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.


TONIGHT: Greenpoint Development Meeting

Photo Courtest NAG Facebook Page
Photo Courtesy NAG Facebook Page

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) is hosting a Greenpoint Development Meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Polish & Slavic Center, located at 176 Java Street, to update the community on a slew of projects.

Attendees will hear from Councilman Stephen Levin, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the city Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) and representatives from the following projects: West Street project, Greenpoint Landing and the NuHart State Superfund.

NAG will be providing updates about the upcoming public comment process for the NuHart State Superfund site, which has now reached the Feasibility Study (FS) stage of the Superfund process. The FS is currently under review by state officials.

Stay involved in these important projects and bring questions to the meeting tonight!

To learn more, check out the Facebook event page here.

Greenpoint YMCA board welcomes newest member

Kendall Charter, executive director of the Greenpoint YMCA, said Radoslaw Suchowolak will be a great new addition to the board of managers.

Radoslaw Suchowolak, a real estate investment manager at Investors Bank, has been elected to the Board of Managers of the Greenpoint YMCA. According to the board’s president, Paul Pullo, Suchowolak joined on May 10.

The Greenpoint Y will introduce Suchowolak to the entire board at their next meeting on Wednesday, May 25.

Suchowolak has worked as a volunteer at soup kitchens, Outreach and walks and brings opportunities for grants and scholarships to YMCA activities.

“Rad will indeed be a fine addition to our board,” said Kendall Charter, executive director of the Greenpoint YMCA. “We are excited to have him on board.”

Suchowolak joins the rest of the board, which now include: Paul Pullo, Gina Argento, Frank Carbone, Roseanne Antonucci, Peter Cruz, La-Asia Hundley, Michael Kawochka, Megan King, Stuart Leffler, Michael McKenna, Rama Mukhopadhyay, Alexander Ore, Dr. Charles Ptak, Christina Pullo, Walter Sanchez, Craig Shillitto, Miriam Sy-Gorski, Heidi Shea Springer and Scott Stedman.

Greenpoint Vision Care

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Located at 733 Manhattan Avenue, off Lorimer Street, Greenpoint Vision Care has been serving the neighborhood for 30 years.

With a lab in the store, eye exams are a snap. The people at Vision Care can get you in and out fairly quickly.

They do contact lens fittings, DMV tests and even treating eye infections on premises. Vision Care offers designer glasses, too.

Dr. Sebastian Polizzi leads the group, and the doctors at the center offer great service for your entire family.

Greenpoint Vision Care is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Where is our park?

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One of the biggest issues in Greenpoint and North Brooklyn is what locals call Bushwick Inlet Park, located on Franklin Avenue near N14th Street. It’s a 28-acre stretch of land on that the Greenpoint waterfront that was a negotiated deal between the community and the City of New York.

The negotiation came at a time when then-Mayor Michael Michael Bloomberg had thought the city would get the Olympics, therefore needing this area to host some events.

A decade later, there is no park.

Although the protests have been on the down low since late last summer, the issue will soon be heating up. It continues to be a defining issue among Greenpoint residents.


NBBC kicks off season with community event

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The flyer for the North Brooklyn Boat Club’s 2016 Opening Day.

The North Brooklyn Boat Club kicked off the boating season with its Opening Day on Saturday afternoon.

The community event featured free public paddles, music, a bar & grill and other activities. Community members learned about the programs and what a membership with the boat club entails.

Guests also enjoyed the music of troubadour Morgan O’Kane, who dropped in by boat and kicked off his Sailing the Hudson tour.


To learn more about the North Brooklyn Boat Club and its activities, visit

Greenpoint Y celebrates Healthy Kids Day

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As summer nears, the Greenpoint YMCA has some advice for kids to stay active.

Last month, the organization hosted the 25th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative to remind kids and parents about the importance of eating right and staying healthy.

“Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days but instead, focus on physical and mental play,” said Kendall Charter, executive director of the Greenpoint YMCA.

At the event the Greenpoint Y provided the following tips for kids to develop healthy habits:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggie: Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. To keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month;
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books: Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development;
  • Team Up for Athletic Events: Set a family goal of great healthy by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.;
  • Volunteer Together: Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come with making a difference;
  • Make Sleep a Priority: Doctors recommend 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7 to 8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

Free Elder Law Seminar at La Locanda Restaurant

The Law Firm of Silvagni and Como is hosting a Free Elder Law Seminar at La Locanda Restaurant on Monday, May 23rd.

There will be two seminars on Monday. The first seminar starts at 11:30AM and the second will start at 7PM. La Locanda Restaurant is located at 432 Graham Ave. in Brooklyn.

5S5T_silvagniAttend the free seminar to learn about Elder Law and Estate Planning: How to protect your home and assets from nursing, home bills, and long term care expenses. How to avoid probate, living trusts, and more.

Giovanni P. Silvagni is an Elder Law Attorney with over 16 years of experience in the practice of Elder Law, Estate Planning and Estate Administration. He will be discussing the importance of planning to protect you and your family.

Call the law firm of Silvagni & Como at (718) 928-3355 to make a reservation.