Neighborhood News

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Domino Development dominates discussion last night at CB1 meeting: Recap Pt. I

by Heather Van De Mark on

It was a packed room at the Swinging 60s Senior Center for last night’s monthly Community Board 1 Executive Board Meeting and Public Hearing. The buzz in the room was clearly over the agenda’s first item: Domino Sugar, which was certified last week. The board agreed to have Two Trees present and then have all… READ MORE


Get involved: be a PB Budget Delegate for Community District 33

by Lucy Zappone on

Last week, I attended the Participatory Budgeting Orientation for Budget Delegates. That meeting brought together community members who are volunteering their time to develop proposals for some of the ideas that were suggested at the prior neighborhood assembly meetings. We went over what our roles and responsibilities as budget delegates were. Delegates are not required… READ MORE

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Two Trees’ ULURP for Domino has begun: CB1 meeting Wednesday

by Heather Van De Mark on

The clock has started on Two Trees’ ULURP request for the Domino Sugar development in southside Williamsburg. Last Monday, the Department of City Planning (DCP) certified the request. Certification in no way expresses approval of the plan, so much as confirms that the necessary paper work has been completed. To learn more about the ULURP… READ MORE

Tomorrow at Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket

by Pamela Boyle on

Hi all! Tomorrow at Greenpoint McCarren Park we will be continuing with the sign up for our Apple Pie Bake-Off which is on November 16, you can sign up by emailing me at, or come to the info tent to sign up. Enter to win Neighborhood’s Best Pie and have your recipe featured at… READ MORE

Would you eat East River fish?

by Greenpointers on

“’These are the same fish being caught in Montauk and Martha’s Vineyard,’ Ben Sargent said, ‘We want to show the public that people can eat the fish here.’” “The fact is, eating one fish from the East River won’t kill you. And Sargent argues that the act of doing so puts more pressure on city… READ MORE


Get lost in the DEC’s Online Remediation Database

by Heather Van De Mark on

The Department of Conservation is adding almost 2,000 remedial sites, which include Brownfield Cleanup programs and State superfund sites, to their online database. Most of these sites are classified as P, PR, and N* and were not online previously “because, by the nature of these sites, the information is often preliminary, incomplete, or not verified.”… READ MORE


Today is Election Day – have you voted yet?

by GWAPP on

GWAPP is an advocacy organization, fighting to make Greenpoint/Williamsburg a better place to live. And while we don’t endorse candidates, we do encourage every one of our member organizations and every resident who sees this to VOTE. Our ability to elect the representatives we need and to have any leverage in City Hall, Albany and… READ MORE


Design your own park: Newtown Barge and Box St parks brainstorming meeting recap

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last week, the NYC Parks Dept., NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) invited community members, elected officials, and stakeholder groups to a “listening session” to review the upcoming Newtown Barge Park and Box Street Park projects. The listening session became a brainstorming session as attendees were broken… READ MORE

© 2013 Sibel Ozbek.

5th Graders hold class at 61 Franklin St community garden

by Heather Van De Mark on

Ege Ozbek, a fifth-grader in PS 31 Samuel F. Dupont Magnet School for the Arts & Humanities, hosted a composting workshop at 61 Franklin Street Community Garden in Greenpoint on Wednesday, October 30. Over the years, Ege has developed a great interest and big love for gardening, planting trees, farming, and the environment, especially greening… READ MORE


How to get some of the GCEF’s $19.5 million: Application & Networking Events, Tip Sheet

by Lucy Zappone on

Yesterday I attended the Applicant Webinar for the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) put on by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and if you have the opportunity to attend the next workshop in-person on November 13th at the Dupont Street Senior Housing, I highly suggest you go. Not because it’s necessary to apply, it’s… READ MORE

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FREE Nut and Fruit Trees Still Available: Register Today, Pickup Saturday

by GWAPP on

It’s time for another free tree giveaway with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP)! Trees will be available for pick-up at North Brooklyn Farms, 336 Kent Ave., Williamsburg on Saturday, November 2. In order to receive a tree you must 1.) plant it in the ground within the 5 boroughs of New York City, 2.)… READ MORE

Click to view full NYS DEC's Cleanup Action Completed at Brownfield Site: Fact Sheet #5 [PDF].

Greenpoint Gets Greener: Box St. Brownfield Site Cleaned Up

by GWAPP on

According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, cleanup action has been completed at 16 Box Street and 1133 Manhattan Avenue in north Greenpoint. The contamination was related to the Former BRT Railroad Car Barn site. (Click the BRT link, it’s a good read on the history and specific hazards.) “The cleanup activities were performed… READ MORE