McGolrick Park

Kid Friendly Summer Sundays in McGolrick Park Continues This Weekend (7/15)

McGolrick Summer Sundays. Photo via McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance
McGolrick Summer Sundays. Photo via McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance

From 11am-1pm this Sunday (7/15) when you swing by the farmers market in McGolrick to pick up those oh-so-perfect summer cherries, you and your kids can enjoy lots of family-friendly activities. Part of a summer series that goes through September, this Sunday’s event will feature live music, watercolor crafts, a hula hooping workshop and face painting.

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New Sculpture in McGolrick Park Unearths Greenpoint’s Roots

Ziemia by Martynka Wawrzyniak on display at McGolrick Park
Revel in this, Greenpointers: the first new sculpture McGolrick Park has seen in decades will be unveiled on Saturday.
Ziemia: Our Stories Are Written in Soil  is a public art installation by New York-based Polish artist Martynka Wawrzyniak that reflects on the history of our jewel box neighborhood. Greenpoint is a melting pot of families of diverse backgrounds, holding significant cultural ties to Poland with the long-standing Polish diaspora situated in the neighborhood. In honor of the centennial celebration of Poland’s independence being restored, Ziemia is presented thanks to the support and collaboration of the Polish Cultural Institute New York as a multidisciplinary public art project opening from 2–5 PM on Saturday, June 9 with a wide range of activities. Visitors are invited to a family-friendly environment to appreciate the artwork, enjoy live music, educational workshops, and Polish snacks. There will even be a chance to win a trip to Poland by participating in the Sto Lat Polska project!

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Hooray! The McGolrick Farmers Market is Moving Back to the Middle of the Park!

McGolrick Park farmers market
photo via The Petition Site

A few weeks ago we wrote about the Sunday farmers’ market in McGolrick (Winthrop) Park having been relegated to a tight spot on the sidewalk on Monitor Street at the back of the park. The central plaza in the park, the original home of the market, was being reserved as an area for children to play, due to the playground being under construction until this September. But, after nearly 400 residents and vendors signed a petition to find a new spot for the market, it’s now moving back!

Our Assemblyman Joe Lentol met with the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, Marty Maher (the Brooklyn Parks Commissioner) and a member of Councilman Levin’s staff, and decided to move the market back into the middle of the park. Continue reading

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A Pair of Greenpoint Locals are Your One-Stop-Shop for a Low-key Wedding

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Bláth & Danny tie the knot in McGolrick park. Photo by Tatiana Katkova

Say yes to the dress and get ready for your big fat whatever wedding, ‘cause as they say, the more the merrier. Big weddings are the bomb, but often they can leave the bride and groom feeling bombed out. These days, people are getting married later in life, and a massive wedding often seems inappropriate past a certain age. Plus, many Brooklynites have a desire to elope, and keep things simple by inviting only a couple key people for a brief and intimate celebration. Living in New York is hectic enough, so let’s not make this too complicated, right? Also, wouldn’t it be nice to save your nest egg for oh, I don’t know… New York real estate? A trip around the world? A lifetime supply of La Croix?

More than a year ago local photographer Johnny Cirillo and his friend, officiant and planner Grace Steite started talking about the world of weddings, and realized that no one in Brooklyn was tuned in to the small wedding phenomenon—people were having the kind of low-key weddings that seem naturally suited to a neighborhood like Greenpoint, but no one was helping plan them. And so, Bodega Weddings was born. The pair focus on elopements and small weddings under 30 people (occasionally up to 50 on request), and “swoop in, get the romance of it, and then it’s over,” Cirillo says. Continue reading

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Sign This Petition to Move the Farmers Market Back to the Middle of McGolrick

McGolrick Park farmers market
Photo via The Petition Site, the Farmers Market’s original location.

Strolling the McGolrick (Winthrop) Park farmers market is a Sunday tradition for many Greenpointers, and now that a section of the middle of the park is taken over by playground construction, with the available space reserved as a children’s play area, the market has had to move from its centrally located spot. As of a couple weeks ago, the Down To Earth Farmers Market is tightly lined up on the sidewalk on Monitor Street, at the back of the park where vendors say they’re not getting as much passerby foot traffic. Plus, many locals are used to walking through the center of the park and seeing the market, so a lot of people don’t even realize the market has moved. Continue reading

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FREE Summer Movies in Transmitter, McGolrick & McCarren Park!

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Outdoor movie season is upon us, and here’s a roundup of the listings! No word yet on the lineup for Summerscreen this year, which usually kicks off in July, but we will definitely keep our neighbors posted.

Movies Under The Stars @ McCarren Park
Lady Bird
Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8pm–9:45 pm
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The McGolrick Park Farmers Market Opens This Sunday! (5/6)

McGolrick Farmers Market

The Spring (and Summer) season has finally sprung and we are so excited the Farmers’ Market will be back outside in McGolrick Park after its cozy hibernation inside the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell Street) all Winter long. From 10am-4pm this Sunday May 6th, you can get your hands on all your favorite seasonal produce. Due to construction on the playground, the market will be held on the Monitor Street edge of the park. For the opening weekend about ten vendors will be selling lots of delicious veggies, fruit, herbs, and pantry staples, with more vendors joining the mix as we cruise into summer. There are a couple new vendors this year, including D&J Farm who will bring specialty Asian produce, Kouklet with Brazilian style pastries made in Flushing, and McGrath Cheese Company with cheeses made in the Hudson Valley. Support your local farmers and foodmakers and hit up the market!

The market has its own a Facebook page, where you can follow along to find out about special events, vendors and more info.

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Pics: Yesterday’s Spring Snowstorm in North Brooklyn

The "Male figure (heroic scale) tugging at a hawser with an integral plinth" looks cold. The Monitor Memorial at McGolrick Park.
The “male figure (heroic scale) tugging at a hawser with an integral plinth” looks cold—put a shirt on, dude—The Monitor Memorial at McGolrick Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

Yesterday’s all-day snowstorm left Greenpoint gracefully blanketed in more than a foot of snow. Schools were closed, trendy fitness classes were cancelled, some businesses took a snow day—yet others defiantly remained open to serve warm beverages and food to the toughest of Greenpointers. Today as the snow melts, drips and drops from trees and fire escapes onto our heads, let’s take a look at what locals witnessed first hand yesterday. Continue reading

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You Can Help Create A New Sculpture in McGolrick Park (Deadline 3/1)

Ziemia rendering
Ziemia rendering

Last year, we profiled local Polish-born artist Martynka Wawrzyniak and her upcoming public art project, Ziemia (which means earth in Polish). Martynka is collecting dirt (not the gossip kind) from local residents—she’s asking folks to contribute a handful of soil from a place that represents their identity. The dirt will become the glaze for a spherical ceramic sculpture baked out of Greenpoint clay, and installed in McGolrick Park this May. The deadline to contribute soil to the project is March 1st! You can drop off your soil at Proper Real Estate, 100 Nassau Avenue. Don’t miss this chance to unite with your neighbors and be a part of Greenpoint history.

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Help Turn Industrial Greenpoint Actually Green: Community Greening Workshop Tuesday Jan 30!

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The McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, Evergreen Exchange and the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with the NYC Audubon, have developed a greening plan for the industrial area of Greenpoint. And now they’re inviting the community to join them to brainstorm how to make the plan become a reality!

WHAT: Community Greening Workshop
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan 30, 6-8pm
WHERE: Park Church Co-Op | 129 Russell St
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