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An Art Heist, An Environmental Vision and Another Hit and Run — The Hook-Up (3/16)

One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg
One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg via Brooklyn Paper

Happy Friday, Greenpoint, and welcome to the Da Vinci Code. There’s been an art heist on Bayard Street, and the NYPD has made an appeal for information from the public. The thief broke into the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg, and made off 6 Hudson River School landscape paintings worth a combined 1.7 million dollars.

Speaking of the River, this week, local community advocacy groups Riverkeeper,  Newtown Creek Alliance, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Perkins+Will teamed up to launch their Vision Plan for Newtown Creek and Flushing Waterways.

Newtown Creek Alliance is also part of a coalition of nearly 200 environmental groups that staged a rally this week to pressure Gov. Cuomo to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in New York State.  Continue reading

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Get Dirty & Dig in at Kingsland Wildflowers This Friday (3/16)!

On the green roof at the 2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflower Festival. Photo by Kate Truisi
The 2018 season at Kingsland Wildflowers is kicking off this weekend! They’re having their first Field Day Friday, a hands-on volunteer day, this Friday, March 16th from 4-7pm. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the roof and dig in the dirt while maintaining the garden with other members of the community. Peep the info below:

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Discuss Newtown Creek’s Sordid Past and Improving Future at This Talk on Jan 31

Superfund Series

Via Newtown Creek Alliance:
Join your fellow neighbors in a series of informal gatherings to learn about and discuss the latest happenings on our local superfund waterway; Newtown Creek. While this 4 mile waterway still faces significant environmental issues, there has been great progress in recent years to revitalize this largely neglected border of the boroughs. In an effort to better engage the “head of Creek” communities of Bushwick, Ridgewood and Maspeth, the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) is hosting a winter series of socially-focussed meetings. These events will include a brief presentation reviewing the current state of the Creek including larger clean-up efforts and grassroots projects; we’ll have lots of materials and background info on hand.

When: Wednesday January 31st, 6–8pm
Where: Kings County Brewers Collective | 381 Troutman Street

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Loaves and Fishes: The Hook-up (12/29)

Behold the Loaves! Via The Straits Times
Behold the Loaves! Via The Straits Times

Hey, Greenpoint! Hope you’re keeping warm in this frigid weather, and enjoying the swing time between Christmas and the New Year. You might be merry, but the news cycle was biblical. Both Loaves and Fishes were in the spotlight.

Up first, lovely loaves. A bread crawl through NYC (via Singapore!) finds the best bread in all boroughs at Torst (615 Manhattan Avenue). The Greenpoint Sour and Russian Rye got special shoutouts!

As for Fishes: Greenpoint Fish and Lobster (114 Nassau Ave) hosted its 3rd Annual Feast of the Seven Fishes Dinner on Christmas Eve. The dinner is an Italian-American Christmas tradition. And it wasn’t just diners at the restaurant who were feasting. According to News 12, Greenpoint Fish and Lobster sold 100 pounds of fish, more than 100 lobsters and almost 1,000 clams in the two days before Christmas Eve to neighbors looking to make their own holiday meals. 

But, not every restaurant in Greenpoint felt such loving vibes over the holiday. In fact, Peking Express (237 Nassau Avenue) was robbed of $1,200 on Christmas Eve. Police are asking the public to help identify the perpetrator.

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Cutest Dog Contest (+ More From The GCEF) in McGolrick This Weekend! (10/14)

WHAT: OpenHouseGCEF!
WHERE: McGolrick/Winthrop Park, Russell St. and Driggs Ave.
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 11am-3pm (NOTE: If heavy rain the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will be cancelled!)

If you haven’t heard about the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, it’s the silver lining resulting from our neighborhood’s heavily industrious past—the disastrous Exxon oil spill, which leaked between 17-30 million gallons of oil into Newtown Creek over the course of several decades. The state was awarded millions of dollars ($19.5 mill to be exact), to be earmarked toward grants for Greenpoint-based environmental organizations. Since the GCEF was established in 2011, 46 grants totaling $16.8 million have been awarded to 40 projects, and the fund has leveraged an additional $37.6 million in matching contributions from grantees.

McGolrick Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

This Saturday, the second annual OpenHouseGCEF, hosted by the GCEF and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, will be a fun-filled day at McGolrick for adults and kids alike, featuring: live music, flower planting, crafts, story time readings, a “cutest dog” contest and other activities. And you’ll get to pow-wow with many of the community organizations that have received GCEF grants, like the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, the Newtown Creek Alliance, the Greenpoint Library, the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, NYC Audubon and others. Continue reading

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Final Demolition of the Kosciuszko Bridge This Sunday 10/1

The end of the old Kosciusko Bridge. Via Brooklyn Paper
The end of the old Kosciuszko Bridge. Via Brooklyn Paper

So far this summer, New Yorkers have reacted to the demolition of the Old Kosciuszko Bridge in a variety of expressive ways. There were the illicit parties held on the Bridge ahead of the scheduled July demolition, and the group of urban vigilantes ready to defend the bridge from demise with wolves and swords.

The city itself decided on a more muted end to the 1939 span that crosses Newtown Creek, connecting Greenpoint to Maspeth, Queens, than these events, or even the Bridge’s namesake, Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Revolutionary hero in both Poland and the United States, might warrant. Instead of the scheduled July explosion, the main span of the bridge was lowered onto a barge in Newtown Creek.

But, anyone who was hoping the bridge would go out with a bang can get psyched. While the final demolition was supposed to take place September 24, the new demolition date is now This Sunday, October 1st at 8am.

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Newtown Creek Alliance is Looking for Volunteers this weekend

Newtown Creek Alliance Going for the Knockout
Newtown Creek Alliance Going for the Knockout. Via Newtown Creek Alliance’s facebook page.

Didn’t Catch the match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor? No worries, you can have a knockout of your own this weekend! Newtown Creek Alliance is looking for volunteers to help with its Knotweed Knockout at Penny Bridge. 

Via Newtown Creek Alliance:

A continuation of our cleanup work at the Penny Bridge site, we are looking for volunteers to help us with weeding and path-making. The vicious Japanese Knotweed, along with other weeds are overtaking portions of the site and we will focus heavily on removing the plant from certain areas for path-making and planting of native pollinator species.  Gloves, shovels, trash bags and all other needed materials will be provided. 

Saturday, September 9th
Sunday, September 10th
11am to 3pm
Location: Where Meeker Avenue dead ends at Newtown Creek (Greenpoint)

You can find a map to the location here.

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Community Visioning, Newtown Creek History, and Green Roof Tour at Kingsland Wildflowers this Saturday (6/3)

kingsland-wildflowers-greenpoint-visitors-photo-by-mpenmannThis Saturday (June 3rd), you can tour the beautiful rooftop at Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave), learn about the future of Newtown Creek at a community visioning workshop, and take a look back to its industrial roots with local historian Mitch Waxman. These events are all free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events:

1-4pm   Community Visioning with Riverkeeper and NCA, RSVP

5-7pm   Lecture and Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Tour with Mitch Waxman, NCA Historian, RSVP

More Deets:

Join Riverkeeper and the Newtown Creek Alliance in creating a cohesive community vision for Newtown Creek. With a Superfund cleanup and long-term plan to control sewage overflows on the horizon, now is an opportune time to engage stakeholders in imagining and designing a future Newtown Creek that provides greater opportunities for restoration, remediation, recreation, and resilience. RSVP

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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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