A ragtag crew of formertheatermajors will convene and carol around the neighborhood on Friday, December 20. Soprano Sharon Gladstone has dubbed the crew the “Evergreenpoint Carolers,” and their evolving songbook features a smattering of yuletide tunes from timeless classics (“Silent Night”) to secular goodies (“Deck the Halls”).
Singing in SATB choir arrangement, the a capella ensemble will don scarves and shake sleigh bells starting at 7 PM. The troupe of self-described “vocally trained, but formally lax” singers will perform in three locations over the course of the evening: first at the Greenpoint Avenue subway station (off of India Street — don’t accidentally go to Greenpoint Ave’s entrance and miss the magic), followed by outside WORD bookstore (126 Franklin Street), and ending at The Springs (224 Franklin Street) at about 8:30 PM. The carolers say they may go door to door if they’re feeling frisky.
Community-oriented and organized by Greenpointers Art Editor Billy McEntee, the carolers hope to spread holiday cheer in one of Brooklyn’s most spirited and decorated neighborhoods. To donate or learn more, please email Billy at [email protected].
On the evening of January 18th, Greenpoint Gallery underwent a casualty from an unfortunate electrical fire, causing significant damage to the second floor space. The gallery’s curator, Shawn James, has lost a significant amount of gallery equipment, studio space, computers, documents, and over 20 musical instruments. Apart from holding shows for local artists and the community, Shawn devotes his resources and gallery space to teach, feed, and nurture students from the St. Nicks Alliance Work youth program, six days a week. Continue reading →
Unfortunately, this act of kind faith has ruffled some feathers among those living close by. In a surprising lack of neighborly love, more than 400 residents had signed a petition against the shelter when the idea was first announced at the beginning of the year. Local residents, angered that another homeless shelter was opening in the neighborhood, complained the small shelter would attract mentally unstable men and/or alcoholics to the area, leaving homes open to robberies and break-ins. Continue reading →
You have two choices for this Saturday night: Go out for dinner OR go out for dinner and donate the profits to help kids play basketball. WHAT ARE YOU GONNA CHOOSE?
If you’re a decent human being, I have now shamed you into going to the 5 Boros Basketball Fundraiser. 5 Boros is a non-profit that benefits underprivileged youth by providing sports programs. See, trickery can be used for good…? They say this party is gonna have dinner and dancing and that it will be “a fun night out.” And there will be a raffle. YAY!
Info: 7-11pm @American Legion 1771 (519-521 Leonard St)
Tickets are $30 and include the previously mentioned dinner meal. Contact Tara for tickets: 5borosbasketball [at] gmail [dot] com.
If you’re rummaging through your closets, getting down and dirty on some Spring cleaning this weekend and you happen to find a dusty old instrument that you will likely never use again, why not donate it to kids? WQXR is having an instrument drive from now until April 7th. You can easily drop instruments off at locations in all five boroughs. They recommend instruments that can be used in band and orchestra programs, including string instruments, brass, woodwinds, percussion and guitars – but they can’t accept pianos, organs, timpani, harps or any other instrument that cannot be hand-carried and the are not accepting recorders.
It’s always exciting to buy gifts for your loved ones this time of year, but in the spirit of the holiday season, we can also give a gift to a child in need. This year’s Big Brooklyn Toy Drive is happening at locations throughout Wiliamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo, including Nitehawk, the McCarren Park Ice Rink, Rough Trade, Dandelion Wine, and many others. Continue reading →
Many of you have likely shopped at Dalaga, the lovely boutique on Franklin Avenue. But you might not have known that the name of the store is actually a Filipino word that means “lady in her prime.” The two sisters who own the store, Michelle and Mary Mangiliman, chose the name as an ode to their Filipino heritage.
They recently send us this call for donations, in the wake of the tragic typhoon that hit the Philippines.
“Thankfully the area where our family lives was not so badly hit, but nearly 480,000 others were displaced and 4 million more ‘affected’ by the typhoon in 36 provinces,” the sisters wrote to us. “They are expecting another storm to hit them this morning. Relief agencies are immediately calling for canned food, water, medicine and tents for the homeless. We will be accepting any donations starting today and making regular drops to the Philippine Red Cross. We appreciate any support you can give and hope you’ll help to spread the word.”
• The Brooklyn Kitchen is No Longer accepting donations and no longer needs volunteers.
(If you are a collection or DROPOFF POINT/COLLECTION CENTER The Brooklyn Kitchen may be able to promote your location to volunteers and cars/drivers. Please e-mail hurricanehelp (at) thebrooklynkitchen.com with your location and phone number and we will add you to this site, and try to hook you up with volunteers, cars and trucks.)
*** CLOTHING DONATIONS ARE NOT NEEDED ANYWHERE ***
• MOST NEEDED ITEMS:
– cardboard boxes, tape, batteries, flashlights, baby formula and diapers, cleanup supplies, sanitary supplies/toiletries, garbage bags, blankets, canned/stable food and water.
• Call first to make sure your destination is still accepting donations.
• LOCATIONS ACCEPTING DONATIONS AS OF SUNDAY 11/4: (CALL AHEAD)
Church of the Ascension, 122 Java St., Greenpoint, 917-885-3096
American Legion, 519 Leonard St., Now-11pm Sat., 11a-7p Sun, (718) 383-9822
Greenhouse Holistic yoga studio at 783 Driggs (@ S. 4th) 718-384-9454
Call any of the numbers from the “SUPPLIES TO DONATE” list above. Any/all of them may need cars to transport their collected donations.
Assemblyman Michael Miller’s office needs cars and trucks (with fuel!) to shuttle supplies from their office on out to several distribution points in the Rockaways. You can contact them directly at 718-805-0950.
We cannot stress enough that you ought to have plenty of gas in the tank before considering contributing your car. Even the local trips.
For anyone thinking of driving directly to the Rockaways: Please remember that it’s a mess out there. There is debris in the road; stuff everywhere. Most cell service is out. If you get a flat tire, etc., you’re on your own. Everyone wants to help and your hearts are in the right place. Make sure your mind is in the right place too. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Love you guys! Hope that wasn’t too harsh!
• HAVE A CAR WITH SUPPLIES & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO DELIVER?
If you have a full load of supplies and don’t know where to take them, here are some options. Be sure to CALL FIRST to make sure you have what they need.
Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4, 10am-8pm: Drop off materials at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven, NY 11421. For questions about the donation drive, please call Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office at 718-805-0950. Miller’s office is distributing goods specifically to several locations in the Rockaways.
Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4, 10am-8pm: Drop off at 80-00 Cooper Avenue (the former Borders Bookstore site). For questions about the donation drive, please call Council Member Elizabeth Crowley’s office at 718-366-3900. (via Bill DiBlasio)
The Red Cross is operating a donation point at Resort World Casino (Aqueduct Racetrack), accepting many types of donations. Click through for directions, needs list, hours and contact information. Goods donated to the Red Cross may be used locally in Howard Beach and the Rockaways, or may be sorted and sent to other areas of need in the region. (via NYPD Community Affairs <– link)
Same message as before: For anyone thinking of driving directly to the Rockaways: Please remember that it’s a mess out there. There is debris in the road; stuff everywhere. Most cell service is out. If you get a flat tire, etc., you’re on your own. Everyone wants to help and your hearts are in the right place. Make sure your mind is in the right place too.