What is up with all these brown “organic waste” recycling bins in North Brooklyn? Doesn’t the city ask for enough with the paper, plastic, and metal recycling? Why are they trying to make us do this, too? Won’t it cause vermin problems? I’ve heard these questions and so many more over the past few years as New York City began the food scrap and yard waste recycling phase of its Zero Waste plan. No, it’s not required to separate your food scraps (yet) though there are multiple chic products to help you. Just know that there are flyover states more environmentally conscious than us. Continue reading
Take home a free tree to plant in your yard in Greenpoint! Choose your favorite tree species, complete the online registration form, and claim your tree during the pick-up event. View information & photos of the trees and register online at GreeningGreenpoint.Org
On May 21st, Newtown Creek Alliance sets sail on Newtown Creek in a NY Waterway ferry boat. Historian Mitch Waxman and NCA Program Manager Willis Elkins are hosting the boat ride, and participants are invited to learn about the Creek’s rich industrial history, lasting legacy of contamination and environmental damage and on-going efforts to revitalize and restore this unique waterway in the heart of New York City.
This is a unique and rare way to be able to tour Newtown Creek and learn about our neighborhood’s (tragic) environmental history.
Newtown Creek Boat Tour | India Street Ferry Dock, 10 India Street
Sunday, May 21 | 2pm-4pm
Saturday, May 6th is the sixth annual Riverkeeper Sweep, which is Riverkeeper’s annual day of service for the Hudson River, with more than 90 cleanup events across NYC and the Hudson. At last year’s sweep, more than two thousand volunteers worked along hundreds of miles of shoreline to remove over 48 tons of debris, and plant or maintain 836 trees and native grasses. This year, North Brooklyn plays host to five of the sweeps. If you participate, you’re entitled to a free beer at Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 N. 15th St) from 12pm till 2am. And also this weekend we have a few different environmental guided tours in the neighborhood, so there are lots of ways you can get your green on!
Transmitter Park Cleanup | Meet @ Transmitter Park radio building
Saturday, May 6 | 10am-1pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Help clean up Transmitter Park!
Newtown Creek Shoreline Cleanup By Canoe | @ HarborLAB at 53-21 Vernon Blvd
Saturday, May 6 | 11am-6pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Clean up Newtown Creek by boat! And help with a seed ball and planting project. The boat cleanup will stretch from the meeting point through 58th Road in Maspeth.
Bushwick Inlet Park Cleanup + Planting | @ Bushwick Inlet Park Dept of Parks building, 86 Kent Ave. @ N 9th St.
Saturday, May 6 | 10am-1pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Cleanup, gardening, and planting.
East River State Park Cleanup | Meet in front of the park @ 90 Kent Ave.
Saturday, May 6 | 12pm-4pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Cleanup and park maintenance
ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDED WALKS:
McGolrick Park: A Guided Tree Walk | Meet under the monument in McGolrick/Winthrop Park
Saturday, May 6 | 1pm-2:30pm
What: This walk will be led by a certified arborist. “McGolrick park is known for its dense canopy of mature, shady trees. Together we’ll look at these trees, learn the various species growing in the park, and share some tips for identifying trees in NYC. From towering London Plane trees to small, flowering Eastern Red Buds, we’ll take time to look at each leaf, flower, fruit and bud.” Dogs welcome!
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This Saturday, April 29th from 10am-4pm on the North side of Grand Street between Lorimer and Leonard Streets, you can drop off your old computers, cellphones, TV’s or whatever old gadgets you have laying around. Last year’s Grand Street E-Cycling event recycled over 3800 pounds of waste, and they’re hoping to recycle even more this year. For full info on what kinds of items you can bring, check out the list.
Join the Newtown Creek Alliance for an evening of presentations, discussion and a visioning workshop at A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.). The event is free and open to the public. In addition to discussing upcoming 2017 events and volunteer opportunities the event will include presentations on the creek’s quality of water, bioremediation, and restoration.
Right around this time last year, we interviewed Annie Novak, author of The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm and head farmer at Greenpoint’s own Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. At the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.) this Thursday night, you can get a virtual tour from Annie and learn more about how you can turn your out-of-sight space a functioning garden. And even if you don’t have a rooftop and just want get started with some practical gardening tips, this talk will give you the tools you need to “get growing!”
Rooftop Gardening With Annie Novak
Greenpoint Library | 107 Norman Ave.
Thursday, April 27 | 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
By now, you’ve probably heard about the KonMari method of organization—Martha’s raved about it, Oprah’s into it, and social media has sure helped spread the word—but maybe you haven’t actually gotten around to putting any of those tips into action. It’s time to finally let go of that wacky-yet-aspirational outfit sitting unworn in the back of your closet, and those big “donation” bags sitting in the hallway that you never got around to dropping off. Load it up and bring it all over to the Greencycle Spring Cleaning Swap at the Greenpoint Public Library, and feel good about your stuff passing on to the next realm. You can even take stuff home too, if the absence of junk in your home leaves a hole in your heart.
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12-3 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue (Leonard Street corner)
What: NYC Audubon presents “My Yard Is For The Birds: The Things Birds Look For In Urban and Suburban Yards, and Why They Need To Be There”
When: Saturday, April 22, 1pm–3pm
Where: 520 Kingsland Avenue (Kingsland Wildflowers Roof & Community Space)
This Saturday at the Kingsland Wildflowers Roof and Community Space, NYC Audubon is presenting a talk from Joyann Cirigliano, president and Atlantic Flyway projects coordinator at Four Harbors Audubon Society. Learn about the importance of backyard gardens for birds, and the ways in which using native plants in landscape design will attract these feathered friends. The lecture will be followed by a tour of the Kingsland Wildflowers roof. Refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Graham stop, Williamsburg, circa 2005. My mid-20s Brooklyn newbie roommates and I had a garden in our backyard, and we grew tomatoes, sunflowers, peppers and zucchini. But after one of our zucchinis grew to be three feet long*, we started to wonder whether our dirt was actually safe enough to grow anything. Maybe we should have thought about that before we planted. So before you buy any seedlings to get your summer garden going, you should probably find out whether your soil is home to a family of toxic chemicals. This Saturday (4/22) from 10am–2pm you can get your soil tested for free at the Greenpoint Reform Church (136 Milton Street), and NAG (Neighbors Allied For Good Growth) is hosting free soil testing workshops for three upcoming weekends. Here’s the schedule: Continue reading