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Social Distancing Circles Added to Domino Park Lawn

Domino Park on Friday (Image via Amanda Dombrowski)

Painted circles were added to the Domino Park lawn on Friday to help park-goers stick to social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The NYPD stepped-up enforcement at the Williamsburg park one week ago when Mayor de Blasio said he would be limiting the amount of people allowed to enter certain NYC Parks at once.

 

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Crowds have regularly gathered at North Brooklyn parks since the start of the pandemic as measures to deter visitors have included the removal of basketball rims, and the closure of tennis courts and fitness equipment at McCarren Park. Continue reading

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Mayor de Blasio to Shutdown 100 Miles of NYC Streets Following a Weekend of Packed Parks

Some Greenpoint streets will likely be closed to traffic this summer.

During a virtual press conference on Monday morning Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to growing calls to shutdown NYC streets for pedestrian-only use this summer as social distancing measures are likely to extend through the coming months.

Mayor de Blasio said he will open 40 miles of streets by the start of summer with the greater goal of reserving 100 miles of streets for pedestrians this year.

“Working with the NYPD, DOT, Parks Department and community organizations we’re going to open up streets in and around parks, expand sidewalks and use barricades to open up neighborhood streets. We’ll also be increasing bike lanes,” de Blasio tweeted on Monday morning, later adding the correction that the “NYPD will not be, and does not need to be, involved beyond dropping their barricades to close off the streets.”

With beautiful sunny weather last Saturday, crowds of people were once-again photographed in Domino and McCarren Parks. Continue reading

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Exercise Equipment Now Off-Limits at McCarren Park Due to Coronavirus

The exercise equipment at McCarren Park is closed for now.

The piecemeal closure of McCarren Park continued on Tuesday morning when another corner of the park was restricted due to lax so.

Now off-limits is the exercise equipment near the Bayard Street/Union Avenue corner of the park, which despite New York’s pause and social distancing measures drew groups of people sweating it out in close quarters as recently as last weekend.

 

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Governor Cuomo Demands Social Distancing Plan for NYC’s Crowded Parks

The McCarren Park soccer field last weekkend.

The beautiful parks of North Brooklyn hosted groups of people eager to get outside last weekend as the state of New York implores everyone to self-quarantine in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.


NY officially hit PAUSE on all non-essential businesses Sunday night and most businesses have complied, but crowded parks remain an issue and Governor Cuomo is asking the city for a plan to reduce crowding. Continue reading

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Park Designs to be Presented at CB1 Parks and Waterfront Committee Meeting (1/27)

Bushwick Inlet Park’s future expansion includes the Motiva site which is adjacent to the former Bayside tank site.

Designs of four North Brooklyn parks will be reviewed at the Brooklyn CB1 Committee on Parks and Waterfront meeting scheduled for next Monday.

The meeting is open to the public and takes place on Monday, Jan. 27th at 6:30PM at the Bushwick Inlet Park building (86 Kent Ave.). Continue reading

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Artist Submissions Sought For Bushwick Inlet Park Gallery Space

The building at Bushwick Inlet Park will display local art in a gallery portion (Image courtesy of NYC Parks)

NYC Parks is seeking artists to submit their works for consideration to be displayed in a gallery near the East River State Park in Williamsburg.

Artists can submit “works for inclusion in the gallery space at Bushwick Inlet Park that draws on their experiences in NYC Parks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, on the rich culture of activism and sustainability surrounding parkland in these neighborhoods,” according to the NYC Parks statement.  Continue reading

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Bushwick Inlet Park Oil Tanks and Storage Facility to Be Demolished

(courtesy of Maker Park)

Want to learn about the future of the Bayside oil tanks at the future Bushwick Inlet Park?

The NYC Economic Development Corporation will present on the plan to remove the oil tanks at the Brooklyn Community Board 1 Environmental Committee meeting this Thursday, June 6th at 435 Graham Ave. at 6:30 p.m. Remediation for environmental toxins at the site will be complete prior to the demolition of the tanks.

Bushwick Inlet Park begins at N 9 Street in Williamsburg spanning to N 15 Street in Greenpoint along the waterfront and remains in the early stages of planning and development with only one open parcel at 50 Kent St., which itself will be developed further with trees, benches, and landscaping. The design phase of 50 Kent is expected to be finalized this summer, and construction could potentially start next year.

50 Kent Ave. pop-up park (Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park)

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North Brooklyn Parks Alliance Hosts Spring Community Meeting 5/2

McCarren Park (courtesy of North Brooklyn Parks Alliance)

UPDATE: The meeting is being rescheduled: “Due to some unforeseen circumstances, this meeting is POSTPONED until further notice.”

The North Brooklyn Parks Alliance will host a meeting with local advocates and those interested in helping to support local green space on Thursday May 2, at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

NBPA formed in 2003 with the purpose to increase and improve open space in Brooklyn Community District 1: Continue reading

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A Short History of the Greenpoint Park With Two Names

McGolrick Park (courtesy of Ryan Kuonen)

Some call it McGolrick Park, while many born and bred locals call it Winthrop Park. So what are you supposed to call it and why does the park have two names anyway? To answer these questions we need to explore the history of the pretty little nine-acre park.

An undated image of Winthrop Park

The park was once swampy land on the Kingsland farm. You might have heard of Kingsland Avenue in South Greenpoint, but not know who Ambrose Kingsland was. Well, he was a rich Manhattan sperm whale oil merchant who served as mayor of New York in 1851. What saves him from the so what dustbin of irrelevant figures in history? Well in his two-year term as mayor he started the process of creating Central Park, but back to Greenpoint.

Winthrop Park (via Columbia University archives)

Kingsland had his farmland surveyed and he made a killing selling off parcels of it, but the land where the park sits was a swamp and draining it was too costly so it sat there undeveloped until the year 1889 when State Assemblyman Winthrop Jones spearheaded obtaining a $132,825 appropriation for its purchase. Locals howled about the outrageous price of the swampy land and they groused further because the City of Brooklyn (we were still an independent city then) paid even more for improvements to the park. The site was graded and fitted with a drainage system, and a new lawn was planted. Winthrop Jones died in 1891 and naming the park after the Calyer Street resident seemed like a fitting memorial.

An undated picture of Winthrop Park

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Mow your lawn, slurp your noodles — The Hook-up (6/15)

Parks Department to Greenpoint Landing: Municipal Lawn Care? Lol, Byeee

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! You know how it is here in North Brooklyn — another week, another waterfront development… Get the first look at the three towers proposed for the site immediately south of the Greenpoint Terminal Market.

Meanwhile, the Parks Department is taking quite the snarky attitude about the relentless development here in Greenpoint. Turns out, Parks doesn’t want to mow the lawn at Greenpoint Landing.

And they’re not the only ones up in arms this week. An off duty cop was arrested here last Friday night in a road rage incident.

In lighter news, looks like we’re the best slurpers in town. Wanpaku (621 Manhattan Avenue) topped this list of the city’s ramen joints.

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