Eco-Schools Journal: P.S. 31

Eco-Schools Journal: P.S. 31

P.S. 31’s Earthship Communities By Alison Schuettinger, NWF/Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Coach @ PS 31, and PS 31 4th grade students As part of the Greenpoint Eco-School’s program, P.S. 31 is working towards integrating sustainability across disciplines. The art teacher, Ms. Owen and I recently collaborated on a Green STEAM based project for three 4th grade…

Poet Tree

Poet Tree

Princeton Elm, 725 Leonard Street, Greenpoint by José Miguel López The snow had stopped falling a few hours before and the dripping water now punctuated the sound of my own steps on the wet sidewalk. The sparrow I had spotted on the treetop took flight as I approached the young tree. I checked the number… Read More

Box Street Park’s Future

Box Street Park’s Future

Boxed In: Will Playfields or Open Space define a New North Brooklyn Park? Encompassing a scant 2.8 acres, the proposed Box Street Park sits just to the west of the terminus of Franklin Street, where it runs asea at the mouth of Newtown Creek.  Currently a parking lot for the MTA surrounded by low-rise post-industrial… Read More

So You Wanna Join A Garden…

So You Wanna Join A Garden…

A Primer on Community Gardens for Spring I will tell you the first time I felt rich in New York City: it was the summer of 2017, and I was unemployed, on SNAP benefits, and facing financial desolation. But (you know, I’m all about that but), I had the keys to a community garden, and… Read More

Eco-Schools Gets Trashy

Eco-Schools Gets Trashy

One Person’s Trash Is Not Another Person’s Treasure By Fai Walker, Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Coach @ MS 126 During NYC schools’ mid-winter break, sixteen students from MS 126 in Greenpoint Brooklyn, two committed parents, and one very creative science teacher, Steven House, spent four days exploring the Eco-Schools Pathway to Sustainability, Consumption and Waste in… Read More

World Water Day and You

World Water Day and You

Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner   The provenance of life on earth is water. This is a fact.   It is also a fact that – as populations explode, the planet warms, pollution compounds, and inequality accelerates – water is increasingly the focus… Read More

Eco-Hero Jennie Romer

Eco-Hero Jennie Romer

The Pied Piper of Plastic Bags hosts NAG’s Happy Hour.   Jennie Romer, the past Community Outreach Coordinator of Greenpoint/Williamsburg’s NAG, is a lawyer by trade, a connector by practice, and a fighter by nature. She is best known in this community as the host of NAG’s Environmental Happy Hours, convening local activists and enthusiasts from… Read More

Not all Air is Clean Air

Not all Air is Clean Air

Learning about What we Breathe at PS110 By 3rd Graders from Ms. Head’s Class at PS110 and Fran Agnone On a rainy Friday at PS110K – The Monitor School, Ms. Fortunato’s 3rd grade STEM Class transformed into an investigation into air quality. What makes air clean? And what makes it dirty? Below are the thoughts… Read More

Eco-Hero Bunny Yan

Eco-Hero Bunny Yan

Inverting the Waste Paradigm for Fashion Perhaps you have seen Bunny: she was a lupine fixture at Town Square’s SummerStarz events, where she led hi-jinx Cosplay Swaps for the Guardian of the Galaxy and Grease movie nights. Or perhaps you’ve seen her in midwinter on the streets of Greenpoint, wearing her signature fluffy leopard onesie…. Read More

You Bet Your BIP

You Bet Your BIP

A short biography of Bushwick Inlet Park. The story of New York City, as told by its parks, would be a colorful drama, filled with desperate characters, built on moments of both broad comedy and cliffhanging suspense. In this telling, Bushwick Inlet Park is one key player among a cast of waterfront parks that collectively… Read More