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Urban Farm, Bike Track, Reading Room and More Open Space Slated for Domino Site

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Late last year Two Trees, the development company that purchased the former Domino Sugar Factory site, put out a request for proposals inviting community groups to propose interim uses for the 55,000 square foot lot known as “Site E.” Last week, Two Trees announced their interim plans for the site which include a community farm… READ MORE

When and Where to Vote! Participatory Budgeting Election Schedule

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After months of work community volunteers have developed more than a dozen project proposals – ranging from school improvements to street trees – and now it’s time for local residents to take their pick. The participatory budgeting elections will be held at various locations listed below from April 1 – April 7, 2013. Voters only… READ MORE

$1 Million Dollar Vote: PB Proposals

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Last night, delegates of the participatory budget (PB) process gathered at the Polish-Slavic Center to present the project ideas that each delegate committee has developed over the past several months. Proposals ranged from a dog run in East River State Park to technological improvements for local schools to funding for new trees and tree guards… READ MORE

What Did Your Neighbors Decide to Do with $1 Million?

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Thanks to $1 million of discretionary funding set aside by Council Member Stephen Levin (District 33), delegates who have spent months developing community proposals for the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process gathered on Thursday to assemble displays of their project proposals. The North Brooklyn expo of project – sort of like a science fair of ideas… READ MORE

The Next Steps for the 61 Franklin Street Garden

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This past Saturday, the first meeting of the 61 Franklin Street Garden met at Good Yoga in Greenpoint to discuss plans for the space, decide upon how plots will be allocated and to voice what types of plants and design elements the community would like to see in this currently vacant lot. Our next step… READ MORE

The Newtown Creek Speaks

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Ever sit along the Newtown Creek and think about all the people that have lived along and used this vital tributary waterway over the years? Well, fortunately Creek Speak, an interactive project of the Newtown Creek Alliance, provides a dynamic account that captures the oral history of the people and places of the creek. Participants… READ MORE

OUTRAGE Community Meeting on 2/27

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Did you know that more than 40% of New York City’s waste stream passes through North Brooklyn? It’s not difficult to imagine the impact that those kinds of numbers have on our community. From idling truck traffic polluting our air to offensive garbage odors, this is certainly an important environmental issue for the neighborhood. On… READ MORE

Greenpoint To Get A Jurassic Park!

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That’s right! Well, not exactly Jurassic, but close enough. The designs for Phase 2 & 3 of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk were recently announced by the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC) and they include several 300 million Gilboa tree fossils dug up Schoharie reservoir in the Catskill Mountains. Phase 2 of the… READ MORE

A Tour of the Heart: Spend Valentine’s Day at the Newtown Creek

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Looking for a unique activity for Valentine’s Day that you’ll never forget? Why not get some breathtaking skyline views of the city while taking a tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant? Really?!?!? Really. The tours, led by plant superintendent Jim Pynn, begin at 9:30am, 11:00am and 1:00pm at the visitor center (329 Greenpoint… READ MORE

Some More Love for the Trees on Nassau Avenue

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A few weeks back I wrote a post about taking care of the trees on Nassau Avenue. Thanks to some more unusually warm weather and a donation of mulch and compost from the NYC Compost Project, I was able to tackle four more beds along Nassau and plant bulbs that will emerge in the spring.… READ MORE

61 Franklin Street: Greenpoint’s Newest Open Green Space?

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This past weekend, I met with a group of concerned Greenpoint citizens and community activists to coordinate efforts to convert a long-vacant lot into the 61 Franklin Street garden. The group included members of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), 596 Acres, New York Restoration Project (NYRP), Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, as well as… READ MORE

When Polluted Waters Overflow Their Banks: The Challenges of Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal

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Recent events around the city–from the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy bringing the polluted waters of Newtown Creek into homes and businesses in Greenpoint to the stranded dolphin in the Gowanus Canal–have begun to raise the issue of water-quality in the tributary waterways of the East River. Although the general public is somewhat familiar that… READ MORE

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