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Greenpoint This Week: North Brooklyn Pipeline Debate, New Indoor Skate Park, City Sewage Plan, and More!

Manhattan Avenue shines bright (Image via John Gurion)

Happy Friday Greenpointers! It’s feeling frigid out there, but if you venture out of the apartment then you might want to visit the opening reception of the exhibition Weird Nature at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery (67 West St. #320) open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Over at the Greenpoint Gallery (90 McGuinness Blvd) tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight, two floors of gallery space will display local art for the gallery’s first salon show of the year, along with live music.

If you couldn’t make it to the monthly Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting last Tuesday where the local National Grid pipeline project was debated, video of the entire meeting is available here.

For more weekend fun here’s what’s happening, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines: Continue reading

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Help Form The North Brooklyn Parks Alliance Community Committee (1/29)

(Courtesy of the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance)

The North Brooklyn Parks Alliance and NYC Parks will host a meeting later this month for neighbors to explore the idea of forming an advisory committee and further the goal of improving open space in North Brooklyn.

NPBA formed in 2003 to “activate, enhance, and expand parks and public spaces” and has since organized a number of stewardship groups at local parks such as Transmitter Park, Java Street Community Gardens and American Playground.

An advisory committee, or community committee, would ideally help brainstorm in an “open forum and independent entity that acts as a platform for information sharing, networking, and – in accordance with our by-laws – provides feedback on our funding priorities for the year,” according to NBPA.

The meeting will take place on January 29th, at 86 Kent Ave. from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m: Continue reading

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Sewage Overflow Public Meeting to Present City’s Proposed Plans (1/29)

(Image courtesy of Newtown Creek Alliance)

An upcoming public meeting will explain proposed changes to the Citywide & East River/Open Waters Long Term Control Plan by the Department of Environmental Protection, a plan local environmental groups are questioning.

A public meeting is scheduled by the DEP for January 29th, at the CUNY School of Law (2 Court-Square West Auditorium) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Last year, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed water quality standard changes were also opposed by local environmental groups. A public notice was issued by DEC last October with a proposal to remove “primary contact use” language for Class I waters  in NY, which are meant to “support aquatic life and recreation, and shall be suitable for primary and secondary contact recreation.” Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Standard Closes Temporarily Due to Basement Flood

Brooklyn Standard (188 Nassau Ave.) (Image courtesy of Ralphy Perez)

Brooklyn Standard (188 Nassau Ave.) was forced to close today following a basement flood and a visit from the Department of Health.

The good news is that the neighborhood cafe plans to reopen later today at 4:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Artist Submissions Sought For Bushwick Inlet Park Gallery Space

The building at Bushwick Inlet Park will display local art in a gallery portion (Image courtesy of NYC Parks)

NYC Parks is seeking artists to submit their works for consideration to be displayed in a gallery near the East River State Park in Williamsburg.

Artists can submit “works for inclusion in the gallery space at Bushwick Inlet Park that draws on their experiences in NYC Parks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, on the rich culture of activism and sustainability surrounding parkland in these neighborhoods,” according to the NYC Parks statement.  Continue reading

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CB1 Land Use Meeting, Disgorgeous, Making Images Move, Stereopanorama — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/15-1/21)

WEDNESDAY 1/15

* CB1 Land Use Committee Meeting @ Swinging 60’S Senior Citizens Center (211 Ainslie St), 6:30 pm, FREE, Two Trees will present their plan for the buildings and park at Metropolitan Avenue on the East River to the CB1 Land Use committee, More Info
*♫ The Method: Artist Development Workshop @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 630pm, FREE, bring your assets (music, video, social media) and walk you through ways you can take your career to the next level, followed by a Q&A, More Info
♫ Wale @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St) 8pm, $30, Buy Tix
^ At The Ink Well Reading Series @ WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin St), 7pm, FREE – $20, More Info

THURSDAY 1/16

# Re-Setting the Table: The Future of Chinese Food and Drink in America @ MOFAD Lab (62 Bayard St) 7pm, $25, explore the traditional role of food and alcohol in Chinese culture, and how social and historical circumstances have shaped the way diners encountered it, Buy Tix
☺ Everyone’s A Critic @ Cantina Royal (58 N 3rd St), 730pm, $10, an improv show based on Yelp reviews, Buy Tix
♦ Stereopanorama Returns! @ The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $15, immerse yourself in the 1950s through incredible Midcentury 3-D photographs — taken mostly by amateurs with the Stereo Realist Camera system, Buy Tix
♫ Agnes Obel @ National Sawdust (80 N 6th St,) 730pm, $25, Buy Tix Continue reading

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Man Arrested After Vandalizing St. Anthony of Padua Church Last Sunday

Surveillance video shows the suspect in St. Anthony’s on Sunday.

A 33-year-old man entered the Greenpoint Catholic church St. Anthony of Padua – St. Alphonsus  (862 Manhattan Ave.) and vandalized a parish last Sunday.

A video posted by the Brooklyn Diocese shows the man pouring an unidentified red liquid on a table at the front of the church during mass last Sunday at around 9:30 a.m. Continue reading

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City to Host BQX Workshops for Redesigned Streetcar Plan

A rendering of the BQX on Franklin Street (via NYCEDC)

The NYC Economic Development Corporation is renewing its push to construct a zero emissions streetcar to run between Astoria and Red Hook with a series of community forums scheduled through March.

The $2.7 billion project would span 11 miles connecting waterfront communities in Queens and Brooklyn via a mode of transportation that harkens back to the early 1900s when streetcars ran through commercial districts like Manhattan Avenue. BQX tickets would cost $2.75 and would offer connections to NYC subways, buses, and ferry stops.  Continue reading

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MTA Announces G Train Overnight Interruptions for This Week, And Final L Train Repair Project Schedule

A G train entrance on Greenpoint Avenue.

The MTA announced overnight service changes for the G train this week along with the L train Canarsie tunnel repair project’s final schedule through next spring.

In a minor inconvenience, the MTA announced last week that the G train’s third rail will need emergency work causing trains to run at reduced frequency during Jan. 13 – 17, from midnight – 1:30 a.m.; also note that all trains will stop on the Court Square-bound platform at the Greenpoint Avenue station during these times.

The MTA has reportedly seen the light at the end of the L train tunnel (pun intended) with the release of the finalized L train repair schedule through March 2020, as repairs are expected to be completed in April 2020 “some three to six months ahead of schedule.” Continue reading

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