• Compost Your Face Off In Gowanus

    The community has spoken and it says: “Gowanus place to reuse waste!”

    The Preliminary Results for District 39 2012 Participatory Budgeting are in and composting near the Gowanus Canal is number 2 on ways to spend the District’s money. Lead by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy the composting program will take our food waste and process it right at the Salt Lot at 2nd Ave. and the Canal. The project will “help stop the harmful impact of transporting our food waste out-of state” (that’s truck pollution, yo!). After being processed the decomposed materials will be used on street trees, gardens, homes, window boxes, and parks. So, if you don’t already, start freezing your left overs and get ready to feed them to the team of do-gooders in Gowanus.

    Here’s someone explaining the program more eloquently then we can write it:

    Brooklyn Neighbors Composting from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

    Also, check out the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s video time-lapse of composting here mixed with theme of Benny Hill!

    Bonus Your Face Off

    Here’s a list of all the winners in the Participatory Budget for District 39.

    • Renovation of two dysfunctional bathrooms at PS 124 ($150,000, 958 votes)
    • Innovative community composting system near Gowanus Canal to turn 1 ton/day of food waste into soil ($165,000, 919 votes)
    • Planting 100 new trees on blocks throughout the district with few or no trees ($100,000, 767 votes)
    • New technology for PS 130 and PS 154 ($140,000, 758 votes)
    • Repairing Prospect Park pedestrian paths to prevent flooding, and adding trash cans in the park ($205,000, 648 votes)
    • Repairs and safety improvements at the dangerous Prospect Expressway/Church Avenue pedestrian crossing ($200,000, 606 votes)
    • New books and equipment for the Kensington public library to enhance the branch’s use for meetings, storytelling, rehearsals, and small performances promoting Kensington’s cultural diversity ($80,000, 582 votes)
  • Tree rhymes with Free

    A tree grows in Brooklyn… and they’re giving them away for free, apparently!!!

    The Gowanus Canal Conservancy, featured here speed composting, has 100 trees that they are giving away for free March 24th at the Salt Lot in Gowanus. The trees being distributed are courteous of the MillionTreeNYC and New York Restoration Project. The trees will come in a 3 and 7 gallon plastic container, so you might want to think about a vehicle for transport…(dragging a tree through the subway, although hilarious, is not advised.) The trees will need to be planted on private property and cannot be used for planting on sidewalks, left in/placed in containers, or planted on roofs.

    Trees are cool, just like bow-ties are cool!


    Trees provide oxygen that we need to breathe. They can provide shade on a hot summers day.

    Trees can mark where you buried treasure…

    Shawshank Redemption

    Trees can inspire song lyrics…

    Finally, trees can kick some serious ass…

    Trees are  just awesome!!!

    The Gowanus Canal Conservancy free tree give away on March 24th is a first come first serve basis, but you can register here to make sure you get one.

    Go on get your tree on!

  • Here Comes the Neighborhood – Art Uplifts the Urban City Scape

    HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is a series that shows what the power of art can do to revitalize an urban environment. The series takes place all over the world in: New York City, Miami, Germany, San Paulo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Coachella, Texas, Baltimore, Mexico City, Kiev, Athens, Baltimore, and Mexico City. Check out the trailer:

    HCTN TRAILER from Here Comes the Neighborhood on Vimeo.

    Bonus Your Face Off

    Here’s the first episode of the series.

    HCTN EPISODE 1 : INTRODUCING THE WALLS from Here Comes the Neighborhood on Vimeo.

    In the first episode of HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD the stage is set for the Wynwood Arts District. Parking lots, loading docks and factory walls are transformed into “The Wynwood Walls”. Founder Tony Goldman explains his vision for a town center, while Jeffrey Deitch, Arts Manager Meghan Coleman and Co-Curator Medvin Sobio offer their insight into the project’s significance, taking us into the present day expansion. In addition, Photographer Martha Cooper and Miami based Mural Project Primary Flight weigh in.

    Participating artists: Kenny Scharf, Shepherd Fairey, Kunle Martins (Earsnot), Gaia, Shie Moreno, and Patrick McNeil from the artist collective Faile. 

    Featuring Original Music from: Hanni El Khatib, Ducky, Tommy Mas and Clams Casino.

    For More Information visit : HCTN.tv and vimeo.com/herecomestheneighborhood


Gowanus, Brooklyn

The crack between two hipster neighborhoods, home to the now superfunded Canal, the flash point for the new 'Buy Local' and textile revolutions, & filled with brilliant bohemians. . . this is Gowanus & it’ll awesome your face off.

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