the hook-up Newtown Creek: The Art of Toxic Tides via Slug Magazine
The mighty waters of Newtown Creek will be in fine form this weekend, as lovebirds and sewage nerds turn out for
Saturday’s tours of The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, but this week, they’ve taken the spotlight as far away as Utah.
While Utah might have the Great Salt Lake, but
artist Kelly Larsen found his muse in Greenpoint, affixing a 9-foot canvas to the wall of the creek to record the ebb and flow of toxic tides. Continue reading Rev Yolanda Rocks the Pulpit at the Park Church Co-op. Via Brooklyn Paper
This week, New Yorkers have been making their voices heard underground, underwater and in church.
On Sunday, Rev. Yolanda, a Drag Queen who leads an inter-faith congregation in Bay Ridge, brought
Drag Queen Story Hour to the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell Street) to help children master the art of kindness and encourage them to embrace diversity. Continue reading The Pinball Wizards of Williamsburg. Via Brooklyn Daily
In the contentious world of elite New York pinball, there can be only one champion. This year, it was a North Brooklyn contest:
The Terrorwrists took the title. Greenpoint’s Paragons of Pinball duked it out in the final round against Williamsburg’s Terrorwrists at Sunshine Laundromat (860 Manhattan Avenue).
Pinball is a fast-paced, high stakes enterprise. New York’s urban planning and infrastructural changes are much slower beasts. And so: the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX), also known as the gentrification express. This is The Streetcar Not Everyone Desires. With more and more funding necessary, but less and less actual money secured for the project, the
BQX is stalled behind schedule, and seems, for now, to be more of a pipe-dream than a real possibility.
Speaking of transportation going off the rails,
As of yet, there is no information on the condition, whereabouts or identity of the driver. an unoccupied car was found partially submerged in Newtown Creek this morning. First Rendering of the forthcoming tower at 18 India Street
As we brave a blizzard, and begin to close out the opening week of 2018, the news itself was full of openings and closings.
While we reported earlier this week on
the uncertain future of Bar Matchless, which will stay open until it is forced to shut its doors, Baoburg (614 Manhattan Avenue) a celebrated Asian Fusion staple by McCarren Park, temporarily closed over the holiday, following a health inspection, then reopened with an A rating.
Pretty Southern, Sam Talbot’s fried chicken joint at 14 Bedford Avenue, closed on October 30th, with plans to reopen mid-November. They never made it.
Eater reports that the building’s landlord confirmed Talbot is no longer renting the space.
From closing to opening: the ever-increasing flow of new real estate development in Greenpoint.
YIMBY has the first renderings for a new 6 story Condo at 68 North Henry Street along the BQE. Continue reading A merry, mini, holiday at the Queens Museum via Artsy.net. Photo by Max Touhey
Happy Holidays, Greenpoint! Greenpoint’s festive lights, abundance of holiday markets, and glorious array of bakeries has us all set for merry making. While we have some great ideas for
last minute gifts, the news this week points to one big ticket item: if all you want for Christmas is a condo… you’re in luck. Two more properties in the area have been acquired by development firms.
Mortar Arch + Dev is planning a
5-story 14,000 square-foot project at 167 Eagle Street that will include 14 condos.
Grand Street Development has updated its design for
848 Lorimer Street, a six story building with over 36,000 square feet and 52 apartments.
the waterfront esplanade promised in front of The Greenpoint, a 40 story development still in progress, is beginning to take shape. Private developers are required to create public park land, and to cede that land to the city, as part of the 2005 rezoning agreement. The esplanade should be complete by the spring.
If all this redevelopment is getting you down, here’s something that might bring a little cheer: the
Queens Museum has a stunningly accurate 1:1200 scale model of New York City. The model was first commissioned by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, and has been updated over the years. In order to maintain the model, the Queens museum is “selling” the miniature properties. For $100, you can buy any apartment you like, and even get a deed in the mail. #BroCleanBKLYN via Instagram
Last week, I had the privilege to see
a remastered print of Ken Burns’ 1981 film, Brooklyn Bridge, at the Brooklyn Museum. The documentary had me feeling all the feelings for the Bridge and the borough. But it’s not just the Great Bridge that’s been inspiring Brooklyn this week. In fact, our very own Newtown Creek has been inspiring equitable urban greening and environmental activism here in the neighborhood, and around the country. For example, the Newtown Creek Nature Walk was cited as a project for the neighborhood that avoids environmental gentrification.
Further, brothers Gary and Sam Bencheghib took to the mighty waters of Newtown Creek in their series #BroCleanBKLN.
On December 2nd, the pair paddled both the Creek and Gowanus Canal to highlight pollution in Brooklyn, and advocate for cleaner waterways. Continue reading Category: Community, News, The Hook-Up Tags: affordable housing, Antonio Reynoso, art in greenpoint, Brian Kavanagh, Broadway Triangle, BroCleanBKLYN, Criminal Justice Reform, environmental activism, Newtown Creek, site-specific art, the hook-up, the lot radio, The Right to Know Act, Williamsburg Subway rats are on trend this week.
Pizza Rat, there’s a new celebrity rodent in town. This week, a subway rat went full “Brooklyn” and jumped on the avocado craze. While waiting for the G at Greenpoint Avenue on Tuesday, filmmaker Jessica Edwards captured a video of a rat hauling a slice of avocado along the tracks.
That’s not the only food-based transit story in the news this week. Mozilla launched a Firefox browser update this week, and claims its internet service is now faster than Google Chrome. To celebrate,
The rides included complimentary donuts, coffee and live music. Firefox operated a free “Firefox Fast Ferry” between Greenpoint and Manhattan from Tuesday-Thursday. Speaking of riding in style, the first prototype of the Also known as the Gentrification Express, the proposed streetcar would run along the waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park. Brooklyn-Queens Connector, or BQX, was unveiled on Monday.
The advocacy coalition “Friends of BQX” is pushing Mayor de Blasio to make the streetcar a priority during his second term, at the same time as
glass high-rise developments begin to engulf Greenpoint’s waterfront.
Much of the Nitrogen that contributes to “dead zones” in the Long Island Sound comes from waste treatment plants in New York City. there may be some environmental justice for Greenpoint courtesy of the Long Island Sound. Pressure from advocacy groups like Save Our Sound could lead to technological upgrades at Newtown Creek. Activist Swimmer Christopher Swain Takes on the East River. Via Brooklyn Paper
We’ve all had trouble with the turnstile before — maybe your MetroCard isn’t swiping, maybe some of the turnstiles are out of order — but it takes a special skill and dedication to find yourself
A witness told Gothamist that the teen “tried to hold back the gate and slip through it, but it slipped back and wedged him in.” wedged on top of a full height turnstile at 8am on a Tuesday morning at Court Square, as one teenage turnstile jumper did this week. Ultimately, he had to be detangled from the turnstile by MTA personnel.
And that’s not the only wild feat in the news this week.
Christopher Swain, an activist swimmer who has already plunged into the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, in order raise awareness for the global refugee crisis. He took off from Greenpoint’s India Street Ferry Dock, and finished his journey at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. swam the East River last Thursday from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Bridge Park Continue reading Merry Pranksters All Aboard on Lombardy Street via The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Do you feel like things have been pretty quacked in Greenpoint this week? You’re not wrong.
On Monday night, , and as you can see from the video, he was not too pleased to be there. a leashed duck boarded the G Train If you’re feeling as stressed as that duck, and you think your period might have something to do with it, Massage Greenpoint (37 Greenpoint Avenue) has you covered. They’ve just rolled out “The Moon Cycle Massage,” aimed at alleviating those monthly aches.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle went on a hunt for
t and concluded it’s a tough task. But they did manage to snag a pic of an ultra groovy bus on Lombardy Street. he best place in the neighborhood to photograph the new Kosciuszko Bridge, Continue reading Category: Community, News Tags: Crime, Ducks, G Train, Greenpoint, greenpointers, Kosciuszko Bridge, massage greenpoint, McGolrick Park, news, nypd, Photos, the hook-up This weekend we’re hosting our Spring Market! Come on down to the Greenpoint Loft and sip palomas while you shop.
It’s sounding like
troubled megaclub Brooklyn Mirage might actually open this summer. Party on!
The old Kosciuszko Bridge is going to be
demolished this summer, and people are demanding an epic party, complete with a live orchestral score. Have you RSVP’d on Facebook yet?
There was a
gas leak caused by construction along Wythe Avenue last weekend, and businesses and residents were evacuated for at least four hours. Continue reading