Issue Updates

GCEF News – Save the Date for Community Preferencing Events

by Laura Treciokas on

The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund General Administrator is asking Greenpointers to save the dates of November 20th and 22nd for community preferencing events regarding the projects residents would like to see funded by the GCEF.  The full message is below: Dear Greenpointer – The $19.5 million GREENPOINT COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL FUND (GCEF) is now reviewing 24… READ MORE

DNAinfo reports: Construction Dust May Pose Health Hazard at Greenpoint Playground

by Laura Treciokas on

DNAinfo’s Serena Dai reports on construction dust at Greenpoint Playground that may pose a health hazard: Dust kicked up by city construction near a playground on the Greenpoint waterfront contains potentially hazardous materials, experts and advocates say. The demolition of a sludge tank, which was used by a waste water treatment plant for a century,… READ MORE

Only a year old… so why does award winning Bushwick Inlet Park look so bad?

by Laura Treciokas on

If you’ve been by Bushwick Inlet Park lately, you may have noticed that not even a year after the park opened, all the grass on the sloping roof and along the walkway is dead and the paving on the pathway up to the rooftop is badly degraded with huge potholes littering the surface. So why… READ MORE

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Oil Spills on Newtown Creek, DEC Investigating

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Oil spills in Greenpoint is unfortunately old hat for the neighborhood. The industrial past and illegal dumping, the decades-long ExxonMobile “spill” of 17 million gallons. But apparently, the contamination of our waterways continues. Nine reports of oil leaks have been filled thus far for 2014, several of them on Newtown Creek near the Pulaski Bridge.… READ MORE

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Celebrate Summer (for a Good Cause) with Cocktails in the Garden

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Join 61 Franklin Street Community Garden for garden-inspired cocktails, grilled snacks and live music by Home for Wayward Drummers in their lush magical community garden, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM! Tickets are $20 and include two free cocktails, snacks and live entertainment. There will also be a raffle to… READ MORE

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Greenpoint Landing Has Landed

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Read the full story, Let the pile driving begin! Greenpoint Landing starts construction by Kim M. on Greenpointers. Greenpoint’s got a new kid on the block and he’s entered the hood with a bang. For anyone who has seen the mounds of excavated dirt, or the felt the head-splitting thunderous claps of wooden piles being… READ MORE

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A New Chapter: Welcome the GWAPP Board

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After a multi-month process, the Greenpoint Association for Parks & Planning is pleased to announce its new Executive Board: Barbara McGlamery (Chair), Rich Mazur, Trina McKeever (Treasurer), Laura Treciokas (Secretary),Manuel Zuniga and Katie Denny. Learn more about each of them and their connection to Greenpoint on the Board Members page. The board will be creating… READ MORE

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TBT: Greenpoint 1941

by Heather Van De Mark on

Welcome to a new series: Throwback Thursdays (TBT). I’ll be exploring Greenpoint through back issues of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that have been recently digitized and are available online for free thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library and Newspapers.com. View the online newspaper archives here.   All Greenpoint Pleads: ‘Give Us a Clean Creek!’ When… READ MORE

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn–Unless It’s in Greenpoint-Williamsburg

by Heather Van De Mark on

Recently, WNYC aired a segment called, “If a Tree Dies in the City, Will Anyone Notice?” You can listen to it online here, it’s only about six minutes. If you’ve followed the GWAPP blog for a while now, you’ll know we’re big fans of free trees and tree stewardship, but according to the radio story:… READ MORE

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Save the Date: DOT Update on Kosciuszko Bridge Project

by Heather Van De Mark on

As you may (or may not) know the Kosciuszko Bridge–aka the BQE that runs between Greenpoint and Queens–is getting a makeover. In fact, the construction of the new Kosciuszko Bridge is “the largest project in the history of the New York State Department of Transportation.” The DOT will be hosting two public information meetings in… READ MORE

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Look But Don’t Touch: No Swimming in Newtown Creek

by Heather Van De Mark on

As summer hits and temperatures rise, we’re all looking for ways to cool off. Considering our neighborhood is along the waterfront, it’s tempting to think a quick dip in the East River or Newtown Creek couldn’t hurt. Surprise, not really, it will hurt–or at least potentially make you very sick. News is spreading over a… READ MORE

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More Greenpoint Transportation Updates

by Heather Van De Mark on

As a follow up to April’s G Train Shutdown town hall meeting, State Senator Squadron’s office has released the following update below. As previously noted, the G Train will shut down between Court Square and Nassau Avenue from July 26 to September 1 for Hurricane Sandy repairs. Free shuttle buses will run the stops between… READ MORE