This week: Graffiti Free NYC, Getting to Zero Waste, Greenpoint Development Meeting, Brooklyn Heights Town Hall, McCarren Park Tree Care Event, Brooklyn War Memorial Honors, Partnerships Academy Workshop, STEAM WORKS, Brooklyn Day, Affordable Housing Alert, and more.

Council Member Stephen Levin


The Word on the

Week of May 23rd

Graffiti Free NYC

Anyone can report graffiti on any property in New York City. Simply call 3-1-1 and the City will mail a Notice of Intent to Remove graffiti to the property's address as well as the owner's address if different from the property in question.

Once the notice is delivered, the property owner/representative will have 35 days to contact the City to decline graffiti removal services or request an extension. If the property owner/representative takes no action within 35 days, we will remove the graffiti free of charge.

If you are witnessing a graffiti crime in progress or existing graffiti you believe is a gang or hate sign, call 9-1-1 and you will be routed to NYPD's Citywide Vandals Task Force.

This Week's Green Tip: Getting to Zero Waste

Zero waste, or the philosophy that encourages a mindful reduction of personal waste, is all about a state of mind. The fact is we would see drastic reductions in waste if everyone, individual, businesses, and government, adopted a zero waste approach. 

The New York League of Conservation Voters outline some of the benefits

"By slashing your waste, you can measure and maintain your environmental footprint, all while cutting down on excess expenses. Undertaking waste reduction can have significant financial upsides. Just ask New York’s own Brooklyn Brewery, which saved $25,000 annually by cutting is waste output 50 percent.
For the environment, the numbers speak for themselves. Massive amounts of food, plastics and paper wind up in landfills every year, with nearly 22 million tons of food alone. In fact, according to the EPA, some 75 percent of our trash could, instead, go to recycling. As a result, our waste constantly erodes the environment, taking its toll on a fragile and delicate system.

And, naturally, it all comes back to us, since we depend on these resources for survival. Landfills take their toll – between increased greenhouse gases, contaminated water and frequent outbreaks of fires, these hotbeds of waste make it more dangerous for humans to live on this planet. And, since the problem starts with us, it has to end with us, too.

Whether for your business or your home, waste reduction can protect our natural resources and your wallet."

But where do I start?

"Even if you don’t have a a group of friends or employees willing to help you out, you don’t have to go sifting through your trash! Simply take a week to monitor every time you throw something out. Record it the same way you would for a company, marking down separate tables of different materials, and how often they go out. In order to do this successfully, you must make it your mission to keep as many specific details as possible. For example, divide a cereal box into its many components – the plastic bag inside will go to a landfill, but the cereal itself can go to composting, and the box can go to recycling.

By the end of it, you should have an idea of how often your purchases go to waste. Once you recognize the sources of your waste, you can eliminate your excess spending. With a little effort, you can help keep our environment healthy all while guarding your financial security."

Upcoming Events

Greenpoint Development Meeting

From Neighbors Allied for Good Growth

Come hear updates on several of the projects in our area, including the West Street project, Greenpoint Landing, and the NuHart State Superfund Site. Bring your questions!

Hear from Stephen Levin, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), NYC Office of Environmental Remediation (NYC OER), NAG [Neighbors Allied for Good Growth], representatives from the West Street project, representatives from the Greenpoint Landing project, and representatives from the owners of the NuHart site.

NAG [Neighbors Allied for Good Growth] will be providing information about the upcoming public comment process for the NuHart State Superfund site, which has reached the Feasibility Study (FS) phase of the Superfund program. In March, the NYSDEC disapproved the initial FS released by the property owners, and in April, the property owners released a modified FS. This second FS is currently under review by the NYSDEC.

The next phase for the NuHart State Superfund site will be the NYSDEC releasing a Proposed Remedial Action Plan -- which YOU, the public, can comment on! NAG [Neighbors Allied for Good Growth] and our environmental consultants, Environmental Stewardship Concepts, will be coordinating the submission of public comments. 

When: May 24th, 6:30PM
Where: The Polish & Slavic Center (PSC) 176 Java St, Brooklyn, New York 11222

Brooklyn Heights Town Hall

Come share your thoughts on issues facing the community, as well as propose potential solutions. There will also be an announcement on the introduction of new litter baskets to the area.

When: Thursday, May 26th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: 140 Cadman Plaza West, 2nd floor community room

McCarren Park Tree Care Event

From Greening Greenpoint:

Join Greening Greenpoint for an after work tree care workshop. You'll learn to care for trees in this beautiful local park and get your hands dirty. After, we'll head to Bar Matchless across the street for some happy hour beers. We'll supply gloves and tools, just bring yourself and some friends!

When: Thursday, May 26, 6pm
Where: Meet at the corner of Driggs Ave and Leonard Street
Event Flyer

Brooklyn War Memorial Honors

Join the community in honoring World War II veterans and the 11,500 Brooklyn residents who gave their lives serving during the Second World War.

When: Sunday, May 29th, 11AM
Where: Cadman Plaza Park

Partnerships Academy Workshop

From Partnership For Parks:

Would you like to have more support for your community group? In this workshop, participants will gain the skills to build strong relationships with businesses, government, and other organizations. You will leave knowing what type of organization you are going to approach next, and how to get them on board.

The workshop will include:

A guide to how to identify the best potential new partners for your group
A pitch activity to craft and practice what you will say to sign on a new partner
Expert speakers from business and government will explain what makes them want to partner with a group

When: June 1, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Arsenal Building, 830 5th Avenue - 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10065


3rd Annual Brooklyn Day Celebration

Affordable Housing Notice: 461 Dean Street


Pacific Park’s 461 Dean Street (aka the B2 Tower) is finally wrapping up construction and has just launched its affordable housing lottery. The 32-story structure from SHoP Architects will be the world’s tallest prefab tower, and of its 363 units, 181 will be available to low- and middle-income households. This will range from$559/month studios to $3,012 two-bedrooms and from individuals earning $20,675 annually to families of four earning $144,960.
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