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Watch as Construction Trucks Convene For Blocks on West Streets’ Protected Bike Lane

Greenpoint Landing construction trucks lined up for blocks on Friday morning parked on the West Street Protected bike lane.

Residents living near the Greenpoint waterfront were treated to a pageant of dozens of construction trucks idling in the West Street protected bike lane while waiting for entrance to a nearby construction site early Friday morning.

 

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 A video captured by local resident Craig Rohrer shows the trucks sitting in the bike lane on West Street on Friday morning.

Françoise Olivas, a Greenpoint resident of over 16 years who lives near West Street, hears construction noise consistently beginning around 4 a.m., which she says is the legal start time for construction activity on the West Street-adjacent developments due to a special permit.

“We woke up at 3:50 a.m. this morning and on Tuesday it was the same thing,” she said. Olivas walked outside to the East River Studios building next to Transmitter Park at 4 a.m. this morning where she suspected the idling trucks were originating.

Trucks on West Street waiting for access to Greenpoint Landing on Friday morning (Courtesy of Françoise Olivas)

Olivas spoke first with a production manager at East River Studios regarding the trucks and noise, but realized the parade of large trucks were headed toward a construction site nearby.  “The trucks stretched on West Street from Ash to Noble and they were carting off soli because they were all empty,” she said.

(Courtesy of Françoise Olivas)

After checking in with a manager at the 1 Huron construction site who claimed no responsibility, Olivas finally found the destination: Greenpoint Landing.

After asking why the bike lane on West Street was being used for truck parking on a mass scale shes says a Greenpoint Landing construction manager responded, “where are the trucks supposed to line up?” “I told him not in the bike lane,” Olivas said.

Greenpoint Landing (Courtesy of  Brookfield and Park Tower Group)

The latest Greenpoint Landing construction phase will bring two towers forming an inverse ziggurat to the waterfront; construction broke ground last November according to NY YIMBY:

Once complete, the development will support 745 rentals designed by architects of record Beyer Blinder Belle. The residential component will include 20 percent “income-targeted” apartments marketed in accordance with the Affordable Housing New York program.

The towers’ façades will be comprised of pale-hued precast concrete panels with eight-foot-square window openings. Similar to the buildings’ forms, the precast panels are carved with angled patterns designed to playfully react to the movement of the sun throughout the day.

This phase will also add more than 40,000 square feet of new public green space to the existing waterfront esplanade, establishing a total of 2.5 acres of continuous public park land along the shoreline. James Corner Field Operations served as the waterfront landscape architect and has detailed multiple lawn areas, picnic space, outdoor seating, and possible maritime installations.

To file a complaint for anything construction-related call 311 (write down complaint #) and let Greenpointers know what you see.

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Park Designs to be Presented at CB1 Parks and Waterfront Committee Meeting (1/27)

Bushwick Inlet Park’s future expansion includes the Motiva site which is adjacent to the former Bayside tank site.

Designs on four North Brooklyn parks will be reviewed at the Brooklyn CB1 Committee on Parks and Waterfront meeting scheduled for next Monday.

The meeting is open to the public and takes place on Monday, Jan. 27th at 6:30PM at the Bushwick Inlet Park Building (86 Kent Ave.). Continue reading

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Where to Donate Reusable Bags Ahead of NY’s Plastic Bag Ban

A plastic bag ban starts March 1st in NY. (Photo courtesy of Michael Kowalczyk)

On March 1st a New York State plastic bag ban, or the Bag Waste Reduction Law, takes effect and you might want to start using a renewable bag when shopping.

Perhaps, you’re ahead of the curve and want to unload some of those extra reusable bags piling up in your closet. The North Brooklyn neighbors are currently holding a bag swap and unneeded shopping bags can be donated in Greenpoint and Williamsburg at the following local businesses and institutions where NBN has drop-off bins setup: Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Park Deli Reopens After Temporary Closure

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) (Photo via Google Maps)

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) is open again after closing last week following an inspection by the Dept. of Health.

A January 16th DOH inspection resulted in a series of marks for unsanitary conditions in the food preparation area that have since been rectified.

A follow-up DOH inspection on Wednesday cleared the way for the reopening today.

Owner Krystyna Godawa and the deli are widely considered neighborhood treasures, and the Park Deli was rescued from closure in 2017 after the landlord raised the rent by more than double. The Park Deli lives on!

 

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Stories from the Rainforest, Universal Love, Cumbancha Flamenca, Vegan Dinner — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/22-1/28)

WEDNESDAY 1/22

☺ Good Girl @ Cantina Royal (58 N 3rd St), 6:30 pm, $7, a night of great stand up comedy!–not all humor will be clean, but it certainly will be good! Buy Tix
♫ Drinking Bird // Thor Jensen @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St), 10pm, FREE, an hour’s worth of melodic melodies and improvised improvisations, perhaps with special guests, More Info
♫ ESCAPE-ISM + Chyna Wyte @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave), 8pm, FREE, More Info
♫ Algiers Live + Signing @ Rough Trade NYC (64 N 9th St), 7pm, $16-$24, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 1/23

* What you need to know about National Grid’s N Brooklyn Pipeline @ Bushwick Library (340 Bushwick Ave) 6pm, FREE, enjoy snacks, neighbors and hear from local experts about the National Grid construction in our neighborhood, More Info
^ Green Series: “Lessons in Survival” @ Leonard Library (81 Devoe St), 630pm, FREE, a literary talk on ‘surviving climate change catastrophes,’ RSVP
# Our Vegan Dinner: @ Archestratus Books & Foods (160 Huron St), 7pm and 8pm, $40, three vegan courses cooked by Chef Ken Wiss, Buy Tix
♫ The Great American Novel @ Gutter Bar (200 N 14th St) 8pm, $8, with The Glitch, The Regrets, and The Huffers, More Info Continue reading

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Classic Nassau Avenue Deli Closed by Department of Health

 

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) is closed following an inspection on January 16th by the NYC Dept. of Health.

The cherished McGolrick Park-adjacent Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.), which is in a storefront that has been home to a deli since the 1930s, faced closure in 2017 when deli owner Krystyna Godawa struggled with a more than 100 percent rent increase. Broadway Stages stepped in and covered the difference in rent and saved Park Deli from shuttering.

A health inspection of the deli last week racked up 65 points (a “C” is 28 or more points) for evidence of unsanitary conditions that included evidence of live mice.

Park Deli was closed for business last Friday and the doors remained shut on Tuesday.

The nearby deli Brooklyn Standard also closed temporarily last week following a visit from DOH; the business reopened a day later after addressing a basement flood which was the root of the problem.

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Welcome Campers! Wild Honey Pies’ Memorial Day Weekend Camp and Music Festival Beckons

A scene from last year’s camp (Courtesy of Wild Honey Pie; Photo: Nicole Potosme)

The Wild Honey Pie is organizing an adult Memorial Day weekend camp and music festival in the Berkshires next spring as a retreat for New Yorkers.

The Welcome Campers music fest runs from May 23rd – 25th at Camp Lenox in Otis, MA, and early-bird tickets are now on sale. An optional bus will provide transportation directly from McCarren Park to the festival. Continue reading

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Is Williamsburg Getting A Vessel at the Domino Development?

A new installation at the Domino development in Williamsburg is taking shape. Photo: @marc @lucas_scherrer_production

The French street artists JR is working on a large-scale installation with shipping containers on the Williamsburg waterfront at the Domino development that is soon to open.

A Brooklyn Museum multimedia installation “JR: Chronicles” also currently displays work from the artist, whose images usually touch on social issues while utilizing size with massive paste-ups and portraits.

Stacks of over a dozen blue shipping containers were placed in a triangle formation at the Domino development last week. JR posted an Instagram update last Thursday indicating that the Brooklyn Museum and Italian architectural design studio LOT-EK are also partners on the work in progress. Continue reading

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Kimchee Market Closes For Rennovations, Plans February Relaunch

Kimchee Market (191 Greenpoint Ave.) (Via Google Maps)

The Korean takeout shop, Kimchee Market (191 Greenpoint Ave.) closed today and will reopen in February following kitchen and dining room renovations, along with a refreshed menu that will resemble sister locations Dokebi (199 Grand St.) and Little Dokebi (85 Driggs Ave.), according to owner Chul Kim.

 

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Kim obtained the Greenpoint Avenue space as a kimchee production kitchen eight years ago for his restaurants and started offering takeout food when he noticed foot traffic pickup in the area.

The kitchen also supplies traditional Korean fermented vegetables to local businesses like Jungle Cafe (131 Greenpoint Ave.) and Murray’s Cheese.

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Fashion Sundae: Episode 26

Courtesy of Watching New York

For the 26th edition of Fashion Sundae, we’re getting a bit sentimental as this marks the half-year mark of this photo series. Thank you to Watching New York for keeping us up to date on the fashionistas on Bedford Avenue and our stylish neighbors on the other side of the park. As usual, here’s a look at the styles spotted last week in Williamsburg:   Continue reading

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