Greenpoint is NYC’s 11th most expensive neighborhood, Williamsburg falls to 24th

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark

In PropertyShark’s latest report on the most expensive neighborhoods in New York City, Greenpoint placed 11th overall, just outside the top ten.

The area saw a 26 percent year-over-year increase. Based on 50 transactions in the third quarter, the neighborhood had a median sale price of $1,319,134.

That makes Greenpoint the third most expensive neighborhood in Brooklyn behind Cobble Hill ($1,795,000) at 7th overall and Carroll Gardens ($1,431,250) at 10th overall.

Williamsburg ended up tied at 24th place in Q3, with a median sale price of $999,000 based on 134 transactions – the most on the list. It saw a 5 percent increase in year-over-year change.

According to the report, Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens all had a decrease in the number of transactions year-over-year, with Queens dipping by 1.4 percent.

Here are the top 10 neighborhood by median sale price in Q3:

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark

See the full PropertyShark report here.

Watch “Pet Sematary (2019)” at McGolrick Park

McGolrick Park

NYC Parks and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment are hosting a free screening of “Pet Sematary (2019)” on Friday, October 18 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

The screening will take place on the lawn of Monsignor McGolrick Park in Greenpoint.

Here’s the IMDB description of the movie, which we should note is rated R!

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

Come before 6 p.m. to secure your spot for the movie. Bring your own picnic blanket and/or chair. Food is allowed, but alcohol and smoking are not.

Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade is on October 27

The 16th Annual Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade, Spooktacular Party & Zombie Nerf War is scheduled for Sunday, October 27.

The costumed parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m. at 171 Java Street in front of the Polish & Slavic Center.

The Spooktacular Party will run from noon to 2 p.m., and the nerf war will follow that from 3 to 5 p.m.

The parade is free to join! The party and nerf war are $20 each online and $30 at the door.

Get your tickets and learn more at www.townsquarebk.org.

Newtown Creek Alliance to honor three at Tidal Toast

Image from Newtown Creek Alliance

On Thursday, October 3, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Broadway Stages (520 Kingsland Avenue), the Newtown Creek Alliance is hosting Tidal Toast, a celebration of the creek.

At the event, they will honor three people and organizations that have “made substantial contributions to reveal, restore and revitalize” Newtown Creek.

The honorees are:

  • Jim Pynn (Reveal Award)
  • NYC Audubon (Restore Award)
  • Boyce Technologies (Revitalize Award)

The celebratory event will include tours of the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof, local food and drinks, a silent auction and presentations about NCA’s projects and programming.

Get tickets to the Tidal Toast by clicking here.

Watch a free screening of “What We Do in the Shadows”

Image from the NYC Parks Department website

The Parks Department and Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment are hosting a free screening of the film “What We Do in the Shadows” on Friday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at McCarren Park.

Here’s a description of the 2014 film, courtesy of IMDB:

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Please be aware that the film is rated R and features explicit content.

Come before 6:30 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Feel free to bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is allowed as well.

BK Story Voyager’s Touch A Truck Fundraiser

This Saturday, come out to St. Nicks Alliance’s fundraiser, the BK Story Voyager Touch A Truck, at Ericsson Playground from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event raises operating funds for the BK Story Voyager, a mobile multimedia library that brings passion for reading and learning on the road.

Also called “The Purple Bus” by schoolchildren, it promotes literacy, especially in underserved communities.

Learn more about the event by visiting their website here.

Check out the Kingsland Wildflowers Festival on September 21

The annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival is back next Saturday, September 21 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Enjoy green roof tours and lectures, a mural unveiling, a farmers market stand, kids workshops, art exhibit, dance and aerial shows, bouncy castle, live music and more!

The event at Broadway Stages kicks off Climate Week 2019, celebrating Greenpoint as a hub of environmental activism and activity.

You’ll learn more about the native rooftop meadow and wildlife habitat located on the banks of the Newtown Creek.

Food and drinks will be provided by Broadway Stages.

RSVP to the free event here.

SchoolFest is set for September 21

It’s official! SchoolFest 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, September 21 from noon to 5 p.m. at MS 126 in Greenpoint/Williamsburg.

The 12th annual school fair brings together public schools, private schools, early childhood centers, extracurricular programs and more, all for the benefit of local parents who want to learn more about opportunities available for their kids.

It’s especially valuable for parents (or grandparents!) who feel overwhelmed by the amount of school choices and the admissions process.

At SchoolFest, you’ll meet school representatives and enrichment providers who can help you narrow down your search to figure out what’s best for your child.

See here for the list of 2019 exhibitors and participants.

Get your SchoolFest admission ticket here.

Catch “Friday Night Lights” under the stars at McCarren Park

Image courtesy of NYC Parks website

Is “Friday Night Lights” the best sports film of all time?

On Thursday night, NYC Parks and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment are hosting a free screening of the 2004 drama at McCarren Park in Greenpoint/Williamsburg.

The “Throwback Thursday” screening, which will be shown at the law at Lorimer Street and Driggs Avenue, will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Feel free to bring your own picnic blanket and/or chair. Food is allowed, but alcohol and smoking are not.

The film follows the coach and players of a Texas high school football team as it makes its run for the state championship.

Directed by Peter Berg, “Friday Night Lights” ranks 37th on Entertainment Weekly’s list of Best High School Movies.

It also won an ESPY Award for Best Sports Movie.

How does it rank for you? To refresh your memory, be sure to come out to Throwback Thursday at McCarren Park!

Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair comes to Expo Center

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The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is returning to the Brooklyn Expo Center this weekend for the sixth consecutive year.

The fair will focus on subculture and other new trends, including magic, mysticism, witchcraft, underground fanzine culture and more.

The event features 110 dealers displaying over 50,000 items for sale, including vernacular photography, rare papers, prints and ephemera, all priced between $50 and thousands of dollars.

There will also be two exclusive art exhibits, 10 seminars and an appraisal clinic, free of charge.

Among the unique, one-of-a-kind items you can find at the fair include a first-edition “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” one of only 5,150 copies in wrappers, on display and for sale.

Find other interesting items at the expo gallery here.

It all goes down at the Brooklyn Expo Center, located at 72 Noble Street.

The fair runs on Saturday, September 7 from noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The weekend pass is $15, and Sunday only is $10.