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Stargaze in Transmitter Park Tomorrow Night (Thursday, 7/19)

stargazing in transmitter park, via Instagram
Stargazing in transmitter park, via Instagram

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

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North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Summer Solstice Party is This Saturday! (7/21)

Summer Solstice Party at the Boat Yard
Summer Solstice Party at the Boat Yard, 2016
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

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FREE Movies & Music in McCarren: Summerscreen is Here (7/18)

summerscreen
via Summerscreen

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.

summerscreen july 18 2018

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North Brooklyn Boat Club Public Paddle This Saturday (7/14)

North Brooklyn Boat Club

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

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Outdoor Movie Alert: Free Film Screening at Franklin Street Garden! (Thursday, 7/12)

Divide in Concord flyer

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!

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Kid Friendly Summer Sundays in McGolrick Park Continues This Weekend (7/15)

McGolrick Summer Sundays. Photo via McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance
McGolrick Summer Sundays. Photo via McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance

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.

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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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The 5th of July: Abolitionist Williamsburg

African School WIlliamsburg
The African School in Williamsburg via the Brooklyn Historical Society

The Weeksville Heritage Center, a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of Weeksville, a self-supporting 19th century free black community in what is now Crown Heights, has a “5th of July Resource Center for Self-Determination and Freedom.”

This 5th of July, I’d like to honor that project by taking a look at Abolitionist Williamsburg. In the 1840s and 1850s, Williamsburg was home to Brooklyn’s second largest African American community, and was a hotbed of the Abolitionist movement.  Continue reading

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Poolin’ So Hard: From Free to Fancy, Where You Can Dive In This Summer

mccarren pool
Photo via NYC Parks Department

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.

Metropolitan Swimming Pool | Bedford & Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Pro tips: Annual membership costs $150 for adults, and $25 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $25 for young adults (ages 18-24). Membership is free for under-18’s. There are designated community swim hours. Continue reading

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