From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: A Message From El Puente

Today yours truly had the pleasure of bumping into a member of our local Community Board: a very nice fellow named Esteban Duran. He wanted to bring the following to my (and therefore your) attention. Greenpoint homeowners and business owners whose premises were flooded courtesy of Sandy please take note: this is a service you will undoubtedly find of interest. Mr. Duran writes:

Hey Heather! Good seeing you today. Here’s the blurb about the EPA:

“Do you live close to the Newtown Creek and had a flooded basement or home during Hurricane Sandy? The EPA is on standby to test your home or business for potential toxins brought in by contaminated water. Even if the water has receded, please let the El Puente Green Light District know and we can try to get a team out to test your home or business. Email greenlightdistrict (at) elpuente (dot) us or call Anusha at (347) 532-2809.

Thanks Esteban!

UPDATE, November 7, 2012: Anusha writes:

Just one update! We hear that only homes may be tested by the EPA at this point….

Tomorrow: Community Vigil & Public Meeting

February 15, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

While I suspect this does not impact a number of people who read this site, I nonetheless feel compelled to pass this along. There has been a great deal of controversy about the proposed Success Academy Charter School slated to grace the premises of M.S. 50. This has been exacerbated by the fact the operators of this charter school have seen fit to direct a great deal of advertising to the Southside’s more affluent neighbors while seemingly ignoring the Southside, where this school is to be located, altogether. (For example: the copious advertising to be found at the Bedford Avenue stop of the L train.)

This has not gone unnoticed by the concerned parents of M.S. 50 and El Puente, and to this end tomorrow, February 16, 2012, starting at 4:00 p.m. they, along with a number of allied organizations (including St. Nick’s Alliance and Williamsburg and Greenpoint Parents for Our Public Schools, to name a couple) will be having a vigil on the premises of El Puente, followed by a march to M.S. 50 (where a meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m.).

If you are a parent and take issue with what appears to be the privatization of our schools by our city at the expense and/or neglect of its public schools— or simply want to learn more— please do make it a point to attend this event. You can also learn more by checking out the Southside Community School Coalition’s web site.

Community Vigil & Public Hearing
February 16, 2012
Vigil starts at 4:00 p.m. at El Puente (211 South 4th Street)
Meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. at M.S. 50 (183 South 3 Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11211

NEXT WEEK: Day of the Dead

October 29, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

skullsHalloween will soon be upon us. Shortly thereafter will be yet another holiday of which yours truly is rather fond: Day of the Dead. On that note those of you in search something to do this Monday, November 2nd, need not look any further than Williamsburg’s very own El Puente Garden. From the CB1 Yahoo group:

You are invited to El Puente’s Espiritu Tierra Community Garden on November 2nd for our Día de los Muertos Celebration and Garden Fundraiser! The event will take place at the garden (on S. 2nd btw. Roebling & Driggs) from 4:30-6:30pm. This event is free and open to all ages; however, there will be food & raffle tickets for sale, and donations are always welcome…

Among the treats promised are educational games, movies, live performances, traditional food, an altar and art work by Chicano and Mexican artists. All proceeds will benefit El Puente’s community garden which, if you haven’t seen it already, you should. It’s impressive!

Day of the Dead Celebration

November 2, 2009 starting at 4:30 p.m.
El Puente Garden
South 2nd Street between Roebling Street & Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 1121

Miss Heather

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