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.
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)
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
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
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!
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! More info
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. More inf0
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. More info
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 More Info
ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDED WALKS:
McGolrick 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! More infoContinue reading →
Well I hate to say I told you so, but even as CitiStorage still burns, the 11 acre lot could be sold to private developers–as soon as tomorrow, warns City Councilman Steve Levin. Many of you may recall from last week’s post, the future of the CitiStorage site was on shaky ground, but I doubt any of us would imagine losing our parkland so soon.
According to the FDNY, the site is still under investigation and investigators have yet to access the origin of the fire due to hazardous conditions. For the unforseeable future, we won’t know if there was foul play that sent CitiStorage up in smoke, but we do know the land is up for grabs, and perhaps to the highest bidder.
So while I don my silk turban and gaze once again into my crystal ball to predict what other crazy conspiracy theories might come true–like arson charges and measly insurance payouts–I am here to warn you: A war is afoot to reclaim CitiStorage as parkland and it’s time we start sharpening our skewers.
The South Williamsburg neighborhood group El Puente is hosting a CRITICAL CALL TO ACTION tonight and everyone from Williamsburg and Greenpoint should be there. Continue reading →
There is plenty of free fun all day Sunday in Greenpoint!
At Cooper Park (Maspeth Ave & Olive St) beginning at noon there will be a FREE musical performance by a blues and folk – Mark Cedar & Paul LaPlaca.
In the evening, from 6-8pm at Transmitter Park (Greenpoint Ave & The East River) there will be FREE Swing Dance Night! Inspired by Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Swings will start the evening with a 40-minute group dance lesson, followed by an open dance floor.
Town Square has partnered with OSA, Park Tower Group, Close Encounters, Friends of McGolrick Park, and St Nicks Alliance to bring you SUMMERSTARZ MUSIC.
WEDNESDAY (6/12) • OSA Community Committee Public Forum @ The Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) 7-8:30pm, our chance as community members to bring your ideas for maintaining, improving and celebrating our parks in North Brooklyn,More info * Sailor Jerry Day – 102 Free Tattoos @ The Gutter (200 N 14th St) 7-11pm, 102 free tattoos in honor of the actual Normal “Sailor Jerry” Collins, the tattoo artist for whom the brand is named, choose your tattoo by throwing a dart – afterwards, a free shot of rum, RSVP * War Correspondents @ Brooklyn Brewery (70 No. 11th St) 7:30pm, $15, featured guests ABC’s Bob Woodruff, war reporter Janine di Giovanni & author Jim Frederick display their work in the world’s most dangerous conflicts.
THURSDAY 6/13 ☺ We Stole These Jokes From Dane Cook’s Dad @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave) 7:30-9:30pm, FREE, a comedy show, “Make your Dad proud by listening to strangers tell awkward stories about their families” ♫ Northside Festival Begins, thru 6/20 – Check out Greenpointers Music Guide
FRIDAY 6/14 ♦ Northside Senior Citizen Center Art Exhibit @ Northside Senior Citizen Center (179 No. 6th St) 1-3pm, original paintings and jewelry hand crafted by members of the Center for sale, proceeds used to support the art classes at the Center * ‘Brooklyn Castle’ Screening @ Williamsburg Beacon Center (850 Grand St) 5:30pm, FREE, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed documentary about the chess team at Williamsburg’s IS 318, which has won multiple national championships, popcorn, hot dogs, drinks, Q&A with filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore, RSVP ♦ Homespun @ the one well (165 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, collection of mixed media collages by Vanessa Porter
SATURDAY 6/15 • Relay for Life @ CitiStorage (No. 11th & East River) 10am-12am, an American Cancer Society fundraisor with music, games entertainment all day long and through the night. # Chill Out! Vegan Shop-Up! @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St., Bushwick) 12-6pm, Ice Pops, Seitan Gyros, Nut Butters, Iced Chai, Fresh Salsas, Soul Food, Skin Care, Bug Repellent, Cat Toys • Eat Your Face Off @ The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) 3pm, Rusty Ralston presents the Bombay Jay Z Dog, Brooklyn meats India, 50 delicious dogs available ♦ Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks (Bedford Betw. No. 8th & No. 9th) 3-8pm, temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures will be staggered throughout the block for live painting performances, graffiti and other participation oriented works. ♦ Five Windows @ Northside Town Hall (134 Wythe Ave.) 6-10pm, a multi-channel video installation that explores the fluid nature of urban space through a series of static, voyeuristic shots looking through windows into public and private spaces. ♦ Self Help @ Rawson Projects (223 Franklin St) 6-8pm, summer group exhibition Jocelyn Miller (Curatorial Assistant at MoMA PS1) featuring work by CONFETTISYSTEM (Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho), Thomas Jeppe, Georgie Roxby Smith, and Pinar Yolacan, RSVP ♫ Officially Unofficial Northside Show @ Coco66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, $5, Presented by Greenpointers & Supercrush Studios, Performances by Turning Into, Butter The Children, Old Monk, A Bunch Of Dead People, Del Guapo, RSVP
SUNDAY 6/16 * FATHER’S DAY! * • Daddies! @ Palace Cafe (206 Nassau Ave) 8-10pm, a reading featuring Hedge trimmers! Speedboats! Conspiracy theories! Drugs! and the following writers: Sarah Tomlinson, Sean H. Doyle, Aiden Arata, Kate Mooney, Jacob Perkins and Karina Briski
MONDAY 6/17 # Motown On Mondays & Yummy Eats @ Shayz Lounge (130 Franklin St) 6-11pm, soul music and soul food, RSVP
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It’s official, McCarren Park Pool is opening on Thursday June 28, 2012! For real! This weekend, a park employee named Guy (as in Gaetano) told me in the best Brooklyn accent you’ve ever heard, “make sure ya have a lock and a bathin’ suit, or ya ain’t gettin’ in.” Word. Blogs are teasing that you can pay $150 for a sneak peek the night before on Wednesday 6/27 during The Big Splash! or just wait 24 hrs and get in FREE on opening day when it opens at 11am. (Better start camping out now!)
But the $150 ticket price isn’t just for premium Instagram bragging, even though that is going to be sweet. It is an important fundraising event for Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a non-profit thats serves our community by raising funds to expand and improve our local parks. I can get behind that. Parks rule! And so will the pool.
The ticket will also get you cocktails, a fancy dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, a toast to honoree Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation and the chance to see someone christen the pool. Because you know once one person jumps in, everyone jumps in.
You know you BLOW your money on ridiculous things. I’m sure you’ve spent more on a bathing suit or a pair of sunglasses that you’ve already lost. Make it count and buy your tickets to The Big Splash! for a beautiful Brookyln evening you won’t forget.
Proceeds from this event will supplement the Parks Department’s programming in McCarren Play Center and maintenance for the park.
• Collaborative Means@ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St, LIC) 7pm, FREE, A series of artists working collaboratively and collectively, relying on cooperative strategies for the realization of ambitious projects. Talks, screenings, and live performances. More info
• Smiths Karaoke@ Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint) 8pm, 2 mics & some Cure songs available, too.
• Public Hearing: Open Space Alliance@ Swinging Sixties Senior Center (211 Ainslie) 6:30-8pm, discuss relocation East River State Park Concerts
• Pretty Things Babayaga Launch Party @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint) 7-10pm, Jim Garnes spins you favorite soviet hits
• The L Mag & Northside Festival’s A Very Unofficial CMJ Party @ Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St) 1:30pm-4:30pm, FREE, performances by Hunters, PUJOL, Widowspeak, Forest Fire & Heavenly Eat
• Supper Club @ Greenpoint Reformed Church (106 Milton) 6:30pm, $20, 4 Course Vegetarian Meal with Cocktails, plus performance by Holler, Benefits Soup Kitchen, RVSP annefay (at) gmail.com. More info
• Open Call Show @ Greenpoint Gallery (390 McGuinness) 8pm, Open Call for Artists in all Mediums, win $200 & solo exhibition, More info
• Ugly Art Room Presents All That Remains @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe) Opening Reception 7-9pm, An International Collage Exhibition of Epic Proportions, Sponsored by Narragansett beer, Music by DJ Ning Nong RSVP
• BK Diggers 150th Anniversary Celebration @ McGolrick Park, 1-4pm, a collective of activists, artists and historians whose aim is to reclaim the psycho geography of our neighborhoods and expose ignored perspectives in history
• Vibes to Touch Open Mic & Art Show @ TBD (224 Franklin) 9pm, FREE, Performance by Aisling Peartree, Artwork by Rico Tomas, Poetry By: Fiya, Ada Reyes, Bert Tejeda, D.Limones, Jendog LoneWolf RSVP
• 48 HRS @ Camel Art Space (722 Metropolitan) 12pm-12am, artists meet for a marathon art-making session, sleep over in the space and exhibit their work the next day. The entire event will take place over a 48-Hrs, RSVP
• Newtown Creek Boat Tours @ Pier 17 South Street Seaport, 10-12/1-3, $10. Charter tours the length of the Newtown Creek. Buy Tickets
• Brokelyn.com’s Brokedown Throwdown @ Public Assembly (70 N6) 3-7pm, $5, Sixpoint Open Bar 3-4pm, “Yo Momma So Broke” Contest, Costume Contest, Mushroom Ride
• Carve for Farms Benefit @ Warsaw (261 Driggs) 4-8pm, $10 Kids/$12 Adults, a Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA pumkin carving and food fest benefit for farms devastated by Hurricane Irene. Pumpkin Pierogis!
• The Mac Off @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand) 5-8pm, $10 to judge & eat, Free to compete: email info (at) theclaque.org, proceeds benefit The ClaqueRSVP
• County Fair Opening Party @ Orange Marmalade (421 Graham) 6-9pm, Vintage Men’s & Women’s, Kitchenware, Oddities, Whisky! More info
• Momofuku Milk Bar Book Event with Christina Tosi @ The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost) Christina will show you some of her sweet and savory recipes and you can get a signed copy of the book at a discount, RSVP
• EPA Newtown Creek Superfund Public Meetings @ St. Nick’s Alliance (2 Kingsland, Garden Level) 20m, 4pm, 7pm, 9pm, An informal public info session hosted by the EPA to discuss upcoming field work at the Newtown Creek Superfund site as part of the first phase of the remedial investigation. EPA representatives will be available to answer questions.