Unfortuantely for some, “Weed-o-rama” doesn’t refer to 420—Transmitter Park is holding the event this Saturday (8/18) for volunteers to help weed the gardens after recent rains have produced an excessive amount of pesky greens.
The wait is finally over. Starting at the end of this month, you can get Paulie Gee’s famous ‘za by the slice at his new Slice Shop on Franklin (110 Franklin Street). Paulie formally announced the August 29th opening on Instagram this weekend, to thousands of thrilled fans, with many offering to taste test before the official opening.
Despite the hoards of psyched-as-hell foodies, the pizza shop originally faced neighborhood opposition from Noble Street neighbors when the plans for the shop began a few years back. Almost 300 residents signed a petition in an attempt to prevent the shop getting a liquor license, out of concerns about late night crowds and excessive noise.
In fact, the MTA announced on Saturday, The L train will not run between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 15 weekends between now and April, when the agency plans to usher in L-pocalypse.
While North Brooklyn has been aware of, and preparing for, April’s planed 15-month suspension of service through the Canarsie Tunnel with a litany of enterprising, madcapsolutions, commuters were entirely unaware of the MTA’s pre-show closure countdown.
Now, purveyors of L-ternatives will have to fire up their tanks earlier than expected, because the first of the 15 weekend closures will take place this weekend (from 11:30pm Friday, August 10 – 5am Monday, August 13th).
The other 14 weekend closures will take place throughout October, November, February, March and April.
Local environmental organization Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) is currently hiring for a full-time Environmental Justice Program Manager. For one of their most well-known projects, NAG created an online interactive ToxiCity Map, to map out environmental conditions in the neighborhood for all to see. They also do a lot of community advocacy, soil testing and sustainability outreach. Continue reading →
A best friend is seeking a different kind of best friend; a dog owner in the neighborhood posted this Craigslist Missed Connection over the weekend:
Do people still do this? It’s worth a shot I guess! I was at the vet in Greenpoint this morning, tearing up about my pup, and you patted my shoulder telling me I made the right choice. Still thinking about how sweet and comforting that was. Would be interested in connecting should you happen to see this 🙂
There’s an “energy painting” class coming to Greenpoint next Saturday, and it “will allow you to connect with your heart and your soul.” The afternoon class at Awakening (605 Manhattan Ave) starts with a guided meditation to help you tap into your inner voice, and afterward will transition into freeform painting. It’s open to all levels, even if you’ve never painted before—so if you are looking to express yourself through art without judgement and put your brain into cruise control for a bit, this may be the class for you. “By listening to your inner voice paint what you hear/see, and release and unfold anything what will show up for you.” Artist Paulina Skorwider will host, and materials (canvas and acrylic paints) are included. Details below.
Yesterday we re-grammed a photo by Entertainment Tonight of mega popstar Justin Bieber and his fresh-faced fianceé Hailey Baldwin spotted at Greenpoint’s own Frankel’s Deli(631 Manhattan Avenue). The 200+ comments on the photo were interesting, to say the least. Apparently people have strong opinions about The Beebs haunting Greenpoint’s most well-known (not necessarily “best,” that’s up for debate) bagel shop, and about Frankel’s food. This Bieber sighting even has some folks starting to look for a new apartment—maybe that’s a bit rash, guys? But you do you.
Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct is hosting their annual Night Out next Tuesday August 7th, from 5pm-9pm. Meet n’ greet your local officers, check out police displays, rides and games for the kids, and there’ll be promise music and refreshments too. And, it’s all FREE and happening right in front of the station on Lorimer between Calyer and Meserole. See you there!
A new series of free environmental and sustainability focused films screening outdoors is returning to Franklin Street Community Garden (61 Franklin Street) next Thursday and Friday nights. The second in the film series, The Iron Triangle, a documentary depicting the slow and tragic demise of one of the city’s last great blighted areas, Willets Point, will screen on both nights, with doors at 8:30pm and the film beginning at 8:45pm. The screenings will be presented by filmmaker and urban theorist Prudence Katze. Continue reading →
The epic amateur cooking competition series The Takedowns started 15 years ago at Bar Matchless (RIP) with dozens of bowls of chili and a hundred hungry judges. Since then the competition has expanded to other cities, inspired cookbooks, helped launch food popups, grown chefs’ careers, and continues to hold strong in Greenpoint. Each event is themed around a different food (cookies, mac n’ cheese, lobster, meatballs, the list goes on), and at least a dozen amateur chefs—from your overly cool neighbor to your kooky grandma—compete and bring their tastiest food in that category for the crowd to feast on, and vote on. The winners take home pretty sweet and usually expensive kitchenware items, and folks leave with their bellies full and buzzing from all the fun.
This Sunday July 22nd from 2-4pm, the Ice Cream Takedown will be held at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue) and you can bank on a brain freeze. Tickets are $25 and that entitles you to a whole lot of ice cream and special tastes from “celebrity judges” from Ample Hills, Davey’s(74 Meserole Ave), Coolhaus and Tea-riffic. We’ll see you there!