04/16/14 2:00pm

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A convention center is planning to open at 79 Franklin Street in Greenpoint later this year, possibly in October, according to DNAinfo. Currently under construction, the Brooklyn Expo Center will have 28,000 square feet of space for exhibitions and meetings. There will also be a cafeteria and parking.

A reader who lives nearby said it looks like the building is about a quarter done. GMAP

Rendering by Brooklyn Expo Center

04/11/14 4:00pm

Council Member Stephen Levin has announced the five community improvement projects in District 33 that will receive $1,560,000 of city discretionary funds. Residents voted last week on how their tax dollars should be spent in the district through a process known as participatory budgeting. Here are the projects that received the most votes, in order:

  1. Repairs at four NYCHA playgrounds – Gowanus Houses, 572 Warren Street Houses, Wyckoff Gardens, and Jonathan Williams Plaza – will receive $400,000.
  2. The Gowanus Community Center, pictured, will get $325,000 for renovations.
  3. The McGolrick Park Playground will be completely reconstructed, to the tune of $450,000.
  4. BOOKlyn Shuttle: $198,000 will be set aside to buy and retrofit bus a bus designed by Pratt Institute to “inspire, stimulate and improve the literacy of North Brooklyn’s youth.”
  5. The bathrooms at P.S. 261 will be renovated and repaired with $175,000 in funds.

Image of Gowanus Community Center via Better Late Than Never

 

04/04/14 4:00pm

Greenpoint residents called for more G train and bus service to accommodate the area’s growing population at a community forum last night about the forthcoming five-week summer suspension of the train line, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.

Longtime residents want the standard eight or 10 cars on every train instead of only four, and said the train is as crowded on weekend nights as at rush hour, perhaps because of the area’s growing young population. Others pointed out the new B-32 bus, which runs a similar route to the G train, should be extended on each end so it connects to subways in Manhattan and Queens.

The crowd booed mention of a study that said the G train is not overcrowded, and Assemblyman Joe Lentol promised to conduct his own survey. “Greenpoint is no longer the little hamlet of the past, but part of the big metropolis,” he said. 

G-Train Complaints Erupt at Greenpoint Forum [Daily Eagle]
Photo by All Nite Images

04/04/14 11:00am

The Magic Johnson-backed luxury rental building at 110 Green Street that had a whole host of problems in the last two years has a new owner and some upgrades. The new owner, Meadow Partners, acquired the building for $72,000,000 in December and has changed the name from Viridian to 110 Green Street, a spokeswoman for the owner told us. Public records show a transfer from one LLC to another.

Meadow Partners has installed a security system with cameras and swipe access for the common areas. A concierge service, which started in mid March, offers laundry service, dry cleaning, dog walking and pet services, housekeeping and upholstery cleaning, and ticket booking for concerts, sporting events and theater.

Building residents detailed past complaints on blogs (check them out here and here.) Posts described problems with water damage, poop on the floor in the hallway and broken elevators. MNS currently lists five apartments for rent in the building, ranging from a one-bedroom for $2,925 to a three-bedroom, 2.5-bath for $5,500 a month.

110 Green Street, #A-505 [MNS]
110 Green Street website [110 Green Street]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

03/31/14 4:00pm

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The MTA is suspending G train service between Nassau Avenue and Court Square for over a month this summer, and Greenpoint’s elected officials are holding a town hall Thursday to discuss the shutdown. The G train won’t run in Greenpoint from July 26 to September 1 because of Sandy-related repairs, according to Senator Daniel Squadron’s office. There will be a shuttle service between the affected stops.

State Senator Daniel Squadron is hosting the meeting, which takes place April 3 at 6 pm in the Polish and Slavic Center at 176 Java Street. Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Dilan, Assembly Member Lentol and Council Member Stephen Levin are expected to attend.

Photo by jim.henderson for Wikipedia

03/28/14 2:00pm

Hidden inside a converted rope factory on the Greenpoint waterfront, Succulent Studios is transforming a 3,000-square-foot loft into a sprawling art gallery and events space. On the fifth floor of 67 West Street, owner Sek3 and creative director Daniel Weintraub are wrapping up construction that began on Sunday and planning where to hang art work for their big opening bash Saturday evening. They both envision the space as more than a typical art gallery, and plan to use moveable walls to host events like drawing classes and yoga workshops. Rows of wood-framed windows set into the tall, sloping roof give the space the feeling of “an urban barn,” in Weintraub’s words.

The inspiration for the gallery’s unique name came from Sek3, who collects succulents — “these tough and hardy plants that grow in desert conditions and withstand the elements,” said Weintraub.

Saturday night’s opening party will feature the works of over 30 established and up-and-coming street artists, including Alice Mizrachi, Icy & Sot, Gilf!, Lunar New Year, Greg Lamarche, Hellbent, Daze and SeeOne. There will also be live classical music, “muses” wearing balloon costumes, free Brooklyn Brewery beer and whimsical balloon sculptures by Addi Somekh and Cern. The doors will open at 6:30 and live music will begin at 8 pm. GMAP

Interior images after the jump!

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03/19/14 9:00am

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Last night, a fire broke out at about 7 pm at the Rapid Processing Center, a paper recycling facility at 860 Humboldt Street. The smoke could be seen for miles around.

Nearly 200 firefighters responded. One had a minor injury, according to The New York Daily News. Parts of the building have crumbled. The Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.

In January, there was another big industrial fire at a lumberyard in Greenpoint.

Fire Tears Through Brooklyn Recycling Plant [NY Times]
Recycling Center in Brooklyn Suffers Collapse in Massive Inferno [NY Daily News]
Photos: 4-Alarm Fire Rages At Greenpoint Recycling Plant [Gothamist]
Photo by Joe Perron-Kozar via Gothamist

03/18/14 11:30am

It looks like six stories have gone up so far on the seven-story, 210-unit development at 1133 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. The most recent Schedule A filings reveal that the development will have 37 parking spaces and 35 bike storage spots underground, as well as 85 parking spaces and 77 bike parking spots on the ground floor.

Apartments will range from studios to two-bedrooms, with half priced affordably and the other priced at market rate, as we reported a year ago. The mixed-use project will also have recreation space, offices and retail on the ground floor, an exercise room, and laundry rooms on every floor.

The architect is Navid Maqami of Perkins Eastman, according to new building permits filed last year. The 35,800-square-foot site used to house a large brick warehouse.

Click through to the jump to see the rendering we found on the construction fence — a bigger version than one we published last year. What do you think of the design?

Look of Greenpoint Build on Manhattan Avenue Revealed [Brownstoner]  GMAP

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03/17/14 11:30am

Greenpoint’s newest Belvedere apartment building, the Belvedere LX at 19 Huron Street, just starting marketing seven of its 16 apartments last month. The newly constructed five-story building offers features such as washer and dryer hookups, central A/C, heated floors and marble-tiled bathrooms.

Some of the units in the red brick building come with balconies. Rents start at $2,700 for one-bedrooms and range from $2,850 to $3,900 for two-bedrooms. The one three-bedroom is asking $4,200 a month.

191 Huron Street Listing [StreetEasy] GMAP
191 Huron Street Website [Bridge Belvedere Builders Realty]

03/13/14 3:30pm

960 Manhattan Ave, Grnpoint, Googlemaps

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Store and lofts building
Address: 960 Manhattan Avenue
Cross Streets: Java and India streets
Neighborhood: Greenpoint
Year Built: 1897
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Philemon Tillion
Other work by architect: In Greenpoint – Industrial Home for the Blind, Greenpoint Masonic Lodge. Also 86-94 Garfield Place, in Park Slope; Trinity Baptist Church in Crown Heights North, and other buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan
Landmarked: No

The story: Most of my professional life in New York City was filled with various jobs in the fashion and home furnishings business. Although I never worked in the garment center, per se, all of the companies I worked for did business there. We bought fabrics, trims and notions there, engaged workrooms of many kinds, used specialized services and were represented by showrooms, all in that once-mighty area on the West Side between 42nd and 34th Streets.

As rents increased, business moved overseas, and the old industrial spaces were being sought by tech companies and for residential loft space. Those companies that remained started to move to Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey. For the first time, I realized that the “Garment Center” was much larger than I had ever thought. I was visiting small and large factories in the boroughs that had been there for generations, some almost a century, just doing their thing, and employing local workers. Ridgewood, Queens had a lot of factories, as did East New York, Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint. Today’s BOTD was one of those small Greenpoint factories. (more…)