Greenpoint Monitor Museum

Greenpoint Monitor Museum Hosts Open House Saturday (6/15)

Rendering of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum waterfront (courtesy of GCEF)

The Greenpoint Monitor Museum will hold an open house this weekend to provide updates on the plan to build a museum in honor of the historic USS Monitor, the Civil War battleship constructed on the Greenpoint waterfront.

The Monitor Museum open house is Saturday, June 15th, at 56 Quay St. from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

An acre of land along the Greenpoint waterfront at Quay Street will eventually be transformed into a public greenspace and boardwalk with historical markers/information on the Monitor.

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157th Anniversary of USS Monitors’ Greenpoint Launch

 

The USS Monitor is launched from Greenpoint, 1862

Today marks the 157 year anniversary of Jan 30th, 1862, the day Greenpoint staked its claim in history as the site where the ironclad USS Monitor was built and launched, in the midst of the Civil War.

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USS Monitor Memorial statue in McGolrick Park

The Greenpoint Monitor Memorial is in McGolrick park. It depicts a nude sailor and was erected in 1938 in the memory of John Ericsson and the lost crew members. Any guess what Monitor Street was named after?

USS Monitor
Monitor on the James River, Virginia, 1862 Officers on deck (left to right): Robinson W. Hands, Louis N. Stodder, Albert B. Campbell (seated), William Flye (with binoculars). Note dents in turret from cannon fire. (Photo courtesy U.S. Library of Congress)

The vessel was constructed at Continental Iron Works and designed by the Swedish-born engineer and inventor, John Ericsson. The innovative design captured the attention of the world and became famous for battling the USS Merrimack of Virginia in the Battle of Hampton Roads, which lasted four hours and was the first stand-off between two armored warships. Neither ship could destroy the other, although many cannon shots were fired. Continue reading

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Ecology to Take Center Stage at Monitor Museum Site

A rendering of the Monitor Museum restored shoreline, via Brooklyn Paper in 2015
A rendering of the Monitor Museum restored shoreline, via Brooklyn Paper in 2015

The USS Monitor, built here in Greenpoint by Continental Ironworks in 1862, was one of the first iron-clad battle ships in the US Navy. During the Civil War, the Monitor took part in the “Battle of the Ironclads,” and money from the building of the Monitor contributed to the building of the Church of the Ascension (127 Kent Street).

Given The Monitor’s deep role in the industrial, naval and ecclesiastical history of Greenpoint, and the United States itself, lifelong Greenpoint residents George and Janice Weinmann have been advocating for a museum dedicated to the boat since 1996.

The couple secured land for the museum on Quay Street at the Monitor’s construction site in 2003, and scored a grant from GCEF to fund the museum in 2015. The project requires a restoration of the ecological shoreline at the Quay Street property, and the museum has been working with design and engineering firm AECOM to make it happen. On Wednesday, June 13, friends of the Monitor Museum teamed up with AECOM to host a public info meeting about the current status of the project.  Continue reading

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Greenpoint Monitor Museum Site Visit + Public Info Session (6/9 & 6/13)

Greenpoint Monitor Museum

The Greenpoint Monitor Museum received a grant three years ago from the GCEF to build a museum honoring the USS Monitor on the shores of developing Bushwick Inlet, where the great ship was constructed more than 150 years ago. The project requires a restoration of the ecological shoreline, and the museum has been working with design and engineering firm AECOM to make it happen.

This Saturday, June 9 from 12m to 2pm, the Monitor Museum will host a guided visit of the future museum site. Meet up with folks at 56 Quay Street (at Bushwick Inlet).

Next Wednesday, June 13th from 6:30-8pm the Museum will be hosting a public info meeting  at the Community Room at Bushwick Inlet Park (86 Kent Ave). Continue reading

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Cutest Dog Contest (+ More From The GCEF) in McGolrick This Weekend! (10/14)

WHAT: OpenHouseGCEF!
WHERE: McGolrick/Winthrop Park, Russell St. and Driggs Ave.
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 11am-3pm (NOTE: If heavy rain the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will be cancelled!)

If you haven’t heard about the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, it’s the silver lining resulting from our neighborhood’s heavily industrious past—the disastrous Exxon oil spill, which leaked between 17-30 million gallons of oil into Newtown Creek over the course of several decades. The state was awarded millions of dollars ($19.5 mill to be exact), to be earmarked toward grants for Greenpoint-based environmental organizations. Since the GCEF was established in 2011, 46 grants totaling $16.8 million have been awarded to 40 projects, and the fund has leveraged an additional $37.6 million in matching contributions from grantees.

McGolrick Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

This Saturday, the second annual OpenHouseGCEF, hosted by the GCEF and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, will be a fun-filled day at McGolrick for adults and kids alike, featuring: live music, flower planting, crafts, story time readings, a “cutest dog” contest and other activities. And you’ll get to pow-wow with many of the community organizations that have received GCEF grants, like the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, the Newtown Creek Alliance, the Greenpoint Library, the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, NYC Audubon and others. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Greenpoint — The Hook-Up 12/25

Presumably Santa's house. Photo: DNAinfo
Presumably Santa’s house. Photo: DNAinfo

You’ve seen the gingerbread house on Humboldt Street — now meet the man behind the candy cane trim.

It may be too late to look, but it’s not too late to read on in horror. Here’s a closer look at what motivates the man who got up close and personal with Newtown Creek’s cesspool of puke.

The votes are in and the funds are allocated. Here’s the next batch of projects that will be funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (also known as ExxonMobil hush money). Here’s a closer look at one of them: the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, which celebrates the history of a Civil War ship built and launched from West Street in 1862. Continue reading

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