Lager Legislation, An Airbnb Nightmare, and The King of Greenpoint – The Hook-Up 10/07

Firefighters responded to calls from multiple people who reported smelling gas near Franklin and Noble Wednesday night. After checking it out, firefighters determined that nothing was wrong.

After a string of recent robberies in Greenpoint, police are looking for four men. Images have been released of two of these men. Stay vigilant and be careful if walking late at night.

Ever wonder where McGuinness Boulevard got its name? It’s because of a man named Peter J. McGuinness, an influential character in the neighborhood’s history who, despite having never graduated high school, helped get such projects as the Meeker Avenue Bridge and McCarren Park Pool completed. Local historian and frequent Greenpointers writer Geoff Cobb has a new book coming out about him called King of Greenpoint, which is getting some attention!

After being forced out of their apartment of 23 years by nefarious landlords and forced to live in shelters and temporary housing for three years, a Greenpoint family has finally returned to their longtime home at 300 Nassau Avenue.

Ever wonder what an Airbnb nightmare looks like? Check out this story, on a Williamsburg family who rented out their duplex only to have $7k in damage occur.

Tired of feeling like your paycheck disappears faster than free pizza at Paulie Gee’s? Well, you may be on to something, according to this study from a real estate data company, which calls Brooklyn the most “unaffordable place to live in America”.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that North Brooklyn Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol originally introduced providing tax credits for brewers in New York City. Greenpoint Beer and Ale, Keg & Lantern, and Brooklyn Brewery all got shout outs from Lentol in the press release!

Greening Greenpoint hosted the Greenpoint Community Tree Summit on Monday at the McCarren Park Play Center.

The 94th Precinct hosted their monthly Community Council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

t.b.d. (224 Franklin St.) hosted a fundraising event on Wednesday in support of Hillary Clinton.

Town Square is hosting Go Green Day, a volunteer afternoon on Friday, October 7 from 2-5pm in McCarren Park.

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The Fate of Bushwick Inlet: “Where’s Our Park?” Meeting Tonight!

#wheresourparkWhat’s been going on with the negotiations between the city and the owner of the CitiStorage site? Come join Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park tonight at Greenpoint Beer & Ale to chat about the park’s future. While there’s currently nothing specific to report, FBIP has been told that the parties have begun negotiating, so they’re cautiously optimistic. But that said, they believe that time is of the essence and hope the parties will come to a settlement soon. However, if negotiations fall apart and no deal is made then potentially the only remaining course of action would be for the city proceed to eminent domain and condemn the CitiStorage site for the public good, fulfilling the 2005 rezoning agreement to the benefit of all New Yorkers.

Join FBIP tonight and engage with fellow open space advocates!

Greenpoint Beer and Ale | 7 N15th St @ Franklin St.
Wednesday October 5th
Meet Up at 7:00pm
Updates + Q&A at 7:30-8:00pm
Craft Beer & Conversation thereafter

Related stories:
What’s Next For Bushwick Inlet Park As $100 Mill Offer Expires
Where’s our park? In the hands of another developer if CitiStorage owner has his way.
At CitiStorage Rally, Various Words that Amounted to ‘Where’s Our Park?’
Watch Out CitiStorage. Eminent Domain Wants to Head Your Way!

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Misplaced Street Signs, Concerned Citizens Meeting Part 2, and G Train Serenades – The Hook-Up 09/30

Community activist and organizer Emily Gallagher meets with concerned Greenpointers Thursday night at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) The meeting was the second such session for citizens to discuss recent incidents and formulate plans to combat a rise in alleged recent assaults and robberies.

If your train isn’t going to show up you might as well write a catchy song about it like this Brooklyn R&B trio did!

Well, this is literally a bad sign. The city finally removed a “Meserole Avenue” street sign they had erroneously placed in Williamsburg earlier this month.

Polish Pride takes center stage this Sunday in Manhattan during the 79th annual Pulaski Day Parade!

Wondering about the status of the long-promised 27-acre Bushwick Inlet Park!? Friends of Bushwick Park Inlet is hosting an informational “Meet Up at Greenpoint Beer and Ale” (7 N. 15th St.) on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00pm. Continue reading

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Concerned Residents Meeting, That Cubbyhole Lifestyle, & BOOM! — The Hook-Up 09/23

Community members meet with District 33 Participatory Budgeting Coordinator Benjamin Solotaire Tuesday night at the Greenpoint Library.








Participatory budgeting meetings have been happening all week, and there’s more to come. You can submit your ideas here or attend a meeting in person (click here for a schedule). Get a piece of that $1.5 mil!

In light of several assaults that allegedly occurred near McGolrick park recently, a community meeting was held Thursday night at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.) Concerned citizens asked questions of several attending officers of the 94th Precinct and then brainstormed ways to make the community safer. Greenpointers attended the meeting and we will have an update coming soon!

This guy is living inside an illegal a cubbyhole in Williamsburg, and likes it. 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
via Facebook

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), (Megan), and (Julia).

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Three Participatory Budgeting Meetings This Week Offer Greenpointers Opportunities to Enhance Community

pb-meetingCitizens of North Brooklyn looking to ameliorate their community have three opportunities this week to directly affect some change through New York City Council’s Participatory Budgeting program. As described on the City Council’s website, Participatory Budgeting is “a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.” Each year, NYC council members decide whether they want their districts to participate in the PB process, and then spend a year organizing public meetings, speaking to members of their communities and getting an idea of what sorts of projects citizens need and want most.

Thanks to City Council Member Stephen Levin, the opportunity is being afforded to District 33, which includes Greenpoint and Williamsburg. This year, there’s $1.5 million dollars allocated. You’ve got three opportunities this week to go pitch your own ideas and hear ideas of fellow community members. The schedule for the remaining meetings is as follows:

  • Monday, Sep. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Spanish Church (161 South 3rd St.)
  • Tuesday, Sep. 20 at 6:00 p.m. at The Greenpoint Library (107 Norman St.)
  • Thursday, Sep. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at The Actor’s Fund (160 Schermerhorn St.)
  • Tuesday, Sep. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at WeWork Brooklyn Heights Office (195 Montague St.)
  • Wednesday, Sep. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Independence Towers Community Center (114 Taylor St.)

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What’s Next For Bushwick Inlet Park As $100 Mill Offer Expires

The North Brooklyn Community and Elected Officials at the steps of City Hall
The North Brooklyn Community and Elected Officials at the steps of City Hall

“The city can’t just rest on its laurels and say it made an offer,” said State Assemblyman Joe Lentol on the steps of City Hall, where the North Brooklyn community alongside elected officials turned up the heat on an already sweltering summer day for Bushwick Inlet Park. It’s because the $100 million offer that the city made to acquire the last remaining parcel of prospective park land expired yesterday, Monday, August 8.

This puts the future of all 28 acres of open space in a precarious position and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is not taking it lying down. With impassioned chants of “Where’s our park?” and a series of speeches by community leaders and elected officials, they demanded that Mayor de Blasio does what it takes to deliver the waterfront park that was promised 11 years ago. Continue reading

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Goodyoga Flips Teacher Payment Structure On Its Head

Goodyoga's Greenpoint Avenue Studio
Goodyoga’s Greenpoint Avenue Studio

If you’ve been to Goodyoga, you know they’re doing something right. Their app makes class sign-up easy, their down-to-earth teachers blend alignment with humor, and their prices beat everywhere else. What you may not know is that Goodyoga is promoting physical and emotional health for instructors by changing their business model.

As of the first of the year, they’re offering full-time employment with benefits to their yoga teachers. This may signal a new direction for the yoga industry, with concerned teachers and studio owners who see the current industry standard of employing teachers as Independent Contractors as broken. Meanwhile, more than one yoga studio has been audited by the Department of Labor over the practice. Continue reading

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Calyer Street Water Main Burst Adds To Ongoing Water Problems

Water pipe burst on Calyer Street in Greenpoint
A burst pipe leaves a giant hole in the ground on Calyer Street in Greenpoint.

Residents and businesses on Franklin and Calyer in Greenpoint have already been having a tough week with sporadic water shutoffs by the city due to construction. And to add insult to injury, this morning around 3am a water main burst on Calyer Street between Franklin and West, causing a gaping hole in the middle of the street.

The incident was an obvious emergency, but residents and business owners are distressed that the previous water shutoffs over the last week were served with less than a 24-hour notice.

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