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Keep Shea Stadium Alive, Williamsburg Bridge Crash, Geoff Cobb Is Famous —The Hook Up 3/24

Guernsey Street. Photo by Megan Penmann
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It’s tremendously important to keep DIY venues like Shea Stadium open, which recently abruptly closed — it keeps the Brooklyn music scene, and the New York music scene alive and relevant. Please back their Kickstarter (which already has reached $82k of its $50k ask) if you want our neighborhood to keep its cool!

Not that the L train shutdown sucks any less, but now officials say that they’ll close the line (from Bedford to 8th Ave.) for three months less than earlier projected.

The best kind of partying involves a #safespace, but last week a man was fatally shot in the face at a Bushwick club.

Trending now: Williamsburg housing prices are going down down down.

A young woman was fatally injured in a crash on the Williamsburg bridge last week.

Our resident history writer Geoff Cobb was featured in the New York Times last week for his knowledge of a famous Irish painter from Greenpoint (which he wrote about here on Greenpointers).

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The Greenpoint Shooter: What We Know

Greenpoint police standoff 3/6/17, Photo by Johnny Cirillo
Photo by Johnny Cirillo

Yesterday afternoon, police blockaded the street near the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard while they were dealing with a man who had barricaded himself in an apartment after shooting another man in the head. After a few hours, the suspect, Gene Barrett, surrendered to police and is now in custody. Barrett was a former NYPD police officer. The victim, Joseph Sapinski, is currently on life support.

Here’s what else we know (via Heavy): Continue reading

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Today’s Greenpoint Police Standoff: In Photos

This afternoon, we had a shooting in Greenpoint near Greenpoint Ave. and McGuinness Blvd. that reportedly resulted from a dispute between the boyfriend of a a landlord and a tenant; the boyfriend was shot in the head*. Hundreds of police were on the scene, and officials negotiated with the shooter for about an hour—eventually the suspect was captured by police. Photographer Johnny Cirillo was on the scene and snapped these striking images as the standoff was taking place.

Greenpoint police standoff 3/6/17, Photo by Johnny Cirillo

Greenpoint police standoff 3/6/17, Photo by Johnny Cirillo Continue reading

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L Train Shutdown Solutions Meeting – Tonight 2/23!

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The Riders Alliance, a grass-roots membership organization of subway and bus riders dedicated to winning better transit in New York City, are hosting an L Train Shutdown meeting tonight.

Riders deserve a voice in the L train shutdown!

Are you worried about how the L train shutdown will affect your community? You’re not alone!

We’re fighting hard to make sure you’ll be able to get around easily when the L is out of service–but we can’t do it without your help!

Come join us at our first L Train Riders meeting to discuss what riders like you need during the shutdown–and how we’re going to make sure the MTA and DOT listen to us!

When: Thursday, February 23rd, 6pm-8pm

Where: The Carto Center: 201 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY, 11206

Food will be provided. Two way MetroCards for those in need.

RSVP HERE

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Feminist Tattoos, Putin + Trump Lovefest, and CB1 Livestreams — The Hook-Up 2/17

McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann
McCarren Park dusted with snow last weekend. Photo: Megan Penmann

In case you missed it, an illustrated image of Putin/Trump embracing was projected onto a building on North 6th Street this week.

Police are investigating after an apartment building with mostly Hasidic residents in Williamsburg was vandalized with swastika graffiti.

Hurrah! Community Board 1 will now be livestreaming their lengthy meetings! Here’s the meeting from earlier this week, which runs almost four hours.

Greenpoint’s Magick City (37 Box St.) hosted a tattoo event to benefit Planned Parenthood last week, which got completely booked up, drawing crowds from all around the city.

Applications for affordable housing ($596 for a studio!) at the Domino Sugar Factory reached a whopping 87k—only 104 are available, with half designated to go to residents of CB1.

Will makeup giant Sephora be coming to Williamsburg? It’d probably look right at home next to the Apple Store, Levis Store and Whole Foods.

Following two pedestrian deaths, neighbors are speaking up about making Grand Street a safer place to walk.

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Greenpoint Has A Serial Groper

Christopher Boissard. Image via DNA Info/Facebook
Christopher Boissard. Image via DNA Info/Facebook

A local man, Christopher Boissard, who has been harassing and grabbing locals, in addition to shoving customers inside local businesses has now been charged with felony sex abuse.

Via DNA Info:

“An accused serial groper who has attacked and stalked a neighborhood mom continues to target other local woman — seemingly undeterred by restraining orders against him, police and his victims said.

Christopher Boissard, 25 — a deaf man who’s been arrested more than 30 times on various low-level charges — has three pending groping cases against him and a conviction for attacking and harassing his own father, court records show.

He has violated orders of protection barring him from going near his alleged victims at least six times, in a pattern neighbors worry could get someone killed.”

“Last fall, on Sept. 11, he fondled a woman’s breasts at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Freeman Street at around 9:30 p.m., according to prosecutors. He was arrested, and Judge Matthew J. D’Emic set bail at $500, which he posted, court records show.”

“Boissard fondled a woman’s breasts and shoved her inside a store near India Street and Manhattan Avenue, as workers at the store repeatedly asked him to leave, prosecutors said.”

“Workers at Manhattan Avenue’s Champion Coffee said that two weeks before Boissard groped Clare, police were called after he chased several women down the avenue, though no police report was filed.

He’s shoved customers inside local businesses, and sometimes walks in and screams before running out, witnesses said. Shopkeepers say they keep a watchful eye on Boissard.”

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Some Williamsburg Residents May Be Seeing Brown Tap Water, And Here’s Why

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Hopefully your tap water doesn’t look like the above photo. Gross! According to NYC Water, some local residents currently have a water system maintenance advisory due to a situation at the Domino Sugar Factory:

Water system maintenance advisory for residents in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: There is a broken pipe within Old Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg. The property owner is making repairs now. This work could cause some residents to see discolored water at the tap. While it is not harmful, residents should not drink obviously discolored water.  

Please report discolored water to 311 (you can call 311 or fill in this form online) to help our engineers pinpoint any problems. Crews will be on standby to open hydrants and flush water mains, if necessary. Go here to learn more about the causes of discolored water.

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Are You A Greenpointer With Love For Local News? We’re Seeking A News Editor!

Greenpoint sunset. Photo: Megan PenmannAre you up-to-date on the environmental issues in Greenpoint? Local crime and safety issues? Are you interested being an active part of North Brooklyn community? Are you a writer with a nose for news?

We’re looking for a News Editor to join us! You will be responsible for keeping up with local news and creating a weekly news roundup post, managing and writing stories of your own, and assigning stories to contributing writers. You should be able to attend monthly Editors meetings, and occasional community-related events and meetings. Must be detail-oriented, highly knowledgable about Greenpoint (you live here!), and have a great personality and fun writing style. You should generally be comfortable with technology, as you will be working in WordPress and using our content management platform (it’s not hard, and we’ll teach you).

This position is paid per post written and per post edited.

Apply here or in the form after the jump. Continue reading

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Precinct Protest, Deep Fried Burrata and Candy Vans — The Hook-Up 1/13

Greenpoint watertower sunset. Photo: Megan Penmann
Greenpoint watertower sunset. Photo: Megan Penmann

A protest at Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct this week made headlines following Captain Peter Rose’s statements to the press about rape cases. The protest happened despite his formal apology via Twitter. The National Organization For Women has requested a meeting with the police commissioner to discuss sytem-wide reforms.

There’s a new development going up next to Transmitter Park, and local residents are not excited about the building’s lobby overlooking the park. Residents voiced their dissent at a Community Board meeting this week about the zoning amendment which would allow the proposed construction to take place. The issue now goes up before the City Planning Commission and then to City Hall.

The renovated Kosciuszko Bridge might actually open sooner than originally planned. The project, which started in late 2014, has been regularly clogging up neighborhood traffic leading onto the BQE. A Department of Transportation spokeswoman says that the “main span will be completed and all traffic in both directions will be shifted onto it in early spring.” Hallelujah! Continue reading

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Mayor de Blasio Helps Community Celebrate Bushwick Inlet Park Victory

Mayor de Blasio

This past Saturday, December 17th, Mayor de Blasio came to Bushwick Inlet Park to praise the community activists who after ten years of struggle finally prevailed and forced the city to purchase the twenty-seven acre site for the park. De Blasio continually referred to the community’s victory and praised the local group Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park for their tireless advocacy for the park. In his remarks the Mayor laughed about the persistence of local City Councilman Stephen Levin, who incessantly nagged him until the park was purchased. The Mayor spoke of the high cost of acquiring the land ($150 million just for the final piece), but said that the city was fulfilling its promise to the community to acquire the waterfront site.

Stephen Levin and Carolyn Maloney

A number of other local politicians spoke. Borough President Eric Adams mentioned that the park was proof of the city’s commitment to provide waterfront access to all the people of Brooklyn, not only those with the means to purchase luxury waterfront real estate. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney also addressed the gathering saying that the actions of community groups in gaining the park would serve as a future model. State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol reminded people that he had been an advocate for the park for a decade.

Joe Lentol

The mood at the gathering was celebratory, almost euphoric. Many of the people in the crowd had done the hard work of advocating for the park for years. They had made phone calls, signed petitions, and even slept out in the rain to gain the parkland, and they were in the mood to celebrate. As they walked home to Greenpoint, Stephen Chesler, Scott Fraser and some of the other people who fought the hardest to gain the park posed for pictures by the fence, which recently read Where’s Our Park? but now reads triumphantly, Here’s Our Park. Those words said it all.

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