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High School Students! Want to Earn Up to $1500 While Learning About the Environment?

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That’s right! Through a collaborative effort, this summer the Greenpoint YMCA and the NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, with funding from Exxon Mobil and Broadway Stages, will be offering a six-week program called S.Y.S.T.E.M. for teens in grades 9 – 12. Participants can earn up to $1,500 while learning about Environmental Science, Green… READ MORE

McCarren Park flowers

Smile: Photos from the Parks

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Last month, GWAPP joined Instagram not only to share our favorite parks pics but to see yours too! Nothing brings a smile to our faces faster then seeing people enjoy the parks and outdoor spaces across North Brooklyn. Here are a few of our favorites from the month. Have a photo to share? Tag #GreenpointGWAPP… READ MORE

The Domino Effect Documentary: Why It Matters Now

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Last year, The Domino Effect documentary hit the film festival network showing the complex process of gentrification using the Domino Sugar factory building in south side Williamsburg as a case study. For those uninitiated, the Domino Sugar factory is one example of industrial manufacturing jobs leaving North Brooklyn to have the land redeveloped as luxury… READ MORE

Hey Greenpoint! Can You Make Your Block the Greenest Block in Brooklyn?

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Don’t you love walking down the street, turning a corner only to be met by a beautifully cared for window box, lush greenery and the scent of blooming flowers making you forget you’re in the city? Wouldn’t it be great if someone offered an incentive for residents and businesses to do this fundamental work of… READ MORE

Participatory Budgeting Results: CM Stephen Levin

The Participatory Budget Results Are In! And the Winners Are…

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After a months long process of meetings, expos and voting, the Paticipatory Budgeting results are in. These five projects will be funded (in no particular order): 1. East River State Dog Park 2. District-wide Tree Planting 3. Technology Funding for PS 8 in Park Slop 4. Technology Funding for PS 31 in Greenpoint 5. Playground… READ MORE

What’s Happening in Our Parks: An Update from the OSA Community Committee

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Last night marked the quarterly meeting of the Open Space Alliance’s Community Committee. Below is brief recap of pertinent information from last night’s meeting: Capital Projects Update: Bushwick Inlet Park: The current phase of the project is expected to be completed by June. The offices of the Open Space Alliance will inhabit the new building,… READ MORE

Would You Like to Join Greenpoint’s Newest Garden?

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On this amazingly beautiful spring day, it’s very exciting to announce the details of a new garden coming to Northern Greenpoint! With another strong turnout at goodyoga, who generous offered us their space for the meeting over the weekend (meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at 2pm), the 61 Franklin Street Garden… READ MORE

Unify McCarren Park! 33,800 Sq. Ft. Available in OSA Proposal

by Heather Van De Mark on

McCarren Park is North Brooklyn’s largest park at 35 acres consisting of areas for kickball, soccer, baseball, bocce, handball, basketball, football, and tennis, not to mention a pool, running track and indoor and outdoor children’s play center’s. McCarren Park is a “year-round center of community life,” reads the NYC Parks & Recreation website. Indeed. And… READ MORE

Followup Materials from the March 27th CAG meeting

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Posted on March 29, 2013 by from the Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group website. Thanks to all who came out to the March 27th CAG meeting at LaGuardia Community College. For those who could not attend, a summary of the meeting will be posted on the Newtown Creek CAG website soon. Below are some… READ MORE

Let’s Build Some Raised Beds!!

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Some very exciting things are happening at the 61 Franklin Street Garden, Greenpoint’s newest community open green space. Spring is here, the sun is shining and flowers are starting to pop! In the last month, we’ve recieved support from Community Board 1, developed a preliminary design for the garden, our request for donated wood from… READ MORE

North Brooklyn Boat Club

The MO Spotlight: North Brooklyn Boat Club

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* * * * * * * * * * The MO Spotlight is a monthly series dedicated to spotlighting attention on a particular GWAPP Member Organization. The article discusses an MO’s current projects and upcoming events, as well provides a brief history on the organization and their mission. Interested in becoming a GWAPP member… READ MORE

Participatory Budgeting Voting Ends Sunday, April 7!

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Participatory Budgeting voting is finally here! Thanks to Councilmember Steve Levin, who set aside $1 million of discretionary funding for the process, residents of District 33, who are 16 years of age and older, can cast their vote for up to 5 project proposals. The proposals that receive the most votes will be funded, until… READ MORE

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