McGolrick Park

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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For The Kids: Storytime and Crafts Every Sunday in January!

Both the McGolrick Park Playground and the Greenpoint Library are under construction, so where can you take the little ones for a bit of fun? Every Sunday in January at 1pm, a Children’s Librarian from the Brooklyn Public Library will be at the indoor McGolrick Park Winter Farmers Market (inside the Park Church Co-Op, 129 Russell St) for a storytime and kids’ craft session. Participation is free and open to the public. The Winter Farmers Market runs every Sunday from 10am to 4pm through April 29th, inside the Park Church Co-op.

WHAT: Kids Storytime and Crafts
WHERE: 129 Russell Street, Greenpoint (inside Park Church Co-op)
WHEN: Sunday, January 14th, 21st and 28th at 1pm
WHO: pre-school and elementary-age kids and their families
HOST: Down to Earth McGolrick Park Farmers Market

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The Hist List: Every Official Historic Landmark in Greenpoint

Behold, the map! Via the Landmarks Preservation Commission
Behold, the map! Via the Landmarks Preservation Commission

Do you want to know about the extraordinary history all around you? (Yes!!) Well you’re in luck. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has just released a revamped version of its interactive landmarks map!!!

If you’re ready for a deep dive, this might be the best city for it, since the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is the largest municipal preservation agency in the nation. The LPC recognizes individual landmarks, interior landmarks, scenic landmarks and historic districts, designating sites based on historic, architectural and cultural significance. The map includes information, photographs, and historic designation reports for all 36,000 buildings and sites which the organization has landmarked since its inception in 1965.

You can search for landmarks by category, address or area; by style, architect, building type or era of construction. I popped in Greenpoint, and discovered we have 10 designations, including individual landmarks and historic districts. So without further ado, I give you, The Hist List: Every Historic Landmark in Greenpoint!  Continue reading

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Schlep Your Pooch To The City With a Locally-Designed Stylish Dog Tote by Jaxx Hound

New York living would be way too lonely without our furry friends by our side, who provide us cuddles and kisses not only when we refuse to leave our apartments in the dead of winter, but also increasingly commonly at work. Dog friendly offices are totally on trend right now, but with crowded subways and a recent backlash on “fake” service dogs, bringing your pup to and fro around the city is becoming more of a challenge. Especially if you want your dog bag to match your personal sense of style.

Longtime North Brooklyn resident Tennille Teague was frustrated at the lack of stylish options to tote her lovable daschund Mo to and from work every day. Dogs need to be in a carrier of some type if you take them on the subway, ferry or in a cab—and most of the available doggie travel bags at big box retailers or online come in rather obnoxious colors or patterns, and don’t really fall in line with the fashion forward sensibility of hip New Yorkers. And aside from looks, there were other features Tennille wasn’t able to find in a doggie travel bag—a well-designed pocket for accessible poop bags, detachable straps, a leather bottom with metal feet, or one end open for the dog’s head to peek out, for example. And even if a bag had one of those traits, it didn’t have them all.

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So after more than a year of design and production exploration, Tennille is ready to unleash Jaxx Hound onto the NYC dog scene. Jaxx Hound’s cleverly designed bags, collars and leashes will be produced nearby in Jersey, in production by the end of the year and ready to ship out in early 2018, if she meets her Kickstarter goal of $39,000. To support Jaxx Hound with a $25 pledge, you can rock the McGolrick dog run with a cute “Pup Culture” tee which features illustrations of dogs reimagined as celebs: Billdog Murray, Meryl Sheepdog and Bernese Sanders. And if you’re dying to get your hands on one of the bags, a pledge of $225 will get you one in classic black, grey, navy or olive green. And while that might seem like a lot to some, in the realm of locally-made and ultra-stylish dog fashion (with 5% of proceeds going to NYC shelter Animal Haven) the price makes sense. Your best friend and daily companion is worth whatever it costs. The Jaxx Hound Kickstarter ends in a few weeks; hook up your pup with the chic-est way to travel, before everybody else is doing it.

Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
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Improve Our Parks! OSA & NYC Parks Town Hall Meeting Thursday (11/2)!

OSA & NYC Parks Town Hall Meeting

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn is hosting a Town Hall meeting this Thursday November 2nd from 6:30pm-8pm, where folks can pow-wow about ideas for improving our parks, as well as discussing park programming like health and wellness events, movie nights, music and art events, historical and nature walks and food events. Here’s a recap from the 2016 Town Hall meeting. This Thursday’s meeting will be held at the McCarren Play Center (776 Lorimer Street), and includes a light buffet dinner and drinks.

When: Thursday, November 2, 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer (between Driggs and Bayard)
Who: Neighbors who love their parks and want to see more parks and better-kept, safer parks with more programming
Food and Drinks? Yes! A complimentary light buffet dinner and drinks will be served
*Childcare will be provided
RSVP: [email protected] (for headcount for food)

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Greenpoint Doughboy: A Tragic Tale of A Greenpointer in World War I

November 11th will mark the ninety-ninth anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Even though America entered the conflict late, declaring war in April of 1917, the “Great War” had a profound impact locally. At least a hundred and twenty-three local men died in the conflict. In his fascinating book Greenpoint Doughboy, author Peter McHale describes the life and death of one of his great-uncle, John McKay, a graduate of St. Cecelia’s Parochial School who lived on Meeker Avenue and joined the famous New York Irish Regiment, “ The Fighting Sixty-Ninth.” McKay tragically became one of the more than 116,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Continue reading

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