North Brooklyn Angels

Levain Bakery Opens Wednesday in Williamsburg Donating Proceeds to North Brooklyn Angels

(Photo courtesy of Levain Bakery)

After 25 years in Manhattan, Levain Bakery officially opens on Wednesday morning in Williamsburg at 164 N 4 St., marking the bakery’s first Brooklyn location.

To make the opening a bit sweeter, today’s proceeds will be donated to the mobile soup kitchen North Brooklyn Angels, which distributes free freshly prepared meals Monday – Friday.

The delectable chocolate chip walnut cookies are on Levain Bakery’s Brooklyn menu, along with loaf cakes, rolls and breads, and pastries, much like the original location.

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The Ellen Show Surprises Williamsburg Landlord Mario Salerno with Soup Kitchen Donation

Williamsburg landlord Mario Salerno was a guest on The Ellen Show on Tuesday.

The Williamsburg landlord who waived April rent for tenants at all 18 of his buildings due to the coronavirus pandemic was a guest on Ellen Degeneres’ talk show on Tuesday.

Mario Salerno, who also owns the Salerno Service Station in Williamsburg, made waves with his generosity since Greenpointers first reported that approximately 2o0 tenants in his buildings were forgiven of rent this month.

National news outlets and t.v. shows followed up in recent weeks interviewing Salerno, including a profile in the NY Times and most-recently a segment on The Ellen Show, where the host announced that the company Shutterfly would make a $25,000 donation in Salernos’ name to the local soup kitchen the North Brooklyn Angels.

59-year-old Salerno runs the same gas station his father started at 451 Lorimer St. in 1959 . During the interview he talks about the important work of feeding hospital workers and the hungry that the North Brooklyn Angels continue to build support for.


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WOW – we can’t believe our tiny organization just got a big check from @shutterfly on the @theellenshow – this is incredible!!! _ Thank you SO MUCH to both Shutterfly & Ellen 🙏🙏, and also to our local homegrown Angel 🦋 Mario Salerno 🦋 and his shop @salernoautobody _ Mario has not only seen to it that our #Angelmobile has had free gas & repairs for years but just made our moment in the spotlight on Ellen happen. Mario, you’re truly our neighborhood Hero 💙💪 . . . . . #Brooklyn #NewYork #NYC #corona #covid #volunteer #donate #neighbors #food #meals #coronavirus #Woodhull #nurses #doctors #NewYorkTough #nurse #love #doctors #frontline #frontliners #Greenpoint

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Campaign to Feed Hospital Heroes and Employ Restaurant Workers Launched by North Brooklyn Angels

The North Brooklyn Angels have launched a new campaign to feed healthcare workers. (Courtesy of North Brooklyn Angels)

The North Brooklyn Angels launched a new initiative this week to help laid off restaurant workers and front line health care heroes. The “Neighbors Feeding Heroes” crowdfunding campaign began accepting donations on Wednesday morning with more than $650 raised so far.

The non-profit, volunteer-powered soup kitchen regularly serves freshly prepared meals for free throughout Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick in the “Angelmobile” with help from a production kitchen at Our Lady Mount Carmel Church (275 N 8th St.).

The new initiative provides workers at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens with breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week during the coronavirus crisis, with a kitchen team operating out of Jimmy’s Dinner (577 Union Ave.).

“The great thing that we’ve done is to put restaurant workers back to work in a safe way and we’re starting with 100 meal three times per day, Manny Howard spokesperson for the North Brooklyn Angels said. “And then, as their capacity to accept these meals grows and our capacity to produce grows, we’ll definitely put that number up. And with any luck we’ll be able to hire more restaurant workers.”



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We just got back from our new mission — Operation Neighbors Feeding Heroes 😇🚙 🏥 . Starting from this morning & until the crisis is over, we will be delivering delicious, individually wrapped meals to our healthcare workers at Woodhull Hospital 3x per day for breakfast, lunch & dinner, 7 days per week. That’s going to be over 2,100 meals per week if we can keep it up 🙌💙 . We definitely need your help since this is a huge undertaking for our tiny organization. . If you can donate and then spread the word to others who might also donate, that would really go a long way. We’ve also launched a GoFundMe to help power Operation #NeighborsFeedingHeroes (link in bio) 💪 . What’s on the menu? Our local Angel, @jimmysdinerbrooklyn, starting working at sun up to make over a hundred of their breakfast club and egg & cheese sandwiches. Right now, they’re prepping lunch. THANK YOU GUYS!!! . . . . . #Brooklyn #NewYork #NYC #corona #covid #volunteer #donate #neighbors #food #meals #coronavirus #Woodhull #nurses #doctors #NewYorkTough #nurse #love #doctors #frontline #frontliners

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North Brooklyn Angels Hosts First Annual Luncheon Gala (3/27) in Greenpoint

The Angelmobile in action

The non-profit organization North Brooklyn Angels, that prepares fresh and healthy meals for the hungry, is hosting its first annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Luncheon on Wed. March 27th, at 12 p.m. at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.); tickets are available here.

Angels at work

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North Brooklyn Angels to Receive 5 Percent of Brooklyn Whole Foods Sales 1/10

The mobile soup kitchen run by the North Brooklyn Angels, known as the Angelmobile, is the first recipient of the Whole Foods 5% Day. This Thursday (1/10) Whole Foods has committed to passing on 5% of their profits to benefit The North Brooklyn Angels from in-store sales at all three Brooklyn stores (Williamsburg, Fort Green and Gowanus.)

If you’re available consider volunteering tomorrow 3-4 hours to help staff their information tables. Shifts 11 AM – 2PM and or 3:30PM – 7PM. You will work in a team and have fun while doing good!

To get involved, email [email protected] with the subject line WHOLE FOODS VOLUNTEER

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New Year, New Volunteer Opportunities in North Brooklyn

The Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St.)

With the end of the year approaching, you may be looking for ways to give back to the community during this holiday season. The local hunger-relief programs offer great opportunities to give back in North Brooklyn, either with a one-off session or on a weekly basis.

The Greenpoint Reformed Church Hunger Program serves dinner on Wednesdays and distributes groceries on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. at 136 Milton St. View the upcoming schedule and volunteer here.

The hunger program is also currently hosting a crowdfunding campaign to provide essential hygiene products for young girls and women. The ‘fem-kits’ will be available at the food pantry and the campaign seeks to fund three months of supplies for 400 women.

The angel mobile serves up hot meals (photo via @brooklyncranksgiving)

The North Brooklyn Angels are a local nonprofit organization that started in the winter of 2016 and by the summer of 2017, launched the “Angelmobile,” a 40-foot mobile soup kitchen powered by volunteers, and started serving free meals on the streets of Brooklyn. NBA sends out bi-weekly emails with updates on the volunteer schedule. They also use social media (@northbrooklynangels) to post emergency volunteer opportunities. Signup for email updates here. Continue reading

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North Brooklyn Angels Hosted Their first Annual Thanks4Giving

Last night at Our Lady Mount Carmel (275 N 8 St.), the North Brooklyn Angels hosted their first annual Thanks4Giving holiday meal in honor of the volunteers who help prepare and serve nearly 1,000 meals per week. Their local volunteers cook the food in a commercial kitchen and deliver meals in North Brooklyn in the “angel mobile” throughout the year. Check out some of the photos from the dinner:

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North Brooklyn Angels Host Thanksgiving Meal in Honor of Volunteers

The North Brooklyn Angels are throwing a Thanksgiving celebration in honor of the volunteers who give their time and effort to prepare and serve meals to our neighbors in need. The Thanks4Giving meal will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 5 – 9 p.m. at the Parish Hall of Mt. Carmel RC Church at 275 N 8th St.

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Endless Summer: Free (or cheap) North Brooklyn Must-Dos

Movie in Transmitter Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

August is like the Sunday of summer, so why not get the most of out this month? There’s still so much fun to be had, even as summer winds down to a slow and humid crawl.

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Starving Greenpoint Artist Seeking Food Via Craigslist

Starving artist Craiglist

Apparently, times are tough out there for at least one local artist. From the above Craigslist post, it’s a little unclear if he is legitimately starving or is merely seeking inspired companionship; but either way, Greenpointers do not let other Greenpointers go hungry! If he is truly in need of food, we would recommend seeking out the North Brooklyn Angels van. Today from 1230-130pm, they will be posted up across the street from the Williamsburgh Library (240 Division Ave), to hand out 200 hot meals. Tomorrow (Wednesday), the Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton Street) will host their weekly community dinner from 6-7pm, and on Thursdays from 8am-11am they give out groceries from their food pantry. And if that’s not enough, a while back we compiled a roundup of local bars and restaurants that serve up free or super cheap food and drinks. So there are plenty of options to avoid truly going hungry in the ‘hood. Or, our long haired artist may simply be on the hunt for a woman who knows her way around the kitchen, a lady who is happy to simultaneously craft the perfect bechamel sauce for a hearty truffle mac n cheese, chop up a pink lettuce salad and pour him a glass of natural wine. In any case, hopefully this local artist will starve no more! Continue reading

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