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Get green this weekend and help the trees!

Want to be a tree steward? Well, your time has come! This Saturday, October 18th between 10 am and 1 pm, join the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and together you can make Greenpoint a little greener.

Ask any gardener and they will tell you Autumn is the perfect time to get into the garden and put things into the ground. As the cold air moves in, plants go dormant, and quietly over the winter these little plants work on growing strong roots so that come springtime we can sit back and admire their precious blooms.

In an effort to keep Greenpoint’s trees and root systems happy for years to come, the Franklin Street Community Garden is freshening up tree beds around the area by planting daffodils. Not only will Greenpoint’s trees thank you for it, but come springtime the streets will be bursting with bright yellow flowers. It almost enough to make you forget that winter is coming! Continue reading

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Help Greenpoint Feral Cat Colonies & Lost Cat in Winthrop Park?

Even cat colonies are local in Greenpoint - so help 'em out!

Some of the best posters I find are scotch taped to in bodegas. This one is a call for feral cat colony feeders in Greenpoint. If you want to pitch in email Victoria vbondart (at) hotmail.com or Matt cutler9 (at) gmail.com.  Continue reading

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Call For Artists – Northside Festival & Bushwick Film Festival

© Northside Festival

One view of art is that the artist’s role is to create not for themself alone, but for the community they are a member of. This community centered view of art prioritizes the concept of resonance. Something is said to be resonant when it is able to move beyond itself as a point of origin and reverberate deeply throughout its environment. Are you resonant as an artist? Here are a few opportunities for you to let your work reverberate in your Brooklyn community. Continue reading

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Local Volunteer Opportunity @ Church of the Ascension

The holidays are over, but now that the swell of volunteers has come and gone, extra hands are always needed. The Church of the Ascension (127 Kent St) is moving their Hunger Program to Saturdays, serving meals for over 80 men and women in need every week. Volunteers (including children of all ages) can chip in from 9am to 1:15pm, with the option for early or late shifts.  Don’t be deferred by the Church location; you don’t have to be Catholic, or any religion for that matter, to participate.

Father John Merz (not Misty) explained, “Greenpointers know about the needs of our community. Everyday we run into familiar faces in our neighborhood who don’t have enough to eat. Our team of volunteers work to provide a meal, a warm space and hospitality to these familiar faces.”

So if you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to be a better person or do good deeds or all of the above, this is your chance.

Register for a time slot here. And check out their site for more info about the program.

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Don’t Be A Fatty: This Thanksgiving Volunteer at the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen

This Thanksgiving break, before you engorge yourself, help out at the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of activities. The church will partner up with local churches in the area.

Doors will be open on Tuesday, November 20th from 5pm – 7pm to make pantry bags, and on Wednesday November 21st from 10am – 6pm to make pantry bags, then at 6pm a Turkey Dinner will be held. If you would like to sign up please check out the Doodle Event.

For those who would like to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day the Church of Ascension will need volunteers.

Questions? Contact Charles: Charlesjyoo (AT) gmail.com or 718-383-5941

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Greenpoint Keeps ‘Em Coming: Sandy Relief Benefits & Art – What’s Happening? (11/14-11/18)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

WEDNESDAY 11/14

• Training Tips for Rescue Dogs @ Empire of The Dog (415 Grand St) 7:30pm-9:30pm, FREE, Seminar with personal Q&A to help acclimate your rescue dog in his forever home.  RSVP: Shana (AT) empireofthedog.com

 Greenpointers Comedy Benefit For AdoptNY @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8:30pm, $7, 100% Proceeds + 10% Bar donated, hosted by The Lucas Brothers, drink specials, RSVP

THURSDAY 11/15

* Show and Tell (And Trade) @ KRRB HQ (99 Richardson St) 7-10pm, hosted by Dan Kennedy of The Moth, in celebration of the author, Benjamin Anastas’ new book “Too Good to Be True,” Anastas will do a reading and trade a signed copy, More info

FRIDAY 11/16

♦ Bad on It’s Own @ Calico Brooklyn (67 West St #206) 7-9pm, featuring recent works by Amanda Browder & Martin Esteves, RSVP

♦ Patterns, Marks, Repititions @ Beginnings (110 Meserole Ave) Opening Reception 7-10pm, Work by Eric Timothy Carlson, Jungil Hong, Hiro Kurata

SATURDAY 11/17

* Skip Macy’s : Acme Studio (FREE) Holiday Photo Op @ Acme Studio (63 N 3rd) 10am-3pm. Acme Studio is building a winter wonderland set for kids to interact with and will have a photog on hand to capture the moment and send parents home with hi-res file.  More Info

 Rockaway Renegades and Magic Marc present: Aprés-Rescue! @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 6-9pm, A disaster volunteer appreciation and unwind party – serving you some relief, “Don’t change. Come dirty.” RSVP

SUNDAY 11/18

♥ ♫ Bands, Beers & Hugs: Sandy Benefit @ Public Assembly (70 No. 6th St) 1-9pm, 18 BANDS play to raise money for New York Cares Sandy Relief, RSVP

 Soup Bowl Fundraiser @ EAT (124 Meserole Ave) 4-6pm, $25, Chose a handmade bowl, enjoy a soup from The Splendid Spoon and a Brooklyn Brewery Beer, All Proceeds Benefit Greenpoint Soup Kitchen, Reserve Your Bowl Now

 Mini Pie Social & Hot Toddy Sandy Relief Benefit @ Beginnings (110 Meserole Ave) 5-8pm, Bring mini-pies of the savory or sweet variety to exchange with other Pie-eaters or purchase a mini pie for a small free, all proceeds benefit Brooklyn Community Foundation

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ SANDY BENEFIT
♦ Art Event

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Donate to #Sandy Rockaway Relief At Brooklyn Brewery This Weekend

Via @BrooklynBrewery:

“…Accepting donations during all public hours this weekend (11/10-11/12) to be donated to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Please bring any and all of the foods listed below and put them on the donation pallets by the door as you enter.

Items to be donated include:

  • Canned (pop top) or boxed soup
  • Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Crackers
  • Juice or milk boxes
  • Tuna Fish
  • Coffee/tea/sugar

And especially for kids:

  • Baby food
  • Formula
  • Baby supplies/wipes/diapers (size 5 especially)
  • Snacks for kids

For those interested in volunteering to help clean up the hardest hit areas, we’ll be providing training sessions to ensure that we send down organized and prepared teams. There are safety and health concerns and we want volunteers to be prepared. The sessions — “Operation Muck Out” provided by World Cares Center* — will take place here at our Tasting Room.

Tuesday, November 13, 7-8pm will be Team Leaders Training for those who want to get pointers on how to prepare and lead a team to help homeowners clean up, and from 8-9pm we’ll provide basic safety information and other practical information to prepare you to aid in clean up. RSVP: Carla at cvilla (AT) brooklynbrewery.com.

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Want to Volunteer in Rockaways? Take the Rockaway Ferry

According to NYCEDC blog:

“Helping to assist thousands impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways, Mayor Bloomberg, New York City Economic Development Corporation and Seastreak today announced a partnership to provide temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan while subway service on that route is suspended. Seastreak will operate the ferry service beginning this Monday, November 12.

  • Ferries will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive (View Larger Map), where NYCEDC has installed a temporary landing, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown.
  • The service will start at 5:45 AM in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 AM, with regular service resuming during the evening rush.
  • One-way fares will be $2.”

Rockaway Ferry Schedule

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Hurricane Sandy On-Going Relief Efforts Today Thru Monday (11/9-11/12)

Current  Sandy Relief Volunteer Opportunities: (via Jeffrey Newman)

*** Note: Contact the organization before volunteering/donating ***

Friday, November 9th:

  • Thru Monday 11/12: Volunteers and donations are needed at Church of the Ascension (122 Java St) in Greenpoint today: 8am-6pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm. In addition to around the clock volunteers at the church, the most urgently needed items are food, water, blankets, flashlights, batteries, toiletries, baby stuff, and cleaning supplies. Please: no clothes. Drivers needed in Greenpoint to deliver to various affected areas. For more volunteer opportunities and up to the minute info, you can follow Sandy Relief – Greenpoint on Twitter at @sandyrelief_GPT, or on Facebook. Contact: Rami Metal: (917) 885-3096.
  • Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St) is also in need of volunteers to help, especially for anyone with a car who can come and pick up boxes for delivery. For more information, contact: Ann Kansfield Email: ann (at) greenpointchurch.org.
  • Silver Tape Crew (80 Marine Way off Ebbits Ave) is in need of volunteers for Staten Island. Every morning volunteers for manual labor. Ask for Pastor Steve Martino of the Movement Church. Tell them you were sent by Frank Recce and want to have silver tape on your arm so you can be dispatched in a crew of 5-10 people to do manual labor. Contact: Frank Reece (646) 283-7240.

Saturday, November 10th through Monday, November 12th:

  • Volunteers are needed for Queens: Buses will be leaving daily at 10 a.m. from 250 Broadway (between Murray St. and Park Place in lower Manhattan) across from City Hall. These buses will be going to some combination of hard hit areas in Brooklyn and/or Queens. Look for Gray Line New York double-decker buses. RSVP: SandyRelief (at) council.nyc.gov, with your name, email and cell, along with which day you will be coming.
  •  Locations for volunteering on Saturday in the Rockaways:                            • Meet at 11am at Councilman Sanders Office (15-26 Central Ave, Far Rockaway) Contact Amelia: (646) 250-5797.  • • • Meet 11am at Community Room at Nordack Houses (321 Beach 57th St., Arverne) Contact Zach:  (202) 390-8331  • • • Meet at Brooklyn NYCC Office (2-4 Nevins St.) to transport volunteers to Rockaways, Coney Island, Red Hook, etc. Contact: nyccvolunteer (at) gmail.com (347) 410-6919 ext. 285. 
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#HelpRockaway: Rockaway Renegades

rockaway renegadesRockaway Renegades are an all volunteer based, direct action group committed to the cleanup and relief effort currently underway in the Rockaways following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy.

During the weekend of November 3 4, Rockaway Renegades organized a large donation site in Greenpoint and two days of relief in Rockaway. They were on the ground there distributing warm clothing, water, batteries, and supplies. They also prepared hot meals to distribute to a community of people who have not had heat or power since the storm.

Their efforts that weekend culminated on Sunday November 4th, when they caravanned down to the Far Rockaways with 2 trucks, 2 SUVs, and 6 cars full of food, volunteers, clothing, and supplies. Witnessing the intense need of the community there- they were inspired to do more.

Their immediate plan is to resume our relief effort on Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12. They will be caravanning down – this time with at least 3 passenger vans full of volunteers and supplies. They are in the process of organizing additional drivers and volunteers in addition to the vans.

Once there – they will coordinate with leaders in the community to distribute much needed food and supplies while also, for the first time, contributing to the massive clean up effort that is underway there.

-Grilling
-Shoveling
-Distributing

The Rockaway community isn’t expected to have heat or power for another 6 – 10 days and the need there is beyond belief.

#WeGotThis

Rockaway Renegades Facebook Page

Donate to Rockaway Renegades

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