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The New York State Department of Enviromental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting applications for community groups to plant urban forests! As part of the Urban Forestry Grant program, communities can apply for tree planting, maintenance grants or invasive pest studies in cases involving an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer or the Asian Long Horned

Next Saturday it’s time for Greenpoint to Go Green! Town Square will be holding it’s Fourth Annual Go Green Greenpoint Festival at the Abate Playground in McCarren Park. GWAPP will be there giving away 100 FREE trees, courtesy of our good friends at the New York Restoration Project. There’s only a few trees left, so

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,

Green Shores NYC is doing a survey as part of their new initiative, Bridging the Creek (BTC). BTC is all about engaging neighbors and stakeholders on both sides of Newtown Creek to foster dialogue and collaborate on environmental stewardship. The first step of the BTC project is a community survey. Please take a few minutes

Last night’s Community Board 1 (CB1) Public Hearing and Board Meeting was pretty standard fair—liquor licenses new and renewals, several outdoor sidewalk applications (no surprise given the nicer weather), and requests for special permits. I’ll jump straight into the open space/parks/environmental news and then touch on other items of note from the meeting. You can

Do you ever wonder who takes care of the street trees on your block? It’s entirely possible that no one does! Sad abandoned trees–won’t someone speak for the trees?! Maybe, you? The NYC Parks Department plants street trees (you can even visit the Parks website and request a free street tree), but the responsibility of

Last week, the NYC Parks Dept., NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) invited community members, elected officials, and stakeholder groups to a “listening session” to review the upcoming Newtown Barge Park and Box Street Park projects. The listening session became a brainstorming session as attendees were broken

REMINDER: The next community meeting on this action will take place at CB1’s Combined Public Hearing & Board Meeting on Monday, September 9 at the Swinging 60s Senior Center, 211 Ainslie St., Brooklyn. The meeting starts at 6:30pm. In August, there was a well-attended Community Board 1 ULURP subcommittee meeting regarding 77 Commercial St.’s variance

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

Last night, Open Space Alliance (OSA) Community Committee (CommComm) held a public forum to openly discuss the current state of North Brooklyn parks with involved and concerned community residents. About half the residents attending had never been to an OSA meeting, meaning lots of new people are getting involved which is great! The event progressed

This time last year, I was sitting at a desk in an overly air conditioned office building in downtown Manhattan. Most of my day was spent behind a computer screen, making copies, and answering phone calls. I knew spending eight hours a day behind a desk was not for me and that there must be

* * * * * * * * * * 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

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