Get Involved in North Brooklyn This Week!


Spring has sprung and with it comes many, many opportunities to get involved in our neighborhood! This week:

Tuesday 4/20: Grow Your Parks – The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn presents Grow Your Parks: a Forum for Park Lovers to Share Ideas for Making our Parks Better. Propose Your Own Park Improvement Idea; Vote on Proposed Projects; and Hear Updates from NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. 6:30pm at Polish National Home (a.k.a. Warsaw), 261 Driggs Avenue/Eckford Street.

Wednesday 4/21: Williamsburg Walks Brainstorming Session – Williamsburg Walks is organizing a brainstorming session to solicit your ideas on how to make the event fun, memorable, and fulfilling. This is a chance for you to get your questions answered, to share your suggestions and to support the event in general. At the session, the organizers will update the group on our latest progress planning the event and conduct a brainstorming session about the kind of programming the community would like to see happen on their street. 6 to 8 pm at Teddy’s Bar & Grill, 96 Berry Street (corner of N8th Street). RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday 4/22: Williamsburg/Greenpoint Greenway Planning Workshop –One of a series of four community planning workshops in Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, led by NYC Department of Transportation. These workshops will inform DOT’s master plan for constructing the greenway. 6:30-8:30pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th Street. RSVP to brooklynwaterfrontgreenway@dot.nyc.gov.

Saturday 4/24: Paint a Jersey Barrier – The New York City Department of Transportation selected artist Lucy Kalian to implement a design on the bike lane barrier along Williamsburg Street West between Kent and Flushing Avenues. Brooklyn Greenway Initiative seeks volunteers to work with the artist in stenciling and painting the barrier on Saturday, April 24th (between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm). Anyone interested in helping to beautify this new bike facility should contact Emily Colasacco, Manager of the Urban Art Program at ecolasacco@dot.nyc.gov and ccmpuryear@brooklyngreenway.org.

Saturday 4/24: Greenpoint Soup Kitchen Community Garden Organizing Meeting – NAG & GIFT (Greenpoint Interfaith Food Team) are teaming up to start a community garden in the backyard of the Greenpoint Reformed Church. The idea is to grow organic veggies and herbs to supplement the weekly soup kitchen meal. We will need some dedicated volunteers (at least 21) who will commit to watering every 1-3 weeks. We would also like to schedule some community time, educational workshops, and children’s gardening hours. But we can’t do it without you! 4-5pm, 136 Milton St. Backyard. Come early (9am-1-pm) to help plant! Join the Facebook group!

Also, don’t forget that the City Planning Commission’s public hearing on the rezoning of the Domino Sugar site is coming up next week! Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 at 10:00AM
22 Reade Street, Spector Hall.

Hope to see you out and about!

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