(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
* 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 →
WEDNESDAY 5/14 * “Text / Landscape / Object” @ Spectacle Theatre (124 South 3rd St) 8pm, $5, Explore the poetic and personal short films of three female filmmakers from the mid 70s to early 80s, More info ♦ The Art of Skee-Ball @ Full Circle Bar (318 Grand St) 8pm, FREE, An exhibition of paintings by Toronto-based painter J.P. Rautio that integrate the game of skee-ball into famous paintings, More info
♫ CloudSoundz @ The Spectrum (59 Montrose Ave) 9pm, $10 suggested, A pan-traditional occult discussion on the role that silence plays in personal practices, with musical performances by Madame Deficit and Opal Onyx, RSVP
THURSDAY 5/15 ♦ Landscaping for Links: Closing the Generation Gap @ Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 1pm, FREE, An exhibition of oil paintings by senior citizens of the Diana Jones Center, RSVP
# The Meat Hook Meat Book Release Party @ The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St), 6:30pm, $5, Tom Mylan, co-owner of The Meat Hook, will explain how this book came about and what it means to be a butcher, More info
* Graywolf Poetry Tour @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, With authors Saskia Hamilton (Corridor), Nick Lantz (How to Dance as the Roof Caves In), and Mark Wunderlich (The Earth Avails), RSVP Continue reading →
“I’m gonna keep you alive, I promise!” says Mai Armstrong, member of Newtown Creek Alliance.
It’s Saturday morning – a scorcher, by the way – and a group of 31 culture enthusiasts from all over New York have assembled by St Anthony’s Church for a free two-hour guided walk of Newtown Creek (and environs) as part of Jane’s Walk NYC. One woman, an ex-resident, has brought her two daughters from Manhattan to check out the old ‘hood. It’s a beautiful day, and we bristle with anticipation. Continue reading →
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 →
Of course covered the 50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair by being like, no one gives a fuck, skateboarding is rad, nostalgia is like necrophilia because this place is DEAD.
In case you didn’t notice, the Greenpoint pier ferry ramp is still not functioning, since it collapsed in February. Apparently the city doesn’t want to pay for a crane, which is needed to investigate before it can be rebuilt…seems like a lame excuse, doesn’t it?
Curbed picked up our story about the North Brooklyn Boat Club controversy and the club responded by denying accusations of foul play.
Our trusted Assemblyman, Joe Lentol, took a Facebook selfie for arbor day and hashtagged #Earthdayselfie. Continue reading →
Local blogger, Miss Heather of New York Shitty stirred up some controversy in early February with a theory about scandal and embezzlement within the ranks of the North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC), in regards to a the organization’s new location. The Boat Club responded with a statement on their site explaining their story and defending the funding.
Then two weeks ago, Queens Crap published this story, calling the NBBC a “phony environmental group,” accusing the non-profit of building a park in Maspeth that the local community doesn’t want. The blog also faulted the boat club for supposedly paying a member $20,000 to paint a mural on the future site of Plank Road.
So why is all this blogosphere hate being spewed at this boat club, which was created to improve the local community and environment? Continue reading →
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 →
Part of why Greenpoint is so special is because of our waterfront location. And while many still make disgusted faces when thinking of getting anywhere near the Newtown Creek or The East River, others are paddling up our local waterways and even fishing off our piers.
We still have a long way to go before we can even safely touch the water, but with more awareness and recreation on our waterways, the faster they will be cleaned up for future generations to enjoy.
City of Water Day, which is taking place this Saturday July 20th is “a celebration of the potential of the waterfront,” and lots of events are going on nearby.
While nothing specifically is organized on Greenpoint’s waterfront, enjoy a picnic in Transmitter Park or at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk or watch the sunset on the India St Pier or the Manhattan Ave Streetend Park. We have lots of waterfront access in Greenpoint.
If you want to travel to the other end of Brooklyn, Greenpointers who brought you the Newtown Creek Armada along with the Gowanus Dredgers & Brooklyn Atlantis are taking on our sister super-fund waterway, The Gowanus Canal with the Gowanus Voyage, an interactive public boat pond on the Gowanus Canal in which you can explore above and below the surface of this historic waterway by piloting miniature remote control boats and aquatic robots equipped with video cameras and environmental sensors. Gowanus Voyage will take place on Saturday, July 20th, from 1pm-6pm at the 2nd Street boat launch near Bond Street in Brooklyn and is presented with the support of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club. The rain date will be Sunday, July 21st.
Birding season is upon us! Our feathery friends are returning from their winter vacations and making nests and making babies!
Man, I wish I didn’t have to go to dumb work or I’d be checking out birds on the Maspeth Creek (49th St & Maspeth Ave), tomorrow Friday April 26th, 2013 at 1pm hosted by Newtown Creek Alliance and Department of Environmental Conservation.
During the wildlife viewing announcements will be about the release of New York Wildlife Viewing Guide, Newtown Creek Alliance Bird Guide and the 2013 Birdwatching Canoe Trip Season with North Brooklyn Boat Club.
This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund from local reader donations!
Things are looking up for the North Brooklyn Boat Club. Even a hurricane couldn’t wipe the polish off their first year in the water, which took the group from mere plans and papers to a modest 20-vessel navy regularly plying the local waters. On April 2nd the group met again to kick off their second season as a fully-operational club, and the message of the night was simple: let’s get more butts in boats.
The key points made at the meeting all supported this theme. Membership fees are effectively reduced by $20 for the year: last year members were asked to contribute $30 to the club and needed a separate $30 membership to the American Canoe Association in order to be covered by that group’s trip insurance. This year the club has a blanket policy with them so a $40 fee paid to the NBBC directly obviates the need for individual ACA membership. Members were also encouraged to start down the safety training path that will result in access to club boats outside of scheduled group excursions, helping to foster a feeling of individual access to the water. Finally, opportunities abound for individuals to get involved in a number of ways: besides the obvious operational groups, subcommittees are working on gardening and green roofs for the space, woodworking and boat-building, and citizen science related to water quality and biology, just to name a few, providing niches for almost any related skill.
If you’re interested, there is still plenty of time this season to join up and get involved. Check out their website, follow the group on the various social media, or just look for smoke coming from the waterfront fire pit and introduce yourself.