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Neighbors Allied For Good Growth Fundraiser Gala This Thursday (10/26)!

Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG), is a long standing community group made up of dedicated local activists that volunteer their time. If you’re not already aware, NAG was instrumental in the Where’s Our Park campaign for the city to obtain the last parcels of land in Bushwick Inlet to create a new neighborhood park (and it was a success!). They are also helping our neighbors to test levels of lead in our soil. And they created a neighborhood Toxicity Map, a valuable tool and resource for members of our community. These are just some of the major community, development and environmental issues that NAG has given our neighborhood the power to address. In short, they are pretty badass.
This year NAG has partnered with the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP) to develop a strategic plan for the creation of a new, larger community civic association. Looking forward to the 2018 launch of this new group, the 2017 NAG Gala is a chance to celebrate their 23 years of accomplishments and this new partnership. This Thursday October 26th, they are asking for your attendance and support. Here are the details:

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Want Your (Public) Soil Tested?

No heavy metals here please! Photo by D Sharon Pruitt
No heavy metals here please! Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

 

Chromium? Cadmium? Nickel? Lead? Arsenic…? These heavy metals are not great things to have lurking in the soil at high levels, especially if you’re an avid gardener or have kids playing in the yard. (When I was little, I made mud pies – arsenic pies don’t sound so great.)

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A lot…Or Nothing – What is Really Going on with the North Brooklyn Boathouse?

So a lot is going on with the Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project. Or nothing is going on with it. It really depends on who you ask.

Groups benefiting from the Hudson River Foundation break down the numbers.

Wednesday night (4/23), a progress meeting on the project was held in Long Island City. Michelle Moore from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) kicked things off, and almost immediately voices were raised questioning funding and lack of progress. Even Joseph Lentol, the New York State Assemblyman that represents Greenpoint, expressed his disappointment at the lack of progress with the project so far. Continue reading

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Haters Gonna Hate: North Brooklyn Boat Club

One of the original 2011 Boat Club Mockups, designed for 1115 Manhattan Ave

Local blogger, Miss Heather of New York Shitty stirred up some controversy in early February with a theory about scandal and embezzlement within the ranks of the  North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC), in regards to a the organization’s new location. The Boat Club responded with a statement on their site explaining their story and defending the funding.

Then two weeks ago, Queens Crap published this story, calling the NBBC a “phony environmental group,” accusing the non-profit of building a park in Maspeth that the local community doesn’t want. The blog also faulted the boat club for supposedly paying a member $20,000 to paint a mural on the future site of Plank Road.

So why is all this blogosphere hate being spewed at this boat club, which was created to improve the local community and environment? Continue reading

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“A Giant Sandwich is Landing on Greenpoint” – Notes on Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial St ULURP Meeting

Melanie Myers Land Use Attorney for Greenpoint Landing Associates

On Thursday June, 27th, 2013 GWAPP and NAGG organized a public meeting in response to the public meeting at McCarren Park that took place on May 5th, in which residents were shocked and offended by presentations made by representatives of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial St and unclear on the ULURP process.

Dewey Thompson of GWAPP began the meeting last Thursday by explaining that we were not there to discuss the 2005 Rezoning of the Greenpoint and Williamsburg Waterfront, which allows for the building of 30-40 story towers on the waterfront at the soon to be Greenpoint Landing – an “enormous development,” that will “change the landscape in every way.”

Despite this, concerns about the 2005 rezoning where on the minds of residents.

Instead the meeting was to discuss what is “as of right,” meaning what can be built based on the current zoning and how we can articulate what we want in the ULURP process as a “coherent voice,” with respect to the 77 Commercial St and Greenpoint Landing projects.

Currently both projects are in the “pre-ULURP” phase. The first public hearing held by Community Board 1 will be on August 13th, 2013 at 6:30pm at Automotive HS (50 Bedford Ave). Continue reading

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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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Build a Garden at 61 Franklin St Garden This Saturday (6/1)

Tired of being stuck inside all day? Don’t have a backyard or outdoor space to call your own? Want to get your hands dirty, enjoy the beautiful weather and meet some great people that live in your neighborhood?

Then you probably should consider becoming a member of the newly formed 61 Franklin Street Garden.

Stop by to help build the garden this Saturday June 1, 2013.

Garden work begins at 2pm and the open meeting for new member begins at 3pm. 

That’s right! After years of remaining vacant, the city-owned lot on Franklin is blossoming into a new garden space and outdoor environmental classroom for Greenpoint.

Unlike the traditional community garden model, in which individualized plots are spread out between a few lucky participants, the 61 Franklin Street Garden will function as more of an open green space for community use. Individual membership is $25/year and family memberships are $40/year.

Read the rest of the story and find out how to become a member at GWAPP.org

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No Power Plant!

Just got word from GWAP:

The New York State Siting Board has voted unanimously to dismiss the TransGas power plant proposal. The board found the project was not in the public interest and has cleared the way for the City to create a 28-acre waterfront park on the Bushwick Inlet. TransGas has the right to appeal, but we fully expect that they will be completely unsuccessful.

Congratulations and thank you to our elected officials, the lawyers who helped prepare the case, Columbia Law School Environmental Law Clinic, Pace Energy Project, and to the hundreds of community volunteers who have worked so hard over the years to stop the power plant from destroying our neighborhood.

This calls for a celebration, but we’re not sure when and where yet. We’ll keep you posted. After 7 ½ long years of struggle we promise it will be a doozy of a party!

GWAPP — Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning — www.gwapp.org[email protected]

This is really good news!

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Push For Parks

I’m not really one for protests or community activism, but things are getting a little out of hand construction-wise in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and it sure would be nice to have some more parks (preferably not ones at Newtown Creek, please!).

TOWN HALL on rezoning at WARSAW at 7pm on Jan 17th (261 Driggs Ave in Greenpoint)

The neighborhoods of Greenpoint/Williamsburg are at a point of crisis and opportunity.

Crisis because rampant development threatens what little open space and parks we have. Promises of additional open space made in the 2005 rezoning have never materialized. However, opportunities abound. We have promises made for terrific park facilities all over the neighborhood. We just have to make it happen.

But we need your help.

This month, GWAPP will host a Town Hall meeting to update the community on parks and rezoning in the neighborhood. We’ll also update you on the TGE power plant fight (no, folks it ain’t over yet).

Here’s a sneak peak at the agenda:

* What is GWAPP? * TGE power plant fight *Sludge tank status * India Street End Park Project * Transmitter Park (end of Greenpoint Ave) *Bushwick Inlet park plans * McCarren Park Pool renovation* State Park at N7th * Tree Planting

Bring friends and family. FREE BABYSITTING! Check out our snazzy flyer http://www.gwapp.org/uploads/GWAPPmeetingpostcardsmall2.pdf

For more information contact us at [email protected] or 718.383.3072

GWAPP — Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning — http://www.gwapp.org[email protected]

P.S. We need a few volunteers this week to hand out postcards and flyers for the meeting. Contact us at in[email protected] if you’re interested.

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