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The Blue Bikes Are Coming

Greenpointers, get your helmets ready. The bicycle share company, Citi Bike, is doubling in size and Greenpoint is one of the first places on the list to receive the new bikes.

6,000 bikes will be added at 375 new locations by 2017. The expansion will begin in 2015 with station installations happening in northern Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. 1,000 new bikes are expected to be in service next year.

Blue bikes coming to the greenest of points.

While popular, Citi Bike hasn’t been without it’s share of problems since it’s inception in May 2013. The initial rollout was delayed a year because of software issues and damage to bikes after Hurricane Sandy. There have also been complaints of broken docks and kiosks as well as cracked seats. A lawsuit has even been filed about the bike designs. But none of this stopped 100,000 people from signing up for the ride-share program and riding 14.7 million miles in it’s first year.

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New Homeless Shelter Could be Coming to Greenpoint

66 Clay Street - possible site of new homeless shelter.

New York City just hit a milestone you might not have heard about. The amount of homeless people living in shelters is 57,665 people – a new record. According to a report released in October, New York’s homeless population grew last year, with almost 68,000 people without a permanent residence–all this while the number of luxury apartments for sale in Manhattan doubled in the last year. Meanwhile, homelessness is down across the country.

In the wake of this new reality, New York City’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS) announced a new homeless shelter will open in Greenpoint at 58-66 Clay Street. The shelter will be operated by Home Life Services, Inc. and will shelter 91 homeless adult families. A timeline for opening has not been set.

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What’s inside the Brooklyn Art Library? The Sketchbook Project

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The Sketchbook Project is waiting for you to browse its shelves on 103A North 3rd Street & Berry in Williamsburg. This crowd-sourced library houses 31,515 sketchbooks contributed by people from over 135 countries, and runs a mobile art library that roams the continental United States with a portion of that collection (most recently seen in Detroit). Each book is barcoded and cataloged with searchable details, like where the book is from, the materials used, the artist’s name, and tag words, making it super easy to explore. Interested in contributing a sketchbook? Step 1: Buy a blank sketchbook here to get started.

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L’Hourloupe Art Tours (re)discovers Greenpoint

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Banksy was here last year, so the secret’s already been out since at least then—Greenpoint is on the map for its galleries, artists, and street art, and is generally considered cool. But we all knew this already. What we didn’t know, L’Hourloupe Art Tours is here to show us: our neighborhood has wonders like a 17,000 year old public art sculpture and award-winning art hidden in plain sight at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Are you watching season 2 of web series PSYCHODRAMA?

Twenty-something stars and creators of the PSYCHODRAMA web series, Liza Renzulli, Kimmy Foskett, and Luisa Fidalgo, have just launched three more hilarious episodes about life in Brooklyn at this sometimes awkward stage of our lives. Shot around the neighborhood (you’ll recognize Triskelion, the Waterfront, Shayz, Black Rabbit, Milk & Roses), the series is based entirely on true stories from the real lives of Liza, Kimmy, & Luisa. Catch all the episodes here. Read a GPers interview with the women here.

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Update: Ebola… at The Gutter!? Dr. Tests Positive, First Case in NY

Just got off the phone with our Art Editor who was headed to a CMJ show tonight at The Gutter only to find out it was closed. According to Brooklyn Vegan, “The Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg shut down, allegedly due to Ebola scare (CMJ shows included).” A few hours ago a Daily Mail headline read ”Ebola panic in Brooklyn, doctor who treated patients in West Africa visited hip bowling spot in Brooklyn before he was rushed to the hospital with 103 fever.” The Daily News gives a more detailed account Dr. Craig Spencer’ self-quarantine, bowling and Ubering on Wednesday. His fiancé has also been quarantined and his apartment in Harlem has been sealed off. Results overnight will confirm whether he actually has Ebola.

Update: According to NY Times, Dr. Craig Spencer tests positive for Ebola.

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Step back in time with Tony Wolf: “Greenpoint of View” remembers The Vitamen

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How long have you been here? And, how has the neighborhood changed since then? We all have our stories about the undulating Greenpoint streetscape—people moving in, people moving out, condos and developments covering up the sky, and coffee shops springing up faster than organic dry cleaners. Is it good? Is it bad? Tony Wolf chimes into the discussion with his labor of love: the Greenpoint of View comic. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios **This Weekend** Fri to Sun

Greenpoint Open Studios is almost upon us—this weekend from Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5, our little neighborhood becomes the ultimate block party: fun times, open studios, artists everywhere, people who love artists creeping around their studios…so download a map HERE and join in on the adventure: there are 265 places for you to explore. *Launch party on Friday at 8pm at Dirck the Norseman. **Begin roaming the studios starting 12pm on Saturday. ***Hashtag your favorites on IG #greenpointopenstudios

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It’s Never JUST Pizza… Reconnect With the New App Happn

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It’s you’re every Friday after work happy hour at Broken Land and that hit-the-spot Pina Colada (yes, Tiki drinks are in) is mixing with that it’s the weekend feeling. The last of your crew arrives and the plan is to grab a slice at Franklin Pizza then head to 67 West to check out a few openings.

As you sprinkle the garlic power onto your slice (too much garlic powder) and begin to set it down on the counter, you instead put it into the hands of a stranger – a smoking hot stranger. You lock eyes for a moment. You both seem to understand each other’s mutual love for late night garlic breath make out sessions. (There aren’t many of you.) You think I may have met “the one.” You get tunnel vision and can see the entire universe expanding before your eyes. Then someone grabs your arm abruptly and drags you onto Franklin St.

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“Eat and walk. Eat and walk,” your friend says.

“But…” you say as you look back at “the one” while shoving the slice into your mouth.

“Did that Pina Colada go to your head?” your friend says, “Back to reality.”

At the Fowler opening, the show statement for “Life of the Party” seems to have a message in it specifically for you. “Everyone wants to be the life of the party, but most of us also grapple with the need to be apart from the group, either in search of solitude or for the purpose of breaking new ground …”

You look around and realize you know every single person in the room – dated a few of them, even. This is reality. This is why you aren’t meeting new people. It isn’t your garlic breath that is holding you back, it’s that you travel with the same circle of friends to the same places. They are great people, but you long for new connections. You came to NYC to meet new people, but where is everybody? It seems like everyone is running around as busy as you and even when those magical moments happen, you are torn away.

Garlic dream lover wasn’t a random subway creep or an online fling but a real person and you want to reconnect – but how? Of course, there is an app for that.

Happn, a new app created in Paris, helps you meet people you’ve chanced upon in real life, be it at Transmitter Park while admiring the skyline, digging through vinyl at Record Grouch or eating a Donut Ice Cream Sandwich at Peter Pan (yes, heaven).

It uses your smartphone’s GPS to locate potential matches, real people who may be into the same things you are. Whenever you crosses someone’s path who also uses the app, his or her profile is added to the top of your feed.

If you’re interested you tap on the profile and start interacting with a simple “like” or a self-assured “charm.” If there is a mutual match in “likes,” you can start chatting. The interactions are based on reciprocity, and you will not receive messages from someone you’re not interested in.

Happn is safe and confidential. Your location is not saved and remains completely invisible to other members (only the position of where two people have passed each other is registered). Happn will never post anything on your Facebook feed, and if a profile no longer interests you, you can decide to never cross paths again. If only it was that simple in real life! You can report any unwanted behavior or block a profile by flagging it.

The app is already really popular in Europe, and you can use it when you travel! It is works on iPhones and Androids. Open it everyday to see a world of potential matches in Greenpoint or beyond. Reconnecting was hard to do, but not anymore with Happn.

Download Happn App now for FREE.

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TONIGHT *Greenpoint Gallery Night (7-10pm)*

Art, art, baby. Greenpoint Gallery Night is happening tonight (9/12), and it’s going to be a party. Rain or shine, gallery doors are opening from 7 to 10pm to let all the world wander through, enjoy art, and nibble some fine cheeses.

Check out the participating galleries & businesses HERE. Like the GGN Facebook event HERE. To contact GGN organizers Lia Post or Scott Chasse, send an e-mail to greenpointgalleries@gmail.com

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