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Wi-Fi In McCarren Park

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Walking past the eastern border of McCarren Park I noticed this sign proclaiming free wi-fi service around the field house. A quick search unveiled that the wi-fi has been available since June of last year and I guess I’m just late to the party. Let us know if you’ve had good, bad or ugly experiences… READ MORE

Beautifying Tree Beds on Nassau Ave: An Opportunity for Everyday Green Space

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On my way home I routinely find myself walking along Nassau Avenue, which has been undergoing a major construction project for the last year. Although the roadway is now nicely paved with brand new curbs and light fixtures, the tree beds along Nassau were certainly in need of some care following the construction. Throughout North… READ MORE

How to Use Your FREE Mulchfest Mulch!

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This weekend, the Parks Department will be holding Mulchfest 2013, turning hundreds of thousands of pounds of Christmas trees into free mulch (last year 24,000 trees were recycled!). In North Brooklyn, McCarren Park will serve as a “chipping” and tree drop-off location and McGolrick Park is a tree drop-off location only (Saturday and Sunday; 10:00am… READ MORE

McCarren Park Construction

NE Entrance of McCarren Park Closed Until Spring

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As many may have noticed, the northeast entrance of McCarren park has been fenced off in preparation for a construction project that will take place over the winter. The Parks Department is commencing a $930,000 capital project that will create greater drainage capacity, repave the walkway and update the landscaping to alleviate drainage problems, which… READ MORE

12/20 CB1 Transportation Committee Recap: Brooklyn Greenway, Pedestrian Safety Measures, New Waterfront Bus Route

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Last night, the room overflowed for the CB1 meeting of the Transportation Committee. The committee reviewed three projects on their agenda, including: the proposed building of the first section of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative on West Street; proposed pedestrian and traffic safety measures around Borinquen Place; and a proposed route for a new Williamsburg-Greenpoint-Long Island… READ MORE

The Participatory Budgeting Process Progresses

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As part of the Participatory Budget process, delegates of the Health, Environment and Food Access sub-committtee of District 33 met last night at the People’s Firehouse to review the list of project ideas proposed by the community (Full Disclosure: I’m a member of this committee and proposed the idea of a public urban farm in… READ MORE

McCarren Park Play Center: Membership Has Its Perks

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Given the highly publicized opening of the McCarren Park Pool earlier this summer (and its subsequent notorious mentions in the press) most people in North Brooklyn are pretty familiar with the $50 million renovation that was conducted by the NYC Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn to revive the space for… READ MORE

Proposed configuration for West St.

CB1 Re-Cap: West Street Bike Lane

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At last night’s Community Board 1 meeting, a presentation was given by Linda Reardon of the RBC group, a design firm retained by the NYC Department of Design & Construction (NYC DDC), on the first segment of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI). This 14-mile route would connect Greenpoint to Sunset Park with a series of… READ MORE

Raffle to Support Greenpoint Soup Kitchen

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Our online and real-life neighbors at Greenpointers.com are holding a raffle to support the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. You can choose to have your donation go to New York Cares and/or the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen. There are a lot of great prizes from neighborhood businesses and organizations like Milk & Roses, Cafe Grumpy, Newtown Creek… READ MORE

33rd District Participatory Budgeting Recap

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Last Thursday night, about 40 North Brooklyn residents gathered at the Polish & Slavic Center basement to learn more about the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process and to propose ideas for the $1 million available for capital funding projects in the 33rd District. Sponsored by New York City Council Member Steve Levin, the process is aimed… READ MORE

Sighting: Missing Manhole Cover

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Recently spotted: a missing manhole cover in McGolrick Park is dangerous. Why has the city neglected to fix this? Manhole in question below.… READ MORE

A Dream On Its Way to Reality: The Greenpoint Boathouse & Environmental Education Center

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It’s a rare opportunity when a community can dream up something big and get it built. That’s the story—not, by any means, at the happy ending yet—with the Greenpoint Boathouse & Environmental Education Center. Initially conceived by GWAPP board members Dewey Thompson and Christine Holowacz, the dream will be one of the largest boat launches… READ MORE

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