Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

A Talk With Farmer, Bird Maven, & Wildlife Illustrator Annie Novak at Kingsland Wildflowers, + Rooftop Tour and Bird Beer! (10/11)

Annie Novak's avian illustrations
Annie Novak’s avian illustrations

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.

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Flowers, Peppers & Pizza Herbs at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

The serene Eagle Street Rooftop Farm  Image: Rooftop Farmer/Instagram

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.

Chicago-native Annie didn’t know this is where she’d end up. Upon graduating college, she originally wanted to enter the Peace Corps and work on cacao agriculture in West Africa. Instead, she found herself with an internship at the New York Botanical Garden. She helped oversee the two-acre Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden and is now the manager of their Edible Academy in addition to her role here. Continue reading

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Rooftop Gardening at the Greenpoint Library This Thursday (4/27)!

Annie Novak cutting greensRight around this time last year, we interviewed Annie Novak, author of The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm and head farmer at Greenpoint’s own Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. At the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.) this Thursday night, you can get a virtual tour from Annie and learn more about how you can turn your out-of-sight space a functioning garden. And even if you don’t have a rooftop and just want get started with some practical gardening tips, this talk will give you the tools you need to “get growing!”

Rooftop Gardening With Annie Novak
Greenpoint Library | 107 Norman Ave.
Thursday, April 27 | 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

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The Peril of the Birds, Plus Election Aftermath — The Hook-Up 4/22

That's Ted Cruz territory in yellow. All hail the Sewage King. (via New York Times)
That’s Ted Cruz territory in yellow. All hail the Sewage King. (via New York Times)
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.
 

Re: shutting down Riker’s Island: the city’s looking into it. But apparently it’s looking at Greenpoint as a potential site for a new satellite jail where it can transfer inmates.

The latest news in the L Train saga is that the city is setting its sights on 2019 as closure time. But things are still inconclusive.

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What’s Happening (10/12-10/18)

WEDNESDAY  10/12

Cordelia Stephens @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) 11pm, her debut album Threshold – produced at New Warsaw Studio- to be released in early 2012.

We Don’t Have a Show So We Are Playing Dark Side of the Moon to The Wizard of Oz @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe) FREE BOWLING! 6pm/Show 8pm, More info

© 319 Scholes

THURSDAY 10/13

How To Get Your Book Published, with Two Authors and an Agent @ Word (126 Franklin) 7pm, Calling all writers in need of advice! Heidi Durrow, Michele Young-Stone & agent Michelle Brower (of Folio Lit) will dish on all aspects of publishing, writing process, to finding an agent, publication & promotion.

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

FRIDAY 10/14

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

SATURDAY 10/15

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.

© Weird Children

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

 

 

 

SUNDAY 10/16

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

Salsa Sundays @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe) 6pm/Show 8pm, $5, w/Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

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

MONDAY 10/17

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

TUESDAY 10/18

Villains, Raspberry Bulbs, Occultation & Skull @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan) 8pm

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Eagle Street Rooftop Farm CSA

Looking to get in on a CSA? Eagle Street Rooftop Farm has 15 open spots – get on this!

Pickup is on Monday evenings at Eat
To sign up for our once-monthly CSA, email [email protected]
To sign up for the weekly vegetable share with Jon, email him directly at
[email protected]

More info about it here: http://rooftopfarms.org/buy-produce/csa/
Or read more about the upstate farm here: http://www.lineagefarmcsa.com/

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