McCarren Park plays host to an eco-friendly, one-stop shop for everything green at the 6th Annual Go Green! Greenpoint festival, presented by Town Square, a volunteer-based community group out of North Brooklyn.
On Saturday, May 18, at the Vincent V. Abate Playground near Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the group will invite over 60 vendors and environmentally connected organizations to educate the borough about green living.
There will be live music from the Newtown Creek Players, a bluegrass band made up of IS 318 teachers and administrators, on the main stage, Greencycle Swap will set up their exchange program, and Town Square’s first Brooklyn Science and Art Pop-Up Museum gets messy with a unique expo with the Dr. Seuss-inspired Oobleck.
“It brings together so many different parts of the neighborhood,” said Town Square chairperson Susan Anderson. “From the schools to the young kids to the companies that are trying to provide information about some issues; every year it gets bigger and deeper as more and more parts of our community come together.”
One of those companies is Holly’s HeART By Hand, an eco-friendly greeting card and fine art company. Owner Holly Fairall said she is looking forward to setting up in McCarren Park once again.
“If you haven’t been to the event in the past, you should because it’s a lot of fun and great for the community,” Fairall said. “This year is especially exciting because I’m ‘relaunching’ my little business at Go Green with a lot of new products.”
Fairall is using the event as a platform to showcase her Brooklyn-based company’s new t-shirt line.
Also on hand will be corporate representatives from Exxon Mobil Environmental Services to provide information about their local cleanup efforts, ConEd will discuss energy saving and the WIND program, and the Department of Sanitation will discuss how to recycle and reuse.
The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP) will join Town Square and the New York Restoration Project in giving away over 100 trees for residents to plant on their property.
Assemblyman Joe Lentol has taken part in the tree giveaway in the past and says he will be there again with his seedlings, whether they have room for them or not.
“It’s actually a very beneficial program to expand green space for the world and earth to plant trees,” Lentol said. “I don’t know if Susan will have enough space for them. There might already be too many trees.”
As a sponsor for the Solar Industry and Development Jobs Act, a bill promoting clean energy by providing tax breaks for businesses and residents who install solar panels, and a supporter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s MillionTreesNYC, Lentol explained that events like this are vital to our understanding of the environment and clean energy.
“I hope the message gets out this year that the environment is a precious commodity,” Lentol said. “We want to preserve the earth and leave it a better place than we found it for future generations.”
While Anderson continues to check the weather reports in hopes of a sunny day on May 11, she is predicting sun for celebration so families can spread out for a picnic on the McCarren Park lawn or play in the fountains after a knowledge-filled afternoon.
Like other Town Square events, she hopes the session will be a fun way to spread green awareness and for the community to enjoy an afternoon in the park.
“We try not to be too pedantic,” Anderson said. “We’re just spreading awareness about living a more sustainable life, especially here in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.”