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Greenpoint This Week: Building Boom, Canceled Speeches, Newtown Creek Transformation, and More!

The Bayside Oil storage site is now tank-less and demolition is complete at the future Bushwick Inlet Park expansion (courtesy of Christine Murray)

Welcome to the weekend Greenpoitners! If the weather holds out there will be two movie screenings tonight: “Peter & The Wolf” at Transmitter Park at 6 pm, and “Adventureland” at 50 Kent Street Pop-up Park at 7:45 pm. On Saturday, free art activities are planned near McCarren Park with the Art Heart Bus including tie-dye shirt and dream catcher making.” Have a fun and safe weekend, and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines: Continue reading

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Sumac Soirée, For Paint’s Sake, Musical Pagamento — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/21-8/27)

WEDNESDAY 8/21

* A Benefit for “Freedom For Immigrants” @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $20, performances by Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors) + special guest Buy Tix
♫Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 6pm, $35, Buy Tix
Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival 2019 Launch Party @ The Counting Room (44 Berry St), 7pm, $20, Buy Tix
# A Sumac Soirée, A Themed Community Potluck, A Summer Journey @ Archestratus Books (160 Huron St, 7pm, FREE, bring a dish with a personal story, share the story behind the dish and eat, RSVP

THURSDAY 8/22

*Sketch the View @ Domino Park, 630pm, FREE, Equipment provided. All levels welcome. Make something new with new friends, More Info
♫ Spank!//Lena Fjortoft//Euge//Elda @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, $10, More Info
☺ PILAS Comedy Show @ Geraldines’ (198 Union Ave) 730pm, FREE, comedy show in a speakeasy behind a Brooklyn Pizza Shop, RSVP
♫ Stupid Beach: @ Magazine Bar (130 Franklin St), 7pm, FREE, LGBTBBQ summer party with DJ Mr Twin Sister, More Info

FRIDAY 8/23

♦ The Mark of Its Tooth | Opening Reception @ Yashar Gallery (276 Greenpoint Ave) 6pm, FREE, featuring artists: Kelly Olshan, Andrew Schwartz and Michael McHale, More Info
♦ SummerStarz Free Movies in the Park: “Peter & The Wolf” (Piotrus I Wilk) @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 6pm, Polish night with storytelling, music and film screening More Info
♦ Movies Under the Stars: “Adventureland” @ 50 Kent Pop-up (50 Kent Ave), 745pm, FREE, More Info
“For Paint’s Sake”| Opening @ Java Studios (252 Java St), 6pm, FREE, featuring abstract paintings by Kristyn Watterworth, More Info Continue reading

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Fashion Sundae Episode #3: Cool Summer

Via @WatchingNewYork

We’re now in the final stretch of summer with temperate breezes setting in (for now) after a sultry July and the styles that Watching New York spotted last week in the neighborhood reflect the airiness of recent days. Effortless blazers, vests, flowing dresses and classic summer styles were all spotted in Greenpoint and Williamsburg last week; for more follow along at @WatchingNewYork.

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Celebrate [email protected]’s New Classes and Retail Space With Free Wellness Party (8/17)

After nearly 10 years in the neighborhood, Greenpoint wellness center, [email protected], is supercharging class offerings and launching a new retail space! To celebrate, on Saturday, August 17th, [email protected] is presenting a full day of free events, classes, entertainment in order to showcase their expanded group fitness class schedule and renovated retail space featuring local vendors.

The Ohm Room, the oasis that is home to daily group fitness classes, will be host to a full day of “teaser” classes, offering a bite-size taste of a variety of classes on the [email protected] line-up. Newer class additions including Power Vinyasa, Zumba and a weekly Tibetan Soundbath will be joining owner Dishan’s signature Introversion class and long-standing staple classes Tai Chi and Light Flow Yoga. A mid-day Plant Meditation will be led by Rossana Ines Rossi, host of upcoming Intro to Plant Medicine workshop and creator of the Victory Plant Medicine line sold in store. At noon the room will host a dreamcatcher making workshop led by Kate of Living the Dreamcatchers, which will send participants home with dreamcatchers of their own creation.

In addition, [email protected] is putting a spotlight on local vendors in the bright, renovated retail space, which has recently undergone a true transformation in the hands of local clothing designer and Greenpointers Market veteran, JWhite. Alongside JWhite, Bella Waera, Goodies 4 Goddesses, Victory Plant Medicine, The Fe Project, The Fanciful Fox, and many more local brands are on beautiful display and will be present to get to know the clientele that has been supporting their creative Brooklyn brands over the years.

Attendees can expect to cycle through the mini-classes while enjoying Henna art by Miss V, Nail Art by Priscilla, Tarot readings and shopping during breaks with mocktails sponsored by Chlorophyll Water,  Monfefo Ginger Shots and Teas of the Valley. There will be incentives and specials, offering guests an intro price of $49 for their first month of studio membership as well as brand-specific product promotions.


(Sponsored post by [email protected], Greenpoint’s zen chill zone.) Established in 2010, [email protected] is home to a community of practitioners offering a wide span of holistic services in our beautiful space located steps from McCarren Park.

Through supportive fitness and wellness programs such as our well-rounded signature BEST Plan, [email protected] aspires to engage and empower the community through physical, mental, and social stimulation. We offer our clients a diverse schedule of events, classes, and workshops, as well as eastern body therapies and wellness coaching programs.

Our accessory retail space offers an eclectic selection of apothecary and other handmade goods crafted sustainably by local artisans.

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Greenpoint This Week: Bayside Tank Demolition, Lead in North Brooklyn Schools, Williamsburg Pier Opening, and More

The changing Williamsburg waterfront at the Domino Park development.

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! Luckily, the four-alarm fire on Monitor Street this week resulted in no life-threatening injuries, and thankfully, the abandoned van across from John Ericsson Middle School was finally towed.

If you’re looking for weekend activities, there’s time left to see the “Beyond the Streets” exhibit featuring 150 artists at 25 Kent. While you’re in the area you might want to checkout North Brooklyn’s latest waterfront opening, the North 5th Street Pier and Park and say farewell (for now?) to the iconic Wythe Diner.

For now, catch up on this week’s local headlines: Continue reading

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Greenpoint and Williamsburg Schools Tainted With Lead Paint

P.S. 110 classrooms were found to have lead-based paint in a newly released DOE study.

The NYC Dept. of Education released data on Wednesday on deteriorating lead-based paint in public schools and the results are not great for North Brooklyn. Over 900 NYC elementary classrooms, including 114 Brooklyn schools, tested positive for lead paint, with many tainted classrooms in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick, Chalkbeat first reported. 5,408 classrooms were tested as part of the inspection and it’s the first time DOE has released lead paint statistics.

The city’s classroom data (.XLS) release follows a June WNYC/Gothamist investigation of four schools that revealed “substantial levels of lead contamination from deteriorating paint inside four public elementary schools operated by the New York City Department of Education.”

A new online tool to report deteriorating paint in NYC schools was launched and on Friday, Mayor de Blasio vowed to have all lead-tainted classrooms remediated in time for the upcoming school year during his call-in on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show.

Two local schools, P.S. 17 (208 N. 5th St.) and P.S. 31 (75 Meserole Ave.) did not have deteriorating lead-based paint in the tested classrooms according to the city’s data. Continue reading

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200 FDNY and EMS Responded to Four-Alarm Fire at Monitor Street Thursday Morning

The four-alarm fire at 259 Monitor St. on Thursday morning resulted in 200 FDNY and EMS to respond to the scene.

A four-alarm fire injured five firefighters at a restaurant supply warehouse on Monitor Street early Thursday morning, multiple news outlets report. No serious injuries resulted.

 

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Thursday Spotlight on Roger Gastman: From Tagging Up to Curating “Beyond The Streets”

I hardly noticed when NYC’s gritty vibe, with graffiti ubiquitously peppering the subways, started fading away. I notice it more now, now that it has devolved into the realm of nostalgia, of how things used to be, and reemerged into a respected art form – enough to have mass-market appeal and allow a rebellious kid who went around tagging up to grow up and make a career out of these once seemingly aimless interests.

“Beyond The Streets,” an exhibition celebrating “street art, graffiti, and beyond” is the brainchild of Roger Gastman, born from his affinity for counter-culture. Underlying the grandiose scale at which the works of 150 artists show in over 100,000 sq ft of space at Williamsburg’s Twenty Five Kent, is a personal homage to the excitement and allure of those formative years that buttressed the evolution of his passions into a sold-out show in L.A. In its NYC debut, the array of art including new works from widely recognizable names like Shepard Fairey, show alongside ephemera for context and memorabilia from Roger’s personal collection.

The juxtaposition of underground and mainstream, of play and profound, sets a unique experience of discovery that appeals to visitors of all ages. One minute you stumble upon a collection of graffiti-ridden model trains by Tim Conlon and the next minute you will find yourself immersed in a beautiful installment of flowers by DabsMyla. The majority of artwork has been made exclusively for the show, and for those of us who are locals you might see some familiar names – FAILE, whose mural dons the brick wall in Transmitter Park, is one of the participating artists.

There’s less than a month to catch the show, which runs through August 25th, so check it out before it closes. Here’s a discount code for 20% off: GRNPT203

More from our conversation with Roger Gastman: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Pod Hotel Weed Dispensary, Polish Bakery Says Goodbye, “Green Wave,” and More

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers, the excessive heat and persistent rain has passed (for now) and this weekend should be perfect weather for outside activities. Might we recommend a movie in Transmitter Park? Also checkout what’s happening this weekend before you catchup on this week’s news:

A cyclist was hit on Franklin Street two days after another cyclist was killed on McGuinness Boulevard. (Greenpointers)

The plans to transform seven acres beneath the Kosciuszko Bridge into a public park have been unveiled. (Greenpointers) Continue reading

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Toxic NuHart Plastics Cleanup Plan to Be Presented at Community Forum (7/29)

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation has approved a cleanup plan for the toxins at the NuHart Superfund site on the corner of Franklin and Dupont streets.

A NuHart Suerfund community forum will take place on Monday, July 29, at 176 Java St. at 6:30 p.m. where the “decision of record” will be discussed.

North Brooklyn Neighbors have also hired two new technical advisors, Dr. Joseph Gardella and Dr. Alan Rabideau to consult the community on the Class II Superfund, a site where hazardous waste “represents a significant threat to public health.” Continue reading

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