Park People Power Activated at 6th Annual Party for the Parks

On May 31, over 300 North Brooklynites packed Amazon Fashion Studio to celebrate the important work of connecting people to nature and to one another. Corporate sponsor and individual ticket sales raised over $200,000 for the parks and people of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Party4Parks honored Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park for its tremendous achievement in securing…

Northside Schools Celebrate Earth Day at McCarren

On Earth Day, April 22, nearly 40 Northside Schools children and their parents participated in a clean-up and beautification of the playground at McCarren Park. They are all now Friends of McCarren! To set up a volunteer clean-up or beautification project for your favorite North Brooklyn park or playground, please contact Konstancja Maleszynska at konstancja@osanb.org.

New Garden at American Now Open

On Earth Day, April 22, PS 34 students and their parents installed a garden in American Playground. The Heritage Garden helps to beautify American and provides a new outdoor classroom for PS 34 students and other local Greenpoint children. The garden project, composed of 12 planters, is part of the ongoing development of the Friends of American Playground. The initiative is co-sponsored by two GCEF grant recipients, National Wildlife Fund’s…

Eco-Couture Dazzles North Brooklynites

On April 27, Over 40 of Greenpoint’s top models walked the runway at the park house at Bushwick Inlet Park as part of PS 34’s Eco-Fashion Show. In addition to being a lot of fun, the show helped educate our future leaders about the environmental impacts of consumption and waste. All of the haute couture was made…

City Closes $160 Million Deal for Last Piece of Bushwick Inlet Park

On April 19, the city signed off on and completed the $160 million transaction to buy the last piece of property needed to complete the 27-acre waterfront park. North Brooklyn was promised the park during the 2005 waterfront rezoning, which allowed for the development of high density, high rise residential properties along the waterfront. After years of public pressure…

Friends of McCarren Launches

On March 30, Friends of McCarren officially met for the first time. Nearly forty park enthusiasts volunteered their precious time to brainstorm ideas for improving the park. The lively meeting was attended by many leaders of leagues and user groups already active in the park. The new Friends discovered they already share many common interests and goals. The Friends of McCarren will be…

Park Stewardship in Greenpoint Revs Up with Trans-Am Friends Groups

On December 1, OSA’s Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program rolled out friends groups for Transmitter Park and American Playground. With 45 people in attendance, and nearly 20 others who expressed interest, but couldn’t attend, these two new friends groups are off to a fast start! Thank you to all who attended! Thanks to Barbara Vetell, one…

BIP! BIP! Hooray! City Acquires Land for Full 27-Acre Bushwick Inlet Park!

On November 22, the de Blasio administration reached an agreement to acquire the 11-acre CitiStorage site for $160 million, giving the City control of the full 27-acre footprint of the proposed Bushwick Inlet Park and making good on the City’s commitment to the people of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Thank you Mayor de Blasio for making…

Large Turnout and Lots of Give-n-Take at Town Hall Meeting

On October 25, nearly 80 park lovers from across Greenpoint and Williamsburg showed up at the McCarren Play Center to hear updates and plans from OSA staff and its partners and meet members of the OSA board. The attendees had lots of questions and feedback. Some of the highlights of the town hall meeting are listed below.   Q&A with Renowned Parks Expert Tupper Thomas…