Greenpoint is already home to the largest wastewater management plant in New York City. In a few weeks, we’ll be adding yet another jewel to our waste-management crown. On June 9th, the Department of Sanitation will open a special waste site at 459 North Henry Street. The city maintained a similar facility in Bensonhurst, but as that location closes June 2nd, and operations move to Greenpoint, we can claim undisputed bragging rights as the center of NYC waste management!
The special waste site is unique in Brooklyn, and one of just 5 in New York City (each borough gets one). At the site, you can drop off items that can’t be put in regular trash, like electronics, batteries, motor oil, fluorescent light bulbs, and passenger car tires. The site will only cater to residents, and will not accept special waste from commercial enterprises or drivers.
The site will have a special pick-up service to collect electronics once a week, and other special disposables once a month. The site will also have open drop-off hours 10am-5pm every Saturday, and the last Friday of every month.
Because the L Train shutdown is consuming all our thoughts lately, senator Daniel Squadron (plus 32 other officials) are calling on Cuomo, de Blasio, and MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast to start working on better solutions now.
One more G Train thing and then we’ll stop. Apparently a small number of G Trains are being used as a test group for those futuristic digital display screens you see on other trains from the modern era.
If sewage-related podcasts are your thing, check out this DNAinfo reporter’s chat with Zainool Ali, the manager of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
What about urban hikes? Are those your thing? On August 6, Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman will be taking interested parties through our industrial borderlands.
Investors Bank recently cut the ribbon at its new location on Manhattan Ave. However, it’s already made moves in the community by getting in with local advocacy groups like the Greenpoint YMCA and the North Brooklyn Development Corporation.
I should start by saying that never in my 4 years of living in Brooklyn, have I ever attended, or even considered attending, a local debate. Like the majority of Brooklynites, or, let’s be honest, people in general, (only 1 in 5 registered voters turned out in 2009), I have never gotten involved in local politics.