TitleOral history interview conducted with Christine Holowacz 2018 August 14.
Summary(0:30) Immigrating from Poland 1972 -- (1:08) Irene Klementovich and local environmental concerns -- (2:37) Neighborhood of Polish immigrants getting dumped on by city -- (3:04) Incinerator closing in 1994 -- (4:13) Greenpoint Property Owners -- (4:57) Affordable housing in neighborhood, 2005 Waterfront rezoning -- (7:23) Old Greenpoint vs. New Greenpoint -- (8:23) Waterfront access and 197-a process -- (10:00) Development and the waterfront -- (10:31) Fighting against the Bayside site power plant -- (11:04) Taking boat trip and showing officials possibilities for waterfront in Greenpoint -- (12:55) Problems with Greenpoint Landing esplanade -- (14:58) Two Greenpoints -- (15:21) Waste transfer station route weight reductions -- (16:33) Working as liaison for Kosciuszko Bridge -- (17:38) Advocating for North Brooklyn Boat Club NBBC -- (17:55) Trying to put NBBC in Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Building (GMDC) -- (19:52) Tony Argento providing land for NBBC -- (21:00) Trying to build boathouse for NBBC -- (22:25) Volunteering and issues never ending -- (24:30) Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee and Nature Walk (27:50) Riverkeeper and the oil spill -- (28:49) 19.5 million dollars from Exxon Mobile suit -- (29:30) New Brooklyn Public Library for the community from Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) -- (31:38) Activism in Greenpoint -- (32:50) Immigrants using Greenpoint as stopover
NoteAudio interview conducted on August 14th, 2018 by Acacia Thompson in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Collected through Our Streets, Our Stories, an oral history project of Brooklyn Public Library. This project is funded through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.
SubjectSuperfund sites ; Incinerators ; Immigrants--Polish ; Housing ; Newtown Creek (Kings County-New York County, N.Y.) ; Real estate development ; TransGas ; Electric power plants ; Land use--New York (State)--New York ; Oil spills ; Waste disposal sites--New York (State)--New York ; Real estate development ; Poland ; Dioxins ; Immigrant experience ; Environmental education ; Kosciuszko Bridge (New York, N.Y.) ; Waterfronts ; Sewage disposal plant
Cite AsGreenpoint Environmental History Project, Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History
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