Oscar Wilde famously quipped, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” and often living in New York City feels exactly like that. If you see yourself in the starry-eyed latter group, members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY are hosting an evening of stargazing on the Transmitter Park pier this Thursday evening (7/19). You will be guided through a view of celestial objects in the Gotham night sky via telescope and the naked eye. Possible viewings of The Moon, Jupiter, Venus & Mercury!
When: Thursday July 19th, 8:30pm Where: Transmitter Park, East River Pier * weather permitting
Bonfires, boats and bands! The North Brooklyn Boat Club is holding their annual Summer Solstice bash this Saturday, July 21st! Under the Pulaski Bridge. If you’ve never been before, the event is a unique and fun community gathering with drinks, food, a fire and bands playing on top of a shipping container, right on Newtown Creek at the foot of the Pulaski Bridge. Come one, come all! Proceeds go toward the boat club.
North Brooklyn Boat Club Summer Solstice Party
July 21st | 51 Ash Street, Under the Pulaski bridge
6pm ’till late
$5 at the door
MUSIC: The Reverse Engineers, RYAL, The Listeners, Eliza & The Organix
Get ready to schlep your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to McCarren on Wednesday night, for a FREE Summerscreen viewing of the NYC classic When Harry Met Sally. Doors are at 6pm, live music starts at 7pm and the film will start around 8pm. The free film series has been around for 13 years (!) and is Brooklyn’s longest running film series. Set up your spot in the basketball courts between Bedford and Berry.
O captain, my captain! This Saturday from 12pm-4pm, the North Brooklyn Boat Club is having their Public Paddle Series. Expect an informal gathering with landlubber’s grub, frosty beverages, fellowship with friends and neighbors, and paddling in Newtown Creek! They’ll be hosting canoe tours with amazing views of the city, and this is a unique way to learn more about the waters that border our neighborhood. RSVP is not necessary, just show up! Plus, it’s kid and pet friendly.
North Brooklyn Boat Club Public Paddle Saturday, July 14th | 12pm-4pm @ the boatyard | 51 Ash Street (under the Pulaski Bridge) FREE
Franklin Street Garden(61 Franklin Street) is hosting a FREE summer cinema series of environmentally-focused films. The garden launched a successful fundraising campaign to bring the movies to the garden, and the first film, Divide In Concord will kick off this Thursday (7/12) at 8:30pm (doors at 8pm). The movie is about an 84-year-old’s fight to ban bottled water in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, and the filmmaker will be in attendance and Jennie Romer of Plastic Bag Laws will give an introduction to the film. Bring your own chair or blanket and chill out in the garden!
From 11am-1pm this Sunday (7/15) when you swing by the farmers market in McGolrick to pick up those oh-so-perfect summer cherries, you and your kids can enjoy lots of family-friendly activities. Part of a summer series that goes through September, this Sunday’s event will feature live music, watercolor crafts, a hula hooping workshop and face painting.
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.
The secret is officially out: the best viewing areas for the 4th of July fireworks are hands down in Greenpoint. Here are some scenes from around the ‘hood during yesterday’s poppin’ light show extravaganza. Continue reading →
McCarren Park Pool | 776 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg/Greenpoint Pro tips: Now open through Labor Day. Get ready to mix and mingle with your neighbors of all backgrounds and ages. The semi-recently restored pool is perfect to take a dip on the hottest days of the year. It’s FREE, but there are rules. You need to bring your own lock, a towel, wear all white (if you plan to don a t-shirt or coverup) and should leave your cellphone at home. We recommend getting an ice cream bar from a park vendor post-plunge (there are no food vendors inside the pool). Check out this previous post for the full lowdown on how best to prepare yo’self. Here’s what the pool looked like in 2006 when it played host to hip summer parties, a few years before the restoration.