Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has officially approved the two massive and controversial developments at 77 Commercial Street and Greenpoint Landing, near the mouth of Newtown Creek, Brooklyn Paper reports. Markowitz greenlighted the project on condition the developers build a 640-seat middle school and increase bus and G train service to the neighborhood. Greenpoint Landing will have 10 towers and 5,500 apartments over 22 acres on the waterfront, and 77 Commercial Street will include two towers rising 30 stories with720 apartments.

Markowitz also backed the affordable housing part of Greenpoint Landing, mandating 100 units out of the 431 affordable ones be reserved specifically for senior citizens and the disabled who don’t earn more than 30 percent Area Median Income, according to his report. The Beep’s vote is just the latest hurdle in the land-use review process, which also requires the approval of the City Planning Commission, City Council, and the mayor’s office. However, his approval goes against the wishes of the community board, which voted down the development plan last month, and a large group of Greenpoint residents who promised to sue the developers. You can read the BBP’s full report here.

Markowitz Gives Thumbs up to Giant Greenpoint Development [Brooklyn Paper]
Battle Over Renderings of Greenpoint Landing [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Residents to Sue City Over Planned Waterfront Developments [Brownstoner]
Public Meeting Tonight on Greenpoint Towers [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Board Nixes Waterfront Towers [Brownstoner]
Photo by Park Tower Group Via Crain’s


The Brooklyn Borough President’s Office is holding a public meeting this evening on the Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street developments, Greenpointers reported. More specifically, it will be a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure hearing (ULURP), where anyone can sign up to speak for three minutes. Community Board One voted down the 6,100-unit high-rise developments last week, citing the need for more affordable housing. The next step in the review process is a recommendation from the Borough President’s office, which submits its land use recommendation to the City Planning Commission. The public meeting will be held at 5 pm in the Borough President’s Court Room at Brooklyn Borough Hall at 209 Joralemon Street. Comments on individual items can be sent via email to and should copy

Greenpoint Landing Hearing [Greenpointers]
Greenpoint Board Nixes Waterfront Towers [Brownstoner]
Photo by Park Tower Group Via Crain’s


Motorcycles and Muni Meter receipts aren’t friendly with one another, so let’s just have free parking

Apparently motorcyclists have a hard time with Muni Meter receipts. Muni Meters are those kiosks where you purchase parking and leave the receipt in your vehicle to prove you’ve paid for your spot. All over the city you see them cropping up and slowly parking meters are going the way of the dodo (we are curious how this will affect bike parking, too, since parking meter poles are a prime spot for people to lock their bikes to), and the only way to prove you’ve paid for street parking is to have that little receipt showing, usually displayed on the dash.

Of course, with motorcycles, there is no interior, so motorcyclists are perplexed as to what to do with the receipts. Attached to the motorcycle, they are at the whim of wind and weather, as well as people that simply like to steal the receipts off the bike. DOT says motorcyclists should affix a clear plastic sleeve to hold the tickets. But motorcyclist and City Councilman Peter Vallone has another solution – free parking for all motorcycles in NYC!

Now that it’s cooling down, dig into potatoes and bacon

Since the weather has really turned Fall-like, it’s time to look to heartier foods, and we have a good one for you – Koliba’s potato spaetzle (dumplings). Koliba is a fantastic Czech/Slovak restaurant on 23rd Ave in Astoria (GMAP), and serves up delicious hearty Eastern European fare. The spaetzle, about an inch in length, are served with either a tangy sheep’s milk cheese and bacon or sauerkraut and bacon; we usually opt for the sheep’s milk cheese. The bacon is thick cut and the whole thing is fatty, carby goodness. It goes great with a Staropramen, too.

Greenpoint Landing in Brooklyn will have a fancy footbridge connected it to Queens

Greenpointers wrote about a massive development called Greenpoint Landing, that is coming to the northern tip of Greenpoint. The plans include a footbridge to LIC (over Newtown Creek) to be designed by Santiago Calatrava. He designed the WTC transit hub in Manhattan. Looks like Greenpoint and LIC will be kissing cousins in the waterfront highrise department.

LIC Vernon Blvd dog run fans and users – there’s a Facebook group for you

The LIC dog run on 48th Avenue and Vernon Blvd is a popular spot for pups and their parents. To join in conversation and community with others that use this dog run, there’s a Facebook group for you – Long Island City Vernon Blvd Dog Run.

Most photogenic spots in Queens? Parks are a popular choice

This morning we asked, what are some of the most photogenic parts of Queens? We got some great answers, and here they are, both from our comments section and twitter:


Image source: Handel Architects (click for larger image)

Recently, Greenpointers wrote about a large development coming to Greenpoint from the Park Tower Group, who owns a 22 acre piece of land at the tip of Greenpoint. More details about the development:

“Their proposed development, dubbed Greenpoint Landing, will ultimately result in 10 residential towers between 30 and 40 stories high totaling 4,000 units of housing – 20% of which will be affordable. Handel Architects designed the project and, according to their website, the development will feature a new marina, seasonal putting green, ice rink and even possibly a footbridge to Long Island City.