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! More info
Newtown Creek Vista Point Cleanup | @ 1000 Meeker Ave. Saturday, May 6 | 11am-3pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt What: Debris removal, planting native flora and path making. More info | Facebook event
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. More inf0
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. More info
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 More Info
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! More infoContinue reading →
The meeting at the Warsaw was well organized and very informative. There was a vibrant and packed house of community members and organizers who were eager to learn how to apply for funding. ExxonMobil was not present and it was mentioned that they were asked not to attend the meeting as they don’t have a say in how the funds will be used.
Highlights were at the end of the meeting, during the Q & A – obviously. One young woman stood up and spoke about her non-profit that aims to create a spiritual synergy with the environment, which got a priceless eyeroll from a woman in a Jets Jersey. More importantly questions were asked in regards to bio-remediation projects and Stephen Levin mentioned the importance of funding for public health surveys. The meeting broke up when an elderly man stood up and ranted about the waterfront towers, asking if they are for the rich and whether normal people will get screwed. Gotta love it!
“As you can probably imagine, our beloved Broadway Stages Boatyard was thoroughly flooded earlier this week when Hurricane Sandy hit. Water filled all the containers with waist levels of water as the flood surged all the way up to Dupont street (4 blocks past the yard). Many items were knocked around, a container pushed sideways and towards the creek, a rowboat lost to sea and then recovered – but overall we were fortunate and did not suffer any big losses or significant damage. We have already begun getting things back to where they belong and could use your help tomorrow to help get the yard in order and cleaned up! Grab a friend and some gloves (if you have them) and join us:
Cleanup Party Saturday November 3rd 11am – 5pm 49 Ash St @ McGuinness Blvd