Report from Williamsburg Walks 2010

NAG's co-chair, Emily G. the hostess with the most-ess!

This past weekend NAG hosted the 3rd annual Williamsburg Walks, an amazing street festival which celebrates our public space. Bedford Avenue was shut down to car traffic from N4th to N9th, allowing more room for pedestrians and whatnot. There was a bevy of activities;  a whole block dedicated to the lil ones, a public art competition, live music, a great spot to watch the World Cup, walking tours, skillshares, and lots of spontaneous happenings. Continue reading

Williamsburg Walks Picnic Block & Basket Challenge

Saturday Jun 26 – the Southside CSA will be rocking a block of picnic fun at this years Williamsburg Walks. In addition to hosting the giant picnic area, we will be joining NAG in running a picnic basket contest.

Check out the rules and get ready to rumble: Continue reading

4th of July BBQ

by Howard N2Got@flickr.com

by Howard N2Got@flickr.com

If you are around this holiday, come join us for some local BBQ action.

We will be rocking a little grill @ Williamsburg Walks on our block between N8th & N9th and would love for you to come on down and throw something into the mix. It is BYOE (as in bring your own everything) but will probably turn into a bit of a potluck picnic. We should be on the street sometime between 1 and 2pm and will be there with blankets to spare until after sunset. Think a pedestrianized Bedford, local veggies, italian sausages, card games, and people watching. Sounds like a good time…especially if you get a slice of my patriotic rhubarb & blueberry bread pudding. (red, white, blue & yummy!)

Come hang on the Southside CSA block @ Williamsburg Walks

themikebot@flickr.com

themikebot@flickr.com

As a grassroots group that supports getting produce and products from local fields to Brooklyn kitchens, we have jumped into help with another grassroots neighborhood movement, Williamsburg Walks. The Walks is part of the liveable streets movement which begs people to reconsider how their public space is being used. We have dedicated a block to food activism and activities. Our idea is to host a get-together with some food, info, and community-based projects that will be rooted in thinking global while talking local, discussing and demonstrating food security within our community, and celebrating the joys of a bountiful local harvest.

Saturday June 27: Summer Eating. Celebrating the Harvest to come…

North 8th to North Ninth on Bedford Ave.

For all workshops, discussions, and events, some seating will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own beach chairs for guaranteed comfort!

Public Drawing Area from 12ish to Sunset;
Join in the drawing fun at our public mural area. We will be drawing portraits of bees, the unsung garden heroes, trying to promote the petition to legalize beekeeping in NYC. All we are saying….is give Bees a chance! Other cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Portland, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver regulate beekeeping on roofs and in community gardens, parks, and nature centers. We will be supporting Council Member David Yassky’s Bill , introduced in January to City Council that would legalize beekeeping in NYC while getting our drawing on. Crayons provided. 

Bedford Blanket Library Area from 12ish to Sunset.
We will create a blanket oasis on the street where you can plop down and read a good book. If you don’t have one, we have some pretty classic books available on sustainability and local eating for you to borrow.

Urban Gardening Activities from 1-6pm.

Tired of looking at that dusty empty lot on your street? Wishing that stalled construction project was much needed park space? Swing by our block and make some seed balls and help us bomb back the blight and cover the neighborhood in a blanket of wildflowers.

Eating Local Activities from 1-6pm
Food demos with local veggies and fruits. TBD by what is at the farmers market. (For sure you will see quick pickling with spring onions and some fun uses for spring garlic…)

7pm. Sunset Picnic. BYOE.

(Bring your own everything)
Join us in the streets…for an old fashioned picnic. It may sound crazy to plop down a picnic blanket on a street in a dense urban city but we cant think of a better way to celebrate Brooklyn’s local harvest. Brooklynites create so many amazing things in their kitchens, gardens, basements, and roofs…we can only imagine what you can pull together for a picnic. Gather some food from your house, grab a blanket, and lets grub together while the sun goes down and the night lights go on. Musical entertainment provided for your dining pleasure. [ps. if you dont have time to prepare a meal, no sweat, Bedford Ave & the Northside are filled with many amazing dining choices and take-out options.]

Join us the following weeks for some more foodie fun…
July 4 BBQing, the local way
July 11 Eating Local, the Italian way, Polish & Puerto Rican way

Community Events: Williamsburg Walks

Williamsburg Walks; A pedestrianization of Bedford Ave

Williamsburg Walks; A pedestrianization of Bedford Ave. (pic by sabeth718 @ flickr.com)

Williamsburg Walks is returning starting this Saturday, June 6. This year, the L Magazine and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) have partnered to organize the event, inviting North Brooklyn residents, visitors, and merchants to celebrate the community on a pedestrianized Bedford Avenue.

Viva la pedestrian!

Viva la pedestrian!

Hoping to make the event even more enjoyable for the neighborhood and to fully activate the streetscape, area non-profits and businesses will be organizing events and activities. And that’s where the Southside CSA comes in; We are hosting a block dedicated to food activism and activities. Each week there will be a main theme with talks, workshops, & seasonal cooking contests. Our idea is to host a get-together with some food, info, and community-based projects that will be rooted in thinking global while talking local, discussing and demonstrating food security within our community, and celebrating the joys of a bountiful local harvest.

Bedford Ave & Elbow room? Fuhgedaboutit without Williamsburg Walks!

Bedford Ave & Elbow room? Fuhgedaboutit without Williamsburg Walks!

We kick off the inaugural week, June 6th, with a bevy of fun stuff. Come on out and chill with us in the street while we get our foodie fun on. Williamsburg Walks will be from N4th to N9th. Most likely we will be located at the block from N4th to N5th, however, things are still in flux at this time so if you don’t see us there, keep on cruising around.

pic from themikebot @flickr.com

pic from themikebot @flickr.com

[For all workshops, discussions, and events, some seating will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own beach chairs for guaranteed comfort!]

1pm. Discussion: Urban Gardening.
It’s not too late to get your own garden (backyard, container, street plot, etc) started. Come and get some inspiration from local gardeners and discuss the various ways New Yorkers can get their thumbs green.

2pm. Workshop. Rhubarb.
Rhubarb is a Springtime gem that will only be around for a few more weeks. We will be dishing sweet and savory recipes and whipping up a few of our favorites and discussing how to can and freeze Rhubarb for wintertime enjoyment.

4pm. Eating Local.
A discussion of carbon foot prints, local produce, cooking, and community supported agriculture.

5pm. Workshop. Rhubarb Redux.
More dishing on the sweet and savory side of the springtime fave.

6pm. Cooking contest. Seasonal Chutney.
Bring on your best seasonal chutney.
Rules. Homemade. At least 4 local ingredients.
Entries accepted from 6 to 630pm. Jury will announce winner at 7pm

7pm. Sunset Picnic. BYOE.
(Bring your own everything)
Join us in the streets…for an old fashioned picnic. It may sound crazy to plop down a picnic blanket on a street in a dense urban city but we cant think of a better way to celebrate Brooklyn’s local harvest. Brooklynites create so many amazing things in their kitchens, gardens, basements, and roofs…we can only imagine what you can pull together for a picnic. Gather some food from your house, grab a blanket, and lets grub together while the sun goes down and the night lights go on. Musical entertainment provided for your dining pleasure. [ps. if you dont have time to prepare a meal, no sweat, Bedford Ave & the Northside are filled with many amazing dining choices and take-out options.]

Join us the following weeks for some more foodie fun…

  • June 13: Seasonal Spring Eating
  • June 20: Solstice & Summer Eating. Celebrating the Harvest to come…
  • June 27: Eating Local, the Puerto Rican way.
  • July 4: Eating Local, the Polish way.
  • July 11: Eating Local, the Italian way.