Our Thursday Spotlights often feature the multitude of painters, ceramists, and cartoonists in our colorful neighborhood. But Greenpoint’s cultural scene reaches far beyond visual artists, and florist Grace McDonald more than proves that with her small business, Flower Clvb. A sustainable, creative medium, floral designs are a vital part of many a celebration, as Grace below outlines. Get to know her work — and favorite flower — below!
Greenpointers: How long have you been in Brooklyn and where is your businesses based out of?
Grace McDonald: I have lived in Brooklyn since 2013 and I am a studio florist based in Greenpoint.
Flowers is such an interesting and lovely medium, how’d you get into this type of artistry?
I come from an arts administration background where my primary duties involve connecting contemporary artists with youth. Floral design combines my love for art, nature, and coordinating as I administer an experience for clients that brings out the full expression of who they are. Working with my hands and in a medium that grows from the earth is deeply satisfying to me.
What kinds of requests would you say make up the bulk of your business?
Most of my clients are brides, however I am beginning to receive more inquiries from companies who are interested in planning a fun team building activity or who need flowers for corporate events.
Where do you source your flowers from?
During spring, summer and fall, I try to source as much of my flowers as possible from local farms and supplement with beautiful blooms I find on the 28th Street Flower Market. There are also great local blooms at certain wholesalers at the market as well. During the winter months, I primarily buy from the 28th Street Flower Market or from a local wholesaler in New Jersey that is often able to find me blooms that are American-grown, if not local. I have also found the Union Square Greenmarket to have really incredible and affordable local flowers in the summer.
Are there any kinds of projects you love working on?
I love experimenting with challenging large-scale installations. I am always looking for interesting alternatives for installing without floral foam since floral foam is so bad for the environment. There is almost always a foam-free solution, it just might take a little time, creativity, and the hands of a great team.
One more question: what’s your favorite flower?
I absolutely love poppies. I love how hairy the stems are and how their blooms are often covered in little pods when you buy them. They are a flower that surprises you when they emerge from their pods and I think there is something mysterious and whimsical about them.
Spring into peace, love, and local business! Our sensational Flower Power Spring Market returns to the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, fifth floor) on Sunday, April 7 from 1 to 7 PM.
This far out event will spotlight local vendors, indie artists, and neighborhood artisans of all stripes. Thousands of neighbors and guests flock to buy and see the fruit of these artists’ labors.
The Greenpoint Loft will transfigure into a floral kingdom of hippy love and neighborhood harmony. 60+ highly curated vendors will be hawking their wares, and an exciting lineup of FREE dreamy activities awaits:
As always, our Flower Power Photobooth will be donned with an art installation made in collaboration with artist Colleen Blackard for professional photos shoots by Gustavo Ponce Photography. It’s going to be as gorgeous as the roses in our last market, so stop by, throw up the peace sign, and say, “Groovy!” Continue reading →
Stacy Levyis an internationally known artist who specializes in creating artful, site-specific interventions and engagements with water ecology. This past Saturday, she led an interactive family workshop in Greenpoint, where she and her volunteers mapped the historic Bushwick Inlet directly onto the hardscape using chalk paint: a mixture of chalk powder and water. Greenpointers caught up with Stacy to discuss her activism and the aquatic wonders of our local inlet. Continue reading →
If you prefer to lament, or compliment, the cleanup plan in the company of your neighbors, then you’re in luck: North Brooklyn Neighbors and NYC Council Member Stephen Levin are hosting a comment-athon this Wed. Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Threes Brewing (113 Franklin St.). Continue reading →
FYI: Fellow residents and neighbors, there’s a majorly important community meeting happening this Thursday, October 4th. And, we think you need to know about it. You might even want to attend and take action.
The NYS DEC has finally released its proposed plan to clean up the NuHart toxic waste site in Greenpoint and they’re holding a meeting about said cleanup plan this Thursday. This is mega news. So, what’s the deal?Download the proposed plans here and scroll down to Former NuHart Plastic Manufacturing – 224136 for more info.
The cleanup plan for the Superfund site is out for a 60-day public comment period. At this meeting, they’ll share the plan and your part is to give some sorely needed community input. Note: This is the only public meeting the DEC is holding for public input.
We’ll see you at the meeting, here are the need-to-know details:
WHEN: Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 PM WHERE: Polish & Slavic Center, 176 Java Street, Brooklyn, NY
Also, if you’d like to review the proposed cleanup plan in person, you can access the hard copy at these locations:
Brooklyn Community Board #1
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
North Brooklyn Development Corporation
148-150 Huron St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
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.
❀ 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
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.
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 →
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.