NuHart Superfund Cleanup Plan on the Way

nuhartNow that the smoke has cleared from the attempted Halloween dance party incident at the NuHart Superfund site, we’re back to the perennial and even messier topic of the proposed cleanup plan.

The Nov. 2 meeting held in Greenpoint with Dr. Peter deFur, the community’s technical consultant, was an opportunity for local residents to ask questions about the toxic contamination in the soil and groundwater.

DeFur assured residents: “Your presence and your voice will make a difference…I have seen examples of where the community voice is an important determinate and changes the outcome.”

The moment of truth involved an array of toxins that have been detected at low levels at the NuHart test wells, including benzene, but deFur posited that they are not a major concern for most Greenpointers.

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From Vaudeville to Oil Slicks to Premium Condos — The Hook-Up 11/20

Via The New Yorker
Via The New Yorker

Though Greenpoint’s industrial history gets dredged up on the regular, it’s less often that we talk about its former status as a thriving hub of theatre and vaudeville. Today, the world is still a stage, but these illustrations done for the New Yorker are beautiful and surprising.

Is Yelp! holding a mirror to racist attitudes toward gentrification? A study compared restaurant reviews in the two rapidly changing neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Bed-Stuy, and it seems as though “ethnic charm” means something different depending on where you’re brunching.

The blowback from the NuHart rave was apparently not enough to stop Jack Daniels from relishing the noise complaints it generated last week on Huron Street. Looks kind of fun though — not going to lie.

A number of community boards are banding together to oppose de Blasio’s proposed zoning changes. According to DNAinfo, “the last time local groups connected on such a wide scale was during the 1990s when the Giuliani administration was changing zoning around adult-use establishments.”

For your light Friday afternoon read, here’s a good briefer on how Newtown Creek acquired its legacy of poison. As a supplement, here’s a reflection on how we normalize oil sheens in our waterways.

Here they come! Greenpoint’s priciest condos! The building comes complete with its own regal-sounding condo tower name: The Gibraltar. Hopefully it will come to represent the “limit to the known world” of escalating real estate prices.

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The Moth GrandSLAM, Cat Lady Crafts, MUFF Society – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (11/18–11/24)

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12185053_10153213090122919_3657195506646023222_oWEDNESDAY 11/18
^ Not For Tourists: Brooklyn
@ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, The team behind the Not For Tourists series presents the new edition of the Brooklyn guide, RSVP
* Jeff Seal & the Raving Jaynes @ Triskelion Arts (102 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, Jeff Seal mixes standup, storytelling, characters, and clowning; the Raving Jaynes combine dance and improv to create highly physical, spontaneous pieces of dance/theater, Buy tix

downloadTHURSDAY 11/19
* DIY Decals Workshop @ You & Yours Fine Vintage (649 Morgan Ave)7pm, $65, Spice up old vintage tableware and with awesome decals you’ll cut out and apply own your own, More info
♫ CC Carina
 @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, With Carrie Ashley Hill / Ryley McCarthy / Matthew Lusk / FDR Soundsystem, RSVP
* MUFF Society: But I’m a Cheerleader @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $7, In addition to the movie, there will be a local short film, film-themed prizes and freebies, and a cheer-inspired photobooth, More info

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The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund in Action (More Action)


Last week, we bore witness to the first visible evidence of a benevolent tree invasion overtaking our neighborhood.

That, if you recall, is one of several projects brought to us by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (the payout from the Exxon oil spill settlement), which is funding initiatives to improve the local environment.

Today, the GCEF-funded Greenpoint Eco-Schools initiative is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony of sorts, and Greenpointers will have an opportunity to vote for future projects before the week is up. Continue reading

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Get Slayed: In God We Trust Is What To Wear This Fall

In God We Trust continues its tradition in badassery. The shop recently unveiled its Fall/Winter 2015 collection, with a mind for layering these pieces or wearing them stand alone. Either way, you’re sure to look like a gorgeous babe.
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Be Radical In Inkkas Footwear



Inkkas is changing the way we think about footwear and it’s all happening in Greenpoint. The shop is a cozy splash of bright color on 77 Franklin Street and it’s quickly becoming a driving force in the fight against deforestation and environmental degradation.
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Cozinha Latina: An Urban Tropical Oasis with an Eclectic Brazilian Influenced Menu

Chef Shanna Pacifico and the Roasted Delicata Squash

“Cozinha” is the Portuguese word for “kitchen” and is the inspiration behind one of the latest additions to the diverse spectrum of food establishments in our neighborhood. Cozinha Latina (37 Greenpoint Ave) is derived from “the one room in every home that represents family, love, community, and celebration” in Latin American culture and offers an array of dishes, from small to large plates, drawn from this tradition.

But it isn’t exactly a place where you can expect a home cooked meal, like your grandmother made it. It is the brainchild of a team of some well-established veterans of the culinary space, who have transformed what was formerly a sports bar into an urban tropical oasis with an eclectic menu. Continue reading

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Sumo Party, Firestone Fest, The Hustle – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (11/11–11/17)

Double6Flyer_200[Sponsored]  Subject Matters Double 6 Studio, 66 Green St, Saturday and Sunday 11/14-15 4pm, FREE
An exhibition presenting a group of photographers who each communicate distinct perspectives, aesthetics, and themes, More info

12193361_769589153164249_2365669854349336163_nGreenpoint Artist Mixer & Open Meeting
The Diamond, 43 Franklin Ave
November 11, 7:30pm, FREE, RSVP
We are gearing up for a Spring 2016 Greenpoint Open Studios (end of April) and want to bring Greenpoint artists and arts appreciators together for an initial open meeting. Extended happy hour until 9pm!

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83-exxlWEDNESDAY 11/11
* Pot Painting Workshop
@ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $50, Create a symbolically charged, hand-painted flower pot with symbolic meaning, More info
♫ Antibalas Residency @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $15, With Santigold and Superhuman Happiness, More info

12140146_10206948148717850_8770284605903729848_oTHURSDAY 11/12
* Coloring Book Party
@ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Join the coloring craze with the exquisite, kaleidoscopic designs of Payton Cosell Turner, More info
 Monko Sexo Trasho @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 7pm, $8, A night of video oddities and standup comedy, RSVP

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A Tree Grows in Greenpoint, and We’re About to Get 499 More

Kids and trees! The young saplings of our future.
Kids and trees! The young saplings of our future.

Last Friday, Greenpoint took a small step in the direction of better living up to its name.

With one tree planted out of a proposed 500, the “Greening Greenpoint” project is well on its way to transforming our corner of Brooklyn into the verdant oasis we always knew it could be.

Neighbors, local officials, and students from the nearby St. Stanislaus Catholic Academy looked on during a tree-planting ceremony that took place Nov. 6 near 189 Driggs Avenue. There, a Hackberry tree was planted: a native shade tree that’s popular with the birds. Thanks to the students, the block then received over 300 new daffodil bulbs. Continue reading

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