Monthly Archives: March 2012

McGuinness Boulevard is (Still) Out of Control

The McGuinness Boulevard Working Group released a study yesterday showing that two-thirds of drivers on Greenpoint’s little highway are speeding – many excessively so. Between 2005 and 2009, there were 57 crashes involving pedestrians along McGuinness Boulevard, almost 10% of which were fatal. NAG – together with Transportation Alternatives, CB1 and local residents – is part of the Working Group. We have been documenting the dangerous conditions along McGuinness for a number of years now, but the threat continues pretty much unabated. “Speeding along McGuinness Boulevard has been a problem […]

Join in this important discussion…

  Please join Council Member Stephen Levin for a panel discussion on the role of the Arts in Economic Development Wed March 28 2012 @ STREB (51 N1st St) 5:30pm- Light refreshments followed by a Panel discussion at 6:00pm featuring Seth Pinsky (President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation), Kate Levin (Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs), Elizabeth Streb (Founder, STREB SLAM, MacArthur Foundation Award Winner), Will Maitland Weiss (Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of NY), & Ella Weiss (President, Brooklyn Arts Council)  

NAG Statement on Mayor’s FY2013 Parks Budget

The following is NAG’s statement regarding the Mayor’s FY2013 budget for the Department of Parks, which will be presented before the City Council Committee on Parks & Recreation tomorrow: Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (formerly Neighbors Against Garbage) developed out of our neighborhood’s desire to recapture its waterfront, reduce local environmental hazards, and advocate for public policies promoting healthy mixed-use communities. We advocate with and for the people who live and work in the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. When NAG was founded, North Brooklyn’s waterfront was literally […]

Council Hearing on Parks Funding

On Thursday, the City Council is holding a hearing on Parks funding for the coming fiscal year. As you may know, the city made a lot of promises to our neighborhood in terms of parks acquisition and construction – most of those commitments have not been met. NAG has been following up on these (and many other!) rezoning commitments for years, and recently we joined with a number of other community groups and open space advocates to form the Where’s Our Park? Coalition. The following is the information on the […]

Is Domino for Sale?

According to the Observer, the Domino Sugar site is officially on the market. There have been rumors that the site was being shopped around, but they are rumors no more. What this means for the promised affordable housing, open space and other amenities remains to be seen. Aside from the increased density and impact on per capita open space, one of NAG’s biggest concerns about this project was the lack of guarantees. The development will happen one day – with this developer or another – but whether it includes 30%, […]