Greenpoint was on high snow alert yesterday, waiting patiently for our second Nor’Easter in a week. The storm was originally predicted to hit us in the early morning hours, but didn’t. Greenpoint residents awoke to what seemed like a pretty typical rainy winter morning. Commuters went about their business and shops and restaurants opened up, but with trepidation. Around noon, many locals found themselves wondering “Is that all ya got?” because no snow seemed to be falling. Then a few hours later the snow started coming down, gently at first, but soon began to rage, whipping soggy snowflakes around in every direction. Some local businesses closed early, and others fearlessly remained open to serve their most adventurous Greenpoint customers. Below, check out scenes from around the neighborhood. Continue reading
Synth-PopTarts Le Boum conjure this week’s blizzard-defying playlist. Award yourself another long-pour of bourbon and prepare to thaw.
Well, the snow did fall last weekend, schools closed, and our new mayor proved he knows how to wield a shovel…and show off his layers with sass. Welcome to 2014.
Don’t look up, it’s raining
men lights at McCarren Park. (NY Daily News)
Speaking of McCarren, our humble park may be the future home of a giant bubble. Inside this bubble, there will be tennis year ’round, for a price.
Some camels strolled down Graham Ave to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. Totally normal.
ICE + FIRE = an epic blaze that lasted over 5 hours at a Brooklyn lumber yard.
Local real estate developer, Menachem Stark, was kidnapped from his office last week. His body was found on Friday, in Greak Neck, Long Island, and confirmed to be the missing man on Saturday; over a thousand mourners gathered for the funeral in Hassidic Williamsburg. According to the NY Times, he owned several neighborhood buildings, including the Greenpoint Hotel and 239 Banker Street, which he converted from a factory to trendy lofts. Both had some serious building violations and the latter was vacated in 2009, leaving him with more than a few enemies, but investigations into the murder have yet to be resolved.
Really? Schools closed? When I was a kid, a civil war needed to break out before they closed NYC Public Schools. Lucky little bastards. They better be sledding somewhere and not inside playing video games. Why I oughta… Continue reading
Whoa. It’s 2014, Greenpointers. How did we make it? Well, sometimes it’s best not to ask so many questions. Instead, let’s focus on the newly-fallen snow glittering around our sweet ‘hood. After all, it is the soft theme of this week’s mix. Chamber pop group The Antlers‘ mainstay Peter Silberman curates the sedating set.