Tonight Is Brooklyn Community Board 1’s Monthly Public Meeting

Brooklyn CB1 meets tonight at 211 Ainslie St. starting at 6 p.m.

Brooklyn Community Board 1’s monthly combined public hearing is tonight (2/11) at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St.) starting at 6 p.m.

If you can’t attend in person tonight, you can follow along during the livestream available here. A quick side note: the application for community board membership is currently open through February 14th.

According to the agenda (available here), there will be a presentations tonight on: Continue reading

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Learn About the River Street Master Plan Thursday (2/13) at the Williamsburg Hotel

Rendering of the proposed development on the Williamsburg waterfront from Two Trees Management.

A discussion on the River Street Mater Plan and the environmental review process known as ULURP will be discussed at a community meeting hosted by the North Brooklyn Neighbors this Thursday at the Williamsburg Hotel (96 Wythe Ave.) at 6:30 p.m.

The Two Trees Management project calls for 1,000 residential units (250 affordable) between two buildings with a new 47,000-sf YMCA and 30,000-sf of retail space. Bjarke Ingels Group revealed the design and renderings last December. Continue reading

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12 New Apartments in Williamsburg “Affordable” Housing Lottery

196 N 4th St.

Two new buildings in North Williamsburg are offering 12 “affordable” apartments total to apply for by the end of February with income requirements ranging from 80% – 130%.

While still under construction, both buildings will sit just a block apart upon completion and residents will have ample public transportation access via the L train, the B62 and B32 buses, and the NYC Ferry at the Williamsburg waterfront.

The first of the two buildings via the NYC Housing Connect is located at 196 N 4th St. where there are six affordable units available ranging in price from $1,174 per month for a studio, to $2,320 for a two-bedroom apartment. Continue reading

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Silver Alert Issued for Czeslawa Konefal, Last Seen in Greenpoint on Sunday

A Silver Alert was issued for 76-year-old Czeslawa Konefal on Sunday after she went missing from Greenpoint.

Czeslawa Konefal, a 76-year-old woman has been missing since Sunday morning and was last seen at around 10 a.m. near St. Stan’s church at Newel Street and Driggs Avenue in Greenpoint.

Konefal’s family shared that she speaks only Polish and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Konefal is described as 5’5″ tall, weighing 120 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes; she was last seen wearing a long black jacket.

A Silver Alert has been issued for Konefal and anyone with information on her whereabouts should call 9-1-1.
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Greenpoint This Week: Greenpointers Valentine’s Market, New Library Sneak Peek, East River Park Renamed, and More!

Greenpointers Valentine's Day Market 2018
The Greenpointers“Love Grows in Brooklyn” is this Sunday (2/9).

Happy Friday Greenpointers! We can hardly wait as we prepare for the Greenpointers Valentine’s Market this Sunday from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. under the rustic wooden beams of the Greenpoint loft (67 West St 5th Flr).

Shop from and meet 60+ of Brooklyn’s best indie crafters and enjoy lots of FREE activities including face painting, henna tattoos, massages, tarot card readings and a special Valentine’s scratch-off station for kids.

Also this weekend, Greenpoint’s undefeated heavyweight boxing contender Adam “Babyface” Kownacki is returning to the neighborhood for a meet and greet with fans on Saturday at Dunne’s Polemost Liquors (698 Manhattan Ave) at 4:30 p.m. ahead of his big fight scheduled for next month in Brooklyn.

For more weekend events check out what’s happening and in the meantime catch up on this week’s headlines from around the neighborhood: Continue reading

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Humboldt & Jackson Closing With “Smiles” as Meat Hook Founders Plan New Restaurant in Same Space

Owner Bill Reed. (Photo by Molly Tavoletti).

After opening in July 2014, Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt St.) will close this month with “smiles and high fives,” co-owner Bill Reed says, as the timing was right for the family-run restaurant and bar to end its run on a high note.

“Most of the time when a restaurant is going out of business it’s dead or someone just takes it over,” he said. “This was an opportunity for me and my family to actually sell our assets and to get someone in there who we feel will represent the neighborhood as good, if not better than us.”

With an assist from Reed on a lease takeover, Meat Hook founders Ben Turley and Brent Young will open a new tavern and restaurant at the Humboldt Street address called Cozy Royale. An Italian catering hall and social club by the same name functioned out of the space for over 70 years prior to Humboldt & Jackson. Continue reading

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54 “Affordable” Apartments Available at Historic Dime Bank Development in Williamsburg

The Dime (courtesy of Fogarty Finger Architects)

54 newly constructed “affordable apartments” at The Dime (251-273 S 5th St.) development are now available to apply for via the NYC Housing Connect website.

The Dime (courtesy of Fogarty Finger Architects)

“The Dime” is adjacent to the historic Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh (PDF) next to the Williamsburg Bridge and at 22 stories will be one of the tallest in the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Vote For The Next Book That North Brooklyn Reads

The Williamsburgh Library is participating in North Brooklyn Reads

What book should North Brooklynites read together this year? The Brooklyn Public Library is currently seeking votes to answer that question and has curated a neighborhood-centric list of titles to pick from; you have until Friday (tomorrow) to vote in the “North Brooklyn Reads” poll.

The list of literature to pick from includes works from local authors such as Greenpointers’ Geoff Cobb, whose The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King tells the story of the American sugar industry and the Havemeyer family’s world famous Domino factory. “It is a tale of greed, crime, wealth, power and corruption, but it is also the story of Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” the book’s description reads.

A landmark Grenpoint building makes an appearance on the list with Kate Christensen’s The Astral: A Novel.  In the book, poet and Astral (yes, that Astral) resident Harry Quirk attempts to save his failing marriage and win his wife’s heart back amongst a backdrop that is all too familiar for Greenpointers.

Solos by Kitty Burns Florey is set in Williamsburg where a mystery unravels according to the official book description:

Emily Lime and her equally palindromic dog, Otto, live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (zip code 11211), in a warm community of friends and fellow artists. Her life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Marcus, a dog-walker and fellow Scrabble nut, whose father is Emily’s shady ex-husband who wants the lovable Emily dead. A mystery unravels, a valuable lost cache of paintings is found, and Emily’s life changes in ways she could not have anticipated.

Hipster Death Rattle by Ritchie Narvaez also set in “uber-hip” Williamsburg, is a gruesome murder mystery:

Murder is trending. Hipsters are getting slashed to pieces in the hippest neighborhood in New York: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While Detectives Petrosino and Hadid hound local gangbangers, slacker reporter Tony Moran and his ex Magaly Fernandez get caught up in a missing person’s case—one that might just get them hacked to death

The Bushwick, Leonard, Williamsburg and Greenpoint (upon opening this spring) libraries will participate with readings of the chosen literature:

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Meet Hometown Boxing Hero Adam “Babyface” Kownacki in Greenpoint this Saturday (2/8)

Meet Adam “Babyface” Kownacki in Greenpoint this Saturday.

Greenpoint’s very-own undefeated heavyweight boxing contender Adam “Babyface” Kownacki is returning to the neighborhood this weekend for a meet and greet with fans ahead of his big fight scheduled for next month in Brooklyn.

Your chance to meet Kownacki will be this Saturday at Dunne’s Polemost Liquors (698 Manhattan Ave) at 430 p.m.

Kownacki, who has an impressive 20-0 record with 15 KOs, was born in Poland and grew up in Greenpoint where he has a large support base.

The hometown hero will return to the ring in a main event title elimination match vs. Robert Helenius at Barclays Center on Saturday, March 7th that will also be aired on Fox.

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At age 30, Kownacki is fighting to become the first-ever Polish heavyweight boxing champion, and the March 7th fight will be his 10th at Barclay’s, the boxer tells ESPN:

It’s great to be fighting in Barclays Center for the 10th time,” Kownacki said. “The last nine bouts ended in victory for me, and March 7 won’t be any different. I’m happy that Fox is showcasing the fight on free television like it was back in the old days, and with the action my fights bring, it’s definitely must-watch TV. I know Helenius will be looking to pull an upset and take my place in the rankings, but I won’t let that happen. I’m already in camp with my trainers Keith Trimble and Chris Carlsen getting ready. After this fight, I want the winner of [Deontay] Wilder vs. [Tyson] Fury II.”

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‘3-K For All’ Expands to Greenpoint and Williamsburg

P.S. 34 (131 Norman Ave.) (via Google Maps).

Greenpoint and Williamsburg will be part of the next cohort of neighborhoods to see the expansion of the city’s 3-K for All program starting next school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced today.

The 3-k program launched in 2017 in the South Bronx and Brownsville, when de Blasio announced the city-wide program to provide free “full day” pre-k for every 3-year-old by 2021. Continue reading

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