The 12th annual Go Green! Brooklyn Festival is back at McCarren Park on Saturday, June 1 from noon to 5 p.m.
Attendees and passersby can learn about local sustainability projects, sample local food and enjoy musical performances.
Here are just some of the great activities that will take place at the festival:
• Live music by Abbie Roper, All the Things, Anna Banana, The Good Ms. Padgett, Hopalong Andrew, Jen Urban and the Box, Parks Puppet Mobile, Shakuri, Williamsburg School of Music, and more. • Greencycle Swap! Clothing, toys, books, home goods and more • Green educational displays by local schools and advocacy groups • Sampling and cooking demos by local chefs/foodies • Free fitness workshops curated by Breakin’ Boundaries • Children’s pop-up playground by Brooklyn Boulders
The festival is sponsored by Breakin’ Boundaries, Broadway Stages, ExxonMobile, Greenpoint Landings, Councilman Stephen Levin, Councilman Antonio Reynoso, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol.
Mayor de Blasio has declared a public health emergency in select zip codes in Williamsburg after the measles outbreak in the Orthodox Jewish community has worsened.
As part of the declaration, unvaccinated residents living in those zip codes will be required to receive the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
The Health Department will check the vaccination records of any individual who may have been in contact with infected patients.
Those who have not received the MMR vaccine, or do not have evidence of immunity, may be given a violation or fined $1,000.
“This outbreak is being fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “They have been spreading dangerous misinformation based on fake science.”
The emergency declaration comes after the Health Department issued Commissioner’s Orders to all yeshivas and day care programs to exclude unvaccinated students, or face violations and possible closure.
So far, 285 cases have been confirmed in Williamsburg or Borough Park since October. The majority of those cases have been children under 18.
The outbreak has led to 21 hospitalizations. Five people have been admitted to the intensive care unit.
On Saturday, April 6, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kingsland Wildflower Green Roof and Community Engagement Center, the Newtown Creek Alliance and other groups will host an afternoon symposium on various Newtown Creek-based projects.
The event will feature a number of presentations, Q&As, discussions and more with speakers. Here is the rundown of events:
12 p.m. – Welcome/Intro
12:30 p.m. – Newtown Creek Water Quality Sampling Program
1:15 p.m. – Newtown Creek Wide Vascular Plant Survey
2 p.m. – Genetic Analysis vs. App Algorithm: How People Make All the Difference
2:45 p.m. – Buggin’ Out at Penny Bridge: Insect Survey at an Overgrown Industrial Site
3:15 p.m. – Explore the roof and these following projects
Student Highlights from Newtown Creek Urban Ecology Curriculum
Overview of NYC Audubon Wildlife Monitoring
Introduction to Urban Soil Contaminants of Concern