We’ve written about Greenpointer, rooftop gardener and farming renaissance woman Annie Novak before—she heads up the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm (44 Eagle St), founded Growing Chefs, is manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, and she literally wrote the book on how to turn your urban rooftop into a farm or garden. What you probably don’t know is that she’s also a wildlife and nature illustrator, with a new book coming out on bird migration. This Wednesday Oct 11th from 6-8pm at Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave) you can see her give a lecture on her latest research and slideshow of her illustrations. The event kicks off at 6pm with a walking tour of Kingsland Wildflowers’ green roof and a cocktail hour, with the “Safe Flight IPA” featured beer—a collaboration by local brewers KCBC & NYC Audubon to raise awareness of annual bird collisions.
The event is part of Kingsland Wildflowers’ monthly artist lecture series, featuring local Greenpoint artists who have created environmentally-focused bodies of work. Once a month various artists will speak at Kingsland Wildflowers about their process, inspiration, and ideas behind their unique take on the world around us and the habitat in which we coexist.
A lot has changed since Broadway Stages decided to “green” the roof of their sound stage at 44 Eagle Street. The owners were in talks with Goode Green when they approached by Annie Novak and Ben Flanner to do something a little bit more than just a green roof. This is how Eagle Street Rooftop Farm was born in 2009. Since then, Broadway Stages has also gone on to create Kingsland Wildflowers while Annie had shepherded the 6,000-square-foot rooftop farm through multiple changes.
What’s stopping Greenpoint’s birds in their tracks? A discussion on the North Brooklyn Community page on Facebook brought attention to a weird prevalence of dead birds (and even a hawk) around the bus stop on the corner of Lorimer and Driggs, supposedly after flying into the glass.
As you’re surely all aware, Bernie’s best electoral NYC performance took place in Greenpoint. What you don’t know is that Ted Cruz’s also did. He didn’t just win by one vote, though. He won with one vote. Yeah, just read the thing.
Ecologías Correlativas @ 319 Scholes (319 Scholes, Bushwick) Opening 7pm, Curated by chimera+, projects and research from a trans-disciplinary group of artists, architects and scientists navigating interrelated environmental/socio-political ecologies RSVP
The Pinch @ Fowler Arts (67 West) Opening 6-9pm, Local artists Kurt Freyer, Elizabeth Hoy & Emilie Selden share their attempts to articulate the value of art during hard economic times. RVSP
COME AS YOU ARE: Songs That Made Your Parents Worry @ Veronica People’s Club (105 Franklin) 10pm, DJs Fucci & Sirlinda
Launch of Brooklyn Wind Symphony @ Brooklyn Fire Proof (19 Ingraham St, Bushwick) 7pm, $10/$12 @ door, fundraiser, jazz combos, classical ensembles, drink specials, dancing, DJ. RSVP
Occupy Brooklyn @ Grand Army Plaza, 11am, in support of “anti-greed” movement, follow #OccupyBrooklyn
East River State Park Fall Harvest Festival, 11-4pm, family-friendly activities for all ages, east river water testing, Zumba, bluegrass
Where’s My Park Day? @ (March from soccer fields at North 9th St., up Kent Ave. to Quay St.) Noon, “Where’s Our Park?” is a campaign coalition of No. BK’s local elected officials & civic organizations, created to secure the 33 acres of new parkland promised by Mayor Bloomberg during the 2005 rezoning of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. More info.
Harvest Festival Hoedown @ Meeker Ave Market (75 Frost) – ALL DAY, ALL WEEKEND, City Life Wellness brings together community of yogis, dancers, martial artists, local food purveyors and craftspeople for 2-day Fall Harvest Festival More info.
Hope for Agoldensummer @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) From Athens, GA, the band plays a tantalizing and humorous sound that includes guitar, banjo, singing saw, glockenspiel, piano, and percussion.
Boats, Crinkles & Weird Children @ Matchless(557 Manhattan) 8pm
Brooklyn Vintage Crawl @ (Williamsburg/Greenpoint), Noon, a self-guided shop and bar hop through WB & GP, Afterparty 6pm @ Union Pool More info
Rooftop Rockaway! Rockaway Taco @ Rooftop Farm (44 Eagle) 3-6pm, $15, 2 tacos, beverage, priceless view, & pleasure of helping good farmers grow. ONLINE RSVP ONLY
Enid’s 9th Annual Apple Pie Contest @ Enid’s (560 Manhattan) 5-5:45 pies accepted, 6pm judging, drink specials, apple fritters, sloppy joes & corndogs. Greenpointers’ friends Brooklynauts will be judging, because they were last year’s champs! More Info
CIDER WEEK 10/16-10/23 @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) & all over city
Real and Scary Historical Halloween @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) 7-10pm, Presented by Society for the Advancement of Social Studies (SASS), get ready to be creeped out by things that aren’t just in your imagination. RSVP