The MO Spotlight: Neighbors Allied for Good Growth

by Heather Van De Mark on

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NAG has a long history of fighting for our community. Originally founded in 1994 as Neighbors Against Garbage, they fought to stop the expansion of the solid waste industry in north Williamsburg. They had always been concerned with the environmental hazards that the waste stations posed to the waterfront and nearby homes and businesses, so their mission broadened to “recapturing the Northside’s waterfront and encouraging its development in a manner that supports a stable, healthy, mixed-use community.” NAG is currently known as Neighbors Allied for Good Growth.

NAG is responsible for many great events in our neighborhoods including Williamsburg Walks (in partnership with NYC DOT.) These planned afternoons turn Bedford Avenue between Metropolitan Ave and North 12th St. into a car-free, pedestrian walkway. It’s a wonderful time when community groups, small businesses, residents and artists get involved together to enjoy and rethink their public space. 2013 Williamsburg Walks will happen on the following Saturdays: June 8, June 15 and June 22.

NAG also plays a vital role in informing our community about tenant rights and advocating for affordable housing. NAG is a member of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg Collaborative Against Displacement, who provide “legal and housing advocacy to tenants at risk of eviction and displacement.” They often hold community workshops on tenant rights and loft laws, a vital part of the conversation as North Brooklyn gentrifies and population greatly increases. View the NAG calendar for upcoming events.

Although they haven’t taken an official stand on Two Trees’ new Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment, they have offered a review of the project on a point by point basis. They state, “NAG calls on the City to work with Two Trees and bring the new new Domino plan forward for formal public review. We believe that the Two Trees proposal is an improvement on the existing approval in many ways, and we encourage Two Trees to continue to work with the community to make further improvements.” View NAG’s Review of the New Domino plan.

Special Announcement
NAG does so much to help the community, why not help NAG a little? On Saturday, May 18th, NAG is having a Cupcake Throw Down at Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St.). For a $15 ticket, you’ll get to support grassroots environmental and social justice activism while eating oh-so-delicious cupcakes and enjoying drinks. It’s a win win for everyone. Buy tickets here.

Want to learn more about NAG or start getting involved?

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.