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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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Greenpoint is About to Get a Whole Lot Greener Thanks to First Round of GCEF Grant Recipients

Courtesy of Java Street Community Garden

On Friday, the first small grants from the Greenpoint Community Evironmental Fund‘s (GCEF) $19.5 million were awarded to 18 environmental improvement projects in the neighborhood. The funds are ExxonMobil’s retribution for spilling 17-30 million gallons of crude oil into Newtown Creek. Thanks, Exxon!

This initial round of funding amounts to $395,000 (between $5,000 and $25,000 per project with matching funds), and encompasses high-quality, locally-led initiatives that will enhance open space, green the hood, and improve environmental education. Continue reading

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Sweat Lodge on the Shore of the Newtown Creek via Urban Spa Organics

Sweatlodge on the Newtown Creek

Peter T, our health and wellness reporter, will be participating in this exclusive Greenpoint natural spa event he found on craiglist, and taking place on the banks of the Newtown Creek. It’s such a gem I am reposting it in its entirety:

Urban Organics™-The Survival Spa

Enjoy a total immersion health and wellness spa experience on the banks of the humble and gritty Newtown Creek, a narrow waterway separating Brooklyn from Queens, in New York City. Steeped in history and a century of environmental abuse the creek is a symbol of opportunity and a place for urban, nature enrichment. Come with us as we harvest the bounty that the placid shores of the Newtown creek yields. Learn how to reuse, recycle, and repurpose many of the things found along the way into useful, effective solutions for everyday health and wellness needs. Continue reading

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Save the Date! CAG Meeting (2/6)

Mark your calendars, Greenpointers. The next Newton Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting is coming up soon on Thursday 2/6 at the McCarren Play Center (776 Lorimer, right near the pool) at 6:30pm.

The meeting with feature presentations from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the lovely folks who are in charge of our own little Superfund site.  They’ll discuss the city’s role in the Superfund process, upcoming plans for Newtown Creek drainage (mmm!), and all the other fun-filled  aspects of environmental restoration along the creek.

So if talking about toxicity and soil remediation really gets you going, save the date. We’ll be right there with you.

 

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TEDx Gowanus (1/26) and What It Means For Greenpoint

Our sister hood, Gowanus is jumping on the TEDx wagon this month, hosting the first ever TEDx Gowanus next week. With gentrification, toxic waters, and an industrial past, we have a lot in common with our sludgy Southern friends, so what can we take away from this day of presentations, lectures, and performances?

The theme is “Inspiring Communities,” so of course, that’s something we can get behind. Here are some highlights to check out: Continue reading

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