Newtown Creek Alliance

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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Get Your Hands Dirty With These Environmental Activities This Weekend!

Saturday, May 6th is the sixth annual Riverkeeper Sweep, which is Riverkeeper’s annual day of service for the Hudson River, with more than 90 cleanup events across NYC and the Hudson. At last year’s sweep, more than two thousand volunteers worked along hundreds of miles of shoreline to remove over 48 tons of debris, and plant or maintain 836 trees and native grasses. This year, North Brooklyn plays host to five of the sweeps. If you participate, you’re entitled to a free beer at Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 N. 15th St) from 12pm till 2am. And also this weekend we have a few different environmental guided tours in the neighborhood, so there are lots of ways you can get your green on!

2017_SweepPoster-e1491004254193RIVERKEEPER EVENTS:

Transmitter Park Cleanup | Meet @ Transmitter Park radio building
Saturday, May 6 | 10am-1pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Help clean up Transmitter Park!
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Newtown Creek Vista Point Cleanup | @ 1000 Meeker Ave.
Saturday, May 6 | 11am-3pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Debris removal, planting native flora and path making.
More info | Facebook event

Newtown Creek Shoreline Cleanup By Canoe | @ HarborLAB at 53-21 Vernon Blvd
Saturday, May 6 | 11am-6pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Clean up Newtown Creek by boat! And help with a seed ball and planting project. The boat cleanup will stretch from the meeting point through 58th Road in Maspeth.
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Bushwick Inlet Park Cleanup + Planting | @ Bushwick Inlet Park Dept of Parks building, 86 Kent Ave. @ N 9th St.
Saturday, May 6 | 10am-1pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Cleanup, gardening, and planting.
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East River State Park Cleanup | Meet in front of the park @ 90 Kent Ave.
Saturday, May 6 | 12pm-4pm | free, or $8.50 with t-shirt
What: Cleanup and park maintenance
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ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDED WALKS:
monitor st statue greenpoint mcgolrick parkMcGolrick Park: A Guided Tree Walk
| Meet under the monument in McGolrick/Winthrop Park
Saturday, May 6 | 1pm-2:30pm
What: This walk will be led by a certified arborist. “McGolrick park is known for its dense canopy of mature, shady trees. Together we’ll look at these trees, learn the various species growing in the park, and share some tips for identifying trees in NYC. From towering London Plane trees to small, flowering Eastern Red Buds, we’ll take time to look at each leaf, flower, fruit and bud.” Dogs welcome!
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ItaliaNites, MetalSucks Bash, Oddities Flea Market, Gross History – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (3/8–3/14)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!


WEDNESDAY 3/8

# ItaliaNites: Malèna @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 7:30pm, FREE, Viewing of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malèna in celebration of la Festa delle Donne (International Women’s Day). A coming of age film, it follows one teenage boy’s infatuation with a village siren during World War II Sicily, RSVP
♫ NVRSleep: Across The Pond Edition @ Kinfolk 90 (90 Wythe Ave) 9pm, FREE, An Experimental Music Platform for Today’s Creative Class. Audio trip Across the Pond via Jamaal Fisher, Nasty Nigel, Rodney Hazard, and Special Guests, RSVP
=) Popcorn Hour @ Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $5, See New York’s finest comedians put on a show for you that’ll leave you much more satisfied than a damn $15 movie and $20 soda. Free popcorn, Buy tix

 

THURSDAY 3/9

* Reclaiming Our Estuary: The Newtown Creek Experience 
@ LaGuardia Community College (31-10 Thomson Ave), 4pm, FREE, Learn about rediscovering the commons, our waterway and its life, case studies, and the future of Newtown Creek, RSVP
# Global Flavors: How Curry, Soy Sauce, and Sriracha Became American @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $10, Learn how soy sauce, curry, and Sriracha became part of everyday dining. How have these three distinct flavors come to represent Asian food in the US, Buy tix
♦ FREE LIKE OSCAR: Resistance Through Afro-Latino Culture @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $8-10, A discussion with Melinda González, co founder of BombaYo, on Latino cultural traditions rooted in the African diaspora that are particularly effective at teaching us resistance and resilience, More info

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Get Sloshed To Save Our Local Waterfronts: Waterfront Defenders Party At The Diamond!

Waterfront Defenders partyNext week, Tuesday March 7th from 7-10pm local watering hole The Diamond (43 Franklin St.) is hosting a Waterfront Defenders Party to benefit this trifecta of fantastic local organizations— The Billion Oyster Project, Newtown Creek Alliance and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park. Proceeds from beverage sales will be donated and split evenly between them. Meet guest bartenders from these great organizations while learning more about what they do and how you can get your hands dirty!

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Trump-tar pops up in Greenpoint, Free Trees for Neighborhood Residents, and a Sketchy Bat at Silk Road Cycles: The Hook-Up 10/14

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The bat that has taken up residence outside Silk Road Cycles.

A bat has been posted up outside Silk Road Cycles (76 Franklin St.) all week. Someone at the shop reportedly contacted Animal Control 4 days ago and as of yesterday, the poor, apparently sick bat was still there.

Riverkeeper will be hosting a Newtown Creek Community Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20. The EPA will be presenting an update.

A pro-Donald Trump art show was cancelled this week at a Williamsburg gallery.

No, Bill Murray has not announced any further bartending engagements, but his son’s restaurant, 21 Greenpoint got some good press this week! Continue reading

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Explore the Beautiful Kingsland Wildflowers and Community Space this Saturday (10/8)

Kingsland Wildflowers Rooftop
Kingsland Wildflowers Rooftop

If you didn’t get a chance to visit the beautiful Kingsland Wildflower Rooftop Festival last weekend, this Saturday October 8th starting at 5PM, is another opportunity to check out Greenpoint’s newest green addition. Visitors will explore the newly installed roofs, enjoy light refreshments, and talk to green roof experts. Renowned environmental journalist Michael McCarthy will do a talk followed by a book signing for his published work “The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy.”

mothsnowstormbook_michaelmccarthyEvent Details
When: Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Where: Kingsland Wildfloweres Roof and Community Space (520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn 11222)

Schedule
6:00–6:45PM: Renowned UK environmental journalist Michael McCarthy on “NATURE AND JOY: A NEW DEFENSE OF THE NATURAL WORLD”
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Train Thoughts & Trash Talk — The Hook-Up 7/29

Hey, it gets lonely on the G Track. (Via ReThink Studios)
Hey, it gets lonely on the G Track. (Via ReThink Studios)
Though full-size G Trains are very much on the agenda for the coming L Train shutdown, here’s another thought: extending the E to run along the G track to take the pressure off all of us out here.
 
Because the L Train shutdown is consuming all our thoughts lately, senator Daniel Squadron (plus 32 other officials) are calling on Cuomo, de Blasio, and MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast to start working on better solutions now.
 
One more G Train thing and then we’ll stop. Apparently a small number of G Trains are being used as a test group for those futuristic digital display screens you see on other trains from the modern era.
 
Greenpoint’s getting new trashcans, and they’re going in the places community members have suggested. If there’s a spot you’ve got in mind that’s in dire straits for a garbage receptacle, call 311.
 
Things are changing at Five Leaves and Nights and Weekends — but hopefully only in a behind-the-scenes kind of way. Chef Ken Addington is leaving his post there, but he’s apparently got something else up his sleeve.
 
If sewage-related podcasts are your thing, check out this DNAinfo reporter’s chat with Zainool Ali, the manager of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
 
What about urban hikes? Are those your thing? On August 6, Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman will be taking interested parties through our industrial borderlands
 
Investors Bank recently cut the ribbon at its new location on Manhattan Ave. However, it’s already made moves in the community by getting in with local advocacy groups like the Greenpoint YMCA and the North Brooklyn Development Corporation.
 
There’s still time for CitiStorage owner Norm Brodsky to accept the city’s offer of $100 million, but his public auction of the land recently closed, and he’s been playing his cards close to his chest.
 
The Greenpoint entrepreneurs behind spice savant Greenpoint Trading Company are laying on the heat with an expansion into South Bushwick.
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Cartoon History, Park Drama & Hank the Dog — The Hook-Up 6/3

Via Julia Wertz
Via Julia Wertz

The more you know: now you can learn about Greenpoint’s pastry, vaudeville, and industrial history in comic book fashion thanks to cartoonist Julia Wertz.

Is McCarren Park the new hotspot for attempted abductions? This Reddit forum suggests it might pay to be extra careful when you’re leaving Matchless at 3 a.m.

In the next potential round of Cuomo v. de Blasio: the state might strongarm the city into giving the Williamsburg waterfront its long-awaited park. However, some people would rather it turn into an Industry City-esque Maker Park. 

If “Combined Sewage Overflow” didn’t mean much to you before, you’re about to get a very visceral idea of why people think Newtown Creek is so shitty. However, the Newtown Creek Alliance has news about how local residents can do their part by using less water when it rains.
 
The Calyer Building is getting a makeover. Not to worry, though — the more iconic-looking Green Point Savings Bank will remain intact.
 

Few are thrilled about the prospect of an L Train shutdown, but it seems as though the overwhelming consensus is “get the damn thing over with.” However, “getting the damn thing over with” might actually entail closing 14th Street to car traffic, giving buses and bikes their own dedicated space. 

They say 90% of success is showing up. Or is it 80%? Either way, Greenpoint Democratic district leader Linda Minucci is being taken to task by people who admittedly have a vested interest in seeing her challenger best her.
 
Grub Street is wading into contentious territory here, but here’s its definitive ranking of the best Polish food in Greenpoint.
 
Is this you? Some of your neighbors really wish you’d pick up after your dog. #dogpoopshaming
 
Hank. Hank is Greenpoint’s most popular dog name. #dognameshaming
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Local Industry Is Making Brooklyn Great Again — The Hook-Up 4/1

A rendering of Amalgamated Drawing Office.
A rendering of Amalgamated Drawing Office.
Everyone groaned when BMW leased the former Brooklyn Night Bazaar space, but it looks as though the dealership is actually doing something really cool with the space/probably trying a little too hard to do Brooklyn right/might still deserve the benefit of the doubt for now. “Amalgated Drawing Office” will feature a restaurant, retail design store, co-working space, and start-up accelerator. One thing it definitely won’t be is an automotive space, but “design” is apparently an open-ended concept for the time being.
 
Speaking of maker spaces, North Brooklyn is getting its first new privately-financed manufacturing/industrial space in 40 years. 25 Kent will soon be home to its own version of Industry City.
 
After one month and 19 burglaries, it seems as though police have finally caught one of the suspects involved in a rash of break-ins across North Brooklyn. Security footage suggests they entered a lot of (unlocked, why?) apartments at night, taking cash, electronics and other valuables. While his accomplice is still at large, and for forever after, remember to lock your non-suburban doors.
 
Like textiles and feminism? Good. This Sunday, there’s a stitch-in happening at Bushwick Inlet Park to raise awareness for abortion rights. That’s one stitch for every one of the 5.4 million women of reproductive age in Texas.
 
Bioremediation workshops are coming to Greenpoint. Details are still to come, but the Newtown Creek Alliance will be laying down some knowledge on urban soil, harnessing beneficial microorganisms with compost tea, and mycoremediation (that’s using fungi for remediation).
 
Blooms are blooming, and the Greenway is showing the first signs of life. The two-way bike lane that’s been three years in the making is finally in the construction phase on West Street.
 
While things are popping, other things are drawing to a close. Verboten just got shut down. Fraud, mismanagement, sexual harassment and racism weren’t the official reasons, though. The government seized the property over unpaid taxes.
 
Are countdown clocks finally coming to the G Train? Gothamist spotted some suspicious-looking packages at the Classon stop. If you see something, say something.
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