Category Archives: nature

Summer Events at Fort Greene Park

The Fort Greene Conservancy just emailed me a poster detailing their summer events. There’s lots of stuff here for kids, but most intriguing to me are the September performance by Reggie Watts (NY Mag just profiled him) and the Urban Bat Exploration (cool!).  I’m sure the Whitman tour (only one left!) will also be good.  I love seeing such a variety of entertainment and education right here at our doorstep.

Clinton Hill Garden Walk

Check out some of the neighborhood’s most wonderful private gardens on this upcoming walking tour:

Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District presents its self-guided 13th Annual Garden Walk. Spend a Sunday afternoon being inspired by the creativity of this neighborhood’s urban gardeners. The stops on the tour include single, double and triple-lot city refuges. Pick up a self-guided map at the corner of Washington Avenue and Lafayette, just outside the entrance to the G train, and enter into a a wonderland that cannot be seen from the street.

This year’s stroll features 15 private gardens in the historic district of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. In addition to private gardens, many of which also feature the artwork of their creators folded into their greenery, the tour includes several vibrant community gardens, a newly planted garden entitled, Symbols, Parables and Healing, sponsored by BBGD in partnership with Teen Challenge, the drug recovery and prevention program at 444 Clinton Avenue, The Pratt sculpture Garden, green graffiti art installations and a Living-Couture Fashion Show in a neighborhood church.

All proceeds from the Garden Walk fund activities that support, encourage and facilitate local gardening, urban farming and environmental art.

Tickets are available in advance for $15 at:

and for $20 the day of the event.

PACC Gardening Event

Emily at PACC emailed me a little roundup of their Earth Day planting event with some photos:

Pratt Area Community Council celebrated Earth Day with its second annual gardening event on Saturday, April 17th. Last year tenants, PACC staff and volunteers spruced up Gibb Mansion’s gardens for Earth Day. This year, on a cloudy morning, more than 25 volunteers joined tenants and staff at 15 Quincy Street to get their hands dirty “greening” one of PACC’s affordable rental buildings. The team turned over garden beds in front and in back of the building, then planted flowers and trees including arborvitae, coreopsis, petunias, marigolds, flowering plum and cherry trees. Walk by the building on Quincy or Lexington to see what a difference a few hours of gardening makes!

Free Yoga in Fort Greene Park Begins Tomorrow!

Last year,  yogi Lindsay Sage offered free yoga in FG Park.  I went a few times and it was amazing – there is nothing like spiritual exercise outside.  Thankfully, she’s back starting tomorrow.  See you there!

Hari Om Brooklyn Yogis!

Yoga in Fort Greene Park is eager to start its second season!  I hope you are as excited as I am to soak up the warmth of an outdoor practice.

Begins this Tuesday — May 4 (until mid-July)
Weather permitting
Fort Greene Park — near the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument
Bring mat (or use the grass)
There is no charge but this year I will be accepting donations

Please feel free to pass this along to your friends that live or work in Brooklyn.  Also — FYI — I teach Yoga in Riverside Park (my other home — at 115th Street) on Wednesday evenings (6-7) and 6:15PM every other Sunday at my studio (, though that’s indoors and not nearly as fun).

Looking forward to seeing you!


More Earth Day Fun: Grand Ave Block Party on 4.24

The neighborhood continues celebrating Earth Day, this weekend on Grand Ave.  Here’s the info from Still Hip Brooklyn:

Saturday, April 24 | all day!
12:00pm Fati & Charles
1:00pm Graciela of Music Para Mi
2:00pm rolie polie guacamole
2:30pm Sean Kershaw
3:00pm Pistachio: A Brooklyn Girl Made of Trash
4:00pm Tres Leches
4:30pm Rene Collins
5:00pm Audra Rox!
6:00pm LIG funk band

Private Picasso Art Crafts
find out about Green Drinks + Vokashi composting
Book Signing of Brooklyn Baby by Allison Lowenstein
Baby Raising fair with info on Doula’s + Montessori playgroups + classes + more!

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We will have tons of bins set up for your used fabric goodies

Tree Giveaway a HUGE Success!


Bravo to FAB and their partners MillionTrees NYC. Mr. Lesterhead and I arrived around 10 in the hopes of getting a cherry tree and there must have been 100 people in line already.  Due to the fact that the cherry trees were way too big to fit in the car and we couldn’t wait, I snapped some pics and we were on our way.  It was great to finally meet FAB Director Philip Kellogg in person and say hi to neighbors waiting for their trees.  Great location for it, too.

Here’s hoping I can snag a tree next time.

Did you go?  What kind of tree did you choose?


Celebrate Earth Day at Habana Outpost

Our favorite local eco-eatery is hosting a full day of fun to help celebrate the 40th annual earth day!  Schedule is below.  I’m most intrigued by the beekeeping seminar!  (In case you missed it, beekeeping just became legal in NYC!)

Sean Meenan presents
Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost
Saturday, April 17th 2010

Join us to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with a day full of free workshops and events for the whole family!

Kid’s Corner:  12-6pm
All day long there will be free arts & crafts, games, and entertainment for children focusing on recycling and nature:

Recycling within your environment with Habana Works and the Leadership Learning Lab.  This hands-on workshop will explore how to reuse what’s in your home, community and environment—or in this case, what’s at Habana Outpost!  Children will be asked to go on a scavenger hunt through the courtyard and use what they find to create new objects, or give old objects new purpose and meaning.

The ABC’s of Bees and Beekeeping:  12 – 5pm
Local beekeeper John Howe (New York City Beekeeping Meetup) will explain how honey is made with a live observation hive and arts & crafts projects.

Free Eco- Face Painting:  12-6pm
Let us turn your kid into butterflies, ladybugs and bumblebees…and while they’re at it, they can learn how important these insects are to our environment!

Eco-Fashion:  3 – 4pm
Find it, recycle it, rock the runway in it!  Join us for the 2nd annual Scrap Kins Kids Repurposed Fashion Show where local kids will be strutting their eco-stuff front and center for all the courtyard to see!

Electronic Waste Recycling:  10am – 4pm
The Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) will be collecting your unwanted electronic waste in their e-waste container.

Composting Workshops for Adults:  12 – 6pm

Brought to you by The NYC Compost Project at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, funded by the Department of Sanitation, these fun workshops will teach you how to make the most of your trash and start composting at home.

Shop Green:  12 – 6pm
Local vendors and designers will showcase green products and services in an outdoor market.  Featuring: Still Hip Brooklyn, Via Nativa and Recycle a Bicycle.

Get Involved:  12 – 6pm
Meet local eco-minded groups and individuals to find out how you can get involved!  Participating Groups: Green Home NYC, Greene Harvest CSA, Manhattan Young Democrats – Environmental Committee, and Transportation Alternatives, Greene Hill Co-op, and Fort Greene Compost Project.

Please visit our website for more information – or call 718 858 9500.
Habana Outpost – 757 Fulton Street

Free Tree Giveaway, This Saturday

The MillionTreesNYC Initiative is awesome!  This Saturday, pick up a free tree to plant on your private property as part of the plan to plant one million new trees in NYC at the “Putnam Triangle.”  Love that they are making use of an interesting place that could function better as a community space. Sponsored also by the FAB Alliance and Greene Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, and the NY Restoration Project. Here are the details:

Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill and the FAB Alliance, in partnership with MillionTreesNYC and the New York Restoration Project, are giving away 200 FREE TREES on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18th from 10am-3pm. Bring your friends and family to the “Putnam Triangle” in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Fulton St and Grand Ave) and leave with a tree to plant at home, at your business, at church, at school (as long as it’s private property).

Are you planning your spring garden? Do you have an open spot for a tree? Plant a tree that will grow as your kid grows. Commemorate a loved one. Come to the Tree Giveaway and walk away with a FREE TREE!

All trees will be first-come, first-served. All you need is a place to plant and access to water. Free trees will be available to individuals, families and community groups for planting on private property only, and not in containers or on rooftops. Trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until supplies run out. Limited quantities of the following species of trees are expected to be: Eastern Redbud, Dogwood, Cherry, Oak and Sweet Gum.

Need a hand or a shovel? We will have tools for you borrow. We will have help for those who need it to get a tree home and have people to lend a hand with planting if you (or the senior next door) need it.

Trees are renewable resources that benefit the entire community. They reduce air pollution, beautify the neighborhood, slow traffic and teach important environmental values.

Not sure what type of tree you want? Horticulture specialists will be on hand to answer questions and provide species selection recommendations. Simple tree planting and care instructions come with your tree.

Do you want to help out? Volunteers are needed to give out trees, transport trees, help neighbors plant their free trees, publicize the event in surrounding neighborhoods and answer questions about tree planting. To volunteer, contact Marilyn Shaw at

Presented by Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill and the FAB Alliance in partnership with New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC and through the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and David Rockefeller

About MillionTreesNYC:
Led by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project (NYRP), MillionTreesNYC is a citywide, public-private initiative that recognizes the benefits trees provide New York City’s residents, neighborhoods and environment, through an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs by 2017.

About Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill: Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill is a volunteer project of the Fort Greene Association. It is reducing the neighborhood’s contribution to global warming and lessening its use of non-renewable resources through projects created and staffed by neighborhood residents and others called to our cause.

About the FAB Alliance: The Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance is a newly formed Business Improvement District working on behalf of property owners, merchants, residents and stakeholders along Fulton Street in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill – from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue (plus adjacent blocks of Lafayette, Greene and Putnam Avenues). Goals are to retain current businesses and improve the atmosphere to make this area of Fulton Street a clean, safe and retail diverse environment that is a destination for people work, shop, dine and play.