Environmental

3rd Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival returns THIS SATURDAY! FREE to enter! (9/22)

Join Kingsland Wildflowers for a fun day celebrating their third season of programming, education, and research at Kingsland Wildflowers. Visitors can explore the half-acre, green roof habitat and native plant garden. North Brooklyn community organizations will be tabling and featuring activities to engage families and children. The festival offers an opportunity to learn about local environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Activities include:

❀ Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts
❀ Interactive activities for kids and families
❀ Food, beer, live music & special dance performances
❀ Community organizations discussing local conservation projects
❀ 360º panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens

Music & Dance Performances by:
❀ Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia
❀ Matt Darriau & Paradox Trio
❀ Autumn Kioti & Dakota Bouher

RSVP HERE. FREE ADMISSION! RAIN OR SHINE! Continue reading

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Final Film at 61 Franklin Street Garden is Tonight!

61 Franklin Street Garden. Photo: Megan Penmann
61 Franklin Street Garden. Photo: Megan Penmann
Enjoy today’s oh-so-perfect weather with an outdoor movie! Tonight is the last in the four-part series of environmentally-focused films being shown at 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.

Film info via Open Space Alliance: “The Devil We Know is a clear-eyed examination of the DuPont Company’s decades-long poisoning of one town in West Virginia. Introduction by Mike Schade of Mind the Store and the NuHart Superfund Site Community Advisory Group.”

WHEN: Thursday, August 23 | Arrive at 8, film at 8:30pm.
WHERE: 61 Franklin Street Community Garden
FREE!

Bring blankets and chairs, snacks. Note: there is no bathroom at the garden.
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Are You Into Environmental Justice? This Job May Be For You

NAG's Toxicity Map
NAG’s Toxicity Map

Local environmental organization Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) is currently hiring for a full-time Environmental Justice Program Manager. For one of their most well-known projects, NAG created an online interactive ToxiCity Map, to map out environmental conditions in the neighborhood for all to see. They also do a lot of community advocacy, soil testing and sustainability outreach. Continue reading

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325 Apartments to be Built on Nuhart Site

Rendering of 22 Clay St. Via the Real Deal

Nothing says toxic development quite like a state-level superfund site. But, Yoel Goldman, of All Year Management, a firm that toped Stabilizing NYC’s list of the city’s worst landlords, is moving forward with a plan to demolish the former Nuhart Plastics factory and build two new six-story apartment buildings at 22 and 26 Clay Street.

Together, the two buildings will bring 325 new apartments to Greenpoint. Additionally, 6,000 square feet at 22 Clay Street will be set aside for commercial space.

This is not the first time that major developers have tried to build on land near the Nuhart site that is considered highly-contaminated. In June, the neighborhood organization Neighbors Allied for Good Growth lodged a petition against Greenpoint Landing’s proposed K-8 school, which is slated to be built across from the factory space.

 

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FREE Bag of Soil for Your Garden! (7/12)

Street tree care

If you haven’t been throwing your food waste scraps into the brown bins in front of your apartment, or don’t know how to start composting, this Department of Sanitation/Trees NY/NYC Compost Project popup on Thursday will help you out! Find out how to compost and what happens to your food scraps to turn it into healthy soil. Plus, pick up a free 1-lb. bag of composted soil while supplies last. The composting popup will be at the Greenpoint Ave & Manhattan Ave G train entrance this Thursday July 12th from 3pm-6pm.

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Heads Up: Mockingbirds Are Attacking in Transmitter

Still from Hitchcock’s “The Birds”—not Transmitter park, but almost. ©Universal Pictures
Transmitter Park wildflower path. Photo: Megan Penmann
Transmitter Park’s wildflower path, the most dangerous walkway in Greenpoint. Photo: Megan Penmann

After yesterday afternoon’s torrential downpour I decided to take a walk through Transmitter Park to capture some photos while the light was still dramatic outside. I took a few shots, and made my way down the wildflower path, enjoying the post-rain quiet, the tranquil solitude, surrounded by nature. Then, literally, I was actually surrounded by nature. I felt something scrape the top of my head and my first instinct was that it was a pebble or leaf blowing in the wind. Then quickly I felt another blow to the top of my head, this one more serious. Suddenly I saw several birds hovering and swooping over me like I was tonight’s dinner. I screamed, arms flailing like I’d just won the bird attack lottery, and ran back down the path. Another bird swooped down and scratched my head again. I continued screaming and ran for cover inside the doorway of a nearby building. This isn’t the first time the birds have attacked locals in Transmitter; it’s been happening for years. Apparently, it is nesting season for the birds and the brute force attacks should stop once their babies are able to leave the nest. And, to truly live up to their schadenfreude-inspired name, “Other birds may gather to watch as the mockingbirds harass the intruder,” according to Wikipedia. So if the mockingbirds piss you off while you’re enjoying the park this month, just fly the coop and head to the Barge for a drink. Continue reading

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Proposed School On Superfund Site — Community Meeting Tonight in Greenpoint! (6/28)

Nuhart Plastics site
NuHart Plastics site

Once the site of a Halloween rave that never happened, and the superfund site of a former plastic manufacturer, NuHart Plastics is the location proposed for a new Greenpoint school as part of a deal with new development Greenpoint Landing. But community members are up in arms—because superfund does not equal superfun—and hundreds of locals have signed a petition to protest the school being plopped down on the site. Tonight, there’s a meeting you can attend to discuss the matter. Councilman Levin’s office is hosting the meeting along with Neighbors Allied for Good Growth.

WHAT: Community meeting on NuHart Superfund site and proposed school
WHEN: Thursday, June 28th | 7pm
WHERE: Dupont St Senior Center | 80 Dupont Street

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Bike Tour of Newtown Creek This Sunday! (6/24)

via Newtown Creek Alliance
via Newtown Creek Alliance

Newtown Creek Bike Tour
Sunday, June 24th
11am – 1:30pm
Join NCA for a guided bike tour to see and discuss ecological and industrial activity near and along the Newtown Creek shoreline. Once a vast tidal wetland, the Creek quickly became one of the busiest waterways in the county, leaving a significant legacy of environmental destruction and contamination, leading to the ultimate designation as a federal superfund. However, improvements are underway and the past 2 decades have seen improvements to water quality and with it a returning ecology.

Tickets $5, More info

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Tree Stewardship + Kingsland Wildflowers Rooftop Tour This Sunday June 24!

kingsland-wildflowers-greenpoint-visitors-photo-by-mpenmann
Photo: Megan Penmann

Do want to help make Greenpoint greener and learn how to take care of the trees that line our streets? Greening Greenpoint and Newtown Creek Alliance are teaming up this Sunday, June 24th, to care for street trees on Norman Avenue, and afterwards explore the native wildflower green roof at Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave). From 10am till noon, volunteers will improve the street tree beds then relax with refreshments and a tour of of the green roof.

More info and signup here

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