Mark Your Calendars: Folk Feet

May 5, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Speaking as someone who has attended a performance by our very own Polish American Folk Dance Company I can say it is time and money well spent. Not only is the dedication of the men and women who comprise this troupe amazing but the costumes are breathtaking. As you can see…

Check it out!

End of Season Performance by the Polish American Folk Dance Company
Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Price of admission: $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children/students/senior citizens
Where to buy tickets:
The Forum Agency
616 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

(718) 389-1010

and…

The Polish National Home (AKA: The Warsaw, where this event will come to pass)
261 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

718 387-5252

You can also RSVP via Facebook by clicking here.

From The North Brooklyn Community Group: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

September 6, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Although this meeting is not until next week, I feel compelled to pass it along stat. Next Tuesday, September 13th, at our very own Polish National Home the folks/minds behind Bring to Light and the Institute for Applied Reporting and Urbanism want to get your take, fellow Greenpointers, on what you’d see like to happen to our waterfront! Here’s the 411 per their press release:

Institute for Applied Reporting and Urbanism and the organizers of Bring to Light, http://bringtolightnyc.org/, the light- and projection-art festival planned for Oct. 1 in Greenpoint, invite you to join us on Sep. 13 at 6:30 PM at the Polish National Home for a meeting about realizing a shared vision for the waterfront in our neighborhood.

How Can We Use the Waterfront Now? will present plans for this year’s Bring to Light festival, including the scope of the event and all of the ways the organizers are responding to concerns about noise, crowds, flows of pedestrians, bikes, and sanitation. We will give neighbors a chance to respond to those plans and share ideas about how we can improve the festival. We are also inviting a diverse group of community activists, designers, artists, officials, and leaders to provide a broader picture of plans in effect and under development for the transformation of the Greenpoint East River into an active publicly accessible environment.

We would be especially grateful for the participation of those of you who enjoyed the festival last year, as well as everyone who has concerns or misgivings about the role of artists and young people in our community. We believe that this event can only be a success if it models a better future for Greenpoint. That can only happen if the festival is as inclusive as possible and builds consensus among all the groups that live in our community.

Last year, we produced the event through a quick two-month process of consultation with community activists, elected officials, parks advocates, the city administration, business owners, and neighbors. It was done on a shoestring budget, largely self-funded, through volunteer labor and the commitment of a few individuals. Your participation turned the American playground and Noble Street into a magical place filled with families, young people, and people who have lived in Greenpoint for generations.

Since the event last year, a new floor was opened for artist studios in the Greenpoint Terminal Market, Fowler Arts Collective has grown and prospered, new cafes have opened up along Franklin Street, a new pier was completed with ferry service connecting the neighborhoods along the East River, and the Transmitter Park is nearing completion. There was also a hugely controversial proposal for a Night Market on West Street that was rejected by the neighborhood and raised many fears about the future direction of Greenpoint.

We want to be a part of process that promotes the kind of cultural life and waterfront access you envision for the area. Are there ways we can produce the festival that can be a tool of advocacy and an advanced front in waterfront access for the public? In the future, would you like to see a children’s science center, a small burger stand on the edge of the water, a beer garden, or a protected wilderness for endangered species? A swimming pool in the East River, a place for small boats to launch, a museum dedicated to the industrial history of the area and its service to our country, a preserved historic site, affordable housing, or a place to play? In the absence of real estate development, we have an opportunity to produce the neighborhood we want now and fight for the parks and waterfront walkways promised by the city in its rezoning plan.

Join us in a discussion of the Bring to Light festival and how it can serve as an advocate for your interests, strengthen the community, improve its physical character, and be a part of the many initiatives underway to make the Greenpoint waterfront more publicly accessible, greener, more sustainable, and a better place for the everyone in the neighborhood. Although this is a one-night event, we want it to have a lasting positive resonance throughout the year.

Check it out!

How Can We Use The Waterfront Now: A Community Meeting
September 13, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Polish National Home (AKA: The Warsaw)
261 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

This Sunday: Rzeszów 2011 Folk Festival Fundraiser

June 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Last month (in a post featuring two very lovely young ladies) I had made mention that Greenpoint’s very own Polish American Folk Dance Company was raising money to compete at Rzeszów Festival, an international dance competition in Poland. Well, that time is drawing near and you have an opportunity to see them strut their stuff (and lend them a hand) this upcoming Sunday, May 19, at The Warsaw! The festivities start at 3:00 p.m. and tickets (which are $10.00 for children/students and $15.00 for adults respectively) can be purchased at the door or at The Forum Agency which is located at 616 Manhattan Avenue. Check it out!

Rzeszów 2011 Folk Festival Fundraiser
June 19, 2011 starting at 3:00 p.m.
The Polish National Home (AKA: The Warsaw)
261 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Mark Your Calendars: Homeless Town Hall Meeting 2.0

March 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Another RFP for a 200 bed intake center, another Town Hall Meeting. Get your questions for Mr. Rosenblatt ready, Greenpointers!

Homeless Town Hall Meeting 2.0
April 5, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Polish National Home
261 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

REMINDER: 400 McGuinness Boulevard

September 26, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Although I have posted this before I am going to do so again: Monday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. a hearing will be conducted at our very own Polish National Home regarding the proposed 200 bed homeless male intake center proposed for 400 McGuinness Boulevard (as seen above). Regardless of what your position on this decidedly controversial project may be, dear readers, I admonish each and every one of you to attend this meeting.

Hearing Regarding The Proposed Homeless Shelter at 400 McGuinness Boulevard
September 27, 2010 starting at 6:30 P.M. 6:00 p.m.
Polish National Home
216 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Mark Your Calendars: September 27, 2010

September 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Tonight’s CB1 meeting was not terribly lively— but I did learn something that will undoubtedly be of interest to Greenpointers be they for or against the proposed homeless shelter slated for 400 McGuinness Boulevard: Monday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. a hearing will be conducted at our very own Polish National Home. This will be presided over by the Public Safety Committee Chair (and all around bad ass): Mieszko Kalita. I admonish each and every Greenpointer reading this to make it a point to attend and have your say!

Hearing Regarding The Proposed Homeless Shelter at 400 McGuinness Boulevard
September 27, 2010 starting at 6:30 P.M.
Polish National Home
216 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Beer! Kielbasa! 8 Deejays!

February 24, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

That’s right folks, the Brooklyn Record Riot is back at Greenpoint’s very own Warsaw this Sunday, February 28! Here’s the 411 per their Facebook page:

Gather round the musical bonfire boys and girls… the Brooklyn Record Riot!!! is almost here. This Sunday, February 28th at the Warsaw, starting at 10 am for the Fanatics ($20 admission) and at noon for the just slightly less fanatical ($3.00). And there are countless reasons to join us for round six of BRR: Patrick Adams 12″ singles, Sonic Youth albums, the Polish food of course, crazy psych 45s, Billy and Miriam from Norton, good rye bread, amazing dollar records in the dollar room, cute girls, WFUV volunteers at the front door, Polish cable TV in the bar, Denis and Josh from Montreal, records hidden under tables, Reggae Tim Harris, rockabilly sounds, Michael Young’s infamous record wall, disco stuff from John Jabra’s 21st Century Music, fun and dancing, wandering out to McCarren Park when things get too intense, more Polish beer, meeting fans of the Wedding Present, networking with other creative types, Skullsnaps and their children, hipster families, soundtrack albums, meeting other people not obsessed with digital technology, and oh yeah, the live music…

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus has been asked to round up some DJs to provide a sonic atmosphere during the event. Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith, Nuggets) and Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo) are major highlights. Here’s the exact lineup:

12– Ira the K (Yo La Tengo / WFMU)
1— Leah Lugosi (The Nouvellas)
2—DJ Denis Montreal (Le Pick-Up)
3— Vibraphonic Vince (Raunch Hands)
4—Lenny Kaye
5— Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus
6— John Bastone (Record Riot)
7— Mike Womack

Prepare for a long day of fun and vinyl. Doors are open until 8pm. There are always good buys late in the day. Many dealers are looking to liquidate at that point. Don’t worry about eating: Warsaw has great food or just find a joint in the neighborhood to chow down and then return when you are ready for more shopping.

Warsaw is located at 261 Driggs Ave in Greenpoint, near the G train (and not that far from the L train). There is plenty of parking in the neighborhood. Check out RIOT NUMBER SIX…Sunday February 28th!

Brooklyn Record Riot
February 28, 2010
$3.00 regular admission: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
$20.00 early admission: 10:00 a.m.
The Warsaw
261 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

If vinyl is your thing then this is a must do event. Check it out!

Miss Heather

P.S.: Special thanks goes out to Stephen Gritzan for the reminder!

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