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Williamsburg Bridge Park Community Visioning

We have biked, walked, and driven past the city-owned land under/surrounding the Williamsburg Bridge for years. But on Sunday afternoon, in the beautiful backyard of the Woods, we put our collective heads together and talked about all the wonderful uses our community can imagine for that land as public open space. First  NAG’s co-chair, Ward Dennis gave us a quick introduction to the site and walked us through all the community groups and local pols who support putting  parkspace on that land. Then James Rojas and his fabulous student helpers […]


Williamsburg Bridge Community Planning Session

Together we can turn 4 acres of asphalt into a waterfront park Sunday July 29th   3-430pm   Backyard at the Woods  (48 S4th — btwn Kent & Wythe) Williamsburg Bridge Park is a vision for a new waterfront park for Southside Williamsburg. The City-owned site is on the Williamsburg waterfront between South 5th Street (the Domino Sugar site) and Broadway. This site could be transformed into public park with an 800-foot long waterfront esplanade connecting to the Domino esplanade and Grand Ferry Park to the north, passive open space, and […]


State of the LOFT LAW Panel Discussion

  Please join Assemblyman Vito Lopez & CM Stephen Levin in a panel discussion with NYC DOB, NYC Loft Board, & CM Erik Dilan about the current state of the Loft Law Tues April 24th. 7pm Our Lady of Pompeii Community Room 225 Seigel St. Bushwick, Brooklyn CALLING ALL NYC LOFT TENANTS!  (and the people who love them…) If you care about your home, your friend’s home, your community, your community spaces, your neighbors, and your neighborhood, PLEASE COME OUT for this important panel discussion about the current state of […]


What is the State of the Neighborhood?

Town Hall Meeting Thurs Feb 2, 2012. 7-9pm 160 N 5th — Holy Ghost Ukranian Church Neighborhood Forum Sat Feb 4, 2012. 12-4pm 110 Kent Ave [@N8th] Ground floor of NAG office bldg. If you could give the neighborhood a grade,what would it be? Join new and long-time community members as we discuss the crucial issues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, things like affordable housing, tenant rights, homelessness, transportation, safe streets, public schools, development and city infrastructure, open space, parks, and environmental justice. NAG will be presenting a Community Report Card […]


No Space for Community Organizing?!?

The bad news is that another arts organization/activist meeting space is being displaced from the neighborhood. (Can you say 240% rent increase!!) Through its various names  —The Change You Want To See, Not An Alternative, No Space—  the gallery/co-working space on Havemeyer has been a laboratory for the cross-pollination of artists, activists, and academics, hosting countless film screenings, artist talks, workshops & trainings, panel discussions, and festivals. The good news is that they have a lease on a new space on the Greenpoint waterfront and are gearing up for another […]