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)
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Discuss Newtown Creek’s Sordid Past and Improving Future at This Talk on Jan 31

Superfund Series

Via Newtown Creek Alliance:
Join your fellow neighbors in a series of informal gatherings to learn about and discuss the latest happenings on our local superfund waterway; Newtown Creek. While this 4 mile waterway still faces significant environmental issues, there has been great progress in recent years to revitalize this largely neglected border of the boroughs. In an effort to better engage the “head of Creek” communities of Bushwick, Ridgewood and Maspeth, the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) is hosting a winter series of socially-focussed meetings. These events will include a brief presentation reviewing the current state of the Creek including larger clean-up efforts and grassroots projects; we’ll have lots of materials and background info on hand.

When: Wednesday January 31st, 6–8pm
Where: Kings County Brewers Collective | 381 Troutman Street

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Help Turn Industrial Greenpoint Actually Green: Community Greening Workshop Tuesday Jan 30!

community greening workshop

The McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, Evergreen Exchange and the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with the NYC Audubon, have developed a greening plan for the industrial area of Greenpoint. And now they’re inviting the community to join them to brainstorm how to make the plan become a reality!

WHAT: Community Greening Workshop
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan 30, 6-8pm
WHERE: Park Church Co-Op | 129 Russell St
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Drop Off Your Christmas Tree at Mulchfest 2018!

Mulchfest - Transmitter Park - Christmas Tree Dropoff
Trees dropped off at Transmitter Park last year. Someone left theirs in a plastic bag – please don’t do this!

Now that all the gifts have been torn open, treasured or returned, it’s time to start disassembling (and storing, disposing of or donating) all your holiday decor. And lo, Mulchfest 2018 is upon us! You can drop off your Christmas Tree at McGolrick Park, McCarren Park or Transmitter Park from Sunday, December 31st to Sunday, January 7th to have it get turned into some very useful mulch. On January 6 and 7 from 10am to 2pm at McCarren Park (a chipping location), the Parks Department will chip your tree and give you your very own FREE bag of mulch! Make sure to strip down your tree and remove all lights, ornaments, and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site.

You can also volunteer on Saturday, January 6th (11am-1pm) to help spread the mulch around McCarren Park to protect them from winter weather! Greening Greenpoint will be holding the tree stewardship event; to volunteer, you should register with NYC Parks and Greening Greenpoint.

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FREE Tree Giveaway December 6th!

Free Tree Giveaway Greening Greenpoint

Greening Greenpoint is giving away FREE TREES to Greenpoint residents on Wednesday, December 6th!

Fill out this form and pledge to plant your tree in a Greenpoint yard and continue to water and care for it.
Check out this tree fact sheet for information on tree care and tree type.

Wednesday, December 6th
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Sustainable Shine: Greenpoint Glitter’s Biodegradable Cosmetics Help the Planet

Greenpoint Glitter founder Prue Watty
Greenpoint Glitter founder Prue Watty

A little bit of glitter can go a long way. It’s a fabulous way to give your day a little something lustrous, whether it’s on an outfit, an accessory, or even in makeup or lotion. And of course our dance party favorite: body glitter. However, it’s less fabulous, when all those magical sparkles–traditionally made of tiny bits of plastic–wash out into the ocean and float around for eternity. (Sound familiar? Your face wash did the same thing with its now banned microbeads).

Thankfully, Greenpoint Glitter is helping take the eco-guilt out of glitter with their certified compostable body glitter, specially produced from biodegradable film.

We sat down with Greenpoint Glitter founder Prue Watty to get the nitty gritty on her company, the glitter business, and what makes biodegradable glitter so special.

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What Lurks Beneath: Newtown Creek Nighttime Paddle With North Brooklyn Boat Club! (10/28)

North Brooklyn Boat Club Haunted Paddle

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is hosting their spooky haunted nighttime paddle again this year! This Saturday, October 28 from 7:30-11pm, the horror will be revealed!

Here are the deets:

NBBC’s dark and silent (ACA-certified) guides will lead terrifying twenty-minute tours of the starkly beautiful postindustrial waters of Newtown Creek. Over the dark surface of this time-haunted stream, strange chants echo, and those who dwell here have changed with the passing of forgotten years. As the boat passes beneath the rusted relics of bygone industry, there emerge the twisted devotees of ancient powers, older than humanity, uncaring, and strange.

That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.

Each $30 canoe ride ticket includes a drink ticket to be used after your trip. You’ll need it. For those too fearful to ply the waters, we’ll have a party on land with a bonfire, drinks, and food.

The party is free to attend and requires no RSVP, but haunted canoe ride tickets must be purchased in advance.

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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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