Community News

Happy Holidays–See You Next Year

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We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and we’ll be back in 2014 with more open space, environmental, land use and local reporting. If you’re in the holiday spirit–considering taking a minute to show your support on local issues at Change.org: Governor Cuomo: Protect Greenpoint and our children from toxins before it is too… READ MORE

CM Levin announces 77 Commercial land use vote

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Official Press Release from Council Member Stephen Levin’s office: CM Levin statement on 77 Commercial Street land use action BROOKLYN – Council Member Stephen Levin is announcing that Greenpoint will receive a fully-funded waterfront park at 65 Commercial St. and 200 units of permanently affordable housing after a City Council vote today in favor of… READ MORE

Bikers & Pedestrians Rejoice: More Elbow Room Planned for Pulaski Bridge

by Heather Van De Mark on

Back in January 2013, we reported on Assemblyman Lentol’s request for DOT to build a dedicated bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge that currently spans the gap between Greenpoint and Long Island City. DOT investigated and responded to both CB1 in Brooklyn and CB2 in Queens, that yes, a dedicated bike lane is feasible and… READ MORE

City Parks Foundation Launches Newtown Creek Website

by Heather Van De Mark on

City Parks Foundation, the administrator of the $7 million mitigation funds of a NYS lawsuit, has launched it’s Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project website. Similar to the GCEF’s $19.5 million, this $7 million is reserved for “community environmental benefit projects in the areas proximate to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.” This includes areas in… READ MORE

Crowded CB1 Public Hearing and Board Meeting at the Swinging Sixties Senior Center

by Lucy Zappone on

As Comptroller John Liu noted when he addressed the crowd, “A lot of action in Community Board 1!” and he was right. There were well over 100 people in attendance, many standing in the back or near the door after all the seats had been take. Here are some of the key items that were… READ MORE

It’s that time of year: Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines

by Heather Van De Mark on

While you may be reveling in eggnog and mistletoe, there’s still plenty of wrapping up to be done before the end of the year, and I don’t mean the presents. Here’s a friendly reminder of a few end of year deadlines. Have any others to add? Mention them in the comments! Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund:… READ MORE

Smile: Photos from the Parks

by Heather Van De Mark on

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas. And we have your Instagram photos to prove it. Grab a mug of something warm and get outside! Don’t let a snow and cold keep you from enjoying the great outdoors of Greenpoint. Have an Instagram photo to share? Tag #GreenpointGWAPP and your location (ex: #McCarrenPark or… READ MORE

EPA presents Phase I findings on Newtown Creek at CAG Meeting

by James Curcuru on

The main draw to the Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting on Thursday, November 21st was a presentation by Caroline Kwan, the EPA’s project manager for the Newtown Creek Superfund site. A group of roughly 35 people were in attendance, representing a broad coalition of community members, local non-profit groups and business interests. In… READ MORE

Affordable Housing: The City’s Continued Failure

by Heather Van De Mark on

As the conversation continues for major development in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, it’s important to remember the significant need for affordable housing. As part of the Points of Agreement (POA), the Administration recommended 3,548 units of affordable housing be created (source). Eight years later, HPD says that 922 units are complete or in-construction and another 760… READ MORE

GCEF’s $19.5 million deadline is Dec 18th–final applicant webinar on Friday

by Heather Van De Mark on

A quick reminder to the 11222 neighborhood (and McCarren Park) that the deadline for the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) grants is December 18th, a mere two weeks away! If you’re still working out the kinks of your application, don’t forget help is still available to you: The GCEF has its final online applicant webinar… READ MORE

NYS DEC holds National Arbor Day Poster Contest for 5th Graders

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Official press release: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens invites fifth graders to showcase their artistic talents and help to increase public awareness about trees in New York by participating in the annual National Arbor Day Poster Contest. “Trees play a vital role in the lives of New Yorkers and… READ MORE

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Everyone enjoy the holiday and we’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming on Monday.… READ MORE

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