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The city’s failure to adhere to pollution laws is about to be good news for Greenpoint.

Thanks to a 2008 settlement with the state for fouling local waters during its upgrade of an area sewage plant, $7 million will now be allocated for waterfront improvements throughout the neighborhood.

In the coming weeks, Brooklyn residents will be able to cast ballots with the City Parks Foundation to help allocate the cash in a half-mile radius from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Below are some of the proposals on the table:

• Pedestrian Plaza at American Playground: A car-free plaza with additional blacktop and new tree plantings at Franklin Street between Milton and Noble Streets.

• Apollo Street End: Improving public access to Newtown Creek — possibly removing the street to turn it into a park — at the end of Apollo Street near Norman Avenue.

• Barge Park Renovations and Dog Run: Including a fenced-in $500,000 park, just for pooches, renovating the Greenpoint Playground with $4 million, and new greening and landscaping in Barge Park, a tiny pocket park at Commercial Street and West and DuPont Streets.

• Biosculpture on North Henry Street: These intricate public art sculptures cost $2.4 million and are designed to resemble the iconic sewage plant. They’ll simultaneously filter dirty stormwater and create a wetlands park along Newtown Creek, at North Henry Street and Kingsland Avenue.

• Greenpoint Boathouse: A $5-million public boathouse, educational facility and boat launch in the renovated ground floor of the Greenpoint Manufacturing Design Center at the end of Manhattan Avenue at Ash Street. The project would also extend the waterfront esplanade and restore the bulkhead in Newtown Creek at the street end.

Greenpoint Monitor Museum: Additional site preparation work, including temporary structures to house educational programs for the naval-themed museum at a cost of $650,000 at Quay Street and West Street.

• McCarren Pool additions: New spiral water slides, a handicapped-accessible elevator and another bathroom for $3 million at the Moses-era pool at Lorimer Street at Bayard Street. • McCarren Park: Renovating the brick field house for $4 million at Nassau Avenue and Lorimer Street, refurbishing pathways for $2 million, and adding lighting to the tennis courts at Bedford and N. 12th Street for $1 million.

• McGolrick Park: Refurbishing existing pathways and adding stormwater management programs for $5 million at Russell Street and Driggs Avenue.

• Newtown Creek tunnel: A $1-billion tunnel from Bowery Bay to Greenpoint would flush polluted sediment — though it is unlikely to be built because of its cost.

• Park bandshell: The Parks Department is interested in finding a location for a theater with a bandshell at a cost of $5 million.

• Parkland at 65 Commercial St.: Proposal calls for several ball fields on an MTA bus lot on the end of Commercial Street — but the MTA remains attached to the real estate. The City Parks Foundation wants to get the project moving again.

• Pedestrian Bridge on Manhattan Avenue: Construction of a footbridge over Newtown Creek near Manhattan Avenue and Ash Street to Long Island City at a cost of $10 million.

• Pulaski Bridge: An architectural study at a cost of $1 million to begin to remake the bridge at McGuinness Boulevard and DuPont Street to make it more accommodating to pedestrians and cyclists.

• Skate Park at Commercial Street: The Parks Department is interested in a new public skate park in North Brooklyn, possibly along Commercial Street, but no location has been identified.

• Stormwater management: Stormwater filtration projects on North Henry Street at Nassau Avenue, Jewel Street and Nassau Avenue, West Street from Commercial to Quay Street, and Bushwick Inlet Park on Kent Avenue at N. 10th Street.

• Transmitter Park: Refurbishing the one-story concrete transmitter building inside the park as a bathroom, community meeting space or even a restaurant, at a cost between $5 and $6 million at Kent Street and West Street.

• Tree plantings on McGuinness Boulevard: Addition of tree beds on Greenpoint’s busiest and most dangerous street, at a cost of $1,500 per street tree.

• Velodrome: The Parks Department wants a bicycle racing facility that could be used for the Goodwill Games. No cost estimate or location has been released.

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Reasonable discourse

QueensGirl from LIC says:
This includes the Queens waterfront, too!
Nov. 3, 2010, 9:12 am
Helen from Greenpoint says:
I was raised here from birth. I am amazed it took this long to help an area so close to NYC.
It will be wonderfull if it actually happens. My concern is what about the elderly who kept this area what it is for all the Hipsters to enjoy. Will the parks have access for them.
Nov. 3, 2010, 9:15 am
Wendy from Greenpoint says:
Anyone know when and how to vote?!

Thanks!
Nov. 3, 2010, 9:32 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
let Vito Lopez administer this fund!
Nov. 3, 2010, 9:41 am
George from Bay Ridge says:
Some money should be set aside for oyster farming on the Brooklyn waterfront. They could be used to filter out the water as a single oyster can filter out 30 to 35 gallons of water a day.
Nov. 3, 2010, 5:27 pm
Steve Nitwitt from Sheepshead Bay says:
Let's put the money towards a bike rack and pesticides for the Brooklyn Paper
Nov. 4, 2010, 1:08 am
dolores from cedar rapids says:
Iwas born and raised in Greenpoint. My husband and I raised 6 children. I saw the good and the bad.There is no better place to raise your family. It is about time the city decided to help Greenpoint. GOOD LUCK GREENPOINT
Nov. 4, 2010, 7:46 am
Sonya from 11222 says:
What kind of tree costs $1500? It better grow GOLD. The cost estimates of many of these projects are VERY odd. I am glad to see some funds coming our way, but I hope the community has a vote once the projects are whittled down a bit more.
Nov. 4, 2010, 10:22 am
Happy from Greenpoint says:
Sonya- Welcome to government agency prices. They ALWAYS cost 10x what they should cost & take twice as long!
Nov. 4, 2010, 10:38 am
Annick from 11211 says:
Is there an app to do the calculation to translate what things will cost our parks (us) versus what they really would cost if done in a local sourcing and open bidding process? (read:what the taxpayers get hit for and what the esteemed vampires that get the pork dog eared for North Brooklyn Parks from Albany via The Open Space Alliance and their questionable methods of fundraising) For example, to renovate the field house in McCarren Park, far less than the 4 million estimate is needed to get it in good enough shape to lease it out to a Shake Shack or the like, and to subsidize its reformation and marketability. What a freaking scam. There are dozens of qualified tin-knockers, brick masons, plumbers, electricians,etc that could get this little gem in good shape to market it to the new brand mentality of the modern park.
A crying shame that Parks goes the route of choosing this methodology in a time when Brooklyn locals could do the work and do it far better than what we will wind up paying for. In some circles, it is called mob rule.
Question it.
Happy is about right. If OSA says it will cost 4 million, it would really cost about $400 K in "real" money". Sadly, powerful forces will guarantee that it costs 4 million.
Why is this not a crime?
Nov. 7, 2010, 9:52 pm
Bea from Greenpoint says:
I'm very torn about what projects to vote for today. The budgets are insane! As much as I would love a new dog run half a million dollars is a ridiculous amount for fencing a small space, dropping chips and getting 5 benches. I rather see that money go to local schools, a homeless shelter in greenpoint, new jobs. I guess the velodrome might bring in new jobs.
Dec. 2, 2010, 10 am

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