* Domino Effect Film Screening @ Black Bear Bar (70 North 6th St) 6:30pm, The documentary explores the process of real estate development in New York City and will be followed by a Q&A with neighborhood advocate Ryan Kounen, RSVP
^ Self-Published Reading Series @ Word Bookstore (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the rolled-up sleeves of Brooklyn’s independent writers and their crafty crafts, RSVP
♫ Rocco & Lizzy EP Release Show @ LIC Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the Astoria duo’s EP “Something for Everyone,” RSVP
This spring brings a new addition to the Greenpoint dining scene. As of today, a pop-up restaurant will be launching under the arches of Shelter Pavilion in McGolrick Park. The restaurant is named ‘Brooklyn Pasture’ and aims to have all of its produce foraged from Greenpoint and the local area.
Brooklyn Pasture chef and owner Ralf Poolis tells us that by sourcing free ingredients he hopes to keep prices ultra-low. “Local, seasonal produce is really trendy right now, but it comes at a price”, he says. “By foraging for produce we will cut our costs dramatically, meaning that diners will be able to eat a 3-course dinner with us for less than $20 a head. In some places around here you can barely buy a kale salad for that price”.
Menu items include the signature Brooklyn Pasture Squirrel Burger (squirrels will be caught overnight in humane traps in McGolrick and McCarren Parks), a savory bread-pudding (made with day-old loaf rejects from Warsaw Bakery) and salads made with edible greens from around Newtown Creek. Drinking water is sourced from the East River (and is purified before serving), and crockery has been collected from stoop give-aways and yard sales. Continue reading
With Thanksgiving Day practically upon us, our lives are consumed with thoughts of tasty morsels like the crispy skin on that 10lb turkey, or the savoring the sweet smell of pumpkin pie gently wafting out of the oven. The day before Thanksgiving Day is one of the busiest times of the year, and whether we’re at home slaving over the stove, or stuck at the airport, almost all of us are all getting ready to celebrate and give thanks. Yet, not all of us are so fortunate. Homelessness in the city has risen to epic proportions (24,000 being children!) and there are many people who don’t have much to thank for this holiday season. One such person was a homeless man whose body was discovered in McGolrick Park two weeks ago.
This past Sunday, Rev. Amy Kienzle held a brief service of remembrance for the homeless man at Mc Golrick Park’s pavilion. While his death was preventable, it hits home because he died right in our own back yard. So tomorrow, as we sit around the table with our family and friends squabbling over the drumstick, we should remember our less fortunate neighbors and give thanks for the basics: food on our plate and the roof over our heads. As we’ve seen, some Greenpointers this Thanksgiving Day might not have it so lucky.
For anyone wanting to do good this Thanksgiving Day, the Church of Ascension is taking on volunteers from 9am to 4:30 pm to feed the hungry.
Happy Autumn, Greenpoint, from Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market. We’re writing with the latest market news, including an important announcement: On Sunday, November 30th, the market will move indoors to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah! The church is located at 129 Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. This will be our second winter in this location, and we thank Pastor Amy Kienzle and the church community for hosting us during the chilly months. The market will be held every Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm, throughout the winter, including over the holiday weekends. Continue reading
The District Dog Halloween Parade and Costume Contest hosted by World Famous *BOB* is happening this Saturday October 25th at 1pm at McGolrick Park. There will be prizes for the top 3 costumes and treat bags for all contestant from Stella & Chewy’s, Grandma Lucy’s, Empire of the Dog. Brooklyn Waggers will be on hand hooking up our four legged friends.
You have less than a week to come up with a killer dog costume! If you need a refresher on how awesome this event is – take a look at this video we made a few years back!
The 2014 market season marks the debut of Full Circle Farm, both as a farming endeavor and as a vendor with Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park and Cooper Park farmers markets. Shelle Bailey and Jesse Mandel run Full Circle Farm in Dutchess County, NY, and this summer is the first time the couple has ever sold their produce at a farmers market.
Devotees of thoughtfully cultivated food can find Full Circle Farm every Sunday at Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market. It takes place at the park, on Maspeth Avenue at Olive Street, from 11 am to 4 pm every week through Sunday, November 23rd. We recently sat down with Shelle as she shared about the adventures that led to Full Circle Farm. Continue reading
Do you know where to find the world’s largest rooftop soil farms? Believe it or not, they’re right here in Brooklyn! This week I asked Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange to tell me more about the two farms he operates–a 1.5 acre rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and a 1-acre rooftop in Long Island City– and what he’s been cultivating (and selling every Sunday at McGolrick’s Farmers Market). The farms grow over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also sells local honey from New York City’s first commercial apiary, provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities. Continue reading
Orange Souchong, Black Sesame and Raspberry, Honeydew Lemongrass, Salted Caramel. These are just some of the flavors that Greenpoint’s local popsicle company, Mom & Pospsicles, has been sharing in their Instagram feed (and at Sunday’s McGolrick Farmer’s Market) lately. As a self-proclaimed popsicle aficionado, I needed to know more about the person behind this pop-up, so I hunted down the little company’s founder, Eli Kaplan, and asked him to share a little about his relationship to Greenpoint and his experience owning a real mom-and-POP shop. Continue reading
Some of the best posters I find are scotch taped to in bodegas. This one is a call for feral cat colony feeders in Greenpoint. If you want to pitch in email Victoria vbondart (at) hotmail.com or Matt cutler9 (at) gmail.com. Continue reading
Happy Friday, neighbors! This post is the first in a new summer series highlighting the growers and food producers that come to Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park Down-to-Earth Market each Sunday (11 am- 4pm). This week, I chatted with Tom and Denise Warren from Stone and Thistle, based in East Meredith, New York. On their farm, tucked into the foothills of the Catskills, they pasture-raise a variety of animals, such as sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, goats, ducks, pigs, and a herd of about 30 cattle! I asked them to share what they enjoy about Greenpoint and what it’s like to be a small-scale farmer. Continue reading