Greenpoint Asian Restaurant Baoburg Launches $5 Takeout ‘Survivor Meals’

Baoburg (614 Manhattan Ave.)

The southeast Asian restaurant Baoburg (614 Manhattan Ave.) will launch a reduced-price ‘Survival Meal’ menu available for takeout on Thursday.

$5 meals will be available for pickup everyday at Baoburg from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. to help provide affordable options while most non-essential businesses shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  Continue reading

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Williamsburg Wedding Celebration Shutdown Over Coronavirus Concerns

Ateres Avrohom in South Williamsburg where a large wedding celebration took place on Tuesday. (Image via Google Maps)

The leaders of New York’s hassidic communities are being urged to limit gatherings to under 10 people to help prevent to spread of coronavirus after 100 people tested positive in Brooklyn and as over 1,000 tests await results.

On Tuesday, the FDNY was called to Ateres Avrohom in South Williamsburg where a wedding with more than 200 guests took place, as the NY Times reports: “The wedding was broken up by two men in Fire Department jackets who arrived in a red pickup truck and dispersed a crowd that had gathered outside the venue’s door.” Continue reading

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Esme’s ‘Family Meal’ to Support NYC Hunger Programs

Eseme (999 Manhattan Ave.)

The neighborhood restaurant Esme (999 Manhattan Ave.) is offering meals to-go for a suggested donation today with proceeds helping to provide food for the hungry. “As devastating as this shutdown is for the entire hospitality industry, there is a group of people at risk of going hungry in the short term: those who rely on food banks and community kitchens every week,” a note posted t0 Esme’s website states.

On Wednesday, March 18th, the Greenpoint eatery is holding ‘Family Meal,’ with to-go pay-what-you-can meal kits for two; the menu includes pancake kits, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, baked chicken with bread pudding, baked ziti with red sauce and garlic bread, vegetable curry, baked salmon with quinoa salad, pastrami with cabbage/potatoes, and a cauliflower casserole. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Restauranteurs Battle Food Insecurity With Pay-What-You-Can Meals

The pay-what-you-can meals launched on Monday at Jimmy’s Diner (577 Union Ave.)

Greenpoint restauranteurs and married couple Blair Papagni and Josh Cohen are offering pay-what-you-can hot meals for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, as the issue of food insecurity worries freshly out of work people in the service sector.

“As we get further into this shutdown I think it’s going to be more difficult to get hot meals. We’re a city built on people that go out to eat, so I think there’s a good portion of our younger population here that probably doesn’t cook often, and then we have our older population that maybe can’t get out,” Papagni said. Continue reading

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Coronavirus Shuts Nearly Everything Down as Officials Race to Soften Impact

A man stands with a sign that states “Cancel Brunch” on Sunday in Greenpoint. (Image courtesy of @hannahsea)

We are now living through — in the words of Mayor Bill de Blasio — a “wartime” scenario where the city, state and federal governments are readying hospital facilities and supplies to treat the anticipated flood of sick patients infected with the coronavirus, as five drive through testing facilities are being prepared. in NYC.

The coronavirus situation continues to evolve, here are the latest developments: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Coronavirus Closings, Comic Book Store Opening, Eviction Moratorium, and More!

Comic Book Station (188 Eckford St.) opened Wednesday, becoming Greenpoint’s only comic book store.

Well, it’s Friday Greenpointers, and what a week it has been as the Covid-19 virus has all but interrupted every aspect of life, including this week’s canceled Brooklyn Community Board 1 public meeting.

For neighbors in Greenpoint who are in need of help (picking up groceries for example) or can offer assistance in this time of public emergency, a shared document is being circulated to list your details (please note that it’s a publicly shared document).

Local businesses are likely to take a hit over the next few weeks as new directives have limited large gatherings to under 500 people and all venues such as music clubs and restaurants must operate at 50% capacity maximum. Continue reading

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Rule of Thirds Brings Innovative Japanese Cuisine to a/d/o Space

Rule of Thirds opened in February in Greenpoint

A new 85-seat restaurant inside of the a/d/o co-working space is already drawing large crowds and captures the innovative energy of the neighborhood with sharable Japanese-inspired dishes that are surprisingly capable of satisfying all dietary restrictions.

Rule of Thirds (171 Banker St.) opened last month to high anticipation replacing the traditional Scandinavian restaurant Norman, which closed in March 2019.

A partnership was formed last summer between alumni of popular Williamsburg restaurants Okonomi (150 Ainslie St.) and Sunday in Brooklyn resulting in the successful pop-up Yaki Tiki, which brought delicious Japanese BBQ and tiki drinks to the a/d/o courtyard.

JT Vuong and George Padilla (formerly of Okonomi and YUJI Ramen) and the Sunday in Brooklyn hospitality team (Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, Exec Chef Jaime Young, and bar director Brian Evans) are back again with Rule of Thirds and Greenpointers stopped in for dinner earlier this week. Continue reading

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Women in Jazz, Against the Grain, Scenes From A (Vegan) Italian Restaurant, What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (3/11-3/17)


♫ Dervisi  @ TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, FREE, live music at TROOST, More Info
Pom Poko (North American Debut!), Maxband, Lokomoko @ Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave), 8pm, $10-$12, Buy Tix
Dyeing with Nature Workshop— @ Better Than Jam’s STORE & STUDIO (20 Grattan St), 630pm, $85, the monthly public transportation committee meeting, Buy Tix
♫ Meme Rose, Milky Maze, Joanna Sternberg @ The Kingsland (269 Norman Ave) 7pm, $8-$10, Buy Tix



♦ Brooklyn Community Board 1 Monthly Public Meeting *POSTPONED @ Swinging 60’S Senior Citizens Center (211 Ainslie St), 6pm, FREE, More Info
# Salt Smoke Time’ Turns One @ Archestratus Books & Foods (160 Huron St), 630pm, $5, a panel discussion and Q + A on Finding a Sustainable Future by Looking Deep Into Nature + Tradition, Buy Tix
♦♫ SPLIT BILL #35 @ Triskelion Arts’ (106 Calyer St), 8pm, $18, a series of shared evenings that bring together performing artists exploring new ideas, Buy Tix
☺ Queer The Birthday! Supporting LGBTQ in Politics @ 3 Dollar Bill
(260 Meserole St) 7pm, FREE or donation, a fantastic birthday bash, featuring State Senator Julia Salazar and out Councilmember Danny Dromm, Buy Tix Continue reading

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Brooklyn Community Board 1’s Monthly Public Meeting is Thursday (3/12)

A Brooklyn CB1 meeting from Feb. 2020.

Brooklyn Community Board 1’s monthly combined public hearing is scheduled for Thursday (3/12) at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St.) at 6 p.m.

If you can’t attend in person on Thursday, you can follow along during the livestream available here.

According to the agenda (available here), CB1 will review 16 new liquor licenses and 17 renewals, and there will be a presentations on: Continue reading

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Suspects Wanted for Stabbing in Williamsburg Last Sunday

The suspects (courtesy of the NYPD’s 90th Precinct)

The NYPD is seeking four suspects who allegedly assaulted and stabbed a man last weekend in Williamsburg.

A 26-year-old man was approached and stabbed twice in the stomach by one of the four male suspects following an altercation in front of 706 Grand St at around 12 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th, according to the NYPD.

The four suspects fled southbound on Graham Avenue, 1010 WINS reports.

Information regarding this incident can be sent to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline – 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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