Moods & Modes mural completed

Local artist Ellie Balk, along with students from Williamsburg High School of Arts & Technology, have completed their new mural at 772 Grand Street.

The piece, entitled “Moods & Modes,” is an artistic visualization of data collected by the students, who mapped their emotional reactions to interactions that happened in person or across digital platforms.

Each participating student conducted research for two weeks, and also contributed to the painting the final work.

The piece is located on the southwest corner of Grand Street and Humboldt Avenue.

Revel to expand e-moped fleet in Brooklyn

If you live in Greenpoint, Williamsburg or Bushwick, you’ve likely seen these electronic mopeds on the streets.

Now you’re likely to see even more of them.

Last week, Revel, the company behind these blue e-mopeds, announced that it will expand its fleet to 1,000 vehicles.

After a pilot program in north Brooklyn with just 68 of them, Revel will disperse them throughout 20 neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.

The new e-moped fleet is now built for two riders, and will have a simple kickstand for parking.

Each ride will cost a flat rate of $1 to start, with 25 cents per minute thereafter. The first minute of every ride, called the “safety minute” is free.

Revel has also created a new “Equitable Access Program,” giving riders who use public assistance programs or live in NYCHA housing 40 percent off.

Measles outbreak grows to 535 cases

New York City’s measles outbreak has ballooned to 535 cases, the majority of which have occurred in Williamsburg.

By the department of health’s count, 78 percent of cases are in the Williamsburg ZIP codes of 11205, 11206, 11211 and 11249.

Since April 8, people who live or work in these ZIP codes were required to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.

But there have been 40 hospitalizations and 11 admissions to the ICU due to complications since the outbreak began last October.

Ecology Tour at Kingsland Wildflowers

Join NYC Audubon ecologists Kaitlyn Parkins and Dustin Partridge on Thursday, May 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. for a special sunset roof tour and lecture.

The ecologists will present findings from two years of monitoring and research at the Kingsland Wildflower green roof.

They will discuss green roofs are habitats for birds, bats and arthropods in urban environments, and the benefits of native plants as a way to attractive biodiverse pollinators, and more.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

$40. RSVP here.

Public paddle event on Memorial Day Weekend

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is continuing its public paddle series on Saturday, May 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at Manhattan Avenue Street End Park, near the shores on Newtown Creek.

This free outdoors/community event is in collaboration with NYC Parks.

NBBC’s public paddles fulfills the group’s mission to enable access to New York City waterways for the local community.

Canoe tours will feature spectacular views of Manhattan, beverages, snacks and fellowship with neighbors.

Walk-up participants are welcomed to join NBBC guides for the trips.

And the winners of participatory budgeting are…

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In District 33, represented by Councilman Stephen Levin, eight total projects received enough votes to be funded as part of participatory budgeting.

Levin doled out $1.525 million for capital projects.

In a new twist this year, the councilman also rolled out a second ballot for capital expense projects, and allocated $20,000 for those winners.

Here are the capital project winners in District 33:

  • IS 318, East Williamsburg ($250,000)
    • Renovated library for better learning
  • PS 31, Greenpoint ($225,000)
    • New smart boards
  • PS 38, Prospect Heights ($400,000)
    • Renovate four bathrooms
  • Automotive High School, Greenpoint ($350,000)
    • Infuse STEAM into curriculum with new tools
  • PS 380, Williamsburg ($300,000)
    • Provide shorter and safer crossings at four intersections

Expense project winners in District 33:

  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Gowanus ($10,000)
    • NYCHA Gardening Project with GCC
  • Williamsburg Library, Williamsburg ($5,000)
    • Buy up to 200 more cooks
  • Automotive High School, Greenpoint ($10,000)
    • Training teachers to use 21st century tools and design thinking

In District 34, Councilman Antonio Reynoso funded $1.32 million worth of projects. Here are the winners in his district:

  • More street trees ($500,000)
    • Install over 200 trees in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood
  • Williamsburg Houses, East Williamsburg ($500,000)
    • Playground renovation
  • Brooklyn Arbor School, Williamsburg ($270,000)
    • Technology upgrades