Newtown Creek

Going, Going, Gone…Greenpoint Sludge Tank Is History

Photo courtesy of Kim M.

Well Greenpointers, the time has come. Bust out your hankies, snap those photos, and wave bye-bye to one of our most recognizable landmarks, the beloved Greenpoint Sludge Tank.

After a series of delays, the Park Tower Group, the firm responsible for the contentious Greenpoint Landing developments, has finally gassed up their bulldozers. The 16 column, 52ft concrete behemoth that spent the bulk of its years processing millions of gallons of treated sewage is officially is being laid to rest. Continue reading

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Body Found in Newtown Creek Identified as Steven L. Middleton

©reverendfashion - Steven L. Middleton

Since posting an eyewitness account of a body recovered near the India St Pier off Greenpoint on Monday night an identification by the medical examiner was reported by DNAinfo.

The body, which was found in the Newtown Creek, was that of Steven L. Middleton, a 21 year old who went swimming in the East River off of Williamsburg a few days earlier.

Our thoughts are with the family of this young man during this very sad time.

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Couples Use Newtown Creek As Dog Beach

Warning: These photos are horrifying.

Dog Swimming in Newtown Creek Off Newtown Creek Nature Center

When I came across these images on the Facebook feed of local environmental activist Laura Hofman, depicting a couple playing fetch with their dog off the Newtown Creek Nature Center, I was shocked and naturally disgusted. My first reaction was – Animal Abuse! Call the ASPCA.   Continue reading

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Make Music New York, Chouffe Fest, Bicycle Fetish Day, – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/18–6/24)

(sponsored) “Just Feel”: Glass Sculptures & Paintings by Katerina Ganchak
Java Studios Gallery (252 Java St, #308) FRIDAY 6/20, 6pm to 9pm, FREE
A series of glass sculptures and paintings, chosen to liberate from explanation, not framing them in such a widely used term as “concept.” “Feel” is an intuitive awareness, a general atmosphere of imagery or situation, and the effect it has on people. Viewers are invited to have their own unique individual experience. Presented pieces build on strong emotional figurative images, which make it possible for every human to relate. More info

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WEDNESDAY 6/18
* Crazy, Quirky, Scary, and True @ Uniondocs (322 Union Ave) 7pm, $13, A shorts program presented by Emon Hassan of Narratively, with a performance by Ken Butler and a Q&A session with filmmakers to follow, More info
* New Voices in Live Performance: Header Munging @ Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave) 7:30, $20, In this mixed-media evening, Matt Romein, Sophie Sotsky, and Samuel Baumel seek to reconceptualize dance film, RSVP
* Cataclysm! @ Bizarre (12 Jefferson St) 9pm, FREE, House of Screwball presents Bushwick’s newest queer cabaret night, RSVP Continue reading

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Northside Fest, Vans House Party, Cunning Stunts – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/11–6/17)

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WEDNESDAY 6/11
* Making Spaces: Urban Interventionism & the Commons @ freespace nyc (340 Boerum St. #2) 7pm, FREE, This panel explores art and social projects that occupy, repurpose, and investigate urban spaces, (re)claiming the commons for dialogue and action, RSVP
* The Newtown Creek “Magic Lantern” Show @ Brooklyn Brainery (190 Underhill Ave) 8pm, $11, A photo slideshow and lecture presented by Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman, More info
* Constance and the Perpetual Motion Machine @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 8pm, $10, Rough House presents a darkly humorous puppet play of catastrophe, grief, and mechanical engineering, RSVP

THURSDAY 6/12
♦ B.E.A.T. Fundraiser & Art Event @ Verboten (54 North 11th St) 7pm, FREE, Art raffle, DJs, and a special guest, More info
House Party @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, With Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires / Mac Demarco / Benjamin Booker, More info
* VideoTALE: Storytelling with Video @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, FREE, With Frank Conniff /Adam Wade / Harmon Leon / David Lawson / Angel Yau, More info Continue reading

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Meow Day, Drinking With Puppets, Hip-Hop Karaoke – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/21–5/27)

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WEDNESDAY 5/21
Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group Meeting @ LaGuardia Community College (31-10 Thomson Ave, E Building, Room E501) 6:30pm, FREE, NYS Department of Health will present on the final health assessment for Newtown Creek, give an update on the health outcomes review, and describe work to educate the public about fish consumption advisories in the creek, More info
Trivia Night @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 6:30pm, $25, WNET celebrates the upcoming documentary Brooklyn Best with THIRTEEN-themed trivia, More info
☺ Comedy Night @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, FREE, With Malwina Andruczyk / John Mahone / Brian McDonald / Alan Yaspan, RSVP
Terrariums & Tastings @ Brooklyn Craft Co (61 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $70, An evening of terrarium-making sampling Brooklyn-made spirits and snacks, More info

THURSDAY 5/22
* Chez Bushwick Presents Artists-in-Residence Two-Night Show @ Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave) 7:30pm, $12, Four local emerging and established choreographers: Effie Bowen, Gabrielle D’Angelo, Mei Yamanaka, Nicole Roerick, and Stuart Shungg, Buy tix
Steady Running of the Hour Party @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 7:30pm, FREE, A reading / reception / potluck / party / salon in honor of  Justin Gakuto Go’s book release, RSVP
♫ RAW: Natural Born Artists @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker St) 8pm, $17, A multi-faceted artistic showcase featuring local, hand-picked talent, More info Continue reading

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Monuments Interview and Brigadune Album Review and Cameo Show Tonight 5/9

If you aren’t familiar with Greenpoint band Monuments, now is a perfect time to get to know them. They have a new album out called Brigadune, they play tonight at Cameo Gallery, and they did an interview with us. Check it out. Continue reading

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A lot…Or Nothing – What is Really Going on with the North Brooklyn Boathouse?

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.

Groups benefiting from the Hudson River Foundation break down the numbers.

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

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What’s that Smell? Dredging Party Boat!

Get in line for the cruise of your life...the sludge boat

How many people can say that they live in a neighborhood that has scheduled dredging? That’s something to brag about, kind of like when you have a really disgusting, oozing leg wound that you really want to show people, just to prove to them that it’s super gross.

Beginning this week, the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection will run a 6 week process of removing the “sediment and debris” that collects under Newtown Creek. That’s a nice way of saying runoff trash, sewage, and whatever else drifted from the streets (dead rats? needles? chicken nuggets?) and decided to solidify on the bottom of our very own urban waterway. Some lovingly call it “black mayonnaise,” which to clarify, is not the name of an artisanal sandwich spread or an underground EDM festival. Continue reading

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New Proposal Wants to Map Greenpoint’s Toxic Sites

Boat on Newtown Creek.
This boat chilling in Newtown Creek doesn't seem to mind a little oil. Or a lot.

One of the first things I learned after moving to Greenpoint in 2011 was that The Mark Bar gives out free bagels on Sundays. Or at least they used to. (Does this still happen? Asking seriously). The second thing I learned was that Newtown Creek, which I walk over every day to get to the 7 train, is home to one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history. Over the last couple of decades anywhere from 17 to 30 million gallons of oil have escaped from ExxonMobil’s refinery and storage facilities underneath Greenpoint and leaked into the soil and water surrounding North Brooklyn. Continue reading

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