Brooklyn A to host virtual tenants’ rights town hall

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A is hosting a series of Know-Your-Rights virtual town halls, with the latest set for Thursday, May 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The town hall will focus on recent updates to the eviction moratorium, the status of housing court, forming tenant associations and the rights of tenants when facing housing discrimination.

Attorneys from BKA’s Preserving Affordable Housing Program will be presenting on those issues. There will be a Q&A session as well.

Join the virtual town hall on Zoom here.

McCarren Park included in Open Streets initiative

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Since the mayor launched the new Open Streets initiative, allowing more pedestrians and cyclists to have room to recreate and walk, several north Brooklyn streets have been included in the program.

Berry Street between North 12th Street and Broadway, stretching nearly a mile, will be managed by the local police precinct.

So will South 9th Street between Berry Street and Driggs Avenue, a 0.17-mile area, and Grand Street between Roebling Street and Marcy Avenue, covering 0.16 miles.

At McCarren Park, Nassau Avenue between Banker Street and Lorimer Street, covering 0.14 miles, will be closed off to cars.

The streets around Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick and Cooper Park in East Williamsburg are also part of the initiative.

Leasing has launched at The Dime in South Williamsburg

The Dime, a 23-story residential tower in South Williamsburg, has begun leasing.

Jointly developed by Charney Companies and Tavros Holdings, the complex offers 177 apartments offering plenty of amenities.

Douglas Elliman’s development marketing arm has launched a virtual, no-contact leasing program to allow renters to safely explore new living spaces.

The building is comprised of studio through three-bedroom apartments, topped by two penthouses. Apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows, offering sweet views of the New York City skyline.

Amenities include an expansive terrace, a community garden, space for yoga, a cooking area with grills, dining tables and lush greenery. Residents also have a half basketball court and fitness center to use.

The building is located one block from the Marcy station on the J/M/Z trains. It’s also near two ferry stops, nine bus lines and a Citi Bike station.

Prices start around $3,000 for studios and over $7,000 for three-bedroom apartments. Penthouses are priced from $13,000.

For more information, visit their website here.

Brooklyn sailor serves in the Philippine Sea

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cody Beam

The Navy Office of Community Outreach reached out to us to share this photo of Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Reshawn Wallace, a Brooklyn native.

Wallace can be seen here manning the helm aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin.

The Mustin is conducting operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific, according to the Navy Office.

Remote learning technology delivered to Brooklyn Catholic school

Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s Emergency Task Force is working in partnership with DeSales Media Group to bring remote learning technology to students in Catholic schools throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

Last week, the task force delivered nearly 500 devices for students at six academies, including St. Brigid-St Frances Cabrini in Bushwick.

“Since the first day we had to shut down our school system, many of our students were already equipped to transition to distance learning,” said Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, chairman and president of DeSales Media Group.

“As COVID-19 continues to keep our schools closed, additional schools in our network have reached out to DeSales to help remotely educate their students.”

Town Square cancels April events

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Town Square has canceled its Greencycle Spring-Cleaning Swap, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4.

It’s also canceling the Spring Egg Hunt, which was set for Sunday, April 5.

Town Square says it has fully refunded everyone’s egg hunt tickets.

“Hopefully this difficult time will be over soon and we’ll all celebrate together at Go Green Brooklyn Festival in June,” the group says.

“In the meantime, be well and stay healthy.”

Grand Street eateries open for business

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New York City is limiting restaurants and bars to only delivery and takeout amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

But that doesn’t mean businesses on Grand Street in Williamsburg are not open for business.

According to the Grand Street Business Improvement District, these following restaurants are providing special offers for customers:

  • Ammazzacaffe: ““Order delivery or take out directly through the restaurant and our staff will bring it to your door! (No third party commissions all revenue and tips will go back to us & our lovely staff) We thank you for your support to local businesses during this hard time! – we will deliver to All Williamsburg and Greenpoint area / Morgan stop Bushwick – give us a call 929 250 2875” Pre-made cocktails, spirit, amaro, wine 30% off available. 6pm – 9:30pm.”
  • Bushwick Country Club: “$20 you can take home a 200ml bottle holding 2 cocktails. A portion of all proceeds will go to the @usbg National charity that is currently dispersing money amongst tipped wage employees who are being displaced from the workplace.”
  • Crystal Lake Brooklyn: “Open for ‘Tacos lokos 4ever’ delivery and takeout. Available via grubhub, seamless, or call 347-725-3337.”
  • Dar 525: “Open for regular delivery + takeout. Call 347-422-0401”
  • Eleva Coffee: “10am to 4pm for our Grand St location. Order online at www.elevagplorders.com”
  • Landline: ““Please help us make it through this mess by investing in Barry Bonds. A $50 bond gets you $55 in drinks, with bigger discounts for bigger bonds.” https://www.gofundme.com/f/booze-bonds”
  • Los Tacos McOndo: “Open for delivery and takeout until 1am.”
  • Mad for Chicken: “Open for delivery + takeout noon to 8pm”
  • Rome to Brooklyn Pizza: ““if you would like a contact free delivery please instruct our staff as such. If you know of anyone that can’t leave their home or is in need of food during this difficult period, please DM us the details and we’ll send them pizza on us.” 718-269-3239 or order online www.rometobrooklynpizza.com.
  • Second Chance Saloon: “If you are wondering how to support this family of hard workers while we are unemployed, you can donate via Venmo carolinamckee and all “tips” will be equally divvied up amongst the staff”
  • Taco Edition: “Open for delivery and takeout.”

5th annual Brooklyn Camp Expo

A Child Grows in Brooklyn is hosting its 5th annual Brooklyn Camp Expo on Sunday, March 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Williamsburg Northside Lower School, located at 299 North 7th Street.

The expo is for camps all over Brooklyn, as well as out-of-town sleepaway camps. It is not specific to Williamsburg.

This free event will provide parents resources while looking for summer camps, holiday camps or after-school programs for their children.

All parents also receive camp rebates.

Registration is not required, but is welcomed here.

Woodhull Hospital opens ExpressCare Clinic

On Monday, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull celebrated the opening of their new ExpressCare Clinic, the first of its kind in Brooklyn.

As its name suggests, the clinic provides faster access to medical care for patients with non-life-threatening conditions.

It will be open seven days a week, operating from 6 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.

Walk-in services will be provided for conditions like colds, flu, sprains, skin rashes, minor cuts and lacerations and certain types of infections.

Health officials say shifting patients to ExpressCare will shorten their wait times. The clinic also differs from urgent care centers by offering a closer connection to primary care providers.

The Woodhull location has already treated patients since December 2019.

Greenpoint was 10th most expensive neighborhood in 2019

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Ten years ago, Manhattan was home to the 10 priciest zip codes in the city.

Fast forward nearly a decade, and it’s no surprise that Brooklyn has cracked that list.

According to a new Property Club study, 11231, which covers Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, was the eighth priciest area in New York City. It had a mean sale price of $1.5 million last year.

The zip code of 11222, which is Greenpoint, placed 10th with a median sale price of $1.3 million in 2019.

The top seven zip codes are all in Manhattan, including Tribeca, SoHo, Hell’s Kitchen, Lincoln Square, Kips Bay and the Garment District.

According to the same report, Brooklyn was home to six of the 10 fastest-growing zip codes of the decade.

Second on that list is Greenpoint, which saw a 169% increase in home prices, from $519,307 in 2010 to over $1.3 million in 2019.

Topping that list is 11216, which covers Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy, which saw a $195% jump from $363,263 in 2019 to over $1 million.

Other Brooklyn neighborhoods on this list include Bushwick and Sunset Park.