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Greenpoint Street Repaving Schedule 7/15 – 7/19

Before and after repaving on Franklin Street last wwek.

The Dept of Transportation continues to repave the streets around North Brooklyn this week.

Here’s the milling and paving schedule 7/15 – 7/19:

07/15/19 :

Greenpoint: Meserole Ave (Franklin St to North Henry St)

Williamsburg: Conselyea St (Graham Ave to Woodpoint Rd) and Maspeth Ave (Conselyea St to Morgan Ave)

 

07/16/19:  

Greenpoint: Meserole Ave (Franklin St to North Henry St)

Williamsburg: Taylor St (Wythe Pl to Lee Ave) Continue reading

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Greenpoint This Week: Con Edison Development, Greenpoint Library Update, the Great Giglio Lift, and More

A freshly repaved Franklin Street awaits.

The weekend is here Greenpointers! Catch up on the local headlines, and find out what weekend events are happening:

“Brooklyn Hipsters” are saving this year’s great Gigilo lift. (NY Times)

Two Trees is exploring housing development and a new park for the Con Edison site in Williamsburg. (Brownstoner)

The Greenpoint Library is on schedule for a planned fall opening. (Greenpointers)

There’s some recent openings and closings on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint (Greenpointers)

A co-working space for women, The Wing is coming to Williamsburg at 71 North 7th St. (Commercial Observer)

Poison ivy lurks near the Pulaski Bridge on an MTA-owned lot. (Gothamist)

A Dept. of Sanitation street sweeper collided with a garbage truck on Flushing Ave. sending two people the hospital (Greenpoint Post)

Smorgasburg launches Food Truck Fridays on the Williamsburg Waterfront. (Eater NY)

“American Idol” is scheduled to hold open auditions at the Brooklyn Expo Center. (AM New York)

Here’s a rundown of summer outdoor film screenings in Brooklyn. Sidenote: it’s the first summer in 13 years without the SummerScreen McCarren Park film series. (Brooklyn Paper)

A GoFundMe is raising funds for Dan Scinta, a longtime local bartender and musician who suffered a stroke. (Patch)

This Williamsburg loft has the custom-designed bookshelves of your dreams. (Design Milk)

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Beware: Poison Ivy Lurks Near Pulaski Bridge and Throughout NYC

Poison Ivy plant (courtesy of Flickr/Cygnus921)

A large patch of the poison ivy plant has been the source of 311 complaints on an MTA-owned lot near the Pulaski Bridge, Gothamist reports.

The poison ivy plant has reportedly been spotted throughout our urban jungle this season, which may be a result of mild winters.


The specific patch of poison ivy causing a stir near the much-traveled Pulaski Bridge is “right off Jackson Avenue and is now encroaching onto the sidewalk,” in Long Island City.” More from Gothamist: Continue reading

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New Greenpoint Library on Track for Fall Opening

Rendering of the new Greenpoint Library scheduled to open this fall(courtesy of Marble Fairbanks)

Anticipation is building as the summer moves along for fall’s anticipated reopening of the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.), which closed in July 2017 for demolition, and construction on the new library.

The fall relaunch is on-schedule as of now as explained at the Friends of Greenpoint Library meeting that was held on July 1st.

At the meeting, Sharon Kim, President of FOGL, introduced her new Co-President, Randy Locklair, and they generated ideas with the group for fundraising and outreach this summer. A bar night and book swap in early August is in the planning process.

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 Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel Overcomes Volunteer Shortage to Carry Four-Ton Giglio

The Giglio last year (courtesy of OLMC Feast)

The annual Italian-American celebration that has taken place for the past 116 years in Williamsburg, the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola, kicked off last night and runs through July 21st.

The most storied event during the annual celebration is the hoisting of the four-ton Giglio (taking place this Sunday) which requires over 300 volunteers to carry the decorated tower and attached stage that in the past has held a 10-piece brass band. Continue reading

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11 “Affordable” Williamsburg Apartments Available in Housing Lottery

150 Meserole St. (via Google Maps)

Eleven “affordable” apartments in Williamsburg will become available on Friday to apply for via the NYC Housing Connect website.  The two newly constructed buildings hitting the lottery market are less than one street apart at 150 Meserole St. and 142 Manhattan Ave.

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Thursday Spotlight: Carri Skoczek on Collecting Dolls and Her Umpteen Years as an Artist

One of Carri’s #DrawingADay portraits, as seen on her Instagram
Carri Skoczek has enjoyed a decades-spanning career, in which time she has shown from everywhere from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade to Clem’s Bar. Now, she’s enjoying the dedication and regiment of #DrawingADay, using social media as a vehicle to exhibit (and often sell) her works. She also has a show now at Figureworks (168 North 6th Street) where her interest in dolls of all shapes and sizes is on full display. Get to know this local artist and her versatile craft in today’s Thursday Spotlight!
Greenpointers: You’ve had a number of shows in Brooklyn and have lived here for a bit. Can you briefly describe your trajectory and how you came to live in the borough?
Carri Skoczek: I moved to Brooklyn when i was 40 in 1997, a year after meeting my New York-born and bred partner in crime, David Hurd, in New Orleans at Jazz Fest. It was magical. We discovered we had the same friends.
Kerry Smith from the Right Bank Cafe insisted I run his gallery, which I did from 1997 to 2001. It was the perfect way to meet local artists and gallerists in the heyday of the Williamsburg art scene.
My first solo show in Brooklyn was at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society in 1997. I curated an annual mermaid show celebrating the Coney Island Mermaid Parade for 10 years. I was also an award-winning participant in the parade. (I was a costume designer in Milwaukee for 12 years and that satisfied my urge to play dress up and design costumes for my friends.) I’ve shown at Holland Tunnel Gallery since the beginning. Participated in every annual epic group show Ritchie Timperio put on at sideshow gallery. I also had a solo show there in 2016. I was represented by Causey Contemporary from 1999 until she closed the gallery doors in 2015.
I’ve been in funky group shows in the local bars. I did a drunk girl show at Clem’s Bar in the late 90s. Two drunk girl chalkboard drawings are still in the window.

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American Idol to Hold Open Auditions in Greenpoint (7/23)

Courtesy of Flickr/anyjazz65

Are you America’s next cable television music phenomenon? If so, American Idol’s judges want to hear you sing.

American Idol will hold in-person open-call auditions in Greenpoint at the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St) on July 23rd, to find talent for the network television show, AM NY reports: Continue reading

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Wilder Shores, Groove Therapy, Movies in the Park — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/10-7/16)

WEDNESDAY 7/10

♫ SummerFest 2019 @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St), 730pm, $18, a series of mixed-bill performances highlighting new created movement-based artists happening Wednesdays in July, Buy Tix
* Walking Tour: Domino Park Design @ Domino Park (Kent Ave and Grand St), 630pm, FREE, learn more about the park’s design process as the lead designer Sanjukta Sen guides an educational tour, More Info
♫ Noisey Nights @ Villain (307 Kent Ave), 7pm, FREE, a recurring music program that brings the most fascinating, original, and music-defining emerging artists to a live stage, More Info
*  Belle & Sebastian @Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St), 8pm, $65, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 7/11

☺ HOT & FUN: Comedy and Karaoke @ Baby Grand (55 McGuinness Blvd), 8pm, FREE, catch NYC’s hottest comedians followed by karaoke, More Info
# In Conversation @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 7pm, $20 – $40, join chef, author, and Bon Appetit food director Carla Lalli Music for a conversation, Q + A, and signing of her new cookbook, Buy Tix
♫ Bliss House Sessions @ Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St), 730pm, $20, an interactive concert series that submerges you into a fun & friendly community of independent musicians, Buy Tix
* Tenant Town Hall @ (66 Clay St), 6pm, FREE, as communities in North Brooklyn are facing displacement, let’s reclaim, remain and rebuild our neighborhood, More Info


FRIDAY 7/12

♦ SummerStarz Free Movies in the Park @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 8pm, wonderful family-friendly movies at Transmitter Park presented by Town Square. This week’s screening is “The Incredibles 2,” More Info
♫ Ethno-Soul Latin-Roots Medicine Music @ Golden Drum (97 Green St #G1), 730pm, $20 suggested, Latin-roots flavor, Hip Hop, Reggae, electro-organic medicine music, and Afro-Soulful sound, RSVP
♫ Riot Avenue – An 80’s Hair Metal Party @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave), 11pm, FREE (until midnight w RSVP), Come in style and party to the soundtrack from a decade in music which celebrated excess and debauchery, Buy Tix
# Grand Opening – Food Truck Fridays @ Smorgasburg (East River State Park), 12pm, FREE, find a curated selection of food trucks and a bar run by Smorgasburg at the corner of N. 6th and Kent Ave, More Info Continue reading

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Recent Manhattan Avenue Openings and Closings

The McDonald’s at 904 Manhattan Ave. is undergoing renovations and will reopen later this month.

From the temporarily closed McDonald’s to a newly opened New Jersey-based bank, there are a number of recent changes with the businesses on Manhattan Avenue.

At 904 Manhattan Avenue, the longstanding McDonald’s is closed for renovations on a busy corner across from the Greenpoint Avenue G train. The McDonald’s building is currently boarded up, but the two banners flying above the store state “reopening July 22nd,” big-mac fans rejoice!

Kearny Bank is Manhattan Avenue’s newest financial institution.

Just one block away on the avenue, a newly open Kearny Bank is ready for business at 875 Manhattan Avenue. The New Jersey-based bank celebrated its grand opening in June. According to the bank’s website “Kearny Bank is headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey. It is a wholly-owned New Jersey state-chartered stock savings bank subsidiary of Kearny Financial Corp.” Continue reading

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