A native New Yorker, Pam Boyle spent most of her college and post-college years pursuing a career in translation. The Spanish language, plus a growing interest to learn more about farming, led her to a family-run farm in the mountains of Costa Rica where she worked and learned the basics of maintaing a small-scale sustainable farm. Once back in Brooklyn, she was eager to learn more about the local farming communities in the tri-state area and to try out some of the farming techniques in her rooftop vegetable garden. She is very excited to be working with Greenmarkets, spending her Saturdays at Grand Army Plaza with the farmers and helping the community gain access to fresh, local food.
James Curcuru is a Greenpoint resident interested in the overlap between the Newtown Creek Superfund process, Newtown Creek Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA), the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) and the continuing redevelopment and demographic changes of the North Brooklyn area. He hopes to promote an awareness of and greater familiarity with the area’s large array of community organizations, non-profit groups, business coalitions, and governmental agencies. He holds a B.S. degree in English from Fordham University and has taught English for the last 3 years.
Holly Fairall is a Greenpoint mom, who has lived in the McGolrick Park area for 10 years. In her younger days, Holly taught English and French at Bushwick Outreach Center, followed by eight years of professional modeling (How’s that for a career change?). These days Holly serves as a McGolrick Park advocate, while running her own business – Holly’s HeART by Hand, eco-friendly greeting cards and fine art. . . made with heart and by hand in Brooklyn, NY.
Homer Hill is a freelance writer, photographer, publicist and graduate student in Hunter College’s Urban Planning program. His research focuses on transportation and open space issues in North Brooklyn. He lives and works in East Williamsburg.
Eric Himmelfarb is a graduate student in the NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health studying Food Systems. He is interested in poetry, food justice and the intersection between the two. He blogs at Sky Color Sustenance.
Daniel Horn is an architecture student currently in his last semester at NYIT. His current thesis project is located on the Newtown Creek in Brooklyn, NY and deals with reconstructing the water’s edge in relationship to existing zoning and inevitable sea level rise. Dan currently lives in the coastal Long Island town of Lindenhurst and was directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. In his future architectural career Dan hopes to address issues of climate change and rising sea levels through architecture. In his spare time he enjoys playing music, traveling, and art. Dan is graduating this May with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He currently serves as co-chair and o-organizer of the ORLI Initiative and 3C Competition. You can see Dan’s work here.
Barbara has been a Greenpoint resident since 1997. Originally from Florida, she has been involved in community activities since the age of seven, selling girl scout cookies and putting on variety shows for the local nursing homes. She was involved with the first power plant fight against Con Edison, and has served as GWAPP’s secretary since 2000. Currently she works in web development at Martha Stewart and is the host of a tech-themed radio show, “Tech Trends,” for Martha Stewart Radio. She is mother to two hyperactive and brilliant little boys, Lorenzo and Ezra, and enjoys cooking, reading and going to the park!
Alanna Rios was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and currently resides in Greenpoint. As a community native, she has observed the gradual changes in the framework of some of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn where she’s lived. These changes have provoked Alanna to examine the social, environmental and regional effects that “Big Business” and over-development impose on the historical values of once-distinctive neighborhoods. She will be further engaging this study in a Master of Landscape Architecture program at The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of the City University of New York. Alanna is also a proud volunteer of The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, that work on “greening” North Brooklyn by improving parks and helping to create new ones.
Mark, a Certified Financial Planner®, has lived in North Williamsburg for 5 years and is an active member of the community. He is a member of the FERSP Committee and sits on the NAG Board. A dog-owner of a 3-year old husky/shepherd mix named Skye, Mark is drawn to this project in order provide Skye and other dogs a safe environment to get exercise and play.
Michael lives in Greenpoint and is the Markets Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), a national environmental health organization. Michael has over a decade of experience working on environmental health and justice issues. For four years, he was the Western New York Director of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, where he coordinated community, marketplace and policy campaigns resulting in substantial victories for environmental and public health. He also worked for the Buffalo Coalition for Economic Justice. Ethisphere Magazine listed Michael as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics for 2007 and the PVC Campaign received the “Path to Victory” Business Ethics Network award. He has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the State University of NY at Buffalo.
A resident of East Williamsburg since 1996, Anya has a wide background working with and for nonprofit arts and environmental organizations, including writing, editing and project management. She has written about North Brooklyn for local newspapers and has experience with community organizing. When not editing for print and the web, she can be found working to raise awareness of climate change, riding (and fixing) bikes and taking care of two rabbits. Anya is currently helping GWAPP launch its new website.
Jennifer, her husband and two children moved to Greenpoint in 2010. A Florida native, she has written and designed popular culture books on such topics as home economics, good citizenship and album cover art. She is infatuated with old houses and original details. She has volunteered as a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and now wants to devote her time to keeping Greenpoint the great community that it is.
Laura is a new-ish addition to the Greenpoint community, moving here in 2007 with her husband Jonathan Fox and their Boston Terrier, Buster Brown. The family is recently joined by one Jasper Fox, last seen drooling on a non tree-lined stretch of sidewalk near you. Laura abandoned a life of glamour and excitement as a network news producer in Manhattan for a life of excitement and glamour in North Brooklyn, where she is renovating a home on Guernsey Street which dates back to 1872. Her involvement with community work began after she misunderstood her neighbor, Trina McKeever, believing that an invitation to join forces as Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park was the promise of a permanent boat slip on the East River. She soon discovered an outlet for her steady tiller hand, helping to set up the Community Committee for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and serving as the group’s first co-chair. Laura joined the board of GWAPP in 2012.
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Heather is a graphic designer and consultant specializing in non-profit organizations and social justice causes. Originally from upstate New York, 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.
Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.
Lucy is currently pursuing her masters degree in Urban Affairs at Hunter College. Originally from Seattle, Lucy has lived in New York since 2005 and in the charming Greenpoint neighborhood since 2010. Lucy is very excited to be interning with GWAPP and can be found at one of the many coffee shops in Greenpoint working away.