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Comment Period On Nuhart Plastics Cleanup Ends Soon

 

Nuhart Plastics site
Nuhart Plastics Superfund site

The Nov. 19 deadline to submit your comments to the Dept. of Environmental Conservation on the proposed cleanup plan (PDF) for the Nuhart Plastics Superfund site is approaching.

If you prefer to lament, or compliment, the cleanup plan in the company of your neighbors, then you’re in luck: North Brooklyn Neighbors and NYC Council Member Stephen Levin are hosting a comment-athon this Wed. Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Threes Brewing (113 Franklin St.). Continue reading

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Check out the Pop-Up “Park” on the Pulaski Bridge!

Pop-up park on the Pulaski Bridge! (via Lucy Levine)

With some turf and a table, the Pulaski Bridge pedestrian lane just got a little greener. A small “park” installation has been slotted into the span’s scenic-overlook which offers unobstructed views of Newtown Creek. Continue reading

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The Surprising Artistic History of Green Street

Appearances can be deceiving, especially on Green Street. It is hard to imagine that this stereotypical Greenpoint street, with its many wood frame houses and former factories ever contributed to American art, but art created on Green Street is on display in some of the major American museums.

Green Street and Manhattan Avenue circa 1929

At the East end of Greenpoint, 275 Green St. was home to the Roman Bronze Works until it was destroyed by fire in the 1920’s. The founder of the works created America’s only art foundry that employed the lost wax technique, and many of America’s most iconic bronze sculptures were cast there.

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Dreamy Music Video Highlights Greenpoint From Above

In the newly released music video for Pink Slater’s “DREAMCATCHER,” director Johnny Cirillo uses Greenpoint as a backdrop to dramatically showcase the neighborhood’s contrasting textures with sweeping drone footage.

Pink Slater’s debut album HOMEGIRL is a new music project from Greenpoint-based musician Tim Poovey, formerly of NIGHTDOGS. Continue reading

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Park Church Co-Op Hosts Autumnal Harvest Dinner

Join your neighbors at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) for a locally sourced feast on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.

Tickets for the Park to Table Community Harvest Dinner are available now and cost $35 for adults and $5 for children; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Brooklyn Defenders.

Image courtesy of The Park Church Co-op

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‘Stinky’ Limo Towed, No Longer on the Lam

A decrepit white limousine featuring plastic covered windows and loaves of bread overflowing from the trunk may have alerted your senses on and around Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint this week.

You can breathe easy, the limo was towed from the neighborhood on Wednesday following a series of complaints to 311 and the 94th Precinct according to CBS2.

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How to Submit Your Comments on Toxic Cleanup of NuHart Plastics

A two-month public comment period is now open for you to submit feedback on the proposed cleanup of the NuHart Plastics Superfund site, where two large plumes of phthalates and trichloroethylene (amongst a cauldron of other toxins) remain in the soil and groundwater at 280 Franklin Street from vinyl plastics manufatcuring dating back to the mid-20th century.

You can access and download the full report (PDF) from the Dept. of Environmental Conservation remediation database.

The lots that compose the NuHart Plastics building at Dupont, Franklin and Clay Streets.

The operators of NuHart Plastics vacated the site in 2004 leaving behind toxins in 12 leaky underground storage tanks and two aboveground silos. Over the years the gooey liquid phthalates mixed with groundwater and migrated toward the Greenpoint Playground and the adjacent lot where a potential school is planned, conveniently stopping at the playground’s edge on Franklin St.

The phthalates plume located at the NuHart Plastics site.

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Food News: Franklin Street’s New Lebanese Cafe, Annicka Temporarily Closes, Greenpoint Supperclubs + More

Cafe Alula, via Instagram
Cafe Alula, via Instagram

You may have noticed a new cafe quietly setting up shop on the more peaceful end of Franklin Street—Cafe Alula (252 Franklin St) next to totes adorbs plant shop Tend Greenpoint is now open, serving up Lebanese-inspired sandwiches, salads and cafe fare. They’re currently open 7am till 7pm every day. Continue reading

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Greenpointers is Hiring! Part-Time Managing Editor Wanted!

We're Hiring

Part-Time Managing Editor Wanted

Are you a writer who can edit and manage content? Are you creative, self-motivated, Greenpoint-obsessed, extremely organized and detailed-oriented? Do you want to contribute to the community and support local in a positive way?

We are looking for someone who has experience in news reporting, is tapped into local culture (art/food/music), is up-to-date on environmental issues, local crime, safety issues, local politics, and is interested in being an active part of the North Brooklyn community and can also:

  • Write well researched, informative and fun articles (on the fly)
  • Edit posts
  • Manage a team of talented editors and contributors
  • Oversee the day-to-day upkeep of Greenpointers content on WordPress (scheduling/editing) and social channels
  • Come up with unique ideas for new content and assign stories
  • Familiarity with social media best practices

Hourly rate, 15-20 hours a week, semi-flexible schedule with possibility to grow into full time. Office location is in the beautiful PencilWorks (top floor of the Pencil Factory at 61 Greenpoint Ave).

Photography skills, design sense, familiarity with various forms of media (podcasts, videos), enthusiastic about learning, experience with event production, fearless about exploring new ideas are pluses.

At a time when local news is diminishing at an alarming rate, we are determined more than ever to keep serving the community and need someone to help us step up our content game!

If this is you, apply here.

Questions? Email Julia at [email protected] and Megan at [email protected]

More about us: Greenpointers began as a neighborhood blog in 2007 and has since grown into hyperlocal resource for all things North Brooklyn. We aim to support the community and small businesses that make our neighborhood awesome through fun and informative content and events like our seasonal markets and Greenpoint Open Studios. We’re a small grassroots team dedicated to keeping our neighbors informed on what’s happening locally. Continue reading

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For The Kids: The Last Summer Sunday in McGolrick is This Sunday! (9/9)

Summer Sunday in McGolrick Park. Photo via Open Space Alliance
Summer Sunday in McGolrick Park. Photo via Open Space Alliance

The last FREE family-centric Summer Sunday of the season is happening this Sunday (Sept 9th) at McGolrick Park, from 11am-1pm. The kid friendly event will feature Rock’n’LoLo and her Spanish singalong and Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford St) hosting arts and crafts. All are welcome!

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