Neighborhood News

A Dream On Its Way to Reality: The Greenpoint Boathouse & Environmental Education Center

by Ryan Watson on

It’s a rare opportunity when a community can dream up something big and get it built. That’s the story—not, by any means, at the happy ending yet—with the Greenpoint Boathouse & Environmental Education Center. Initially conceived by GWAPP board members Dewey Thompson and Christine Holowacz, the dream will be one of the largest boat launches… READ MORE

McGolrick Park Dog Run Up and Running

by GWAPP on

Below is a photo from the dog run clean up on Sunday, September 16th, where we were able to thank Assemblyman Joe Lentol and DPR Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey for their help in replacing the entrance gate that was damaged when the tree fell on it. Damage was from storm a few days previous.… READ MORE

Newtown Creek Digester Eggs: The Art of Human Waste

by GWAPP on

Check out this fascinating short video on the Newtown Creek Wasterwater Treatment Facility from Focus Forward Films by David Leitner called “Newtown Creek Digester Eggs: The Art of Human Waste.” Newtown Creek Digester Eggs: The Art of Human Waste | David Leitner from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo. “The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in… READ MORE

Sighting: Excuse Me, Is That Your Parking Space?

by Trina McKeever on

I learned this morning that the enormous barge/crane rig that has been anchored between the India Street/East River Ferry and the Greenpoint Avenue/Transmitter Park piers since last Friday is actually just parking. The rig belongs to a crew securing the East River Manhattan shoreline and is parked in Greenpoint for security reasons while the UN… READ MORE

The McGolrick Park Homeless . . . It’s Complicated

by Holly Fairall on

Whether you are first-time visitor to McGolrick Park or you’ve lived in the neighborhood surrounding the park all your life, there is a long-standing fixture of McGolrick that no one can overlook. No, I’m not talking about the historic center pavilion, or the beautiful maritime and wartime sculptures, or the majestic trees. . . I’m… READ MORE

Sighting: Fallen Construction Blocks Sidewalk

by GWAPP on

A reader submitted the photo below of a wooden wall (part of an abandoned construction project) impeding the sidewalk on Diamond Street. The wall fell during last week’s storm and has yet to be fixed. UPDATE: As of the afternoon of September 25, the construction wall has been repaired and a shiny new padlock put… READ MORE

Welcome to the New GWAPP Website!

by GWAPP on

Welcome to the new GWAPP website! It’s been a bit of time since our last update, but thanks to a generous grant from the Hudson River Foundation, GWAPP is back and on track to better serve the Greenpoint and Williamsburg communities than ever before. In Greenpoint, community activism is a way of life. When we… READ MORE

GWAPP’s Website: Use Us!

by GWAPP on

The GWAPP website is a resource and forum for the North Brooklyn community. Here you will find a range of tools to help you find out more about what’s going on in Greenpoint/Williamsburg, share your information and activities and connect with like-minded residents and organizations. To learn more about the history of parks, open space… READ MORE

Bushwick Inlet Park – Who Owns What

by Laura Treciokas on

As part of the 2005 rezoning project, the city proposed purchasing several parcels of land on the Williamsburg/Greenpoint waterfront to turn them into public open spaces including parks and a promenade. Below is an update of current ownership for several of those parcels along Kent Avenue. North 9th – North 10th (Yellow): New York City… READ MORE

The Toxic Site in Greenpoint You’ve Never Heard Of

by Mike Schade on

Somewhere beneath the streets of Greenpoint/East Williamsburg, cancer-causing chemicals are slowly drifting through the groundwater, evaporating into the air and making their way into peoples’ homes. They’re called the Meeker Avenue Plumes. When I moved to Sutton Street in Greenpoint four years ago, I immediately fell in love with the neighborhood, especially McGolrick Park. With… READ MORE

The Future of the Domino Sugar Factory

by Alanna Rios on

Receiving news that the iconic Domino Sugar Factory officially sold for redevelopment a couple of weeks back was like getting news that your favorite childhood candy store shut down or that your long time friendly neighbor has moved on, but worse. For those of us who’ve resided in Williamsburg for some time, we know the… READ MORE

Review from the Land Use, ULURP & Landmarks Meeting

by Ryan Watson on

On September 5, Community Board 1’s (CB1) Land Use, ULURP & Landmarks sub-committee held a meeting and public hearing. The two items on the agenda were the regarding: a) a special permit to build a full-service gym at 910 Manhattan Avenue, and; b) to turn the 2576 block of McGuiness Ave (between Greenpoint and Calyer)… READ MORE

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