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Feeding the Hungry

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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With the holidays just around the corner, the Greenpoint Reformed Church has seen an increase in the number of hungry people visiting its food pantry. The pantry, which provides fresh chickens from a local poultry market, serves about 200-250 people a week. Sometimes, even more than that. During the month of October, the pantry gave […]

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In the Studio: Amanda Browder

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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When you think about sculpture, you probably picture marble statues or clay figurines or stone carvings. Plush fabric and bright, pillowy objects are far from your mind. But for Greenpoint artist Amanda Browder, the latter form her sculptures. Browder, 33, turns traditional sculpture on its head by creating vibrantly colored soft pieces that are often […]

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Doggie Daycare

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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Thanksgiving is less than a week away and most people are headed home to their families for a nice turkey dinner. But not Rob Maher. He’ll be doing what he always does – hanging out with dogs. Rob co-owns Unleash Brooklyn, a 24/7/365 dog daycare and boarding house in Greenpoint. Unleash is fully booked for […]

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Polish Veterans in America

Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by .

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This past Wednesday, veterans across the nation were honored for their services to our country. We students at the J-School did our part and wrote about their stories and their lives. I spent time with a group of Polish veterans, and I was surprised to learn that they don’t celebrate Veterans Day. For them, November […]

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Development in Greenpoint

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by .

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As I spend more and more time in Greenpoint, I’m discovering that the neighborhood has quite a few unfinished projects, most of which are apartment buildings or condos. Five years ago, Greenpoint had a massive rezoning. The waterfront was to be made into parks, West St. was supposed to be home to top of the […]

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Dinner is served

Posted on 31. Oct, 2009 by .

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Two years ago, the Greenpoint Reformed Church opened its doors to the hungry. Maybe twenty people trickled in for food. As the only soup kitchen in North Brooklyn, the hunger reduction program at the church grew quickly. Last Wednesday, on the second anniversary of the church’s soup kitchen, a crowd gathered outside before dinner even […]

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A Church and Some Chickens

Posted on 23. Oct, 2009 by .

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If there is one thing I’ve learned about the residents of Greenpoint, it’s that they look out for each other. No place is this more evident than at the Greenpoint Reformed Church. Two years ago, Pastor Ann Kansfield helped the church start a soup kitchen and food pantry. Recently, the church received a grant from […]

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Cat trapping

Posted on 22. Oct, 2009 by .

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NOTE: Due to an error, this post was not published on time. The events below took place on Friday, October 16. Catching cats is much harder than counting cats. Last week, I wrote about Katherine Carlton’s work with feral cats and included an audio clip from a cat counting trip with Katherine and her TNR […]

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Not your average cat lady

Posted on 05. Oct, 2009 by .

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Recently, I chatted with Katherine Carlton of Greenpoint about a feral cat colony that she helped start in her neighborhood. Katherine, 33, came to the project through Open Space Alliance and is working with Neighborhood Cats to complete the process. Neighborhood Cats performs Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) throughout the city, humanely controlling the overpopulation of feral cats. […]

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A different kind of bowling alley

Posted on 02. Oct, 2009 by .

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If you’ve never been to Brooklyn Bowl, go. Now. Last night, I went to Brooklyn Bowl for The Roots show and I was blown away. And I don’t mean by the band (even though they were awesome, as usual). When I think of a bowling alley as a concert venue, a very 70’s-ish, kind of […]

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