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Greenpoint gets a Tower, Newtown Creek Hoax?, and Halloween Fun – The Hook-up 10/21

Teacher Maura Flanagan of P.S. 373 (185 Ellery St.) brought students up to visit the McCarren Park Greenmarket. Students at P.S. 373 have their own gardens and were seeing how a real farmer’s market organizes and operates.

Been wondering what the massive building is going up between India and Huron Street along West Street? It’s “The Greenpoint”, a 40-story condo building, the details of which have been spilled in this article from Curbed.

For further proof that the G-entrification train now stops in Greenpoint, check out this piece from the New York Times.

A LaGuardia Community College assistant professor has reportedly contacted Progress Queens claiming that recent allegations made by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection regarding Newtown Creek are “a hoax” in line with “the strategy of corporations that are allegedly responsible for the pollution of Newtown Creek”.

The Better With Pets Expo, hosted this week at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, got some press on News 12 this week (disclaimer: “exclusive content for Optimum, Time Warner Comcast customers”.)

The Newtown Creek Alliance hosted their latest Superfund Community Advisory Group meeting last night at the McCarren Park Pool Community Room. There was a presentation by the EPA, including an open discussion with the community.

Last Saturday’s Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Open House event got some press in this article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

PS 110, The Monitor School will be hosting their Fall Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2-6pm at the PS 110 school playground (corner of Driggs and Monitor). Among other fun Halloween activities, the event will feature a haunted house, pumpkin painting, and carnival games. All proceeds will benefit the school.

Music Off McGolrick and the Tarot Society will be hosting “All of Them Witches” tonight at 8pm at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) The event will feature music, tarot readings and all sorts of spooky entertainment.

Vert Gardens (193 Banker St.) will be hosting their final plant sale before moving on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10am-4pm. Check out this Greenpointers post with more information on Vert’s moving.

The Participatory Budgeting process for District 33 has moved from the idea collection phase to the project development phase. Over 20 budget delegates have started reviewing over 100 ideas that have made it this far. There is still time to be a budget delegate. Click here for more information.

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The New Tuesday Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket!

Greenmarket S&SO 1_greenpoint_swallaceWhile I love working from my home office in Greenpoint, I will admit that I miss making midweek lunch runs to the small Dag Hammarskjold Greenmarket to replenish my crisper drawer. I’m a frequent shopper at both the Saturday Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket and the Sunday McGolrick Park Down to Earth market, but weekend trips and beach days can take precedence; there were many times when that midweek market was my only chance at fresh heirloom tomatoes, a huge $2 bunch of kale, or a bag of apples. So, when GrowNYC announced a new Tuesday market for McCarren Park, I was over the moon! Rejoice, fellow Greenpoint & Williamsburg farmers market shoppers!
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SummerScreen, Pokémon Go Bar Crawl, Rock & Roll Playhouse – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/20–7/26

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13528313_1280388621986335_8262207335536431882_oWEDNESDAY 7/20
♦ Fat & Fabulous Figure Drawing @ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St) 6:30pm, $5 suggested, GIRL PARTY and Greer Morrison team up to celebrate all iterations of body, mind, and spirit, More info
* SummerScreen @ McCarren Park, 6pm, FREE, Northside presents The Fast & the Furious, with music beforehand by Taylor Bennett, More RSVP

13615517_621527718016566_6973356127392160761_nTHURSDAY 7/21
* Adelina’s 4-Year Anniversary @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 5pm, FREE, With DJs, drink specials, pizza by guest chef The Mississippi Vegan, and more, More info
 Noise Love Presents @ The Gutter (200 North 12th St) 9pm, $5, With Dinowalrus / Zenizen / Cold Blinds, RSVP

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Pokemon Go Takeover, Evolved L Train & Turf Battles at Bushwick Inlet Park — The Hook-Up 7/15

The commute of the future. Via Van Alen Institute.
The commute of the future. Via Van Alen Institute.

2019 isn’t that far off, and it’s certainly not too soon to pit designers against each other to dream up alternative transit solutions for the dreaded L Train Shutdown. Although some fantastical entries included the above Donnie-Darko-esque translucent tunnel, the winning design involved small (and speedy) ferries jetting along Newtown Creek and the East River.

Because roving Transmitter Park on your own is not as fun as joining a marauding gang of eager Pokemon trainers, North Brooklyn will get to enjoy its very own Pokemon Go Bar Crawl next Saturday.
Though park advocates have been literally camping out in Bushwick Inlet Park and counting down the days left for CitiStorage owner Norm Brodsky to accept the city’s offer of $100 million, Brodsky recently thumbed his nose at them by putting the site up for public auction.
How depraved can you get? Someone allegedly set a homeless man on fire in Transmitter Park. The New York Post being the New York Post, it managed to crack a few jokes at the victim’s expense.
There’s something meta about being caught on film while robbing a film set. Police are looking for a man suspected of committing a string of robberies at mostly unlocked production studios around Greenpoint.
This architectural game-changer just had its grand opening in Williamsburg on Monday. 
After a $315,000 facelift funded by Nike, the McCarren Park skate park is back in action with more ways to do tricks (and keep it safe).
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Summer Festival Update (7/15 – 7/17), and Northside Memories

Thinking of heading up to the mountains this summer?


Some music festivals take a journey to see. For this weekend, here’s a suggestion for the Catskills but also a nice outdoor band line-up in Bushwick for those who prefer to stay close to the L train.

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McCarren Park Pool Now Open Through Labor Day

Photo via New York City Parks Department

The McCarren Park pool, which has only been up and running as a functional pool since 2012, is back in business for the summer 2016 season.

The pool was originally opened in 1936 by Robert Moses, who was curator for many of New York City’s open spaces and actually opened one pool every week during the summer of ’36, totaling 11 pools for the Works Progress Administration project, with the help of Mayor LaGuardia. At the time of its opening, it was one of the biggest public pools in the world, and is three times the size of a standard Olympic pool. It had a capacity of 6,800 swimmers. Today, officials cap it at 1,500 people. Continue reading

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Summer Thunder, Prose Bowl, Electrique – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/15–6/21)

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downloadWEDNESDAY 6/15
 Antibalas @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $15, With special guest Kyp Malone, More info
 “Electrique” Opening Reception @ The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave) 9pm, FREE, A group show featuring electrical, mechanical, and sound pieces, More info

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 5.24.15 PMTHURSDAY 6/16
 ACJW Ensemble Presents “Connections” @ National Sawdust (80 North 6th St) 7pm, $15, Featuring Paola Prestini’s G-Force and a world premiere by Brad and Doug Balliett commissioned by Carnegie Hall, More info
 Wild Honey Pie Presents Coast Modern @ Rough Trade (64 North 9th St) With Strange Names / Ryan Egan, More info
Alice @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $10, Czech director Jan Švankmajer’s surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book with a live electronic score, More info

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Classic French Cooking Meets Innovative Twists at Sauvage

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Last week, the owners of the James Beard award-winning cocktail bar Maison Premiere, Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka, opened their new restaurant opposite McCarren Park, Sauvage (on the corner of Lorimer Street & Nassau Avenue/Bedford Avenue). With this new project came a full kitchen allowing the restaurateurs to expand their menu offerings in the gorgeously renovated space. The interior evokes a French Art Nouveau cafe with many decor pieces supplied by local artisans and the food thoughtfully balances old and new sensibilities. Continue reading

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Go Green! Brooklyn Festival at McCarren Park (Sat, 6/4)!


This Saturday, June 4th (1-5PM) Go Green! Brooklyn Festival is taking over McCarren Park with a FREE celebration of the North Brooklyn Community and local environmental programs.  Park-goers can engage with and learn about sustainability initiatives while sampling local food, participating in live-action art projects, music performances, and more!

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Every Story Is About Congestion & Change — The Hook-Up 3/4

Photo via Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Eagle
Photo via Lore Croghan, Brooklyn Eagle
In January, Assemblyman Lentol announced a temporary suspension of alternate side parking rules on film shoot days, but that hasn’t stopped film crews from competing for space with residents (hearsay is that the production crew of “Tiara” blocked off a G Train entrance during rush hour). Well, if you ever wanted a quantifiable look at just how movie-famous our neighborhood is, here’s an interactive map.
Subway slashings have officially landed on the G Line (well, it happened once, but still). Now, police are looking to amp up NYPD presence on the trains at night.
You may have heard about plans to reevaluate the Meeker Avenue crossing, but the rather congested North Brooklyn is going to be the subject of a larger, more comprehensive transportation study.

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