Monthly Archives: April 2015


NAG's Industrial History walking tours of Williamsburg and Greenpoint coming in May, kick-off event April 28th featuring a screening of the film SHELLSHOCKED 4

In conjunction with our community environmental health and justice mapping project, NAG will be hosting a series of walking tours that will explore the rich industrial history of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. These walking tours will kick off the first weekend of May, which coincides with “Jane’s Walks.” (This is separate from our Walking Workshop series led by Parsons graduate students). This area of North Brooklyn along the East River became a robust industrial and manufacturing center during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, as a result of the 2005 rezoning, […]


That Old Greenpoint + Williamsburg: Where I Grew Up.

by Jessica Podkalicki As a long-time resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it hasn’t been easy to sit back and watch this area change so drastically. I grew up here. Went to school at a local Catholic school. Was one of the children playing soccer in McGolrick Park. Shared many a milkshake at the luncheonette diner near that very park. And when I was old enough, I become a frequent visitor to the Brooklyn Public Library and Peter Pan Donuts. More than a decade later, I am still here in Greenpoint. But […]


Don't miss your chance to have a say in how the City's budget is spent, Vote in Participatory Budgeting next week

On behalf of Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, NAG invites all of our members who live in Council Districts 33 and part of 34 to be involved in the Participatory Budgeting process. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which residents decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. It gives real power to New Yorkers who may have never been involved in the political process before and can result in better budget decisions for our city – because who knows the needs of our communities better […]


Volunteer to help NAG clean up East River State Park on May 9th as part of Riverkeeper Sweep 1

NAG is partnering with Riverkeeper to host its annual “Riverkeeper Sweep” event to cleanup the waterfront along East River State Park! We need YOU to come out on Saturday, May 9th to participate in one of 90+ cleanups and other projects from Red Hook, Brooklyn to Troy. During the 2014 Riverkeeper Sweep over 1,900 volunteers removed 31 tons of debris from the Hudson River Estuary and planted hundreds of trees. NAG’s local Riverkeeper Sweep event will be on Saturday May 9th 10:30am-1:00pm at East River State Park, right outside NAG’s office […]


Join NAG for FREE neighborhood walking tours (see post for updated availability)

Last Saturday, NAG kicked off a series of free walking tours in collaboration with Julia Borowicz and Larissa Begault, an interdisciplinary team from the Parsons Urban Practice Graduate Program. The walking tours are 1:00pm-3:00pm every Saturday in April and start at NAG’s office at 110 Kent Ave in Williamsburg. Through these walking workshops we seek to address the common goals of recapturing the waterfront and advocating for the people who live and work there, making the claim that the entire community is entitled to participate in decision-making and negotiation processes affecting […]