Greenway Open House

January 28th, 2011 by

Stop by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s office for our monthly open house on Thursday, September 8th, and find out what’s in store for this spring along the greenway! We are always looking for new volunteers, and we’re also happy to answer questions and meet our neighbors.

BGI’s office is located at 145 Columbia Street, between Kane and Degraw. Open house hours are 6:00-7:30PM. Questions? Contact Brian at bmccormick(at)brooklyngreenway.org or 718.522.0193.

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Greenway Clean-Ups: Columbia Street

January 27th, 2011 by

Our monthly clean-ups continue along the Columbia Street section of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Please join us on Saturday, September 10th, from 10:00AM-12:00PM. Tools and gloves provided, all ages welcome!

Columbia Street: Meet at BGI’s office, 145 Columbia Street between Kane & Degraw.

*Weather Update* In case of rain, please call BGI’s office at 718.522.0193 after 8:30AM on Saturday. If the clean-up has been cancelled, there will be an outgoing message to that effect. If there is no message, the clean-up is still on!

Questions? Contact Brian at bmccormick@brooklyngreenway.org or 718.522.0193.

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Brooklyn Navy Yard on a Bicycle

January 27th, 2011 by
Brooklyn Navy Yard on a Bicycle: Getting a Handle on Sustainability
Sunday, September 18th
1:45PM
 
Pedal along with us and learn about the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation’s sustainable development efforts including the nation’s first solar and wind-powered street lamps, NYC’s first building-mounted wind turbines, and other new buildings certified by the US Green Buildings Council. Space is limited. Click here to reserve your ticket/s.
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National Park Service Announces Community-Based Projects for 2011

January 14th, 2011 by

The National Park Service recently announced the 240 Community-Based Projects that it will assist during 2011. One of the six projects in New York State is the Jamaica Bay Greenway, for which the local project partner is Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

The project goal is to complete a continuous waterfront around Jamaica Bay for non-motorized users, such as runners, pedestrians and cyclists, building on the existing path network. Read more

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Youth Bike Summit Starts Tomorrow!

January 13th, 2011 by

An invitation from our friends at Recycle-A-Bicycle:

Youth Bike Summit
Bike Community Joins Forces to Empower Youth

WHEN:          Friday, January 14th  to  Sunday, January 16th

WHERE:        The New School, Johnson/Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, New York

KEYNOTE INTRODUCTION: NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan

DESCRIPTION: The 1st annual Youth Bike Summit is a 3-day gathering geared towards students, educators, and advocates. The conference aims to inspire people from different educational disciplines to explore, network, and learn how bicycling can be a legitimate and safe form of transportation for today’s youth. With this mission in mind, the Youth Bike Summit will offer educational workshops and panel discussions on subjects ranging from how to advocate for bike lanes to basic bike maintenance. It will also provide tools and information on fundraising and best practices for schools that wish to incorporate bikes into the physical fabric of the learning environment. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION: http://youthbikesummit.eventbrite.com/

ADMISSION: $10.00 per person for the 3-day event. Registration continues in-person at the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit our website: www.recycleabicycle.org or contact Pasqualina Azzarello at 718.858.2972 or director@recycleabicycle.org  The Youth Bike Summit is also on Facebook.

ACCOMMODATIONS: For groups traveling from out of town, we recommend Hosteling International New York for accommodations. Guests of the Youth Bike Summit can reserve rooms at a reduced rate through their website with the promotion code YBS2011. Promotion is effective January 13-19.

HISTORY: In March 2010, Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) attended the National Bike Summit with two high school interns who had completed a comprehensive job training and Earn-A-Bike program at RAB. Both participants learned they loved bicycles and expressed an interest in learning more about how bicycling fits into policy, the environment, social entrepreneurship, and community-building. Traveling to Washington DC for the first time, the 17 year old interns explore the nation’s capital by bicycle, on an 8 mile tour led by a representative of WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association). As we debriefed on the bus ride home, we discussed the importance of engaging youth in the national dialogue of cycling and cycling education. As a result, the idea of the Youth Bike Summit emerged.  Both young advocates have been active participants in the planning of the conference thus far.

The Youth Bike Summit was made possible by generous and ongoing support from The New School, Bike New York, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, REI, Bicycle Habitat & The Government of the Netherlands.

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Save the Date! Columbia Waterfront Park Visioning Meeting on February 2nd

January 13th, 2011 by

Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Regional Plan Association, and your neighbors as we begin the visioning for a new public open space on Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw Streets.

When the Van Brunt Street reconstruction and the Gowanus Flushing Tunnel construction are complete, the 80-ft deep area on the west side of Columbia Street is planned to become an open space element of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. It is one of three open space nodes that we are either designing or commencing the community visioning process.

On February 2nd, we will share the background research that has been compiled to date and invite you to share your ideas for the kinds of improvements and facilities that would be most beneficial to the Columbia Waterfront community.

The meeting details are:

What:  Columbia Waterfront Park Visioning Meeting
When:  Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where:  The Union Street Star Theater, 101 Union Street

Please RSVP to info@brooklyngreenway.org with Columbia Waterfront Park in the subject line. We will send you a link to background information to help prepare you for the discussion on February 2nd.

Planning for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is made possible by the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund sponsored by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President.

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Columbia Waterfront Park Visioning Meeting

January 11th, 2011 by

Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Regional Plan Association, and your neighbors as we begin the visioning for a new public open space on Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw Streets.

When the Van Brunt Street reconstruction and the Gowanus Flushing Tunnel construction are complete, the 80-ft deep area on the west side of Columbia Street is planned to become an open space element of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. It is one of three open space nodes that we are either designing or commencing the community visioning process.

On February 2nd, we will share the background research that has been compiled to date and invite you to share your ideas for the kinds of improvements and facilities that would be most beneficial to the Columbia Waterfront community.

The meeting details are:

What:  Columbia Waterfront Park Visioning Meeting
When:  Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where:  The Union Street Star Theater, 101 Union Street

Please RSVP to info@brooklyngreenway.org with Columbia Waterfront Park in the subject line. We will send you a link to background information to help prepare you for the discussion on February 2nd.

Planning for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is made possible by the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund sponsored by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President.

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No Clean-Up, Due to Snow

January 5th, 2011 by

BGI’s monthly Columbia Street Greenway Clean-Up, which usually takes place on the second Saturday of the month, has been CANCELLED for January due to remaining snow along the greenway route.

Please join us at next month’s clean-up, currently scheduled for Saturday, February 12th, 10:00AM. Happy New Year!

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