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McGolrick Park Public Meeting Tonight (2/26) #OSOM

McGolrick Park is a hidden gem on the other side of McGuinness Blvd (#OSOM) but many local residents feel the park needs some major love, like updates to the playground and repair to the pathways. It doesn’t help that neighborhood punks have no respect, either; last year they set fire to benches and vandalized the statue.

Residents of #OSOM have come together and formed the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (like it!). Last week they pleaded with the Community Board 1, “requesting that fundraising efforts for the Park be made a major part of their next fiscal agenda with a particular focus on improving its playground,” as reported in the Greenpoint Gazette.

Show your support tonight by attending the CB1 “Parks & Waterfront” Committee Public Meeting at 6:30pm at Bushwick Inlet Park Facility, 86 Kent Ave.  Continue reading

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Greenpoint Landing is Coming – CB1 8/13 Meeting Notes

Wednesday night’s CB1 public hearing at the Automotive High School focused on a small part of a very large development called Greenpoint Landing that is poised to start construction on Greenpoint’s northern waterfront.

Greenpoint Landing is a 10 tower, 22-acre development consisting of 3,811 market-rate apartments, 951 affordable apartments and 143,000 square feet of open space – all of which can be legally built under the 2005 re-zoning. The project as a whole was not up for review at the hearing, but the overall size and impact of the project continued to be the community’s focus. Continue reading

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REMINDER: Public Hearing for Waterfront Development Tonight! (8/13)

Mock-up of the plan for Greenpoint Landing, courtesy of Handel Architects

Have you heard about the approved plan for the Greenpoint Landing development yet? Need another visual? Pretty crazy, right?

Like it or not, the Greenpoint Waterfront will soon be drastically transformed by a 22-acre, 10-tower development.  The plan includes 30- to 40-story buildings, comprising 5,500 apartments, retail space, and a new public school.  If your reaction is one of  shock, outrage, or overwhelming joy (because you love love LOVE condos more than life itself!), now is the time to weigh in on new changes proposed by the developers.

See you TONIGHT (Tuesday August 13th 2013) at 6:30pm for a Public Hearing at Community Board 1, at Automotive High School (50 Bedford Ave).

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West Street Waterfront Changes to Be Unveiled at CB1 Meeting (11/14)

 

Rendering of proposed changes on West Street. Source NYC DOT.

 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is set to unveil their plans for the Greenpoint waterfront route at Community Board 1′s next meeting.

The DOT is proposing the conversion of West Street into a one-way street between Eagle and Quay Streets. The plan also calls for moving utilities that are currently above ground on West Street underground.

The big change will be the construction of a two-way bike lane. The bike lane will connect to the Kent Ave bike lane at Bushwick Inlet and continue north to the planned pedestrian bridge at Ash and Commercial streets which will connect the Brooklyn waterfront to Queens.

The CB 1 meeting at which the presentation will take place will be held on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30PM at the Swinging 60’s Senior Citizen Center, 211 Ainslie Street.

Download the DOT Greenpoint/Williamsburg Waterfront Implementation PDF or visit  the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to learn more.

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McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market Update

Eastern Gray Squirrel, Wiewiorka Szara
© BasikKD from Greenpointers Flickr Pool

Nicole Reed, who began petitioning for a Farmer’s Market in McGolrick park sent me some positive feedback and updates:

The first meeting on 1/30 to discuss the possibility of a Farmer’s Market at McGolrick Park, with 709 signatures in hand, along with the support from District Leader Lincoln Restler, Morgan Pehme of the Friends of McGolrick Park, and Rev. Griffin Thomas of the Church of the Messiah was a success.

Community Markets is on the agenda to present tomorrow night, Thurs., 2/23 at 6:30pm, before the Parks and Waterfront Committee of Community Board 1 of Brooklyn. Location:  435 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. This meeting is open to the public. Please attend to show your support.

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Market in McGolrick: CB 1 Meeting Tonight

NYC - Brooklyn - Greenpoint: McGolrick Park - McGolrick Park Shelter Pavilion
© Wallyg Greenpointers Flickr Pool

Tonight, January 30, 2012, there will be a community board meeting (435 Graham Ave @ Frost) at 6:30pm regarding the proposed Farmer’s Market at McGolrick/Winthrop Park. With over 500 signatures, there is strong support from the community. Please make sure to sign the petition and be at the meeting to show your support. Greenpointers’ fingers are crossed. The market will be a great weekly meeting place for neighbors and families to have access to local and sustainable food.

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Java St Community Garden

59 Java St

At the Greenpointers we are all for MORE GREEN OPEN SPACES! There is a vacant lot at 59 Java St, which is managed by Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), that a few neighbors and rallying to make into a community garden. Sounds like a great idea! They are making a presentation to the Parks and Waterfront subcommittee of Community Board 1 on November 16th at 6:30pm at 435 Graham Ave. Let’s go and hear their plans and support this project to make Greenpoint more green. Visit their website: http://javastgarden.blogspot.com/

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Brooklyn Community Board #1: Meeting 10/5/11

Girl Talk - Williamsburg Waterfront
© Bao Nguyen

Coverage of Brooklyn Community Board 1′s Public Hearing & Board Meeting 10/5/2011

Waterfront Concerts
The waterfront concerts by Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, was a main topic. The concerts will move north, from the state-owned East River State Park to a paved lot owned by the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation (Kent Ave @ N 11th & 12th)  The new location has several benefits, including fewer residents and since it’s city-owned more of OSA’s revenue ($90,000/year more in state licensing fees) will go towards improving CB1 parks.

New waterfront venue
Paved Lot, New Venue For Waterfront Concerts

The concerts stir up strong emotions on all sides but OSA has local support because it engages the community board and is proactive when addressing neighborhood concerns. Neighbors raised specific concerns about the events that followed this summer’s Widespread Panic show, where NOX-peddlers and unruly crowds were the last straw for many locals.  Previous complaints of littering on side streets have been addressed by offering volunteers free tickets in exchange for neighborhood clean-up after shows, and this practice has been successful and will likely be continued next season.  A call was made for access to OSA’s accounting to see how revenue goes toward local parks.  Another public hearing regarding the concerts will be held on 10/20 @ Swinging 60s Senior Center (211 Ainslie) 6:30.

© Serious Eats

The Charleston
If you been at The Charleston or within blocks, you know it’s frequented by people who enjoy drinking, smoking and not using their inside voices.  A few community members would like to see the renewal of their sidewalk cafe permit (which allows tables out front) denied.  They presented legitimate concerns: the sidewalk is already narrow by bike racks and trees, so the space in between is frequently occupied by smokers overflowing from the table area. This raises concern for sidewalk permits for bars in general, even those that are more considerate. It would be a surprise to see the tables in front of The Charleston much longer as they didn’t show up to defend their permit renewal.

Transportation
The corner of Greenpoint & Humboldt will be given the honorific name of “Cosimo’s Way” to honor the late Cosimo Tristani’s service to the community. The presentation given by Andre Aviles, his friend from ages seventeen to sixty-three, was moving and heartfelt.

© Brooklyn Paper

More controversial was the talk of street redesigns concerning the Greenpoint Ave. bicycle lanes.  Specifically, the transportation committee voiced strong disagreement, backed up by a contested motion from the community board as a whole, not to support a street redesign proposal for Greenpoint Ave. from McGuinness to the bridge that would involve the loss of all parking on this stretch, about 50 spaces.  It should be noted that this proposal, made by DOT, was preliminary and discussions are ongoing. It was recognized that the current layout is dangerous to both cars and cyclists and changes must be made.

As someone who bikes regularly on Greenpoint Ave,  something needs to be done on this stretch. The most serious dangers are speeding drivers who swerve into the bike lane to avoid waiting for car ahead making left turns.  However, it is important that the redesign protects the bikes lanes better without sacrificing all parking or loading zones for businesses.

Redesigns are also planned for the Greenpoint Ave Bridge and the Queens side of Greenpoint Ave, which is plagued by double-parking and a headache-inducing traffic pattern.

Filming in Greenpoint
Greenpoint is well-known as a filming destination and the community board seemed united in its criticisms of the burdens of filming on the neighborhood.  The main complaint stems from the loss of parking, especially for businesses on Manhattan Ave. Specifically, complaints were raised about the tendency for crews to clear streets hours prior to shooting, leaving locals wondering why businesses lose loading areas for 12 hrs in order to shoot a ten-minute shot.  If you film in Greenpoint, a word of advice is to meet the community board and explain your position.  The board spoke very favorably of one company that approached them prior to filming. The film industry creates good jobs for Greenpointers and New York, so the “go back to Hollywood” sentiment expressed by some was lacking nuance.

Brooklyn Community Board 1 Website

Upcoming dates:

October 20, 6:30 pm (211 Ainslie Street)  Public hearing regarding Open Space Alliance and waterfront shows
October 25, 6:30 pm @ Community Board (435 Graham) Land use committee meeting, including a discussion on expanding the Greenpoint historic district.
October 27, 6:30 @ Community Board (435 Graham) Public safety meeting.  More detailed info on local safety issues and liquor licenses.

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