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Get $15 Off TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint! (Sun, Sept 15)

(photo via TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint)

It’s going to beautiful out this SUNDAY September 15th so why not hang out on the Williamsburg waterfront while supporting local businesses and a good cause? TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint (1-4PM) is back to present some of the best of what North Brooklyn has to offer so you can eat your way through this Sunday’s Funday.

We have $15 off discount link for our readers so get your tix here and put your money where your mouth is because there’s going to be food & drinks galore to choose from over 40 local restaurants and bars!

Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint

Now in it’s 10th year, this block-party-style tasting event benefits the restoration of The Firehouse (formally the Northside Town Hall) into a Community and Cultural Center that will serve as a space for community, arts and activism. With views of the NYC skyline, live music, and plenty of activities, it’ll be a great way to hang out with your family, friends, and neighbors!

Get your Greenpointers discounted tickets here and hope to see you Sunday!


Greenpointers is a proud sponsor of TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint and The Firehouse, a three-floor building on 134 Wythe Avenue that will house the two founding community nonprofits on the upper two floors, with the first floor dedicated to cultural programming, exhibitions, events and classes. The Firehouse: North Brooklyn Community Center will use the arts to bridge the various communities it serves through programming that works to convene, engage and inspire.

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New Renderings of Domino Sugar Redevelopment Show Glass-Domed Design

(Courtesy of PAU Architects/World Architecture)

New renderings of the Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment have been released by PAU architects. The developer, Two Trees Management has proposed an 11-foot height increase to the original design of 292-314 Kent Avenue, historically known as the Havemeyer & Elder Filter, Pan & Finishing House.

(Courtesy of PAU Architects/World Architecture)

In 2017, the Landmarks Preservation Commission initially approved the plan to add a glass-domed building with a barrel-vaulted ceiling inside the brick facade of the centerpiece of the redevelopment.

(Courtesy of PAU Architects/YIMBY)

According to YIMBY:

The PAU design team has proposed a height increase of the building’s domed glass roof from 224 feet to 235 feet. New elevation diagrams also appear to eliminate the building’s 16th floor. Instead, levels one through four, 14, and 15 include increased ceiling spans of varying heights.

Updated proposals also include a newly designed stair system positioned between the two volumes of the domed expansion. Previous iterations of the stair system existed fully within the glass structure.

Pending approvals, the building will include ground-floor retail, 12 levels of office space, and a 14th-floor event space with double-height ceilings, a catering kitchen, and back-of-house areas. According to Two Trees, the developers of the property, completion is anticipated in the early 2020s.

(Courtesy of PAU Architects/World Architecture)

Over 2,000 apartments are planned at the Domino development, including more than 700 affordable apartments.

(Courtesy of PAU Architects/World Architecture)
(Courtesy of PAU Architects/World Architecture)
(Courtesy of PAU Architects/World Architecture)
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Greenpoint This Week: Bayside Tank Demolition, Lead in North Brooklyn Schools, Williamsburg Pier Opening, and More

The changing Williamsburg waterfront at the Domino Park development.

Welcome to the weekend Greenpointers! Luckily, the four-alarm fire on Monitor Street this week resulted in no life-threatening injuries, and thankfully, the abandoned van across from John Ericsson Middle School was finally towed.

If you’re looking for weekend activities, there’s time left to see the “Beyond the Streets” exhibit featuring 150 artists at 25 Kent. While you’re in the area you might want to checkout North Brooklyn’s latest waterfront opening, the North 5th Street Pier and Park and say farewell (for now?) to the iconic Wythe Diner.

For now, catch up on this week’s local headlines: Continue reading

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Bakery Rzeszowska Closes After 34 Years

Bakery Rzesowska is closed after more than three decades in Greenpoint.

Bakery Rzeszowska (948 Manhattan Ave.) has closed after 34 years on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. The Polish bakery was a go to for makowiec, freshly baked bread and authentic pączki near the Greenpoint Avenue subway for decades. A note posted on the front of the bakery’s building on Thursday gives thanks to their customers: Continue reading

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Kosciuszko Bridge Park “Under the K” Design Unveiled

The site of “Under the K” park (courtesy of Public Work)

The plans to transform seven acres beneath the Kosciuszko Bridge into “a public park, cultural destination, and ecological hub” were unveiled last month by the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance.

The “Under the K” unveiling (courtesy of North Brooklyn Parks Alliance)

The ethos behind the design of the project draws contrast to “glamorous public spaces” like the Highline in favor of a “process-place that is firmly rooted in the local,” according to the presentation (PDF). Continue reading

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Greenpoint Street Repaving Schedule 7/15 – 7/19

Before and after repaving on Franklin Street last wwek.

The Dept of Transportation continues to repave the streets around North Brooklyn this week.

Here’s the milling and paving schedule 7/15 – 7/19:

07/15/19 :

Greenpoint: Meserole Ave (Franklin St to North Henry St)

Williamsburg: Conselyea St (Graham Ave to Woodpoint Rd) and Maspeth Ave (Conselyea St to Morgan Ave)

 

07/16/19:  

Greenpoint: Meserole Ave (Franklin St to North Henry St)

Williamsburg: Taylor St (Wythe Pl to Lee Ave) Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Con Edison Development, Greenpoint Library Update, the Great Giglio Lift, and More

A freshly repaved Franklin Street awaits.

The weekend is here Greenpointers! Catch up on the local headlines, and find out what weekend events are happening:

“Brooklyn Hipsters” are saving this year’s great Gigilo lift. (NY Times)

Two Trees is exploring housing development and a new park for the Con Edison site in Williamsburg. (Brownstoner)

The Greenpoint Library is on schedule for a planned fall opening. (Greenpointers)

There’s some recent openings and closings on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint (Greenpointers)

A co-working space for women, The Wing is coming to Williamsburg at 71 North 7th St. (Commercial Observer)

Poison ivy lurks near the Pulaski Bridge on an MTA-owned lot. (Gothamist)

A Dept. of Sanitation street sweeper collided with a garbage truck on Flushing Ave. sending two people the hospital (Greenpoint Post)

Smorgasburg launches Food Truck Fridays on the Williamsburg Waterfront. (Eater NY)

“American Idol” is scheduled to hold open auditions at the Brooklyn Expo Center. (AM New York)

Here’s a rundown of summer outdoor film screenings in Brooklyn. Sidenote: it’s the first summer in 13 years without the SummerScreen McCarren Park film series. (Brooklyn Paper)

A GoFundMe is raising funds for Dan Scinta, a longtime local bartender and musician who suffered a stroke. (Patch)

This Williamsburg loft has the custom-designed bookshelves of your dreams. (Design Milk)

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New Greenpoint Library on Track for Fall Opening

Rendering of the new Greenpoint Library scheduled to open this fall(courtesy of Marble Fairbanks)

Anticipation is building as the summer moves along for fall’s anticipated reopening of the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.), which closed in July 2017 for demolition, and construction on the new library.

The fall relaunch is on-schedule as of now as explained at the Friends of Greenpoint Library meeting that was held on July 1st.

At the meeting, Sharon Kim, President of FOGL, introduced her new Co-President, Randy Locklair, and they generated ideas with the group for fundraising and outreach this summer. A bar night and book swap in early August is in the planning process.

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Developers Hope to Draw Artists Back to Queens’ 5Pointz

5Pointz building in Long Island City in 2013 before it was painted over. Photo: Jeanmarie Evelly/DNAinfo

This story was originally published on 7/1/19 by THE CITY. (By: Christine Chung)

The developers who whitewashed the street art at the legendary Queens graffiti hotspot 5Pointz want to paint over bad feelings and lure artists back to the site.

The owners are vying to capitalize on the Long Island City property’s colorful history — replacing the once-art bedecked warehouse complex with a luxury apartment development dubbed 5Pointz Towers.

“It’s hard when you get bashed in the papers, but we’ve always been pro-artist and we always wanted artists and we would love to have some of the artists that were at the building before to come back again,” said David Wolkoff, who co-owns the complex with his father, Gerald. “That’s up to them. I would love to speak to them.”

In November 2013, before the warehouse complex’s demolition, painters erased the work of thousands of international street artists who had decorated the ever-changing building.

That spurred some artists to file a federal lawsuit in Brooklyn. In February 2018, a judge ruled in their favor and ordered the developers to pay $6.7 million in damages. The Wolkoffs appealed the decision and are awaiting a court date.

The planned 5Pointz development in Long Island City.
The planned 5Pointz development in Long Island City. Photo: Rendering by HTO Architect

David Wolkoff said the name of the 1,122-unit development was picked because “that was what the site has been for…years.” A promotional website is littered with renderings of people leisurely strolling in verdant open space, bordered by street-art murals.

“We really enjoyed the work they placed on the walls previously. We have always enjoyed it. If we didn’t, we would not have allowed it to happen,” Wolkoff told THE CITY. “For 20 some-odd years, longer than that, we were always planning on building a big building.” Continue reading

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