going green

Program Community Space at Williamsburg Walks 2011

It’s official. (despite the spring rains!) Summer is right around the corner… In less than one month, one of NAG’s favorite ways to celebrate the season of sunny days, sundresses & tank tops, hot dawgs & bbqs, and a vibrant local community is through our neighborhood’s version of the DOT World Class Streets Initiative, Williamsburg Walks. What exactly is Williamsburg Walks? On a grand scale, it is part of the DOT’s Weekend Walks program. On a local level, it is when Bedford Avenue is closed to traffic for a section […]

Community Supported Agriculture in North Brooklyn

Want to support local agriculture in North Brooklyn? Grab a slice of tiramisu from the bake sale at the first ever Gay Ole Opry tonight at Public Assembly. The proceeds from the desserts go to Just Food, the group that helps neighborhoods and farmers organize CSAs. Just Food helped El Puente start the first CSA in the neighborhood. Since 2000 the eat local movement has exploded, with our neighborhood now supporting seven CSA’s! If you love vegetables (or even just want to), joining a neighborhood CSA is a great way […]

Get Greener with a Free Rain Barrel

Yuck! Each year more than 27 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted stormwater discharge out of 460 combined sewage overflows (“CSOs”) into the New York Harbor. Although water quality in NYC has improved significantly over the last few decades, many parts of the waterfront and its beaches are still unsafe for recreation after it rains. As little as one-twentieth of an inch of rain can overload our city’s outmoded sewer systems, which combines sewage from buildings with dirty stormwater from streets. This type of pollution imposes steep environmental, human […]