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5th Graders hold class at 61 Franklin St community garden

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Ege Ozbek, a fifth-grader in PS 31 Samuel F. Dupont Magnet School for the Arts & Humanities, hosted a composting workshop at 61 Franklin Street Community Garden in Greenpoint on Wednesday, October 30. Over the years, Ege has developed a great interest and big love for gardening, planting trees, farming, and the environment, especially greening… READ MORE

Smile: Photos from the Parks

by Heather Van De Mark on

Fall’s been beautiful thus far in North Brooklyn. And we have your Instagram photos to prove it–you all are still enjoying the fresh air, amazing views and turning leaves. Have a photo to share? Tag #GreenpointGWAPP and your location (ex: #McCarrenPark or #BushwickInletPark).… READ MORE

Still Time to Register for Citizen Pruner Tree Care Course

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If at some point, you’ve walked along our beloved North Brooklyn streets and wondered who exactly is responsible for taking care of the streets trees–wonder no more. Generally, the Parks Dept. prunes street trees on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. However, dear concerned North Brooklyn citizen, if you’ve ever wanted the awesome authority of a Parks Dept.… READ MORE

Listening Session for Newtown Barge Park Expansion and Box Street Park on October 30

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As the Greenpoint waterfront moves into a new era that includes massive development, the wheels are also finally in motion for the neighborhood to receive some of the waterfront open space promised in the 2005 Rezoning. The NYC Parks, NYC Economic Development Corporation and Community Board 1 are inviting community members, elected officials, and stakeholder… READ MORE

RFP Opens Today for Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Grants

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The Request for Proposal (RFP) for small grants, under $25,000, for the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) opens today! The Request for Pre-Proposals (RFPP) for large grants over $25,000 and legacy grants of $2 million and above also opens today. Proposals and pre-proposals for all grants are due on Wednesday, December 18th. Useful Information: The… READ MORE

NYTimes: City of Water

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The NYTimes published a really fantastic essay over the weekend, City of Water by Kevin Baker, that examines the history and future of the City’s waterways in the wake of superstorms, rising tides and overdevelopment. Below are a few excerpts, but you can read the full article here: City of Water. Can New York keep… READ MORE

Another $1,000,000 is Coming to District 33

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It’s hard to believe but Participatory Budgeting (PB) is gearing back up for another round! Participatory Budgeting is “where district residents participate directly in the city budgeting process, deciding how to spend $1,000,000 in city funds. These funds can go towards capital projects in our parks, our schools—or wherever else the residents of our district… READ MORE

ULURP Watch: BBP Decision is… and CPC Public Hearing Date

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Hopefully, everyone’s getting ready to delve into the $19.5 million Exxon Mobile Settlement, aka the Environmental Benefits Project, aka the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) program. But the fight isn’t over yet with Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial St.’s ULURP actions. Let’s get ready to multi-task Greenpoint! Where does Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial St.… READ MORE

Borough President’s Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Public Hearing: Videos & Recap

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If you weren’t able to attend Tuesday’s Brooklyn Borough President’s meeting regarding the ULURP requests for 77 Commercial St. and Greenpoint Landing, have no fear, Heather has you covered. No not me–I couldn’t attend either!–but Miss Heather of New York Shitty not only attended but took videos of all the community testimonies. Watch them and… READ MORE

Smile: Photos from the Parks

by Heather Van De Mark on

We’ve been posting a lot of heavy content here at the GWAPP blog lately, so I figure, let’s take a break and enjoy some pretty pictures! This month’s Instagram theme: Saying good-bye to summer. Have a photo to share? Tag #GreenpointGWAPP and your location (ex: #McCarrenPark or #BushwickInletPark).… READ MORE

The Bus has Arrived: B32 Running through Greenpoint & Williamsburg

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Last year, the MTA proposed a waterfront bus line that ran from southside Williamsburg, through Greenpoint, up to Long Island City and back down to Williamsburg. A little over one year later, the MTA has delivered. Now, if only we could get timers at every bus and subway stop. More details on the new B32… READ MORE

CB1 Meeting Recap

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Monday night’s Community Board 1 Public Hearing and Board meeting may have been one of the fastest CB1 meetings I’ve attended in the last two years. Click to view the official agenda (PDF). I’ll keep this recap short and sweet. NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Mikelle Adgate presented on the Green Infrastructure Office’s plan… READ MORE

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