News and Issues

NAG Film Screening TONIGHT @ 7pm: Nitehawk Cinema!

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Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and longtime allies of GWAPP in community activism invite you to an important N. Brooklyn environmental event this week –  NAG is organizing a film screening and discussion at the Nitehawk Cinema this Tuesday at 7 PM, to continue to raise awareness about the NuHart Superfund site and how… READ MORE

GWAPP OPPOSES ZONING TEXT AMENDMENT

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GWAPP’s statement regarding the Department of City Planning’s proposal to alter the zoning for a nine-story, 480,000-square-foot office building at 25 Kent Avenue: The almost impenetrably complex and technical language surrounding DCP’s (City Planning) proposal being considered by CB1’s Land Use Committee may obscure the fact that, if adopted, this text amendment could have far-reaching… READ MORE

Save the Date for the next GWAPP Environmental forums – Wed March 2 & Wed Apr 13

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We gathered back in October to discuss the history of pollution in our Greenpoint neighborhood. Now we will gather to learn more about the ins & outs of the clean-up process. Wed March 2 –  Superfund Seminar – Polish Slavic Center – 176 Java St. – 630-830pm Greenpoint has many sites that have been formally… READ MORE

Mayor Announces New Plan for Waterfront Transportation

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Check out Mayor de Blasio’s bold new idea that would link the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront via an above-ground street car:… READ MORE

DeBlasio takes a stand on Bushwick Inlet Park

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According to a December 2015 report in Crain’s New York, although sources say the Mayor’s office was once seemingly friendly to a compromise that would involve developing residential space on the site of Bushwick Inlet Park, City Hall is now denying being open to development there. “The administration would never accept a rezoning here that did… READ MORE

GCEF 2015 Large and Legacy Grant Awards Announced

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The New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation has chosen the 5 top vote-getters in recent Greenpoint community preferencing to receive Large and Legacy Grants, GCEF’s final grant awards. The projects (and lead organizations) to receive grants are: McGolrick Park Restoration (Horticultural Society of New York): $562,056 Newtown Creek… READ MORE

GCEF 2015 Small Grant Awards Announced

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NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the 2015 Small Grants from Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund: $992,288 in Small Grants—between $5,000 and $100,000—to 17 projects addressing the environmental improvement priorities of Greenpoint residents. This funding will be combined with $522,013 in matching funds, bringing a total of… READ MORE

Our Polluted History: A Non-Toxic and Fascinating Forum on Greenpoint’s Environmental Past

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The sewage overflow into the Newtown Creek? The Exxon Mobil oil spill? The toxic solvent plume under Meeker Ave? The use of mercury at the Leviton factory? The pollution from the plastic manufacturing at NuHart? What do YOU think is the most toxic site in Greenpoint’s polluted past/present/future? GWAPP is hosting 4 environmental forums to… READ MORE

NYC Organics Collection in North Brooklyn Meeting Update

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If you missed the Community Forum on June 3rd with presentations from DSNY, DEP, WM and National Grid, you can find links to their presentations below. Councilman Steve Levin’s office will be initiating a community advisory board to continue to meet with all four of the entities.  Contact Lisa Bloodgood in his office for more… READ MORE

New Sgt. Dougherty Park Design Proposals

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The Department of Transportation is showing the public its designs for the new Sgt. Dougherty Playground. You can read about the design for this new park in this article from Bedford and Bowery, and then check out the design proposal itself by using the links below: Note that while Community Board One has approved this… READ MORE

Upcoming GCEF 2015 Grants Workshop and Networking – Thursday May 14th

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WHEN: Thursday, May 14th, 2015 6:00 to 8:00pm WHERE: Dupont Street Senior Center 80 Dupont Street Greenpoint I’ll Be There! Click above to RSVP. RSVP appreciated, not required. GCEF GRANTS “101” & NETWORKING If you have a good idea for improving Greenpoint’s environment, the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) is offering you a great opportunity… READ MORE

District 33 Participatory Budgeting Results Announced

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Councilman Stephen Levin announced that Public Housing projects and Street safety were the winning projects in this year’s Participatory Budgeting Process. Here is the list of projects in competition and how they did in the voting (only the top three are being funded): 7. Greenway Sidewalk Reconstruction 497 votes $500,000 6. Lighting & Accessibility for all 530 votes… READ MORE