The Strand has begun leasing for 132 apartments

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Camber Property Group and Valyrian Capital have begun leasing for The Strand, a new mixed-use development near the Ridgewood/East Williamsburg border with 132 units.

Leasing for the rental property, located at 178 Woodward Avenue, is being handled by Corcoran New Development.

The Strand features a variety of residences, including 33 studios, 71 one-bedrooms, 25 two-bedrooms/ two-baths, and three three-bedroom/two-bath apartments.

The pricing starts at $2,050 a month for a studio and up to $3,985 for a three-bedroom.

The amenities are plentiful at The Strand, including two landscaped rooftop decks, a co-working lounge, fitness center, a media and gaming lounge, an inner courtyard, on-site parking for cars and bikes, and Stainless Steel appliances.

In terms of location, The Strand is located three blocks from the Jefferson Avenue L train stop, as well as the B38, B57 and Q53 buses.

Citi Bikes are also available throughout the neighborhood.

Corcoran is providing perspective residents with face masks, hand sanitizing stations and an in-person or virtual experience from first viewing through lease signing.

SummerStarz 2020 is cancelled

There will be no free movies at north Brooklyn parks this summer.

Town Square BK announced that their family movie series, SummerStarz, has been cancelled due to NYC Parks’ COVID-19 regulations.

SummerStarz has been a popular program that allows families to enjoy free films in the summertime while enjoying north Brooklyn’s open spaces.

Hopefully it will be back by next summer!

Play Streets come to Humboldt Street

Bushwick now has a Play Street this summer.

Last week, the city launched a new initiative, called Play Streets, that provide families and kids with safe, structured activities during weekdays on certain streets.

In Bushwick, the Play Street will be Humboldt Street from Moore Street to Varet Street. It will be in effect on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m.

The partnering organization administering it will be the Police Athletic League. That means they will set up barricades, post signage and restore the Open Street conditions after progrmaming.

Kids can participate in activities like arts and crafts, board games, sports drills, reading corners, dance classes, cardio, yoga and more.

All programming will adhere to social distancing rules.

Greenpoint/Williamsburg had most air quality 311 complaints: study

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A new study by the company Amast has found that Greenpoint/Williamsburg had the most air quality complaints this year.

Amast looked New York City’s 311 database to see where air quality complaints were coming from, and compare them to last year’s complaints.

The Greenpoint/Williamsburg area, through June 15th, 2020, had 175 complaints. Coming in second was the Upper West Side with 151, while the Greenwich/Soho area was third with 132 complaints.

Last year, Greenpoint/Williamsburg had 235 of these 311 complaints.

The overwhelming complaint was related to odors/fumes.

If you’re interested, Morrisania/Crotana in the Bronx had the fewest air quality complaints this year, followed by Elmhurst/Corona in Queens.

Check out the fully report here.

BP Race Watch: Reynoso qualifies for city’s matching funds program

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We know 2020’s (dreadfully) not over yet, but with city elections coming up in 2021, it’s never too early to start keeping an eye on local races.

Although the positions of mayor, public advocate, comptroller and City Council are up for grabs, one we’re also keeping a close eye on is borough president.

Several candidates have emerged, including some familiar to the political scene.

Williamsburg/Bushwick Councilman Antonio Reynoso, Bed-Stuy Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr. and preacher/activist Bishop Lamor Whitehead-Miller have already filed with the Campaign Finance Board. Another candidate, former Councilman Rafael Espinal, has dropped out of the race.

Another candidate who may enter the contest is First Lady Chirlane McCray, who has raised her political profile of late by being co-chairing in the city’s Task Force on Racial Inclusion and Equity. She has also headed up the controversial ThriveNYC initiative.

Last week, candidates faced a fundraising deadline, the first of many, and some have announced their successful filings so far.

Reynoso announced that he has met the qualifying threshold for the city’s matching funds program. In the latest filings, he brought in an additional $19,140, bringing his total up to $104,741.

His campaign has 736 individual contributors so far, the highest in the race. He also leads the race in cash on hand with over $81,000 left to use.

Cornegy, meanwhile, has raised over $192,000 total, but has spent $160,000 of it already, leaving him with a little over $32,000 left.

His campaign has had 613 contributors so far, with an average contribution size of $314. Reynoso’s average contribution size is $142.

Whitehead-Miller, according to the Campaign Finance Board, has done little fundraising so far.

We’ll keep you updated on the race as we get closer to 2021.

Mass, procession celebrate Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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A mass in English and Italian, followed by a procession, took place this afternoon to celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg.

The coronavirus pandemic cancelled the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Giglio festival for the first time in 75 years.

Still, earlier this week, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, presided over a virtual version of the celebration, which was watched live by 63,000 people on Facebook Live.

“The feast has taken place in Brooklyn for more than 100 years, and is very much a part of our faith community and summer in New York,” he said.

Maloney calls for express bus from Williamsburg to Manhattan

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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is asking the MTA to consider launching a new express bus line from Williamsburg to Manhattan.

The lawmaker penned a letter to the MTA asking for the new route, following up on two previous requests from earlier in the year.

Brooklyn Community Board 1 also unanimously voted in favor of a resolution calling for a new bus line .

“Due to the ongoing need to practice social distancing to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, I think this route would merit consideration as part of the new bus lines being implemented by the city as part of the coronavirus response and city reopening,” Maloney writes. “Many residents have expressed a strong preference for buses over subways until the threat of the global pandemic recedes.”

Anyone who takes the L train knows how crowded it can get, especially before the pandemic struck. Maloney referenced in her letter that the Bedford Avenue L train station is often overcrowded on the platform.

One suggestion the federal legislator put forth is extending the route of the B32 to Manhattan using either the Ed Koch Queenboro Bridge or Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy to permanently close

The Diocese of Brooklyn has announced that six Catholic Schools will close permanently on August 31.

Among them are Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy in East Williamsburg.

The diocese said the “devastating effects” of COVID-19 on enrollment and finances made it “impossible” for them to reopening this upcoming school year.

All six schools already saw a decline in enrollment over the last five years, but the registration totals for this year were “significantly down,” the diocese said.

Affected students and families will receive help to transfer to nearby Catholic academies. The Diocese of Brooklyn, through the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust, will provide a one-time grant of $500 for each child from a closed school enrolling in a new Catholic academy in Brooklyn or Queens.

“This is an incredibly sad day for our Catholic community to have to close these schools, but the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic is insurmountable,” said Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Schools.

“The difficult decisions come after the intense analysis of the financial picture of each academy.”

“The Dime” hosted weigh-in ceremony for hot dog eating contest

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Last Friday, The Dime, a new building in South Williamsburg, played host to the official weigh-in ceremony for Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The 23-story terra-cotta and glass tower in Brooklyn provided the venue for competitors like Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo to be certified for their competition.

Chestnut and Sudo not only won the contests again, but broke records.

Developed by Charney Companies and Tavros Holdings, The Dime features 177 apartments with amenities. Its expansive outdoor terrace offers panoramic skyline views of the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and the Williamsburg Bridge.

At the base of the tower is a five-story podium with office and retail space.

Reynoso explains why he voted no on city budget

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On Tuesday night, the New York City Council voted to pass the $88 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021.

For weeks, advocates marching and protesting across the city have called for defunding the NYPD by at least $1 billion. The demonstrations have resulted in an occupation of City Hall Park, where activists called on the City Council to decrease the police budget significantly.

However, as City Council Speaker Corey Johnson later admitted, negotiations for the $1 billion in cuts fell short.

When the vote for the budget came, 37 members voted in favor, while 12 voted against. North Brooklyn Councilman Antonio Reynoso was one of the no votes.

“I hear my constituents and fellow New Yorkers loud and clear: our systems of policing in New York City are rotten to the core,” he said. “This is not a new truth – our criminal justice system has been plagued by racist and oppressive practices since the founding of our nation, and I have spent my entire career in office fighting against it.

“Divestment in policing, a restructuring of our justice system, and meaningful investment in our communities is what New Yorkers have been demanding,” he added, “and it is our duty as elected representatives to deliver on those demands.”

Reynoso noted that while the nearly $1 billion in NYPD cuts was “the most we could have achieved” with this City Council, the mayor’s proposed budget had nearly zero cuts, he said.

“It is my belief that the budget we are voting on today will not bring about the level of systemic change being demanded by myself, my constituents and groups like Communities United for Police Reform, the Brooklyn Movement Center, VOCAL and Make the Road NY,” he added.

“I have prided myself on always working collaboratively to achieve results, but on this issue there is too much at stake. I cannot compromise or settle for half measures.”