Pedestrian/Bike Safety Event Today!

13412225_10156957004370655_6022238168171022110_oTroop 996’s Joseph Nieves (Eagle Scout Service Project), the Department of Transportation, NYPD and Transportation Alternatives are hosting a pedestrian/bike safety event today from 1 to 5 p.m. at St. Francis School Yard.

The event will feature fun and educational activities, a free bike light giveaway and free raffle prizes. Bikers are also encourages to bring their bikes and register them, courtesy of the NYPD.

For more information, email Joseph Nieves at jnievestroop996@gmail.com

 

TOMORROW: Planting with Audubon New York

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These kids are putting the green in Greenpoint.

Audubon New York is teaming up with the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to plant native plants for birds with third graders from P.S. 110.

It’s part of an education program that teaches children environmental awareness, science and appreciation of nature. For eight weeks, these students learned about the natural world, participated in bird walks and even took a field trip to Prospect Park.

Their culminating project is providing birds essential food and habitat by planting these greens.

Join them on Friday, June 10, starting at 9 a.m., at 124 Monitor Street.

TONIGHT: L Train Public Forum with CB1

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Join members of Community Board 1’s Transportation Committee to learn more about the process of rebuilding the L train’s Canarsie Tunnel.

Representatives from the MTA will be on hand to provide more information about the work needed to be done, the construction timeline and how it will affect your commute.

The meeting will be tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie Street).

Greenpoint deli robbed of $700

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Police say that on Sunday, May 29, at approximately 6:20 p.m., a man walked into Driggs Finest Deli, located at 162 Driggs Avenue, and approached a 25-year-old employee.

The suspect then displayed a handgun to the employee and demanded money, authorities said. The employee handed over about $700. The suspect then fled by foot eastbound on Driggs Avenue.

Police describe the suspect as a 25-year-old black male carrying a white plastic bag. He was last seen a black hoodie and black jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Assemblyman calls for more G train service

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Flickr/The All-Nite Images

As the L train’s shutdown looms closer, one elected official wants a solution to what is soon to be a nightmare of a commute.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol penned a letter to the MTA requesting increased G train service immediately.

“The impending L line shutdown will certainly cause headaches for many riders, but providing them with increased service on the G line will do wonders to proactively alter their ridership patterns,” Lentol wrote.

A 2013 line review of the train determined that the G functions as a “feeder and distributor line,” which means many riders take it just to transfer to another train. As a result, riders have experienced long wait times.

“If you ride the G during rush hour, I am sure you have thought to yourself, ‘sardines have it better than G line riders,” he said.

Read more about Lentol’s request here.

Go Green! Festival this weekend

Town Square is hosting its 9th annual Go Green! Festival tomorrow, June 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at McCarren Park.

It’s the go-to place to learn about sustainability initiatives going on in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Attendees can also expect live music, food and drinks, too.

For more information and registration, visit: http://www.townsquareinc.com.

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See photos from the Veterans Memorial Parade

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Last weekend, Greenpoint residents and civic leaders honored those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the annual Memorial Day Parade along Manhattan Avenue.

The parade began in front of St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post 1771. Parade-goers then marched to a mass at St. Anthony’s.

Representatives from the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, Knights of Columbus 293 and even some students joined the parade.

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Curb your litter at Clean Up Day

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Here’s your chance to give back to your community.

The Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), a local advocacy group, are teaming up to host their 7th Clean Up Day at southwest Greenpoint.

Come out to Greenpoint Beer and Ale, located at 7 North 15th Street, on Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. to meet your neighbors and work together to make Greenpoint a cleaner community.

Learn more about the event and sign up here.

 

Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade

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Greenpoint is celebrating its veterans again this year with a parade for those who sacrificed for our country.

On Sunday, May 29, the Veterans Memorial Parade will pay tribute to locals who were part of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Gulf War and the War on Terror.

The event will begin at St. Stanislaus Memorial American Legion Post #1771, located at 519 Leonard Street, starting at 9 a.m. The parade then moves along Manhattan Avenue to St. Anthony St. Alphonsus, about an eight-block walk. There, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated.

After the mass, the parade starts up again and ends back at the American Legion Post.

TONIGHT: DOT hosts Vision Zero town hall

Tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, located at 263 Marcy Avenue in South Williamsburg, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is hosting a Vision Zero Town Hall.

The meeting is hosted by Council members Antonio Reynoso and Stephen Levin, along with the Southside Community Mission.

At the town hall, residents will be able to tell city and elected officials how to make streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and all users of the road.

The meeting will begin with a presentation from DOT, followed by a Q&A session with DOT and members of the NYPD.

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