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Notes from Wednesday’s Community Development Meeting

Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran
Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran

On Wednesday, Greenpoint residents came together at the Polish and Slavic Center (176 Java Street) for a community development meeting organized by Councilman Stephen Levin. The meeting promised information about how new construction along the waterfront, will impact Greenpoint.

Representatives from Greenpoint Landing, The Greenpoint (21 India Street) and Heritage Equity Partners (25 Kent) presented the most recent developments regarding their on-gong construction projects, and took questions from community members. Then community organizations took the floor to discuss their recent work. Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Curb Your Litter, and Evergreen all turned out to detail their ongoing efforts on behalf of Greenpoint. Here are notes from the 2 hour meeting:

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North Brooklyn Community Development Meeting 11/8 at 6:30

North Greenpoint Development Meeting Poster

New York City Council Member Stephen Levin is hosting a North Greenpoint Development meeting at the Polish Slavic Center (176 Java Street) on Wednesday, 11/8 at 6:30, where community members can engage with local developers around how new construction in the neighborhood will impact Greenpoint.

When: Wednesday, November 8, 6:30pm

Where: Polish Slavic Center (176 Java Street)

Who: Anyone interested in, curious, or concerned about how new construction will impact the neighborhood.

RSVP: [email protected]

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94th Precinct Community Council Meeting (Wed, 10/4)

The 94th Precinct.
The 94th Precinct. Via Facebook

The 94th Precinct will hold a community meeting tomorrow (10/4) at St. John’s Lutheran Church (155 Milton Street) at 7pm. The meeting is a monthly opportunity for community members to connect with local officers and express area concerns. This is a community-wide meeting, covering all NCO sectors, and all are welcome.

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Save the Date! CAG Meeting (2/6)

Mark your calendars, Greenpointers. The next Newton Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting is coming up soon on Thursday 2/6 at the McCarren Play Center (776 Lorimer, right near the pool) at 6:30pm.

The meeting with feature presentations from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the lovely folks who are in charge of our own little Superfund site.  They’ll discuss the city’s role in the Superfund process, upcoming plans for Newtown Creek drainage (mmm!), and all the other fun-filled  aspects of environmental restoration along the creek.

So if talking about toxicity and soil remediation really gets you going, save the date. We’ll be right there with you.

 

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11222 Is Getting $19.5 Million – Greenpoint Environmental Funding

Last Thursday was Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund’s third meeting since the $19.5 Million settlement with ExxonMobil – funding which will be granted to environmental projects only within the 11222 area code – that’s us Greenpoint!

The meeting at the Warsaw was well organized and very informative. There was a vibrant and packed house of community members and organizers who were eager to learn how to apply for funding. ExxonMobil was not present and it was mentioned that they were asked not to attend the meeting as they don’t have a say in how the funds will be used.

Highlights were at the end of the meeting, during the Q & A – obviously. One young woman stood up and spoke about her non-profit that aims to create a spiritual synergy with the environment, which got a priceless eyeroll from a woman in a Jets Jersey. More importantly questions were asked in regards to bio-remediation projects and Stephen Levin mentioned the importance of funding for public health surveys. The meeting broke up when an elderly man stood up and ranted about the waterfront towers, asking if they are for the rich and whether normal people will get screwed. Gotta love it!

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Community Meeting for Environmental Fund (9/25)

Interested in how you can help make Greenpoint more, well…green? Join the community on 9/25 to get involved in the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, a $19.5 million dollar grant program that will be accepting proposals to improve the Greenpoint environment this Fall.

The $19,500,000 was obtained by the State of New York in a settlement with ExxonMobil in 2011, which required the company to clean up the oil and related environmental contamination that it caused during the Greenpoint Oil Spill. It is the largest single payment of its kind in New York history.

In the late 1970s, oil spills from ExxonMobil’s Greenpoint refinery and storage facility were discovered seeping into Newtown Creek, creating a plume of oil on the water’s surface. Some of this oil dissolved in the groundwater and contaminated surrounding soil. It is estimated that at least 17 million gallons of oil were released underneath Greenpoint, leaving at least 55 acres contaminated.

Improvements will be geared towards local environmental issues such as water quality, groundwater, open space, reduction of toxic pollution, and air quality.  The settlement only covers land clean up, since the creek itself is a Superfund site and is therefore being handled by the Federal government.

More info is available from the Office of the Attorney General.

The meeting will take place at  Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) at 6:30pm.

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FIGHT THE TOWERS! – Rally For Greenpoint Tonight (9/4)

Save Greenpoint, a local activist group made up of Greenpoint residents, who according to their website “expect the revitalization of our waterfront to be responsibly site-specific in scale and scope,” are hosting a Rally for Greenpoint tonight, September 4, 2013 from 6-7pm at Barge Park Playground (Commercial St & Dupont St) in order to “FIGHT THE TOWERS!”

According to their Facebook invitation, “40 story towers threaten the future of Greenpoint. The community has been shut out of the process. This is your chance to be heard.”

See you tonight, Greenpoint!

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Community Meeting Workshop on Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial St High Rises Tomorrow (6/27)

Don’t forget to join GWAPP & NAG for a Special Community Workshop on the Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street Developments on Thursday June 27th, 2013 at 6:30-8pm at the Newtown Creek Visitor Center (329 Greenpoint Ave). This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLICRSVP

Read more about the meeting here.

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WTF is ULURP? Community Workshop on Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial St – Next Thursday 6/27

Many readers have been very concerned about the proposed Greenpoint Landing development on the waterfront. But you can’t just worry about it now –  then complain about it later. As Greenpointers, this is our neighborhood and we have to take responsibility for the vision and future plan of what Greenpoint can and will become.

Get active!

Join GWAPP & NAG for a Special Community Workshop on the Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street Developments on Thursday June 27th, 2013 at 6:30-8pm at the Newtown Creek Visitor Center (329 Greenpoint Ave). This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLICRSVP

Are you like a lot of people wondering what ULURP means? It stands for Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, which is a standardized procedure whereby applications affecting the land use of the city would be publicly reviewed. In a nutshell, if you’re building something in the city, it needs to go through ULURP for public review and approval.

As a community, we will discuss what is “as-of-right” (per the 2005 Waterfront Rezoning) and what is still negotiable as these two developments approach certification and “ULURP” approval.

This is an opportunity to share ideas about what’s at stake, what we might gain in the ULURP process and how to prioritize our negotiating position.

Representatives from Greenpoint Landing will be making a brief presentation to familiarize everyone with the aspects of the project coming up for ULURP approval. The Center for Urban Pedagogy will be leading a workshop on how the ULURP process works.

Take advantage of this chance to get expert insight into the civic mechanism that is, typically, the last opportunity for the community to have input on impending development.

Special thanks to CUP and Greenpointers.

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War Correspondents, Senior Center Art Show, Brooklyn Castle, Eat Your Face Off, Five Windows, Daddies!: What’s Happening Greenpoint? (6/12-6/17)

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WEDNESDAY (6/12)
• OSA Community Committee Public Forum @ The Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) 7-8:30pm, our chance as community members to bring your ideas for maintaining, improving and celebrating our parks in North Brooklyn,More info
* Sailor Jerry Day – 102 Free Tattoos @ The Gutter (200 N 14th St) 7-11pm, 102 free tattoos in honor of the actual Normal “Sailor Jerry” Collins, the tattoo artist for whom the brand is named, choose your tattoo by throwing a dart – afterwards, a free shot of rum, RSVP
* War Correspondents @ Brooklyn Brewery (70 No. 11th St) 7:30pm, $15, featured guests ABC’s Bob Woodruff, war reporter Janine di Giovanni & author Jim Frederick display their work in the world’s most dangerous conflicts.

THURSDAY 6/13
☺ We Stole These Jokes From Dane Cook’s Dad @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave) 7:30-9:30pm, FREE, a comedy show, “Make your Dad proud by listening to strangers tell awkward stories about their families”
♫ Northside Festival Begins, thru 6/20 – Check out Greenpointers Music Guide

FRIDAY 6/14
♦ Northside Senior Citizen Center Art Exhibit @ Northside Senior Citizen Center (179 No. 6th St) 1-3pm, original paintings and jewelry hand crafted by members of the Center for sale, proceeds used to support the art classes at the Center
* ‘Brooklyn Castle’ Screening @ Williamsburg Beacon Center (850 Grand St) 5:30pm, FREE, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed documentary about the chess team at Williamsburg’s IS 318, which has won multiple national championships, popcorn, hot dogs, drinks, Q&A with filmmaker Katie Dellamaggiore, RSVP
♦ Homespun @ the one well (165 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, collection of mixed media collages by Vanessa Porter

SATURDAY 6/15
• Relay for Life @ CitiStorage (No. 11th & East River) 10am-12am, an American Cancer Society fundraisor with music, games entertainment all day long and through the night.
# Chill Out! Vegan Shop-Up! @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St., Bushwick) 12-6pm, Ice Pops, Seitan Gyros, Nut Butters, Iced Chai, Fresh Salsas, Soul Food, Skin Care, Bug Repellent, Cat Toys
• Eat Your Face Off @ The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) 3pm, Rusty Ralston presents the Bombay Jay Z Dog, Brooklyn meats India, 50 delicious dogs available
♦ Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks (Bedford Betw. No. 8th & No. 9th) 3-8pm, temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures will be staggered throughout the block for live painting performances, graffiti and other participation oriented works.
♦ Five Windows @ Northside Town Hall (134 Wythe Ave.) 6-10pm, a multi-channel video installation that explores the fluid nature of urban space through a series of static, voyeuristic shots looking through windows into public and private spaces.
♦ Self Help @ Rawson Projects (223 Franklin St) 6-8pm, summer group exhibition Jocelyn Miller (Curatorial Assistant at MoMA PS1) featuring work by CONFETTISYSTEM (Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho), Thomas Jeppe, Georgie Roxby Smith, and Pinar Yolacan, RSVP
♫ Officially Unofficial Northside Show @ Coco66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, $5, Presented by Greenpointers & Supercrush Studios, Performances by Turning Into, Butter The Children, Old Monk, A Bunch Of Dead People, Del Guapo, RSVP

SUNDAY 6/16  * FATHER’S DAY! *
• Daddies! @ Palace Cafe (206 Nassau Ave) 8-10pm, a reading featuring Hedge trimmers! Speedboats! Conspiracy theories! Drugs! and the following writers: Sarah Tomlinson, Sean H. Doyle, Aiden Arata, Kate Mooney, Jacob Perkins and Karina Briski

MONDAY 6/17
# Motown On Mondays & Yummy Eats @ Shayz Lounge (130 Franklin St) 6-11pm, soul music and soul food, RSVP

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event

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