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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

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Register Now for NYRP’s Free Tree Giveaway

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It’s time for another free tree giveaway from the New York Restoration Project! DB Co-op in Williamsburg is partnering with NYRP’s MillionTreesNYC Tree Giveaway. REGISTER NOW TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE TREE! Trees will be available for pick-up at: DB Co-op 195 N. 14th St., Williamsburg May 10, 2014 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Important Information:… READ MORE

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Help Clean North Brooklyn’s Shoreline at 3rd Annual Riverkeeper Sweep

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Have you noticed the litter accumulating along the fence on the Kent Avenue side of the Bushwick Inlet? Are you interested in helping beautify the Bushwick Inlet? Would you like a free beer at the Brooklyn Brewery? VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED on Saturday, May 10 from 10:30 am – 1:30pm to be part of the Riverkeep… READ MORE

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Volunteer in Bushwick Inlet Park!

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Get Dirty & Weed at Bushwick Inlet Park Community residents are invited to join NYC Parks Gardener Jason Beury for an afternoon of weeding and learning about native plants in Bushwick Inlet Park. Meet your neighbors and help make the park more enjoyable for everyone. We hope to make this an ongoing event throughout the… READ MORE

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Vision Zero Focuses Sights on McGuiness Boulevard

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Read the full story, Victory for McGuinness Slow Zone by Gina Pollack on Greenpointers. A study from Transportation Alternatives found that the boulevard is one of the most dangerous in NYC, citing that 66% of drivers speed on that wide stretch of road between the Pulaski Bridge and the BQE (only 1.1 miles in length).… READ MORE