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The Newtown Creek Speaks

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Ever sit along the Newtown Creek and think about all the people that have lived along and used this vital tributary waterway over the years? Well, fortunately Creek Speak, an interactive project of the Newtown Creek Alliance, provides a dynamic account that captures the oral history of the people and places of the creek. Participants… READ MORE

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Community Advisory Board Presentation – Several Parks Updates

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Earlier this month, the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for Greenpoint-Williamsburg held a meeting updating the status on various projects across the neighborhoods including industrial zones, affordable housing sites, McCarren park, Bushwick Inlet park, WNYC Transmitter Park, Greenpoint Playground comfort station, Rodney Playground Center, the MTA Lot on Commercial St., Newtown Barge Terminal Playground, and Sludge… READ MORE

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OUTRAGE Community Meeting on 2/27

by Ryan Watson on

Did you know that more than 40% of New York City’s waste stream passes through North Brooklyn? It’s not difficult to imagine the impact that those kinds of numbers have on our community. From idling truck traffic polluting our air to offensive garbage odors, this is certainly an important environmental issue for the neighborhood. On… READ MORE

Suggested design of Phase 3 for the Nature Walk. Click on image for full proposal [PDF - 25MB]

Greenpoint To Get A Jurassic Park!

by Ryan Watson on

That’s right! Well, not exactly Jurassic, but close enough. The designs for Phase 2 & 3 of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk were recently announced by the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC) and they include several 300 million Gilboa tree fossils dug up Schoharie reservoir in the Catskill Mountains. Phase 2 of the… READ MORE

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Update: Progress on Bushwick Inlet Park

by Laura Treciokas on

Progress on Phase Two of Bushwick Inlet Park (the block between N. 9th and 10th along Kent Avenue) continues and it looks very likely that NYC Parks’ promise to get things wrapped up by March may really happen. Workers finished hanging the final blue tiles on the front façade last week, there is grass laid… READ MORE

Bloomberg’s SOTC Touts North Brooklyn Waterfronts

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We at GWAPP think waterfront issues in North Brooklyn are of the utmost importance, and we’re not the only ones! Yesterday, NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivered his 2013 State of the City address. Below are a few excerpts from the speech: Now, the Barclays Center is the latest sign of just how hot Brooklyn… READ MORE

© 2013 Ryan Watson. Construction on McCarren Park pathway. Used with permission.

Update: Status of Parks Repairs/Projects in North Brooklyn

by Trina McKeever on

At the February 4th meeting of the Open Space Alliance Community Committee, Kurt Cavanaugh, OSA’s Deputy Director, provided updates from OSA and NYC Parks on the status of ongoing projects and their progress: Bushwick Inlet Park – the Parks building is still on track to completed construction by the end of March. Currently installing lighting,… READ MORE

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A Tour of the Heart: Spend Valentine’s Day at the Newtown Creek

by Ryan Watson on

Looking for a unique activity for Valentine’s Day that you’ll never forget? Why not get some breathtaking skyline views of the city while taking a tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant? Really?!?!? Really. The tours, led by plant superintendent Jim Pynn, begin at 9:30am, 11:00am and 1:00pm at the visitor center (329 Greenpoint… READ MORE

AG Announces Administrator for $19.5 Million EBP Fund in Greenpoint

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This week, Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman and the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation announced that the North Brooklyn Development Corporation will join with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as administrators of the $19.5 million ExxonMobil settlement on Environmental Benefits Program (EBP). GWAPP is proud to take part in the community building process with… READ MORE

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Some More Love for the Trees on Nassau Avenue

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A few weeks back I wrote a post about taking care of the trees on Nassau Avenue. Thanks to some more unusually warm weather and a donation of mulch and compost from the NYC Compost Project, I was able to tackle four more beds along Nassau and plant bulbs that will emerge in the spring.… READ MORE

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61 Franklin Street: Greenpoint’s Newest Open Green Space?

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This past weekend, I met with a group of concerned Greenpoint citizens and community activists to coordinate efforts to convert a long-vacant lot into the 61 Franklin Street garden. The group included members of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), 596 Acres, New York Restoration Project (NYRP), Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, as well as… READ MORE

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Next OSA Community Committee Meeting: 2/4

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The next meeting of the Open Space Alliance Community Committee will take place on Monday, February 4th at 6:30pm at El Puente Office (289 Grand Street between Havemeyer and Roebling). The Com Com meeting is an opportunity for local community groups and concerned residents in North Brooklyn to update one another on their upcoming activities.… READ MORE

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