This Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, Open House New York will present a citywide celebration of architecture and urban design, for the 15th year in a row. One of the largest architecture festivals in the country, with more than 200 buildings and projects across the five boroughs, from historic to contemporary, will be opened up over the weekend for tours and talks with architects, urban planners, historians, preservationists, and city leaders.
The advance reservation tours are all sold out, but don’t worry—there are several unique locations you can still visit sans reservations (and for FREE) in North Brooklyn, as well as a couple not-to-be-missed in Long Island City. Check out the list below!
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NY Sun Works’ Greenhouse Project at PS84 | 250 Berry St
The rooftop greenhouse at PS84 serves as an urban farm and hydroponic science lab for K-8th grade students. The lab was developed and programmed by NY Sun Works, a non-profit that builds hydroponic science labs in urban schools to teach students and teachers about the science of sustainability. Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 8/12 * SummerScreen:Labyrinth @ McCarren Park (776 Lorimer St) 6pm, FREE, The final SummerScreen of the season, More info
^ Poets at theYard @The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 7pm, FREE, With Russell Dillon, Mary Donnelly, Megin Jimenez, and Nicholas Adamski, More info
* Brooklyn Theater Club’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm, $15, An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, More info
THURSDAY 8/13 ♦ Brooklyn Comedy Fest Pre-Show Art Exhibit @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 6pm, FREE, Fine art, comedy photography, and more, RSVP
* Dream Tea Ceremony @ Golden Drum (97 Green St) 7pm, $20, Challenge your inner shamanic warrior, your sense of space, time and direction as you step in into the magic of dreamtime, RSVP ♫ House of Vans Presents @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, With Julian Casablancas + The Voidz / Cherry Glazerr / Ballzy, More info
Happy springtime, Greenpointers! Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market, is happy to announce that this Sunday brings an annual rite of passage: the farmers market moves back OUTSIDE. Starting May 3rd, the market returns to the center of McGolrick Park. Find us in the wide-open space in front of the Shelter Pavilion, surrounded by the park’s budding trees.
Do you know where to find the world’s largest rooftop soil farms? Believe it or not, they’re right here in Brooklyn! This week I asked Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange to tell me more about the two farms he operates–a 1.5 acre rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and a 1-acre rooftop in Long Island City– and what he’s been cultivating (and selling every Sunday at McGolrick’s Farmers Market). The farms grow over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also sells local honey from New York City’s first commercial apiary, provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities. Continue reading →
If you haven’t tried Brooklyn Grange’s amazing honey that you can get every Sunday at the McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market, the NY Times covers Chase Emmons non-stop work life to bring Brooklyn bees’ tasty condiment to our tables.
I recently bought bee pollen at the Greenmarket because I am bi-curious about bee products. It is termed a SUPERFOOD! Meg Paska, the infamous Brooklyn Homesteader, who keeps bees (among other things) right here in Greenpoint, is kind enough to school us on bee pollen.
Meg: Pollen is a reproductive matter created by angiosperms (ground-dwelling flowering plants) to aid in species propagation. It’s made up of many small grains that contain the male gametes that are required for plant fertilization. Bee pollen is just pollen that has been collected and prepared by honeybees.