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Jimmy’s & Anella Join Reusable Takeout Container Program – And You Can, Too!

shareware-flyer-for-web-768x909If you’re anything like me, the darkest depths of your cupboard house a motley crew of old plastic takeout containers jumbled into a heap, which you rarely use. And since you already have too many, you end up throwing away even more plastic containers whenever you get takeout. But now you don’t have to gift your plastic to the garbage gods every time you order from your favorite restaurant. Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) has just launched a free program for reusable takeout containers—funded by the GCEF and in partnership with Common Ground Compost. Jimmy’s (92 Calyer Street) and Anella (222 Franklin Street) are the first Greenpoint restaurants to participate.

The goal of this pilot program (officially starting tomorrow, December 8th) is to test the feasibility of a wider-ranging effort to reduce waste across the restaurant industry by incorporating more reusables. Folks are frequently ordering from the same restaurants, and end up throwing away one-time-use containers after every meal. This pilot gives repeat customers the opportunity to choose a reusable container option.

The customer will receive their food in reusable containers, and at their convenience, personally drop it off and receive a 10% off coupon. The containers will then be washed in Anella and Jimmy’s dishwashers (following Department of Health standards), and the zero waste cycle begins again. This is a great way for community members to engage in sustainable practices and directly reduce waste from takeout. Continue reading

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Learn about the BQX Streetcar, Plus Free Drinks Thursday!

BQX Event Dec 8 2016Get to The Woods (48 S. 4th Street) on Thursday, December 8th from 6-8pm for an evening of socializing and learning about the proposed BQX streetcar system. It’s planned to run 16 miles along the Queens/Brooklyn waterfront and to be emissions-free, without overhead wires or underground power sources. If all goes as planned, groundbreaking would start in 2019-2020, and if it’s going to look anything like their fancy Photoshopped renderings, it could be pretty cool. Continue reading

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Greenpointers Advice: How Do I Socialize with a Friend Who Doesn’t Drink?

Bullet Mouth is Greenpointers’ advice column, here to answer your questions on life’s many vexing issues, and share how hanging out in Greenpoint can help.

Cocktails at Esme: A Good Soldier (Becherovka, Bourbon, corn lemon, cinnamon) and A Los Suicidas (Mezcal, Pimms, Strawberry, Lime, Beet) . Photo: Rosie deBelgeonne
Cocktails at Esme. Photo: Rosie deBelgeonne

Dear Bullet Mouth: I just found out that a new friend doesn’t drink alcohol. That’s totally cool by me, but short of only hanging out with her during the day, how do I work her into my social life? I don’t invite her out to bars, right? What about get-togethers where there will be alcohol?

Answer: Though it’s hard to imagine living in a booze-laden metropolis—or even a one-saloon town—as a teetotaler, recent excesses have me contemplating the potential benefits of going off the sauce. Namely, “hair of the dog” would cease to be an integral part of my vocabulary, cash would start piling up and I’d probably lose ten pounds. I would also have to completely overhaul my social life and acquire some new hobbies. Continue reading

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Meeker Ave Toxic Plume Meeting Today: Ask Questions

Investigation area - Meeker Ave. Plume
Investigation area – Meeker Ave. Plume via DEC

Today is your chance to learn about the toxins lurking underneath the area surrounding our beloved McGolrick Park.

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding a public meeting to answer your questions about the Meeker Avenue Plume. State reps will be on hand to talk about the ongoing investigation at the site outlined in black on the map above.

The information session takes place today (Thursday, December 1st) at the Polish and Slavic Center located at 176 Java St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Daffodil Bulb Planting at Bushwick Inlet Park This Saturday!

Bayside Fuel Oil Depot - part of the future site of the expanded Bushwick Inlet Park. Photo: Megan Penmann
Bayside Fuel Oil Depot – part of the future site of the expanded Bushwick Inlet Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

Bushwick Inlet Park will finally be expanding to its full glory soon enough, now that the final plot of land was purchased by the city.

 

Daffodils

This weekend, on Saturday December 3rd from 10am–1pm, you can help beautify the existing park land with flowers! With generous assistance from Partnerships for Parks (who will be providing bulbs and guidance), Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park together with the community will seed the continued park activation process by planting daffodil bulbs on park grounds. Folks will assemble at the BIP community building located on Kent Ave at N. 9th Street in Williamsburg. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please dress for the weather and encountering dirt.

Bushwick Inlet Park Bulb Planting | Saturday, Dec 3rd | 10am–1pm
Free registration here
Facebook event here

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Lineage Farms Greenpoint CSA: Discounted Signups For Summer 2017

Fall cabbage, beets, and a handful of sugarloaf just because...plus arugula, mustard mix, and salad turnips under that white cover (via @lineagefarm Instagram)
Fall cabbage, beets, and a handful of sugarloaf just because…plus arugula, mustard mix, and salad turnips under that white cover (via @lineagefarm Instagram)

When you are a member of a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), it’s easier than ever to eat local. It’s healthy, supports the local economy, and reduces your carbon footprint. There are a few CSAs around Greenpoint, including this one from Lineage Farm in upstate New York. They offer pickups at the Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton Street) on Saturdays from June through November. And December may seem a little early to start thinking about next summer’s groceries, but for most CSAs the earlier you sign up, the cheaper it is. Lineage Farm is offering $20 off if you sign up by December 15th. Not to mention, early signups help keep the farms running.

Lineage Farm is located in the Hudson Valley, which is a little over 100 miles from Brooklyn. If you’re a current member, you’ve likely met Jon Ronsani who mans the CSA pickup every Saturday, sometimes with his dad Carmine. They’ve been making the trip to Greenpoint the last six seasons to deliver the CSA Shares.

Jen Ronsani, one of the Lineage farmers, says: “It is quite amazing to think that a small farm two and a half hours upstate can find its niche in Greenpoint. We would not be doing this if it were not for the support of the community, both of the CSA members and the Greenpoint Reformed Church, who has let us set up in their backyard for the past five seasons. We love growing food. The CSA allows us to do something we love and share it with people in different communities.” Continue reading

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Bushwick Inlet Park to Expand With Purchase of CitiStorage Site

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North Brooklyn is celebrating a major victory today as the city announced the $160 million purchase of the contentious CitiStorage site from owner Norm Brodsky, which will expand Bushwick Inlet Park by approximately 7.5 acres. Mr. Brodsky turned down the city’s initial $100 million offer and was allegedly negotiating with private developers.

Compare the city-wide average of 158 square feet of open space per person with North Brooklyn’s 26 square feet of open space per person and it’s easy to see why the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park began organizing in 2015 to pressure the city to acquire the land. Actions to hold the city government to its Bloomberg-era promise of saving the land for a public park intensified following a massive fire at the CitiStorage site in Jan. 2015.

“We look forward to working with local officials activists and residents as we design and build a Bushwick Inlet Park we can be proud of,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement Tuesday morning. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Merchants’ Generosity Shines Through: Holiday Lights Are On!

screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-12-50-25-pmThere will be holiday lights on Manhattan Avenue this holiday season because about seventy-five local businesses dug deep into their pockets. Just after Thanksgiving the firm Illuminations by Arnold will begin hanging the holiday lights along the avenue thanks to a group of local merchants who took the task on themselves. There was an outpouring of support for lighting the avenue, which we saw a lot of in response to a previous Greenpointers story.

The businesses that contributed will hang a flyer in their windows so be sure to show them some love in your Greenpoint holiday shopping. Patronizing these establishments is a way of saying thank you to these local heroes. Continue reading

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Tonight: Street Cat Yoga in Greenpoint!

street cat yogaTonight, Greenpoint plays host to Street Cat Yoga, a benefit yoga class held at the International Ballet Institute studio at 37 Greenpoint Ave. Absolutely all donations go to crucial medications, procedures + rescue efforts for animals on our streets for Bradford TNR, a local trap and release animal rescuer. Details after the jump. Continue reading

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Learn How To Take Care of Street Trees: Workshop This Saturday 11/12!

Tree caring workshopGreening Greenpoint is hosting a tree care workshop for trees on Box St. and Clay Street, meeting at 1133 Manhattan Avenue on Saturday November 12, 9am-11am.

“Greening Greenpoint will supply tools and educate on how to take care of our street trees. The workshop is open to all and children are most welcome. The time commitment is open—come for 20 minutes, or come for two hours. Hope to see you there!”

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