Java Street

Java Street Community Garden Party Saturday June 23rd!

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The Java Street Community Garden (59 Java Street) is having a neighborhood summer potluck picnic! The party will get going on Saturday, June 23rd from 2-pm, and there’ll be a photo booth, arts and crafts and a raffle. Guests are encouraged to bring something to share, and light fare and cold refreshments will be provided.

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Church of the Ascension’s Parish Hall Gets an Unrecognizable Facelift

Rendering of 120 Java Street
Rendering of 120 Java Street via YIMBY

The Church of the Ascension (127 Kent Street) is one of Greenpoint’s oldest buildings, but its Parish Hall (120 Java Street) will soon find new life as residences. The Church sold the Parish Hall, and air rights for the building, in July 2015 for over 4 million dollars.

The Parish Hall at 120 Java in 2014 via YIMBY

The Parish Hall is not an original part of the church, but it still has significant history in the neighborhood, serving as a shelter during Hurricane Sandy, and as a headquarters in the Occupy Sandy relief effort. In the transition to apartments, the building on Java Street will triple in size and gain two stories, growing to accommodate 18 units. Each apartment will be approximately 1,300 sqft, and the building will offer “skyline views” from the roof.  Continue reading

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Recap: Michal Geva’s Land Scope Exhibit at Java Studios Gallery

Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of speaking with Michal Geva, a painter currently taking a residency in Greenpoint, where she is further exploring the intersection of art and nature – a theme interwoven throughout her work and illuminated in different ways with each series. The neighborhood is a relevant setting for such topics, with the proposed development that might be taking place over the next few years, both on the waterfront and deeper into Greenpoint proper.

Michal, a citizen of Israel and honorary one in Greenpoint, had some great things to say about the neighborhood and the inspiration behind her latest collection, “Land Scope,” which opened at Java Studios this past weekend.  Continue reading

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Home Sweet Home

Here I thought that Bloomberg coming to The Point this Thursday would be the highlight news of the day for the ‘hood. But oh, how wrong could I have been? The best news is happening right here in my own little architectural landmark delight apartment complex. Even Curbed picked up the drama.

It’s no new news that The Astrals are infested with bedbugs. I, luckily, am not living in 74 or 76 India which appear to be where the known problem is. Hey, if you’re looking to move in there’s a two bedroom available right now right in the center of the critter kingdom!

I feel awful for this girl. What a horrible ordeal for her to have to go through. Toxic mold nonetheless, too! Ugh. It’s disgusting and a travesty. And it definitely gets me worried. How long will it be before the buggers reach the other end of the buildings? I know it seems damn near impossible to deal with the bedbug issue that is happening in New York right now. I can’t imagine being an owner of a cluster of buildings this size and even knowing where to begin to fix this situation. But it seems like they’re not even trying, which is just unacceptable.

I’m no newcomer to the problems in the building. A month after I moved in my bathroom ceiling collapsed, but in all fairness, the leak and my ceiling were fixed pretty promptly. The Super has been nothing but helpful and nice to me, so I can’t complain or badmouth the guy personally.

Plus, his MySpace page is pretty hot, no?

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