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All Children in NYC Can Eat Free This Summer

by Heather Van De Mark on

From June 27 to August 29, all children can receive a FREE healthy breakfast and lunch, every Monday thru Friday courtesy of the Department of Education (DOE), National Basketball Association (NBA), and Share Our Strength (SOS) annual summer program. From the press release, “Children don’t need to be enrolled in summer school to participate in… READ MORE

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Canning Extravaganza at the Greenpoint-McCarren Park Greenmarket

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Summer is starting to come into full bloom, and that means canning season is revving up! Ever thought about putting food in jars, whether it’s jam, pickles, or even cheese? Starting this Saturday, the Greenmarket at Greenpoint-McCarren Park will be hosting a canning demo and info session with a raffle and giveaways courtesy of Ball… READ MORE

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Combined Sewer Overflow: Why Our Waterways Stink

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Last week’s thunderstorms didn’t just threaten the annual fireworks show, they threatened the surrounding areas’ waterways. How, you might ask. More than half of New York City’s sewers operate using a Combined Sewer (CS) system. A CS system means that sanitary and industrial wastewater, rainwater, snowmelt and street runoff all go into the same sewers… READ MORE

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Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmer’s Market: 06 July 2014

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Armelle and her band The Hand Jive Tribe will bring an interactive and multicultural music show to children and their parents at the Cooper Park farmer’s market from 11 am to 1 pm. Armelle plays a wide range of music and picks volunteers from the crowd to try out a world instrument along with the… READ MORE

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Greenpoint-McCarren Park Greenmarket Update: 05 July 2014

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Yogurt making? Solar ovens? Pickling? How-to’s on compost? All of these are topics we’ll be covering in the next month at the Market Information booth! Every week at 11:30am, we cover new and exciting produce at market, talk recipes and answer any questions about GrowNYC and the greenmarkets and our farmers from 8am to 3pm.… READ MORE

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Free Tennis Lessons for Kids at McCarren Park

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City Parks Foundation is offering free tennis lessons for kids aged 6 to 16 this summer as part of their CityParks Tennis program presented by Chase. Through July 1 to August 8, CityParks Tennis will be holding free tennis lessons on Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00pm at McCarren Park. Lessons are offered at… READ MORE

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn–Unless It’s in Greenpoint-Williamsburg

by Heather Van De Mark on

Recently, WNYC aired a segment called, “If a Tree Dies in the City, Will Anyone Notice?” You can listen to it online here, it’s only about six minutes. If you’ve followed the GWAPP blog for a while now, you’ll know we’re big fans of free trees and tree stewardship, but according to the radio story:… READ MORE

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Down to Earth’s Cooper Park Market Now with Yoga

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Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market now has Horman’s Best Pickles back every week. This in addition to the market’s fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, local honey, delicious popsicles made with local fruit, fair trade nuts and coffees, and much more. Also, the farmers market now has textile recycling by Green Tree Textiles and… READ MORE

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Greenpoint-McCarren Park Greenmarket Update: 28 June 2014

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Summer has officially arrived at the Greenmarket! Besides an explosion in greens and other vegetables, summer stone fruits and berries are beginning to make their way into market baskets. Last week, Maynard Orchards carried sweet cherries, greenling apricots and strawberries to market, with only more to come in the following weeks. Strawberries are in abundance… READ MORE

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Save the Date: DOT Update on Kosciuszko Bridge Project

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As you may (or may not) know the Kosciuszko Bridge–aka the BQE that runs between Greenpoint and Queens–is getting a makeover. In fact, the construction of the new Kosciuszko Bridge is “the largest project in the history of the New York State Department of Transportation.” The DOT will be hosting two public information meetings in… READ MORE

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Williamsburg Closure: Car, Bike & Pedestrian Lanes

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Routine maintenance work (cleaning and lubricating expansion joints and slides) will take place on the Williamsburg Bridge on Thursday, June 26, and Friday, June 27, from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the next morning. Roadways will be closed one lane at a time in both directions. The bicycle path (June 26) and walkway (June 27)… READ MORE

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Look But Don’t Touch: No Swimming in Newtown Creek

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As summer hits and temperatures rise, we’re all looking for ways to cool off. Considering our neighborhood is along the waterfront, it’s tempting to think a quick dip in the East River or Newtown Creek couldn’t hurt. Surprise, not really, it will hurt–or at least potentially make you very sick. News is spreading over a… READ MORE