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Windows Smashed at Williamsburg Synagogue During Rosh Hashanah

A South Williamsburg synagogue’s windows were smashed by a group of kids on Monday during the Rosh Hashanah holiday, the NYPD claim.

The incident was caught on surveillance camera last Monday at approximately 5:30 p.m. when four kids used various objects including a milk crate to smash the front windows of the synagogue at 89 Throop Ave; NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating, Gothamist reports. Continue reading

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Williamsburg Streets Flooded During Monday’s Heavy Rain

The streets of Williamsburg flooded on Monday evening during the heavy rain. (via NYC Scanner)

In a week where NYC weather has teetered between extreme heat and heavy rain, a flash flood warning alerted NYC residents of a torrential downpour on Monday evening, preceding the inundation of Brooklyn streets and subway stations with water.


At the corner of Wallabout Street and Throop Avenue in South Williamsburg, a pedestrian was filmed wading through knee-high water to cross the street.

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Pregnant Woman Recovering From Williamsburg Hit and Run

Middleton Street at Lee Avenue (via Google Maps)

A driver who fled the scene after running over a 25-year-old pregnant woman at the intersection of Middleton Street and Lee Avenue in South Williamsburg is being sought by NYPD.

The hit and run happened on Wednesday at approximately 3 p.m. and sent the woman flying into the air, she is recovering at Bellevue Hospital

The car, a 2007 Chrysler was abandoned by the driver after he sped away, even driving onto the sidewalk to escape, Pix11 reports.

With at least 63 fatalities this year, traffic-related deaths are up approximately 30 percent in NYC compared with the same time period in 2018, according to Streetsblog.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74682), logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enterings TIP577.

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Hotel Development to Neighbor Williamsburgh Savings Bank

Rendering: Stonehill Taylor/ 6sqft

The landmarked Williamsburgh Savings Bank in South Williamsburg will soon have a much taller neighbor.

Renderings of 159 Broadway were revealed for the 26-story, 277-foot, mixed-use development featuring a hotel and 21 condos with an expected completion of summer 2021.

 Rendering: City Realty

The development from Cornell Realty who purchased the site for $26.2 million, according to YIMBY: Continue reading

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121 Affordable Units Available at Eliot Spitzers’ 420 Kent Ave.

The NYC housing lottery is now open for 121 affordable units at 420 Kent Ave., the new luxury waterfront development from former Governor Eliot Spitzer; apply by May 29th.

The development has 857 units total spread among three incongruent 22-story towers with a landscaped esplanade on the East River.

420 Kent Ave.: looking South on Kent Avenue (via Google Maps)

70 studio apartments for $867 per month are available for one to two occupants with an annual household income between $31,680 and $43,860. Continue reading

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Barano: Old World Italian Cuisine With a Modern Twist in South Williamsburg

Venturing out of Greenpoint for food can be a difficult decision with the numerous options nearby for thoughtfully prepared cuisine and the array of affordable eats in the neighborhood. The Italian food scene in South Williamsburg is a delightful excuse to cross through to the other side of McCarren Park. And if by chance you end up near the Williamsburg Bridge, Barano (26 Broadway) from chef Albert Di Meglio offers a wood-fired seasonal Italian menu featuring fresh pasta and hand-pulled mozzarella made in-house.

The dishes and the name of the restaurant (which opened in April 2016) are inspired by the village of Barano on the Italian island of Ischia, near Naples, where Di Meglio’s grandmother Giuseppina was born. “From a food perspective we try for old school classics with a modern flavor,” said Jonathan Soleimanzadeh, Barano founding partner and director of operations.

Spirit Animal, a wine shop by the Barno team is set to open next door on Broadway this spring as a complimentary space that will host tastings. In the meantime, Barano makes for the perfect date spot with it’s rustic charm and spacious-yet-cozy dining room accented by oak wood, stained tiles and vintage lighting. Greenpointers staff stopped in for dinner on recent weeknight and sampled the incredible cuisine; the pictures (and memories) are already making us crave more:

Antipasto; stracciatella, wood-fired olives, giardiniera, charred marinated peppers and house bread
Octopus with farro, mint pesto, celery, pickled radish and pine nuts
Stuffed artichoke with parsley, pecorino and bread crumbs

Pasta: Safron Gigli (right); Persian saffron, Calabrian honey, pecorino, black pepper and Duo ravioli (rear) fonduta, mushrooms, brown butter, sage and aged balsamic
Torta caprese; raw dark chocolate almond tart, Calabrian anglaise

Barano is open for dinner Monday to Thursday – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday – 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Public Parks, Private Homes, Pfizer and Police — The Hook-up (8/3)

now there’s even more to enjoy in McGolrick! via the Open Space Alliance

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! With all the warm weather, you may want to spend as much time as possible in Greenpoint’s lovely parks. Now, that’s easier than ever, since the bathrooms at McGolrick Park are open again!

While municipal improvements to our public parks are generally lauded, constant new private development in the neighborhood is less beloved. But, there’s a bunch in the works this week: A 9-unit residential building is planned for 305 Kingsland Avenue, and 65 units of affordable housing for seniors are rising at 64 Scholes St. in Williamsburg.  Continue reading

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Printing, Planting and Pierogis — The Hook-up (2/22)

Exterior of Park Deli 209 Nassau - Photo Julia Moak
Outside Park Deli Image: Julia Moak

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! This week, Greenpoint’s own Polish-language weekly newspaper, Kurier Plus got a profile in the Columbia Journalism Review. Read about how the Polish paper is thriving!

Speaking of Polish Greenpoint, the beloved Polish deli, Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.), is looking for a new neighborhood home after owner Krystyna Godawa was hit with a rent hike for the space, but loyal customers have stepped in to help.

Other businesses are not as faring as well. Budin (114 Greenpoint Avenue) has closed due to an ongoing dispute with the landlord  Continue reading

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BQGreen Block Party Tomorrow (6/16)

The Green Queen! via Friends of BQGreen

Join La Reina Verde (The Green Queen), the superhero fighting for new parkland on the Southside of Williamsburg, and Friends of BQGreen, for a Free Block Party this Saturday, 6/16 from 12-5!

Friends of BQGreen has been working to create a “park out of thin air” over the BQE between South 3rd and South 5th Streets. The Green will incorporate Marcy Green and Rodney Park and include “3.5-acres of open space with a flower garden, a playground, a baseball diamond, barbecues, grassy and wooded areas, an indoor pool and a water play zone.”

Saturday’s celebration will take place on the future site of BQGreen and include Latin food, burgers, refreshments, DJ Gasolina, 2 bouncy castles, face painting and games and a few surprises!

What: Friends of BQGreen Block Party
When: Saturday, 6/16, 12-5pm
Where: The Bridge at South 5th Street between Marcy Avenue and Rodney St.
Who: Everyone!!

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Community Came Together for Gun Safety Townhall in South Williamsburg

Congresswoman Maloney Speaks at Gun Safety Townhall via the Congresswoman’s office

On Saturday, April 7th, local politicians, policy advocates and community members gathered at MS 50 (183 South 3rd Street) for a Townhall meeting on gun violence. The event, hosted by Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney and Nydia M. Velázquez, took place on National Day of Action, following the March for Our Lives Protests, and included a panel of community advocates from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Los SuresThe politicians and advocates all see gun violence in the United States (and right here in New York City) as a public health issue, and have framed their local advocacy and and legislative agendas to tackle the issue through that lens.  Continue reading

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