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Is Cycling on Franklin Street Safer Than on McGuinness Boulevard?

Cylcists have voiced concerns over safety on Franklin street.

On Thursday, a cyclist was involved in a collision with a box truck on Franklin Street near the intersection at Calyer Street resulting (luckily) in non-fatal injuries and providing an unfortunate example of the street’s dangerous conditions. Just two days prior to the Franklin Street accident a 58-year-old man was killed while biking on McGuinness Boulevard, a notoriously dangerous street to bike. Is Franklin Street that much safer than McGuinness Boulevard?

The intersection of Calyer and Franklin streets.

The stretch of Franklin Street from Calyer Street to Greenpoint Avenue was repaved two weeks ago and now lacks street or bike lane markings, which Greenpoint residents say make the street especially unsafe for biking. Continue reading

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Noble Street Manhole Explodes, No Injuries Reported

The manhole explosion on Noble Street on Monday.

A manhole cover exploded on Monday around 1 p.m. in front of the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. A spokesman for FDNY said that a “smoking manhole cover” was reported around 1 p.m. today and that the investigation is complete as FDNY remains on scene.

A woman who was walking on Noble Street around 1 p.m. started to record a smoking manhole cover which seconds later exploded. No injuries were reported, but the video footage of the explosion is fairly terrifying.


Noble Street between Franklin and West streets was closed to traffic as of 2 p.m. today as FDNY was still on scene. No power outages in Greenpoint were reported today.

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New Greenpoint Library on Track for Fall Opening

Rendering of the new Greenpoint Library scheduled to open this fall(courtesy of Marble Fairbanks)

Anticipation is building as the summer moves along for fall’s anticipated reopening of the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.), which closed in July 2017 for demolition, and construction on the new library.

The fall relaunch is on-schedule as of now as explained at the Friends of Greenpoint Library meeting that was held on July 1st.

At the meeting, Sharon Kim, President of FOGL, introduced her new Co-President, Randy Locklair, and they generated ideas with the group for fundraising and outreach this summer. A bar night and book swap in early August is in the planning process.

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Greenpoint Street Repaving Schedule 7/8 – 7/12

Franklin Street will be repaved this Friday.

The streets around Greenpoint are in the process of resurfacing by the Dept of Transportation with a number of streets set to be repaved this week. During this time it’s best to double-check parking restrictions.

The milling and paving schedule 7/8 – 7/12: Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Record Townhouse Sale, Vinnie’s Greenpoint, Cyclists Deaths Spike and More

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! Catch-up on the local headlines from this week below and find out where to venture out this weekend.

Here’s a roundup of headlines from Greenpoint and Williamsburg this week:

After ten years on Nassau Avenue Vinnie’s Pizzeria will close and focus on their Williamsburg pizzeria. (Greenpointers)

Greenpoint and Williamsburg have 10 new “affordable” apartments to apply for in the latest housing lottery. (Greenpointers)

MoMA PS1’s Warm Up concert series returns this Saturday with a new courtyard art installation. (Greenpointers)

NYC’s 4th of July violent incidents included a woman who slashed two men during a fight on Middleton St. near Union Ave. (NY Daily News Continue reading

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10 “Affordable” Apartments Available in Greenpoint and Williamsburg Housing Lottery

128 Huron Street (via Google Maps)

A fresh batch of ten “affordable” apartments in Greenpoint and Williamsburg is now open for applications via the NYC Housing Connect website.

Located in the bullseye of the on-going sewer petroleum vapor epidemic, 128 Huron Street in Greenpoint offers three one-bedroom apartments in the lottery; two of the one-bedrooms are priced at $1,999 for one to two occupants with an annual household income between $68,538 – $111,020. The other one-bedroom apartment is $2,250 per month for one to two occupants with an annual household income between $77,143 – $111,020.

Amenities at 128 Huron St. are listed as stainless steel appliances and a balcony. Apply here by July 19th.

127 Boerum St. (via Google Maps)

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Bagel Point Celebrates Soft Opening on Thursday (7/4)

Bagel Point (699 Manhattan Ave.) will celebrate its soft opening on Thursday, July 4th, following months of renovations that combined three storefronts at the corner of Norman and Manhattan Avenues next to a G train subway entrance.

A sneak peek inside Bagel Point

The menu features hand-rolled bagels, a variety of traditional and vegan cream cheeses, housemade lox, hand-carved roast beef, and non-processed meat options.  The cafe will eventually be open 24 hours and offer online ordering and delivery, but for the soft opening there will be reduced hours (opening at 6 a.m.) and orders can only be placed in-store.

A sample of the menu at Bagel Point

The owners of Bagel Point, Sam Kaplan and Adam Alsorra, also operate Smith Street Bagels (202 Smith St.) in Brooklyn. The new space in Greenpoint has a spacious interior with plenty of window seats and tables in the center; there’s even outside seating on the newly installed benches on the Nassau Avenue side of the building. Continue reading

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Artists Open Call: Naval Cemetery Landscape Seeks Installations

Naval Cemetary Landscape (via Brooklyn Greenway Initiative)

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and the Brooklyn Navy Yard announced an open call for artists to display their works at the former Naval Hospital Cemetry, now a public greenspace known as the Naval Cemetery Landscape at 63 Williamsburg St. W. The budget for installation and materials is up to $1,000 and the application deadline is July 15th.


The 1.7-acre greenspace opened to the public in May 2016 after being fenced off for decades. The site was an active cemetery through 1910 where more than 2,000 deceased U.S. Navy and Marine Corps servicemen were buried until being relocated to Cypress Hills National Cemetary in 1926, according to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

More details on the artist selection criteria from the Brooklyn Navy Yard:

SELECTION CRITERIA

Proposals for potential artworks cannot disturb or penetrate the ground as it is a burial site.

The concepts or subjects of the artwork must relate to the ecological, historical, or cultural context of the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Works that enhance or emphasize the sacred and natural quality of the space are strongly encouraged.

Works cannot obstruct the boardwalk or access to the space in any way. If the proposed piece is a time based performance medium it must be able to occur during operating hours (10am-4pm). Any ticketed performances must be free to the public unless paid performances are approved in writing by BGI.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

· A written description of proposed artwork, including: title, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth), weight, installation method and anchoring procedure; and a short statement clearly articulating how artwork related to NCL’s historical, ecological and/or cultural context (not to exceed 250 words)

· If proposing existing work: photographs or slides of artwork; include reference to human scale.

· If proposing a new work: working drawings or photograph of maquette to scale.

· Artist’s statement and resume

· Proposed location for the installation within the Naval Cemetery Landscape

· Up to ten images of the artist’s previous work. All images must be clearly labeled with the name of the artist, title of the work, media and dimensions.

· Budget not to exceed $1,000

RELEVANT DATES:

· Application due: July 15

· Finalists notified about studio visits/interviews by: August 6

· Final selection/artists notified by: August 16

· Studio visit/work-in-progress check-in: Mid-September

· Installation period: October 16 – 18

· Presentation Day: October 19

· Deinstallation period: October 20 – 29 (Exact date and deinstallation details to be finalized with artists and NCL staff).

RESPONSIBILITIES

ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES:

When exhibiting at NCL, the artist assumes responsibility for funding the project, as well as for obtaining insurance and site remediation. Other artist responsibilities include:

· Propose high quality art that responds to guidelines.

· Provide funding for fabrication, installation, maintenance, insurance, and site restoration.

· Obtain necessary insurance policies naming the City of New York as additional insured.

· Some projects may require technical reports prepared by a licensed engineer.

· A security deposit, which will be returned to the exhibitor upon restoration of the site.

· Oversee installation of artwork (tools, materials and equipment not provided by BGI).

· Coordinate with BGI and BNYDC for publicity.

· Monitor and maintain the artwork during the display period.

· Oversee de-installation of artwork and site remediation.

· Grant Brooklyn Greenway Initiative / Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation the right to a royalty-free, perpetual license to use any depictions of the artwork for non-commercial purposes (credit will be given to the exhibitor).

BGI RESPONISBILITIES:

· Review, select and coordinate projects recommended by the advisory committee based on Selection Criteria.

· Prepare legal documents for signature by artist or organization.

· Grant artist sole ownership and copyright of the final design and artwork.

· Provide general coordination assistance with press, mailing, and other city agencies.

· Produce identifying signage to display at the Naval Cemetery Landscape for event. Alternative signage can be produced at cost to the exhibitor, subject to BGI approval.

 

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Greenpoint Library Community Forum Is Tonight (7/1)

A public forum on the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.) will take place tonight at the Pencil Factory building (61 Greenpoint Ave, 6th floor) at 7 p.m.

The note posted on the Brooklyn Public Library’s website regarding tonight’s meeting reads: Continue reading

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Environmental History Project, Peppermint Soda, Gateway to Greenpoint — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/19-6/25)

WEDNESDAY 6/19

* Newtown Creek CAG Meeting w/ EPA Superfund team @ Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39 Street Sunnyside, NY 11104), 630pm, FREE, topics will include updates on the remedial investigation, the responsible parties list and the aeration system, meeting is open to all, More Info
♫ Connan Mockasin, Gentle Dom (DJ Set) @Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave), 7pm, $20Buy Tix
^ The Economics of Being an Immigrant in NYC’s Food Industry @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 630pm, $20, an informative conversation about the rewards and challenges of being a business owner and an immigrant in 2019, Buy Tix
♫ Koeosaeme / CVN / Amelia Rose / Crystal Penalosa  @Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, FREE, More Info

THURSDAY 6/20

* Greenpoint Environmental History Project Reception and Exhibit @ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave), 6pm, FREE, a reception and exhibit showcasing documents, photographs and oral histories collected for the Greenpoint Environmental History Project, RSVP
# Drawing & Cake Garden Party @ Ovenly Studio ONE54 (154 Franklin St), 7pm, $25, still life drawings, cake, treats and drinks with sketching, drawing materials provided, Buy Tix
* Accessing NYC Environmental Data @ Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave)630pm, FREE, environmental data experts talk about various platforms and resources available to community members that can help inform decisions about activities we may choose to do in our daily lives., RSVP
♫ LIC Gallery Nights @ LIC Arts Open Gallery at The Factory (30-30 47th Avenue, Long Island City) 6pm, FREE, Long Island City galleries and art venues open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, More Info

FRIDAY 6/21

^# Dinner with the Women of WE ARE LA COCINA@ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, $65, A multi-course family style taquiza featuring global foods from the chefs of La Cocina and two of their New York heroes, RSVP
♦ Peppermint Soda – Films on the Green @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 830pm, FREE, film in French with English subtitles free and open to the public, More Info
♫ Takuya Nakamura @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 8pm, $25, warped piano sounds, haunting synths, and dazzling visual projectionsBuy Tix
♫ The Raconteurs Live + Signing @ Rough Trade, 3pm, $20, a performance and signing on the release day of their new LP, Buy Tix

 SATURDAY 6/22

♫ Pluies @ Horti Play (70 Eckford St), 4pm, FREE, a sound and performative project that aims to strengthen the relationship between plants, nature and the human being, More Info
♫ Dave’s Waves’s Rockin’ Solstice Weekend 
@ Sunview Lunchnet (221 Nassau Ave), 11am, FREE, performance by the Schumann Resonance Percussion Ensemble, More Info
♫The Bobby Lees, Gustaf, Metaled (Rooftop Show) @ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave), 730pm, $10, Buy Tix
* Tree & Medicinal Plant ID Workshop @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 10am, FREE, Friends of Transmitter Park welcomes arborist Bill Schmidt and herbalist Maya Robinson to guide us through identifying the park’s tree and plant species, focusing on those that potential provide healing properties, More Info
Funk Style Quality @ Ponyboy (632 Manhattan Ave), 1pm, FREE, music by current nudisco / house / soulful house and funk artists, and old school funk and disco, More Info Continue reading

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