About The NEW New York

September 7, 2010

Join us Saturday, October 1 from 11am to 5pm on North 11th St (Wythe/Berry) in Williamsburg for a green block party with vendors, tours, food, and fun! Attending the fair, and many of our extra activities, is free. We are also hosting an After Party (34 Berry parking lot) complete with beer and a screening of a urban agriculture documentary followed by a Hollywood blockbuster. Check out the schedule for more info.

The Idea Behind the Event
The NEW New York is GreenHomeNYC’s revolutionary interpretation of the typical New York block party. Street fairs and block parties are an intrinsic part of the New York City summer experience, bringing neighborhoods together, culture to the streets, celebrations and joy to the public spaces of our city. The NEW New York re-invents this tradition to bring home — right to the front stoop — ideas for greening our built environment for the residents of the city.

A core component of the event is to use the streetscape and surroundings as a “classroom.” In addition to leaving behind a block transformed with examples of a greener city, such as a newly planted tree, activities will be tied into the immediate environs, such as tours of a nearby green building. The day’s activities will be multifaceted, incorporating educational workshops covering a wide array of topics, hands-on demonstrations by exhibitors, and, tours of green buildings, companies, and local natural resources. Activities will benefit anyone on the green spectrum from curious to committed, including youth.

The event will take place annually each autumn and occupy one street block. Last year we took over Third Street between Bond and Hoyt in the Carroll Gardens / Gowanus Canal neighborhood of Brooklyn. This year we are in Williamsburg on N 11th Street at Wythe — in front of Brooklyn Brewery and around the corner from Brooklyn Bowl!

Perhaps next year we will be in your neighborhood!

See our Schedule Of Events page for last year’s events and check back soon for the 2011 schedule.

The Green Street Festival Guidelines
Streeet fairs can leave behind a very dirty footprint, straining resources and leaving behind a trail of garbage. In light of the deep sustainable commitment to a greener NYC, GreenHomeNYC has created The Green Street Festival Guidelines, a “how to” catalogue for a greener path and asking that our vendors commit to our criteria. And of course, The NEW New York will practice what it preaches: composting food waste, minimizing the use of paper, utilizing bio-fuel, and off-setting its carbon footprint.

Sign up to be a Vendor
If you’d like to be involved as a vendor, please apply for a spot. If you’d like to be involved in as a sponsor or in another way, please contact us at newnewyork@greenhomenyc.org.

Green Design Challenge — Sustainable Furniture
For the 2011 event, we are putting together a lounge made of furniture designed by NYC students and made from repurposed materials. These 10 students will be chosen out of all submittals cast by August 22, 2011, given the opportunity to get materials from Film Biz Recycling and Build It Green, and will have the opportunity to put their piece up for auction at the October 1 event. Throughout the process, we will be blogging and providing media sponsorship to watch the designs unfold!  For more information check out greendesignchallenge.tumblr.com or send an email to ejaeger@greenhomency.org!

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