Cycle 6 of the annual Participatory Budget voting begins Saturday, March 25th, and goes until Sunday, April 2nd. “Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.” Our City Councilman, Stephen Levin, chose to give us the voice on how to spend our tax dollars. In this vote, you have the opportunity to vote for as many as five project proposals; funding is granted based on which proposals receive the most votes and our district’s annual discretionary fund budget. The vote is open to anyone over the age of 14 who lives within our district (33), and this year, we can vote online! Of the 15 projects this year, here are the ones proposed for Greenpoint and Williamsburg: Continue reading
It’s tremendously important to keep DIY venues like Shea Stadium open, which recently abruptly closed — it keeps the Brooklyn music scene, and the New York music scene alive and relevant. Please back their Kickstarter (which already has reached $82k of its $50k ask) if you want our neighborhood to keep its cool!
Not that the L train shutdown sucks any less, but now officials say that they’ll close the line (from Bedford to 8th Ave.) for three months less than earlier projected.
The best kind of partying involves a #safespace, but last week a man was fatally shot in the face at a Bushwick club.
Trending now: Williamsburg housing prices are going down down down.
A young woman was fatally injured in a crash on the Williamsburg bridge last week.
Despite the news of each new piece of horrendous legislation, it’s been helping me to remember that reading and writing are a form of social justice. April is National Poetry Month, and as celebrated poet Mary Oliver wrote in her new book of essays, Upstream, “…The poem was made not just to exist, but to speak—to be company.”
This spring, let your community be your company. Greenpoint is brimming with writers and artists who are using their voices to build spaces where you can share, listen, learn, and make a plan for moving forward; keep reading for three places you can join in the conversation.
Make Music New York is NYC’s largest one-day, free celebration of music. Let’s make Greenpoint the place to be during Make Music New York!
Now entering its 11th year, Make Music New York, is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer.
Completely different from a typical music festival, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part. MMNY, as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, works with the city community boards and NYPD to obtain amplified sound permits and block party permits for authorized applicants. Register for a performance on the sidewalk at your address, home or business, and MMNY takes care of the rest! From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions – from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock – perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens.
You can register public parks like McGorlick Park and McCarren Park. And if you apply soon, MMNY can help you register to host a block party!
In year’s past, dozens of MMNY concerts were put on in North Brooklyn during the festival at venues like Jimmy’s, Milk and Roses, Cato’s Army & Navy, and the Greenpoint YMCA on Meserole Avenue.
MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making. Let’s show the rest of the world what North Brooklyn can offer!
If you’re interested in hosting a show and would like to coordinate with Greenpointers, please email Art [at] Greenpointers.com
The next Make Music New York is on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Register as a performer or a public venue today!
For more information, visit MakeMusicNY.org
Did you know that the mural on one side of the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.) is the work of artist Leslie A. Wood, and its installation in 2013 was made possible by the Friends of Greenpoint Library?
Come by the library on Saturday, March 25th from 10:30am-11:30am to learn how to join Friends of Greenpoint Library. Meet your neighbors, plan special events, and brainstorm ways to support the Greenpoint Library and its community. A branch library can have a greater impact when it has an active and vibrant friends group. If you love your local library and want to be more involved then this is the place for you!
Everyone’s favorite art library – er, the only art library? – recently launched a subscription box called Art Club “designed to keep you inspired.”
If you’re not familiar, the Brooklyn Art Library is home to The Sketchbook Project, an internationally crowd-sourced collection of 35,000 original artist sketchbooks created around the globe.
With over one million sketchbook spreads housed within their library walls at 28 Frost Street, BAL is a platform for visitors to connect with artists they may never have come across otherwise. And so much more!
The new Art Club subscription box, starting at $15/month or a $160/year, ships monthly and includes:
* One 5×7 Gallery Quailty Print
* Bio card about the artist
* 2-3 premium art supplies recomended by the artist each month
* Exclusive Discounts to Supplies
* FREE Shipping
For more information, visit online or in-person, IRL!
Are politics and the grind of NYC giving you the winter blues? Sign up to volunteer to serve food at the community kitchen at St. John’s (155 Milton Street) on Saturday morning, and have something positive to talk about at the water cooler on Monday morning.
Every Saturday we serve 60+ men and women in our community.
The volunteer shifts are from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. (Preparing food and set up) or 11:00 am to 1:30 pm (food service and clean up).
Thanks for volunteering!
Sign up here.
I’ve long been interested in how artists use their work towards social justice and social change. “Artists are in a unique position to critique institutional power as they are both the victims of oppression… as well as its enablers” Ilana Novick recently wrote for Hyperallergic.
In the wake of the 2016 US presidential election we’ve seen artists, curators, and art institutions respond to what is happening. MoMA, for example, in response to Trump’s Muslim Ban, replaced several works in its permanent collection galleries with works by artists from Muslim-majority nations, affected by the ban. Nasty Women Exhibition demonstrated solidarity among artists in support of women’s rights and access to reproductive healthcare.
Recently, I met with someone who is “on the ground” working every day to support artists and collectives creating work that enacts social change. Joelle Te Paske is Programs and Communications Manager at A Blade of Grass, a NYC-based arts nonprofit dedicated to socially engaged art. I asked Joelle about using art as a tool for social change, artists’ role in local communities, and some of Joelle’s current favorite projects.
From 1-5pm today at 711 Grand Street, the NY Blood Center Busmobile will be parked and ready for you to help save some lives. Go here to schedule an appointment in advance, or just walk right in to donate!