development


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


NAG Action: Domino Community Forum

NAG would like to invite you to a community meeting about the proposed new development at the Domino Sugar Factory Domino Community Forum w/ Two Trees Thurs March 14th The Woods – 48 S4th 6-8pm RSVP via FB Event Jed Walentas and the Two Trees team will be walking us through their whole plan, providing you an opportunity to learn about the proposal and get answers to your questions. The proposal is pretty big — with lots of details that involve affordable housing, open space, increased commercial space, bringing back River […]


NAG Action: How to ULURP!

We had the great pleasure of co-hosting an event with CUP & El Puente–A Citizen’s Guide to Land Use Review. Through this amazing game invented by CUP, we sent a sandwich through the ULURP process. By role playing the process, we educated ourselves on the players and the process, discussed the timeline for developing development, and engaged in a healthy conversation about the community’s voice and ability to make change to developers and politicians plans for our fair city. With insight from planners, educators, organizers, and community members, we discussed […]