Neighborhood News

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

ULURP Watch: Greenpoint Landing Development is Certified

by Heather Van De Mark on

The day has come: Greenpoint Landing Development’s variance request has been certified. For all those who attended our community workshop last month and participated in the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s What is ULURP sandwich-building-exercise, you know what this means. If you missed the workshop, here’s a brief explanation: A developer goes to the Department of… READ MORE

North Brooklyn Runners Show Up at 61 Franklin Street Garden

by Ryan Watson on

The phrase being passed around on Saturday morning at the 61 Franklin Street Garden was “runners show up.” And indeed they did! This past Saturday, in coordination with GWAPP, North Brooklyn Runners (NBR) turned out more than 40 volunteers, who made quick work of all the tasks in the garden. Thanks to the help of… READ MORE

At the Greenmarket: Bardwell’s Veal Shish Kabobs

by Pamela Boyle on

This Saturday, we will be having a very special treat at the market. Consider Bardwell Farm will be demoing some of their delicious veal with us in the form of veal shish kabobs! We will be grilling around 10:15am. Be sure to come by for a sample and a recipe of Poul’s marinade. Compost and… READ MORE

String of Vandalism Incidents Hit McGolrick Park

by Ryan Watson on

As many in the neighborhood recall, earlier this year the USS Monitor statue in McGolrick Park was vandalized by a coat of white paint. The Parks Department and local elected officials acted swiftly to resolve the situation and bring the park back to its normal condition. At the time it seemed like an isolated incident… READ MORE

Thursday South Williamsburg Market – New Location!

by Pamela Boyle on

Hi all! Last week was the opening week of our South Williamsburg Thursday market. We are excited about our new, roomier location! We will be located on Roebling and South 9th Streets, just around the corner from the old market location if you were familiar with it. The market will go every Thursday through November… READ MORE

Beat the Heat: Stay Hydrated Brooklyn

by Heather Van De Mark on

I’m probably not the only one who grumbles about hating the heat and humidity (and smells!) once summertime heat waves start slow-boiling the City. It’s pretty tempting to hide indoors with fans humming, or for the lucky among us, air conditioners blasting. But don’t watch your summer fly by from the inside of your apartment… READ MORE

Photo Essay: Inside the Construction of Havemeyer Park

by Ryan Watson on

After three months of construction Havemeyer Park opened to the public this past week. The former parking lot of the historic Domino Sugar Factory, on Kent Avenue between S. 3rd and S. 4th, along the Williamsburg waterfront has now been converted into an urban farm run by North Brooklyn Farms, Brooklyn’s first (legal) mountain bike… READ MORE

Canoe Trip on Newtown Creek (VIDEO)

by Greenpointers on

“Thanks to Newtown Creek Alliance and North Brooklyn Boat Club for organizing this fun canoe trip on the Newtown Creek. While nature in the way of lush forests and crystal clear running streams is far from the scenery along this industrial waterway, “nature has returned to the creek,” our guides explained, which is a good… READ MORE

Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial St. ULURP: Sewer Overflow & Storm Water

by Heather Van De Mark on

There is no greater feeling than to ask and to receive. On Monday, 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… READ MORE

Summertime in NYC Parks: So Many Things to Do!

by GWAPP on

If that heat wave this past weekend didn’t get your summer juices flowing, then maybe all the smells of barbeque will! Public pools are open and summer is in full swing with tons of events happening in NYC parks all around the city. With so much going on it can sometimes be hard to chose… READ MORE

Community Workshop Follow-up: Let’s Discuss Greenpoint Waterfront Developments

by GWAPP on

As we continue to monitor the Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial St. developments and ULURP actions, we wanted to provide another overview of each project’s specific requests: what is being bought/sold/traded/donated/etc. between developer and the City, and what is being gained/lost from a community point of view. We want to follow up with you the… READ MORE

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