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There is so much art happening in Greenpoint - it’s insane!
WEDNESDAY 9/5 ♦ Flora e Fauna: Exhibition of Botanical Drawings by KT Smail @ Nights & Weekends (1 Bedford Ave) 6-9pm ♦ James Bellizia Opening Reception @ Dandelion Wine (153 Franklin St) 7-9pm ♦ Do It Awake @ The Heliopolis Project (154 Huron St.) 7-10pm, More info • Gabrielle Bell and Julia Wertz, in conversation with Jami Attenberg @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, Comics artist and Greenpoint local Gabrielle Bell will launch her new graphic novel The Voyeurs with artist Julia Wertz followed by a conversation with novelist Jami Attenberg.
THURSDAY 9/6 • Fashion Night Out Greenpoint ♦ Red Left Blue Right @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) 6-9pm, Double Triple is presenting a show of art and design for red/blue 3-D glasses, cocktails, snacks, music, 3-D photo booth, More info ♫ Bust Magazine Issue Release Party @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, Free music from Mannequin Pussy, Leda & DJ set from Permanent Wave ♫ Dinowalrus / Xray Eyeballs / Life Size Maps / Grand Resort / Psychobuildings @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $4
FRIDAY 9/7 ♦ This Is How My Brain Works @ Radiator Gallery (10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC) 6-8pm, 16 artists who practice collage ranging from works on paper to video, sculpture, books, photography ♦ 744 Hr Photo & Tanning @ Rawson Projects (223 Franklin St) 6-8pm, Choit will continue her practice of utilizing a modified UV-light-emitting tanning bed as a photographic tool, further exploring her interest in the effect of photochemical processes on found objects. ♦ Odd Job @ Fowler Arts (67 West St, #216) 7-10pm, An exhibition of new work by artists Ted Carey, Jacob Goudreault, and Simon Slater. Painting in the 21st century is an odd job. With no rules or boundaries, how does one beat a path to new possibilities? ♦ Malado Baldwin Opening Reception @ The One Well (165 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, a retrospective ♫ Ava Luna / Ed Schrader’s Music Beat / Lost Boy? / Indian Rebound @ Living Bread Deli (2 Knickerbocker Ave) 8pm, $10
SATURDAY 9/8 ♦ Newtown Creek Armada Opening Ceremony @ Newtown Creek Nature Walk (50 Paidge Ave at Provist St) 1-4pm, Visitors to The Armada will pilot a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-controlled boats along the surface of the Newtown Creek while documenting the hidden world of its waters using waterproof cameras and microphones, More info • Samantha Pleet X Wolverine Pop Up Shop @ In God We Trust (70 Greenpoint Ave) 6-10pm, Special SP x Wolverine shoe pre-order, Bonny boots on sale, goodie bags, Brooklyn Gin, Brooklyn Brewery brews, and Samantha’s Pie Faces. ♫ Noon / Foster Care / Pink Reason @ Lulu’s (113 Franklin St) 4-8pm, Free ♫ Octant / Backwords / Starlight Girls / Zula / Ping Pong @ Party XPO (929 Broadway, Bed-Stuy) 9pm, $6
SUNDAY 9/9 Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint @ CitiStorage (5 N 11th St @ Kent Ave) 1-5pm, an outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor to benefit the building of the Northside Town Hall, featuring sample tastes from over 50 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries, along with live music and more, Buy Tix • Some like It Cold – Soup Competition @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 5-8pm, It’s free to compete! It’s $10 to judge and eat! Mezcal Cocktails, more info ♫ The Shivers @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 10pm, Free
WEDNESDAY 9/12 • Nora Ephron’s Heartburn – BK Kitchen Book Club @ The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) $10, discuss Nora Ephron’s novel HEARTBURN and enjoy a no-pressure potluck inspired by the book (drinks provided), More info
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
“The Newtown Creek Armada is an art installation that invites the public to explore the past, present and future of a contaminated New York City waterway. The Newtown Creek, a Superfund site bordering Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. Visitors to The Armada will pilot a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-controlled boats along the surface of the Newtown Creek while documenting the hidden world of its waters using waterproof cameras and microphones.”
Learn more tonight 8/30 at a Fundraising Happy Hour at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) from 7-8pm. The Opening Ceremony is Saturday, 9/8 at 1pm
at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Last Saturday was a day on which my body cried out for the waterfront. The weather turned the simplest tasks into moist ordeals, so after my second mechanical failure of the day – the right pedal of my bike followed my sunglasses in simply falling to pieces during normal use – I was more than ready to view Brooklyn from afar for a couple hours. I headed up to the North Brooklyn Boat Club‘s space up on Ash street, where I met up with the group heading out for what was the club’s very first public paddle. Continue reading →
Do you find it ironic that Greenpoint features the environmentally friendly Rooftop Farms, the new McGolrick Park Farmers Market, a Clean Green Dry Cleaners on Nassau Ave, among many other “green” initiatives? Are you confused that the Earth Day Celebration in McCarren Park is sponsored by Exxon Mobil?
It seems contradictory to be living in a very toxic place and at the same time celebrate so many eco-friendly things. It’s like eating organic kale in one hand and smoking a cigarette in the other hand.
So what is the point?
The point is, we live here and we love it! And we can’t just give up on Greenpoint. Generations ahead of us will call this place home and it’s important we make sure it is cleaner and healthier for them and safe for us in the meantime.
Instead of being cynical about all of these exciting “green” developments in the community, embrace them and look at them as steps towards cleaning up Greenpoint.
A very important panel discussion called Is Greenpoint Safe? was held at Anella recently. Organizers created this important document to help you become more informed and understand how you can get involved, get educated and get Greenpoint on the right track.
A few important things to note: The Newtown Creek is a Superfund Site, if you live above or near the Meeker Ave plumes it’s important to get your home tested right away for harmful fumes, oil spills and bad odors are cause for action, houseplants can help improve air quality in your home, eating food from your garden may be contaminated with lead or other toxic chemical so test the soil, and composting, limiting the use of harmful cleaners in your home and adopting a tree are all ways you can directly act towards making Greenpoint a cleaner and healthier place.
Please discuss and share this information with friends and neighbors.
I certainly do. Our North Brooklyn Boat Club is out there paddling on the Newtown Creek. I saw a man on the India St pier this morning fishing for Striped Bass. Doesn’t he know it is unsafe to eat fish caught out of East River? Many Greenpointers are still in the dark about the toxicity of the Newtown Creek, the harmful Meeker Ave Plumes and the garbage processing stations near the homes of residents. Here’s another one for you. Did you know that public wastewater treatment plants can dump sewage into our waterways and not tell us about it? But if you click here and take a minute to fill out a form by June 21st that urges lawmakers to pass a new bill called the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, then local media outlets like this one will be informed of when and where sewage is dumped into our waterways and can pass the information on to you. This is important!
WEDNESDAY 6/13 ♦ Star Lab Summer Benefit @ School Settlement Association (120 Jackson St) 6-8pm, a fun filled evening of live music, prizes and surprises from the Star Lab young artists, RSVP • A Sweet Evening with Victoria Belanger and Fany Gerson @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, Join dessert aficionados Victoria Belanger (Hello Jell-O) and Fany Gerson for a look at the art of satisfying your sweet tooth. Treats will be served, RSVP • Greenpoint Business Alliance Meeting @ Seven Hills Cafe (849 Manhattan Ave) 7pm • VCR Party @ Nitehawk Cinemas (136 Metropolitan Ave.) 9:30pm, $10, the Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind comedy event showcasing videos discovered at garage sales and thrift stores throughout North America, more info ♫ Habibi (DJ set) / Bosco Del Ray / Wild Yaks / Beast Make Bomb / Indian Rebound @ Public Assembly (70 North 6th St) 8pm, $8
THURSDAY 6/14 • PS 34 Annual Flag Day Ceremony @ PS 34(Eckford & Norman) 9am • Grand Opening Party @ Brooklyn Industries (658 Manhattan Ave) 6-8pm, Grand Opening of “98% Recycled” store. Crabbies, Bee’s Knees, bai5, Tito’s Vodka will be served ♦ Crimes of the Future @ Medical Office (1002 Manhattan Ave) 6-9pm, art exhibition at Medical Office • Norman St Community Book Launch @ 110 Kent Ave, 7pm, a fun evening of celebration of community activism, RSVP
FRIDAY 6/15 ♫ Children’s Concert @ Cooper Park, 11am, TreesNYC concert & puppet show, rain location: School Settlement Association, (120 Jackson St), More Info ♦ Many Conversations @ Present Company (101 N 13th St) 6pm-Midnight, Showcasing a diverse selection of 26 North Brooklyn artists, RSVP ♦ Space Half Empty @ Fowler Arts Collective (67 West St) 7-10pm, features the work of 14 Fowler artists and highlights the unique influence the collective has had on these artists and their work, RSVP • Greenpoint Soup Kitchen Supper Club Fundraiser @ Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St ) 7:30pm, cocktails, four-course vegetarian meal, live music, RSVP ♦ Dangling Modifier – After The Comma @ Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave, #1) 8-10pm, Panoply Performance Lab examines complex systems and traces epistemic, emotional, and socio-political viewpoints/theories using music, text, analog electronics, video, etc, More info ♫ Many Arms / Father Murphy / August Wells @ Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St, Bushwick) 9pm, RSVP
SATURDAY 6/16 • Newtown Creek Walking Tour @ Albert E. Short Triangle Park (Jackson Ave & 23rd St, LIC) 11am-1pm, $10, Join Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman for an intense exploration of Newtown Creek’s Dutch Kills tributary, More info ♦ McGolrick Park Art Show @ Center of McGolrick Park, 11:30am-1pm, Rain location: Messiah Church (129 Russell St) Support McGolrick Park and our local students as they exhibit McGolrick Park-inspired art for prizes and recognition, More info • Brooklyn Waterfront Beer Festival @ CitiStorage (5 North 11th St) 12:30pm-9:30pm, craft and specialty beer, food, live music, More Info ♦ Patterns of Behavior Exhibition & Zine Release @ Booklyn (37 Greenpoint Ave, 4th Fl) 6-10pm, a group exhibition exploring the artists’ use and redefinition of pattern and repetition, More info ♫ An Evening of Untold Stories and Unheard Reggae Gems @ 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts (17 Frost St) 8pm, $25, internationally known reggae producer Clive Chin will unveil his rare archive of previously unknown and unreleased recordings by many of Reggae’s greatest stars during the heyday of Ska and Early Reggae, virtually unheard by anyone for nearly 40 years, afterparty @ Loreley (64 Frost St), RSVP, BUY TIX
SUNDAY 6/17 ♦ Chromatic Hi-Five @ Reverse Space (28 Frost St) 9am-12pm, Public art fabric installation by Amanda Browder, RSVP • NYC Urchin Bike & Shoe Drive @ Brooklyn Flea (Waterfront @ No. 6th & 7th) 10am-4pm, a used bike and shoe drive in support of Pedals for Progress and Soles 4 Souls, More info
TUESDAY 6/19 • Financial Planning For New Parents @ Caribou Baby (272 Driggs Ave) 6-8pm, FREE, seminar specifically designed for new and upcoming parents to learn how they can provide a secure financial future for their families, More info ♦ Dissecting the Greenpoint Art Community @ Newtown Creek Visitor Center (329 Greenpoint Ave) 6:30pm, talk will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Juliana Cope of The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Layman Lee of GrowNYC and Katie Denny of North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART). • The One Well Presents: Electric Gourmet @ Ran Tea House (269 Kent Ave) 7-10pm, $35 a NEW Brooklyn based supper club featuring the decadent yet nutritious creations of Personal Chef Kerry Jones, the inaugural evening will feature exclusively vegan dishes inspired by New American, Latin, and Asian cuisines.RSVPBUY TIX
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
Oil spill? Toxins? Plumes? Is Greenpoint safe? If you live or work here, you should be concerned about how your health is affected by these big problems. Please come and learn about the history behind our neighborhood’s toxic legacy and how it can be cleaned up. This important topic will be the focus of a discussion on Wednesday May 23, 2012 at 7pm in Anella’s backyard (222 Franklin St), in a panel moderated by Cara Canella of Speak Easy Series. Panelists include Kate Zidar of Newtown Creek Alliance, Laura Hoffman of O.U.T.R.A.G.E. (Organizations United for Trash Reduction and Garbage Equity), Mike Schade of Center for Health & Environmental Justice. RSVP: lincoln (at) lincolnrestler.org.
These guys: (left to right) Rowland and Joe’s appropriately named canoe “Shart Attack” embarked from the Sewage Treatment Plant Nature Walk yesterday. The canoe was quite a looker on Driggs as they gave it a good scrub down. We couldn’t help but take a step back when they told us it just came out of the Newtown Creek. Rowland assured us it was a great ride and the water doesn’t look dirty. And, there were signs of life, fish, mussels, clams, ducks and cormorants.
“Did you wear life jackets?”
“Did you wash your hands yet?”
“Not yet,” Joe said as he puffed a smoke.
But, just because it’s contaminated doesn’t mean we should give up on the Newtown Creek. As my Mom says, “use it or lose it!” The more we get out there and the more awareness we bring to the problems, the better chance we have of revitalizing the creek.
Everyone gives me crap for not being a “real” Greenpointer, but my great grandfather G. Clement Edson was the pastor of the Noble Street Presbyterian Church (1907-1911) and my grandmother Isabelle was born on Noble St. Why does this matter?
Great Grandpa’s wedding to his new wife, Gertrude, a choir girl, after his first wife, who was my biological Grandmother died, caused major drama in Greenpoint. The old ladies of the church had another dame picked out for him, but old Clem knew who he wanted. A headline in the Brooklyn Eagle read, Pastor Marries Chorus Girl, which is very different from a choir girl. 20th Century Greenpoint gossip! While I need to do some digging in the Brooklyn Eagle archives, the story even made it into the NY Times.
And aside from personal validation, my great grandmother Gertrude used to swim in the Newtown Creek! Explains a lot, right? We can imagine it was a beautiful and natural place back then.
This is not the first instance of a ballsy female ancestor taking risks with water. I’m also related to the infamous Annie Edson Taylor, who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Today, I would do that before taking a plunge into the Newtown Creek.
These days if you see someone swimming in the Newtown Creek, (after you lol,) call 911.
1. DON’T EAT ANYTHING OUT OF THE NEWTOWN CREEK! “Eating fish and crabs taken from Newtown Creek could harm people’s health, due to the chemical contaminants. Women under 50 years old and children under 15 years old should not eat any fish or crabs from these waters. Others should follow the State Health Department advisories for eating fish and crabs taken from this and other waterways. There is currently a fish consumption advisory for Newtown Creek.”
2. DON’T SWIM IN THE NEWTOWN CREEK! “Swimming, scuba diving and wind surfing (with full body immersion) could harm people’s health, due to biological contaminants and physical hazards (underwater debris, commercial boat traffic).”
3. YOU CAN TOUCH IT, BUT WASH YOUR HANDS! “Canoeing, kayaking, boat touring and catch-and-release fishing are not expected to harm people’s health, if people use precautions (properly washing their hands) to avoid swallowing biological contaminants from surface water.
This is an important step for public safety information. Is there any hope for the Newtown Creek? Can it ever be cleaned up back to the time when Great Grandma Gertrude swam there?