By now, you’ve probably heard about the KonMari method of organization—Martha’s raved about it, Oprah’s into it, and social media has sure helped spreadtheword—but maybe you haven’t actually gotten around to putting any of those tips into action. It’s time to finally let go of that wacky-yet-aspirational outfit sitting unworn in the back of your closet, and those big “donation” bags sitting in the hallway that you never got around to dropping off. Load it up and bring it all over to the Greencycle Spring Cleaning Swap at the Greenpoint Public Library, and feel good about your stuff passing on to the next realm. You can even take stuff home too, if the absence of junk in your home leaves a hole in your heart.
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12-3 PM Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue (Leonard Street corner)
Come by the library on Saturday, March 25th from 10:30am-11:30am to learn how to join Friends of Greenpoint Library. Meet your neighbors, plan special events, and brainstorm ways to support the Greenpoint Library and its community. A branch library can have a greater impact when it has an active and vibrant friends group. If you love your local library and want to be more involved then this is the place for you!
WEDNESDAY 9/28 ^ Polish Impact: Ha!wangarda Festlab @ Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, Zenon Fajfer’s poetic performance in Polish, with selected poems in Katarzyna Bazarnik’s translations into English, More info # The Saffron Tales @ Archestratus Books (160 Huron St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the launch of Yasmin Khan’s new cookbook with an evening of conversation and Persian food, RSVP
THURSDAY 9/29 ♫ Laguinitas Presents @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, With Self Defense Family / Free/ Pawns, RSVP
# Indian Summer Dinner Party @ The Heatonist (121 Wythe Ave) 7pm, $85, bigLITTLE presents a four-course dinner featuring Heatonist hot sauces paired with craft beer and cocktails, Buy tix ♫ Birds @ The Gutter (200 North 14th St) 8pm, FREE, With Sic Tic / Holly Overton, RSVP
Participatory budgeting meetings have been happening all week, and there’s more to come. You can submit your ideas here or attend a meeting in person (click here for a schedule). Get a piece of that $1.5 mil!
In light of several assaults that allegedly occurred near McGolrick park recently, a community meeting was held Thursday night at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.) Concerned citizens asked questions of several attending officers of the 94th Precinct and then brainstormed ways to make the community safer. Greenpointers attended the meeting and we will have an update coming soon!
Those of you who have ever laid eyes on the public library in Greenpoint know that it is a bit of an eyesore in an otherwise picturesque neighborhood. But not for long. The Greenpoint Library is about to enter a new incarnation to bring residents the modern, sustainable facility that’s increasingly necessary in an age that’s threatening to make books obsolete.
The original Greenpoint Library was constructed in 1906 and only replaced once in the 1970s due to deterioration. The current building will be replaced by a larger, more modern green building with an added environmental education center that’s due to open in the spring of 2018.
The project is being funded by a $5 million grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and a $6,030,300 matching contribution from the Brooklyn Public Library. GCEF is a $19.5 million grant program established with the settlement funds from the ExxonMobil oil spill in Newtown Creek.
WEDNESDAY 5/11 ♫ Sacred Song Study @ The Ark (107 Green St) 7pm, FREE, An intentional gathering promoting the development and deeper learning of traditional sacred songs from around the world, More info ^ Scott Ian in Conversation @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $20, Word presents Scott Ian discussing his memoir I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax with Keith Buckley, vocalist of Every Time I Die and debut author of the novel Scale, More info
THURSDAY 5/12 ^ Book Launch: Spontaneous Urban Plants @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Spontaneous Urban Plants investigates the role of weeds in the urban ecosystem by profiling a cross section of weeds, More info ☺ Detention @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 8pm, $5, Watch the Annoyance NY’s improv instructors screw up everything they teach, More info * We Know Edie LaMinx Had a Gun @ Standard Toykraft (722 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $15, A play exploring the sensationalism surrounding the life and death of a fabulous drag queen, Buy tix
If you hadn’t heard, Bike The Branches is this Saturday, and offers bike lovers a two-wheeled tour of Brooklyn via our public libraries. Stop at as many branches as you can, get your event passport stamped at each spot and then head to Central Library where there’ll be a block party with awards, live music, food, beer, and activities for adults and kids alike.
WEDNESDAY 5/04 # A Beer-y Good Meal @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 6pm, $45, A three-course, family-style meal presented by Edible Brooklyn, Buy tix # Sugar & Suffering: The North Brooklyn Chapter @ Gallery AWA (61 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, A talk on the impact of sugar refining in Brooklyn and the legacy it has left behind, RSVP
THURSDAY 5/05 # Pipeworks Cinco de Meow-o Ninja Festival @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, A themed fiesta showcasing taps and bottles of Pipeworks beer, RSVP ♫ NYC Soundpainting Festival @ The Firehouse Space (246 Frost St) 8pm, $12, A three-day fest presenting this multi-disciplinary live-composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists, RSVP
WEDNESDAY 3/30 * Participatory Budgeting Expo @ Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 North 15th St) 6pm, FREE, Meet your neighbors and learn about each of the proposed projects on the ballot from the people who developed them, More info * We Missed You Party @ Kinfolk (94 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the relaunch of Vice‘s completely redesigned magazine, More info ♫ Jacques’ Experimental Church Concert @ San Damiano Mission (85 N 15th Street), 8pm, FREE, Anyone is welcome to bring a random object to contribute and Jacques, a French electro artist, will incorporate it into his soundscape of experimental electronic music. More info
THURSDAY 3/31 ☺ We the People Live @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, Comics and journalists join HuffPost LIVE host Josh Zepps to break down the headlines—and one another, RSVP ♦ Trauma Salon: Idealism & Icthyosis @ Panoply Performance Lab (104 Meserole St) 8pm, With Robert Pepper, David Ian Griess, Alex Cohen, Sylva Dean and Me, and Janna Pelle, RSVP ♫ In Memory of Michael @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $10, Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall performed in its entirety by 11-piece band Atomic Funk Project, More info
From March 28-April 3, Greenpointers can vote for or against many proposed neighborhood projects for District 33—which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Williamsburg, DUMBO, and Vinegar Hill—giving residents a say in how the district uses its yearly budget.
The ability to vote on how the district uses its money is called Participatory Budgeting, and it gives residents the opportunity to speak out about which projects are important to them. Greenpointers will vote at the Greenpoint Library on Norman Avenue. You only have to be a resident of the neighborhood (not necessarily registered to vote) to cast your ballot. Continue reading →