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Important Meeting Tonight: Update on Nuhart Superfund Site! Psst, the plume is migrating.

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A few months ago, Greenpointers were alarmed to hear that Nuhart Plastics on the corner of Dupont Street had been sold to a Chinese developer who plans on turning the site into residential condos. Many of us were familiar with Nuhart’s former life as a plastics plant, but a lot of Greenpointers did not realize the site is a Class-2 Superfund site complete with a phthalate plume.

According to the 2013 NuHart Plume map–which shows liquid plasticizers 5ft deep in some areas–the plume is in fact moving. With a recent study tying prenatal phthlate exposure to lower IQ’s and a host of other health issues, we should be very concerned and vigilant about what is happening at the Nuhart site.

Tonight at 6pm at the Dupont Senior Center  the Department of Environmental Conservation (the agency who is responsible for the Superfund’s oversight) will be briefing neighbors about Nuhart and any clean-up efforts that have been conducted in recent months. Also 0n hand will be Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street representatives giving their own brief updates on their mega developments.

If you have questions, concerns, or comments about the Nuhart plant or our new neighbors Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street–I know I sure do–then you’ll make it your business to attend tonight’s meeting at the Dupont Street Senior Center (entrance on Eagle Street) between 6-8pm.

For those you can’t make it tonight, Greenpointers will be providing folks with an update. Stay tuned for more details to come.

 

 

 

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Spiritual Minds grow in Greenpoint. Golden Drum celebrates its 4th Birthday

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Two weeks ago Greenpoint’s spiritual center, The Golden Drum, celebrated its fourth anniversary and invited Greenpointers along for the fun. Having never heard them before, naturally we here at the news desk were intrigued. Armed with curious minds and hearty dose of New York instilled skepticism, the fabulous Julia Moak and I visited the Golden Drum to see what the center was all about and why it was attracting all these shiny happy people.  Continue reading

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Edenworks Pioneers Commercial Aquaponics in Bushwick

IMG_20150317_193518On a cold day in March, the snow is already coming down thick when I emerge from the subway at the Montrose L stop in Bushwick. Somewhere near here, there is a rooftop greenhouse named Edenworks, and its three co-founders—Jason Green, Ben Silverman, and Matt La Rosa—have it up and running as a modular aquaponics laboratory-farm.

By the time I find the metal doorway of 234 Johnson Avenue, my shoes are soaked. A sign directs me a few feet down to another door that is abutted by a high gate on one side. I ring the doorbell and wait a few seconds before Jason arrives with a coffee mug in hand. He is wearing glasses, a thick sweater, and a big smile. We are standing in the middle of a snowstorm. “Aren’t you cold?” I ask. “I’m okay,” Jason says. “I have layers.”
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Save your Food Scraps! Composting is Coming to Greenpoint

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Americans waste A LOT of food–35 million tons a year! In fact, we throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal, or glass. If that wasn’t scary enough, this disturbing trend is increasing each year. In NYC, approximately 35 percent of our garbage consists of discarded food. This is where the beauty of a city wide composting program comes into play.

A couple years ago, New York City set an ambitious goal of diverting 75 percent of trash from landfills by 2030. With food waste taking up such a big chunk of valuable landfill real estate, it’s no wonder the city wants to expand its composting programs. Lucky for us, Greenpoint is next on the list!

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Vendors Wanted!! Spring Market 2015 (4/26)!

Hello Spring, we’re more than ready for you because this Winter took a giant frosty bite out of a lot of the fun.  So we’re gearing up to reignite it with our Spring Market on Sunday, April 26, 2015 (1-7PM).

RSVP to mark your calendars, invite your friends, and stay updated on our activities!

At this time, we are seeking all types of local vendors (food, artists, crafters, jewelers, potters, etc.) so apply here or directly in the form at the bottom of this post.

Are you a corporate level business, a distillery, or a business that is based out of the NYC area? Vendor tables are strictly reserved for local independent artisans and small businesses but you may qualify as a sponsor and can submit an application here.

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City Hall Rally is happening TODAY!

It’s a beautiful day Greenpoint and we’ve got a lunch date at City Hall. Come on down and let’s make some noise! Let’s tell the mayor we want our park and not another tower!

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(Enter through Broadway entrance, directly across from Murray Street)

Today, March 12. Lunchtime 1-2pm

 

How to get there:  4/5/6/N/R to City Hall; J to Chambers; 2/3 to Park Place; A/C to Chambers; E to World Trade Center

Click here for additional information

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Tumbleweeds Art Camp Returns this Summer to Inspire Kids’ Creativity

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Oh, to be a kid again: warm summer days romping through McGolrick Park, in between being immersed in my own imagination and bringing my ideas to life by experimenting with a wide variety of materials, long before my creativity was blocked by all the challenges of adulthood. Don’t miss this special opportunity to nurture your own child’s creative genius by sending them to Tumbleweeds Art Camp this summer.
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Light show hits CitiStorage. Activists gear up for Thursday’s City Hall rally.

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If any of you were strolling around Kent Avenue last Friday night you might have seen an interesting light show appearing on the wall of the CitiStorage building.

Friends of Bushwick Park are rallying the troops for this Thursday’s City Hall protest and Friday night they lit up their message for all of NYC to see. For those of you who haven’t heard by now, the future of our 28 acre park is in serious jeopardy of getting sold to developers for another residential tower if we don’t stand up and say something. Thursday’s March 12th rally is calling on Mayor DeBlasio to fulfill a 10 year old promise of a park this area desperately needs.

Pack your lunch, make that “doctor’s appointment”, or do what ever you need you to and get your fannies down to City Hall this Thursday at 1 pm. Bring your loud angry voices, your most obnoxious noise makers, your pets, or anything else that will make some noise. If we want our park, City Hall needs to feel the heat. Continue reading

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Manhole covers explode along Norman Avenue!

 

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Well there she blows–not once, not twice, but thirteen times! Yes folks, feel free to keep your dirty little minds in the gutter because that is where the action was last night for the FDNY and NYPD.

Some of you might have woken up to quite the bang this morning when 13 manhole covers exploded into the sky along a stretch of Norman Avenue. The explosion happened at approximately 3 am after several residents complained of strong gas smells through out the early hours of the morning.  Continue reading

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