One of the great things I love about living in Astoria, is the ability to be involved with my community. Astoria and the greater Long Island City area is an amazing part of NYC and really worth caring for. Two meetings this week have come to my attention, and I feel they are important enough to pass on to you. The only drawback: they occur the same evening! Depending on your schedule and location, try to make one of them if you can.
1. Newtown Creek Oil Spill Meeting.
If you live in southern Long Island City or Greenpoint, this meeting is close to home. In 1979, 17 million gallons of oil were "discovered" in the Newtown Creek, spreading over 55 acres. Wednesday's meeting is the first time since 2003 that the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) has offered an opportunity for public comments and questions concerning the remediation program. In addition to the DEC, representatives from ExxonMobil, Chevron Texaco and BP Amoco will be at the meeting to answer questions.
If you are concerned about this 17 million gallon oil spill you should attend this meeting to learn more and ask questions about what is being done to improve the situation.
Wednesday, January, 25, 2006
92 Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint
2. Public Meeting: Our East River Greenway!
As I mentioned before, the East River Greenway has been funded and planning is up and running. Please join the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of City Planning to learn about the developing plans for the Queens East River and North Shore Greenway. The Greenway will provide connected bike and pedestrian access from the Pulaski Bridge to Flushing Bay Esplanade, and is proposed to run north along the East River and then East past LaGuardia Airport. There will be time for questions, discussion, and for you to give your input. Help us make this the best community asset it can be! All are welcome!
Wednesday, January 25
ARROW Recreation Center
35-30 35th Street (35th Street between 35th and 36th Avenues) in Astoria