McGolrick Park

For The Kids: The Last Summer Sunday in McGolrick is This Sunday! (9/9)

Summer Sunday in McGolrick Park. Photo via Open Space Alliance
Summer Sunday in McGolrick Park. Photo via Open Space Alliance

The last FREE family-centric Summer Sunday of the season is happening this Sunday (Sept 9th) at McGolrick Park, from 11am-1pm. The kid friendly event will feature Rock’n’LoLo and her Spanish singalong and Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford St) hosting arts and crafts. All are welcome!

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McGolrick Park Playground will Reopen in September

McGolrick Playground Plan via NYC Parks

Come mid-September Greenpoint’s kids can trade the pop-up playground in McGolrick Park for the real deal. The Playground is in the midst of a year-long make over, funded largely by Councilman Stephen Levin and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

As part of the revamp, the Parks Department has installed new playground equipment and spray showers, added more benches, upgraded landscaping, poured new pavement and put up new fencing. Parks will also refurbish pathways throughout the park in the fall.

While neighbors may cheer the new equipment, plenty will miss an old friend: The playground’s whale has been removed during the rennovation.

 

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McGolrick Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark in the Park This Tuesday Night! (8/21)

Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981, ©Paramount Pictures & Lucasfilm
Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981, ©Paramount Pictures & Lucasfilm

The classic adventure flick Raiders of the Lost Ark is coming to McGolrick Park for free tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8/21)! Get there around 7:45pm, set up your blankets and chairs and bring your own snacks (but there will be FREE POPCORN!). The film will be set up on the Monitor Street lawn. The movie series in McGolrick is presented by the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA) and sponsored by

When: Tuesday, August 21, around 7:45pm
Where: McGolrick Park, Monitor Street lawn
FREE!

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Free Live Jazz in McGolrick Park Thursday 8/16

Musicians in McGolrick

There was a time not long ago when you had to travel to Manhattan jazz clubs and pay a cover just to listen to great jazz, but that is no longer true and great jazz has arrived locally in Greenpoint. Thursday, August 16 from 7pm-9pm in McGolrick Park some of the best local jazz musicians will show their virtuosity and their love of this unique art form, presented by OSA (The Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn) at the location of the new Earth-shaped Ziemia sculpture in the middle of the park.

The driving force behind the emergence of local jazz is Jesse Lynch, a classical pianist who fell in love with jazz. He has amazing dexterity and a great left hand, suiting him to playing even the most demanding jazz melodies.

Lynch arrived in Greenpoint looking for a place to practice and play intimate local gigs with other highly talented musicians. These underground sessions evolved into what Lynch has named The Vortex, a monthly series in his private loft featuring rotating combinations of musicians playing jazz standards and original compositions in an intimate, casual setting. Though the musicians might change from session to session, the quality of the music does not and there is a unique vibe and energy to Lynch’s sessions that listeners will also hear in McGolrick Park on Thursday. Continue reading

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Public Parks, Private Homes, Pfizer and Police — The Hook-up (8/3)

now there’s even more to enjoy in McGolrick! via the Open Space Alliance

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! With all the warm weather, you may want to spend as much time as possible in Greenpoint’s lovely parks. Now, that’s easier than ever, since the bathrooms at McGolrick Park are open again!

While municipal improvements to our public parks are generally lauded, constant new private development in the neighborhood is less beloved. But, there’s a bunch in the works this week: A 9-unit residential building is planned for 305 Kingsland Avenue, and 65 units of affordable housing for seniors are rising at 64 Scholes St. in Williamsburg.  Continue reading

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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

Bláth & Danny - McGolrick Wedding - Johnny Cirillo
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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