Long-Awaited Pulaski Bridge Bike Path to be Unveiled This Week

After a lot of complaints, plenty of false starts, and a two-and-a-half-year wait, it looks like we are finally getting that Pulaski Bridge bike path. The path will connect the increasingly popular waterfront neighborhoods of Long Island City in Queens and Greenpoint in Brooklyn.

Photo via NYC DOT
Photo via NYC Department of Transportation

The project, backed by Assembly member Joe Lentol, was initiated in response to community complaints about the shared pedestrian and bike path on the six-lane bridge over Newton Creek.

In 2013, when the project was first approved, the NYC Department of Transportation released a report, which revealed that there had been a 106% increase in cyclists over the Pulaski Bridge in the previous four years, versus a 47% increase in pedestrians. As traffic increased over the bridge, the width became a cause for concern. The addition of a separate bike path will improve safety for bikers and pedestrians alike. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #2: Art Near McCarren Park

With the beautiful spring weather we’re having, chances are you and your friends will be hanging at McCarren Park at some point this weekend. Why not check out the participating artists at this weekend’s Greenpoint Open Studios.

This “Art Near the Park” Route is less than 1 mile and includes five studio visits, enjoy!

GOS Near McCarren Park
GOS Near McCarren Park

The Brooklyn Art Library at 28 Frost Street is home to The Sketchbook Project collection in its physical form, which means they house 35,000 sketchbooks created by artists from all over the world. Each book is catalogued and tagged and visitors are invited to view and explore all of the books on site or online. Continue reading

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Cannabis Cooking With A Razor, A Shiny Knife at The Brooklyn Kitchen

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When our intrepid group of cannabis cooks walks into the room, we think maybe, just maybe (just for a moment, from afar), that the green spread out across the tables is the real green.

Turns out it’s a more innocuous herb, but that brief moment of enchantment is enough to make us realize we’ve entered a magical land of possibilities. The land of cannabis cooking.

We’re guessing you, in your 420 haze at home, didn’t even know this class was happening in your backyard (at least, that’s what we call Williamsburg when we’re feeling less charitable) — but just barely. Just beyond the BQE lies the golden land called The Brooklyn Kitchen with its massive, well-stocked classroom, and if you’re willing to ford or float across, that’s where a razor, a shiny knife has taken up residence. Details on the next class after the jump. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2016 Walking Tour #1: One Stop, Dozens of Studios

The Pencil Factory / Pencil Works at 61 Greenpoint Ave, featuring 18 open studios and a group exhibition
The Pencil Factory / Pencil Works at 61 Greenpoint Avenue

If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck at this year’s Greenpoint Open Studios, you can rely on the studio-rich block of Greenpoint Avenue between Franklin and West. If you’re short on time or not up for a stroll around the neighborhood, head straight for The Pencil Factory at 61 Greenpoint Avenue. Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Project Is A Garden Of Artistic Goodness

The Brooklyn Sketchbook Project
Photo: Christine Stoddard

If you spent your childhood lusting after the library in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” there’s a place in Williamsburg you have to visit. It’s called the Brooklyn Art Library and it’s the home to The Sketchbook Project, a collection of more than 35,000 sketchbooks from artists in 135 countries, and the space’s main attraction. Every single sketchbook in the collection is on display and available for your perusal. All you have to do is swing by 28 Frost Street Thursday through Saturday for looksie. Continue reading

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A Gluten-Free Popup Makes Celiac Dining Easy

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Kings County Supper for Queens and Paupers is a new gluten-free popup run by Molly Franklin, a celiac chef. Franklin had been doing a five-month popup at Cake Shop in the Lower East Side when the opportunity to do a popup at Café Ghia in Bushwick arose. Franklin’s next popup is a benefit for Say Yes to 722, a group working for affordable artist space in Williamsburg.

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May Days with Club Beats, and Jazz Among the Ruins: Red Bull Music Festival Preview

Dizzee Rascal already sold out. Below are shows you should jump on now.

Anyone who hung out around the waterfront near Pop’s Popular Clothing last summer knows that that area is suddenly humming.

The rooftop bar at Northern Territory is popular with out-of-towners, and The Diamond‘s lovely backyard is a block away.

But that doesn’t explain the pumping outdoor sound stages around there, and grown-ups buzzing around on tiny trick bikes.

Film still from American Psycho

That’s all House of Vans. They host outdoor events in the summer, and Red Bull is a sponsor.

As everyone knows, R.B. & vodka is the go-to drink of the American Psycho and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps crowd, so it’s quirky but good that the company’s always liked skaters too.

Here’s a preview of local shows that are part of the Red Bull-branded festival. Continue reading

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Partial Building Collapse on Freeman and McGuinness

Photo via nyc.gov
Photo via nyc.gov

On April 19, a residential building at 210 Freeman Street in Greenpoint underwent a partial collapse, leaving several residents without access to their homes. The Red Cross, Fire Department, and other emergency management organizations were called to the scene in response to complaints about the building shaking and vibrating. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Ten people were evacuated from 210 Freeman Street and neighboring 208 Freeman Street, and at least 15 feet of foundation has been destroyed. According to the FDNY report, the collapse was due to a structural issue in the building, but they have not released the definitive cause of the damage yet. The NYC Department of Buildings has several complaints and violations listed for the buildings, and it seems that illegal construction taking place in the basement at 208 Freeman caused the collapse to occur. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios is Happening!! Next Weekend (4/29-5/1)!!

billboardGreenpoint Open Studios (GOS) is springing back to life next weekend (April 29-May 1) to celebrate the arts in this fine neighborhood of ours because we have some super talented folks producing cool work in a wide range of mediums. From paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics, and more, there are seasoned artists to be visited and emerging artists to be discovered among over 300 who will open up their studio spaces to the public.

GOS 2014
GOS 2014

It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. Continue reading

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The Peril of the Birds, Plus Election Aftermath — The Hook-Up 4/22

That's Ted Cruz territory in yellow. All hail the Sewage King. (via New York Times)
That’s Ted Cruz territory in yellow. All hail the Sewage King. (via New York Times)
What’s stopping Greenpoint’s birds in their tracks? A discussion on the North Brooklyn Community page on Facebook brought attention to a weird prevalence of dead birds (and even a hawk) around the bus stop on the corner of Lorimer and Driggs, supposedly after flying into the glass.
 
As you’re surely all aware, Bernie’s best electoral NYC performance took place in Greenpoint. What you don’t know is that Ted Cruz’s also did. He didn’t just win by one vote, though. He won with one vote. Yeah, just read the thing.
 

Re: shutting down Riker’s Island: the city’s looking into it. But apparently it’s looking at Greenpoint as a potential site for a new satellite jail where it can transfer inmates.

The latest news in the L Train saga is that the city is setting its sights on 2019 as closure time. But things are still inconclusive.

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