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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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Meet Your NCOs!

NCO Sector C officers Sandy Torres and Kieron Lessey, photo by Julia Moak

Hey Greenpoint, do you know your Neighborhood Coordination Officers?  Out of 153 uniformed members of the 94th precinct, just 8 are NCO officers. Our NCOs are handpicked extensions of the detective squad, and are some of the best trained officers in the precinct, assigned to work directly with community members to address issues that are important to you.

Since NCOs are integral parts of this community, we wanted to know their favorite things about Greenpoint. We sat down with Captain William Glynn, head of the 94th precinct, to learn more about the NCO program, then chatted with each NCO officer to get the lowdown on their go-to spots around town and what they like to do on their days off. Check out their answers below!  Continue reading

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Case Closed Without Charges in Death of Neftaly Ramirez

Brooklyn DA logo

After Neftaly Ramirez, beloved server at Paulie Gee’s, was struck and killed by a private garbage truck at the intersection of Franklin and Noble Streets in July, the NYPD brought no charges against the person who hit him. After conducting an investigation in August, the police claimed they could not press charges because the driver “didn’t know” he had hit Ramirez.

Despite the lack of charges, the case remained open, as the District Attorney’s office began its own investigation. Given that the case was open, the full details of the crash were not available to the public, a situation particularly frustrating to this community as it grieved the loss.

On January 9th, the DA’s investigation also closed without charges. According to Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn DA, Eric Gonzalez, determined that he could bring no charges because prosecutors failed to find “necessary evidence” against the driver.     Continue reading

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Bank Heist Crime Spree in North BK

Dime‘s Greenpoint Branch (814 Manhattan Ave) was hit on January 9th

Forget Ocean’s 11, try Brooklyn’s 3. Since the New Year, there have been 3 separate bank robberies in North Brooklyn, including one here in Greenpoint.

Read on for information about the crimes, and for NYPD surveillance images of the suspects. The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in its search for those involved.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.  Continue reading

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