GCEF Applicant Workshop Networking Event (11/13)

In case you still haven’t heard, Greenpoint is getting $19.5 million in funding from Exxon Mobile in retribution for that little (huge) oil spill that polluted our soil and waterways many years ago. The best part of this whole settlement is that the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund has opened up the floor to proposals from locals (that’s YOU) who have projects in mind to improve the neighborhood’s environmental landscape, as well as education and awareness about environmental concerns. You don’t have to be an environmental scientist or urban planning expert to apply–you just need to have an idea for creating a meaningful impact.

The next workshop/networking event is taking place on Wednesday 11/13, from 6:30-8:30pm. Reserve your spot HERE.

From the GCEF: The workshop will provide prospective applicants with a broad overview of the grant program, the online system, and elements of a successful application. Immediately following the workshop, there will be a networking event where attendees can meet and network with others interested in working together on a project proposal for GCEF funding — including community members who may have similar project ideas as well as technical experts who have know-how to offer to a project.

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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Networking Event (11/7)

Credit: Mitch Waxman

Back in September, the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund invited the public to submit proposals for improving the neighborhood’s green space as part of the $19.5 million grant program (funded by the 2011 settlement with ExxonMobil as retribution for the Greenpoint Oil Spill).

An important component of the fund is ensuring that the community has “a direct, continuing role in guiding GCEF’s development and implementation,” according to the website. This means that all Greenpoint residents (not just environmental experts and non-profit organizations) are encouraged to get involved.  The deadline for proposals was recently extended to 12/18/13.

The GCEF is holding a networking event on 11/7 to encourage applicants to meet each other and to foster collaboration between community members with similar project ideas. In addition, the event will be a way for applications to meet technical experts who might have useful knowledge about their project’s logistics.

When: Thursday, November 2nd
When: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Polish Slavic Center (176 Java St)

For more information on the grant, visit

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Detox-Retox-Redux & Mingle at FitDrinks Brooklyn Tomorrow! (6/6)

Building a solid network of local and like minded professionals in your field is the only way to achieve your A game, refresh your perspective, brainstorm new ideas, feel part of a community and make some new friends. Throw some cocktails and snacks into the mix and it’s a party!

FitDrinks by Body Local is a monthly networking/cocktail party that aims to build a community of fitness and wellness professionals who want to re-define the detox-retox-redux.

If you are a personal trainer, yoga teacher, massage therapist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, running coach, holistic health counselor, physical therapist, etc. or a fitness and wellness enthusiast, please come to tomorrow’s important and really fun event.

FitDrinks Brooklyn is taking place Thursday, June 6th, 2013 from 8-10pm at Awakening (607 Manhattan Ave.)

Yes there will be drinks, too!

Tickets are $5 in advance (use promo code GREENPOINTERS); $10 at the door

Healthy snacks & beverages provided by Brooklyn-based companies including Café Anise, Peeled Snacks, Pipernilli (vegan cookies), Brooklyn Dark (organic chocolate), Plan Tea and Kombucha Brooklyn.

Sponsored post courtesy of Body Local.

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The Kitchen Is Flooded Sandy Benefit Tonight (11/27) @ Brooklyn Brewery

Work It Brooklyn & Brooklyn Based are hosting a networking event and Sandy Relief Fundraiser tonight (11/27) – 7:30-9:30pm at Brooklyn Brewery (79 No. 11th St).

A few bucks gets you a raffle ticket for some great local prizes, a beer, first hand accounts of kitchen mishaps and survival, and some awesome speed networking– not bad for a Tuesday night! Food vendors will also be on hand to curb your hunger. Register and/or Donate Now!

You don’t have to be in the food industry to attend, so register and spread the word!

Raffle and ticket sales will benefit ReStore Red Hook, which is helping businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy (the majority of businesses on their site suffered damages of $50,000 or more, and they need help reaching their goal). Food vendors will also donate 10% of sales to ReStore Red Hook.

Tickets are $15.

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Work It Brooklyn: Industry Focus: Music

The lovely ladies of Work It Brooklyn is at it again! In this industry focused edition, music will be the center of attention and WIB has teamed up with Women in Music to bring you an evening of productive speed networking and professional guidance from the likes of Tunecore and MusicSUBMIT. Full details below, tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Industry Focus: Music
A Networking & Panel Event presented by Work It Brooklyn & Women In Music

BROOKLYN- more than just a cherished outer-borough of New York City and home for many, has come to represent a mecca of rich culture for progress, diversity, independent thinkers, and creativity, especially for those who are involved in the independent music scene.
On Wednesday April 20th from 7-10 pm, Brooklyn based organization “Work It Brooklyn” (WIB), a progressive event-based networking organization formed to connect inspired creatives working independently within the creative fields is teaming up with  “Women in Music” (WIM), a not for profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the music business, for the next Work it Brooklyn “Industry Focus Event.”

The Industry Focus event will start with an opportunity for guests to mix and mingle over casual rounds of speednetworking, followed by an intimate industry panel discussion with some of the best experts in the DIY music field: Jeff Price, Founder and CEO of Tunecore; Liz Leahy, Co-Founder and CEO of  Section 101; Michael Corcoran, President of MusicSUBMIT; Ben Markowitz, Product Experience Manager of Fanbridge; and Jayce Varden, Co-founder and Director of Pledgemusic.

Panel moderator and Entertainment Attorney Shamita Carriman Esq. of Carriman Law Group and Women In Music will encourage the panelists to speak freely, openly, and candidly on strategies for success for DIY musicians.

The event will also feature an invited list of local “VIP’s” in the DIY music field outside of the panelists who will be ready to directly network with guests during the mingling time slots of the event.

“ Having these great industry panelists at an event in the heart of the national independent music scene is amazing– we’re going to have a blast” notes Work It Brooklyn Co-Founder Aja Marsh. Women In Music President Evange Livanos is equally excited about the event and notes: “Its an honor having WIM be a part of this panel bringing all of these industry professionals to our members and the public.”

Date: Wednesday April 20th
Cost: [email protected] the door, space provided. Free for Women In Music Members.
Schedule: 7pm doors|  7:15 pm speednetworking | 7:45 pm Panel discussion | 8:45 pm – 10pm mingling.
Venue: Coco 66, 66 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11222
Subway & Directions: G train to Greenpoint Avenue Stop, transfer available from the L train Metropolitan Avenue Stop

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Work It Brooklyn Returns February 23 at Public Assembly

Last year 3 Greenpointers; Briana, Aja and I organized a social networking event for all the freelancing creatives out there called Work It Brooklyn and it was a raging success. The best part was speed networking, which as you can imagine, is a more productive and less awkward version of speed dating where you get 3 minutes to promote yourself, exchange business cards and make some new connections that’ll help your professional path take another step up.

We’re back again this year with another kickass event, to take place February 23rd at Public Assembly. We will have more speed networking than you can handle, drinks at the bar, and a slideshow of submitted business cards (which is also available on our website).

We’re capping the event at 250 and we’re nearing that end so make sure to register today on Eventbrite and email us your virtual business cards ([email protected]). There’ll be raffles as well for a chance to win a free workday at Greenpoint Coworking and more.

Get your business cards ready and see you February 23!


FEBRUARY 23, 2011
7 – 10PM
$5 Suggested Donation

70 N. 6th ST btw Whythe & Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Communal Workspace for the Lonesome Freelancer

photo courtesy Helen Pearson

North Brooklyn is teeming with freelance creatives and independent workers. Graphic designers, writers, journalists, illustrators, website developers and the like often spend their days isolated in their “home office” rockin’ pajamas and a hot cup of coffee. No Big Brother corporate meetings, no annoying co-workers, no commuting 45 minutes on the G train, and no waiting in line for a soggy sandwich at Korean bodegas. The life of a freelance worker sounds ideal until you consider unsteady income and the constant search for new gigs. Also we need to consider that working independently can be goddamn lonely and isolating.

This lack of social interaction, community building, skill sharing and all around cho-chumming has inspired Sara Bacon, president of the design firm Command C, to open a communal workspace for these office-less lone rangers as a means to “nourish community in a beautiful and professional environment while fostering individual work.” Greenpoint CoWorking opened 2 weeks ago and when taking a peek inside I felt immediately comforted by the clean row of table space, a fully functional kitchen, a dining table/meeting area, a reading corner equipped with 2 giant almost-too-comfortable fatboy cushions. On top of it all there was a shy little dog named Sushi who greeted you at the door.

photo courtesy Helen Pearson

Prices range on levels of commitment, which includes a $25 drop ins and a $250/month “dedicated community member” where you’re reserved a deskspace all to yourself.

I’m super excited about the prospect of Greenpoint CoWorking’s joining a community of creatives and hope all you lonely folks out there will take advantage of this opportunity to work and mingle, in that order.

Greenpoint CoWorking
240 N. Henry St #1B
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Open Mon – Fri from 10 – 5:30
[email protected]

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