Here’s your chance to help prepare Greenpoint’s newest park.
Every Saturday this November, the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance is hosting volunteer events for the “Under the K Bridge” Park.
On November 7, NBPA is hosting a special bulb planting event creekside. By planting thousands of spring bulbs, it’ll remind New Yorkers that while the pandemic is a difficult time, spring will come and life will bloom again.
November 14 and 21 will be for winterizing the park, which is important work ahead of the season.
All three Saturday events will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn more and register to volunteer by clicking this link.
Starting this week, ICHIRAN Brooklyn is delivering its well-known tonkotsu ramen through UberEats, GrubHub and Chowbus.
According to the restaurant, it took ICHIRAN’s craftsmen months of research and development to create a noodle that both meets standards for taste and quality and can stay fresh enough to travel.
The restaurant said in a news release that to avoid disappointing ramen fans with anything below the highest quality, ICHIRAN has avoided takeout or delivery.
“After all, ramen tastes its best when eaten right after it is served,” they said.
But at the urging of patrons, ICHIRAN found a way to develop a new noodle specifically for distance.
“The noodles made for the delivery version of the Classic Tonkotsu Ramen can maintain its consistency and flavor for a longer period of time,” they said.
Diners who order takeout or delivery can still customize their ramen with exact preferences, from richness of the broth to level of spice. The broth will be packed separately from the ramen in the takeout version.
The ICHIRAN Brooklyn location is located at 374 Johnson Avenue.
The long-awaited Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center is officially opening for limited lobby service on Tuesday, October 20.
The brand-new site will serve as both a full-service library and a community hub for environmental awareness, activism and education.
The 15,000-square-foot library doubles the size of the previous building, and provides significantly enlarged indoor and outdoor spaces, according to Brooklyn Public Library.
Some of the many new amenities include a gardened reading deck, windows that act as sun dials and a cistern to collect rainwater for the rooftop demonstration garden.
Inside the library, there are adult, young adult and children’s reading rooms, as well as collection spaces, community spaces and lab spaces. You’ll also find event spaces, lounge seating, small meeting rooms and staff spaces.
Read more about the new Greenpoint Library on their website here.
Churches United for Fair Housing, an influential organization in north Brooklyn that advocates for tenants, has launched a 501c4 sister organization called CUFFH Action.
CUFFH Action will leverage its political power for important local, state and federal elections, the group said. It will try to change the political landscape to the benefit of low-income, immigrant communities of color.
Its mission is the following: “to educate and mobilize community members and to build grassroots political power that will promote housing equity and justice among low income communities of color.”
“CUFF was born in 2009 when a group of churches and community leaders came together to fight the racist Broadway Triangle rezoning, and we won!” the group wrote. “Eleven years later, as our grassroots network spans across NYC, we know more than ever that housing justice is racial justice.”
“We continue to fight everyday to preserve and create vibrant communities that are not exclusive and are truly affordable in NYC.”
The field in the race for Brooklyn borough president just got a little more crowded.
Last week, Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon threw her hat in the ring in the contest to succeed term-limited Eric Adams, who is making a mayoral bid himself.
If elected, Simon would be the first woman to lead Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Simon was elected to represent the 52nd Assembly District, encompassing parts of Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights, in 2014.
Prior to that, she served as the female Democratic District Leader for the area for a decade. She is also a former teacher for the deaf and a civil rights attorney.
Simon will compete with Councilman Antonio Reynoso, Councilman Robert Cornegy and several other expected candidates in the race. First Lady Chirlane McCray was reportedly interested in the role, as is Councilman Mathieu Eugene.
Accompanying the films is a two-day movie industry conference with speakers, screenplay readings, industry mixers, movie trivia nights and filmmaker Q&As.
Local elected officials, as well as local celebrities, will offer remarks.
Participants include Katori Hall (Starz’ P-Valley), Deniese Davis (HBO’s Insecure & A Black Lady Sketch Show), Shakira Barrera (Netflix’s Glow & Orange is the New Black), Alia Shawkat (Fox/Netflix’s Arrested Development) and Roy Wood Jr. (Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah).
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is calling on all middle and high school students in her congressional district, which includes Greenpoint, to participate in this year’s Congressional App Challenge.
The challenge accepts computer program apps written in any programming language for any platform.
Winners will be selected by panels of judges from the local community and honored by their member of Congress.
The apps may be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, and on the House of Representative’s website.
“Since its founding, this competition has inspired thousands of students nationwide to learn to code,” Maloney said. “I encourage all students, no matter how much or how little experience they have with coding, to give it a shot and create the app you believe we need.”
The submission portal is now open. The deadline for student submissions is October 19.
The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements.