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North Brooklyn handles almost 40 percent of the city’s trash, and a couple of City Council members think that just plain stinks. They’re introducing a bill that would dramatically curb the amount of garbage being hauled through Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick.
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Rabbi Niederman speaks at Council Member Stephen Levin’s press conference today in Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)
Today in South Williamsburg, Council Member Stephen Levin announced the allocation of new city funding for cleanup efforts across the city. The program– the City’s Council $3.5 million Cleanup NYC Initiative– aims to install better public trash bins and beautify public spaces and streets while contributing to a generally more, er, sanitized New York City. Because apparently having streets in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that the Mayor’s Office rated 83 percent to 96.6 percent “acceptable” is nowhere near clean enough.
Dorothea Knox, President of the Tenant Association at Berry Street- South 9th Street Houses (photo: Nicole Disser)
Last month the city finally allocated $50 million to security upgrades and “anti-violence initiatives” in its ailing public housing complexes. But of the 15 developments that will see the long called-for funding, just one (Bushwick Houses) is in the Bedford + Bowery coverage area. Meanwhile, several developments in downtown Manhattan and North Brooklyn remain without any security cameras at all.
Scene of Sunday’s East Village incident. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)
After a horrific horrific collision between a car and motorcyclist on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint Sunday that left the motorcyclist dead, Councilman Stephen Levin is calling for extensive safety improvements along the avenue. Another motorcylist was killed on Manhattan Avenue in August.
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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.
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.
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.
The NYPD isn’t saying whether an assault on Bedford Avenue last night is part of a disturbing pattern, but Council Member Stephen Levin and power-broker rabbi David Niederman are making it clear they consider it just that. In a statement released moments ago, they’re demanding justice for the 26-year-old Hasidic man who was knocked to the ground in what they say is the latest “knockout game” attack.