Community News

Greenpoint-McCarren Park Greenmarket Update: 02 August 2014

by Stephen Wade on

Can you believe it’s August already? Summer is flying by and the market is beginning to enter full steam. Stone fruit, varieties of greens, berries and more are all making their way into market. Heirloom tomatoes are starting to come in droves, with S&SO and Bodhi Tree bringing in an almost never ending number of… READ MORE

Time to Play at American Playground

by Laura Treciokas on

The scaffolding has finally come down off the playground equipment at American Playground. (It had originally been put up while the building next door did window installation.) Caution tape still restricts access, but a worker who was there hosing off the area thought the space could be back open by late afternoon Tuesday. [Update: Caution… READ MORE

Improve Your Parks (Part III): Who to Contact

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last week, I attended Partnership for Parks meeting, How Can I Improve My Park? It was a fantastic panel discussion between city officials and active community volunteers on how people can improve their parks. You can read the recap of the discussion at Improve Your Parks (Part II): A Panel Discussion. It was ALSO the… READ MORE

Improve Your Parks (Part II): A Panel Discussion

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last week, I attended Partnership for Parks’ meeting, How Can I Improve My Park? It was a fantastic panel discussion between city officials and active community volunteers on how people can improve their parks. It was also the launch event for The Center for Urban Pedagogy’s (CUP) newest publication, How Can I Improve My Park?,… READ MORE

Improve Your Parks (Part I): An Illustrated Guide

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last week, I attended Partnership for Parks meeting, How Can I Improve My Park? It was a fantastic panel discussion between city officials and active community volunteers on how people can improve their parks. [Note: I’ll be covering the details of the panel talk in tomorrow’s post.] It was ALSO the launch event for The… READ MORE

G Train: Nassau Ave to Church Ave from July 25 to Sept 2

by Heather Van De Mark on

As you hopefully know by now, the G Train will be shutting down tonight at 10:30pm until September 2 for Hurricane Sandy repairs between Court Square and Nassau Avenue. That’s correct, the end of the line for the train will be the Nassau Avenue stop in Greenpoint. For those who need access to Greenpoint Ave,… READ MORE

From the Pipeline: So Long Sludge Tank

by GWAPP on

From the DEP Pipeline–literally, the DEC has a newsletter called The Weekly Pipeline–the longstanding Greenpoint sludge tank is no more. According to the newsletter: Yesterday, work got underway to demolish a tank along the East River that was used to store sludge from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant until it could be loaded onto… READ MORE

Get Involved with McGolrick Park’s Urban Oasis

by Heather Van De Mark on

Earlier in May, I reported on NYC Audubon’s plan to create an Urban Oasis in McGolrick Park to provide food and shelter for migratory birds. Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see a large swath of the park (along Russell Street) already weeded and with lots of little new plants and being watered by… READ MORE

Smile: Photos from the Parks

by Heather Van De Mark on

I think we’ve hit the dog days of summer. With an air advisory in effect today, 80 degree temps, and high humidity, why not stay indoors with a fan or a little AC? Go ahead, relax a little. Check out these photos of the quieter moments of summer in North Brooklyn. Have an Instagram photo… READ MORE

Is Greenpoint ‘Just Green Enough’?

by GWAPP on

Checkout Next City’s piece, Pretty Park, Affordable Rent: Making Neighborhoods “Just Green Enough” that examines the paradox of environmental gentrification. A growing body of academic literature examines a paradox: Low-income communities tend to suffer from various kinds of environmental injustice, including shortage of green space. But when these concerns are addressed — the power plant… READ MORE

KBridge Construction Project Update

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last Wednesday was the Brooklyn update meeting for the upcoming Koscuiszko Bridge Project or “Kbridge” Project. (Tomorrow night the same presentation will be given by NYS DOT in Queens–see the GWAPP calendar for details.) The presentation didn’t touch on many of the areas I was most interested in–green space, street-scaping, bike lanes, Meeker Ave. plumes,… READ MORE

Re-Opening of East River Ferry Service at India St. Pier Still TBD

by GWAPP on

Today, State Senator Squadron and Councilman Levin released a statement requesting at the very least a confirmation of when the India St. pier will be reopened. This request comes as the G train summer shutdown approaches. Full release below: SQUADRON, LEVIN STATEMENT ON ONGOING CLOSURE OF INDIA STREET PIER BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel… READ MORE

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