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“Drug Peddling & Mayhem” Coming to South Williamsburg? Notes From Last Night’s CB1 Meeting

Dealice Fuller at the CB1 meeting on November 14, 2017
Dealice Fuller at the CB1 meeting on November 14, 2017

As we mentioned last month, the regular CB1 meetings are a great opportunity to support our local community (or at least know what the hell’s going on around here) from the comfort of your own couch—so make some popcorn, throw back a few beers and throw on the livestream. Between committed neighborhood busy-bodies, awkward and often inane comments from the peanut gallery, and Dealice Fuller’s formidable facial expressions, the CB1 meetings are thoroughly entertaining. You can watch last night’s meeting (11/14) in full, here on YouTube. The agenda can be viewed as a PDF here. The next CB1 meeting will be held on December 5th at the Swingin’ 60s Senior Center (211 Ainslie Street) at 6pm, and will also be livestreamed via Thirteen.

Here are the highlights:

  • Neighbors are concerned that the crowds from Painting Lounge (309 Roebling Street) could be a boon for “drug peddling and mayhem,” and that perhaps applying for a liquor license is a clever way for the humble-seeming business to disguise its true motive of actually operating as a bar. Others brought up that there are already two liquor stores nearby, and, citing prohibition, questioned whether the community is being too harsh: “Is this 2017 or is this 1917?” And:“Am I in some lala land where this quiet little place where women come and paint is the thing that’s gonna wreck a whole community?” A motion was passed to recommend denial on the lounge’s application for a beer and wine license.
  • The question was brought up and not resolved… Should CB1 be recommending name changes to businesses with potentially offensive names? Xixa (241 S 4th St) is Yiddish for a non-Jewish woman, Traif (229 S 4th St) refers to non-Kosher food, and now there’s Greenpoint newcomer Ramen Mafia (opening at 208 Franklin Street).

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Rezoning, Renovating and Revving up for Election Day — The Hook-up (11/3)

A rendering for the Pfzier Rezoning Plan
A rendering for the Pfzier Rezoning Plan, via NewYorkYimby

Yesterday, when Joe Rickets, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade, who owned DNAinfo and Gothamist shut down those sites – putting 115 people out of work – following the reporters’ vote to unionize, we got another reminder of how easily a powerful individual can wantonly affect the lives of so many people according to his whims.

Powerful business interests have been flexing their muscles here in Greenpoint, too. Both the waterfront development firm Greenpoint Landing Associates, and the pharmaceutical conglomerate Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) scored some good press this week by making grants to the local community. Greenpoint Landing Associates donated $250,000 to the Greenpoint YMCA (99 Meserole Ave) to renovate the gym, fitness room and spin center. PhRMA pledged $2,000 to P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry Elementary to support the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.  Continue reading

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Dealice Fuller is the Sassiest Woman in North Brooklyn, and Other Notes From Last Night’s CB1 Meeting

Dealice Fuller, chairperson of CB1 at the CB1 meeting on October 17, 2017
Dealice Fuller, throwing some full on Maya Rudolph level sass.

The monthly Community Board 1 meetings are highly entertaining if you have even a passing interest in local goings-on, and as we’ve previously reported, if you don’t want to attend in person you can watch them from the comfort of your own home livestreamed via public channel Thirteen on YouTube. At the meetings, you get to find out who’s applying for liquor licenses, which block association has beef with which developer, and watch bright-eyed millenials with new business ideas get torn a new one (pass the popcorn). One of the most enjoyable parts of watching the livestream of the CB1 meeting is the closeups on chairperson Dealice Fuller’s face—this woman does not play. She’s badass and amazing. You can watch last night’s meeting in full here.

Here are the highlights from last night’s meeting (which ran over by about an hour):
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Columbia Finds High Concentration of Lead in Greenpoint Soil — Have Your Yard Tested for Free!

Testing Greenpoint Soil. Via Columbia University
Testing Greenpoint Soil. Via Columbia University

An ongoing study by Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with the local community organization Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, has been testing Greenpoint’s soil for lead. Since this spring, the Columbia team has analyzed 264 soil samples from 52 neighborhood backyards. Their preliminary results show that 92% of Greenpoint backyards have soil with lead concentrations that exceed what the EPA considers safe for residential soil. Some of the soil samples exceed that mark by 7 or 8 times the safety limit — which makes them more adulterated than soil found in some polluted Peruvian mining communities. Continue reading

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A Teen in the Turnstile, A Man in the River, and Sex at the Center — The Hook-up 9/29

Activist Swimmer Christopher Swain Takes on the East River. Via Brooklyn Paper
Activist Swimmer Christopher Swain Takes on the East River. Via Brooklyn Paper

We’ve all had trouble with the turnstile before — maybe your MetroCard isn’t swiping, maybe some of the turnstiles are out of order — but it takes a special skill and dedication to find yourself wedged on top of a full height turnstile at 8am on a Tuesday morning at Court Square, as one teenage turnstile jumper did this week. A witness told Gothamist that the teen “tried to hold back the gate and slip through it, but it slipped back and wedged him in.” Ultimately, he had to be detangled from the turnstile by MTA personnel.

And that’s not the only wild feat in the news this week. Christopher Swain, an activist swimmer who has already plunged into the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, swam the East River last Thursday from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Bridge Park in order raise awareness for the global refugee crisis. He took off from Greenpoint’s India Street Ferry Dock, and finished his journey at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Continue reading

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Final Demolition of the Kosciuszko Bridge This Sunday 10/1

The end of the old Kosciusko Bridge. Via Brooklyn Paper
The end of the old Kosciuszko Bridge. Via Brooklyn Paper

So far this summer, New Yorkers have reacted to the demolition of the Old Kosciuszko Bridge in a variety of expressive ways. There were the illicit parties held on the Bridge ahead of the scheduled July demolition, and the group of urban vigilantes ready to defend the bridge from demise with wolves and swords.

The city itself decided on a more muted end to the 1939 span that crosses Newtown Creek, connecting Greenpoint to Maspeth, Queens, than these events, or even the Bridge’s namesake, Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Revolutionary hero in both Poland and the United States, might warrant. Instead of the scheduled July explosion, the main span of the bridge was lowered onto a barge in Newtown Creek.

But, anyone who was hoping the bridge would go out with a bang can get psyched. While the final demolition was supposed to take place September 24, the new demolition date is now This Sunday, October 1st at 8am.

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Greenpoint Stabber Apprehended

The suspect in the fatal stabbing of Greenpoint resident George Carroll, Gary Correa, was apprehended today after being on the run for the past few weeks. The victim’s fund on gofundme has climbed to nearly $23,000, with the community rallying support.

Via The New York Post:

Cops on Thursday arrested a teen wanted in the murder of a Brooklyn man who was stabbed in front of his wife — and they busted him right near the crime scene, according to police sources.

Gary Correa, 19, had been on the run from police for more than a week, but seems to have been hiding in plain sight — he was caught just blocks from where Greenpoint man George Carroll was knifed outside McGolrick Park on Aug. 18, sources said.

Correa, who lives at the nearby Bushwick Houses, allegedly stabbed the 42-year-old actor after they crossed paths on Monitor Street near Driggs Avenue that night.

Carroll and his wife, Christina Romero Carroll, 41, were walking home when the husband made eye contact with two men standing on a stoop.

“What are you looking at?” one of the men said, according to Christina, who said her husband shot back: “I’m lookin’.”

More words were exchanged before the men chased Carroll down the street, and he was stabbed in the left side of his chest.

Witnesses later identified Correa as the knifeman, according to police.

The 19-year-old has 13 prior arrests, including grand larceny, armed robbery, burglary and criminal possession of marijuana, according to police sources.

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A Duck on the G Train, A Massage For Your Period and the Best Place to Photograph The Kosciuszko Bridge—The Hook-Up 8/25

Merry Pranksters All Aboard on Lombardy Street via The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Merry Pranksters All Aboard on Lombardy Street via The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Do you feel like things have been pretty quacked in Greenpoint this week? You’re not wrong. On Monday night, a leashed duck boarded the G Train, and as you can see from the video, he was not too pleased to be there.

If you’re feeling as stressed as that duck, and you think your period might have something to do with it, Massage Greenpoint (37 Greenpoint Avenue) has you covered. They’ve just rolled out “The Moon Cycle Massage,” aimed at alleviating those monthly aches.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle went on a hunt for the best place in the neighborhood to photograph the new Kosciuszko Bridge, and concluded it’s a tough task. But they did manage to snag a pic of an ultra groovy bus on Lombardy Street.   Continue reading

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Hit and Run Driver Who Struck Neftaly Ramirez is Not Being Charged

A neighborhood memorial for Neftaly Ramirez. Photo by Julia Moak
A neighborhood memorial for Neftaly Ramirez. Photo by Julia Moak

While Greenpoint mourns  Neftaly Ramirez, who was fatally struck on Franklin and Noble on July 22, the Action Carting driver who hit him is not being charged with a crime. Ramirez was biking home after his shift at Paulie Gee’s (60 Greenpoint Avenue) when he was hit on Franklin Street, and pronounced dead at the scene.

According to DNAinfo, Mr. Ramirez’s death is one in a string of fatalities and injuries Action Carting, the city’s largest private garbage collection company, has been involved in recently. Since 2008, the company’s trucks have killed 5 and injured at least a dozen others. Continue reading

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Mockingbirds Attack in Transmitter, Robbers Impersonate ICE, Literary Playlists—The Hook-Up 7/31

Sunset at The Lot Radio. Photo: Megan Penmann
Sunset at The Lot Radio. Photo: Megan Penmann

Word on the street is that there’s a dangerous crew of mockingbirds hanging out in Transmitter Park, and boy are they ready to start shit. One reader tells us, “I was running through there the other day and one of them swooped down and started pulling at my ponytail. When I tried to keep running, it followed be and started yanking at it again.” Apparently, it is nesting season for the birds and the brutal attacks should stop once the birds’ babies are able to leave the nest. This has been happening for years, and seemingly is just wildlife being rightfully pissed off that we’re invading their turf.

Japan-o-philes and lovers of designy home goods rejoice—North Brooklyn is getting a MUJI!

Greenpointer and programmer Kate Ray created playlists, for books.

A Fox News host was doused with water at Union Pool. Continue reading

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