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Volunteers Needed: Greenpoint Tree Watering Day is This Saturday (8/11)

Greenpoint Tree Corps

Volunteer tree watering is happening this Saturday August 11th at 10am, meeting in Transmitter Park! In this brutal heat, the trees get dehydrated and need a little neighborly help to keep them growing—if you volunteer you’ll help water young trees along Kent and West Streets.

*Watch out for the park’s mockingbirds; we received a tip they are still actively defending their nests as of yesterday.

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Dr. Strangelove, Lane Kim, Rubulad and CounterCulture — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/8-8/14)

Cruel Summer: 80s + 90s Dance Party @ The Bell House (149 7th Street), Friday 8pm
Get Into The Groove at an All Night Long dance party set to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s with 80s anthems performed by kick-ass 10-piece cover band The Engagements, 90s hits spun by Party Like It’s 1999’s DJ Steve Reynolds, music video sing-alongs by SecretFormula, and 80s + 90s music videos from Music Video Time Machine. Just $5 in advance with promo code “Bananarama” or $10 at the door, Buy tix  [Sponsored]

WEDNESDAY 8/8

♫ Rodes Rollins, No Swoon @ Elsewhere Rooftop (599 Johnson Ave.), 5pm, FREE, RSVP 
* Evening Cha Dao Tea Ceremony
@ Anima Mundi Apothecary (35 Noble St.), 6pm, $25, buy tix
♦ Dr. Strangelove @Bushwick Inlet Park (50 Kent Ave.) 8pm, FREE, pop up movie in the park includes free popcorn! More Info
♫ Balún Record Release Party w/ Mons Vi & Tigue @ Baby’s Alright (146 Broadway), 8pm, $10-12, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 8/9

♫ Risky Business Presents: Special Guest: Tom & Collins/Risky Crew @ The Roof (74 Wythe Ave.) 5pm, FREE, More Info
^ Aliza Kelly’s The Mixology of Astrology Book Launch @ Space Ninety 8 (98 N 6th St.) 6:30pm, FREE, astrology and cosmic cocktails, RSVP
# Beyond Bagels: Jewish Food and Jewish Eating @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St.), 6:30pm, $25-30, Buy Tix
♫ Starina @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Avenue), 8pm, FREE, More Info
Acid Mama @ Black Flamingo (168 Borinquen Pl.), 10om, FREE, More Info

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Get Your Art On: Two FREE Botanical Illustration Classes (7/20 & 7/25)

illustration by Wendy Hollender
illustration by Wendy Hollender
There’s a handful of figure drawing classes in North Brooklyn, but these two upcoming classes focus on bringing elements of the outdoors into your sketchbook. Both classes are held outdoors, and they’re both FREE!
Botanical Drawing with Gabriel Willow
Friday, July 20 | 4pm-7pm
Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Ave
Free, Suggested donation $10
Drawing plants is a wonderful tool for closer observation of the natural world. Join naturalist Gabriel Willow on a journey through the Kingsland Wildflowers rooftop landscape, observing & drawing various plants and flowers as you deepen your connection to nature. No drawing experience required; materials provided.

Botanical Art Workshop with Wendy Hollender
Wednesday, July 25 | 6pm-8pm
Franklin Street Garden | 61 Franklin Street
Free, materials provided
More info, sign up

Greening Greenpoint will be hosting a workshop with professional botanical artist Wendy Hollender. Wendy will lead a botanical illustration and plant biology lesson and all art supplies will be provided.
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Tree Stewardship + Kingsland Wildflowers Rooftop Tour This Sunday June 24!

kingsland-wildflowers-greenpoint-visitors-photo-by-mpenmann
Photo: Megan Penmann

Do want to help make Greenpoint greener and learn how to take care of the trees that line our streets? Greening Greenpoint and Newtown Creek Alliance are teaming up this Sunday, June 24th, to care for street trees on Norman Avenue, and afterwards explore the native wildflower green roof at Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave). From 10am till noon, volunteers will improve the street tree beds then relax with refreshments and a tour of of the green roof.

More info and signup here

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Greenpoint’s Trees Can Heal You—Take This FREE Medicinal Tree Walk in McCarren! (6/21)

Medicinal Tree Walk

Greening Greenpoint and Maya Robinson of Rooted Things Apothecary will be hosting a Guided Tree Walk in McCarren Park on Thursday evening, June 21st, to help people discover the medicinal uses for Greenpoint’s trees (there are surprisingly many!) and participate in a grounding tree meditation. On the walk, you’ll get to examine everyday street trees around the neighborhood, and learn about their healing properties and the medicines that can be made from them.

The workshop meets at the corner of Lorimer and Driggs at 6pm on Thursday, June 21st.

More info and register here

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FREE Perennials in Greenpoint! Pick Yours Up Next Week (6/13)

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Echinacea purpurea, via Greening Greenpoint

Greening Greenpoint is giving away free flowers for you to plant in neighborhood tree beds! You can register online for your free flowers and pick them up at the Monitor School next Wednesday, June 13th from 2:30pm-5:30pm.

Here’s info about all the flower types offered, and here’s where you can sign up online. You must agree to plant the flowers in Greenpoint, and tend to them. Let’s help make Greenpoint greener!

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How to Celebrate Earth Day in North Brooklyn

The verdant pleasures of Transmitter Park await

Last weekend’s warm spell was a tease, and though it hardly feels like spring has settled in, Earth Day is upon us. We celebrate our blue marble this Sunday, April 22, with plenty to do around the nabe to help tidy, decorate, and love our fragile planet. Check out these (free!) events below. Continue reading

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Street Trees Need Love, Too: Become a Tree Steward This Saturday! (3/24)

Greening Greenpoint Tree Stewardship
Street Tree Stewardship Summit
Saturday, March 24th12:30pm-4pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church| 155 Milton St.
FREE, refreshments provided and all attendees will be entered into a raffle to win prizes!
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The beautiful trees that line Greenpoint’s streets actually need a little love and attention, and you can be their caretaker. This Saturday March 24th you can join Greening Greenpoint and Trees New York to learn how to take care of street trees in the neighborhood! The event will include insights from a resident speaker, a panel discussion on available resources, and time for mingling with other local tree stewards and organizations!
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FREE Tree Giveaway December 6th!

Free Tree Giveaway Greening Greenpoint

Greening Greenpoint is giving away FREE TREES to Greenpoint residents on Wednesday, December 6th!

Fill out this form and pledge to plant your tree in a Greenpoint yard and continue to water and care for it.
Check out this tree fact sheet for information on tree care and tree type.

TREE PICK UP
Wednesday, December 6th
2:30-5:30pm
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Who Sees the Trees? Greenpoint’s Citizen Pruners!

Emerald City. Photo by Lucie Levine
Emerald City. Photo by Lucie Levine

We might live in the concrete jungle, but according to this fantastic interactive tree map made by the New York City Parks department, Greenpoint is blessed with arboreal abundance. Our lovely neighborhood trees benefit from the care of volunteer environmental stewards, known as Citizen Pruners. 

Greenpointer Sarah Balistreri, the fabulous force behind the instagram account @wildgreenpoint, who helped conduct the tree census that informs the map, is a Citizen Pruner. After taking a tree identification course at the Brooklyn Brainery, which sparked a love of urban street trees, Sarah took the Trees New York Citizen Pruner course and became a licensed tree-hugger.

The Citizen Pruner course trains and certifies New Yorkers in “tree care, biology, identification and pruning.” Sarah explains that all of these skills and areas of knowledge are intertwined when it comes to properly caring for New York’s Trees, because knowing about a tree’s species, and the specific challenges that species has with weather or growth, helps inform how you prune it.

Trees New York is the only organization in the city that trains and certifies Citizen Pruners, and only certified Citizen Pruners can legally prune street trees in New York. Trees New York certifies about 200 Citizen Pruners every year, but Greenpoint residents are particularly lucky. Anyone who lives in zip code 11222 is eligible for the Greening Greenpoint Scholarship, and can take the course for just $15, thanks to funding from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund! Continue reading

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