McGolrick Park

Meeker Ave Toxic Plume Meeting Today: Ask Questions

Investigation area - Meeker Ave. Plume
Investigation area – Meeker Ave. Plume via DEC

Today is your chance to learn about the toxins lurking underneath the area surrounding our beloved McGolrick Park.

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding a public meeting to answer your questions about the Meeker Avenue Plume. State reps will be on hand to talk about the ongoing investigation at the site outlined in black on the map above.

The information session takes place today (Thursday, December 1st) at the Polish and Slavic Center located at 176 Java St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Alleged Assault Case at a Standstill, Greenpoint Task Force Continues Alerting Community

Several weeks ago, disturbing news of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred on Sutton St. near McGolrick Park broke on social media and rattled the Greenpoint Community.

The assault allegedly occurred around 2am on September 13, two blocks east of McGolrick Park. According to a post that was shared extensively on Facebook, a 34 year-old woman was walking to a deli on Sutton between Driggs and Nassau when she was attacked and raped by a group of teenagers, suffering serious injuries including a knife wound to the neck.

The social media reports of the incident shook the traditionally peaceful area of Greenpoint surrounding McGolrick Park and prompted local activist Emily Gallagher and Park Church Pastor Amy Kienzle to organize the Greenpoint Task Force, a coalition with regular meetings for concerned community members.

The first of these meetings occurred Thursday, September 22 in the basement of the Park Church Co-op. It was attended by nearly 100 members of the community, as well as several representatives of the 94th Precinct, including Captain Stefan Komar, Community Affairs Specialist Norberto Rivera, and Special Operations Lieutenant Matthew Delaney.

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Captain Komar answers questions at the first community meeting.

During the course of the meeting, citizens asked questions of the police regarding the alleged sexual assault. What they were told was frustrating, as Captain Komar recounted several inconsistencies and roadblocks in what had been reported to police. Continue reading

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Are You a Concerned Greenpointer Following the 2 Assaults Last Week? Join the Community Meeting this Thurs (9/22)

The corner of Driggs and Sutton.
The corner of Driggs and Sutton.

Last week, we received several messages from concerned community members about two assaults in Greenpoint. A possible rape that occurred just two blocks from McGolrick Park happened around 2:30AM on September 13th. The next day, a woman reported that she was knocked to the ground by a group of teenagers nearby around Driggs and Humboldt.

If you are a Greenpoint resident and are concerned about these recent events, we encourage you to join this Thursday’s (9/22) community meeting at the Park Church Co-Up (129 Russell Street) at 7:30PM.

The meeting description reads: “A number of violent and harassing incidents have happened recently around our community. This is a meeting to discuss how to proceed in creating a safer neighborhood, sharing concerns and brainstorming impactful solutions. We will not solve this problem overnight, but solidarity will help us to move forward.”

According to Gothamist, the details of the incidents are still “thin and preliminary” and DNAInfo reported that no rape has been reported as of Monday according to Pete Rose of the 94th precinct. That said, we as Greenpoint residents are incredibly alarmed by these assaults.

Here is the Facebook post that’s been circulating, purportedly from a friend of the victim:

“hello to my nyc community – I just ran into an old friend who had a beyond horrible thing happen to her a few days ago and I must spread the word. She was walking to the deli on Sutton street bt driggs and nassau, near mcgolrick park, and was attacked and raped by a group of teenagers who stabbed the side of her neck with a knife. She is beyond lucky to be alive. I haven’t heard anything or seen any signs around the neighborhood about this, so I am using facebook to spread the word. I know a lot of you live in that area, and you should be aware of this! Please be careful out there! And if anyone has any information that may be useful in this – if you have heard other stories like this in the past few months – anything! just let me know and I will pass it along to her so she can get it to the police.”

The North Brooklyn Community Facebook group was abuzz with this news. On Saturday, 33rd District Councilman Steven Levin had this to say:

Hi all, Just a quick report regarding the assault that was posted about by Amy Franklin on Sutton Street this week. I was very concerned to read about this incident on this page on Thursday night. I was in touch with multiple NYPD personnel on Friday, including the 94th Precinct. They confirmed that there was an incident that was reported matching the description of this incident. They also assured me that there are detectives conducting an investigation currently. That investigation is not concluded yet so they can't comment on any of the specifics. If you have an information related to this incident, please reach out to the 94th Pct. Detective Squad at (718) 383-8495 or the main line at (718) 383-3879. Also if you or someone you know has been the victim of rape or sexual assault, you can call the Safe Horizon Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 at (212) 227-3000. From Safe Horizon: -You are not alone. -You are not to blame. -You do not deserve to be treated in this way. -You have rights. -You can get help. If anyone wants to share anything confidentially with me, please feel free to private message me. Thanks, Steve
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The NYPD has an interactive crime map of the city you can view here. Again, it bears repeating that if you or someone you know has been the victim of rape or sexual assault, you can call the Safe Horizon Rape and Sexual Assault hotline 24/7 at (212) 227-3000. If you have information related to the incident, reach out to the 94th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 383-8495 or the main line at (718) 383-3879.

We will continue to update as we learn more. In the meantime, if you have any tips or other concerns, please comment or email us directly at news@greenpointers (Erik), contentmanager@greenpointers.com (Megan), and editor@greenpointers.com (Julia).

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Open Space Alliance Sweeps Up Around McGolrick Park

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Located in the heart of Greenpoint is a park named for longtime neighborhood advocate Monsignor McGolrick, an Irish pastor who became a major community figure in the late 1800s. These days, the Greenpoint area has a new community leader. Her name is Konstancja Maleszyńska.

She works for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a non-profit that partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to help “fill the gaps” that result from underfunding and understaffing within the city department. One of her current projects is organizing monthly “Saturday Sweeps” of McGolrick Park, where neighbors can come meet one another and work together to pick up litter. Continue reading

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LICHenge, The Hustle, Warm-Up – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/06–7/12)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 9.31.47 PMWEDNESDAY 7/07
* Outdoor Cinema @ Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd) 7pm, FREE, Film Forum & Rooftop Films present The African Queen, More info
 Rootless Residency @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, FREE, With Hipro / Tidal Channel / Peter Seligman / VJ Jim Tuite, RSVP

thedig4thofjulyv2THURSDAY 7/08
^ The 50-Year Mission: A Star Trek Launch Party @ Villain (50 North 3rd St) 7pm, $29.99, join WORD for a party to celebrate the release of Ed Gross’s The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek, More info
 The Wild Honey Pie Presents @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, With The Dig / Marvelous Toy, RSVP
 Sewer Rats Bk @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8:30pm, $8, With Love Spread / Deli Girls / Lance Blisters, RSVP

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The Participatory Budgeting Results Are In!

Councilmember Stephen Levin discusses participatory budgeting.
Councilmember Stephen Levin discusses participatory budgeting.

Earlier this spring, the office of Stephen Levin, Greenpoint’s council member, provided the opportunity for residents to vote for how the district’s money would be used for community projects during the upcoming year.

The results from the community vote are in! Below are the projects that District 33 chose. The ones directly affecting Greenpoint are in bold. As construction information unfolds, check back with Greenpointers for more details. All quotes courtesy of Stephen Levin’s newsletter. Continue reading

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Purim Bash, Great Egg Hunt, Brunch Bounce – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (3/23–3/29)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

1914636_10156655745455066_940238610212906208_nWEDNESDAY 3/23
☺ What Are You Afraid Of? @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, $8, Comic tales of fears featuring Jasmine Pierce, Anita Flores, Anna Rose Roisman, and Julio Torres, Buy tix
# Sumo Stew @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 8pm, $5, Watch a sumo match streaming live from Japan while you enjoy bento boxes by outstanding local chefs, More info

THURSDAY 3/24
* Purim Bash @ Greenpoint Loft (67 West St) 6:30pm, $10, With a megillah reading, magic show, face painting, crafts, buffet dinner, and more, More info
* You & Yours Grand Opening
@ You & Yours Vintage (77 Franklin St) 6pm, FREE, Get drinks, desserts, and amazing vintage finds, More info
 “Passing Through” and Motley Cru Wine Release @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, Opening reception for a solo exhibition by Fanny Allié, plus a celebration of the release of 2012 Motley Cru, More info

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Ain’t No Stopping Us Now: McGolrick Park Farmers Market is OPEN Sunday, January 31st! 

Down-To-Earth-Markets_Kale_500It’s here: on Sunday, January 31st, there will be leafy greens! AND farm fresh eggs and meat, amazing cheese, artisanal olive oil, deeelicious pickles, the most wonderful hummus you’ll ever meet, and MORE.

AND did we mention: local apple brandy. What this winter needs is a hot toddy. Continue reading

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McGolrick Park Winter Farmers Market moves indoors this Sunday (11/29)

HormansBestPickles_525pxRemember the great philosopher pickle king, Nick Horman? And his call to “Think. Question. Pickle.” Well, Greenpoint, he’s BACK! This Sunday, November 29th, Horman’s Best Pickles returns to the McGolrick Park Winter Farmers Market.

ParkChurchCo-Op-MGPW_275pxThis Sunday also marks the day when the market moves indoors to the Park Church Co-Op, formerly known as the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, located at 129 Russell Street. It’s right across the street from McGolrick Park, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. Continue reading

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A Sunday Evening With a Burmese Twist Inside Sunview Luncheonette

bar_lucky_number_greenpoint_rdbIt was the final Sunday evening of August and, whilst most of the city was recovering from another scorching weekend, in a hidden corner of Greenpoint things were only  just starting to warm up. The venue was Sunview Luncheonette, the charming former diner perched on the Nassau side of McGolrick Park. The event was a Burmese supper pop-up by Lucky Number, a tasty new enterprise masterminded by creative duo Tyler Drosdeck and Michael Sablan.

Michael, a talented chef who has previously cooked at Mission Chinese and Northeast Kingdom, is on a quest is to bring Burmese cuisine to NYC (of which there is currently surprisingly little). “We’re not yet ready to open a full-on restaurant”, he tells me, “but a pop-up is a great way to take the temperature and gauge our audience.” Continue reading

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