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Getty To Pay $16 Million Towards Clean Up Of Toxic Newtown Creek

In 1978 a US Coast Guard helicopter on a routine check spotted oil spilling into Newtown Creek. An estimated 30 million gallons leaked into the soil and water, causing health and environmental problems to the residents of Greenpoint – human and otherwise – ever since.

Look how pretty that toxic site is though!

This week, 36 years after the spill was first noticed, the government will receive more money to clean up the site from the people responsible for turning the creek into a polluted waterway. On Tuesday, the US government reached a settlement with Getty Petroleum which will pump an additional $16 million into the clean up of the designated Superfund site. As reported in the New York Post, Getty filed for bankruptcy back in 2011 and the federal government will receive the $16 million as part of that process.

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Update: Ebola… at The Gutter!? Dr. Tests Positive, First Case in NY

Just got off the phone with our Art Editor who was headed to a CMJ show tonight at The Gutter only to find out it was closed. According to Brooklyn Vegan, “The Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg shut down, allegedly due to Ebola scare (CMJ shows included).” A few hours ago a Daily Mail headline read ”Ebola panic in Brooklyn, doctor who treated patients in West Africa visited hip bowling spot in Brooklyn before he was rushed to the hospital with 103 fever.” The Daily News gives a more detailed account Dr. Craig Spencer’ self-quarantine, bowling and Ubering on Wednesday. His fiancé has also been quarantined and his apartment in Harlem has been sealed off. Results overnight will confirm whether he actually has Ebola.

Update: According to NY Times, Dr. Craig Spencer tests positive for Ebola.

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Greenpointers CMJ 2014 Guide!

STAY IN BROOKLYN THIS CMJ!

CMJ music marathon is upon us again, and before your head starts spinning trying to figure how, what, when and where to see the best music (and who that best music even is), we have crafted a special guide for North Brooklyn residents. You don’t have to hop all over the city to see the best new music- you can stay right here in Greenpoint and Williamsburg (and maybe venture into Bushwick). Continue reading

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Yulair Launches in NYC // Win $1000 in Travel!

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Step back in time with Tony Wolf: “Greenpoint of View” remembers The Vitamen

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How long have you been here? And, how has the neighborhood changed since then? We all have our stories about the undulating Greenpoint streetscape—people moving in, people moving out, condos and developments covering up the sky, and coffee shops springing up faster than organic dry cleaners. Is it good? Is it bad? Tony Wolf chimes into the discussion with his labor of love: the Greenpoint of View comic. Continue reading

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The Hook-Up – Rat Mites / Get Rich on AirBnB / Greenpoint Landing Park / Trash? NIMBY!

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• It’s as disgusting as it sounds… rat mites (NY Times)

• Do you think it’s total BS that North Brooklyn processes a huge amount of the city’s trash? New legislation might change that (NY Environmental Report)

• If you have a spare room, why not get rich with AirBnB like your fellow North Brooklynites? (DNAinfo)

• It may not protect us from crowded G trains, but Greenpoint Landing is bringing a park that promises to protect Greenpoint from storm surge with oyster beds and public access to the river edge (Daily News)

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Get Fit or Get Fined? Is this Even Legal? B.E.S.T. Plan Starts 10/26!

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What would your community be like if it had ‘fitness patrols’ roaming your neighborhood streets? McDonald’s would probably be an underground junk food dealer (4 chicken nuggets in a dime bag, please) and Starbucks would most likely sell wheat grass macchiatos and have stair masters in their lounges instead of free wi-fi.

Well Human@Ease actually did the unthinkable and the Fitness Protection Police patrolled the Greenpoint streets to promote a healthier lifestyle to the community! Continue reading

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Get green this weekend and help the trees!

Want to be a tree steward? Well, your time has come! This Saturday, October 18th between 10 am and 1 pm, join the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and together you can make Greenpoint a little greener.

Ask any gardener and they will tell you Autumn is the perfect time to get into the garden and put things into the ground. As the cold air moves in, plants go dormant, and quietly over the winter these little plants work on growing strong roots so that come springtime we can sit back and admire their precious blooms.

In an effort to keep Greenpoint’s trees and root systems happy for years to come, the Franklin Street Community Garden is freshening up tree beds around the area by planting daffodils. Not only will Greenpoint’s trees thank you for it, but come springtime the streets will be bursting with bright yellow flowers. It almost enough to make you forget that winter is coming! Continue reading

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Historic Greenpoint book in the works! Submit your photos!

The old school Greenpoint that we love ©Brian Merlis

Rick Gomes and Brian Merlis are going back, way back, to the time when rope factories and lumber yards lined the East River in Greenpoint. And maybe even further back to the time when Greenpoint’s population was entirely five related families…Gomes and Merlis are diligently working on their third Brooklyn local history book, titled Brooklyn’s Historic Greenpoint, and are looking for your photos of the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Survey: How do you feel about the transportation here in the hood?

Our portal to the rest of New York.

Few things unite New Yorkers quicker than transportation. Whether complaining about the MTA, giving someone directions, or debating the best possible route to get where you’re going, New Yorkers love talking about how we get around the city. For those of us in Greenpoint, who only have access to one subway, transportation can be an especially touchy subject.

Now you have the opportunity to share your thoughts on your transit situation with someone who can actually do something about. The Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) are working on their first advocacy campaign centered on transportation. They are conducting a survey on transportation issues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The results will be shared with representatives and city officials next week.

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