Open Space Alliance

3rd Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival returns THIS SATURDAY! FREE to enter! (9/22)

Join Kingsland Wildflowers for a fun day celebrating their third season of programming, education, and research at Kingsland Wildflowers. Visitors can explore the half-acre, green roof habitat and native plant garden. North Brooklyn community organizations will be tabling and featuring activities to engage families and children. The festival offers an opportunity to learn about local environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Activities include:

❀ Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts
❀ Interactive activities for kids and families
❀ Food, beer, live music & special dance performances
❀ Community organizations discussing local conservation projects
❀ 360º panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens

Music & Dance Performances by:
❀ Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia
❀ Matt Darriau & Paradox Trio
❀ Autumn Kioti & Dakota Bouher

RSVP HERE. FREE ADMISSION! RAIN OR SHINE! Continue reading

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Support Your Parks: Party For The Parks is Happening October 18th

Party For The Parks 2018

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn is having one of their biggest fundraising events of the year, the 7th Annual Party For The Parks. Tickets start at $150 (purchase by Sept 18th for Early Bird pricing), and the party supports the more than 45 parks and playgrounds in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. According to OSA, “The event is part fundraiser; part community celebration for the hundreds of North Brooklynites who invest time and resources in their parks! Because when a community supports its parks, the beauty, health, economy and quality of life of a neighborhood improve!”

The event is happening Thursday, October 18th from 7-10pm, and hosted by Vice Media at 49 S 2nd Street in Williamsburg. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Volunteer Opp: Open Space Alliance is Seeking a Volunteer Coordinator

If you’re interested in North Brooklyn parks and have some time to dedicate to a good community cause, then this gig with the North Brooklyn Open Space Alliance might be for you!

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn is seeking someone to manage the growing group of generous, dedicated volunteers working to make their neighborhood parks and community better. The Volunteer Coordinator is a new position and is responsible for recruiting, training, supervising, rewarding and retaining the individuals belonging to OSA’s Volunteer Corps. The Volunteer Coordinator will help volunteers engage in opportunities that meet their interests. He / she will track volunteer performance data, and create program reports for the community, the OSA board and staff and its funders. The commitment is 10-15 hours per week. The role is ideally suited to a retiree or a homemaker willing to make a long-term commitment. Experience managing individuals and/or a team is required. Experience managing volunteers is preferred. Please contact OSA Executive Director Joe Mayock if you’re interested in learning more.

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Notes from Wednesday’s Community Development Meeting

Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran
Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran

On Wednesday, Greenpoint residents came together at the Polish and Slavic Center (176 Java Street) for a community development meeting organized by Councilman Stephen Levin. The meeting promised information about how new construction along the waterfront, will impact Greenpoint.

Representatives from Greenpoint Landing, The Greenpoint (21 India Street) and Heritage Equity Partners (25 Kent) presented the most recent developments regarding their on-gong construction projects, and took questions from community members. Then community organizations took the floor to discuss their recent work. Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Curb Your Litter, and Evergreen all turned out to detail their ongoing efforts on behalf of Greenpoint. Here are notes from the 2 hour meeting:

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Improve Our Parks! OSA & NYC Parks Town Hall Meeting Thursday (11/2)!

OSA & NYC Parks Town Hall Meeting

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn is hosting a Town Hall meeting this Thursday November 2nd from 6:30pm-8pm, where folks can pow-wow about ideas for improving our parks, as well as discussing park programming like health and wellness events, movie nights, music and art events, historical and nature walks and food events. Here’s a recap from the 2016 Town Hall meeting. This Thursday’s meeting will be held at the McCarren Play Center (776 Lorimer Street), and includes a light buffet dinner and drinks.

When: Thursday, November 2, 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer (between Driggs and Bayard)
Who: Neighbors who love their parks and want to see more parks and better-kept, safer parks with more programming
Food and Drinks? Yes! A complimentary light buffet dinner and drinks will be served
*Childcare will be provided
RSVP: [email protected] (for headcount for food)

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FREE Rain Barrels From the DEP and GrowNYC!

Free rain barrels Open Space Alliance
photo via Open Space Alliance

Via the Open Space Alliance:

The Department of Environmental Protection and GrowNYC held a successful rain barrel giveaway last weekend at the McCarren Demonstration Garden on Leonard Street. Two dozen barrels remain, and they can help you capture many $$’s worth of rainwater which can be used to water plants or for other household tasks. Installation is easy and you will be helping prevent harmful combined sewer overflow to our rivers by reducing runoff!

DEP’s Rain Barrel Giveaway Program is part of New York City’s Green Infrastructure Plan that aims to capture stormwater before it can ever enter the sewer system and thereby reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways. DEP has committed to invest $2.4 billion in green infrastructure projects as well as other source controls, such as rain barrels, to significantly reduce combined sewer overflows by 2030. Read more about the program here.

Email Council Member Levin’s community liaison, Benjamin Solotaire, at [email protected] to claim your barrel.

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Disconnect Your Devices and Connect To Nature in Transmitter Park

Transmitter Park, photo by Megan Penmann
Are you shackled to your phone and ready to take a break from the internet and social media—or at least put your digital presence on pause? This Saturday, guided by mindfulness practitioner Sara Overton, you will be connected with flowers, grasses and trees while playfully awakening your capacity to be one with nature. Overton is currently developing the art project Awake in the Wild Experience with Mark Coleman, author of Awake in the Wild.

What: Become More Mindful in Transmitter
When: Saturday, August 5, 10am – 12 noon
Where: Transmitter Park
RSVP: Email [email protected]. Due to the nature of the practice, space is very limited and admission is by registration

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Ch-ch-changes (to the McGolrick Park Dog Run), Re-opening Soon!

The refurbished McGolrick Park dog run, almost ready to re-open. Photo: Stephanie Valente
The refurbished McGolrick Park dog run, almost ready to re-open. Photo: Stephanie Valente

A quick walk along the southwest corner of McGolrick Park in the last few weeks reveals it has been getting something of a facelift.

At some point in early July, a sign appeared on the fencing outside of the McGolrick Park dog run, announcing renovation and that the run would be closed from July 12th – Aug. 1st. It came as somewhat of a surprise to the dog owners who frequented the park. Soon, enough secondhand information (and in some cases third and fourth) began to filter its way down from parks department employees; there would be a transition from dirt to gravel, that the trees would be preserved, and there would be a pavilion to provide shade for owners.

The talk, coupled with the sign, elicited a chorus of mixed replies: some owners praised the idea of gravel, noting it would clean their dog’s paws and possibly help with the endless amounts of broken glass that seemed to rise, Poltergeist-like, out of the mud after every heavy rain. Others were more wary, saying the mulched and dirt-y run provided pets a little relief from the concrete of the city, and the switch to gravel would take that cushioning away. Also, there was speculation about dust—an oft-heard complaint about the newer dog runs in Cooper Park and Bushwick Inlet. Continue reading

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Potential Park Under The New Kościuszko Bridge!

Looks like Greenpoint could be getting another park! The Open Space Alliance and the Department of Transportation are holding a meeting on June 28 to offer the community the chance to give input on possible open space usage underneath the Kosciuszko Bridge. They’ll also be hosting a tour of the proposed park site on June 24th, but the tour is capped at 25 people and currently full.

What: Kosciuszko Bridge Park Community Planning Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: The Park House at Bushwick Inlet Park, 86 Kent Avenue (at N. 9th Street)
RSVP here

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Trump U Alumni Ball, Merry Krampus, Mastering Pho, – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (11/30–12/6)

openspaceallianceTransmitter Park and American Playground neighbors! Join Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program this Thursday, 12/1 at 6:30 pm at Pencil Works (61 Greenpoint Ave) to plan for 2017 in the parks (wellness, arts, kids and volunteer programs etc.) and map out our next steps in advocacy and fundraising for capital and other improvements. We will have food, drinks, and childcare. Email [email protected] to RSVP [sponsored]

 

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!
williamsburgartpartyWEDNESDAY 11/30

♦  Williamsburg Holiday Party @ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St) 7pm, FREE, Meet other locals and get free stuff from local businesses, More Info
* Toasted Wedding Event @ Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St) 6pm, $12, Curated mix of 40+ independent wedding vendors, alternative and modern wedding ideas, handcrafted and eco-friendly goods and a party-like mood. Music, food, goodie bags, raffles, photo booth pix, Buy tix
☺  Trump University Alumni Ball @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, $5, Since leaving from our tremendous, really fantastic alma mater Trump U, we’ve come to realize how important it is to give back. Raising funds for Planned Parenthood and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Comedy show Catch A Writhing Star returns, RSVP Continue reading

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