Environmental

Thursday Spotlight: The Wizard of Inlet Park, Stacy Levy

Street artists trace the Bushwick Inlet’s underground stream into the surface

Stacy Levy is an internationally known artist who specializes in creating artful, site-specific interventions and engagements with water ecology. This past Saturday, she led an interactive family workshop in Greenpoint, where she and her volunteers mapped the historic Bushwick Inlet directly onto the hardscape using chalk paint: a mixture of chalk powder and water. Greenpointers caught up with Stacy to discuss her activism and the aquatic wonders of our local inlet.  Continue reading

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Comment Period On Nuhart Plastics Cleanup Ends Soon

 

Nuhart Plastics site
Nuhart Plastics Superfund site

The Nov. 19 deadline to submit your comments to the Dept. of Environmental Conservation on the proposed cleanup plan (PDF) for the Nuhart Plastics Superfund site is approaching.

If you prefer to lament, or compliment, the cleanup plan in the company of your neighbors, then you’re in luck: North Brooklyn Neighbors and NYC Council Member Stephen Levin are hosting a comment-athon this Wed. Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Threes Brewing (113 Franklin St.). Continue reading

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Heads Up: Important Community Meeting on 10/4

Photo via Joshua Rawson-Harris/Unsplash

FYI: Fellow residents and neighbors, there’s a majorly important community meeting happening this Thursday, October 4th. And, we think you need to know about it. You might even want to attend and take action.

The NYS DEC has finally released its proposed plan to clean up the NuHart toxic waste site in Greenpoint and they’re holding a meeting about said cleanup plan this Thursday. This is mega news. So, what’s the deal?Download the proposed plans here and scroll down to Former NuHart Plastic Manufacturing – 224136 for more info.

The cleanup plan for the Superfund site is  out for a 60-day public comment period. At this meeting, they’ll share the plan and your part is to give some sorely needed community input. Note: This is the only public meeting the DEC is holding for public input.

We’ll see you at the meeting, here are the need-to-know details:

WHEN: Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Polish & Slavic Center, 176 Java Street, Brooklyn, NY

Also, if you’d like to review the proposed cleanup plan in person, you can access the hard copy at these locations:

Brooklyn Community Board #1
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 718-389-0009

–and–

North Brooklyn Development Corporation
148-150 Huron St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: 718-389-9044

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3rd Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival returns THIS SATURDAY! FREE to enter! (9/22)

Join Kingsland Wildflowers for a fun day celebrating their third season of programming, education, and research at Kingsland Wildflowers. Visitors can explore the half-acre, green roof habitat and native plant garden. North Brooklyn community organizations will be tabling and featuring activities to engage families and children. The festival offers an opportunity to learn about local environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Activities include:

❀ Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts
❀ Interactive activities for kids and families
❀ Food, beer, live music & special dance performances
❀ Community organizations discussing local conservation projects
❀ 360º panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens

Music & Dance Performances by:
❀ Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia
❀ Matt Darriau & Paradox Trio
❀ Autumn Kioti & Dakota Bouher

RSVP HERE. FREE ADMISSION! RAIN OR SHINE! Continue reading

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Final Film at 61 Franklin Street Garden is Tonight!

61 Franklin Street Garden. Photo: Megan Penmann
61 Franklin Street Garden. Photo: Megan Penmann
Enjoy today’s oh-so-perfect weather with an outdoor movie! Tonight is the last in the four-part series of environmentally-focused films being shown at 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.

Film info via Open Space Alliance: “The Devil We Know is a clear-eyed examination of the DuPont Company’s decades-long poisoning of one town in West Virginia. Introduction by Mike Schade of Mind the Store and the NuHart Superfund Site Community Advisory Group.”

WHEN: Thursday, August 23 | Arrive at 8, film at 8:30pm.
WHERE: 61 Franklin Street Community Garden
FREE!

Bring blankets and chairs, snacks. Note: there is no bathroom at the garden.
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Are You Into Environmental Justice? This Job May Be For You

NAG's Toxicity Map
NAG’s Toxicity Map

Local environmental organization Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) is currently hiring for a full-time Environmental Justice Program Manager. For one of their most well-known projects, NAG created an online interactive ToxiCity Map, to map out environmental conditions in the neighborhood for all to see. They also do a lot of community advocacy, soil testing and sustainability outreach. Continue reading

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325 Apartments to be Built on Nuhart Site

Rendering of 22 Clay St. Via the Real Deal

Nothing says toxic development quite like a state-level superfund site. But, Yoel Goldman, of All Year Management, a firm that toped Stabilizing NYC’s list of the city’s worst landlords, is moving forward with a plan to demolish the former Nuhart Plastics factory and build two new six-story apartment buildings at 22 and 26 Clay Street.

Together, the two buildings will bring 325 new apartments to Greenpoint. Additionally, 6,000 square feet at 22 Clay Street will be set aside for commercial space.

This is not the first time that major developers have tried to build on land near the Nuhart site that is considered highly-contaminated. In June, the neighborhood organization Neighbors Allied for Good Growth lodged a petition against Greenpoint Landing’s proposed K-8 school, which is slated to be built across from the factory space.

 

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FREE Bag of Soil for Your Garden! (7/12)

Street tree care

If you haven’t been throwing your food waste scraps into the brown bins in front of your apartment, or don’t know how to start composting, this Department of Sanitation/Trees NY/NYC Compost Project popup on Thursday will help you out! Find out how to compost and what happens to your food scraps to turn it into healthy soil. Plus, pick up a free 1-lb. bag of composted soil while supplies last. The composting popup will be at the Greenpoint Ave & Manhattan Ave G train entrance this Thursday July 12th from 3pm-6pm.

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Heads Up: Mockingbirds Are Attacking in Transmitter

Still from Hitchcock’s “The Birds”—not Transmitter park, but almost. ©Universal Pictures
Transmitter Park wildflower path. Photo: Megan Penmann
Transmitter Park’s wildflower path, the most dangerous walkway in Greenpoint. Photo: Megan Penmann

After yesterday afternoon’s torrential downpour I decided to take a walk through Transmitter Park to capture some photos while the light was still dramatic outside. I took a few shots, and made my way down the wildflower path, enjoying the post-rain quiet, the tranquil solitude, surrounded by nature. Then, literally, I was actually surrounded by nature. I felt something scrape the top of my head and my first instinct was that it was a pebble or leaf blowing in the wind. Then quickly I felt another blow to the top of my head, this one more serious. Suddenly I saw several birds hovering and swooping over me like I was tonight’s dinner. I screamed, arms flailing like I’d just won the bird attack lottery, and ran back down the path. Another bird swooped down and scratched my head again. I continued screaming and ran for cover inside the doorway of a nearby building. This isn’t the first time the birds have attacked locals in Transmitter; it’s been happening for years. Apparently, it is nesting season for the birds and the brute force attacks should stop once their babies are able to leave the nest. And, to truly live up to their schadenfreude-inspired name, “Other birds may gather to watch as the mockingbirds harass the intruder,” according to Wikipedia. So if the mockingbirds piss you off while you’re enjoying the park this month, just fly the coop and head to the Barge for a drink. Continue reading

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