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5th Annual Brooklyn Greenway Half Marathon and 5K is Sunday 10/15

On the Run in Brooklyn. Via the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
On the Run in Brooklyn. Via the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

This fall, there are plenty of opportunities to help make Greenpoint greener and to run a (sorta) marathon, but what if you want to do both at the same time? Well, you’re in luck. The 5th Annual Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s Half Marathon and 5K will be hitting the Brooklyn Waterfront on Sunday, October 15th. The Half Marathon route follows the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway from Redhook to Greenpoint and back, and the 5K winds its way through Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Route. Via Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
The Route. Via Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

The race is produced by EliteFeates and hosted yearly by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, “a non profit organization committed to the development, establishment and long term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.” Six miles of the Greenway are currently open to the public, and when the project is complete, the “14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians, runners and cyclists will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.”  Continue reading

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Last Sunday’s 80th Annual Pulaski Day Parade Celebrated Polish Heritage

Via Pulaski Day Parade
Via Pulaski Day Parade

Fifth Avenue in Manhattan was decked out in Red and White – the National Colors of Poland – on Sunday as New York celebrated its 80th Annual Pulaski Day Parade. The Parade was established in 1936, and has been held annually on Fifth Avenue to honor General Casimir Pulaski, Father of the American Cavalry, since 1937. Billed as “the greatest manifestation of Polish pride in America,” the Parade made its way from 39th to 56th Streets as members of the clergy looked on from the steps of St. Patricks, and thousands of New Yorkers lined the streets. Festivities included national dress, folk dancing and music, as well as participation from Polish-American school, business, and civic groups. New York City municipal organizations such as the NYPD and FDNY also sent delegations to celebrate Polish heritage, and a group of marchers sporting a Greenpoint banner represented our community.

Represent! via Pulaski Day Parade

Casimir Pulaski was a Polish Nobleman turned American Revolutionary hero. Exiled from Russia for his work on behalf of Polish liberty, Pulaski went to Paris where he met Benjamin Franklin and joined the American cause. In 1777, Pulaski was with Washington’s men at Brandywine, aiding the Continental Army with his tactical prowess. He was rewarded with the commission of Brigadier-General in charge of the Army’s four cavalry units, and he helped the Americans prevail at Germantown and Valley Forge. In 1778, Congress approved an independent Cavalry under Pulaski’s leadership. In 1779, Pulaski and his Cavalry went south to recapture the city of Savannah. As Pulaski rode forth to lead his men into battle, he was mortally wounded by cannon fire, and he died two days later, on October 11. The Parade is held annually on the first Sunday in October to closely coincide with the 11th. Continue reading

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The DOT wants your input for the Meeker Avenue Makeover!

Meeker Avenue. Via the DOT's Meeker Avenue Re-Imagining Web Portal
Meeker Avenue. Via the DOT’s Meeker Avenue Re-Imagining Web Portal

Are you an armchair urban planner? Do you have ideas about how to make our community more livable? Have you ever crossed under the BQE and thought, “there’s more to life than this!!!!”? Well, it’s your chance to make your voice heard. The NYC Department of Transportation is soliciting input from the public about how to reimagine the stretch of Meeker Avenue that runs under the BQE from Metropolitan Avenue to Varick Avenue.

Today, Meeker Avenue is best known for its abandoned cars and under-utilized space, but City Council members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, along with Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol and State Senator Martin Dilan hope to improve the roadway by “increas[ing] street safety, [improving] neighborhood bike connections, including access to the Kosciuszko Bridge path, and activat[ing] the space under the BQE.”

DOT street ambassadors for the project conducted community outreach over the summer at Jaime Campiz Playground, Marci Triangle, and at the intersection of Meeker and Graham Avenues. The results of their pedestrian survey found residents are most interested in public spaces or plazas under the BQE, followed closely by greening, lighting, bicycle facilities and art, with a smaller percentage of people hoping for recreation and concessions under the BQE. Continue reading

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What a Great Ride with City Reliquary’s Miss Subways Pageant 2017

 

Lisa Levy is crowned Miss Subways 2017! Photo by Megan Penmann
Lisa Levy is crowned Miss Subways 2017! Photo by Megan Penmann.

Last Thursday, mermaids, sword swallowers and oracles joined their fellow New Yorkers in the back garden at City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Avenue) for the Miss Subways Pageant 2017. All thirteen contestants displayed their stunning talents, and even more exciting costumes, in hopes of being crowned Miss Subways 2017. Each contestant took to the stage to express love for the subterranean system that connects us all (when its not being held by the dispatcher). The night was alive with Transit Tarot, Subway Striptease, an ode to the G Train, and a whole lot of Razzle Dazzle.

SUZQ, regal representative of the N and W trains. Photo by Megan Penmann
SUZQ, regal representative of the N and W trains. Photo by Megan Penmann

The Reliquary invited community members to enter the competition, and New Yorkers from all over town turned out for the fun. To enter, each contestant had to write a short essay about their favorite subway line and why it “inspires/enrages/enchants.” There were representatives from myriad lines. An L Train Drag Queen competed against an F Train Oracle, a 6 Train Singer and a Q Train Mermaid. A panel of local civic heroes and celebrity judges including Janeane Garofalo, downtown art icon Reverend Jen Miller, NY1 reporter Roger Clark and writer, comedian, author and producer Baratunde R. Thurston ultimately crowned Lisa Levy Miss Subways 2017. Continue reading

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94th Precinct Community Council Meeting (Wed, 10/4)

The 94th Precinct.
The 94th Precinct. Via Facebook

The 94th Precinct will hold a community meeting tomorrow (10/4) at St. John’s Lutheran Church (155 Milton Street) at 7pm. The meeting is a monthly opportunity for community members to connect with local officers and express area concerns. This is a community-wide meeting, covering all NCO sectors, and all are welcome.

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FREE Neighborhood Bike Tours Every Thursday in October!

Loudest Yeller Brooklyn Bicycle Co. McGolrick Park

Every Thursday from 7-10pm in October, you can get to know North Brooklyn and its culture and history a little better with FREE bike tours hosted by Brooklyn Bicycle Co. and Loudest Yeller Bike Tours. Bring a neighbor or friend, or kids—ages 10 and up are welcome! The biking is super easy, and all skill levels are welcome. The tours leave from 141 South 5th Street at 7pm. Pro tip: be ready to eat some ice cream along the way.

What to bring: Bring your bike if you have one. If you don’t have one, you can borrow a Brooklyn Bicycle Co. cruiser. They’ve got bikes that fit everyone from 4’11 to 7’6, as well as helmets. If you need to borrow a bike please send a message ahead of time by emailing [email protected].

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This Weekend We’re Raising Money for Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims & The Greenpoint Hunger Program

This Sunday at our Fall Market (10/1) at the Greenpoint Loft from 1-7pm, we will have two non-shopping tables you should definitely swing by. One is for the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund, and the other is for the Greenpoint Hunger Program. Here’s a little about each of these important causes:

Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund
The devastating effects of hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico are still unfolding, but one thing is certain—the island’s most vulnerable communities are likely to be pummeled the hardest and face the longest road to recovery. Low-income communities of color often face the worst destruction and slowest recovery and have fewer resources to safeguard homes, vehicles, and other property. When the winds die down and the floods recede, these communities are often forgotten by reconstruction efforts, and underserved by insurance companies. The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). One hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm. The Fund is governed by organizations like Puerto Rico-based Taller Salud, the G8 of Caño Martín Peña, and other local, grassroots organizations.

Photo via Greenpoint Hunger Program
Photo via Greenpoint Hunger Program

The Greenpoint Hunger Program
If you have not heard from your neighbors about the Soup Kitchen + Food Pantry of the Greenpoint Reformed Church’s Hunger Program, the volunteer-based organization is a vital part of Greenpoint, for those in need. The kitchen serves more than 800 hungry people every month in the North Brooklyn Community and beyond. On Wednesday evenings, they serve a delicious community dinner. On Thursdays, they distribute groceries from the food pantry. According to the Church, “It costs about $5,000 per week to host the meal and keep food pantry running,” so they need your monetary and volunteer support. Stop by their table to find out more about donating your time or dollars.

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A Teen in the Turnstile, A Man in the River, and Sex at the Center — The Hook-up 9/29

Activist Swimmer Christopher Swain Takes on the East River. Via Brooklyn Paper
Activist Swimmer Christopher Swain Takes on the East River. Via Brooklyn Paper

We’ve all had trouble with the turnstile before — maybe your MetroCard isn’t swiping, maybe some of the turnstiles are out of order — but it takes a special skill and dedication to find yourself wedged on top of a full height turnstile at 8am on a Tuesday morning at Court Square, as one teenage turnstile jumper did this week. A witness told Gothamist that the teen “tried to hold back the gate and slip through it, but it slipped back and wedged him in.” Ultimately, he had to be detangled from the turnstile by MTA personnel.

And that’s not the only wild feat in the news this week. Christopher Swain, an activist swimmer who has already plunged into the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, swam the East River last Thursday from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Bridge Park in order raise awareness for the global refugee crisis. He took off from Greenpoint’s India Street Ferry Dock, and finished his journey at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Continue reading

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Yoga Sessions Greenpoint Loft’s Roof Deck with Hosh Yoga this Sunday (10/1)!

Rooftop Yoga by Hosh at the Greenpointers Spring Market 2017

After almost being priced out of the neighborhood, longtime Greenpoint yoga studio Hosh Yoga made an amazing comeback after raising enough money to move to a new space in the neighborhood.

We are so excited to have them host two yoga sessions in Greenpoint Loft’s roof deck at our Festival of Lights Fall Market this Sunday, Oct 1, 1-7pm.

Forecasts are looking good so join them to om your way into health and wellness during any of these two sessions:
Schedule and Details

2PM with Amy
3:30PM with Amy

BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat)!

Each class is 60 minutes and is donation based. Open level – Experience with yoga is suggested but anyone is welcome! Continue reading

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2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival Keeps Greenpoint Growing

On the green roof at the 2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflower Festival. Photo by Kate Truisi

Last Saturday, Kingsland Wildflowers (250 Kingsland Avenue) held its second annual Festival, an afternoon of food, drinks, music, family activities, bird watching, face painting, flowers and green roof tours, all free and open to the public. Local conservation groups including the GCEF, Newtown Creek Alliance and Open Space Alliance, shared information outside the Broadway Stages building that hosts Kingsland Wildflowers’ glorious green roofs, and up on the rooftops kids and adults gathered to enjoy the green space, and donned binoculars to enjoy the fabulous flora and excellent views.   Continue reading

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