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Time to Play at American Playground

by Laura Treciokas on

The scaffolding has finally come down off the playground equipment at American Playground. (It had originally been put up while the building next door did window installation.) Caution tape still restricts access, but a worker who was there hosing off the area thought the space could be back open by late afternoon Tuesday. [Update: Caution… READ MORE

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Improve Your Parks (Part III): Who to Contact

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last week, I attended Partnership for Parks meeting, How Can I Improve My Park? It was a fantastic panel discussion between city officials and active community volunteers on how people can improve their parks. You can read the recap of the discussion at Improve Your Parks (Part II): A Panel Discussion. It was ALSO the… READ MORE

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Improve Your Parks (Part II): A Panel Discussion

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last week, I attended Partnership for Parks’ meeting, How Can I Improve My Park? It was a fantastic panel discussion between city officials and active community volunteers on how people can improve their parks. It was also the launch event for The Center for Urban Pedagogy’s (CUP) newest publication, How Can I Improve My Park?,… READ MORE

CUP's How Can I Improve My Park poster/pamphlet. View full guide.

Improve Your Parks (Part I): An Illustrated Guide

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last week, I attended Partnership for Parks meeting, How Can I Improve My Park? It was a fantastic panel discussion between city officials and active community volunteers on how people can improve their parks. [Note: I'll be covering the details of the panel talk in tomorrow's post.] It was ALSO the launch event for The… READ MORE

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G Train: Nassau Ave to Church Ave from July 25 to Sept 2

by Heather Van De Mark on

As you hopefully know by now, the G Train will be shutting down tonight at 10:30pm until September 2 for Hurricane Sandy repairs between Court Square and Nassau Avenue. That’s correct, the end of the line for the train will be the Nassau Avenue stop in Greenpoint. For those who need access to Greenpoint Ave,… READ MORE

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From the Pipeline: So Long Sludge Tank

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From the DEP Pipeline–literally, the DEC has a newsletter called The Weekly Pipeline–the longstanding Greenpoint sludge tank is no more. According to the newsletter: Yesterday, work got underway to demolish a tank along the East River that was used to store sludge from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant until it could be loaded onto… READ MORE

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Get Involved with McGolrick Park’s Urban Oasis

by Heather Van De Mark on

Earlier in May, I reported on NYC Audubon’s plan to create an Urban Oasis in McGolrick Park to provide food and shelter for migratory birds. Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see a large swath of the park (along Russell Street) already weeded and with lots of little new plants and being watered by… READ MORE

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Smile: Photos from the Parks

by Heather Van De Mark on

I think we’ve hit the dog days of summer. With an air advisory in effect today, 80 degree temps, and high humidity, why not stay indoors with a fan or a little AC? Go ahead, relax a little. Check out these photos of the quieter moments of summer in North Brooklyn. Have an Instagram photo… READ MORE

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A New Chapter: Welcome the GWAPP Board

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After a multi-month process, the Greenpoint Association for Parks & Planning is pleased to announce its new Executive Board: Barbara McGlamery (Chair), Rich Mazur, Trina McKeever (Treasurer), Laura Treciokas (Secretary),Manuel Zuniga and Katie Denny. Learn more about each of them and their connection to Greenpoint on the Board Members page. The board will be creating… READ MORE

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TBT: Greenpoint 1941

by Heather Van De Mark on

Welcome to a new series: Throwback Thursdays (TBT). I’ll be exploring Greenpoint through back issues of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that have been recently digitized and are available online for free thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library and Newspapers.com. View the online newspaper archives here.   All Greenpoint Pleads: ‘Give Us a Clean Creek!’ When… READ MORE

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Is Greenpoint ‘Just Green Enough’?

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Checkout Next City’s piece, Pretty Park, Affordable Rent: Making Neighborhoods “Just Green Enough” that examines the paradox of environmental gentrification. A growing body of academic literature examines a paradox: Low-income communities tend to suffer from various kinds of environmental injustice, including shortage of green space. But when these concerns are addressed — the power plant… READ MORE

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KBridge Construction Project Update

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last Wednesday was the Brooklyn update meeting for the upcoming Koscuiszko Bridge Project or “Kbridge” Project. (Tomorrow night the same presentation will be given by NYS DOT in Queens–see the GWAPP calendar for details.) The presentation didn’t touch on many of the areas I was most interested in–green space, street-scaping, bike lanes, Meeker Ave. plumes,… READ MORE

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