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When Desperation Hits: FREE Food & Drinks In North Brooklyn

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You got a job in Manhattan and live in Brooklyn baby, you ballin’! And then, after a couple birthday dinners you blew all your cash MC Hammer style. When it’s the end of your pay cycle and you’re hard up for skrill but still want to go out, free bar food might be your best option for “dinner”.

After the jump, check out our list of nearby joints serving FREE food, and free or nearly free drinks:
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Tomorrow (10/20), ToxiCity Map Reveals Greenpoint & Williamsburg’s Contamination Trail

Did you know that North Brooklyn’s industrial legacy left behind an alphabet soup of toxins – TCEPCBs, phthalates, benzene, and many other chemicals – that’s lingering beneath the surface in many sections of our hood?

On October 20, a beta release of the ToxiCity Map will be hosted at Sunview Luncheonette, located at 221 Nassau Ave., starting at 7 p.m.

Source: Neighbors Allied For Good Growth
Source: Neighbors Allied For Good Growth

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A Hermit, A Rat Slayer, Dull Men, A Green Card Hopeful, Newbies, Cuddle Connection Customers: Protagonists of Brooklyn Film Festival Documentary Shorts

Q/A with filmmakers of six documentary shorts in the Brooklyn Film Festival

Northside Film Festival starts June 8, but if you are a cinephile, you don’t have to wait until then to feast your senses on what’s new. This is the last weekend of the Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) and two main venues for the films are in North Brooklyn: Windmill Studios (300 Kingsland Ave, Greenpoint) and Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg). There is no shortage of stories to be seen and heard. Here are the schedules for Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

There are 23 selections in the documentary shorts category this year. The six documentary shorts reviewed below are worth the watch tonight in their encore presentation (runtime total of 77 minutes altogether). They play at 10:30pm at Windmill Studios. Tickets are $13. Continue reading

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The Blue Bikes Are Coming

Greenpointers, get your helmets ready. The bicycle share company, Citi Bike, is doubling in size and Greenpoint is one of the first places on the list to receive the new bikes.

6,000 bikes will be added at 375 new locations by 2017. The expansion will begin in 2015 with station installations happening in northern Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. 1,000 new bikes are expected to be in service next year.

Blue bikes coming to the greenest of points.

While popular, Citi Bike hasn’t been without it’s share of problems since it’s inception in May 2013. The initial rollout was delayed a year because of software issues and damage to bikes after Hurricane Sandy. There have also been complaints of broken docks and kiosks as well as cracked seats. A lawsuit has even been filed about the bike designs. But none of this stopped 100,000 people from signing up for the ride-share program and riding 14.7 million miles in it’s first year.

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Let’s Go Running: North Brooklyn Edition + Cannolis!

Path Into Newtown Creek Nature Walk

If you live in Brooklyn and run, chances are you spend quite a bit of time exploring the streets. If you’re new to the area, need a new running route or want to compare notes, here are a few of my favorite running routes in North Brooklyn.

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Bill Murray, Healthcare, Governors Island Mall?, DIY Networking, Rooftop Camping: The Hook-Up – 7/28

Summer Sunset at Bushwick Inlet

• Yes way! Bill Murray was at Briskettown! (Free Williamsburg)

• All you need to know about Low Cost Healthcare For Freelancers & Artists (Bushwick Daily)

•  Rezoning is paving the way for retail on Governors Island (Curbed NY)

• Brooklyn Based pays a visit to Greenpoint’s The Perfect Nothing Catalog 

• It isn’t just graphs and maps, understanding urban existence requires observation of social behavior (GOOD)

• Great advice on throwing an awesome DIY Networking Party (Brooklyn Based)

• New Brooklyn Commmunity Talk Show Broadcasting From McCarren Park: Bittersweet (Greenpoint Gazette)

• If this isn’t DieHipster fodder, I don’t know what is! Camp in rooftop tents in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Paper)

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Want More Garbage Cans on the Greenpoint Waterfront and Franklin St? Sign this petition

With the summer months ahead and significant increase in pedestrian traffic to and from the East River Ferry and Transmitter Park, many Greenpointers are complaining that the Greenpoint Waterfront is filthy. They want the city to put more garbage cans in pedestrian areas and clean up more thoroughly and more often. The Change.org campaign reads:

The streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn are disgusting, smeared with dog feces and full of garbage.  THERE ARE NO GARBAGE CANS in the area.  There does not seem to be regular street cleaning despite the street cleaning signs that indicate street cleaning times.

With the growth of the residential developments, businesses moving in (Kickstarter), the East River Ferry nearby and the opening of Transmitter Park, the neighborhood has experienced a significant increase in pedestrian traffic.

Over the past year, residents in our neighborhood have submitted multiple online requests for garbage cans via the Department of Sanitation’s website to no avail.  Despite numerous requests by residents, the Department of Sanitation has simply ignored these requests and nothing has been done to rectify the situation.

All individuals signing below are petitioning the NYC Department of Sanitation to provide public garbage cans at all intersections of West Street between Greenpoint Ave and India Street as well as Franklin Street intersections between Greenpoint Ave and India Street.  Additionally, the NYC Department of Sanitation should regularly dispose of the garbage in the public garbage cans and provide regular street cleaning to all named streets and surrounding areas.

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Composting Feels Oh So Good! Especially For Greenpoint and North Brooklyn

How many of you Greenpointers have your own compost bin? Or bring your food scraps to the Greenmarket on Saturday in McCarren Park? Doesn’t it feel so good? Do you get giddy when you see all the food waste that doesn’t get thrown into plastic bags and sent to a landfill? Now the rest of this city is finally getting on board and this will directly benefit Greenpoint and North Brooklyn.

The city announced yesterday a volunteer composting program that may become mandatory. At first 150,000 households, 100 high rises and 600 schools will participate from all five boroughs, then the entire city will be on board in a few years.

What do you think about a mandated composting program in NYC?

As Greenpointers, this program will directly improve public health in our neighborhood because a large percent of the garbage that the rest of our fellow New Yorkers throw out ends up in Greenpoint before it gets trucked off to landfills. The more everyone composts, the less trash we have to deal with here, and the less garbage truck fumes we will inhale.  Continue reading

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Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency: Post Sandy Workshop Tomorrow (3/14)

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“…the single most important piece of unfinished business that lies ahead of us in 2013: rebuilding the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy – and creating a more resilient and sustainable city.” – Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s State of the City Address, February 14, 2013

Via Newtown Creek Alliance:

The Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) addresses how we rebuild New York City to be more resilient in the wake of Hurricane Sandy but with a long-term focus.

We invite you to join us for a facilitated conversation about how to rebuild Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Long Island City and surrounding communities. We are looking for participants who are invested in this neighborhood now and for the next generation.

SIRR Williamsburg/Greenpoint/DUMBO/LIC Public Workshop
March 14, 2013
7:00 pm
P.S. 132 (320 Manhattan Ave)

We begin with a brief introduction of SIRR and will have break-out sessions to discuss priorities for rebuilding Northern Brooklyn and Long Island City to be more resilient in the face of future storms and long-term climate change.

RSVP by email: RSVPWaterFrontMarch14 (at) nycsirr.org.
Include the full name and email (if available) of each guest.

RSVP by phone: (212) 618-5745 – Leave the name of each guest and say “for March 14 Waterfront”.

 

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Olechowski Beats Restler Becomes Greenpoint’s New District Leader

According to the Daily News and DNAinfo, after weeks of agonizing uncertainty and hand recounts, it has been reported that Chris Olechowski has taken Lincoln Restler’s place as State Committeeman for the 50th Assembly District for the Democratic Party in Brooklyn, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Wallabout.

Relieved? Angered? Confused? Leave your comments below.

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