Neighborhood News

Get Involved with McGolrick Park’s Urban Oasis

by Heather Van De Mark on

Earlier in May, I reported on NYC Audubon’s plan to create an Urban Oasis in McGolrick Park to provide food and shelter for migratory birds. Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see a large swath of the park (along Russell Street) already weeded and with lots of little new plants and being watered by… READ MORE

Smile: Photos from the Parks

by Heather Van De Mark on

I think we’ve hit the dog days of summer. With an air advisory in effect today, 80 degree temps, and high humidity, why not stay indoors with a fan or a little AC? Go ahead, relax a little. Check out these photos of the quieter moments of summer in North Brooklyn. Have an Instagram photo… READ MORE

A New Chapter: Welcome the GWAPP Board

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After a multi-month process, the Greenpoint Association for Parks & Planning is pleased to announce its new Executive Board: Barbara McGlamery (Chair), Rich Mazur, Trina McKeever (Treasurer), Laura Treciokas (Secretary),Manuel Zuniga and Katie Denny. Learn more about each of them and their connection to Greenpoint on the Board Members page. The board will be creating… READ MORE

TBT: Greenpoint 1941

by Heather Van De Mark on

Welcome to a new series: Throwback Thursdays (TBT). I’ll be exploring Greenpoint through back issues of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that have been recently digitized and are available online for free thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library and View the online newspaper archives here.   All Greenpoint Pleads: ‘Give Us a Clean Creek!’ When… READ MORE

Is Greenpoint ‘Just Green Enough’?

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Checkout Next City’s piece, Pretty Park, Affordable Rent: Making Neighborhoods “Just Green Enough” that examines the paradox of environmental gentrification. A growing body of academic literature examines a paradox: Low-income communities tend to suffer from various kinds of environmental injustice, including shortage of green space. But when these concerns are addressed — the power plant… READ MORE

KBridge Construction Project Update

by Heather Van De Mark on

Last Wednesday was the Brooklyn update meeting for the upcoming Koscuiszko Bridge Project or “Kbridge” Project. (Tomorrow night the same presentation will be given by NYS DOT in Queens–see the GWAPP calendar for details.) The presentation didn’t touch on many of the areas I was most interested in–green space, street-scaping, bike lanes, Meeker Ave. plumes,… READ MORE

Re-Opening of East River Ferry Service at India St. Pier Still TBD

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Today, State Senator Squadron and Councilman Levin released a statement requesting at the very least a confirmation of when the India St. pier will be reopened. This request comes as the G train summer shutdown approaches. Full release below: SQUADRON, LEVIN STATEMENT ON ONGOING CLOSURE OF INDIA STREET PIER BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel… READ MORE

Late Night Greenpoint Ave Bridge Closure: Jul 14 & Jul 16

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The Department of Transportation is putting out notices that on Monday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 16, between 11:00pm and 5:00am, they will be closing both eastbound lanes of the Greenpoint Ave bridge over Newtown Creek to repair a damaged trunnion plate (which even after reading the Wikipedia page for a Trunnion, what that is… READ MORE

All Children in NYC Can Eat Free This Summer

by Heather Van De Mark on

From June 27 to August 29, all children can receive a FREE healthy breakfast and lunch, every Monday thru Friday courtesy of the Department of Education (DOE), National Basketball Association (NBA), and Share Our Strength (SOS) annual summer program. From the press release, “Children don’t need to be enrolled in summer school to participate in… READ MORE

Canning Extravaganza at the Greenpoint-McCarren Park Greenmarket

by Stephen Wade on

Summer is starting to come into full bloom, and that means canning season is revving up! Ever thought about putting food in jars, whether it’s jam, pickles, or even cheese? Starting this Saturday, the Greenmarket at Greenpoint-McCarren Park will be hosting a canning demo and info session with a raffle and giveaways courtesy of Ball… READ MORE

Combined Sewer Overflow: Why Our Waterways Stink

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Last week’s thunderstorms didn’t just threaten the annual fireworks show, they threatened the surrounding areas’ waterways. How, you might ask. More than half of New York City’s sewers operate using a Combined Sewer (CS) system. A CS system means that sanitary and industrial wastewater, rainwater, snowmelt and street runoff all go into the same sewers… READ MORE

Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmer’s Market: 06 July 2014

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Armelle and her band The Hand Jive Tribe will bring an interactive and multicultural music show to children and their parents at the Cooper Park farmer’s market from 11 am to 1 pm. Armelle plays a wide range of music and picks volunteers from the crowd to try out a world instrument along with the… READ MORE

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