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Cooper Park Farmer’s Market Opens Sunday

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From Down to Earth Farmer’s Markets: Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market celebrates its 2014 Opening Day this Sunday, May 25th! The market is thriving along side the East Williamsburg neighborhood it serves. Now in its third year, several new vendors are joining the market line-up this week, including: Full Circle Farm, Saratoga Crackers,… READ MORE

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Village Voice: Flea or Flee?

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The Village Voice took interest in North Brooklyn parks this week in their article: Flea or Flee? Food Fairs and Music Fests Are Great Until They’re Not From the article: But it also raises a question: In a city with one of the nation’s lowest ratios of usable park space to population, who should get… READ MORE

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NYC Audubon is Bringing Birds to Greenpoint

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NYC Audubon was recently awarded a small grant as part of the GCEF. Their grant is to create an “urban oasis” at McGolrick Park. The project includes planting and maintaining native species (like wildflowers) that provide food and shelter for migratory birds within the park. NYC Audubon is currently recruiting volunteers to 1.) help install… READ MORE

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Greenpoint Gets Greener? West St. Brownfield Application Submitted

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The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup application and a Remedial Investigation Work Plan for 11 West Street (between Quay and Calyer Sts.) in Greenpoint from M & H Realty LLC. The site ID is #C224191. The application can be viewed at the Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library… READ MORE

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Guided Walk of Newtown Creek & Greenpoint’s History

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Read the full story, What Lurks Under the Pulaski Bridge? A Dose of Greenpoint History by Ellie Rose on Greenpointers. “By the 1850s, 10% of the wealth of the entire United States was found between Williamsburg and Newtown Creek,” says Waxman. “So this was the original home of industry in the United States of America.”… READ MORE

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CB1 Public Hearing and Board Meeting Recap: Summer Programming, Waterfront Development and more

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Last night’s Community Board 1 (CB1) Public Hearing and Board Meeting was pretty standard fair—liquor licenses new and renewals, several outdoor sidewalk applications (no surprise given the nicer weather), and requests for special permits. I’ll jump straight into the open space/parks/environmental news and then touch on other items of note from the meeting. You can… READ MORE

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[UPDATED] American Playground Takes Another Hit

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It appears that most of the American playground equipment is boarded up while the building does window installation. The claim is it’s going take a month. Why wasn’t this done before peak playground season? And what about that torn up tree in front? There’s also a leaky pipe underground, which is why the water has… READ MORE

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Soil Testing Across North Brooklyn

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Want to know where your kids are playing or what’s in your community garden? GWAPP will be conducting soil testing throughout May, and with the help of our community, we’d like you to tell us what parks and areas we should submit for testing. The heavy metal test at Brooklyn College checks the soil samples… READ MORE

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The Future of GWAPP: Become a Board Member

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The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning (GWAPP), having been founded to fight a power plant proposal for the Greenpoint waterfront in 2000, is one of the oldest and most vital activist organizations in the community. Over the years, GWAPP has evolved from that single-issue focus to engaging with the wide range of parks,… READ MORE

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Become a Tree Steward: Workshop and Class Available in Brooklyn

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Do you ever wonder who takes care of the street trees on your block? It’s entirely possible that no one does! Sad abandoned trees–won’t someone speak for the trees?! Maybe, you? The NYC Parks Department plants street trees (you can even visit the Parks website and request a free street tree), but the responsibility of… READ MORE

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Save the Date: Newtown Creek CAG Meeting on Wednesday May 21

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At the next CAG meeting, New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) will present on the final health assessment for Newtown Creek, give an update on the health outcomes review, and describe work to educate the public about fish consumption advisories in the creek. A Public Health Assessment is the health agencies review of… READ MORE

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Superfund Sites in Our Backyard: of Greenpoint Plume/s Meeting Recap

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Last Wednesday, a group of like-minded residents got together at The Sunview Luncheonette (a fabulously intimate, iconic Greenpoint community space) to talk about the Meeker Avenue Plumes. Organized by Dylan Gautheir and Alex Zucker, the meeting was an opportunity for residents to learn more about the plumes in an un-official, community-oriented capacity, And like everyone… READ MORE