We in Greenpoint know better than to swim in the toxic, bacteria-laden Newtown Creek. We might soon be exposed to the contents of the creek regardless through a proposed aeration plant that would go in the Dutch Kills area of the creek.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comment on the matter through Monday, April 4, and the Newton Creek Alliance drafted a letter in strong opposition (PDF) to the current plan.
The process of aeration increases the water’s oxygen content levels to support marine plants and fish, which were depleted after a century’s worth of industrial pollution and wastewater overflow. The air bubbles travel from installed pipes at the bottom of the creek, releasing oxygen bubbles — but the air doesn’t stop there.
A 2012 study by researchers at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory found that the air bubbles transfer bacteria to the air near English Kills, an especially contaminated mile-long area of the creek in Bushwick, Brooklyn. A pilot aeration system was launched at English Kills in 2009. Continue reading →
(sponsored) Grand Comics Festival 2014 @ Bird River Studios (343 Grand St) 11am–7pm, FREE, Meet local illustrators and designers who are both established and emerging in the field. Browse a range of comic book styles and subjects—lots to see, lots to buy! The festival is open and free to the public, More info
* Makeshift Society Launch Party @ Makeshift Society (55 Hope St) 9am, FREE, Visit Brooklyn’s newest shared workspace for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners, More info * Bar Soap Brooklyn @ Northside Pharmacy (559 Driggs Ave) 5pm, FREE, Showcasing the new “Equilateral and All Natural” collection, RSVP
THURSDAY 6/05 * Moss Madness Terrarium Closeout @ Brooklyn Craft Co. (61 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $40, Everything you need to know to build a beautiful terrarium and keep it happy in your home, More info * Floral Design: Fruits, Vegetables, and Other Unusual Elements @ Red Rose & Lavender (653 Metropolitan Ave) 6:30, $95, Learn the basics of floral care, what to look for when choosing flowers, and how to process flowers to maximize their shelf life, More info Continue reading →
♦ Along the Forge: Photographs by Johnny Panessa @ Picture Farm Gallery (388 Wythe Ave) 6-9pm, FREE, Friday 4/4, Images from Panessa’s series on the polluted Forge River in Long Island illuminate the people who frequent its shores, as well as the strange beauty of this environmentally hazardous landscape, limited-edition books will be on sale and Brooklyn Brewery beer will flow freely! More Info
WEDNESDAY 4/02 ♫ Wild Torus High Gonzo Revival @ Bizarre (12 Jefferson St) 8:30pm, $5–$10 suggested, Featuring music, self-help karaoke, video slam, and visuals, RSVP ☺ Sarah Barron & Friends @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Sara Barron presents her essay collection The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters with the Human Race, RSVP
THURSDAY 4/03 * The Shed Story Salon @ Shangri La Studios (100 Sutton St) 7:30pm, FREE, A monthly storytelling salon and potluck, More info * Power Food & Flow Series @ [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) 5:30pm, $10, a super-power-charged evening of blissful energy bites and vinyasa flow, Register ☺ Comedy in Dance Festival @ Triskelion Arts (118 N 11th St, 3rd fl) 8pm, $15, Choreographers try on their clown shoes and comics trip the light fantastic in this unique festival, More info Continue reading →