Environmental

Old Electronics Laying Around? Recycle Your E-Waste This Saturday (10/21)!

E-Waste Recycling Grand Street BID

Come recycle your old and unused electronics with the Grand Street BID and Lower East Side Ecology Center on Saturday, October 21st from 11am-4pm (rain or shine). Drop off on the North side of Grand Street in front of Key Foods between Lorimer and Leonard Streets. Items accepted include: working and non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cellphones and PDA’s.

If you can’t make it on the 21st, Grand Street BID will also be collecting e-waste at their office, 246 Graham Ave, on MondayFriday from 9AM-5PM.

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Cutest Dog Contest (+ More From The GCEF) in McGolrick This Weekend! (10/14)

WHAT: OpenHouseGCEF!
WHERE: McGolrick/Winthrop Park, Russell St. and Driggs Ave.
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 11am-3pm (NOTE: If heavy rain the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will be cancelled!)

If you haven’t heard about the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, it’s the silver lining resulting from our neighborhood’s heavily industrious past—the disastrous Exxon oil spill, which leaked between 17-30 million gallons of oil into Newtown Creek over the course of several decades. The state was awarded millions of dollars ($19.5 mill to be exact), to be earmarked toward grants for Greenpoint-based environmental organizations. Since the GCEF was established in 2011, 46 grants totaling $16.8 million have been awarded to 40 projects, and the fund has leveraged an additional $37.6 million in matching contributions from grantees.

McGolrick Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

This Saturday, the second annual OpenHouseGCEF, hosted by the GCEF and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, will be a fun-filled day at McGolrick for adults and kids alike, featuring: live music, flower planting, crafts, story time readings, a “cutest dog” contest and other activities. And you’ll get to pow-wow with many of the community organizations that have received GCEF grants, like the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, the Newtown Creek Alliance, the Greenpoint Library, the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, NYC Audubon and others. Continue reading

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The LAST Greenpoint Clean-Up is This Weekend (9/30)!

Curb Your Litter

Join the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for the very last Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint neighborhood clean up day with the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance on Saturday, Sept 30 at 10am! The group will meet in McGolrick Park and spread out to pick up litter from the the southeast section of our neighborhood.  FREE LUNCH included! Continue reading

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Free Tree Giveaway This Saturday Sept 9!

Free tree giveaway, photo via NYRP

NYRP Tree Giveaway
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12-2pm
Leonard Library | 81 Devoe Street (near Leonard St corner), Brooklyn  

On Saturday, September 9th, New York Restoration Project will partner with Leonard Library to give away free trees! NYRP partners with community organizations throughout the five boroughs to give away hundreds of free trees to New Yorkers, and so far has given away tens of thousands of trees to be planted around the city.

Register here for a beautiful free tree. To pick up a free tree, you must agree to:

  • Plant in one of the five boroughs;
  • Keep trees properly watered and maintained; and
  • Plant your tree in the ground of your yard or community garden and NOT along streets or in city parks.
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BQGreen fights Public Health Emergency with “Park out of Thin Air” over the BQE

BQGreen Rendering via Gothamist
BQGreen Rendering via Gothamist

Williamsburg is full of a lot of fabulous things like delicious food, beautiful art and exciting entertainment, but our neighborhood can’t boast a lot of park space. In fact, when it comes to parkland Williamsburg is ranked 46th out of 51 districts in New York City. And even within the neighborhood, the North Side has 15 times more park space per person than the South Side. The Friends of BQGreen hope to change that.

BQGreen will create a “park out of thin air” by extending a concrete platform over the BQE between South 3rd and South 5th Streets. The Green will incorporate Marcy Green and Rodney Park and include “3.5-acres of open space with a flower garden, a playground, a baseball diamond, barbecues, grassy and wooded areas, an indoor pool and a water play zone.”

Renderings of the proposed park are dynamic and inspiring, and Friends of BQGreen, including Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Los Sures, El Puente, and Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, see their project as akin to the High Line in terms of innovation, but the initiative could have an even more profound affect on the neighborhood when it comes to fighting air pollution and delivering “environmental justice” to residents who live in the shadow of the BQE. Continue reading

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The Next Greenpoint Clean Up Day is This Weekend (8/12)!

Greenpoint Clean Up Day

Join the Greenpoint Chamber and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth for the third Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint clean-up day of 2017. This time, they’re partnering with the Newtown Creek Alliance to pay special attention to curbing the litter that enters into our waterways.

They will pick up street litter in Northeast Greenpoint (east of McGuinness Boulevard and north of Norman Avenue). As always, all volunteers will get a free lunch as a thank you for their efforts.

Greenpoint Clean Up Day
Saturday, August 12 | 10am-12pm
Meet at Broadway Stages, 203 Diamond Street.
RSVP and more details on Eventbrite

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FREE Rain Barrels From the DEP and GrowNYC!

Free rain barrels Open Space Alliance
photo via Open Space Alliance

Via the Open Space Alliance:

The Department of Environmental Protection and GrowNYC held a successful rain barrel giveaway last weekend at the McCarren Demonstration Garden on Leonard Street. Two dozen barrels remain, and they can help you capture many $$’s worth of rainwater which can be used to water plants or for other household tasks. Installation is easy and you will be helping prevent harmful combined sewer overflow to our rivers by reducing runoff!

DEP’s Rain Barrel Giveaway Program is part of New York City’s Green Infrastructure Plan that aims to capture stormwater before it can ever enter the sewer system and thereby reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways. DEP has committed to invest $2.4 billion in green infrastructure projects as well as other source controls, such as rain barrels, to significantly reduce combined sewer overflows by 2030. Read more about the program here.

Email Council Member Levin’s community liaison, Benjamin Solotaire, at [email protected] to claim your barrel.

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Disconnect Your Devices and Connect To Nature in Transmitter Park

Transmitter Park, photo by Megan Penmann
Are you shackled to your phone and ready to take a break from the internet and social media—or at least put your digital presence on pause? This Saturday, guided by mindfulness practitioner Sara Overton, you will be connected with flowers, grasses and trees while playfully awakening your capacity to be one with nature. Overton is currently developing the art project Awake in the Wild Experience with Mark Coleman, author of Awake in the Wild.

What: Become More Mindful in Transmitter
When: Saturday, August 5, 10am – 12 noon
Where: Transmitter Park
RSVP: Email [email protected]. Due to the nature of the practice, space is very limited and admission is by registration

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McCarren Park’s Insta-Famous Hipster Hawk

The McCarren Park hawk, photo by McCarren Hawk
The McCarren Park hawk, image via McCarren Hawk’s Instagram, photo by keenkenzie

If you’re like many of us, you’ve probably seen a hip-looking hawk roaming about McCarren Park. Whether he’s sunbathing on a Pendleton blanket with a Turkey’s Nest Margarita or simply strutting around the farmers’ market sporting his newest pair of Raybans, this hawk is LIT. And how he has an Instagram account. Check it.

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