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Not Here, Kitty Kitty! Development Threatens Greenpoint Cat Colony

After the cat colony was moved by construction (Photo: Nicole Disser)

After the cat colony was moved by construction (Photo: Nicole Disser)

As a work-resident of Greenpoint, the soundtrack to my daytime life is a near constant wash of brutal jackhammer vibrato and diesel-spewing growls emitted from a stream of trucks. As you might have noticed, the neighborhood, from the edge of Williamsburg to the Pulaski Bridge, is getting seriously tore up by mega-developments like Greenpoint Landing and the expansion of the Brooklyn Greenway.

It’s easy to speak about the consequences of all this change in abstract terms, and harder to know exactly who will be impacted, when, and how. But that’s not really the case when it comes to feral cats like Kool-Aid, a mangy little black-and-white dude who lurks around the neighborhood’s abandoned lots and the in-between spaces. Clearly, his way of life is about to change. As new construction threatens the colony where he and about ten other cats live, their caretakers are scrambling for a way to assert something like squatter’s rights.

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Here’s Why Greenpoint Isn’t Exactly the Next Williamsburg

(Photo: Victoria Belanger’s Flickr)

Greenpoint’s northernmost waterfront is beginning to see the first visible signs of its impending transformation into a real-life Sim City rendering, replete with skyline-altering luxury condo buildings and next-generation parks plucked straight from Seurat’s futurist dreams.
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This Greenpoint High-Rise Gets to Rise Higher, With More Affordable Housing

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

The City Council has agreed to let the developer of 77 Commercial Street stack a total of 35 more stories onto two-high rises bound for the Greenpoint waterfront. In return, the neighborhood will get 200 more units of permanently affordable housing, funding for a park where an MTA parking lot now sits, and — among other concessions — assurances that a WalMart isn’t on the way, Council Member Stephen Levin’s office has announced.
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City OKs Parts of Greenpoint Landing; Developer Will Give Millions to Park, School

Stephen Levin at a City Council hearing last week. (Christopher DiScipio)

Stephen Levin at a City Council hearing last week. (Christopher DiScipio)

After a hearing that drew at least one celeb protester, the City Council has approved land use actions for several sections of the impending Greenpoint Landing development. The affected sites include a lot that has been donated by the developers for use as a pre-K-to-8th-grade public school. Greenpoint Landing Associates (GLA), the developers of the site, made several large modifications to their plan before the council approved it yesterday, due largely to negotiations with Greenpoint’s star Council member Stephen Levin.
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Guess Which Superbad Actor Tried to Fight Greenpoint’s New Towers Yesterday

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

Councilman Stephen Levin and around 20 others — including an actor you’ve seen in The Departed, Superbad, and Pineapple Express — showed up at City Hall yesterday to fight two massive towers bound for the Greenpoint waterfront.

Having reached the homestretch of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, developers of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial tried to sell the City Council’s Land Use committee on their respective proposals, which would add a combined 5,000 apartment units and more than 170,000 square feet of public open space to Greenpoint’s northern shores.
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And Now It’s the Beep’s Turn to Weigh In On Greenpoint’s Waterfront Towers

With Community Board 1 having weighed in on what could be 5,000 new housing units headed for the Greenpoint waterfront, it was the Borough President’s turn last night to hop on board the project’s lengthy civic vetting process.

Residents, city officials and representatives of 77 Commercial Street filled the Borough President’s courtroom and gave testimony before members of Marty Markowitz’s office.
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CB1 Has Just a Few Requests Regarding Those Greenpoint Waterfront Towers

Melanie Meyers of Greenpoint Landing Associates address CB1 Land Use Subcommittee members. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Melanie Meyers of Greenpoint Landing Associates address CB1 Land Use Subcommittee members. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Community Board 1 is on track to issue its final demands regarding a dozen residential towers, a school, and a pair of parks headed for Greenpoint beginning next year. Last night, the Land Use subcommittee released a document calling for more affordable housing units for seniors and disabled residents, cheaper market-rate units, and better integration between the units, among other things.
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Greenpointers Are Still Not Getting Behind Those New Towers

Greenpointers protest outside Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Greenpointers protest outside Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

You can bring a “gigantic sandwich” to Greenpointers but you can’t force them to eat it.

Once again last night, local residents dragged themselves to a Community Board 1 meeting, this time to speak their mind about the waterfront complex known as 77 Commercial Street.
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Greenpointers Protest ‘Homogenized, Pasteurized, Sanitized, Supersized’ Waterfront Development

Community Board 1 Chairman Christopher Olechowski addresses a crowd at Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Community Board 1 Chairman Christopher Olechowski addresses a crowd at Automative High School. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

There was no lack of drama last night at Automative High School in North Brooklyn, where residents gathered to speak out against Greenpoint Landing – a series of ten towers that will plop nearly 5,000 new apartments, a public school, and a park on Greenpoint’s quiet shores.
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