News and Issues

Free Daffodil Bulbs!

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Want to help beautify the neighborhood by planting flowers? New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P) is donating up to 1,650 Daffodil bulbs to community groups or volunteers who plant them in public parks, tree beds or other outdoor public areas. All you have to do is register on their website and pick up the bulbs at… READ MORE

Recap: CB1 ULURP Meeting on Greenpoint Landing

by Heather Van De Mark on

Chairman Chris Olechowski kicked off the meeting by saying how all these projects are going to be a radical change to the neighborhood, but that this meeting was to discuss the specific ULURP actions being requested. Greenpoint Landing ULURP Application Overview In brief, there’s is a joint application between Greenpoint Landing Associates (GLA), Housing Preservation… READ MORE

Vacant Lots as the New Frontier of Open Space

by Ryan Watson on

The city of New York has hundreds of acres of vacant space. Both private and public, these vacant areas represent a potential new expansion of publicly accessible green space. As the the benefits of publicly accessible green space grows is being recognized, now is the time to seize the opportunity to convert vacant land and… READ MORE

GWAPP & NAG: Greenpoint Landing ULURP Testimony

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* * * * * * * * * * In case you’re unable to attend tonight’s CB1 ULURP meeting re: Greenpoint Landing, we’re publishing our official testimoney/statement here on the website for you to read. You can also download it (PDF). We’ll have a full recap of the meeting on the site ASAP. *… READ MORE

Graffiti in Greenpoint

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It’s a real shame that our wonderful neighborhood is making press for being covered in graffiti. The NY Times recently published an article, The Writing Is on the Walls, and the Signs and the Trees, covering the epidemic that is graffiti in Greenpoint. It can be found in all the expected places–storefronts, signs, bathroom walls–but… READ MORE

An Ice Rink Could Be Coming to McCarren Park Pool (And More Updates from the OSA Community Committee)

by Ryan Watson on

McCarren Park Pool just might have an ice rink in it’s future. The Open Space Alliance is in discussions with the Parks Department to actualize a proposal to turn the deck area of the pool into a public ice skating rink this fall and winter. The projected opening date is sometime around Thanksgiving and is… READ MORE

This Saturday at Greenpoint/McCarren Park: Summer Storytime with Brooklyn Public Library!

by Pamela Boyle on

Next week is National Farmers Market week and we are getting the party started at Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket this Saturday! A few exciting things we have in store for you: Starting this Saturday, we will begin a frequent shopper program. This is a 12-week program, and starting week 6, you will get a raffle ticket… READ MORE

MTA’s G Line Final Review

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Although transit issues don’t totally fall within GWAPP’s purview, we thought it was important to share the MTA’s G Line Final Review (2013). You can read the full report below. The overall gist? Ridership numbers fall within the guidelines set by the MTA and are lower than other lines in the system; however, there is… READ MORE

65 Commercial St. ULURP: Air Rights

by Heather Van De Mark on

There is no greater feeling than to ask and to receive. Recently, we posted a breakdown of the upcoming ULURP actions for the Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial St. developments. More importantly though, we asked you, our readers and our neighbors, to tell us what you think of these ULURP requests, what your concerns are… READ MORE

Want to Give People Free Trees?

by Ryan Watson on

Earlier this Spring, GWAPP and Town Square in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) held one of our most rewarding events: a tree giveaway where 100 trees found homes in backyards and front yards all over the city. Having had such a positive experience earlier this year we want to help spread the… READ MORE

Smile: Photos from the Parks

by Heather Van De Mark on

Tis the season to get outside and enjoy the green! Here’s a collection of our favorite Instagram photos taken this month from around North Brooklyn open spaces. Have a photo to share? Tag #GreenpointGWAPP and your location (ex: #McCarrenPark or #BushwickInletPark). Follow us on Instagram, we’ll be doing giveaways and contests over the summer months.… READ MORE

Mockingbirds Don’t Sing… They Attack!

by Heather Van De Mark on

Apparently some mockingbirds have been getting pretty aggressive over at the WNYC Transmitter Park. The bad behavior–including running their beaks into people’s heads–is pretty common behavior if the birds have baby mockingbirds around to protect. From Wikipedia: “Northern Mockingbirds are born relatively immobile and defenseless. The levels of belligerence exhibited by parents therefore increase once… READ MORE

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