The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP) is a community organization dedicated to education and outreach on issues affecting the environment, waterfront and neighborhoods of North Brooklyn.
GWAPP is a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) group created by community organizations, religious institutions and concerned citizens from the Greenpoint/Williamsburg communities dedicated to the development of parks and public access on the Greenpoint waterfront. Building upon its successful defeat of two power plants on the East River, GWAPP is dedicated to assisting the community in promoting and monitoring any development that impacts the Greenpoint waterfront.
In April 2000, an array of civic groups and outraged citizens spontaneously came together to defeat Con Edison’s misguided plans to build a 500-megawatt power plant in the heart of Greenpoint/Williamsburg. In a moving display of popular willpower, the GWAPP coalition triumphed, and then rapidly transformed itself into the organization their community long dreamed would some day come into being: a common meeting place for their besieged community to share vital information and plan concrete action, not as a jumble of differing interests, but as a united front. A subsequent victory included defeat of a second power plant being developed by TransGas Energy. GWAPP also played a vital role in the 2005 rezoning of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfronts.
For many years their community has demanded the city stop treating us as a junkyard and industrial wasteland. They have demanded access to the beautiful waterfront, an end to toxic nightmares and the right for the children to grow up in a healthy environment. The community continues to come together to make Greenpoint the envy of urban planners everywhere and to bequeath to the children the safe and beautiful neighborhood they deserve.