Post Sandy

Walk Bikes Over Crowded Pulaski: Don’t Be Dicks

I am usually regarded as the “Hipster Defense Council” and am a self proclaimed bicycle advocate but come on people, when the Pulaski Bridge is packed with stranded G train commuters, don’t be dicks, walk your bikes! The Pulaski Bridge is already too narrow to accommodate as much foot and bicycle traffic it gets on a normal day.

During rush hour last night, it was treacherous to bike. The only option was to slowly weave in and out of rows of people, some elderly, some toting kids and it was not safe.

It doesn’t take very long to just walk the bike over. Do it! We are all in this together.

I won’t even get into how ridiculous the line of cars waiting on the Pulaski Bridge to full up gas tanks was.

Walk your bike when you are in a mob of confused people. We are all trying to get home after miserable commutes post #sandy.

Be safe and smart Greenpoint.

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Petition: Implement Shuttle Bus Service along L and G Routes

My roommate is STILL home form work and I want the apartment to myself. Just kidding this is serious Greenpoint. We deserve temporary relief while the MTA is working to restore service to us. 

This petition has been started by Councilwoman Tish James and Lincoln Restler:

“In the wake of an unprecedented natural disaster, we are greatly appreciative of the MTA’s remarkable restoration of 84% of subway service. Yet we are extremely concerned about the lack of mass transit access for residents along the L and G subway lines. These trains are not redundant – but essential lifelines for hundreds of thousands of Brooklynites.

As we await the draining of these subway tunnels, we hope the MTA will swiftly expand bus service. We strongly suggest implementation of temporary shuttle bus service along the L and G routes to connect stranded residents to active subway lines

SIGN HERE

 
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“Abnormal” Monday Commute From Greenpoint & Williamsburg

As if commuting from Greenpoint were ever normal, there is no G train service and there is no timetable for restoring service. The L train is not running to Manhattan. Buses are running but are crowded. Expect delays on all subways tomorrow. East River Ferry is running but as of Sunday there is no word whether service from India St will be restored.

Our advice: take the bus, walk, ride your bike, or work from home.

SUBWAYS FROM/NEAR GREENPOINT

• Always check MTA.info for latest information.

• Recovery Subway Map

  • G – Suspended. Via @MTAInsider: “To everyone asking about the G train, the Greenpoint Tube under Newtown Creek is flooded. We are working on dewatering.” No time table on when G service will be restored reported.
  • L – Partial service between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn. Via @MTAInsider: “To everyone asking about the L, Chairman said it was a “particular concern” b/c of extent of flooding. He’s hopeful for restoration next wk.”
  • M – will operate in two sections: Between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue. Between Parsons-Archer and 34 Street-Herald Square making F train stops between 71 Avenue-Forest Hills and 34 Street-Herald Square. No M train service in Manhattan south of 34 Street.
    NOTE: The following train stations are closed: Queens PlazaCourt Square-23 StreetLexington Avenue/53 Street, and 5 Avenue/53 Street.
  • J – Service is operating over the Williamsburg Bridge to Essex Street. Advisory as of 11/4 at 1pm, “Due to signal problems at the Essex Street Station, southbound J is turning at the Marcy Ave Station.”
  • E – Service to and from Manhattan via Court Square is suspended.
  • 7 – Delays. Flushing Line service is operating between Main Street-Flushing and 42nd Street-Times Square.

• BUSES FROM GREENPOINT

B62 and B43 are both running North/South from Manhattan Ave.

Click here to check out a bus map.

• East River Ferry – India St (Closed as of Sunday 11/4)

• Via @EastRiverFerry: “We are hoping it will be open tomorrow but no official word yet” & “Problems are electrical in nature. The city has ordered the necessary parts. Hope to restore by Monday”

• Ferries from North Williamsburg (at North 6th Street) will start at 7AM, and the last ferries will leave Manhattan from E 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11 at 6PM. The ferries will arrive at each stop in 15-minute intervals.

More detailed info from NY Waterway’s Advisory Details.

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Help Clean North Brooklyn Boat Club Yard Tomorrow – Saturday 11/3

north brooklyn boat clubA message from North Brooklyn Boat Club:

“As you can probably imagine, our beloved Broadway Stages Boatyard was thoroughly flooded earlier this week when Hurricane Sandy hit. Water filled all the containers with waist levels of water as the flood surged all the way up to Dupont street (4 blocks past the yard). Many items were knocked around, a container pushed sideways and towards the creek, a rowboat lost to sea and then recovered – but overall we were fortunate and did not suffer any big losses or significant damage. We have already begun getting things back to where they belong and could use your help tomorrow to help get the yard in order and cleaned up! Grab a friend and some gloves (if you have them) and join us:

Cleanup Party
Saturday November 3rd
11am – 5pm
49 Ash St @ McGuinness Blvd

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Give Blood In Williamburg Tomorrow (11/3); Schedule An Appointment To Save A Life

I just got the best email ever that said, “Thank You For Scheduling An Appointment To Save A Life.” 

Since last weekend, New York Blood Center (NYBC) has had to cancel dozens of blood drives and blood supply is reaching a critical level.  They’ve estimated the loss of upwards of 10,000 pints because of these cancellations.

There is a blood drive on Saturday (11/3) at Williamsburg Church (231 Ainslie St) from 10am to 4pm.

And you can schedule an appointment. Click here to sign-up.

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Ways Greenpointers Can Help: Sandy Disaster Relief in North Brooklyn

The devastating aftermath of Sandy is here, but our community has a chance to become stronger as a result. The cleanup has hardly even begun. Here is a list of ways you can lend a helping hand to your friends and neighbors:

Volunteer / Donation Opportunities For Sandy Relief

 

NORTH BROOKLYN

• New York City Public Advocate’s Office is organizing volunteers in areas across the five boroughs. You can register to participate for a four-hour shift in North Brooklyn.

• City sponsored cleanup of McCarren Park will take place on Saturday, Nov 3rd. – REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. Stay tuned for information about a McGolrick Park clean up.

• New York Blood Center was in need of blood even before the storm, but the storm has made the need greater. There will be a Blood Drive on Saturday (11/3) at Williamsburg Church (231 Ainslie Street) from 10-4pm.

FOOD/SUPPLIES DROP OFF LOCATIONS

• Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) is collecting donations of goods that people in the Rockaways need now and in the future.

  • Canned Goods
  • Nonperishable Food
  • Blankets
  • Jackets
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Utensils
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Brooms
  • Mops
  • Sponges
  • Garbage Bags
  • Water
  • Tarps

• Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Contact: Rev. Jennifer Aull (718) 383-5941

• St. Cecilia’s Church
23 Monitor Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Contact: Mary Jane Del Vicario (718) 389-0010

• St. Stanislaus American Legion Post 1771
519 Leonard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

• House of Yes
342 Maujer st
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Contact: Kae Burke (585)217-7209

Good Co.
10 Hope Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Contact Sean Aiken (718) 281-7191

• 6 Leonard St, apt J1
Btwn Conselyea and Metropolitan
Contact: Jennifer (917) 586-4153 Continue reading

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Farewell Sandy! Toxic CoDependent Halloween Dance Party Still On Tonight!

Greenpoint made it through Hurricane Sandy! Now let’s give Sandy a proper Farewell Party!

Despite power outages, serious flooding, and our worst nightmare coming true – the toxic Newtown Creek overflowing – we managed to stick it out!

Trick or Treating may be “post-poned” but our TOXIC CODEPENDENT HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY is still on!

Come dance the night away tonight to music by MR NYSE and enjoy $8 Rye “couples therapy” cocktails.

Greenpointers Toxic Codependent Halloween Dance Party

October 31st, 2012 at 9pm
Greenpoint Heights
278 Nassau Ave

RSVP on Facebook

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