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Tour Newtown Creek By Ferry!

Newtown Creek Boat Tour
via Newtown Creek Alliance

On May 21st, Newtown Creek Alliance sets sail on Newtown Creek in a NY Waterway ferry boat. Historian Mitch Waxman and NCA Program Manager Willis Elkins are hosting the boat ride, and participants are invited to learn about the Creek’s rich industrial history, lasting legacy of contamination and environmental damage and on-going efforts to revitalize and restore this unique waterway in the heart of New York City.

This is a unique and rare way to be able to tour Newtown Creek and learn about our neighborhood’s (tragic) environmental history.

Newtown Creek Boat Tour | India Street Ferry Dock, 10 India Street
Sunday, May 21 | 2pm-4pm

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NY Art Book Fair, Revolting Grace, Summer Death – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/24–9/30)

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WEDNESDAY 9/24
* Financial Planning Workshop for Parents @ Caribou Baby (272 Driggs Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, For new and upcoming parents to learn how they can provide a secure financial future for their families, More info
☺How Do I Get There? @ The Creek & the Cave (10-93 Jackson Ave) 8pm, FREE, With Ashley Bez / Shakir Standley / Erin Gloria Ryan / Eric Grundhauser, RSVP
Jeff & Buttons @ The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Ave) 8:30pm, $15, This two-man comedy duo is like Laurel and Hardy on a bender with the Marx Brothers, drunk dialing Beckett, Buy tix Continue reading

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Crystal Jukebox Hymn, Mini-Zine Fest, Out in the Streets – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/23–7/29)

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WEDNESDAY 7/23
SummerScreen @ McCarren Park (North 12th & Bedford Ave) 6pm, FREE, John Waters’ cult classic Cry-Baby, with music before the film from Man Forever and White Suns, More info
* International Film Fest @ Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd) 7pm, FREE, Screening of Umberto D., a neorealist masterpiece from De Sica, More info
* Poker Philanthropy
 @ TBD Brooklyn (224 Franklin St) 7:30, FREE, Twenty-seat Texas Hold ‘Em tournament to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, More info

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Northside Fest, Vans House Party, Cunning Stunts – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/11–6/17)

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WEDNESDAY 6/11
* Making Spaces: Urban Interventionism & the Commons @ freespace nyc (340 Boerum St. #2) 7pm, FREE, This panel explores art and social projects that occupy, repurpose, and investigate urban spaces, (re)claiming the commons for dialogue and action, RSVP
* The Newtown Creek “Magic Lantern” Show @ Brooklyn Brainery (190 Underhill Ave) 8pm, $11, A photo slideshow and lecture presented by Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman, More info
* Constance and the Perpetual Motion Machine @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 8pm, $10, Rough House presents a darkly humorous puppet play of catastrophe, grief, and mechanical engineering, RSVP

THURSDAY 6/12
♦ B.E.A.T. Fundraiser & Art Event @ Verboten (54 North 11th St) 7pm, FREE, Art raffle, DJs, and a special guest, More info
House Party @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, With Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires / Mac Demarco / Benjamin Booker, More info
* VideoTALE: Storytelling with Video @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, FREE, With Frank Conniff /Adam Wade / Harmon Leon / David Lawson / Angel Yau, More info Continue reading

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Kickstarter Block Party, Bounce Ballroom, Risky Talking, Jane’s Walk – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/30–5/06)

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Revisions Opening Party @ Picture Farm Gallery (338 Wythe Ave) Friday 5/2, 6-10pm, FREE, Join Picture Farm for the debut solo show of surf photographer, Zak Bush, whose photographic journey starts in the cold, clear north of Nova Scotia and the reaches of coastal Canada, More Info

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WEDNESDAY 4/30 
* Free Craft Night @ Brooklyn Craft Co (61 Greenpoint Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, Learn to make dip-dyed sailor knot bracelets, More info
☺Twillerama @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $5, Films screened include shorts by Bill Plympton, Leah Shore, George Griffin, Richard O’Connor, and Signe Baumane, More info
* Three Kinds of Wildness @ Standard Toykraft (722 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $12, The newest play from Der Vorführeffekt Theatre features exquisitely crafted puppets, intricately layered soundscapes, and unconventional theatrical lighting, Buy tickets

THURSDAY 5/01
* “Pirate Nightmare Vice Explosion” Release Party @ Desert Island (540 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, FREE, Michael Kupperman’s outsider-art collection of adult magazines annotated and defaced by persons unknown to form something entirely new, RSVP
♫ Red Bull Music Academy’s Bounce Ballroom @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker St) 8pm, $10, Four dance styles, four dance crews, four DJs: Bruk Up/Flexing with Bobby Konders, Voguing/Ballroom with MikeQ, Housing/Waacking with Todd Terry, Jersey Club with DJ Sliink, More info
Funky Warsaw @ Warsaw (261 Driggs St) 10pm, FREE, DJ Bobby J plays all vinyl: sassy-ass 60’s soul, funky funk, power-pop, post-apocalyptic punk, and pre-historic hip-hop, More info Continue reading

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WTF is Plank Road?

A black-crowned night heron.  Several swallows, cormorants, and geese.  One lone white duck.  These were some of the birds seen on this Saturday’s canoe trip to Plank Road, which was a collaboration between the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) and the North Brooklyn Boat Club.  The paddlers, many out for their first trip on New York’s waterways, remarked on the stunning juxtaposition of active and crumbling industrial sites alongside a very living, if troubled, ecosystem.   They traveled up the Newtown Creek and met up with a land-based group to hear from historian Mitch Waxman about this peculiar site that the NCA is looking to revamp in the coming months.

Mitch Waxman speaks about the history of Plank Road. Photo credit NBBC

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