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Apply to Build an Urban Forest

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The New York State Department of Enviromental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting applications for community groups to plant urban forests! As part of the Urban Forestry Grant program, communities can apply for tree planting, maintenance grants or invasive pest studies in cases involving an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer or the Asian Long Horned… READ MORE


The Time Has Come: $19.5 Million On Its Way to Greenpoint

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Decades after the ExxonMobil oil spill, the settlement money which resulted in $19.5 million in Environmental Benefit Projects (EBP) for Greenpoint has finally come to fruition. To a full house of over 400 people last night’s public meeting regarding the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) program administrators laid out the next steps moving forward for… READ MORE


Register NOW for your FREE TREE!

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Fall is here and that means it’s time for another free tree giveaway with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP). The giveaway will be held on Sunday, October 13th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the 61 Franklin Street Garden. In order to receive a tree you must plant it in the ground within the 5… READ MORE


Borough President’s Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Public Hearing Next Tuesday, Sept 17

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Earlier this week, Community Board 1 voted on the proposed ULURP requests for Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street. Read a recap of that meeting for details on the vote. However, CB1’s role in the ULURP process is only advisory. The next step in the land use review process is a public hearing held by… READ MORE

BBQ Fundraiser for 61 Franklin St Garden This Saturday!

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Help support your local community garden! The 61 Franklin Street Garden will host a BBQ and fundraiser this Saturday in the beautiful afternoon shade of the garden. The graffiti has been covered, the mural on the back wall has started, and our new raised beds for school groups have been built, but we need more… READ MORE

2013 Ryan Watson. The garden looking great after the work day.

Vacant Lots as the New Frontier of Open Space

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The city of New York has hundreds of acres of vacant space. Both private and public, these vacant areas represent a potential new expansion of publicly accessible green space. As the the benefits of publicly accessible green space grows is being recognized, now is the time to seize the opportunity to convert vacant land and… READ MORE


An Ice Rink Could Be Coming to McCarren Park Pool (And More Updates from the OSA Community Committee)

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McCarren Park Pool just might have an ice rink in it’s future. The Open Space Alliance is in discussions with the Parks Department to actualize a proposal to turn the deck area of the pool into a public ice skating rink this fall and winter. The projected opening date is sometime around Thanksgiving and is… READ MORE


Want to Give People Free Trees?

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Earlier this Spring, GWAPP and Town Square in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) held one of our most rewarding events: a tree giveaway where 100 trees found homes in backyards and front yards all over the city. Having had such a positive experience earlier this year we want to help spread the… READ MORE

2013 Ryan Watson. Getting things done!

North Brooklyn Runners Show Up at 61 Franklin Street Garden

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The phrase being passed around on Saturday morning at the 61 Franklin Street Garden was “runners show up.” And indeed they did! This past Saturday, in coordination with GWAPP, North Brooklyn Runners (NBR) turned out more than 40 volunteers, who made quick work of all the tasks in the garden. Thanks to the help of… READ MORE

Photo Courtesy of DNA Info. Vandalized benches in McGolrick Park.

String of Vandalism Incidents Hit McGolrick Park

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As many in the neighborhood recall, earlier this year the USS Monitor statue in McGolrick Park was vandalized by a coat of white paint. The Parks Department and local elected officials acted swiftly to resolve the situation and bring the park back to its normal condition. At the time it seemed like an isolated incident… READ MORE

2013 Ryan Watson. Jim Dellavalle shaping up the bike park.

Photo Essay: Inside the Construction of Havemeyer Park

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After three months of construction Havemeyer Park opened to the public this past week. The former parking lot of the historic Domino Sugar Factory, on Kent Avenue between S. 3rd and S. 4th, along the Williamsburg waterfront has now been converted into an urban farm run by North Brooklyn Farms, Brooklyn’s first (legal) mountain bike… READ MORE

2013 Ryan Watson. Sunset through the Domino Tower at North Brooklyn Farms.

Havemeyer Park To Bring An Acre of Open Space to Southside Williamsburg

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Summertime is here. The sunflowers are opening. The bike track has been shaped and capped. The plants are in the ground. The sod has been laid and now it’s time to open this park to the public! The 55,000 square foot former parking lot of the Domino Sugar Factory, now named Havemeyer Park, is officially… READ MORE