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CB1 Public Hearing and Board Meeting Recap: Summer Programming, Waterfront Development and more

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last night’s Community Board 1 (CB1) Public Hearing and Board Meeting was pretty standard fair—liquor licenses new and renewals, several outdoor sidewalk applications (no surprise given the nicer weather), and requests for special permits. I’ll jump straight into the open space/parks/environmental news and then touch on other items of note from the meeting. You can… READ MORE

Become a Tree Steward: Workshop and Class Available in Brooklyn

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Do you ever wonder who takes care of the street trees on your block? It’s entirely possible that no one does! Sad abandoned trees–won’t someone speak for the trees?! Maybe, you? The NYC Parks Department plants street trees (you can even visit the Parks website and request a free street tree), but the responsibility of… READ MORE

Superfund Sites in Our Backyard: of Greenpoint Plume/s Meeting Recap

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last Wednesday, a group of like-minded residents got together at The Sunview Luncheonette (a fabulously intimate, iconic Greenpoint community space) to talk about the Meeker Avenue Plumes. Organized by Dylan Gautheir and Alex Zucker, the meeting was an opportunity for residents to learn more about the plumes in an un-official, community-oriented capacity, And like everyone… READ MORE

Presentation from CPF Meeting on Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Project

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Last week, City Parks Foundation held two public meetings to discuss updates on the Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Project. [Note: I was not in attendance.] If you were (also) unable to attend, you can view the City Parks Foundation presentation by clicking below. A few highlights from the presentation include: 88% of the fund is… READ MORE

G Train Shutdown Meeting: A Recap

by Heather Van De Mark on

Earlier in the month, State Senator Daniel Squadron held a community meeting at the Polish & Slavic Center regarding the G train’s summer shutdown for Hurricane Sandy repairs. Representatives from NYC DOT, MTA, the Economic Development Corp (EDC) and 94th Precinct were present, as well as elected leaders: Assembly members Joe Lentol and Maritza Davila,… READ MORE

Puppy Playgroups on Saturdays

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Since I started writing for GWAPP in 2012, the lack of a dog park/dog run on the northside of Greenpoint is an issue that repeatedly comes up. There are neighborhood dog parks (if I misuse the terminology–dog park vs dog run–my apologies) at McGolrick/Winthrop Park and McCarren Park. But for all the dog-loving residents north… READ MORE

Kent Ave Getting Cleaned Up? Two Brownfield Cleanup Applications Submitted

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1. 87 Kent Ave. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation(DEC) received a Brownfield Cleanup application for 87 Kent Ave aka 56 North 9th St in Williamsburg from Ronit Realty LLC. The site ID is #C224188. The application can be viewed at the Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library or online using the Environmental Site… READ MORE

Newtown Creek EBP Progress Meeting Announced

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There will be two Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Progress Meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The meetings will be at 3:30pm and 6:30pm at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 47-40 21st St., Long Island City, NY 11101 in the 8th floor meeting room. A Brief Background on the Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Project City… READ MORE

Participatory Budgeting Voting Starts March 30

by Heather Van De Mark on

Starting this Sunday, you can vote for the Participatory Budgeting Projects of your choice! You have a week to vote and there are five polling locations in Greenpoint alone (highlighted in yellow below.) So take a few minutes during your busy week and help decide how to spend your tax dollars! Voting Eligibility Be over… READ MORE

[UPDATE] Dust Rises from Domino Sugar Demolition

by Heather Van De Mark on

[UPDATE] On March 24, I received an update on the Domino demolition from Dave Lombino, Director of Special Projects at Two Trees: “Inspectors from DEP came to the site Friday morning in response to a complaint from a neighbor and found the site was 100% in compliance. The demolition at the Domino site has been… READ MORE

Bikers & Pedestrians Rejoice: More Elbow Room Planned for Pulaski Bridge

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Back in January 2013, we reported on Assemblyman Lentol’s request for DOT to build a dedicated bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge that currently spans the gap between Greenpoint and Long Island City. DOT investigated and responded to both CB1 in Brooklyn and CB2 in Queens, that yes, a dedicated bike lane is feasible and… READ MORE

City Parks Foundation Launches Newtown Creek Website

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City Parks Foundation, the administrator of the $7 million mitigation funds of a NYS lawsuit, has launched it’s Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project website. Similar to the GCEF’s $19.5 million, this $7 million is reserved for “community environmental benefit projects in the areas proximate to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.” This includes areas in… READ MORE

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