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Asbestos Removal Special on Smith Street

January 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

[Photo for GL courtesy of F. Jasmin Adams] Looks like Smith Street is in for more subway-related asbestos abatement. We got this photo from Carroll Gardens correspondent F. Jasmin Adams with the subject line “Get out your magnifying glass & face mask.” She found signs up around the Carroll Street Station. During a walkabout through […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Environment · Smith Street

Mulchfest Reminder: Bye Bye Little Tree

January 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We got an email from a reader asking what to do about recycling Christmas trees, which reminded us that we refused to run information about Mulchfest before Christmas. (Trees left at the curb are also supposed to be recycled by the Dept. of Sanitation.) This year, Mulchfest will take place on Saturday, January 10 and […]

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Tags: Environment

Toxic Bedford Ave. Site in Curious State as Work Continues

December 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Work continues at the “mystery lot” at the corner of N. 11 Street and Bedford Avenue. The bad news is that some of the soil and rubble being excavated is covered and some is not. The good news is that it’s been raining so much the site is a mud heap so any presumably toxic […]

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Tags: Environment · Williamsburg

Upcoming: The 3 R’s in Flatbush

November 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on Upcoming: The 3 R’s in Flatbush

Next Saturday (11/22) from noon-3pm, Sustainable Flatbush and Freecycle™ New York City will be at the PS 217 playground (1100 Newkirk Avenue at Coney Island Avenue) to sponsor Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, a big ole swamp meet! Bring your reusable clothes, knick knacks, appliances… anything you got but want to get rid of for someone […]

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Tags: Environment · Flatbush · Uncategorized

Know the “Meeker Plume”? It’s Not a Burg Indie Band

November 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Know the “Meeker Plume”? It’s Not a Burg Indie Band

[Click to enlarge] Here’s one that a lot of people that don’t know this part of Greenpoint don’t know about. The toxic threat from “the Meeker Avenue Plumes.” The issue is complicated. At its most basic there is crap down there that has nothing to do with the Greenpoint Oil Spill that can kill you […]

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Tags: Environment · Greenpoint · Williamsburg

Eye on the Street: Supine on Kent

October 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is a Judith Supine work on Kent Avenue near Metropolitan in Williamsburg. Like much of her work, we dig it a lot. The interesting, non-art-related back story involves the building to which it is affixed. It is a paint factory with enough toxic issues to keep environmental regulators busy for a long time and […]

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Tags: Environment · Eye on the Street · Williamsburg

Ex-Scarano Building at Fourth & Carroll is Not Green

September 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Do watch this little scene we came across at the new building rising at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Carroll Street whose progress we noted less than two weeks ago. We were nearby and saw the smoke rising and thought that something was one fire. As it turned out, it was a big generator […]

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Tags: Environment · Park Slope

Newtown Creek Superfund Investigation Sites Mapped

August 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on Newtown Creek Superfund Investigation Sites Mapped

Earlier this week, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would do some testing at sites along Newtown Creek that could lead to Superfund status for some cleanups. The agency would have to find high enough levels of contaminants to make the determination. Habitat Map has created a simple map that shows the three […]

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Tags: Environment · Greenpoint · Greenpoint Oil Spill

Bklink: Testing Newtown Creek

August 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

After much urging, the federal Environmental Protection Agency is going to test some site along Newtwon Creek to see if they should be included in the Superfund program. The designation would theoretically speed some clean-ups along the creek which is both the site of the Exxon-Mobil Oil Spill and has a number of terribly polluted […]

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Tags: Environment · Greenpoint

Bedford Avenue Dig Still Leaving Possibly Toxic Dirt Uncovered

July 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bedford Avenue Dig Still Leaving Possibly Toxic Dirt Uncovered

We’ve noted the goings on at the big former lot on Bedford Avenue between N. 11 and N. 12 Street multiple times. The land was most recently a parking lot, but at one point was a paint factory and has a variety of toxic issue associated with it necessitating some cleanup before development of a […]

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Tags: Environment · Williamsburg

Bklink: Newtown Creek as Superfund Site?

July 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Newtown Creek as Superfund Site?

“Newtown Creek, the polluted estuary that separates Queens and Brooklyn, should be named a federal Superfund site, a move that could hasten long-stuttering cleanup efforts, a pair of New York lawmakers say. Representatives Anthony D. Weiner and Nydia M. Velázquez, whose Congressional districts include the contaminated area, are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to test […]

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Tags: Environment · Shortlink

Interesting Vid: Save Ridgewood Reservoir

July 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Interesting Vid: Save Ridgewood Reservoir

Ridgewood Reservoir is on the Brooklyn-Queens border and its fate is up in the air, so it definitely is of interest to GL. Check out this vid.

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Tags: Environment · Uncategorized

And Now, Brooklyn Backyard Farming

July 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on And Now, Brooklyn Backyard Farming

So, here’s a quick looking at growing potatoes in one’s Brooklyn backyard. Assuming, of course, that one has a backyard to begin with. On the other hand, it looks like some of these methods are transferable to a window box too.

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Tags: Environment · Uncategorized

Upcoming: Neighborhood Solar Forum

July 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Upcoming: Neighborhood Solar Forum

There’s a Neighborhood Solar Forum for single family homes coming up on July 16 that’s sponsored by Sustainable Flatbush. Per an email: Wondering if you can convert your house to solar? Come to the…Neighborhood Solar Forum for single family homes sponsored by Sustainable Flatbush…Peter Landy will speak about his experience converting his house to solar […]

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Tags: Environment · Flatbush

Digging Into the Toxics Around Williamsburg’s 40 Berry

July 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

[Click to expand] Exactly what’s going on at 40 Berry in Williamsburg, which has been the site of a large spill of what appeared to be oil, is unclear. The large property carries a city “e” designation, which means there are environmental issues associated with it and that certain “protocols” have to be followed as […]

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Tags: Environment · Uncategorized · Williamsburg

After the (Sunday) Tempest: Gowanus Canal Full & Disgusting

June 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Gowanus Canal takes a major hit of both storm sewer and household sewer runoff during heavy storms and the recent weekend storms have not been kind to it. After yesterday’s storm, the water level in the canal was alarmingly high, but what was worse was the condition of the water itself: filthy, brackish, full […]

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Tags: Environment · Gowanus · Gowanus Canal

Work at “Toxic” Bedford Ave. Lot Worrying Neighbors

June 28th, 2008 · 3 Comments

We’ve gotten several emails in the last week or so about the “toxic” parking lot at Bedford Avenue and N. 11 Street in Williamsburg. Construction work is now going on at the site, which is slated to become a Karl Fischer building with 180 apartments. The property was once a paint factory and is listed […]

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Tags: Environment · Williamsburg

Bklink: Greening the Ridge

June 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Greening the Ridge

Check out some pics of Greening the Ridge, including bonus shots of fishing on the pier and the dude that caught a 41″ bass. “The buzz was great and it was the kind of event that as you got closer to the pier, you could feel the positive energy. It was a great vibe, and […]

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Tags: Bay Ridge · Environment · Shortlink

Bklink: Toxic vs. Non-Toxic at Gowanus Playground

June 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Toxic vs. Non-Toxic at Gowanus Playground

“About a quarter of Thomas Greene playground has been fenced off so that National Grid can dig underneath the Parks Dept. facility and see how polluted it is.” The playground was part of the site of the former Fulton Manufactured Gas Plant, which left a mess of toxic underground coal tar behind. Most of the […]

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Tags: Environment · Gowanus · Shortlink

Excavated Dirt Piling Up in “Toxic” Bedford Ave. Parking Lot

June 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments

The former vacant lot between N. 11 & N. 12 Streets in Williamsburg that was most recently a parking lot and was, for a time in its history, a paint factory, is now a construction site where a large Karl Fischer building (eight stories, 180 units) will be rising. The construction fencing went up last […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Environment · Williamsburg

Signs You Don’t Want to See at the Playground

May 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Signs You Don’t Want to See at the Playground

Yes, the toxic coal tar beneath Thomas Greene Playground in Gowanus is said to be far enough underground that it doesn’t pose a threat to, say, children on slides. Still, it’s unsettling to find a sign about the “remedial investigation” of pollution there. A GL reader sent in this shot, which comes from the Third […]

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Tags: Environment · Gowanus

Fun with Non-Hazardous Waste Barrels: N. 5 Street Edition

May 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Fun with Non-Hazardous Waste Barrels: N. 5 Street Edition

Yes, this barrel, which we found sitting on the corner of N. 4 Street and Driggs Avenue this weekend says that it’s “non-hazardous” and has a sticker saying it’s empty, but it originated with DEC Spill 0800695 and reminds us of barrels that once graced the sidewalk in front of the Roebling Oil Building, aka […]

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Tags: Environment · Williamsburg

Roebling Oil Field East Building Coming Down

May 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The definitive expansion of the Roebling Oil Building to the west (aka the Roebling Oil Building West), with another big Karl Fischer building, is about to get underway with the demolition of buildings on Driggs Avenue between N. 9 and N. 10 Street. Plans have already been approved for the new Roebling Oil extension, which […]

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Tags: Environment · Williamsburg

Brooklyn Stores Start Recycling Plastic Bags

May 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Earlier this year, the City Council passed a law requiring non-food service business with more than 5,000 square feet or ones that are part of a chain with five or more stores in the city to start accepting plastic bags for recycling by late July. This means that most drugstores, supermarkets and big chains will […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Cobble Hill · Environment · Uncategorized

Upcoming: Carroll Gardens Electronics Recycling

May 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Upcoming: Carroll Gardens Electronics Recycling

There is another electronics recycling opportunity in Carroll Gardens coming up at the end of the month. It’s one of the Department of Sanitation-sponsored collections and it will be happening on Smith Street between Carroll and President Streets. Collection times are Saturday May 31, 10am-4pm, Sunday June 1, 10am-4pm and Monday June 2, 4pm-7pm. (More […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Environment · Event · Uncategorized