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Public Parks, Private Homes, Pfizer and Police — The Hook-up (8/3)

now there’s even more to enjoy in McGolrick! via the Open Space Alliance

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! With all the warm weather, you may want to spend as much time as possible in Greenpoint’s lovely parks. Now, that’s easier than ever, since the bathrooms at McGolrick Park are open again!

While municipal improvements to our public parks are generally lauded, constant new private development in the neighborhood is less beloved. But, there’s a bunch in the works this week: A 9-unit residential building is planned for 305 Kingsland Avenue, and 65 units of affordable housing for seniors are rising at 64 Scholes St. in Williamsburg.  Continue reading

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Groper At Large in Greenpoint

The Greenpoint Groper
The Greenpoint Groper, via the NYPD

When it comes to sexual assault, it has been a devastating week here in Greenpoint. First, the NYPD apprehended a man who attempted to violently rape a Greenpoint woman, and now police are on the hunt for a man who groped a woman on Eckford Street and Meserole Avenue just before 2:30am on June 10th, and then forcibly touched another woman on June 21st near Meserole Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard.

The man approached both women via scooter, dismounted, and forcibly groped each on the sidewalk, then fled the scene.

Police request the public’s help in the investigation, and describe the suspect as “short and wearing a dark-colored jacket, a hat and carrying a bag with two stripes on it…his scooter is dark in color with a light on the front.”

If you have information regarding the investigation, call Crime Stoppers as 1-800-577-TIPS

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Break-in and Attempted Rape in Greenpoint Yesterday

Wanted Poster
Via the 94th Precinct

Police are searching for a man in his mid-20s who forced his way into a 37-year-old woman’s apartment by Kingsland and Meeker Avenues yesterday afternoon, June 21st, and tried to rape her.

After knocking on her door, the man forced his way inside the apartment, pushed her into the bedroom, claimed he had a knife in his bag, and demanded sexual favors.

The Greenpoint woman punched her attacker and tried to flee, but he tackled her and attempted to remove her clothes. In the struggle, the woman was struck by the apartment door, and sustained a laceration to the back of her head. The attacker fled, and the victim was taken to Woodhull Hospital.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the attacker. He is described as a black male 25-30 years old, between 5’11” and 6’2″ tall. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Christophe Mastoros at 718-230-4421, or Detective Borough Brooklyn South at 718-287-3239.

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Mow your lawn, slurp your noodles — The Hook-up (6/15)

Parks Department to Greenpoint Landing: Municipal Lawn Care? Lol, Byeee

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! You know how it is here in North Brooklyn — another week, another waterfront development… Get the first look at the three towers proposed for the site immediately south of the Greenpoint Terminal Market.

Meanwhile, the Parks Department is taking quite the snarky attitude about the relentless development here in Greenpoint. Turns out, Parks doesn’t want to mow the lawn at Greenpoint Landing.

And they’re not the only ones up in arms this week. An off duty cop was arrested here last Friday night in a road rage incident.

In lighter news, looks like we’re the best slurpers in town. Wanpaku (621 Manhattan Avenue) topped this list of the city’s ramen joints.

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Docking, Driving, Building and Borrowing — The Hook-up (6/8)

Williamsburg car-share sites dedicated to the DOT’s new pilot program. Via Greenpoint Post

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! Now you’re really living — because the Newtown Creek Alliance has announced plans for the construction and installation of a second Living Dock within Newtown Creek.

And if that doesn’t quicken your pulse, maybe the unveiling of a new staircase at the Bedford Avenue L station will. They opened on Saturday as a first taste of the MTA larger L-pocalypse repair work.

But, with more stairs comes fewer parking spaces. The city has reserved dozens of spots in Williamsburg as part of its car-sharing pilot program.

Speaking of sharing, Brooklyn Public Library cardholders can now borrow musical instruments for up to two months at a time!  Continue reading

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Banking on New Development — The Hook-up (6/1)

There were some major Real Estate stories in the news this week. First, Greenpoint Savings Bank (807 Manhattan Avenue) has been sold to investor Jack Terzi for $10 Million. While still under-long term lease to Capital One, the building may become retail space in the coming years.  Continue reading

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Off the Grid, On the Bridge and Out of the Chamber — The Hook-up (5/18)

Williamsburg Bridge (photo: Julia Moak)

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! For some of our neighbors, this has been a tough week. On Sunday, 500 Greenpoint residents lost their heat and hot water when National Grid cut service due to a water-damaged gas line.

But, Greenpoint isn’t entirely without modern conveniences, and a kickstarter campaign launched on Thursday wants to up the ante. The project calls for a floating pedestrian bridge connecting Greenpoint and Long Island City. 

Speaking of Bridges, it became clear at Wednesday’s L-pocalypse Town Hall in Williamsburg that the Williamsburg Bridge can only handle 3 extra trains per hour over the current schedule, certainly not enough to meet the demands of ousted L riders.  Continue reading

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Beyond #Metoo: Greenpoint Sexual Assault Taskforce hosted Discussion at Wythe Hotel

Beyond #Metoo

Last Monday, the Greenpoint Sexual Assault Task Force hosted Beyond #Metoo, a panel discussion and conversation with the NYPD, elected officials, and victim’s rights advocates to “discuss how the system does and does not work for rape and assault victims at the local level.” The even’t’s goal was “to empower all individuals to know the steps to pursuing justice and care for themselves or their friends and family, while also opening up an opportunity for honest feedback about how the system could work more effectively to serve victim’s needs.”

The panel drew a crowd of community members who filled the Wythe Hotel auditorium on North 11th Street, and featured 94th Precinct Captain Billy Glynn and Councilman Stephen Levin, as well as representatives from Safe Horizons, Wyckoff Hospital Victim’s Advocates, the NYPD Special Victims Department, Brooklyn Legal Services, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.  Continue reading

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An Art Heist, An Environmental Vision and Another Hit and Run — The Hook-Up (3/16)

One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg
One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg via Brooklyn Paper

Happy Friday, Greenpoint, and welcome to the Da Vinci Code. There’s been an art heist on Bayard Street, and the NYPD has made an appeal for information from the public. The thief broke into the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg, and made off 6 Hudson River School landscape paintings worth a combined 1.7 million dollars.

Speaking of the River, this week, local community advocacy groups Riverkeeper,  Newtown Creek Alliance, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Perkins+Will teamed up to launch their Vision Plan for Newtown Creek and Flushing Waterways.

Newtown Creek Alliance is also part of a coalition of nearly 200 environmental groups that staged a rally this week to pressure Gov. Cuomo to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in New York State.  Continue reading

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Help Catch The 7 Train Groper!

Do you recognize this groper? The victim took this photo of her assailant aboard the 7 train. Via the NY Daily News
Do you recognize this groper? The victim took this photo of her assailant aboard the 7 train. Via the NY Daily News

Cops are looking for a 60-year-old man who groped a Greenpoint woman on a Manhattan bound 7 Train early Wednesday morning. The man reached up the woman’s skirt in the crowded subway car and grabbed her inner thigh. He got of the subway at Grand Central, but not before she snapped a photo of him, which the police are using in their search.

The NYPD asks the public to help them find the groper.

The man is described as Hispanic, around 60-years-old, between 5’4” and 5’6″ tall, with brown eyes and a salt and pepper goatee.

He was last seen wearing a black and white knit cap, brown eyeglasses, a black pea coat, blue shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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