With the amount of information available online, it’s easy to take our libraries for granted. Did you know that at one point the idea of a “library” didn’t even exist? Ben Franklin was hosting regular meetings with a group of friends (Junto), where they would discuss politics, philosophy and morality. During these meetings, the members would exchange books and information, and ultimately inspired Franklin’s plans for a public library. Fast forward a few centuries and now we have 87 public libraries in NYC, with one of them right here in Greenpoint.
Friends of Greenpoint Library is hosting a meeting where you can meet neighbors, brainstorm on ideas, and help find ways to support the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave).
DATE: Today, April 9th
LOCATION: Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave)
So a lot is going on with the Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project. Or nothing is going on with it. It really depends on who you ask.
Wednesday night (4/23), a progress meeting on the project was held in Long Island City. Michelle Moore from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) kicked things off, and almost immediately voices were raised questioning funding and lack of progress. Even Joseph Lentol, the New York State Assemblyman that represents Greenpoint, expressed his disappointment at the lack of progress with the project so far. Continue reading →
McGolrick Park is a hidden gem on the other side of McGuinness Blvd (#OSOM) but many local residents feel the park needs some major love, like updates to the playground and repair to the pathways. It doesn’t help that neighborhood punks have no respect, either; last year they set fire to benches and vandalized the statue.
On Tuesday night (8/27), the Greenpoint Safety Meeting was held at the Polish Slavic Center. The speakers were Assemblyman, Joe Lentol, Captain James Ryan of the 94th Precinct, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Nancy Laxer, Executive in charge of Sex Crimes, Louise Cohen, Chief Assistant DA, Amy Feinstein, and local Council Member, Stephen Levin.
The meeting was organized by local resident, Jamie “James” Hodge, to bring the community together, concerning the rise of crime in Greenpoint. Hodge called the meeting when she learned that her friend had been assaulted in her doorway and had to defend herself against the intruder before the police came to her aid.
It’s alarming and disheartening to receive daily emails, tweets and facebook messages from Greenpoint residents who are scared because of the recent violent events that have taken place in the area, including a rape, a missing woman and yesterday’s pistol whipping in broad daylight.
AVP’s “trainings and workshops provide participants with information on the impact of hate motivated violence, safety planning strategies, tips on preventing or reducing the impact of violence, information on how to create LGBTQH [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV+] inclusive organizations, and how to support the needs of LGBTQ survivors of violence.”
For more information visit www.avp.org and feel free to email cb at greenpointchurch.org with any questions about the event.
They can’t promise dolphins, but the North Brooklyn Boat Club is launching into 2013 and urging YOU! “land-lubbers,” to learn what will be happening both, on the water, and ashore, like: open paddles, intensive stroke instruction, safe boating practices, bird watching trips, building oyster and filter feeder habitats, organic gardening, urban camping, boat building and boatyard barbecues!
They had me at birds and barbecues…
Interested? Join NBBC on April 2nd, 8-10pm at Brooklyn Rod & Gun (59 Kent Ave) for a public meeting open to all.
“…the single most important piece of unfinished business that lies ahead of us in 2013: rebuilding the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy – and creating a more resilient and sustainable city.” – Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s State of the City Address, February 14, 2013
The Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) addresses how we rebuild New York City to be more resilient in the wake of Hurricane Sandy but with a long-term focus.
We invite you to join us for a facilitated conversation about how to rebuild Williamsburg, Greenpoint, DUMBO, Long Island City and surrounding communities. We are looking for participants who are invested in this neighborhood now and for the next generation.
SIRR Williamsburg/Greenpoint/DUMBO/LIC Public Workshop
March 14, 2013
P.S. 132 (320 Manhattan Ave)
We begin with a brief introduction of SIRR and will have break-out sessions to discuss priorities for rebuilding Northern Brooklyn and Long Island City to be more resilient in the face of future storms and long-term climate change.
RSVP by email: RSVPWaterFrontMarch14 (at) nycsirr.org.
Include the full name and email (if available) of each guest.
RSVP by phone: (212) 618-5745 – Leave the name of each guest and say “for March 14 Waterfront”.
FRIDAY 11/30 ♥ Sandy Benefit Photo Pin-up Show @ Meble Studios (340 Morgan Ave, #7) 6:30-9pm, affordable art, drinks and snacks, 100% of all print sales will be donated to Occupy Sandy, More info ♫ Brooklyn Night Bazaar @ 45 N. 5th St, 6pm-midnight, Free, 200 of the borough’s most creative independent vendors, musicians, chefs, artists, breweries and wineries, More info ♫ Walter Schreifels @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm ♫Hilly Eye / Waxahatchee / Corita @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $8
SATURDAY 12/1 • Handmade Holiday Cavalcade @ The Space (50 No. 3rd St) 11am-11pm, Etsy NY Team shares its hand-crafted artistry with perfect gifts: handmade clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, bath and body treasures, toys, and housewares. * Greenpoint Handskills Presents: Garlands @ Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave) 12-2pm, get in the handmade holiday spirit with us over doughnuts and coffee, learn how to make garlands, bunting, pom poms, and paper chains from yarn, felt, and paper, RSVP ♦ Holiday Art & Editions Sale @ Fourth Estate (272 Morgan Ave #F) 12-9pm, first annual holiday sale of prints by a small artist-run art print publishing company in Bushwick, buy artist books, ceramic multiples, band merchandise, albums, jewelry among other things such as popcorn… *Rolling Jubilee Open House @ Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, NYC) 6pm, Learn how this amazing project has bought and erased over $8.6 million in debt ♦ Lena Henke @ Real Fine Arts (673 Meeker Ave) Opening Reception 7-10pm ♫ Brooklyn Night Bazaar @ 45 N. 5th St, 6pm-midnight, Free, 200 of the borough’s most creative independent vendors, musicians, chefs, artists, breweries and wineries, More info ♫ Hard Nips / Animal Tropical / The Roulettes @ Backroom at The Gutter (200 No. 14th St) 9pm, $5
SUNDAY 12/2 • Handmade Holiday Cavalcade @ The Space (50 No. 3rd St) 11am-11pm, Etsy NY Team shares its hand-crafted artistry with perfect gifts: handmade clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, bath and body treasures, toys, and housewares. • Slovak Club Ladies Auxiliary Penny Social @ (619 Manhattan Ave) 1pm, $5, Win terrific prizes like a flat panel TV, 50/50 Raffle, Coffee & cake served. ♫ Kimya Dawson / Rob Sonic / Sir Jarlsberg @ Europa (98 Meserole Ave) 7pm, $12
MONDAY 12/3 • THE WORST! @ Good Bye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway, Bushwick) 8-9:30pm, $5, a hilarious evening of writers, musicians, and other weirdos telling stories about the worst jobs, roommates, and dates they’ve ever had, RSVP
TUESDAY 12/4 ♥ Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive @ Red Star (37 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $20 donation or a new, unwrapped toy, valued at $20, food, open bar, DJs, raffle, door prizes, RSVP
WEDNESDAY 12/5 • Subjectified: Nine Young Women Talk about Sex, A Documentary @ YWCA (30 3rd Ave, BK) 7pm, FREE, Screening a cutting-edge documentary that lets women define sexuality on their own terms, RSVP • 94th Precinct Meeting @ Church of the Ascension (122 Java St) 7pm ♫ Miniboone / Leapling / Quiet Loudly / Wilder Maker @ Death By Audio (49 So. 2nd St) 8pm, $7
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ SANDY BENEFIT ♦ Art Event