August 3, 2011

Bring Poop to the Block Party — Donate on ioby!

This October 1, GreenHomeNYC is bringing The NEW New York Green Block Party to Williamsburg. Last year in Gowanus we had many great local community groups join us. This year we hope to bring even more but we need some help to do so. Some of the organizations we are excited about bringing can’t afford our $175 vendor fee. This is where you come in: donate on our project page on! We have selected 6 totally rad groups and need to raise just over $1,000 so they can all participate. The orgs are: – Borough Bees (beekeeping! honey!) – Adopt-a-Farmbox (builds farmbeds for local schools and communities to grow fruit in the city) – Sustainable Flatbush (promotes innovative energy practices and streets that prioritize people over cars) – The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (mentors for environmental justice school by school, neighborhood by neighborhood) – Bio Bus (an old schoolbus retrofit with cutting edge green technologies to educate kids) – And last but not least: The Poop Project (advocates against dumping sewage into rivers, lakes and streams, and to talking about poop) If you don’t know ioby, which stands for “in our back yard”, they are a microfinance website for community environmental action in NYC. They help groups and individuals raise donations for discrete projects. Any amount from a couple of bucks to thousands of dollars can be donated. Helen Ho and Erin Barnes from ioby have been participating on the steering committee for The NEW New York — we are really excited about working with them! Thanks ioby!

July 13, 2011

re-think: sustainable furniture design competition

GreenHomeNYC is searching for environmentally conscious design students to create sustainable furniture for the garden lounge space at this fall’s The NEW New York Green Block Party. Ten selected finalists will have access to free, reclaimed materials donated by Film Biz Recycling and Build It Green, a jury of recognized architects and designers to offer creative support, and press coverage through our blog which will follow the work of the finalists. To submit, send an 11×17 pdf with concept sketches of a design that you believe expresses yoru aesthetic and construction abilities to [email protected] with “Lounge Design Challenge” as the subject. The design can be of a wide range of furniture/environmental objects such as benches, tables, textiles, planters, screens, shade coverings and more. Indicate the materials that you envision using. Selected winners will have the opportunity to revise the design and materials after selection, workign with GreenHomeNYC’s team and the panel of judges to realize variations of the original idea. Submissions due: 8/22/11 Winners announced: 8/29/11 Exhibition: 10/01/11 For more info:

June 5, 2011

Green Block Party – Calling all vendors

Test Drive Your Green City! GreenHomeNYC is calling for new and returning vendors to join the second annual The New New York Block Party, this year in Williamburg. We expect over 3,000 visitors, 70 vendors and dozens of coordinated activities such as nearby green building tours and a student design competition. In addition to participating in the event on October 1st, vendors will be promoted in The New New York promotional materials including website, press releases, and more. Last year we were covered by a broad array of media including CNN, Inhabitat, The New York Daily News, The Brooklyn Eagle, and ReadyMade. The New New York Green Block Party is unlike any other outdoor event. – We endeavor to include as many neighborhood and NYC-based businesses and organizations as possible. – We require vendors to have an interactive display or activity to engage and educate attendees. This is not a convention show, it’s a party! – We will be implementing GreenHomeNYC’s green street festival guidelines to minimize trash, encourage composting and recycling, and leave no footprint behind. All vendors will need to participate in making the guidelines work — we’ll help you figure out how. (More details in application form.) – Our mission is to provide creative organizations and companies with the platform to demonstrate their techniques, teach visitors about meaningful ways to green their lives, and/or sell sustainable products. When Saturday, October 1, 2011, all day Where N11th Street Between Berry and Wythe, Brooklyn / Bedford L stop Across from Brooklyn Brewery How Be a part of this paradigm-shifting event that will involve New Yorkers to TAKE ACTION for a truly greener New York City! We are looking for vendors/exhibitors who have a commitment to green as evidenced by their programming or products. Special consideration will be given to vendors/exhibitors who can provide hands-on demonstrations alongside the promotion of their programming or products. In the past we have had success with a vendor who sold composting kits and brought compost in various stages of decomposition for people to touch and smell. A non-profit farm-to-school vendor plated up examples of the traditional versus farm school lunch. Be creative! To apply/for more info: TNNY application

March 5, 2011

Save the Date! The New New York 2011 is coming

the new new york Mark your calenders for Saturday, October 1st 2011. GreenHomeNYC will be hosting its second annual green street fair event bringing to the street new ideas of a better, brighter and greener future. Last year’s launch in the Gowanus was exciting and incredibly successful and we could not have done it without your participation!  We had over 1,500 attendees,  and 80 vendors from green roofers to the BioBus.  It was a day filled with workshops and green buildings tours teaching people how to TAKE ACTION to make a more sustainable city. Even CNN stopped by! This year we will be building on the momentum of our success and aiming for even greater attendance, a wide variety of vendors, and workshops to provide a deeper understanding of what a true Green New York City can be.   Our exact location is in the works, to be announced in the Spring. We hope that you will join us!!  In the upcoming months we will be in touch to discuss our plan for this year.  If you want to secure a vendor spot early, contact us! Early birds will get  a discounted rate.  and we are going paperless… signing up will be all that easier, and greener. Other exciting news – + Karen Auster, of Auster Agency will be a driving force behind the event, again ensuring that all the details are attended to, and that they day goes without a hitch. + The New Museum will be enacting our Green Street Fair guidelines for their Festival of Ideas to take place on May 7th,  come find GreenHomeNYC at our booth! Warm regards, Gita Nandan + Alison Novak Co-Chairs, TNNY Steering Committee

October 8, 2010

Our Green Block Party on CNN

The NEW New York: GreenHomeNYC’s DIY Green Block Party is covered by CNN in this article and photo montage. Last Saturday over 1,500 people came to the first annual event. The stellar weather contributed to the day’s success but it was really the 55 incredible vendors, the dozen+ tours/lectures/activities throughout the day, our GreenHomeNYC volunteers, and the support of our sponsors that made it a great event. Want to sign up for next year or re-live last weekend’s schedule? Find us at

October 1, 2010

Recycle old rags, clothes, and cloth.

Bring your clothes! Recycle them at the Block Party! Can you believe that millions of pounds each year get tossed out of our closets?  About 6% of our waste stream. Wearable Collections provides a no cost, turn-key solution to recycling clothing within residential buildings in NYC. We handle all the logistics from placement of bins and promotion within the buildings to scheduling weekly pick-ups.

Float down the Gowanus Canal

Take a Canoe Trip on the Gowanus, get a glimpse of the waterway from the waters edge. Tours are free at 9.30am and 11am – meet at 2nd Street and the Gowanus, 1 block over from the Block Party, where David Krieger will lead you along the waterway.  You will see close up history, culture, and ecology merge to create the unique heart of the Gowanus neighborhood. Bring your iPhone or MP3 player and headphones – audio narratives will be available so you can hear stories, and details of how the canal came into being.

Sunny and Beautiful!!!!

ENJOY the day at the NEW New York tomorrow!!! The day has arrived, and believe it or not, the weather is going to be perfect!  A respite from the rain.  Come out and enjoy the first days of the fall season. Stop by 10am to 6pm, and check out all the great demos, events, and vendors.

September 30, 2010

RIDE YOUR BIKE! Valet Parking with RAB

Recycle-A-Bicycle will be providing valet parking, at The NEW New York, on Third Street close to the corner of Hoyt.  Lower your carbon footprint, be kind to the neighbors, get a little exercise.

Future Green, Green Roofing Demo

Join David Seiter of Future Green Studio, 2pm for a Green Roofing Demonstration and Presentation as he walks you through his green roofing lot.  See for yourself local and adapted vegetation suited for the harsh conditions of rooftop living, and learn the basics of what is need to install your own green roof. Meet at the Future Green Green Roofing lot, middle of the block, across from the picnic tables, first come first serve. Below is a sneak peak of David’s work in action, and the pet plants growing on Third Street.

New green rooftop video.

Thanks to Melissa Friedling of Slouch Productions, for her enthusiasm and effort in the creation of our Video Action Clips.