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Lager Legislation, An Airbnb Nightmare, and The King of Greenpoint – The Hook-Up 10/07

Firefighters responded to calls from multiple people who reported smelling gas near Franklin and Noble Wednesday night. After checking it out, firefighters determined that nothing was wrong.

After a string of recent robberies in Greenpoint, police are looking for four men. Images have been released of two of these men. Stay vigilant and be careful if walking late at night.

Ever wonder where McGuinness Boulevard got its name? It’s because of a man named Peter J. McGuinness, an influential character in the neighborhood’s history who, despite having never graduated high school, helped get such projects as the Meeker Avenue Bridge and McCarren Park Pool completed. Local historian and frequent Greenpointers writer Geoff Cobb has a new book coming out about him called King of Greenpoint, which is getting some attention!

After being forced out of their apartment of 23 years by nefarious landlords and forced to live in shelters and temporary housing for three years, a Greenpoint family has finally returned to their longtime home at 300 Nassau Avenue.

Ever wonder what an Airbnb nightmare looks like? Check out this story, on a Williamsburg family who rented out their duplex only to have $7k in damage occur.

Tired of feeling like your paycheck disappears faster than free pizza at Paulie Gee’s? Well, you may be on to something, according to this study from a real estate data company, which calls Brooklyn the most “unaffordable place to live in America”.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that North Brooklyn Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol originally introduced providing tax credits for brewers in New York City. Greenpoint Beer and Ale, Keg & Lantern, and Brooklyn Brewery all got shout outs from Lentol in the press release!

Greening Greenpoint hosted the Greenpoint Community Tree Summit on Monday at the McCarren Park Play Center.

The 94th Precinct hosted their monthly Community Council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

t.b.d. (224 Franklin St.) hosted a fundraising event on Wednesday in support of Hillary Clinton.

Town Square is hosting Go Green Day, a volunteer afternoon on Friday, October 7 from 2-5pm in McCarren Park.

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Concerned Residents Meeting, That Cubbyhole Lifestyle, & BOOM! — The Hook-Up 09/23

Community members meet with District 33 Participatory Budgeting Coordinator Benjamin Solotaire Tuesday night at the Greenpoint Library.








Participatory budgeting meetings have been happening all week, and there’s more to come. You can submit your ideas here or attend a meeting in person (click here for a schedule). Get a piece of that $1.5 mil!

In light of several assaults that allegedly occurred near McGolrick park recently, a community meeting was held Thursday night at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.) Concerned citizens asked questions of several attending officers of the 94th Precinct and then brainstormed ways to make the community safer. Greenpointers attended the meeting and we will have an update coming soon!

This guy is living inside an illegal a cubbyhole in Williamsburg, and likes it. Continue reading

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The Hook Up: Ilana Glazer Lookalikes, G Train Conductors Are Awesome, and A Spelling Bee’s Swan Song

Ilana Glazer lookalike
Is this you, dreamgirl?

Are you an Ilana Glazer (of Broad City fame) lookalike and do you also happen to have fruity tattoos? Someone you closely encountered at the Greenpoint Library is searching for you.

G train conductors are super nice, you guys, and they love us all.

Get spellbound! The Williamsburg Spelling Bee is dictating its final letter on April 4th after a twelve year run.

Don’t worry, the historic Greenpoint Savings Bank building isn’t going away anytime soon, but the office annex behind it may become new apartments.

Greenpoint Savings Bank
Greenpoint Savings Bank (via Wikipedia)

There’s a secret sticker art museum in Bushwick, and they’re having an art opening tonight.

It’s Easter this weekend, seemingly one of Greenpoint’s favorite holidays (if you gauge affection by the number of houses that are fully decked out with an explosion of Easter decor). So of course there’s an Easter Egg Hunt in McGolrick Park.

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Shrunken Heads, Quooklyn, & More G Train – The Hook Up 6/13

Just another neighborhood skull collector, © Time Out NY

This bone collector lives just around the corner, as does his creepy collection of deformed cats. He also has a preserved monkey, a 2,000 year old mummy head, and an a “two-bodied pig”, which he “pickled” himself. Still have your appetite?

WTF is Quooklyn? One New York Times writer ventured to Ridgewood and coined a horrible new term.

Good (and rare) transportation news. G train service will increase by 25% during afternoon rush hour. Continue reading

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Hamster Wheel Art, a Bank Robbery, & 5Pointz Demolished– The Hook Up (3/7)

Demolition Begins on 5Pointz © Court Square Blog

On 2/21, a 25-year-old wild woman jumped the entrance at the Metropolitan Avenue G station. When she was finally caught by a cop, she punched, kicked, and BIT him (and was ultimately charged with a felony assault). GOOD JOB!

In other weird crime news, a pair of ski-mask-wearing bandits robbed a man as he was walking home from the train on Metropolitan and Graham. They took one look at his bag and returned it to him. No one was injured.

ALSO a bank robber took off with nearly $2,000 after threatening to shoot the teller at a “financial institution” (not specified) on Manhattan and Greenpoint. The robber reportedly handed the bank teller a note (at 1:40pm) that said “10 seconds to give me $2,000 or I shoot her…Test me.”

Oh, and a group of thieves stole a painting worth $10,000 during an art heist at the Cotton Candy Machine gallery (235 S. 1st St). Two pieces (worth $8,000 each) are still missing. (CBS Local) Continue reading

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Raekwon + Beard Transplants – The Hook Up (2/28)

Fox News Interviews "Hipsters" About Their Beards (this is real life)

This week in local news…..

Raekwon showed up at a Williamsburg fried chicken restaurant to rap abut ice cream.

Building owners are cheating the system by advertising “affordable” housing on obscure government websites that no one can actually find.  And the online applications are only in English, making it more difficult for non-native speakers.  The most recent case is at 59 Orient Ave in Williamsburg, the past home of the Kate Winslet’s character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind (random trivia fact to keep in your back pocket). (The Brooklyn Paper)

A guy in Williamsburg built a 1600 sq foot home out of shipping containers and other found materials at 351 Keap Street. Another shipping container condo building, albeit a fancier “luxury” one is being assembled at 2 Monitor St.  (NY Times)

Would you drop $2 million for this “fisherman style” townhouse? (Curbed)

Brooklynites are taking over Berlin, one dance club at a time. (NY Times)

People paid $65 to do yoga and then eat silent dinner at EAT. That sounds all well and good but isn’t it a little pricey, not to mention sweaty before dinner?

The forthcoming Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg has been approved for its very own bar/restaurant, which Gothamist has dubbed “Urban Drunkfitters.”

Oh and you can pay $7,000 for a beard transplant. Yeah. Then Fox News picked up the story.

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Cragels & Chutzpa–The Hook Up (1/21)

Don't dress to impress on Lee Ave, © Stefano Giovannini/

In case you didn’t notice the SNOW out there or the fact that at least one person you know posted a screenshot of the weather forecast on Instagram this morning, we are in the midst of an official Winter Storm. Consider yourselves warned in advance?

Hey, remember when the owner of Gwynnett Street got busted for trafficking molly from China? That was weird. After the incident, the restaurant closed temporarily to re-group and the head chef and much of the kitchen staff quit.  The space recently re-opened with a new name, chef (from Allswell) and menu. Lachlan, according to the team, is the result of the decision to “take our restaurant in a different direction,” but we all know that the real reason: Google. No one wants to find out that their dinner spot was a stop on the  drug ring. The good news? The menu is way more affordable. (Eater)  Continue reading

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Film Crew Polluters, Pulaski Lane Shift, Blocked Messages, The Noise Police, Sweet Buns — The Hook-Up (11/4)

Artwork by Tamara Garvey


Just when you thought film crews on our streets couldn’t get any more annoying, the producers of “The Knick” decided to dump all of their waste into the sewers on Milton Street after filming a storm. Well they got an unintended stormy scene from the Milton Street Block Association who were justifiably upset by this illegal action. Dear Steven Soderbergh, we are especially sensitive about illegal dumping in our neighborhood!

Walking over the Pulaski Bridge will get a lot safer next year when a new bike lane will replace a lane currently being used by speeding drivers. In the short term, this may actually lead to more accidents for bicyclists, but let’s hope it works itself out. (Daily News)

As most of you probably know, Banksy spent the past month putting up his legendary street art throughout NYC. Some people love it, some people hate it and others just don’t understand, but every property owner in NYC  who got their building painted by the famous artist cashed in on the new addition except one guy in Greenpoint. (Gothamist)

In addition to not enjoying free famous street art, some Debbie Downers in our neighborhood made a big deal about silencing our friends at Adelina’s “quietest DJ night in Brooklyn” because absolute silence is what you should expect when you move into an apartment above a restaurant on Greenpoint Avenue.

In local foodie news, move over Cronut lovers, this article from Brooklyn Based about made to order cinnamon buns from Greenpoint’s River Styx looks amazing and I want one of these right now!

And finally, in developer news, have you seen this Leonard Street church that got transformed into expensive condos? Regardless of what you think about the changing neighborhood, can you at least admit that the restoration from drab vinyl siding to beautiful bricks at least brightens up the block? (Daily News)

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Historic Greenpoint Drama, Color Wars, NBBC, Civilian Patrols – The Hook-Up 9/2

Artwork by Tamara Garvey


Always classy New York Post did an article on new restaurants in Greenpoint.  Actually, their choices were pretty good.

Read about the drama and hanky panky that transpired at Manhattan Avenue’s 19th century Edwards Hotel. (Brownstoner)

Greenpoint Landing now comes in two flavors: Sailboat Blue and Massacre Red. Did you read about the battle of the renderings?

There’s a Google Glass Art Stalker in Bushwick. (DNAInfo)

The NY Times did an article this week on the 190 member-strong North Brooklyn Boat Club.

And finally, if you didn’t know yet, the NYPD approved the use of  ‘Civilian Patrolling’ in Greenpoint because of the spike in violent crime. What could possibly go wrong with that?


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Bill Murray, Healthcare, Governors Island Mall?, DIY Networking, Rooftop Camping: The Hook-Up – 7/28

Summer Sunset at Bushwick Inlet

• Yes way! Bill Murray was at Briskettown! (Free Williamsburg)

• All you need to know about Low Cost Healthcare For Freelancers & Artists (Bushwick Daily)

•  Rezoning is paving the way for retail on Governors Island (Curbed NY)

• Brooklyn Based pays a visit to Greenpoint’s The Perfect Nothing Catalog 

• It isn’t just graphs and maps, understanding urban existence requires observation of social behavior (GOOD)

• Great advice on throwing an awesome DIY Networking Party (Brooklyn Based)

• New Brooklyn Commmunity Talk Show Broadcasting From McCarren Park: Bittersweet (Greenpoint Gazette)

• If this isn’t DieHipster fodder, I don’t know what is! Camp in rooftop tents in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Paper)

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