Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Flight

February 19, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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Taken February 19, 2015.

THIS WEEK: Community Board 1 Combined Public Hearing & Board Meeting

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Yes, gentle readers, it is yours truly’s favorite time of the month. This of course being Community Board 1’s monthly Combined Public Hearing & Board meeting! As you can see there is quite an array of liquor license applications and renewals. I have highlighted the one I found most interesting. Let’s take a closer look at this one, shall we?


It would appear an eating and drinking establishment, “Brooklyn Barge Bar, is has designs for gracing our community’s waterfront. Well, in a manner of speaking. Something about the address struck me as being odd. So today I headed over to West Street to see what gives.




Sure enough, a notice is posted.

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This seems clear enough— except for one minor detail.

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91 West Street (AKA: 36 – 44 Greenpoint Avenue) is a fair distance from the water in question. This begs a number of questions. We’ll keep it simple:


As the previous map clearly illustrates the building in question is roughly a block away from the waterfront.


However, the westernmost remnant of Milton Street, albeit in demapped form (in other words it is private— not public— property), still exists.


It is not only accessible to the public (as illustrated above by visitors to our community enjoying a photo op), but it provides direct access to the waterfront. This would strike me as being a better means of ingress and egress from the proposed establishment— so why 91 West Street?

A few things to consider:

  1. In order to apply for a Liquor License though Community Board 1 (whose rather lengthy application can be seen here) one must provide a valid Certificate of Occupancy. 91 West Street does not have one.
  2. More importantly, the license must be filed specifically for the space wherein liquor will be served. This is ostensibly not 91 West Street. It is merely providing access to the Barge Bar.
  3. Having seen my fair share of liquor license chicanery over the years I have to wonder what would happen if the Barge Bar is issued a liquor license— will the next step be applying for a modification to said license incorporating 91 West Street? Provided of course they get the C of O business sorted out? Let’s just say I would not rule this out.
  4. Exactly how many people does this establishment intend to accommodate? I do not know. However, it if exceeds 74 people then a place of Assembly Permit (whose fire code requirements are rather stringent) come into play.


So many questions. I can only hope members of our Community Board and perhaps the public sees fit to ask them. Closing on a (somewhat) related note (our waterfront), some of you may have noticed I highlighted Noble Street in the screencap I took from Google Maps.

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Noble Street is indicated as terminating on the waterfront. This is, of course, because it does— and has for quite some time.


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However, as you can clearly see, there is a gate gracing this (apparently) public street. This is hardly news. In fact our former City Councilman, David Yassky, took up the matter.


The fence on Java Kent has long since been removed— but the one on Noble still stands.

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Perhaps it is time to resume this matter with our elected officials (NOTE: Rami Metal is presently Councilman Levin’s Chief of Staff) and Open Space advocates? I mean, if we can theoretically have a for profit enterprise on/in our waterfront, why can’t the public be granted access to public property (a street)? This only strikes me as being fair…

Image Credits: The nifty 1886 Brooklyn Map hails from The 1949 Hagstrom Map comes via Kevin Walsh’s very own Forgotten NY!

The Word On The Street, Part II: Milton Street

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Taken January 13, 2015.

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Milton Street

This post is dedicated to all of the little ghosts, ghouls and goblins I saw while knocking around the Garden Spot today. May your candy be plentiful (and and be constituted of chocolate)!

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Milton Street

October 24, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken October 23, 2012.

Greenpoint Street Seating du Jour: Reading Is Fundamental

From Milton Street.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Thrift Sale At St. John’s Lutheran Church

March 9, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of a chap named Jan. He writes:

Hi Heather –

Attached is the flyer (sorry I folded it up in my pocket to bring it home to scan, didn’t think it would show) for the Spring Thrift Sale at St. John’s 155 Milton St. on Saturday March 10th 10am to 3pm.

Duly noted— check it out!

St. John’s Lutheran Church Thrift Sale
Saturday, March 10, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m
155 Milton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

From The New York Shitty Inbox: A CSA Cometh To The Greenpoint Reformed Church?

February 26, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

The answer is yes! Pastor (and all around nice gal) Ann Kansfield writes:

Hey Heather,

I thought that perhaps your veggie-loving readers might be interested in knowing about the CSA that’s going to be starting at our church this spring and running through the fall. Here’s some info:

Hey veggie lovers in Greenpoint! The Greenpoint Reformed Church going to be hosting a CSA this year. Here’s the info if you’re looking to sign up for fresh veggies this spring and summer: Lineage Farm will be teaming up with the Greenpoint Reformed Church for a CSA distribution on Mondays starting June 4. This will be a weekly distribution of vegetables that runs for 22 weeks. All produce is grown with organic and biodynamic methods of farming. The variety of vegetables changes over the season. There will be about 35 different types of vegetables grown and distributed during the season with over 130 varieties of those vegetables. For more information please visit or email the farmer who’s growing the food at jonronsani (at) netscape (dot)net.

In exchange for using the church as a base for distributing CSA veggies, Lineage Farms will be donating extra produce to the soup kitchen and food pantry. We are incredibly grateful to all the area CSAs that donate food to our hunger program. The list includes the Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA, the Paisley Farm CSA and the South Side CSA among others. Thanks to their generosity, we’re able to distribute tons of fresh veggies and fruit to hungry people in North Brooklyn.

And on a somewhat related note…if anyone you know might want assistance in applying for Food Stamps (aka SNAP benefits), Greenpoint has a wonderful Food Stamps expert who volunteers to help people with the application process and troubleshoot bureaucratic difficulties related to Food Stamps benefits. She’s available to help on Mondays from 10am – 2pm at the church.


Lineage Farm CSA at the Greenpoint Reformed Church
Starts: Monday, June 4, 2012
Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

New York Shitty Day Starter: Ride

February 24, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

car on milton

Taken by Will Star.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Three Playgrounds

Jaime Campiz Playground, January 22, 2012

The American Playground, January 22, 2012

Barge Park Playground, January 22, 2012


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