Greenpoint cleanup money

A bridge from G’point to Manhattan? A wind turbine at Newtown Creek?

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One Greenpoint resident wants a pedestrian and bicycle bridge connecting Greenpoint to Manhattan. But what will drivers say?
Another Brooklyn resident wants the money to go towards hiring a park ranger to patrol Greenpoint’s green spaces — a job that shouldn’t be too hard to fill considering that many of the neighborhood’s fashionistas already dress like woodsmen.
Another proposed building a wind turbine on Newtown Creek — an idea that wouldn’t just produce green energy, but could help blow the foul stench emanating from the putrid sludgeway and the nearby wastewater treatment plant toward Long Island City.

The state has $19.5 million to spend cleaning up Greenpoint — and that money could turn your far out environmental idea into an eco-friendly reality.

Exxon Mobil settled with the state in November 2010 for letting more than 17 million gallons of oil seep under Greenpoint for over a century.

Over the next year, environmental experts will determine how to spend that clean-up cash, but they need your help coming up with possible projects.

Some North Brooklynites have already shared their proposals at a public workshop last Wednesday, and we’ve complied a few of the most creative suggestions.

Illustrations by Sylvan Migdal.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.

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