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Style Wars, BikeCult, Dirtybird BBQ – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/13–8/19)

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WEDNESDAY 8/13
# BBQ Blowout @ Good Co. (10 Hope St) 7:30pm, $10, New York Sushi Ko doing some Japanese-inspired wizardy on the grill; YOUSS and his CPH crew will work the decks, Buy tix
* Style Wars Championship 
@ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10, Rising designers face off in head-to-head fast-fashion battles, with 5 minutes to rock a look from whatever gets thrown at them, More info

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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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Wassabasco Circus, Renegade Craft Fair, Vegan Shop-Up – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/14–5/20)

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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 OnyxRSVP

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

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What Lurks Under the Pulaski Bridge? A Dose of Greenpoint History

Mitch gestures from the Pulaski Bridge
Mitch gestures from the Pulaski Bridge

 

“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

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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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The Hook Up (4/25)

F the World's Fair © Vice

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

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Haters Gonna Hate: North Brooklyn Boat Club

One of the original 2011 Boat Club Mockups, designed for 1115 Manhattan Ave

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

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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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Cardboard Kayak Race & Gowanus Voyage: Celebrate City of Water Day! (7/20)

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.

The main events take place between 10am – 4pm on Governors Island and Liberty State Park in NJ, but many neighborhoods are participating as well.

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is paddling to Governor’s Island, where lots of fun events like a cardboard kayak race (and overnight camping) are taking place! NBBC’s paddling spots are full, but you can meet them there by taking the ferry over to Governors Island.

You can also reserve a spot on a free boat tour around the city.

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.

Happy Water Day!

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Birdwatching On Maspeth Creek Tomorrow (4/26)

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.

Bring your own binoculars!

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