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Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint Returns to Support New Community Center

The annual food festival celebrating North Brooklyn’s finest culinary options is returning to the neighborhood on September 7 at the East River State Park.

In a block-party style event held on the banks of the East River, Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint, not to be confused with the larger Taste Talks food extravaganza, will feature over 40 of the neighborhood’s favorite eating haunts including The Meatball Shop, Maison Premiere, Café Mogador, Le Barricou, Brooklyn Brewery, No Name Bar and several others.

The event is a result of the collaborative effort of several neighborhood organizations including Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and the restaurant/bar association, Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants (BABAR).

“The “nightlife” community of restaurants, bars and music clubs has become a serious economic engine for the local economy,” said Felice Kirby, owner of Teddy’s Bar and Grill, one of the restaurants to be featured at Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint, and one of the leaders at BABAR. “Several of us owner/operators have enjoyed participating in events like Taste where we can help build and support community as well as leverage our collective access to food, beverages and music. Taste is a rare event that cherishes that feeling of neighborhood, while also celebrating the brave new world that has grown up with exciting restaurants, cutting-edge cocktail mixology, breweries and live music.”

But most importantly the event acts as a creative fundraising and charitable initiative.

Proceeds from the event go towards renovating the former firehouse on Wythe Avenue to create the Northside Town Hall, which will serve as a community center as well as a permanent home for NAG and the People’s Firehouse –organizations with long histories of community activism. NAG has worked extensively grassroots organization and education advocacy and People’s Firehouse has been at the forefront of the fights for affordable housing, and tenants’ rights. A new center will continue to allow the organizations to carry on their work with an even greater zeal.

This year’s food event will also live music organized by one of the newest entrants to the neighborhood, the record store Rough Trade NYC.

Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint, September 7, 1-5 p.m., East River State Park, to purchase tickets visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-williamsburg-greenpoint-2014-tickets-11927448319, and to learn more about the event visit http://www.tastewg.com.

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