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Greenery Unlimited Returns This Weekend With ‘Almost Summer’ Sidewalk Plant Sale

Courtesy of Greenery Unlimited.

The indoor biophilic plant paradise next to Transmitter Park will hold a sidewalk sale this weekend with a variety of vegetables and herbs to mark the (almost) start of summer.

Greenery Unlimited (91 West St.) celebrated its grand opening in February 2019 awing plant lovers with an indoor irrigation mist machine and a gigantic living wall, not to mention an impressive array of plants available for purchase.

Following a brief hiatus of the brick-and-mortar store while focusing on home delivery during the coronavirus pause, Greenery Unlimited returns Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. with a sidewalk sale. Continue reading

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Where to Get Takeout Cocktails in Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Broken Land’s popular frozen pina coladas are now available to-go.

While hanging out at a bar sipping cocktails seems like a distant memory, our cocktail present and future is hopefully not too far off. For now, several local bars are serving their cocktail menus for takeout, either via walk-up window, service or pre-order. Open container laws seem to be quite lax (though legally, nothing’s changed), so take that cocktail for a socially distant walk or on a bar crawl through the neighborhood to these spots serving excellent to-go drinks:

Magazine (130 Franklin St.)
If there were an award for Most Creative Pandemic Pivot, Magazine would win. After a long closure, the quirky bar is back with lanky neon souvenir cups and a man in a chicken costume, known as the ‘social distancing chicken,’ dancing in the bar’s window. The menu includes frozen hurricanes and pre-batched classic cocktails. Spicy popcorn is still free, and a new food menu includes gumbo, po’ boys and watermelon.

 
 
 
 
 
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Vamos Al Tequila (162 Franklin St.)
The local Mexican restaurant is back with takeout cocktails, a full food menu, plus daily specials. Starting at 11 a.m., order frozen margaritas and piña coladas, palomas, mojitos and more to go. Call 718-383-0808 to order in advance. Continue reading

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Massive School of Fish Spotted in Newtown Creek

Fish in Newtown Creek (Courtesy of Brandon Duff)

A massive school of fish was spotted in Greenpoint’s most famous Superfund site on Wednesday morning.

Newton Creek has seen it’s fair share of pollution and oil spills, but efforts to restore native habitats by environmental groups such as the Newtown Creek Alliance have helped to bring back life to the waterway over the past decade.

Greenpointers recently spoke with NCA’s executive director Willis Elkins who says that the site of fish is becoming more common on the creek, but that the amount of vessels passing through the East River estuary has not slowed during the coronavirus crisis. Continue reading

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Overnight Repaving of Greenpoint Avenue Scheduled for Wednesday Night

Repaving on Greenpoint Avenue is scheduled to start Wednesday night.

The Department of Transportation is scheduled to repave Greenpoint Avenue from West Street to Eckford Street  starting Wednesday at  6 p.m. through Thursday at 6 a.m.

The top layer of the asphalt was removed from Greenpoint Avenue last week during an overnight street closure.

No parking signs were placed along the same stretch of the avenue on Tuesday night alerting drivers to move their vehicles by Wednesday at 6 p.m.

 

 

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Virtual Combined SLA Review and Public Safety Meeting for Brooklyn Community Board 1 is Tonight

Community Board 1 in Nov. 2019.

Brooklyn Community Board 1’s combined SLA and public safety committees will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday (5/26) at 6:30 p.m.

The agenda for the combined meeting is posted on the CB1 website, and virtual attendees can access the meeting here via Cisco Webex (password: pwTV9r9gbM2).

You can also join the meeting by phone by dialing 2+1-646-992-2010 0r +1-408-418-9388 access code: 718 064 380:

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Greenpoint This Week: More Open Streets, Met Foods Workers Awarded, Pipeline Construction Resumes, and More!

Berry Street seen here as an ‘open street’ for pedestrians and cyclists.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Greenpointers! There’s reason to celebrate as coronavirus hospitalizations are trending downward in New York while the state launches a testing initiative with 52 pharmacies to screen symptomatic people.

Aside from the pharmacy pilot, local coronavirus testing sites include Greenpoint Urgent Care (795 Manhattan Ave.), Williamsburg Urgent Care (154 N 7th St.) and Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care Center (145 Kent Ave.).

Expanding on the city’s temporary pedestrian-only ‘open streets,’ Mayor de Blasio on Friday introduced an additional 13 miles of open streets starting Saturday morning, including:

  • -Russell St. from Nassau Ave. to Driggs Ave.
  • -Grand St. from Roebling St. to Marcy Ave.
  • -North 3rd St. from Kent Ave. to Metropolitan Ave.
  • – South 9th St. from Berry St. to Driggs Ave.

State beaches are open this weekend, while city beaches remain accessible in a very limited capacity with no lifeguards on duty as swimming in the water and congregating on the sand are off-limits. Over at the Rockaways, Riis Park Beach Bazaar will have concessions for takeout only at their year-round restaurant The Dropout, but no alcohol will be served and it’s still not allowed on the beach.

Closer to the neighborhood, many restaurants are offering Memorial Day specials, such as Five Leaves’ corn dogs and frozen watermelon margaritas, or Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co’s rooftop barbecue to-go.

Have a safe holiday and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Where to Buy Face Masks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Masks by Christian Joy Costumes,

The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in New York may be on the decline for now, but the face mask is here to stay to help stop the spread of the highly transmissible virus. Many local businesses and independent creators in Greenpoint and Williamsburg are now designing and selling their own masks. Consider buying local and shopping from any of these sellers while keeping your neighborhood safe:

Line and Label (568 Manhattan Ave.) is offering handmade mask in sizes, kids, regular and large. Order online to have a product shipped to you or opt for contactless pick up at their store.

Small Home (100 Freeman St.) – Small Home is a independent artist-run shop that has recently started crafting their own face masks in large and small sizes in a bandit-style for layer comfort, including pockets for filters; direct message on Instagram to order.

 

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Who’s on the Ballot in North Brooklyn for the June 23rd Primary?

2020 is the year of the pandemic, but before we were sequestered inside our homes it was another fairly typical election year. New York will still hold Democratic primaries on June 23rd, and arguably the most consequential contests of the year are in North Brooklyn where a number upstart candidates seek to unseat longtime incumbents.

Reminder: The Board of Elections began mailing absentee ballot applications this week, but If you’re already a registered NYC voter then you can complete the online absentee ballot application right now. The deadline to apply is June 16th.

With only a month away from a primary with national, state and local implications, who’s on the ballot in North Brooklyn? Continue reading

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Emergency Pantry Seeks Volunteers to Prepare Food Packages for Holocaust Survivors

Volunteers in action at the food pantry fulfillment center in Greenpoint.

An emergency food pantry processing center has set up shop in Greenpoint and is in need of volunteers to help prepare aid packages.

A partnership between the non-profit organization Met Council and Yeshiva University is behind the effort to deliver groceries Holocaust survivors and homebound senior citizens who are especially vulnerable during the current pandemic.

With the new fulfillment center at 21 India St. processing between 500 – 2,000 food packages per day, volunteers are needed for morning, lunchtime and afternoon two-hour shifts; personal protective equipment will be provided for safety.

Other local pantries have also introduced delivery in response to the challenges caused by the pandemic, including the Greenpoint Hunger Program and the upstart pantry Food For Brooklyn.

The Met Council initiative utilizes volunteer UberEats vehicles to deliver to the groceries packaged at the fulfillment center.

 

 

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Greenpoint Met Foods Employees Receive Mutual Aid Bonus for Work During Coronavirus

Thank you cards are delivered to Met Foods employees. (Image courtesy of Will Rahilly)

A fundraiser for Greenpoint grocery store employees raised over $6,000 as a thank you for their work during the cornoavirus crisis.

Members of the co-operative arts space Sunview Luncheonette launched the campaign in April to compensate the 19 Met Foods (131 Driggs Ave.) workers with bonus pay, raising $6,240.

Lead organizer Dylan Gauthier says that the owner of the grocery store is happy for his employees to be recognized and matched the donation. The campaign’s co-organizers are Birgit Rathsmann and Rick Karr. Continue reading

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