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When Polluted Waters Overflow Their Banks: The Challenges of Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal

by Ryan Watson on

Recent events around the city–from the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy bringing the polluted waters of Newtown Creek into homes and businesses in Greenpoint to the stranded dolphin in the Gowanus Canal–have begun to raise the issue of water-quality in the tributary waterways of the East River. Although the general public is somewhat familiar that… READ MORE

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Wi-Fi In McCarren Park

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Walking past the eastern border of McCarren Park I noticed this sign proclaiming free wi-fi service around the field house. A quick search unveiled that the wi-fi has been available since June of last year and I guess I’m just late to the party. Let us know if you’ve had good, bad or ugly experiences… READ MORE

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SAVE THE DATE (2/11): $19.5 Million ExxonMobil Settlement Environmental Benefit Projects (EBP) Community Meeting

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The next community meeting discussing how to spend $19.5 million from the settlement with ExxonMobil on Environmental Benefit Projects (EBP) will be held on February 11th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Polish and Slavic Center at 176 Java Street (the meeting will be conducted in open-house fashion, so it is not necessary to attend… READ MORE

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“Gasland” Screening with NAG & Riverkeeper

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Join our buddies Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and Riverkeeper for a screening of the documentary film “Gasland” at IndieScreen (285 Kent Avenue) on Saturday, January 26 from 4-7pm. As New York State debates the issue of hydraulic gas fracturing (or “fracking”) of the Marcellus Shale, come out to this event to learn more… READ MORE

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Researchers Investigating Soil Contamination Brought By Sandy

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Scientists from Vasser and Marist Colleges have begun taking samples of flooded soils in Greenpoint to investigate whether heavy metals, PCBs and other contaminants from Newtown Creek and surrounding industrial sites caused soil contamination in homes and businesses in low-lying areas. During Hurricane Sandy, many basements, yards and low-lying areas along the East River and… READ MORE

Photo by Alanna Rios.

Inside the Domino Sugar Factory

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Last October, the massive Domino Sugar Factory complex was purchased by the developer Two Trees Management for $185 million. Two Trees maintains that there is “tremendous potential to re-connect this long-dormant waterfront site to the rest of this vibrant neighborhood, bringing additional housing, jobs, open space and neighborhood amenities with it.” Along those lines, Two… READ MORE

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

Update: McCarren Park NE Corner Construction

by Heather Van De Mark on

After closing off the north east corner of McCarren Park at the beginning of this year, it looks like headway is already being made in repaving the path. Related Story NE Entrance of McCarren Park Closed Until Spring… READ MORE

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Tour the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant With The Blue Man Group

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Take a tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant with the Blue Man Group to learn what happens to rainwater and wastewater once it hits the City’s sewage pipes and how you’re part of keeping the waters of Newtown Creek clean!!… READ MORE

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Beautifying Tree Beds on Nassau Ave: An Opportunity for Everyday Green Space

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On my way home I routinely find myself walking along Nassau Avenue, which has been undergoing a major construction project for the last year. Although the roadway is now nicely paved with brand new curbs and light fixtures, the tree beds along Nassau were certainly in need of some care following the construction. Throughout North… READ MORE

Cabbage at the Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket Tomorrow

by Pamela Boyle on

Tomorrow we will be featuring the amazing world of cabbage at the Info Tent, along with a demonstration on how to make sauerkraut. The demo will start at 10:30am, so swing by to see the process. It is also the second week of the Winter Warrior Challenge, so remember to check yourself off. The market… READ MORE

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HDC Announces Greenpoint as “Six to Celebrate” in 2013

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The Historic Districts Council (HDC), an advocate for historic buildings and neighborhoods in New York City, named Greenpoint one of its 2013 Six to Celebrate: NYC Neighborhoods Meriting Preservation. The HDC helps the chosen neighborhoods strategize, organize and reach out to residents to save the character of their neighborhood and specific landmarks. The HDC says:… READ MORE

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How to Use Your FREE Mulchfest Mulch!

by Ryan Watson on

This weekend, the Parks Department will be holding Mulchfest 2013, turning hundreds of thousands of pounds of Christmas trees into free mulch (last year 24,000 trees were recycled!). In North Brooklyn, McCarren Park will serve as a “chipping” and tree drop-off location and McGolrick Park is a tree drop-off location only (Saturday and Sunday; 10:00am… READ MORE

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