A Guided Tree Walk

Saturday, May 6th 1:00 PM

meet at the center of McGolrick Park – Under the monument


Join Sophie Plitt of Greening Greenpoint on a walk through McGolrick to learn about its trees and how to get involved with the park!

We’ll be meeting in beautiful McGolrick Park in Greenpoint for a guided tree walk. McGolrick park is known for it’s 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 Bud, we’ll take time to look at each leaf, flower, fruit and bud.

On this walk you’ll also learn about Greening Greenpoint and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance. MPNA is a group of organized community leaders and residents working to improve McGolrick Park and our neighborhood. Find out how you can become a part of this organization and help to steward this beautiful park.

For more information click here.

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.


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

Today: Saturday, October 8th
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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.

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 

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.

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

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.)

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.


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)


MPNA members attend OSA Party4Parks!

On Wednesday, June 1st a number of the MPNA members were guests OSA’s annual benefit, Party4Parks at the Wythe Hotel. It was a fun night! And nice to hang out with all of the local parks enthusiasts!

Open Space Alliance Party4Parks

Help support the Open Space Alliance and have fun!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Honoring Luis Garden Acosta and Frances Lucerna, Co-Founders of El Puente
Party4 Parks is just 5 days away! Buy your tickets today! All proceeds benefit the over 45 parks and playgrounds in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, and the more than 200,000 North Brooklynites who love their open spaces. Together let’s make North Brooklyn parks shine bright for all!
Tickets: $200 per person
click here for more info or to buy tickets