Annual TasteWG benefits Northside Town Hall
by Chase Collum
Sep 25, 2013 | 471 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an effort to help raise awareness and funding for the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center, several food and beverage venders gathered for the annual Taste Williamsburg-Greenpoint (TasteWG) food festival at East River State Park this past Sunday.

The Northside Town Hall project aims to convert the old home of Engine Company 212 on Wythe Avenue into a cultural center.

The story behind the NTHCCC project begins in 1975 at a time when the city was facing a severe budget crisis, and the residents of Williamsburg and Greenpoint gathered en masse to protest the closure of their local firehouse.

Residents occupied the firehouse continuously for 16 months until the city relented and promised to keep the company open in 1977. That demonstration earned it the nickname The People's Firehouse.

Similar protest followed when the city again closed the firehouse in 2003, but his time did not relent. The conversion will not only create community space, but will serve as the new home for two local community groups, The People's Firehouse Inc, which grew out of the original protest, and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth.

Del Teague of The People's Firehouse, Inc., who spoke at the TasteWG festival on Sunday said that she was very happy with the turnout and neighborhood support, both from the attendees and from the many vendors who volunteered their staff, their food and their time to help Northside Town Hall get up and running as soon as possible.

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