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Greenpoint’s Ultimate Pop-Up Sunday Shopping Guide

Four awesome markets are happening in Greenpoint this Sunday, December 11th, all within a four block radius! Here’s our guide on how to manage your retail therapy this weekend and get it all done in one fell swoop!

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Homecoming interior, via Facebook

1. Get prepped for a full day of shopping at Homecoming (107 Franklin St.) with a to-go coffee and Dough donut, while you find a brief moment of zen by breathing in the fresh air provided by all the plants and fresh cut flowers the coffeeshop sells alongside small bohemian gifts.


Poster design by Monica Griffin
Poster design by Monica Griffin

2. The first market you should check out is our Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market at The Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, 1–7pm), with beautifully crafted unique gifts from very talented local artisans and enjoy a day full of FREE fun activities, food, mojitos, mulled wine, and seasonal craft beer! Massages, photo booth, henna tattoos, bang trims, face painting, nail art and more!


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Bushwick Inlet’s Fascinating History

Sunset at Bushwick Inlet, photo: Jen G Pywell
Sunset at Bushwick Inlet, photo: Jen G Pywell

Bushwick Inlet, the truncated, morose, post-industrial body of water west of Kent Avenue at North 14th Street, hardly seems worthy of the huge controversy for a shoreline park, nor would it appear to have a rich history, but the body of water is both controversial and historic. Although park protests have generated a lot of headlines, few know its history.

There was not always a Bushwick Inlet. The inlet is a relatively recent creation. It was once Bushwick Creek, which was a far longer, deeper and prettier estuary whose headwaters covered much of what is today McCarren Park. A tidal creek, at high tide its waters covered a large area encompassing much of McCarren Park, forming a water boundary between Williamsburg and Greenpoint and beautiful miniature bays. Low tide, though, was a different story as the waters receded they left a stinky slime whose odors offended local noses for generations. Continue reading

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Your Ultimate 2016 Popup Holiday Market Shopping Guide

Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015
Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015

‘Tis the season for buying gifts! So, why not pick up some special treasures that are equally thoughtful and made by small businesses? With loads of sweet holiday markets right on this season’s radar (including ours!), there’s tons of party-ready and memorable treats for you and yours.

From the Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market (Sunday Dec. 11th!) to Bulletin at the William Vale and Catland, there’s something for everyone. Read on for shopping tips, gift guides, and the full schedule.

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Sunday Snaps – Vinyl Decisions

Here in Greenpoint, we’re pretty lucky to have some seriously great record shops around. For this Sunday Snaps, I decided to drop by four of my favorites and ask employees and owners what recent items had come in that they were especially excited about. The shops I visited included Record Grouch (986 Manhattan Ave.), Academy Records Annex (85 Oak St.), Captured Tracks (195 Calyer St.), and Co-op 87 Records (87 Guernsey St.) Here are some of the albums they showed me, complete with a few pictures of these excellent local record stores!

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“One side is live and the other side is the studio versions of all the same songs. I love the great Bauhaus-y cover; there’s rhythm, perspective, movement, a landscape. My favorite song on this album is called ‘Rubber Miro’.” – Ron at Academy Records Annex

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Sur-Real Estate, Home Invasion, Goldie’s — The Hook-Up 12/2

Rendering of proposed building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. - Kutnicki Bernstein Architects
Rendering of proposed building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. – Kutnicki Bernstein Architects

Developers are planning to build an 11 story mixed-use residential building at 13 Greenpoint Ave. overlooking Transmitter Park. The proposed building would have 77 apartments (23 affordable) and approximately 4,700 square feet of commercial space.

Notorious Brooklyn slumlords admitted to using abusive tactics to push out tenants from five North Brooklyn buildings, including 300 Nassau Ave. A plea deal was reached resulting in a $350,000 fine and no jail time.

An 85-year-old man played dead while he was robbed by three men who ran off with $36,000 from his Huron St. home. Continue reading

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Greenpointers Advice: How Do I Socialize with a Friend Who Doesn’t Drink?

Bullet Mouth is Greenpointers’ advice column, here to answer your questions on life’s many vexing issues, and share how hanging out in Greenpoint can help.

Cocktails at Esme: A Good Soldier (Becherovka, Bourbon, corn lemon, cinnamon) and A Los Suicidas (Mezcal, Pimms, Strawberry, Lime, Beet) . Photo: Rosie deBelgeonne
Cocktails at Esme. Photo: Rosie deBelgeonne

Dear Bullet Mouth: I just found out that a new friend doesn’t drink alcohol. That’s totally cool by me, but short of only hanging out with her during the day, how do I work her into my social life? I don’t invite her out to bars, right? What about get-togethers where there will be alcohol?

Answer: Though it’s hard to imagine living in a booze-laden metropolis—or even a one-saloon town—as a teetotaler, recent excesses have me contemplating the potential benefits of going off the sauce. Namely, “hair of the dog” would cease to be an integral part of my vocabulary, cash would start piling up and I’d probably lose ten pounds. I would also have to completely overhaul my social life and acquire some new hobbies. Continue reading

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Meeker Ave Toxic Plume Meeting Today: Ask Questions

Investigation area - Meeker Ave. Plume
Investigation area – Meeker Ave. Plume via DEC

Today is your chance to learn about the toxins lurking underneath the area surrounding our beloved McGolrick Park.

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding a public meeting to answer your questions about the Meeker Avenue Plume. State reps will be on hand to talk about the ongoing investigation at the site outlined in black on the map above.

The information session takes place today (Thursday, December 1st) at the Polish and Slavic Center located at 176 Java St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Daffodil Bulb Planting at Bushwick Inlet Park This Saturday!

Bayside Fuel Oil Depot - part of the future site of the expanded Bushwick Inlet Park. Photo: Megan Penmann
Bayside Fuel Oil Depot – part of the future site of the expanded Bushwick Inlet Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

Bushwick Inlet Park will finally be expanding to its full glory soon enough, now that the final plot of land was purchased by the city.

 

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This weekend, on Saturday December 3rd from 10am–1pm, you can help beautify the existing park land with flowers! With generous assistance from Partnerships for Parks (who will be providing bulbs and guidance), Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park together with the community will seed the continued park activation process by planting daffodil bulbs on park grounds. Folks will assemble at the BIP community building located on Kent Ave at N. 9th Street in Williamsburg. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please dress for the weather and encountering dirt.

Bushwick Inlet Park Bulb Planting | Saturday, Dec 3rd | 10am–1pm
Free registration here
Facebook event here

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Holiday Movies In North Brooklyn!

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They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year—but between self-embarrassment at work parties, getting the XS condoms at the white elephant gift exchange, forced family hangouts, and blowing your paycheck on gifts and flights, you might need a little help getting into the holiday spirit. Luckily, North Brooklyn has an abundance of seasonal flicks to bring you some of that Christmas cheer. And at most of these places, there will be booze. Listings after the jump! Continue reading

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How Much Greenpoint History Do You Know? Take This Quiz!

1851 view of Brooklyn Navy Yard looking north towards Greenpoint
1851 view of Brooklyn Navy Yard looking north towards Greenpoint

Our little neighborhood of Greenpoint has some very rich history, and we’ve posted about a lot of it. But how much do you really know about this small patch of earth you rest your head on? Take our quiz and find out! Answers after the jump (no peeking!).

1) Dirck Volckertszen was the first European to live in Greenpoint. Where was he from?

2) Greenpoint once was called by another name that today is a popular Manhattan Avenue Restaurant. What was the name of that point?

3) There were five ancestral families in Greenpoint that gave their names to streets. Name two of the three.

4) What local group of Native Americans used Greenpoint as their hunting ground and gave their name to a Queens neighborhood?

5) Who is considered the founder of Greenpoint?

6) What American Vice-President once visited Greenpoint on a romantic tryst?

7) What was Greenpoint’s first industry? (Hint: a local hill was named for it).

8) What part of Greeenpoint did the British Army use as a staging area to attack Manhattan during the Revolution?

9) What industry dominated the local waterfront in the 1850’s?

10) What famous ship was built in 1861 on Quay Street?

11) Charles Pratt became rich refining oil. What was his refinery called?

12) A Greenpoint baseball team won the national championship twice? What was the team called?

13) Local boxer Jake Kilrain lost the last bare knuckled heavyweight boxing championship in 1889 to what boxing legend?

14) What Greenpoint-born writer is credited with inventing the modern children’s book?

15) What Hollywood sex symbol was born on Herbert Street?

16) What nickname did Pete McGuinness give Greenpoint?

17) What iconic American statue was cast on India Street?

18) What Greenpointer lost the 1916 presidential election to Woodrow Wilson?

19) What local school is the oldest continually-used public school in New York City?

20) What was Oakland Street renamed?

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