Environmental

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!

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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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Greenpoint’s Trees Can Heal You—Take This FREE Medicinal Tree Walk in McCarren! (6/21)

Medicinal Tree Walk

Greening Greenpoint and Maya Robinson of Rooted Things Apothecary will be hosting a Guided Tree Walk in McCarren Park on Thursday evening, June 21st, to help people discover the medicinal uses for Greenpoint’s trees (there are surprisingly many!) and participate in a grounding tree meditation. On the walk, you’ll get to examine everyday street trees around the neighborhood, and learn about their healing properties and the medicines that can be made from them.

The workshop meets at the corner of Lorimer and Driggs at 6pm on Thursday, June 21st.

More info and register here

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Field Day Friday + Botanical Printmaking at Kingsland Wildflowers this Friday! (6/15)

Field Day Friday at Kingsland Wildflowers, photo via Newtown Creek Alliance
Field Day Friday at Kingsland Wildflowers, photo via Newtown Creek Alliance
Field Day Friday at Kingsland Wildflowers
Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Ave
Friday, June 15 | 4pm-7pm
Join Kingsland Wildflowers this Friday, June 15, at 4pm for their Field Day Friday (every 3rd Friday of the month) in partnership with Newtown Creek Alliance where you can volunteer to get your hands dirty and help maintain the beautiful rooftop garden!
FREE! More info + registration here.

Botanical Printmaking / Art + Nature at Kingsland Wildflowers
Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Ave
Friday, June 15 | 4pm-7pm
And, this Friday as part of their art + nature series, you will also enjoy a guided tour of what is blooming on the rooftop meadow and learn creative ways to get to know the plants by learning botanical printmaking with artist Autumn Kioti!
$10 suggested donation. More info + registration here.

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New Sculpture in McGolrick Park Unearths Greenpoint’s Roots

Ziemia by Martynka Wawrzyniak on display at McGolrick Park
Revel in this, Greenpointers: the first new sculpture McGolrick Park has seen in decades will be unveiled on Saturday.
Ziemia: Our Stories Are Written in Soil  is a public art installation by New York-based Polish artist Martynka Wawrzyniak that reflects on the history of our jewel box neighborhood. Greenpoint is a melting pot of families of diverse backgrounds, holding significant cultural ties to Poland with the long-standing Polish diaspora situated in the neighborhood. In honor of the centennial celebration of Poland’s independence being restored, Ziemia is presented thanks to the support and collaboration of the Polish Cultural Institute New York as a multidisciplinary public art project opening from 2–5 PM on Saturday, June 9 with a wide range of activities. Visitors are invited to a family-friendly environment to appreciate the artwork, enjoy live music, educational workshops, and Polish snacks. There will even be a chance to win a trip to Poland by participating in the Sto Lat Polska project!

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FREE Perennials in Greenpoint! Pick Yours Up Next Week (6/13)

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Echinacea purpurea, via Greening Greenpoint

Greening Greenpoint is giving away free flowers for you to plant in neighborhood tree beds! You can register online for your free flowers and pick them up at the Monitor School next Wednesday, June 13th from 2:30pm-5:30pm.

Here’s info about all the flower types offered, and here’s where you can sign up online. You must agree to plant the flowers in Greenpoint, and tend to them. Let’s help make Greenpoint greener!

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