So, seems after a lot of good research by writer Keith Williams of The Weekly Nabe which showed up on Curbed.com ‘s new blog news post/column (?) under his by-line, we finally have some definitive answers as to the “right and the wrong” of our neighborhood’s (new/old) namesake “Greenwood Heights.” We (Aaron) had the pleasure of talking with Keith and reaffirming some of the knowledge we knew about the REAL name for the (debated) area and it’s origins. Which (turns out, duh!) is well founded.
Green-Wood Cemetery was chartered by the State of New York on this date in 1838. The Greenwood Heights community should be thankful to be living so close to this National Historic Landmark and fantastic place to stroll, learn and relax (heck, all of Brooklyn should!). You can find out more info on their 175th on their website.
This popped up last night, 01/09/13 on the CCGH news group after many of us heard or witnessed police helicopter activity in the area. Unfortunately it was as a result of a robbery turned homicide. NY1 , DNAinfo and South Slope News have the story (not sure of other news outlets). UPDATED NEWS from Park Slope Patch.
Here’s the official police report from the 72nd Pct. via Community Board 7. Obviously if you saw something, contact the Pct. immediately at 718.965.6311:
UPDATE: This was just posted on Green-Wood’s historian Jeff Richman’s blog about about the damage at Green-Wood and what you can do to help them with clean up, replanting and restoration.
Well, it wasn’t pretty.
With 8,000 trees, Green-Wood was quite an attractive target for Hurricane Sandy. And Sandy, with her big winds, was not kind. In all, 150 of Green-Wood’s trees were destroyed. And, just days after the storm, we estimate that well in excess of 100 monuments were damaged–that toll may go higher as trees are removed and more damage is uncovered.
Just got this e-mail via Green-Wood’s historian’s blog, and we are VERY upset to say the least. Who in their right mind (and that may be the point) would inflict such senseless damage to such a historical place…let alone desecrate graves like this.
Ken Taylor, Green-Wood’s long-time vice president for operations, estimates that the damage is “well in excess of $100,000.”
Hopefully the police are working in tandem with Green-Wood’s staff to hopefully find whomever (and I’d have to think it’s several people) did this terrible damage.
If you are able, please make a donation to their Historic Fund that will go directly to the restoration of these beautiful monuments. And obviously if anyone hears anything about this crime, call the 72nd Pct. (718.965.6311) immediately or Green-Wood (718.768.7300). And certainly post your thoughts here or on their blog. Just disgusting!
More updates when we have them. But do read the blog post!
NEWS REPORTS (we’ll add updated news as we hear about it): Continue reading
Thanks to Shaun for fwding this along from The Brooklyn Eagle’s website. While our feelings on the West Nile Virus, and the pro’s/con’s of spraying, abatement, etc. are mixed (especially after the last scare, and how the City handled it, a few years ago), we thought we should share the info, since the neighborhood is within one of the trouble areas around out part of Brooklyn. For more information about West Nile virus, call 311, or go to www.nyc.gov/health
See updates at the bottom of this post (both pro and con, last updated 10/18/12).
The blogosphere is awash (well, in our area of Bklyn) with the news of the long awaited opening of Greenwood Park (7th Ave and 20th St.). (June 30, 2012)
(via Brooklyn Based)
Yelp: “Fantastic job Greenwood Park folks! It was worth every second of the wait.”
Brooklyn Based: “Really low-key, spacious, basically the perfect addition to the nabe. Between this, Sea Witch, and Quarter Bar, South Slope is KILLING it for outdoor drinking–rad rad rad place to be for the summer!”
Brownstoner: “Greenwood Park, Greenwood Heights’ first beer garden (as far as we’re aware) opened last…”
(Updated), though some pretty “ouchy” reviews on Yelp
(Updated 07/19/12) and some nice comments via BKLYN News 12.
(Updated 10/18/12) While the beer garden has received some bad press in the Brooklyn Paper a while ago, 6 residents of properties across the street from Greenwood park showed up at CB7 on Wednesday night and told their story during public comment. Many complaints of noise, public intoxication, urination, fights, public sex and more. I guess this is something the owners need to address.
Who else has some reviews? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post here.