Neighborhood News

News from the Greenpoint Greenmarket!

by Pamela Boyle on

News from the Greenpoint Greenmarket! First, this Saturday, Bad Seed Cider will be arriving at Greenpoint, just in time for the end of cider week! Bad Seed brews up some really delicious local hard cider, we are so excited to have them at Greenpoint and you should be, too! Check out some press on them… READ MORE

33rd District Participatory Budgeting Recap

by Ryan Watson on

Last Thursday night, about 40 North Brooklyn residents gathered at the Polish & Slavic Center basement to learn more about the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process and to propose ideas for the $1 million available for capital funding projects in the 33rd District. Sponsored by New York City Council Member Steve Levin, the process is aimed… READ MORE

Toxic Brooklyn: The Story of Williamsburg & Greenpoint

by GWAPP on

Curious about the history of industrial pollution in North Brooklyn and its effect on the water quality of Newtown Creek? Check out this fascinating 2007 documentary from VBS called “Toxic Brooklyn: The Story of Williamsburg & Greenpoint” featuring long-time neighborhood activist Laura Hoffman:… READ MORE

Java Street Garden Update

by Eric Himmelfarb on

Last Saturday the Java St Garden Collaborative, a new community garden in Greenpoint, BK, on Java Street between West Street and Franklin Street, had a fundraising BBQ that in a lot of ways was its official introduction to the neighborhood. The gate swung open at 4pm and the air quickly filled with the smell of… READ MORE

Review from the CB1 Public Hearing & Board Meeting

by Heather Van De Mark on

Good stuff at the CB1 meeting this week. Just to keep you readers abreast of the what’s happening in the system: Chairman’s Report Chairman Olechowski attended a fundraiser in DUMBO about poverty and homelessness and thinks their should be a bigger conversation about these topics among all communities and neighborhoods, as it’s a very real… READ MORE

$1 Million Is Up For Grabs!

by GWAPP on

What would you do with $1 million of the New York City budget? Thanks to the Participatory Budgeting (PB), a democratic process in which citizens decide how to spend a part of the city budget, our community now has the ability to propose ideas to make real change in our district. Proposals for funds must… READ MORE

The History of Bushwick Creek & The Future of the Waterfront

by GWAPP on

Check out this fascinating documentary detailing the history of the now filled in Bushwick Creek, its role in the complicated environmental history of North Brooklyn and the future of the Williamsburg/Greenpoint waterfront:… READ MORE

Repairing the Land on Java Street

by Eric Himmelfarb on

Greenpoint, Brooklyn sits on top of an estimated 17 million to 30 million gallons of oil (read about it here and here), so starting a community garden in the neighborhood requires more than just tossing some seeds into the ground and reaping a quick harvest. Despite all we’ve done over the last 150 years or… READ MORE

Be On The Lookout in McGolrick Park

by GWAPP on

Thanks to an anonymous community member for submitting this Community News item about a person of serious concern in McGolrick Park: “Two nights ago a friend of mine was followed into Msgr. McGolrick Park by a homeless man who exposed himself and began masturbating. When she tried to leave the park, he followed her out… READ MORE

NYRP Is Giving Away Free Trees!

by GWAPP on

Beginning October 13th the New York Restoration Project will be giving away free trees to NYC property owners as part of the Million Trees NYC program! See below for more information and distribution locations. About New York Restoration Project NYRP is a non-profit organization founded by Bette Midler in 1995, that is dedicated to transforming open… READ MORE

NYT Poem on Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

by GWAPP on

We found an old poem published on the site, “For Goodness’ Sake,” and wanted to share it with you all. The end of it talks a lot about the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and even mentions GWAPP board member, Christine Holowacz. Go to poem…… READ MORE

Sighting: Missing Manhole Cover

by Ryan Watson on

Recently spotted: a missing manhole cover in McGolrick Park is dangerous. Why has the city neglected to fix this? Manhole in question below.… READ MORE

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