Friday, November 28, 2008

Monthly Greenway Cleanup

Saturday, December 13th, 10am

Columbia Street Greenway Cleanup BGI is hosting monthly clean-ups, in conjunction with the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association, to help keep the newest segment of the Greenway route free of trash and other debris. BGI will supply tools, trash bags, and water.

RSVP to Brian at bmccormick(at)

When: Saturday, December 13th, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Where: BGI’s Office ( 145 Columbia Street , between Kane & Degraw)

Tanker Mary Whalen 70th Birthday - Sat. 12/6

Celebrate the 70th birthday
of the tanker MARY WHALEN!

Pier 11, Atlantic Basin
(next to Red Hook Cruise Terminal) on-site parking available

Sat 12/6/08 11-5pm
Peak Hooplah at 2pm

Rain Date Sun 12/7/08
Free and open to the public
Event info
RSVP is not required but is appreciated so we have enough cake and coffee

Free cake, coffee, and tours of the Whalen.
Guests include tugs and workboats!
Site crew in marine costumes!
Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Atkin of
Former crew and folks with memories of the WHALEN are invited to come to the microphone and tell stories about the vessel.

First public event in Atlantic Basin!
Thanks to NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for arranging our use of this space.
Birthday presents appreciated: rags, sandpaper, paint brushes & rollers, disposable latex gloves, dust masks, hand tools, firewood, gift cards fromHome Depot & Lowe's, an air compressor
more about us at

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

EDC proposal for Phoenix beverage depot at Pier 11

Last week, the New York city Economic Development Corp. announced a proposed plan to allow Phoenix beverage to relocate to Pier 11 at Atlantic basin. See New York Times article below:

"For Reinvention, Red Hook Follows Its Roots"

While CoWNA supports allowing Phoenix to use Brooklyn maritime resources to reduce the amount of overall truck trips into the city from their current facility at Port Elizabeth, the choice of pier 11 is unfortunate. Within the container port complex, there are much better locations that would place Phoenix and their "1,000s" of delivery trucks with much easier access to the on and off ramps of the BQE and at the foot of Atlantic ave.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Make way for the Greenway!!

Making Way for the Greenway

A Benefit for Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

Tuesday, November 18th, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)

at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO

Join supporters and friends of the Greenway for an evening of music and program shorts from some of Galapagos’ fabulous resident artists! Proceeds support the development of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile off-street bike and pedestrian route that will connect Brooklyn’s parks, neighborhoods and people. Galapagos is located midway along the planned route, so it’s the perfect place for a celebration of recent milestones. Matt Wasowski, founder and Big Boss of Nerd Nite will give a presentation about the Coney Island hot dog eating contest and the fascinating world of competitive eating. The evening features the hot and sweet sounds of Michael Arenella and his music, and more!

Raffle items include dinner for two at iCi in Fort Greene, one day of temp help from AppleOne, an ODM Spin watch and gift certificates from The Diamond in Greenpoint, New York Water Taxi, Fairway and Tres Belle Petite Medispa. And cupcakes from Nine Cakes for all! Advance tickets are $20 per person, or two for $30, so bring a friend! At the door, tickets are $25 per person, cash.

To purchase tickets go to:

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Reminder: CoWNA open meeting this Thursday

Open Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 6, 7pm

Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
315 Columbia St. Between Woodhull & Rapelye Streets,
just next to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.


1. Final vote on Executive Committee’s recommendation for rezoning our Neighborhood
2. Committee Updates
3. Two Guest Speakers:
- Milton Puryear, Director of Planning of BGI:
“Latest update on Greenway Waterfront Initiative on Columbia Street segment”
- Tom Fox, President of NY Water Taxi:
“A proposal for the redevelopment of Atlantic
Basin as a maritime and community asset”

The Neighborhood Association can only serve you if you participate.
Please attend, and tell your neighbors.