Where to Donate Reusable Bags Ahead of NY’s Plastic Bag Ban

A plastic bag ban starts March 1st in NY. (Photo courtesy of Michael Kowalczyk)

On March 1st a New York State plastic bag ban, or the Bag Waste Reduction Law, takes effect and you might want to start using a renewable bag when shopping.

Perhaps, you’re ahead of the curve and want to unload some of those extra reusable bags piling up in your closet. The North Brooklyn neighbors are currently holding a bag swap and unneeded shopping bags can be donated in Greenpoint and Williamsburg at the following local businesses and institutions where NBN has drop-off bins setup: Continue reading

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Help Form The North Brooklyn Parks Alliance Community Committee (1/29)

(Courtesy of the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance)

The North Brooklyn Parks Alliance and NYC Parks will host a meeting later this month for neighbors to explore the idea of forming an advisory committee and further the goal of improving open space in North Brooklyn.

NPBA formed in 2003 to “activate, enhance, and expand parks and public spaces” and has since organized a number of stewardship groups at local parks such as Transmitter Park, Java Street Community Gardens and American Playground.

An advisory committee, or community committee, would ideally help brainstorm in an “open forum and independent entity that acts as a platform for information sharing, networking, and – in accordance with our by-laws – provides feedback on our funding priorities for the year,” according to NBPA.

The meeting will take place on January 29th, at 86 Kent Ave. from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m: Continue reading

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Over 7,000 Toys to Be Delivered for Annual Patrol Borough Brooklyn North Sleigh Ride

This Saturday, NYPD’s Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, along with Santa and superhero friends, will deliver presents in the neighborhood for their 4th Annual Sleigh Ride starting at 10 a.m.

This year more than 7,000 toys will be delivered by a 50 truck caravan loaded with gifts for local kids from Greenpoint to East New York.

Here’s the sleigh ride schedule:

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Relive the Cheer of Greenpointers’ Nutcracker Holiday Market Photo Booth

Once upon a time in Brooklyn, the good people of Greenpoint gathered together inside the warm hearth of Greenpoint Loft, on Sunday, December 8th in the year 2019. As the darkness of a winter squall was fast approaching, the bright lights of the Nutcracker photo booth beckoned with promises of warm Holiday merriment in the Land of Sweets.

And as with any fairy tale, a heroine emerged…

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Faurschou Foundation Opens With “The Red Bean Grows in the South” Exhibition Sunday (12/15)

The Faurschou Foundation (148 Green St.) will host its opening exhibition, “The Red Bean Grows in the South,” starting this Sunday from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Read the NY Times’s take on the new gallery for more information.

The show runs December 15, 2019 – April 11, 2020, and is free and open to the public. The Faurschou Foundation was started in 2011 by Jens Faurschou, “a Danish collector, art advisor, and philanthropist,” with locations in Copenhagen, Venice, and Beijing. Continue reading

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Photos: 94th Precinct’s Annual Toy Drive Brings Holiday Cheer

The 94th Precinct’s Annual Toy Drive brought holiday cheer to North Brooklyn kids and their families last Sunday (12/8) at 100 Dobbin St.

The event was sponsored by Broadway Stages, New York’s largest television and film production company, with a fun-filled holiday afternoon for the families in attendance.

Santa Claus was also there for photos and to hear Xmas wishes, and kiddos got to choose from an assortment of toys.

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Greenpointer Launches Holiday Card Drive for Former Garden Employees

The Garden reopened Wednesday under new ownership by the name “Downtown Market.”

When news broke the day after Thanksgiving that the beloved Greenpoint market The Garden had closed after 25 years in the neighborhood, many people reached out to Greenpointers asking what could be done to help the former employees and how to contact them to send their regards.

The produce section of Downtown Market looks the same as the former Garden produce section.

And while a new grocery store, “Downtown Market,” opened Wednesday at the home of the shuttered Garden with many of the former staff from the prepared foods section, there are other former employees who are not returning to work at the new store for various reasons.

Inside the new Downtown Market.

The following is an account of Greenpoint resident Susanna Bertuzzi, who like many former regular customers, cherishes the relationships she and her son had with The Garden’s staff. 

Bertuzzi, with the verification of Greenpointers and former Garden staff, set up a local P.O. Box (address below) for customers to send cards, well-wishes and whatever else they would like to give to former employees as a thank you during this holiday season:

A thank you note taped to the shuttered Garden this week.

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Brookyln Community Board 1’s Monthly Public Meeting is Tonight (12/10)

CB1 in action.

The monthly combined public hearing and Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting is tonight (12/10) at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St.) starting at 6 p.m. Continue reading

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Neighborhood Carolers will Sing Around Greenpoint on December 20

A ragtag crew of former theater majors will convene and carol around the neighborhood on Friday, December 20.
 Soprano Sharon Gladstone has dubbed the crew the “Evergreenpoint Carolers,” and their evolving songbook features a smattering of yuletide tunes from timeless classics (“Silent Night”) to secular goodies (“Deck the Halls”).

Singing in SATB choir arrangement, the a capella ensemble will don scarves and shake sleigh bells starting at 7 PM. The troupe of self-described “vocally trained, but formally lax” singers will perform in three locations over the course of the evening: first at the Greenpoint Avenue subway station (off of India Street — don’t accidentally go to Greenpoint Ave’s entrance and miss the magic), followed by outside WORD bookstore (126 Franklin Street), and ending at The Springs (224 Franklin Street) at about 8:30 PM. The carolers say they may go door to door if they’re feeling frisky.

Donations will be accepted by the carolers with the proceeds divided up to benefit the local nonprofit North Brooklyn Neighbors and Brouhaha Theatre Project, an indie theater company run by some of the carolers.

Community-oriented and organized by Greenpointers Art Editor Billy McEntee, the carolers hope to spread holiday cheer in one of Brooklyn’s most spirited and decorated neighborhoods. To donate or learn more, please email Billy at [email protected].

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