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Radio(active) City: Is the Wolff-Alport site a new priority at the EPA?

The Wolff-Alport Site. Via The New York Times
The Wolff-Alport Site. Via The New York Times

New York City is a super city. We have it all. But sometimes, having it all means warts-and-all, as is the case with the city’s three Federal Superfund sites. Superfund sites are areas designated by the federal government as hazardous toxic waste disposal sites. The Superfund program holds polluting manufactures liable for the waste their businesses leave behind, and provides compensation, cleanup and emergency response services for the environment and communities surrounding the sites. New York’s Federal Superfund sites — The Gowanus Canal, our very own Newtown Creek, and the Wolff-Alport chemical site in Ridgewood — are a potent reminder of the city’s industrial past, and, perhaps, a new cause celebre in Washington.  Continue reading

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40 Years of Service Means PSFCU Offers Great Benefits for its Members

Polish-Slavic-Union_40th-Anniversary-Blue_Logo_500With over 43,000 surcharge-free ATM’s in our network, competitive checking accounts, and a large offer of credit cards and personal loans, Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) has been serving its community for 40 years in three states: New York, New Jersey and Illinois. In addition to sixteen branches, PSFCU also offers mortgage loans for properties in Florida and Pennsylvania. With over 1.7 billion dollars in assets, PSFCU is currently the largest ethnic credit union in the United States.

PSFCU provides its Members with free 24/7 Online and Mobile Banking access to their accounts and loans. Continue reading

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Free Screening of Gasper & Son at Adelina’s this Sunday (7/12)

Gasper&Son

For every neon sign, there is story. For us it’s the story of Jen, who sought out a sign maker for Greenpointers and discovered a dying art. It’s the story of skills passed down from father to son that inspired Jen enough to work on capturing an otherwise lost craft on film.

NeonSign_Robbie_275pxThe Greenpointers neon sign is an artifact of “Gasper & Son” and is the symbolic torch that was passed down when Jen sold Greenpointers – rooted in inspiration with a deep respect for creativity and artistry that serves the local community. It makes an appearance in all of the Greenpointers events and will light up our bar again at the upcoming Summer Market. Continue reading

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Mr. Gray Needs A Home / Sweetest Cat Ever

Is Mr. Gray Your Cat? Help Find A Home For This Gorgeous Animal!

Have you ever met my dog D? She is amazing and we found her at the Ridgewood Reservoir – an amazing place I highly recommend you visit.

This past weekend as we walked through wildflowers and watched swallows dive into the pond, we heard a sweet kitty cat cry. Mr. Gray, as we are calling him, was hunting for lizards (there are lizard there) but he wasn’t doing a great job. When we called back to him, he ran to us and we were immediately friends. This cat is amazing. And he is gorgeous: light gray with subtle stripes and golden eyes. A real stunner.

He was clearly not feral, but he was very hungry and on the skinny side. We couldn’t walk away from this magical animal and while I waited for Jon to get the cat carrier, Mr. Gray sat in my lap, purring and gently playing with me. Some animals are gifts – Mr. Gray is a gift. (Jon’s theory about all pets at the reservoir is that they were abducted by aliens, had their brains scrambled and return as perfect pets.) Mr. Gray is perfect.

We brought the handsome boy to the vet  and he was extremely calm in the car and friendly to the doctor. With no tags or microchip, it turned out that he is a young male neutered cat who has a recently healed surgery scar on his shoulder. He is feline leukemia and FIV negative and was given a flea bath. We can’t seem to find Mr. Gray’s owners and are seeking a new wonderful home for this incredible animal.

If this is your cat, please email me – editor (at) green pointers [dot] com. If you would like to adopt Mr. Gray – I am bringing him home from the vet tonight and you can come and see him anytime.

Please spread the word so we can help find Mr. Gray a home.

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Featured Vendor: Alabaster

Illustrious Alabaster

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Our featured Holiday Market vendor Alabaster wanted to be a cartoonist and a crafter. Now that she is all grown up she says, “I never wanted to compromise, so here I am, still doing it!” Continue reading

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Greenpointers Neon Sign Documentary

You may have noticed that we revamped our logo into a Neon font. It was all in preparation for an amazing project that I want to tell you about – Greenpointers Neon Sign Documentary.

It all started when we realized that our sign sucks…

We decided to get a badass NEON sign, which we can take to all of our events and markets, a sign that reflects who we are and what we believe in – local MADE IN NYC craftsmanship – and of course document the process from start to finish with the direction of the talented Miguel A. Rodriguez (my best friend in the entire world!)

Our Neon Sign Documentary will star Robbie Ingui of Artistic Neon, a 2nd generation Neon Sign Maker. This guy is super talented, hilarious and has thee best NY accent ever! Not only will we film him making our sign and teaching us about the process, but we will also interview his father (in upstate NY) and Thomas Rinaldi, who wrote the amazing book New York Neon to learn about the history of Neon Sign Making and how it has created a unique visual landscape here for the past 100 years.

If you think this project rules, then please consider making a donation to our Kickstarter Fundraiser, which launches today and ends on 11/10/2013.

Our goal is to raise $3000 to create this short documentary and there are many awesome rewards for funding – including rice balls.

For more info, check out our Greenpointers Neon Sign Documentary Kickstarter page AND thanks in advance for your support!

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Bear Hunt Controversy, Whistleblow Your Mind, Animation Block Party, Bushwick Block Party: What’s Happening Greenpoint? (7/24-7/28)

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There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

WEDNESDAY 7/24

♦ Polish & Spanish Poetry Reading @ Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave) 6:30-7:30pm, FREE
♥ The Craft @ McCarren Park Summerscreen (No. 12th & Bedford Ave) 6pm, FREE, Performances by La Misma / Potty Mouth / Divorce Money
♫ Rumors / Junior Prom / Behaviors @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, $8
♫ Bear Hunt Controversy @ Cameo Gallery (93 N. 6th St) 10pm, $8

THURSDAY 7/25

♦ Out Of The Sea / Into The Sea @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) 6-9pm, An evening of ocean inspired imagery from photographer Bobby Fisher spanning the globe from the Maldives to Montauk, RSVP
♫ Heliotropes / The Suzan @ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy) 7pm, $12
♦ Smashfest @ Villain (50. N.3rd St) 7pm, $15-30, a curated collection of film, art and culture about the NY surf community, ticket includes drinks & snacks, thru Sunday, more info
☺ The Cause B Show: Whistleblow Your Mind Comedy Show @ Over Eight (594 Union Ave) $5, 8:30-10:30pm, featuring some of NYC’s top comedians raising money for The Bradley Manning Defense Fund, RSVP
♫ This Frontier Needs Heros @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 9:30pm, FREE

FRIDAY 7/26

♦ Close Quarters @ Yes Gallery (147 India St.) Opening 6-10pm, Artwork by Nichole Handel & Jack Jerz
♫ Ghastly City Sleep / Ancient Sky / Don’t @ The Acheron (57 Waterbury St.) 8pm, $8
♦ Rooftop Films Animation Blockparty @ Automotive HS Lawn (50 Bedford Ave) 8pm live music, films begin 9pm, $13, Afterparty @ Matchless, More info
• U Screening @ Transmitter Park (Greenpoint Ave & East River) 8:30pm, FREE, Ages 6 & up, Mona is a princess who lives a lonely existence in a dilapidated castle by the sea. She is cruelly mistreated by a pair of rats until a unicorn named U appears to protect her…

SATURDAY 7/27

# NY State Food & Beer Expo @ East River State Park (Kent Ave & No. 8th St) 10am-7pm, $10, sample over 40 exclusive beers from over 20 NY microbreweries & farm-to-table foods from NY, More info
• Ridgewood Market @ Greater Ridgewood Youth Council (59-03 Summerfield St) 11-5pm, Art, Vintage, Handmade, Food, More info
♫ Bushwick Block Party w/ Action Bronson / Pictureplane / Jamaican Queens / World’s Fair / MC Todd / Death Threat @ Moore St betw. Bogart St & White St, noon, FREE
♥ Bike Swap & BBQ @ East River Bar (97 South 6th St.) 3-7pm, FREE, Bring your bike parts, frames and bike related stuff to East River Bar and buy/sell/trade at no vendor cost or cover charge, RSVP
♫ The Due Diligence, Hippy, Journalism, Healing Stoned @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm
♫ Hollaback Afterparty with War on Women / Shady Hawkins & Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, $10, Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world, RSVP

SUNDAY 7/28

• Ridgewood Market @ Greater Ridgewood Youth Council (59-03 Summerfield St) 11-5pm, Art, Vintage, Handmade, Food, More info
♦ Flux Fest @ Sandbox Studios (154 Morgan Ave.) 6-11:30pm, $15-20, a festival of 10 short films with time travel asan overarching theme, open bar, More info* Greenpointers’ Pick

♫ Music
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event

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