There has been a lot of talk about Smorgasburg and East River State Park lately. Two weekends ago, the company behind Brooklyn Flea, the outdoor market that spun off Smorgasburg, decided to combine the two markets into one massive Saturday market. This move sent ripples through the North Brooklyn community as it made the southern end of East River Park completely unusable for locals. Luckily, after Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea combo was reported about, the founders heard the neighborhood’s complaints and decided to break the markets back up into two. Now the neighborhood needs to turn its attention to a much bigger fight happening with Transmitter Park. Continue reading
Are you an artist working and living in Brooklyn? You can become a NYC Parks featured artist at the park house at Bushwick Inlet Park. Attend the open house this Wednesday to tour the space, meet fellow artists and get guidelines for submission.
Call for Artists: NYC Parks/Brooklyn Recreation
Deadline: May 20, 2017
Open House: Wednesday, April 19 | 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: Bushwick Inlet Center | Kent Avenue & North 9th Street
This program is open to all Brooklyn artists and arts organizations. However, emergent artists with a strong sense of community engagement or community focused practice are encouraged to apply. For more information and/or to RSVP: [email protected]
Located in the heart of Greenpoint is a park named for longtime neighborhood advocate Monsignor McGolrick, an Irish pastor who became a major community figure in the late 1800s. These days, the Greenpoint area has a new community leader. Her name is Konstancja Maleszyńska.
She works for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a non-profit that partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to help “fill the gaps” that result from underfunding and understaffing within the city department. One of her current projects is organizing monthly “Saturday Sweeps” of McGolrick Park, where neighbors can come meet one another and work together to pick up litter. Continue reading
It’s true! The McCarren Park Pool located on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border will serve double duty, transforming into an ice rink during winter months. The rink will open on November 15 and will be the first of its kind in northern Brooklyn. Continue reading
• Take a dip! The McCarren Park Pool is open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
• Open a fire hydrant! Spray caps can be obtained by an adult 18 or over, free of charge, at local firehouses. More info here.
• Borrow a kid! Sprinklers (now called “spray showers”) are on in parks, but don’t be creepy. You can’t go into the playground without accompanying a kid. Check out McGolrick Park, American Playground (Franklin St bet. Milton St & Noble St) & Greenpoint Playground (Franklin St. bet. Commerical St. and Dupoint St.)
• Water Balloon Fight! The water fountains in parks were specifically engineered for filling massive quantities of water balloons. Nothing is better than a good old fashioned water balloon fight.
• I love this one: Don’t exercise! Especially from 11am-4pm.
• Wear sunscreen! And cover up.
• Drink plenty of H20! (reduce consumption of alcohol (sorry!) and caffeine)
• Don’t leave your dog or kids in a car! Temps in car get much hotter faster and dogs and kids die every year from being left in cars. If you see this neglectful behavior – call 911!
• Check on neighbors and old folks nearby.
• Here is a list of local cooling centers in or close to Greenpoint.
• Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry will be opening and closing earlier than usual this week. On Thursday from 7am-11am with cold drinks and cool places to sit for pantry guests and volunteers.
It’s a bitch out there, so cool off at the McCarren Park pool, which opens today, for $free dollars.
That being said, it’s not a free-for-all, there are rules and procedures to follow. Behave and don’t act like a fool so everyone can enjoy the pool.
Last year we put together this 12 Step Guide to the McCarren Park Pool.
Keep cool, Greenpoint!
Yesterday morning’s walk to the farmers market brought some good bird sightings! It started with a Red Bellied Woodpecker battling with a starling for access to a cavity in a London planbe tree in McGolrick park. We’ve seen a lot of woodpeckers in the neighborhood but they are always a treat and this is a particular favorite of mine with the vivid red head (not sure why its called red bellied as its belly is cream colored) and spectacular black and white speckled wings.
Later as we returned from the market Jen saw something small brown rooting around in the undergrowth which turned out to be a Hermit Thrush!
I’ve only seen these in more dense cover in wooded areas of Prospect and Owl’s head parks so this was a real surprise. They are similar to Robins but smaller and more reclusive. They scratch around in the leaves for insects and have a unique habit (among thrushes) of bobbing their reddish brown tail at regular intervals.
As we turned to leave the thrush to his chitinous breakfast I looked up and saw what at first appeared to be an owl in the tree overhead. It turned out to be a very fluffed up Red Tailed Hawk who had been watching the Thrush and probably thinking of its next meal.