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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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The LAST Greenpoint Clean-Up is This Weekend (9/30)!

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Join the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for the very last Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint neighborhood clean up day with the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance on Saturday, Sept 30 at 10am! The group will meet in McGolrick Park and spread out to pick up litter from the the southeast section of our neighborhood.  FREE LUNCH included! Continue reading

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Free Lunch & Help Clean Up Greenpoint Today (7/8)!

Curb Your Litter Greenpoint Clean Up Day

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth and Greenpoint Chamber are hosting the 10th Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint, their second clean-up day this year, on TODAY, July 8th.

Street litter will be picked up in Northwest Greenpoint (west of McGuinness Boulevard and north of Calyer Street) from 10am-2pm. FREE LUNCH will be provided!

Meet at the Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton Street). RSVP on Eventbrite.

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Speed Metal Speed Dating & the G Train Shocker — The Hook-Up 4/8

Photo via Nicole Disser, Bedford + Bowery
Photo via Nicole Disser, Bedford + Bowery
What are you doing next Saturday? If you can stomach planning more than two days ahead, come help clean up the neighborhood with Curb Your Litter and NAG on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you like your environmentalism with a touch of interactive data, check out this cool map.
 
What are you doing this Sunday, actually? If you’re single and metal as hell, come to Speed Metal Speed Dating at St. Vitus. This, from the same people who brought you Morrissey-themed speed dating night at Black Rabbit.
 
Transparency could soon be imposed upon the film industry thanks to a bill sponsored by Councilman Stephen Levin, which would require the city to provide monthly reports detailing when and where filming goes down (as well as the companies involved).
 
Via MTA
Via MTA

Do we smell another passive-aggressive Cuomo/de Blasio standoff? A state audit found that the MTA fudges its numbers on how often subway trains show up on time, and that service sucked more in 2015 than it did in 2014. But wait! Want to know the real shocker? The G Train performed better than any other line in terms of meeting target wait times: a rate of 81.3%.

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce, allowing all BCC programs to trickle down to GPC members.
 
Have you met the North Brooklyn Democratic District Leader? He can serve you a drink at 151 on the Lower East Side, where he tends bar.
 
Jonesing for a tree? You have until May 5 to register for the Greening Greenpoint Tree Giveaway. It’s free! And it’s a tree!
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The Horsemen of Gentrification Could at Least Bring Some Trash Cans with Them — The Hook-Up 11/6

Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)
Remember sausage? (Photo via Forbes)

Is “Greenpoint” becoming synonymous with “gentrification?” This week, Forbes spotlighted the decline of Polish businesses, and McSweeney’s did a McSweeney’s.

Curb Your Litter is tackling Greenpoint’s abysmal person-to-garbage-can ratio with a new interactive map that lets you recommend locations for trash bins. As a matter of fact, “person-to-garbage-can ratio” is also pretty good shorthand for life in New York City.

Protect your package, people. Greenpointers posted this video on our Facebook page earlier this week, but in case you missed it, here’s something that might make you think twice about buzzing in a stranger.

Jack and Joshua Guttman just filed an application to build a new hotel on West Street at the abandoned Greenpoint Terminal Market complex. Perhaps the proposed rooftop bar will be distress-signal-distance from the Wythe Hotel’s.

Another five-story rental going up on West and India hopes to offer a more “approachable, neighborhood feel” counterpart to the big towers going up around it.

Is it the dawn of a new era for the G? Old Faithful made it to this short list of “best trains to live near” in NYC, but I’m not sure how much that actually means coming from a source who says the L is “reliable” and that the Q moves “with astonishing speed.”

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Help Clean Up our Streets and Get a Free Lunch Tomorrow! (8/22)

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If you haven’t already heard, Greenpoint was crowned NYC’s King of illegal dumping recently and that isn’t including the over 400lbs of litter that was picked up in the first Greenpoint Clean Up Day. Thankfully, the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce is addressing this problem with their “Curb Your Litter” initiative and has organized another clean up day tomorrow (8/22).

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It’s official–Greenpoint is Crowned NYC’s King of Illegal Dumping

Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle
Photo by Mitch Waxman via The Newtown Pentacle

We all know Greenpoint has a rep as being a pretty filthy hood.  Not only do we process the lion’s share of  NYC’s poop, but our backyard is infamous for its catastrophic oil spills and industrial superfund sites. Unfortunately, Greenpoint has and still remains a dumping ground for a myriad of things.

Our current garbage situation is so out of control, several test programs have been implemented to eliminate the scourge: The smelly composting pilot program, Big Belly Solar Compactor Cans installed on select corners, and we even have a neighborhood organization called Curb Your Litter, whose sole mission is to clean up our streets.

Just to put things into perspective about how insane our trash problem really is, in just one day of cleaning 25 Greenpoint streets, Curb Your Litter plucked 400 lbs of trash from curbs and gutters. Even worse—this poundage doesn’t even include the overflowing NYC garbage cans!

Talk about disgusting.

Now, I’m a proud Greenpointer like the rest of you, but after encountering a recent article declaring Greenpoint as “The Top Neighborhood in NYC for Illegal Dumping”, well…let’s just say I wasn’t feeling very patriot. In fact, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Oh, yeah? What else is new?”

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Curb Your Litter Hits Greenpoint Streets

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We’ve been talking a lot about trash these days. Whether it’s about the pilot composting program or the new Big Belly Solar Bins hitting the streets, garbage is a serious problem for Greenpoint and high time it got fixed.

Say hello to Curb Your Litter, a GCEF grant winner and trash program designed to figure out why Greenpoint looks like a gigantic festering rats nest and how best to get rid of the filth. The three year project in connection with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce has big plans to go block by block and get down to the nitty gritty of our garbage issues. They want to know what kind of trash is being discarded, and who or what is causing such a mess.

Is it stores? Coffee houses? Restaurants? Your neighbors? Out of towners? Or maybe the source could be as simple as the piglet in front of you who mistook your foot for a trash can. No one knows yet, but Curb Your Litter is determined to find the answers and ways to fix it. Continue reading

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