Newtown Creek

Walk ALL of Newtown Creek at the Newtown Creek-a-Thon This Sunday! (4/15)

newtowncreekathon

You’ve probably seen at least some of Greenpoint’s favorite waterway (and superfund site) Newtown Creek, but have you seen ALL of Newtown Creek? Sunday morning kicks off the second annual walking tour of the entire length of Newtown Creek! The all-day 14-mile tour, hosted by Mitch Waxman (Newtown Creek Alliance Historian) and Willis Elkins (Program Manager of the NCA), begins at 10am in LIC and wraps up in Greenpoint, trekking through LIC, Blissville, Maspeth, Ridgewood, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint, and stops along at the Creek’s many bridges.

The tour is FREE, but donations are welcome and the organizers ask that you RSVP in advance. There will be a lunch pitstop halfway through, and guests are welcome to come and go along the tour route as they please.
More details can be found here.

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Getting Medieval, Getting Dirty and Getting out of Town — The Hook-up (4/6)

Cafe Grumpy in Miami
Still Grumpy, even under the palms.

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! This week, the New Yorker encouraged us all to get Medieval, praising Krolewskie Jadlo (694 Manhattan Avenue), “the sole medievalist eatery in the five boroughs” for its “seriousness of culinary intent.”

Speaking of local history, The Queens Gazette offered us “The Dirty Yet Important History of Newtown Creek.”

But polluted water isn’t just a thing of the past, it’s a true concern of the present. So pressing is the question of water safety, that Curbed asked, “How worried should New Yorkers be about sewage ending up in city waterways?” Their ultimate findings: “there’s virtually no way combined-sewer overflow could affect the city’s drinking water supply.” But swimming, can be another story…

But, if you’d trade in New York’s water woes for the sparkling beaches of Miami, it looks like your not the only one. Greenpoint’s Cafe Grumpy now has a Miami outpost.

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New DEP Garbage Grabbers are cleaning Newtown Creek

via NYC Water Flickr

Here at Greenpointers, we love getting down and dirty with the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. On Tuesday, that complex kicked it up a notch further when the Department of Environmental protection unveiled 4 brand new “Newtown Creek Litter Capture Devices.” These underground garbage grabbers are designed to trap pollutants in the waterway and direct them towards the plant, where they can then be hauled to landfills. The project required three years of construction and cost the City 42 million dollars.  Continue reading

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Oil, Philanthropy, The Astral and Art: The Mixed Local Legacy of Charles Pratt

Pratt Institute

Perhaps there is no person in the long history of Greenpoint who had a bigger effect on our area than Charles Pratt. Pratt’s legacy, though is a mixed one: a philanthropist, Pratt felt a duty to use his wealth to give back to the community, but he is also heavily responsible for the massive local pollution that is a result of his business in oil refining. One thing though is sure, more than a hundred and twenty years after his death; Pratt’s long shadow still hangs over Greenpoint. Continue reading

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Call For Entries: Greenpoint Film Festival

Greenpoint Film Festival
image via Greenpoint Film Festival

Submissions for the Greenpoint Film Festival are currently being accepted. The extended deadline is March 15th, 2018. Many of last year’s films had a local environmental slant, featuring our favorite highly polluted waterway Newtown Creek. Here’s what the fest has to say, and how to enter: Continue reading

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Newtown Creek Flows all the way to Utah — The Hook-up (2/8)

Newtown Creek: The Art of Toxic Tides via Slug Magazine

The mighty waters of Newtown Creek will be in fine form this weekend, as lovebirds and sewage nerds turn out for Saturday’s tours of The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, but this week, they’ve taken the spotlight as far away as Utah.

While Utah might have the Great Salt Lake, but artist Kelly Larsen found his muse in Greenpoint, affixing a 9-foot canvas to the wall of the creek to record the ebb and flow of toxic tides.  Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Newtown Creek Digester Egg Tour

Digester Eggs via NYC DEP
Fall in love… but don’t fall in!

Nothing says I love you quite like sewage. This valentines day, you could go the traditional route, candy, flowers, etc… Or, you do something truly special: A tour of the Newtown Creek Digester Eggs!

The Digester Eggs are an elegant marriage of form and function. While they are part of the largest wastewater treatment plant in New York City, they are also award-winning landmarks of industrial design. The complex’s dramatic lighting scheme sets the eggs shimmering against the surrounding city, and highlights both functional and pedestrian areas within the plant.

According to the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the hour and a half tour “starts with an overview of the wastewater treatment process—an essential part of protecting public health and NYC’s waterways. After, we treat guests to unobstructed views of the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens skylines from the observation deck, a glass-enclosed walkway built atop our state-of-the art digester eggs.”  Continue reading

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North Brooklyn Culture + History Roundup

Hey, Greenpoint! I know you’re always looking for that history fix, and North Brooklyn has you covered. There are several wonderful history events coming up this weekend and in the next few weeks! But, at any time, our lovely little ‘nabe is jam-packed with fabulous institutions where you can dive into an exploration of what has shaped our city, from sugar, to garbage, to oysters! The array is so gloriously wide, it helps remind us that everything is history, and there’s a history of everything!

City Reliquary

Perhaps the best place to learn about “the history of everything” in New York City, is our very own City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Avenue). The museum’s collection of artifacts and ephemera includes everything from vintage seltzer bottles to Dodgers fan merchandise and memorabilia from the 1939 World’s Fair. The museum also features community collections and rotating exhibits. The current exhibit, NYC Trash!: Past, Present and Future, is on view until April 29, 2018. The Reliquary will host a screening of the film Canners THIS SATURDAY 1/27 @ 7pm.

The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center

The next day, head over to The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (135 Broadway). The museum is housed in the landmarked Kings County Savings Bank Building, and has been supporting arts and culture in Williamsburg since 1996. The 19th Annual Salon Show is on view until February 18, 2018. THIS SUNDAY 1/29 @ 2pm Salon Members will hold special travel presentations.  Continue reading

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Brooklyn and A Queen — The Hook-up 1/26

Rev Yolanda Rocks the Pulpit at the Park Church Co-op
Rev Yolanda Rocks the Pulpit at the Park Church Co-op. Via Brooklyn Paper

This week, New Yorkers have been making their voices heard underground, underwater and in church.

On Sunday, Rev. Yolanda, a Drag Queen who leads an inter-faith congregation in Bay Ridge, brought Drag Queen Story Hour to the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell Street) to help children master the art of kindness and encourage them to embrace diversity.   Continue reading

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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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