Russell Street

Box Truck Swipes Cars, Crashes Into Russell Street Building

A box truck swerved into parked cars and crashed into 165 Russell St,.. this morning

An Aviation Gin box truck swiped two parked cars and crashed into an apartment building at 165 Russell St. around 3:30 a.m. this morning, multiple news outlets are reporting. No one was seriously injured during the incident.

The driver explained that he swerved when he spotted a cat in the road and lost control of the vehicle, according to News12 Brooklyn.

The Dept. of Buildings is now inspecting the structural integrity of the damaged building and tenants were offered help with relocating by the American Red Cross, NY1 reports. Continue reading

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A Night of Experimental Jazz & Lydia Lunch at the Park Church Co-Op

Lydia Lunch performs, speaking about misogyny and today’s pessimistic world. Photo: Angelica Hill

Last Thursday, artist Martynka Wawrzyniak hosted “A Night of Experimental Jazz & Lydia Lunch” at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell Street) to support her McGolrick Park community art installation, Ziemia.  Ziemia, when finished, will consist of a large ceramic orb made from soil from across the globe and placed in a carefully cultivated meadow in McGolrick Park, adjacent to Russell Street between Nassau Ave and Driggs Ave.

The Park Church Co-Op was dimly lit, the stage awash with red and blue light. Meditative electronic new-age music played as the image of Jesus on the crucifix centered on the back wall looked over the scene. It may not seem like the most likely venue for a night of experimental jazz, but Pastor Amy Kienzle remarked that this event was part of the church’s larger event series that supports community art. And with Wawrzyniak being such an enthusiastic member of the church she felt it was important to support. She added that the church “believes in art and it being spiritually beneficial.” Continue reading

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Small Homeless Shelter opens on Russell Street

Greenpoint Lutheran Church of the Messiah at 129 Russell Street

Looks like 10 lucky people are feeling much warmer these days thanks to Pastor Amy Kinezle of Greenpoint’s Lutheran Church of the Messiah, who quietly opened a 10 person homeless shelter at the end of January.

Unfortunately, this act of kind faith has ruffled some feathers among those living close by. In a surprising lack of neighborly love, more than 400 residents had signed a petition against the shelter when the idea was first announced at the beginning of the year. Local residents, angered that another homeless shelter was opening in the neighborhood, complained the small shelter would attract mentally unstable men and/or alcoholics to the area, leaving homes open to robberies and break-ins. Continue reading

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FEAST #11 This Saturday

FEASTEvery few months FEAST (which stands for Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) takes over the Church of the Messiah on Russell Street across from McGolrick Park. There are performances, food, poetry, and most importantly, a dozen or so artists competing for your vote. Whichever artist’s proposal gets the most votes receives funding from the pool of the donations collected at the door. Make sure to get there early to enjoy the delicious locally sourced food and beer!

Saturday, July 9th, 2011 – 5-8pm
Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street
5 to 8 pm
$20 suggested donation at the door.

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Born To Run!

I’m a HUGE Bruce Springsteen fan so when Rob Maher of the Dog Habitat / Unleash / District Dog Greenpoint conglomerate sent me a Facebook invite titled Born to Run… well needless to say I’m posting it immediately!

It also helps that Aponte is ADORABLE and I’m so glad after years of shelter life he finally got an owner who spoils him with park trips almost daily. 🙂

A Festive Celebration and Fundraiser to pay for Aponte’s Knee Surgery

Aponte is an older shelter dog, locked up for half his life! Bouncing from shelters in Georgia, PA, upstate NY and finally Brooklyn. Aponte finally found himself a foster home just a few months ago. And he’s been loving his life, happily playing in the dog run and frolicking in the park.

Aponte’s comfort was shortlived though. A severe limp turned out to be a long-damaged knee injury requiring surgery. This benefit will pay for that surgery and allow Aponte to get back to the life of leisure he deserves.

Suggested Donation: $20, snacks and 1 drink included

Included in your evening will be:

Delicious Snacks
Alcoholic Drinks
Live Music
Silent Auction Prizes
… and APONTE will be there from 7pm-9pm.

If $20 is out of your price range, that’s okay. Pay what you can and just join us for a great time!

If you can’t make it, you can still donate on Aponte’s Chip In page

Friday December 10th, 2010
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street

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Greenpoint Holiday Craft Fair

Blogger sent me an email about the upcoming Greenpoint Holiday Craft Fair that she’s hosting for the next three Saturdays at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. Since there’s so much going on during December, it’s fantatic that this event is taking place for three weekends, instead of just one.

Vendors include:
Minx Nails by Michie
Max Wowch
Ella Watson
Nathan Gelgud
Dirty Librarian Chains
Glade Made (texas)
Kim Zitzow
Backyard Vintage
& many, many more!

Installation by Lauren Luloff
Dj’s: J.Penry, Sean Ragon, & MDMA

Greenpoint Holiday Craft Fair
Sat Dec. 4, 11, 18 2010
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street

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Clothing Swaps

A couple of upcoming clothing swaps coming up in the neighborhood. Never been to a ‘swap’ exactly but seems like a good idea. I suggest washing before wearing…

via A Child Grows in Brooklyn:

Greenpoint Church will hold a children’s clothing and toy swap on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 18 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please set aside your clean, gently worn and new items that your child no longer wears or uses. All baby and kids items 0-5 years are welcome (including shoes, books, toys, and all accessories). Swap and take home your favorites for free. All unclaimed items will donated directly to children in need at the Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan.

How the Swap will work: We will have tables set up with sections designated for age/size. Parents/caregivers will place their unwanted items in the appropriate age/size sections and then they are free to take any items from any other section. If you would like to bring your items to the church before the Swap, you may drop off items on Sunday, Feb. 17 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. and on Monday, Feb. 18 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

If you cannot attend the Swap and would like to donate your child’s items, we will make a few pick-ups. Please e-mail Jill Corson Lake at [email protected] to schedule a time. Greenpoint Church 136 Milton Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY 11211. COST: $5 per adult with at least a grocery sized bag of items, $10 per adult without a bag. Kids are free. Proceeds of the admission fee will be contributed to the Greenpoint Church Soup Kitchen.

via Fashion Swap and Meet:

There will a clothing swap Sunday, March 9 at Greenpoint Messiah Church. The swap starts at 7PM and the fee is $5.

Greenpoint Messiah Church
129 Russell Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
The G stop to Nassau St.

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