McGolrick Park

Homeless man dies in McGolrick Park & giving thanks this holiday season.

Glowing Homeless. Photo credit: Fannie Allie

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.

 

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Autumn News from the McGolrick Park Farmers Market

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market

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

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Halloween Parade at McGolrick Park This Saturday! (10/25)

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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!

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Down to Earth Farmer’s Market Vendor Profile: Full Circle Farms

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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

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Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, Makers: Meet Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange

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

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Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, Makers: Meet Eli Kaplan of Mom and Popsicles

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

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Help Greenpoint Feral Cat Colonies & Lost Cat in Winthrop Park?

Even cat colonies are local in Greenpoint - so help 'em out!

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

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Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, Makers: Meet Stone and Thistle

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

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Free Yoga in North Brooklyn Parks all Summer!!!

Is there anything less appealing than a sweaty yoga indoor class in 80 degree weather? Nothing against Yoga to the People (they will always hold a special place in my heart), but I’d much rather get some fresh air in my system while the weather is fine.

It seems that my prayers have been answered because this Summer, Good Yoga has partnered with Open Space Alliance to host outdoor yoga sessions all season long at our favorite North Boroklyn parks, including all-around park champion, Transmitter. Is there anything more satisfying than doing yoga in the grass with a serene view of Manhattan?

And did I mention that the classes are FREE? Bring your own mat and sunscreen and when you get to the park, look for the red Good Yoga balloon. Continue reading

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