Daffodil Planting!

Saturday, November 5 RAIN OR SHINE

10AM-12PM

Meet at the McGolrick Park Pavilion

Come out and help make our park flower filled in the Spring. This is our last chance to get 2,500 daffodil bulbs in the ground before it is too cold to plant! More info to come about further activities on planting day.

• Free kids activities by Eckford Street Studios

• Free coffee provided by Variety Coffee

Thank you to OSA for the bulbs and supplies.

Thank you to Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program. Funding for the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program provided by a Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, (GCEF) and by Open Space Alliance (OSA) for North Brooklyn

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OSA Town Hall Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 pm – 8 pm

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
– Leaders from OSA partners such as El Puente, Greenpoint Williamsburg Soccer League (GWYSL), McGolrick Park Neighborhood Association (MPNA) and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park (FBIP), among other groups, are expected to attend
The OSA board will attend

What: Brief review of 2016 activities; quick overview of 2017; and an extended public discussion, providing direction to OSA board and staff facilitated by Tupper Thomas, the executive director of New Yorkers for Parks.

Food and Drinks? Yes! A complimentary buffet dinner and drinks will be served

Childcare will be provided

RSVP: info@osanb.org (for headcount for food)

Why Attend? >> Your Parks Need You! NYC spends only half of 1% of its budget on parks and is under tremendous fiscal pressure, so its capacity to maintain and invest in parks is limited. OSA can provide valuable resources to supplement the City’s maintenance and programming of parks, but only if OSA raises enough money to reach critical mass with a core group of employees and broadly expanded programs, and only if OSA engages enough local residents.

Topics: We’ll review OSA’s progress and shortcomings in supporting the parks throughout CB1 and we’ll discuss OSA’s priorities going forward, including:

Your ideas!
Your feedback!
How together we can unlock the full potential of CB1 parks with more health/exercise events, festivals, movie nights, markets, music and art events, historical and nature walks and food events
Solutions to the public health threat parks next to the BQE and WB Bridge pose to South Siders. BQGreen is one answer.
Status of the acquisition of the CitiStorage property for Bushwick Inlet Park
OSA’s strategy for growth
Facilitator: Tupper Thomas, the executive director of New Yorkers for Parks. Thomas was chief administrator of Prospect Park for 31 years and founding president of the Prospect Park Alliance for 23 years.

ComCom: The OSA Town Hall Meeting will serve as the annual meeting of OSA’s Community Committee (ComCom), an independent standing committee of the OSA board composed of volunteer park stakeholders.

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BOOK TALK & SIGNING!

Nature and Joy: A New Defense of the Natural World by Michael McCarthy

Today: Saturday, October 8th
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
NEWTOWN CREEK WILDFLOWER ROOF & COMMUNITY SPACE
520 Kingsland Avenue
Join the GCEF – funded Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space for the first of many public environmental education events to come. On Saturday, October 8th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm, come explore our newly-installed green roof and hear renowned British environmental journalist Michael McCarthy speak about his new book, Nature and Joy: A New Defense of the Natural World. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing with the author.

Read a review of Michael McCarthy’s book here.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the event or the Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space project, email Niki Jackson a tnimjacks@gmail.com.
The Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space project is made possible with funding provided by the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

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Greenroof Tour: Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant and Kingsland Wildflowers

Saturday October 15th, 2016

11:00AM – 1:00PM

Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant
327 Greenpoint Avenue

Kingsland Wildflowers Greenroof
520 Kingsland Avenue

Come to the City’s largest waste water treatment plant to find out where the water goes after you take a shower!  Then, come enjoy the wildflowers on the roof of Broadway Stages at 520 Kingsland Avenue to learn what plants do to help clean the water in Newtown Creek. 

The tour will start at the waste water treatment plant.  We will then walk over to the greenroof.

The tour is free but you must register to attend.  Please register via EventBrite at 
http://newtowncreektreatmentplant_greenrooftour.eventbrite.com

You will receive more details after you register.  But, for more information, you can contact Shino at shino@nycswcd.net

. This event is made possible by a grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

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GCEF open house

Saturday, October 15th

11 am – 3 pm

Find out about all of the environmental projects and improvements happening in our neighborhood due to GCEF Grants.

From green roofs and parks to birds and boats, OpenHouseGCEF offers Greenpointers an opportunity to see GCEF projects in action, and learn first-hand how they are making our community a healthier, safer, and “greener” place to live.
 
Visit exciting GCEF projects at the following OpenHouseGCEF locations:

McGolrick Park! (Central Plaza)
• McGolrick Park Restoration
• For the Birds! Greenpoint
• Greenpoint Parks Community Stewardship Program

Newtown Creek Water’s Edge! (51 Ash Street @ McGuinness Blvd.)
• Environmental Education Shed
• Newtown Creek SAMPLES
• The Living Dock and the Intertidal Wetlands Project
• The Greenpoint Bioremediation Project

Newtown Creek Rooftop! (520 Kingsland Ave.)
• Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space

McCarren Park (behind McCarren Park Pool)
• McCarren Park Urban Farm and Green Infrastructure Corridor
• Soil Cycle: An Urban Composting Initiative
• Greening Greenpoint

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Fall 2016 Citizen Pruner Course

Registration Now Open!

Join Trees New York for their Citizen Pruner course this coming fall. Through the course you will learn tree biology, NYC street tree identification, common tree problems and solutions, and tree pruning.
This is a 12-hour course that consists of 4 classroom sessions & 1 field outing.

If you live or work in Greenpoint (11222) you are eligible to take the course for $15 through the Greening Greenpoint scholarship.

Brooklyn Course Details
Starting Date: Wednesday, October 12th
Location: Bushwick Inlet Park Building (86 Kent Ave.)

Register Now!

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Safety Forum: Greenpoint Concerned Neighbors Meeting

Hosted by Emily E. Gallagher

Thursday, 7:30 – 10:30 PM
The Park Church Co-op
129 Russell St., Brooklyn, New York 11222

A number of violent and harassing incidents have happened recently around our community. This is a meeting to discuss how to proceed in creating a safer neighborhood, sharing concerns and brainstorming impactful solutions. We will not solve this problem overnight, but solidarity will help us to move forward.

About Emily E. Gallagher
Emily Gallagher is a candidate for Female Democratic District Leader of the 50th Assembly District (Greenpoint, Williamsburg waterfront, and Clinton Hill.)

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Rooftop Bird Sanctuary on Broadway Stages Rooftop

This week DNA info wrote an article about the exciting new roof top garden at Broadway stages. Alive Structures built the garden and New York City Audubon Society will monitor the bird activity.  All this thanks to grants from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF)

Read all about it on the DNA info website: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160826/greenpoint/wildflower-roof-bring-birds-butterflies-industrial-greenpoint#

Photo credit: DNAinfo/Gwynne Hogan

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Karate Kid is ON! Thursday, Aug. 25

Rain or shine we are showing the movie, eating popcorn, and practicing Karate with the Greenpoint YMCA. It all starts at 7PM.

See you tonight!

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August in McGolrick – Movie Night

Karate Kid amd Karate Demo

Thursday, August 25
7PM – Karate demo  |  Sunset – Movie begins

-Free POPCORN

August in McGolrick continues! Join us this Thursday for a night of Karate. The Greenpoint YMCA Sensei will lead a Karate demo followed by the 80s classic – Karate Kid. Bring your own blanket!

Movie Night is Free thanks to:
Council Member Stephen Levin
Greenpoint YMCA
– Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program. Funding for the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program is provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, and byOpen Space Alliance for North Brooklyn

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August in McGolrick – Movie Night

Back to the Future

Thursday, August 18

Fun starts at 7:30 — movie starts at sundown

Free thanks to Gabriel Greenberg, agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate

With help from the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program. Funding for the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program is provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, and by Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn.

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August in McGolrick – Classical Music

RESCHEDULED – Tuesday, August 30th at 7PM

The Park Church Quintet
Enjoy music under the McGolrick trees.
Concetta Abbate-Violin
Nicholas Alexander Wilson-Violin
Kate Barmotina-Viola
Lenna Pierce- Cello
Daniel Moreno- Guitar
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FREE thanks to Council Member Stephen Levin

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Thanks to Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program. Funding for the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program is provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, and by Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn.

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August in McGolrick – KIDS DAY!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH, 10AM

Mil’s Trills
Planting Demo by Brooklyn Grange
New York Park Rangers
Mil’s Trills is an interactive series of performances for families with young children ages 0-4. Enjoy original quirky tunes played by Mil’s Trills Amelia Robinson on the electric ukulele.

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The New York City Park Rangers will host an educational program for the kids!

FREE thanks to Council Member Stephen Levin.

FREE coffee thanks to Cafe Grumpy.

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Thanks to Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program. Funding for the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program is provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, and by Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn.

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McGolrick Park in August!

SAVE THE DATE

RESCHEDULED! Tuesday 8/30: Classical Music
The Park Church Quintet

Sunday 8/14: Kids Day
Mils Trills concert and Planting demo

Thursday 8/18: McGolrick Movie Night
Back to the Future

Thursday 8/25: McGolrick Movie Night
Karate Kid

Tuesday 8/30: Kids Day
Vered concert and family yoga

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Saturday Sweeps Update!

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday, July 9th to tidy up our park. We were fortunate to enjoy beautiful summer weather while we honed our skills using the grabber! Thank you OSA for donating coffee and refreshments for our crew!

Next Clean Sweep: Saturday, August 13th at 10 AM

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Funding for the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program is provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, and by Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn.

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Learn About the Greenpoint Monitor Museum

Saturday, July 16th, 11:00am to 6:00pm
Bushwick Inlet, 56 Quay Street (at West Street)

Join your friends and neighbors to learn about the past, present, and future of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum at the Waterfront Alliance City of Water Day “In Your Neighborhood” event at Bushwick Inlet – where the USS Monitor was launched.

At the event, you can: Learn about the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) grant recently awarded to the Museum to develop an ecological design for a restored living shoreline at the proposed Museum site. View the USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s recently unveiled USS Monitor Trail Marker. Learn about the work of the NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System. Hear about USS Monitor designer John Ericsson and his work with steam and solar energy. See Civil War artifacts and solar energy at work on a solar cooker while listening to Civil War music.

This exciting event is free and open to the public. For information about this event or the GCEF-funded Greenpoint Monitor Museum USS Monitor Park project contact Janice Lauletta-Weinmann at jlauletta@aol.com.

The Greenpoint Monitor Museum USS Monitor Park project is made possible with funding provided by the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

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Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, July 21 @ 7PM
Sunview Luncheonette (corner of N. Henry & Nassau)

Please join the members of the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance in planning the rest of our summer. We are organizing movies, a children’s event, 2 more Summer Sweeps and much more. Everyone is welcome.

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Urban Bird Survey in McGolrick Park

TUESDAY June 14th at 8AM

The New York City Audubon Society will be conducting a bird survey at McGolrick Park next Tuesday, June 14th at 8am and we need your help! Help us document how birds and other wildlife are responding to ongoing community efforts to restore the park’s native habitat.

Bring binoculars if you have ’em! No birding expertise necessary – beginners are welcome!

For more information about this event or about the Urban Birds of McGolrick Park program, contact Debra Kriensky at volunteer@nycaudubon.org

With funding support from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF)

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