Community Character


Unzoning the Rezoning

[The following is a joint post from NAG and GWAPP.] 180 blocks of Greenpoint and Williamsburg were rezoned over 8 years ago to allow for residential development, and during that time a lot has changed in our community. With the recent proposals for modifications to the as-of-right zoning at Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial, there is suddenly a a lot of attention on new development in Greenpoint and the prospect that this waterfront could soon see towers between 20 and 40 stories. We’ve already commented on what we think about […]


Got Grass?

Volunteer to set up our pop-up parks and get some sod for a luscious lawn of your own!! Bedford Ave is peppered with grassy lawns during Williamsburg Walks, giving all of us a little green space to relax on while enjoying the buzz of our main drag. At the end of each of the Walks — June 8, June 15 & June 22– NAG gives away the sod from our pop-up parks to volunteers.  That’s right, volunteer for a couple hours and you can create a little lawn magic in your own […]


Domino — Thoughts from the NAG Board & Staff…

Just a few short weeks ago, we hosted a community forum on the new proposed development plan for the Domino Sugar Factory property by the current owners, Two Trees. We have been engaged in a lot of thought, a lot of discourse, and a lot of good conversations with forces both in favor and against the new plan.  A lot of people have been asking our opinion and while it is too early to put out an official statement since we tend to do that during the hearings that are […]


Pedestrian Plazas Coming to Broadway

Community Board 1 recently approved a proposal by the Department of Transportation to create a new pedestrian plaza at Broadway and Bedford. The plaza would be located on the little triangle that is created where South 6th Street branches off from Broadway. “This is one of the areas with the least open space in all of Brooklyn,” said board member Jason Otano. “Even though it’s not a patch of grass, it will provide people places to congregate.”


Williamsburg Construction Boom Ruining Babies’ Naps and Walks, Moms Say

This DNA article about the nuisance of ongoing construction in Williasmburg resulted in a fair amount of online snark, but the issue is a real one, and can be illegal. While some disruption is inevitable (and it is impossible to make pile drivers quiet), excess dust, debris and other detritus can be unhealthy and dangerous. This is something that North Brooklyn – Greenpoint and Williasmburg – will have to deal with for some time. In 2005, NAG started a community watchdog project to deal with exactly these type of issues […]