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Parents & Kids: The Ultimate School Open House, Schoolfest 2017, is This Saturday (10/21)!

Schoolfest 2017!
Saturday, October 21 | 12-4 PM
@ John Ericsson Middle School 126|  424 Leonard Street (Bayard entrance)
Cost: FREE

During Schoolfest, North Brooklyn families are invited to meet all types of schools—from day care through college; from public, to private, charter, magnet, community, dual language, and gifted—at one place on one day.  This Saturday October 21st, from 12-4pm, visitors will be able to network and get info on neighborhood schools and admission processes. Schoolfest helps parents navigate through the confusion so that they can make the best choice for their child’s educational needs.  Well known Joyce Szuflita of New York School Help will present workshops on the bewildering array of public NYC schools and equally perplexing admission processes for PK/K, middle schools and high schools.

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If you’re interested in exhibiting at Schoolfest, click here.

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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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Family-Friendly Fundraiser for BK Story Voyager This Weekend (9/30)!

St Nick's Alliance 2017 Touch A Truck

What:North Brooklyn Touch-a-Truck
When: Saturday Sept 30th, 11am-2pm
Where: Behind McCarren Park Pool, Leonard St. Between Bayard & Manhattan
Tickets/info: $10 for the first child and $5 for additional children; More info
The 5th annual North Brooklyn Touch-a-Truck fundraiser raises funds to help purchase cool children’s books for the BK Story Voyager, which is literally literacy on wheels—a fun book distribution system that supports parents and schools by infusing and promoting a passion for reading in the lives of children, in particular under-served communities. The event will have trucks for the young ones to explore, face painting, a bouncy house, and arts and crafts!
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SING BKLYN Launches Neighborhood Children’s Choir

Kids…gear up for fall! A new, exciting afterschool activity is coming to Brooklyn. SING BKLYN children’s choir is inspiring young musicians, grades k-4, to blend their voices and talents to create something beautiful together. “Kids need more opportunities to perform. Kids need more music. Kids need to sing. Kids need a chance to build relationships that require them to work, support and encourage each other,” says founder Mary Duncan Stein.

Mary’s well-established SING LIC choirs in nearby Long Island City have been so well-received that she wanted to share this special experience with kids in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Continue reading

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McGolrick Playground Closing: Temporary Playspaces Meeting Tonight (7/6)!

McGolrick Park Playground, photo via NYC Parks
McGolrick Park Playground, photo via NYC Parks

The playground at McGolrick Park will be closing later in the year year for improvements, which will include new equipment, surfaces and landscaping. The funding source for the repairs is our district’s Participatory Budgeting, as well as Mayoral and Borough President funds (in total, $1-3 million). Construction is expected to take 12-18 months, and you can follow the project’s progress on the NYC Parks site.

Tonight, the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance is hosting a community meeting to get input on alternative play spaces and family-friendly activities during the playground closure. Because the Greenpoint Library is also closed right now, it’s important to find more ways to keep Greenpoint kids active and occupied.

What: Temporary Playground Meeting
When: Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 6:30pm
Where: Park Church Co-Op, 129 Russell St

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Parade On Grand Street Today!

Williamsburg Sports League
Williamsburg Sports League

If you’re wondering why a bunch of parents and kids are strutting down Grand Street today (4/29), the Williamsburg Sports League is kicking off the summer baseball season with their fourth annual parade. Players, coaches, parents, and local neighbors will participate in the parade, flaunting their team spirit to the max. The parade will start at 9am at the Grand Street Campus(850 Grand Street @ Bushwick) and will end at Lindsay Park (Montrose & Lorimer) with a special First Pitch. Check out the parade’s Facebook event for more info.

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Get To Know: Eckford Street Studio

A Figure Drawing Tuesday in action at Eckford Street Studio

Entering Eckford Street Studio is akin to discovering Candyland, except instead of candy, here you will find every nook and cranny crammed with a rainbow of colorful art supplies. It’s like Ollivanders, except instead of a wand, here you will get handed a paintbrush!

The studio, located at 70 Eckford Street, isn’t just a magically quirky place for your children (or inner child), it is also a seriously-minded community organization instrumental to bringing innovative art education classes to the neighborhood. Founder Kristn Melkin has an extensive background in art education, including time spent as part of the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art initiative. At Eckford, Kristin works with an experienced staff to organize innovative arts classes as well as coordinate a program that connects artists who teach with local schools. This petite yet incredibly ambitious studio space and community center feels ripe for growth. Continue reading

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Hang On, Spooky: North Brooklyn Halloween Roundup!

For all you Halloweeners out there, here are our top picks for some fine spine chillin’ in North Brooklyn. Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away with DJs, see rad costumed cover bands, freak out at scary movies, compete in a costume contest, take a zombie terrarium class or participate in a basement seance, our neighborhood has truly an abundance of choice this year.

⟫⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟫ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26  ⟪⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟪

gifoween-bkbazaar-2016GIF-O-Ween at Brooklyn Bazaar
Sponsored by GIPHY and presented by Animation Block Party, GIFOWEEN is a Halloween-themed animation loop contest!
This party will feature the official launch of GIPHY PRESENTS: GIF DANCE PARTY, a fully immersive dance environment that allows you to finally become dance partners with all your favorite online characters at once!
Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Ave.
8pm-12am, FREE, Costumes highly encouraged
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For The Kids: Pumpkin Day 2016 This Saturday!

pumpkin day 2016Pumpkin Day 2016 | Saturday, October 1, 12-3 PM
Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street)
Tickets: $15 per child, $20 at the patch. Comes with 2 complimentary Schoolfest tickets.

Town Square’s 9th Annual Pumpkin Day is this Saturday, October 1st at the Brooklyn Expo Center (in past years it was held at McCarren Park). Each year, hundreds of kids and parents come to pick pumpkins and have fun with Fall! There’s a pick-your-pumpkin patch, arts & crafts, face painting, concessions, activities presented by local businesses and organizations, and live music and dance performances.
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Flying Squirrel: A Grown-Up Children’s Store in Greenpoint

Flying Squirrel © via Flying Squirrel's Facebook Page
Flying Squirrel © Flying Squirrel’s Facebook Page

Flying Squirrel (87 Oak Street) got its start more then a decade ago by filling a void. Its owner, Kate Schmitz, was schlepping in and out of Manhattan with things for her friend’s 1-year-old twins. At the same time, they were concerned about what would happen when the kids grew out of all that little kid stuff. They worried that those “two huge plastic ExerSaucers on the curb were going to take up a lot of space in a landfill.” And thus—the idea for Flying Squirrel was born, complete with cool logo design by illustrator Carl Dunn. Now that in Brooklyn you rarely need to go to Manhattan for anything, Flying Squirrel offers an expertly curated selection of new and used children’s clothing, toys and books for families that have made their home in the neighborhood. Continue reading

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