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North Brooklyn Pipeline Protest Continues on Saturday

A local coalition is continuing to protest the North Brooklyn Pipeline. (Via No North Brooklyn Pipeline)

The protest will continue on Saturday over the construction of the North Brooklyn Pipeline from National Grid to bring additional natural gas infrastructure through the neighborhood.

Construction on the pipeline briefly halted during the initial coronavirus outbreak and has since resumed making its way toward Greenpoint.

Organizers of the No North Brooklyn Pipeline campaign include the Sane Energy Project and North Brooklyn Extinction Rebellion, who have led a coalition of residents, activists and local elected officials in opposition to the fossil fuel project since last year. Continue reading

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North Brooklyn Pipeline Protestors Call on Governor and Mayor to Stop Construction

Protestors on Sunday called of Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to deny the National Grid pipeline in North Brooklyn.

North Brooklyn residents and community groups are holding a rally outside of a fundraiser for Governor Andrew Cuomo at Giano On The Water (400 Kent Ave.) in Williamsburg to protest National Grid’s fracked gas pipeline, known as the Metropolitan Reliability Infrastructure Project, that is making its way toward Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

Brownsville saw the start of the 6.8-mile-long pipeline’s construction in 2018, and the project quietly progressed toward North Brooklyn where local residents say that they were only recently informed of the plan.

Small businesses in East Williamsburg have reportedly taken a massive hit from the construction and road closures, and critics say that a $185 million rate hike is anticipated for National Grid customers in New York over the next three years to cover the pipeline’s costs. Continue reading

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Greenpointers Fire Back At Fracked Natural Gas Pipeline

National Grid installs a natural gas pipeline along Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, Feb. 13, 2020Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

This story was originally published on 2/14/20 by THE CITY. (By: Claudia Irizarry Aponte)

Construction of a 6.8-mile natural gas pipeline stretching from Brownsville to North Brooklyn has hit a wall in Greenpoint, where community leaders and elected officials are vying to halt the project as it reaches its final stage.

The National Grid gas main — which has been in the works since 2017 — would supply fracked gas from Pennsylvania, where the extraction is legal. The controversial practice was banned in New York state in 2014.

On Saturday, a community coalition of environmental advocacy groups, schools, and social justice groups will host a rally at the pipeline’s latest construction site, the intersection of Moore Street and Manhattan Avenue.

“I am familiar with the history of environmental devastation in my neighborhood,” said Kevin LaCherra, a third-generation Greenpointer who is helping organize the rally. “We need our elected officials to be taking bold steps to bring renewables on now.”

The pipeline opponents are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to stop the project on the grounds that it goes against both the state and the city’s clean energy goals.

“This is not the kind of system we want any more,” Kim Fraczek, director of the Sane Energy Project, an environmental advocacy group, told THE CITY. “This industry doesn’t have the interests of the community at heart.”

Their claims are quickly gaining momentum: On Tuesday, Brooklyn’s Community Board 1, which includes Greenpoint, voted unanimously to stop any construction of the pipeline.

Advocates say they have the support of every single elected official who represents North Brooklyn at the state and city level, from City Councilmembers Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, to State Sen. Julia Salazar and veteran Assemblymember Joe Lentol.

Levin, Reynoso and Lentol all confirmed to THE CITY they oppose the pipeline’s construction, Salazar did not return requests for comment. Continue reading

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Off the Grid, On the Bridge and Out of the Chamber — The Hook-up (5/18)

Williamsburg Bridge (photo: Julia Moak)

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! For some of our neighbors, this has been a tough week. On Sunday, 500 Greenpoint residents lost their heat and hot water when National Grid cut service due to a water-damaged gas line.

But, Greenpoint isn’t entirely without modern conveniences, and a kickstarter campaign launched on Thursday wants to up the ante. The project calls for a floating pedestrian bridge connecting Greenpoint and Long Island City. 

Speaking of Bridges, it became clear at Wednesday’s L-pocalypse Town Hall in Williamsburg that the Williamsburg Bridge can only handle 3 extra trains per hour over the current schedule, certainly not enough to meet the demands of ousted L riders.  Continue reading

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Is the Gas Leak on Moultrie Street a ‘Disaster Waiting to Happen?’

Photo: Thomas Handschiegel
Photo: Thomas Handschiegel

An ongoing gas leak on Moultrie Street isn’t just a literal and figurative headache to neighbors. It’s also raising concerns over the prospect of worse complications, including the ghost of National Grid Bureaucratic Nightmares Yet To Come.

Local resident Thomas Handschiegel notified Greenpointers about the leak, which he says has been festering for over a month, and to little avail from National Grid.

Large cut-outs in the street in front of 15 Moultrie Street — plus a strong lingering odor — are “extremely disconcerting given the fact that there are a lot of smokers in the area, and it appears to be a disaster waiting to happen,” said Handschiegel. Continue reading

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Attn: Local Businesses – National Grid’s ‘B’ Green Challenge Can Save You Money and Win You Prizes!

Martin S. Needleman, ESQ - Chief Counsel Brooklyn Legal Services

(Sponsored) At Greenpointers, we are passionate about promoting local environmental sustainability, so when we saw National Grid’s ‘B’ Green Challenge, which awards local businesses for becoming more energy efficient, it was important that we help spread the word to local Greenpoint and North Brooklyn businesses.

There are so many simple and easy ways to make your business more energy efficient and the great part is, it will help your business to save money – and win prizes!

National Grid has teamed up with Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets in order to promote energy efficiency among small businesses in Brooklyn and a new winning business is named each month.

By participating in the ‘B’ Green Challenge and letting them know the steps you have taken to become a greener business, you have a chance to also win a lot of awesome prizes, like tickets to Nets games or any event at the new Barclays Center, a signed Deron Williams basketball and a signed Joe Johnson poster!

We were recently invited to the award ceremony at Brooklyn Legal Services, which recently won the ‘B’ Green Challenge by doing things like sealing air leaks around windows and repairing their roof, improvements which had a 20% reduction in their energy costs.

It was a special award for Brooklyn Legal Services because they have been working with local organizations toward the construction of green affordable housing and provide free legal services to low-income residents, community groups and non-profit organizations of Brooklyn for over 45 years. Paul J. Acinapure, Esq. spoke about why the award was such an honor for Brooklyn legal Services:

It is particularly meaningful to us to get a green or sustainable recognition because we represent individual and community based organizations through Brooklyn that are local non-for profits that create affordable housing, run day care centers, run healthcare centers. We’ve represented them for decades in terms of doing their legal work in connection with greening and sustainability. In 2008 we created a green building law and justice project for those community organizations that we represent that are committed to greening and sustainability in the work that they do in their neighborhoods.

Now it’s your turn to make your business more energy efficient!

To participate in National Grid’s ‘B’ Green Challenge Register here: The first 100 businesses to register for the Challenge will receive a free do-it-yourself energy efficient item, a programmable thermostat, pipe insulation or weather stripping.

The winning business receives tickets to a Nets game or Barclay’s Center event, autographed Nets memorabilia, a plaque and recognition on

Then click here for energy saving tips.

Click here to learn more about energy efficiency rebates that are available to your business

Get green, Greenpoint!

Sponsored Post Courtesy of National Grid.

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