Environmental

Paddle Newtown Creek, Enjoy a Waterfront Fire Pit + More: The North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Opening Bash is This Saturday!

North Brooklyn Boat Club
image via NBBC

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is truly a diamond in the rough of the polluted Newtown Creek waterway, bringing folks in our community together not only for boating and paddling but also environmental advocacy. For $40 a year you can become a member of the boat club, learn how to navigate Newtown Creek via kayak, and get access to paddling events, Boat Club parties and their shared upstate cabin. This Saturday, May 26th (from 1-6pm) is the Club’s annual opening day bash, where everyone is invited to join trained NBBC guides for free short canoe trips on Newtown Creek and out toward the East River, with stunning views of Manhattan. And you’ll be able to party on the shore with food and drinks while gathering around the fire pit. Their parties are always a fun time, and you can get to know your neighbors while taking in a unique view of the city.

North Brooklyn Boat Club Opening Day 2018 Celebration 
Saturday, May 26 | 1pm-6pm
NBBC Broadway Stages Boatyard | 51 Ash St., under the Pulaski Bridge
FREE!
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Have a Field Day this Friday on Kingsland Wildflowers’ Rooftop, Garden Tour with Cocktails + More (5/18 & 5/20)

On the green roof at the 2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflower Festival. Photo by Kate Truisi
On the green roof at the 2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflower Festival. Photo by Kate Truisi
Friday, May 18 | 4pm-8pm

Join Kingsland Wildflowers this Friday, May 18, at 4pm to kick off “Field Day Friday” (every 3rd Friday of the month) with Newtown Creek Alliance where you can volunteer to get your hands dirty, and then at 6pm they’ll host a guided rooftop tour and cocktails with landscape designer, Marni Majorelle of Alive Structures.

More info + registration here.

summersaturdays-kingslandwildflowers
photo via Facebook
Saturday, May 20 | 12 – 3pm
This Saturday, May 20th is Kingsland Wildflowers’ first Summer Saturday open house. You can take a tour of the half-acre green roof and native plant garden while learning about plants for birds, green roofs as habitat, biodiversity, ecology, and conservation. Summer Saturday is every third Saturday of the month through August.

More info + registration here.

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Avoid the $100 Fine From Trashing Your Old TV’s: Recycle Your E-Waste Today on Grand Street! (4/28)

Recycle Your E-Waste

WHAT: Recycle E-Waste
WHEN: Saturday April 28 | 10am-4pm
WHERE: Grand St between Graham Ave & Humboldt Street

Did you know it’s against the law to discard old electronics in the trash? Not only is it illegal, but you can also receive a $100 fine from the city. When old electronic items reach the landfill, they actually leak and radiate some pretty toxic stuff and contaminate the ground, and even though it’s in the garbage dump, still it can eventually cause harm to people who live nowhere nearby. Electronics make up only 2% of what’s in our landfills, but they account for more than 70% of toxic waste. Gross! So if you’ve got any old or broken TV’s, cellphones, VCR’s, Laserdisc players, Palm Pilots, Betamaxes, Walkmen or other past-trend devices, bring ’em to Grand Street TODAY! Continue reading

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How to Celebrate Earth Day in North Brooklyn

The verdant pleasures of Transmitter Park await

Last weekend’s warm spell was a tease, and though it hardly feels like spring has settled in, Earth Day is upon us. We celebrate our blue marble this Sunday, April 22, with plenty to do around the nabe to help tidy, decorate, and love our fragile planet. Check out these (free!) events below. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Creating Homes for Plants with Not Work Related

Not Work Related may boast the Picasso of ceramists: Sarah Hussaini, a mainstay Brooklynite, a pottery virtuoso, and a Greenpointers market favorite. (Catch her and her ceramic wonders at our spring market on April 22!) In this week’s Thursday Spotlight, we caught up with Sarah and discussed her fresh Instagram, the “succulent mansions” she creates for plants, and her budding career (no pun intended).

It’s all plants — and fun — at Not Work Related

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Walk ALL of Newtown Creek at the Newtown Creek-a-Thon This Sunday! (4/15)

newtowncreekathon

You’ve probably seen at least some of Greenpoint’s favorite waterway (and superfund site) Newtown Creek, but have you seen ALL of Newtown Creek? Sunday morning kicks off the second annual walking tour of the entire length of Newtown Creek! The all-day 14-mile tour, hosted by Mitch Waxman (Newtown Creek Alliance Historian) and Willis Elkins (Program Manager of the NCA), begins at 10am in LIC and wraps up in Greenpoint, trekking through LIC, Blissville, Maspeth, Ridgewood, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint, and stops along at the Creek’s many bridges.

The tour is FREE, but donations are welcome and the organizers ask that you RSVP in advance. There will be a lunch pitstop halfway through, and guests are welcome to come and go along the tour route as they please.
More details can be found here.

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Twin Peaks Trivia, Witch Craft 101, Little Black Fish, Beer Yoga — What’s Happening Greenpoint (4/4-4/10)

Spring Sunglass Sale!@sunnyeyeshop 
(284 Driggs Ave)

Get ready for the warm weather with a new pair! Get $50 off any sunglasses April 1st thru May 31st.

Appointments also available to update your glasses & contacts.

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WEDNESDAY 4/4

^ My Ramones Book Release and Signing @Spoonbill Studios (99 Montrose Ave), 6pm, FREE, Danny Fields in conversation with Sacha Lecca Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone. More Info
^ How Not To Compose That Poem: Marie Howe with Billy Hough, @McNally Jackson Williamsburg (76 North 4th) 7pm, FREE, More Info
Witch Craft 101 @Catland (987 Flushing Avenue) 7pm, $20, An immersive experience which will break down the basics of spellcraft and welcome you to the world of practical magik, Buy Tix
Withered, Wake, Gnaw, Nerveshatter at Saint Vitus @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 7:30pm, $12-15, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 4/5

The Patty Dukes // Jascha Hoffman // Aerynn (UK)// Luisa Muhr @Muchmores (2 Havemeyer St), 6pm, $10-20, Join us for an evening of new folk and spoken word, exploring themes of family, death, and compassionate living, More Info.
* Box Street Park – Community Input meeting with NYC Parks Dept @Polish and Slavic Center (176 Java St.), 6pm, FREE, More Info
Art Opening: Elliot Belokostolsky @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave), 7pm, FREE, Original pieces will be on display in the store. Art on display will also be for sale at time of the event. Month long art show from 4/5 – 5/5, More Info
The Black Angels w/ Black Lips @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost Street), 7:30pm, $30, Buy tix
Shifted ft. ClockworkDJ, DJ Mike Nasty, DJ Yamez, MoreSoupPlease @Schimanski (54 North 11th), 10pm, FREE, More Info Continue reading

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Get Dirty & Dig in at Kingsland Wildflowers This Friday (3/16)!

On the green roof at the 2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflower Festival. Photo by Kate Truisi
The 2018 season at Kingsland Wildflowers is kicking off this weekend! They’re having their first Field Day Friday, a hands-on volunteer day, this Friday, March 16th from 4-7pm. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the roof and dig in the dirt while maintaining the garden with other members of the community. Peep the info below:

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Here’s Our Park: New Parks and the Public Realm

Bushwick Inlet seen from The William Vale. Photo: Megan Penmann
Bushwick Inlet seen from The William Vale. Photo: Megan Penmann

What is the future vision for Bushwick Inlet Park, and how should we approach it as a neighborhood connector and from a sustainability standpoint? Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park are hosting another panel discussion, this one will be “focusing on community agency, neighborhood sustainability and environmental justice.” Among the panelists: Diana Reyna, former Deputy Brooklyn Borough President; Susannah C. Drake, founding principal of DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture; Ana Traverso-Krejcarek, Manager for the Friends of the High Line; and Joe Vance of Joseph Vance Architects. The event is FREE and open to the public.

WHAT: Envisioning Bushwick Inlet Park—New Parks & The Public Realm, panel discussion
WHEN: Monday March 5, 7pm–8:30pm
WHERE: The park house at Bushwick Inlet Park, 86 Kent Avenue (at N 9th St)
RSVP here

 

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