Welcome to the GWAPP Archive! Here you will find a wealth of information about the myriad of issues that North Brooklyn has faced over the years. The Archive is divided by issue and includes maps, press releases, proposals and other records documenting the history of community organizing and activism in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. If you’re new to the neighborhood, these pages will get you up to speed and will hopefully answer your questions about where we’ve been, connecting past struggles and victories with where we are now—and where we’re going. If you’re an activist, we hope the Archive will serve as a useful resource. Please let us know what you think! We welcome your comments.
Parks in Greenpoint/Williamsburg
GWAPP has been dedicated to promoting parks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Our community has long been near the bottom of the list of New York City neighborhoods in terms of park space per capita, which is why work on this issue has been so vital.
Waterfront Revitalization and Open Space
In 2005, the neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg were rezoned from primarily manufacturing uses to include more residential use. The rezoning dramatically changed the character of North Brooklyn, resulting in new residential developments as well as plans for increased public access to the waterfront. One of GWAPP’s central goals has been to make sure the city lives up to the promises included in the rezoning, especially those meant to increase access to open space and parks.
- Historical Narrative: 2005 North Brooklyn Waterfront Rezoning
Fighting Power Plants in North Brooklyn
For over ten years, the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community fought a series of power plants and power generating facilities along the East River waterfront. The struggle to stop construction of a 500-megawatt power plant by Con Edison was an early victory spearheaded by community members that led to the founding of GWAPP. A subsequent, longer fight against an 1,100-megawatt plant proposed by TransGas Energy solidified GWAPP’s position as a dedicated community leader.
Along with a variety of environmental ills, North Brooklyn has been one of a handful of neighborhoods that process garbage from the rest of New York City, hosting nearly one-third of all the city’s land-based solid waste transfer stations. The transfer stations have fostered a range of problems, including pollution, noise and congestion caused by heavy truck traffic as garbage is moved in and out of the neighborhood.
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