Greenpoint is a hub for filmmaking, boasting countless production companies and film facilities, in addition to the oft-maligned and very frequent film shoots that tend to clog our slender sidewalks and historical streets. We would argue that Greenpoint’s been culturally interesting and relevant for many years, but some have said that Girls being filmed here helped put Greenpoint on the map. Our neighborhood’s own Greenpoint Film Festival returns for its sixth year, from this Thursday May 4th through Sunday May 7th, presenting a diverse range of shorts and feature-length films, many with a local slant. A panel of six judges curated the fest after receiving hundreds of submissions in set categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental and Animation. The GFF’s ongoing mission is to show the imperative ties between art and the public. All the screenings will be held at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room (80 Wythe Ave). Continue reading
Bushwick Inlet Park
Saturday, May 6th is the sixth annual Riverkeeper Sweep, which is Riverkeeper’s annual day of service for the Hudson River, with more than 90 cleanup events across NYC and the Hudson. At last year’s sweep, more than two thousand volunteers worked along hundreds of miles of shoreline to remove over 48 tons of debris, and plant or maintain 836 trees and native grasses. This year, North Brooklyn plays host to five of the sweeps. If you participate, you’re entitled to a free beer at Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 N. 15th St) from 12pm till 2am. And also this weekend we have a few different environmental guided tours in the neighborhood, so there are lots of ways you can get your green on!
Transmitter Park Cleanup | Meet @ Transmitter Park radio building
Saturday, May 6 | 10am-1pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Help clean up Transmitter Park!
Newtown Creek Shoreline Cleanup By Canoe | @ HarborLAB at 53-21 Vernon Blvd
Saturday, May 6 | 11am-6pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Clean up Newtown Creek by boat! And help with a seed ball and planting project. The boat cleanup will stretch from the meeting point through 58th Road in Maspeth.
Bushwick Inlet Park Cleanup + Planting | @ Bushwick Inlet Park Dept of Parks building, 86 Kent Ave. @ N 9th St.
Saturday, May 6 | 10am-1pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Cleanup, gardening, and planting.
East River State Park Cleanup | Meet in front of the park @ 90 Kent Ave.
Saturday, May 6 | 12pm-4pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Cleanup and park maintenance
ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDED WALKS:
McGolrick Park: A Guided Tree Walk | Meet under the monument in McGolrick/Winthrop Park
Saturday, May 6 | 1pm-2:30pm
What: This walk will be led by a certified arborist. “McGolrick park is known for its dense canopy of mature, shady trees. Together we’ll look at these trees, learn the various species growing in the park, and share some tips for identifying trees in NYC. From towering London Plane trees to small, flowering Eastern Red Buds, we’ll take time to look at each leaf, flower, fruit and bud.” Dogs welcome!
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This Fall, some of our Greenpoint garbage will be moving out of the neighborhood. Maybe the rent was too damn high?
Bushwick Inlet Park is finally complete! The mayor just closed the deal on the purchase of the CitiStorage site, the last remaining parcel needed to complete the 27-acre waterfront park. Mayor de Blasio tweeted the deal’s closing saying, “We keep our promises to New Yorkers.” Continue reading
Are you an artist working and living in Brooklyn? You can become a NYC Parks featured artist at the park house at Bushwick Inlet Park. Attend the open house this Wednesday to tour the space, meet fellow artists and get guidelines for submission.
Call for Artists: NYC Parks/Brooklyn Recreation
Deadline: May 20, 2017
Open House: Wednesday, April 19 | 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: Bushwick Inlet Center | Kent Avenue & North 9th Street
This program is open to all Brooklyn artists and arts organizations. However, emergent artists with a strong sense of community engagement or community focused practice are encouraged to apply. For more information and/or to RSVP: [email protected]
Next week, Tuesday March 7th from 7-10pm local watering hole The Diamond (43 Franklin St.) is hosting a Waterfront Defenders Party to benefit this trifecta of fantastic local organizations— The Billion Oyster Project, Newtown Creek Alliance and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park. Proceeds from beverage sales will be donated and split evenly between them. Meet guest bartenders from these great organizations while learning more about what they do and how you can get your hands dirty!
We take the green space that today is McCarren Park for granted, but it was not always a park. Once the ground that the park now occupies had its own streets and factories. A May 5, 1901 article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle showed the buildings that were to be condemned to create the park, but it was not just buildings that needed to be condemned. The whole street pattern of the neighborhood had to be changed. Some streets like Jane Street were forever wiped off the map. Others like North 12th, N.13th, N. 14th and Dobbin and Guernsey were cut. Continue reading
This past Saturday, December 17th, Mayor de Blasio came to Bushwick Inlet Park to praise the community activists who after ten years of struggle finally prevailed and forced the city to purchase the twenty-seven acre site for the park. De Blasio continually referred to the community’s victory and praised the local group Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park for their tireless advocacy for the park. In his remarks the Mayor laughed about the persistence of local City Councilman Stephen Levin, who incessantly nagged him until the park was purchased. The Mayor spoke of the high cost of acquiring the land ($150 million just for the final piece), but said that the city was fulfilling its promise to the community to acquire the waterfront site.
A number of other local politicians spoke. Borough President Eric Adams mentioned that the park was proof of the city’s commitment to provide waterfront access to all the people of Brooklyn, not only those with the means to purchase luxury waterfront real estate. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney also addressed the gathering saying that the actions of community groups in gaining the park would serve as a future model. State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol reminded people that he had been an advocate for the park for a decade.
The mood at the gathering was celebratory, almost euphoric. Many of the people in the crowd had done the hard work of advocating for the park for years. They had made phone calls, signed petitions, and even slept out in the rain to gain the parkland, and they were in the mood to celebrate. As they walked home to Greenpoint, Stephen Chesler, Scott Fraser and some of the other people who fought the hardest to gain the park posed for pictures by the fence, which recently read Where’s Our Park? but now reads triumphantly, Here’s Our Park. Those words said it all.
Bushwick Inlet, the truncated, morose, post-industrial body of water west of Kent Avenue at North 14th Street, hardly seems worthy of the huge controversy for a shoreline park, nor would it appear to have a rich history, but the body of water is both controversial and historic. Although park protests have generated a lot of headlines, few know its history.
There was not always a Bushwick Inlet. The inlet is a relatively recent creation. It was once Bushwick Creek, which was a far longer, deeper and prettier estuary whose headwaters covered much of what is today McCarren Park. A tidal creek, at high tide its waters covered a large area encompassing much of McCarren Park, forming a water boundary between Williamsburg and Greenpoint and beautiful miniature bays. Low tide, though, was a different story as the waters receded they left a stinky slime whose odors offended local noses for generations. Continue reading
Transmitter Park and American Playground neighbors! Join Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program this Thursday, 12/1 at 6:30 pm at Pencil Works (61 Greenpoint Ave) to plan for 2017 in the parks (wellness, arts, kids and volunteer programs etc.) and map out our next steps in advocacy and fundraising for capital and other improvements. We will have food, drinks, and childcare. Email [email protected] to RSVP [sponsored]
♦ Williamsburg Holiday Party @ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St) 7pm, FREE, Meet other locals and get free stuff from local businesses, More Info
* Toasted Wedding Event @ Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St) 6pm, $12, Curated mix of 40+ independent wedding vendors, alternative and modern wedding ideas, handcrafted and eco-friendly goods and a party-like mood. Music, food, goodie bags, raffles, photo booth pix, Buy tix
☺ Trump University Alumni Ball @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, $5, Since leaving from our tremendous, really fantastic alma mater Trump U, we’ve come to realize how important it is to give back. Raising funds for Planned Parenthood and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Comedy show Catch A Writhing Star returns, RSVP Continue reading