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Van Alen Block Party

Sep 30 | Sat |
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The event is free and open to the public and is a celebration of all thing Gowanus — the vibrant, dynamic, and creative neighborhood we call home. Join us for an afternoon of music, performance, and family-friendly crafts and games.

Performances & Talks

Music by Los Herederos Sonicycle

Los Herederos (The Inheritors) is a grassroots media-arts nonprofit organization dedicated to inheriting culture in the digital age. Their sonicycle is an audiovisual-outfitted bicycle that runs on green energy and is made entirely from recycled materials and curbside discards. The sonicycle is an itinerant sound device, documentary tool, and community organizing-activation platform “rolled” into one.

Panel Talk: Points of Agreement

3:30 pm

Historic community benefits — called Points of Agreement— were negotiated around the Gowanus rezoning. How did these come to be? Why are they significant? What’s happening now? Artist and community organizer Lynn Neuman (Artichoke Dance Company) hosts a conversation with Karen Blondel (Public Housing Civic Association), Andrea Parker (Gowanus Canal Conservancy), Paula Smith (Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice), Jesse Solomon (South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation), and Monica Underwood (Gowanus Oversight Task Force).

Performance by Gowanus Wildcats Drill Team 4:30 pm

This multigenerational, all-star drill team started in the Gowanus Houses in 1970 and has become a cherished New York institution. For 51 years, they’ve captivated audiences at places like the Apollo Theater and Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. The Wildcats are led by instructor Renee “Juice” Flowers, who was inducted into the People’s Hall of Fame by urban folklore organization City Lore.


Book giveaway with House of SpeakEasy Bookmobile House of SpeakEasy believes that book ownership should be a right, not a privilege. Launched in 2017, The SpeakEasy Bookmobile is a direct response to the proliferation of “book deserts,” neighborhoods where bookstores are in short supply — or worse, nonexistent. The modified box truck is outfitted with 54 linear feet of shelving that accommodate a variety of books for all ages.

Nutritional herb bundle workshop with One Love Community Fridge One Love Community Fridge works to eradicate hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, and the stigma associated with all three, through an integrated, multi-generational, and inclusive movement that centers access to fresh foods, nutrition education, and sustainability.

Free ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery Churning 🍦Brooklyn’s Freshest 🍦 since 2011! While supplies last.

Family-friendly outdoor games!

Tabling Stop inside our home base at 303 Bond Street to meet members of Gowanus’ incredibly creative and caring community, including:

-Artichoke Dance -Dancewave -Gallery Particulier -Gowanus AR -Gowanus Mutual Aid -Gowanus Oversight Task Force

Venue: Van Alen Institute