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Greenpoint This Week: McCarren Hawk Sighting, New Pier Opening, Postal Service Woes, and More

Stay cool at McCarren Pool this weekend (Courtesy of NYC Parks)

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers, excessive heat is here and Mayor de Blasio has declared an NYC emergency through Sunday as the heat index is expected rise over 100 degrees.

Stay cool at McCarren Poolcatch a ride out to Jacob Riis Park or visit the Java Street Community Garden; in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines:

A McCarren Park Hawk was spotted dining on the picnic tables. (Greenpointers)

Williamsburg’s “North 5th Street Pier and Park” will open this summer. (Brooklyn Paper)

Madre, the new restaurant at Franklin Guesthouse, is now open. (Greenpointers)

The 7-story mixed-use development at 1056 Manhattan Ave. has topped out. (Brownstoner)

The West Street protected bike lane is a popular parking spot (Streetsblog)

Assemblyman Lentol addressed complaints at the Williamsburg Post Office (Brooklyn News 12)

An “Alice in Wonderland” pop-up is open in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Paper)

The MTA calls flooding ‘unacceptable’ in viral Court Square video  (ABC 7)

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Spotted: McCarren Hawk Enjoys Rodent Picnic

A McCarren hawk spotting from this July.

It has been a fairly busy summer for McCarren Park hawk sightings. While many Greenpointers refer to the hawk in the singular, there is perhaps a family of hawks that call the park home. A video of two hawks enjoying a bath in a puddle in the park was shared a few weeks ago, and this morning a tipster shared a video of a hawk devouring a rat on a picnic table in McCarren Park. Continue reading

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Madre, The Franklin Guesthouse’s New Restaurant, is Now Open

Madre on Franklin Street is now open; all photos by Ashley Sears Photography.

The Franklin Guesthouse has been motherless for years, but at long last Madre has arrived.

Serving a curated menu that veers toward comfort food and offering a homey-chic ambiance germane to birthday dinners and happy hours alike, Madre indeed evokes a maternal vibe at 214 Franklin Street. But don’t let the name confuse you: Madre is neither a Mexican restaurant nor a tapas bar. Instead, it serves a delectable medley of new-American cuisine with plenty of punch in its dozen or so dishes. Come for the dollar oysters, stay for everything else.

The ribeye cap is a menu highlight.

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Lentol on Williamsburg Postal Problems: “You Can’t Live Like That”

The UPSP office at 263 S 4TH St (Google Maps)

With an uptick in complaints over chronically late mail, missing packages and unsatisfactory service, Assemblyman Joe Lentol sent a letter to the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General earlier this month asking how to improve mail delivery in his district. The letter also asks to identify the cause of USPS’s delivery woes in Brooklyn zip codes in 11211, 11222, and 11249. Lentil spoke to News 12 Brooklyn in an interview at the Williamsburg post office: Continue reading

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Heavy Rain Floods India Street and Court Square

India Street flooding on Wednesday night.

The heavy rain that poured down on NYC yesterday sparked a flash flood warning and caused flooding in Greenpoint and Long Island city affecting commuters.

The portion of India Street leading up to the pier and NYC ferry entrance was covered in water and flooded the vehicles parked on the street.

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A ferry commuter shared a video from Wednesday night showing India Street inundated with water.

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Night Dancing of the Giglio Is Tonight, Feast Ends Sunday (7/21)

The Giglio (Courtesy of OLMC Feast)

The night dancing of the Giglio at the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel takes place in Williamsburg tonight at 7 p.m. The annual festival runs through July 21, and tonight the famous four-ton spire will be hoisted during a procession that involves over 300 lifters, approximately 80 are first time volunteers. If you missed the  Giglio Sunday lift, checkout the video with Giglio footage and interviews from Current News:

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Tropic of Trash, Summer Fête, Chromatic Modernity — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/17-7/23)

WEDNESDAY 7/17

* Environmental Justice & Health Working Group Meeting @ North Brooklyn Neighbors (61 Greenpoint Ave 6th Fl), 630pm, FREE, help develop community-based strategies to combat issues of air pollution, legacy toxins, toxic sites, and trash & waste, More Info
* Intro to Plant Parenting: Houseplant Fundamentals @ Greenery Unlimited (91 West St), 715pm, $25, plant care essentials such as watering and weekly care will be discussed along with a potting demo and plenty of Q&A time to address your specific questions, Buy Tix
SummerFest 2019 @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St), 730pm, $18, a series of mixed-bill performances highlighting new created movement-based artists happening, Buy Tix
* From the Bottom UP: A Chakra Balancing Kundalini Workshop
@human @ ease (31 Nassau Ave), 8pm, $35-$40, a Kundalini practice, meditation, breathwork, and focused journaling combined with live music, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 7/18

♦ Tropic of Trash: Poetry + Performances @ Brooklyn Windwood and Brass (88 Franklin St), 7pm, $5, poets paired with improv performers, More Info
Sister Nancy, Love Always, Grace of Spades @ El Cortez (17 Ingraham St) 7pm, $27, Buy Tix
* Psychoactivism: Psychedelics and the Climate Emergency
@ Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St), 7pm, $15, a dialogue on the psychedelic community, the activist community, and the environmental movement at large, Buy Tix
♫ Bowlive VIII featuring Soulive @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 8pm, $25-$30, 10th Anniversary with Soulive, Buy Tix

FRIDAY 7/19

# A British Summertime Feast @ Archestratus (160 Huron St), 7pm, FREE (until midnight w RSVP), the meal will reflect a side of British cooking that takes inspirations from a nation’s rich agricultural and regional history, Buy Tix
SummerStarz Free Movies in the Park: “Aquaman” @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 8pm, wonderful family-friendly movies in the park, More Info
♫ Gaila / Echo Moth (duo) / Matt Ward@ Magick City (37 Box St), 7pm, $45, More Info
♫ J Hoard @ National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 8pm, $20, Buy Tix

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Kickstarter Seeks Creators and Artists for Fall Residency

Spring 2019 Creators-in-Residence (courtesy of Kickstarter)

Greenpoint-based Kickstarter is seeking NYC-based artists and creators for their fall 2019 residence program to gain mentorship on projects by staff at the company’s headquarters.

The fall 2019 Kickstarter Creators-in-Residence program runs from 9/10 – 12/13 and the deadline to apply is 7/31.

Last spring the company hosted 11 creators “to work on Design & Technology, Journalism, Art, Comedy, Publishing and Games.” More on the residency: Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Outdoor Summer Film Screenings

Courtesy of NYC Parks

This is the first summer in 14 years where North Brooklyn is without the SummerScreen series in McCarren Park, which was produced by Northside Media. But if you’re seeking to view an outdoor film this summer in Greenpoint, there are plenty of screenings planned in Transmitter and McGolrick parks.

In Transmitter Park:

  • July 19 – “Aquaman”
  • July 26 – “Coco”
  • August 2 – “Mamma Mia!”
  • August 9 – “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
  • August 16 – “Captain Marvel”

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Key Food Meat Department Signs New Contract

 

Photo courtesy of Ben Weiss

After a lockout, public protest, and federally-mediated cooling off period, meat department workers at seven Key Food locations across Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island have a new contract.

“We got what we was fighting for,” declared Bonnie Mingo, a meat wrapper at the Greenpoint Key Food on McGuinness Blvd.

The 38 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 342 “overwhelmingly” ratified a new contract three weeks ago, said Kelly Eagan, director of Local 342, in an email.

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This concludes a more than two-month-long fight in which Pick Quick Foods, Inc., the owner of seven Key Food supermarkets, barred meat department workers from work because of an ongoing contract dispute. Continue reading

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