendors inside the pool). See what we said last year for the full lowdown on how best to prepare yo’self.

Metropolitan Swimming Pool | Bedford & Metropolitan Ave.
Pro tips: Annual membership costs $150 for adults, and $25 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $25 for young adults (ages 18-24). Membership is free for under-18’s. There are designated community swim hours.

Greenpoint YMCA pool
Greenpoint YMCA pool, photo via their site

Greenpoint YMCA | 99 Meserole Ave.
Pro tips: $175 for a Summer Fun Pass for pool access from now through August 31st. The fun pass also includes access to the gym and sauna/steam rooms. Seems like a good deal. Note, you should bring a bathing cap to swim.

Brooklyn Athletic Club, photo via their site
Brooklyn Athletic Club, photo via their site

Brooklyn Athletic Club | 8 Berry Street
Pro tips: This gym has private training pools, which you can book 30-minute sessions in even if you’re not a member. A pool package of 10 sessions is available for $239.

McCarren Hotel & Pool_VIP Day Bed
McCarren Hotel & Pool, photo via McCarren Hotel

The McCarren Hotel | 160 N 12th Street
Pro tips: Leave your screaming mini-me’s at home: children are not allowed at the McCarren Hotel’s ground floor pool (unless you are a guest of the hotel). If you don’t book a room at the hotel, the lowest price access is $55 for an individual day pass (weekday per person price is $55; weekend is $65), up to $200 per person for VIP service for a group of 10 (weekend group price is $2000 for group of 10; weekday group price is $1750). FYI: “No topless tanning,” and you can only book up to 48 hours in advance, unless you’re booking a Day Bed ($150 per person weekday; $175 per person weekend; slightly cheaper if you book a daybed for 2) or package, in which case you have 2 weeks advance to book.

Pool @ The William Vale | 111 N 12th St
Pro tips: Book a room (currently listed at $259) for a staycation and unrestricted access to the pool, or book a day pass. Day passes include reserved seating in a pergola, daybed or cabana, but will run you at minimum $67 per person (weekday, with 6 people), up to $90 (weekend, with 2 people). The Vale pool is a “60-foot outdoor pool with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Snacks, light fare, and cocktails are served poolside under the direction of award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini.”

Honorable Mention—Playgrounds with kid-friendly water features:
McCarren Park (Manhattan between Driggs & Engert), McGolrick Park (Nassau & Russell), American Playground (Franklin between Milton & Noble), Greenpoint Playground (Franklin between Commercial & Dupont), Transmitter Park (Greenpoint Ave @ the water), Cooper Park (Maspeth & Morgan),  Jamie Campiz Playground (Marcy & Metropolitan)

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Push It Real Good: North Brooklyn Gym Roundup

While we all like the idea of hibernating in the winter, the beginning of Spring is just the inspiration we need to renew our commitment to fitness. But finding the right gym can be harder than it seems. Some of the more expensive gyms have state-of-the-art facilities, programs, and benefits that make them well worth the extra dough. If you want to keep it simple, though, a basic single-location membership at your nearest gym might do the trick. So how do you choose? We’ve compiled a list of local gyms so you can compare your neighborhood options at a glance.

Crunch Fitness: GreenpointCrunch Fitness
825 Manhattan Avenue
(718) 732-8222
Open 5am to 11pm M–F; 7am to 9pm weekends
Pricing: $9.95/month for Base membership; $19.95/month for Peak membership; $24.95/month for VIP membership
One-day trial pass
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Crunch is one of the most affordable gyms in the area, even with its VIP option, which includes benefits such as Hydromassage and tanning on top of all Peak perks. Choose the Peak membership option if you want access to any location, the ability to take group fitness classes, and extras such as a T-shirt and access to online streaming workout videos. The Base option is best if you want to keep things simple and stick with the equipment at the Greenpoint location. If you’re looking for more individualized fitness attention, you can always add personal training to any membership option. Continue reading

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A/D/O Takes Shape, Heartbreak in Milk and Roses — The Hook-Up 12/09

A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.)
A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) – nARCHITECTS

Step inside the futuristic, BMW-0wned co-working space A/D/O that is slated to open in Jan. 2017. The 23,000 square-foot facility will have a Scandinavian-style restaurant, retail space and a public seating area; a membership will cost you $600/month.

The Bowery Presents newest venue is Brooklyn Steel, a 1,800 person capacity general admission concert venue near the intersection of Frost St, and Debevoise Ave., is set to open early next year with performances by the Pixies and PJ Harvey, amongst others.

NYC-based band Loose Buttons released “Milk & Roses,”a song inspired by lead singer Eric Nizgretsky’s breakup following a meal at the Manhattan Ave. restaurant. Continue reading

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Snowflake Making Party, Cambodian Noodle Pop-Up, Los Sures Screening, Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (12/7–12/13)

Greenpointers Market

Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market! Summer lovin’ meets Winter cheer this Sun (12/11, 1-7PM) in the beautiful Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl) 60+ local makers of unique crafts and food, drinks like mojitos, mulled wine, and craft beer plus a number of FREE fun activities including massages, henna tattoos, face painting, personalized stories, nail art, tropical photo booth by the talented Colleen Blackard! RSVP

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

warperparty_tendertrapWEDNESDAY 12/7

♦  Snowflake Making Party @ Enid’s (560 Manhattan Ave) 6pm, FREE, Begin to mentally prepare yourself for the Holy Shitstorm that is the holiday season at Enid’s annual snowflake cutting party. Paper and scissors provided, bring the snow-spiration, More info
* Greenpoint YMCA “Spirit of Community” Service Awards Dinner and Fundraiser @ Giando on the Water (412 Kent Ave) 6:30pm, $200, It’s Greenpoint YMCA’s 110th Birthday! Celebrate by making a donation to their auction, being a sponsor or attending their event. The goal is to raise $175,000, Buy tix
♫  Warper Party @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, NYC’s largest showcase of live electronic art & music. Two rooms of Omnidigital Art an Music, RSVP Continue reading

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Lose A Pants Size, Gain A Friend At Punk Rope

Spring is nearly here!  The birds are chirping, the days are longer, the (supposedly, for those with yards) crocuses are earnestly poking their heads topside.  Finally, after months of darkness and wind chill factors, its time to pack away those Michelin Man coats and bust out the gauzy sundresses and seersucker suits of yore.

But wait!  While the (alleged) crocus bulbs have been gently napping under the frozen ground, your metabolism has been as well, swaddled in Netflix Instant and sixers from the bodega.  Last August’s loose summer clothes now feel like all those sausage casings from the Crif Dog habit you picked up over the winter.  As you suddenly regret that ordering that pizza, you know it’s time to hit the gym again.

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