We're now North Brooklyn Neighbors

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth and the Greenpoint Waterfront Alliance for Parks & Planning have joined forces to become North Brooklyn Neighbors.

Addressing Lead in soil

We work with Greenpoint residents to reduce lead exposure from past contamination by offering soil testing and workshops the emphasis safe gardening practices.

Toxicity Map

This interactive map identifies toxic hot spots in Greenpoint and Williamsburg including sites that have already been remediated and sites that require future remediation.

Events & Updates

Soil Safety Basics: A Lead in Soils Workshop

On Saturday, June 8th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at 61 Franklin Street Community Garden (61 Franklin St., Brooklyn, New York 11222), join us for this 90-minute interactive, introductory workshop designed to help participants learn about lead contamination in exposed soils.

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Lead in Soils: An Advanced Workshop

On Sunday, May 19th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the McCarren Park Demonstration Garden, join us for three-hour workshop features experts that will help interpret your soil test results and what the results mean for your outdoor space, a hands-on activity, and free 40-lb bags of compost for attendees. Snacks provided.

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Soil Safety Basics: A Lead in Soils Workshop

On Saturday, May 18th from 10am to 11:30am at the McCarren Park Demonstration Garden, join us for a workshop designed to help participants learn about lead contamination in exposed soils.

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Current Projects

Clean Buses Healthy Ninos

We’re calling on New York State to invest in clean electric school buses especially in communities, like Greenpoint and Williamsburg, where the burden of breathing dirty air is higher.

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Lead in Soils

Strengthening Our Common Ground: Lead in Soils in Greenpoint is a local environmental education and stewardship project designed to benefit the Greenpoint public by helping to restore the neighborhood's soil. NBN is working to educate Greenpoint residents on ways to reduce human exposure to lead by implementing safe gardening practices in areas with the potential for elevated levels of lead in soil.

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Nuhart Superfund Site

In 2010, the NuHart property was classified by the state DEC as a Class 2 state Superfund site, “representing a significant threat to public health and/or the environment and requiring action.” The current owner of the property, Dupont Street Developers, LLC, plans to develop residential buildings at the site. Before development takes place, however, there will be a plan to address the industrial pollutants currently onsite.

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About

Who We Are

North Brooklyn Neighbors is a grassroots nonprofit organization serving the Greenpoint and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn. Formed through the merger of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) with the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning (GWAPP), North Brooklyn Neighbors advances community-based solutions on issues of public space and the environment – through activism, education, and collaboration – to create a more just, healthy, and safe place to live and work.

Our History

Since 1994, North Brooklyn Neighbors (NBN) has made a difference in the lives of residents of Greenpoint and Williamsburg by reclaiming the waterfront, advocating increased access to open space, combating pollution and legacy toxins, promoting community-centered land use, and empowering neighbors with important resources. NBN envisions a North Brooklyn that actively collaborates to find solutions for neighborhood issues, is an effective climate and environmental justice advocate that prioritizes land use, public space, resiliency, and environmental health; and strengthens its diverse neighborhoods by providing resources, tools, and knowledge that promote positive change.

NAG Brooklyn, 1994

Staff
  • Anthony Buissereth
    Executive Director
  • Lael Goodman
    Environmental Justice Program Manager
Board
  • Lisa Bloodgood
    Co-Chairperson
  • Nicole De Feo
    Co-Chairperson
  • Luke Ohlson
    Vice Chairperson
  • Alice Shay
    Secretary
  • Alan Minor
    Treasurer
  • Caroline Bauer
  • Charlotte Binns
  • Ward Dennis
  • Roseann Henry
  • Felice Kirby
  • Ryan Kuonen
  • Mike Schade
  • Evan Thies