Newtown Creek Alliance

Newtown Creek Map

June 27th, 2015

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After a few months of working closely with cartographer Ed Jacobus, NCA is proud to present a comprehensive map of Newtown Creek. This very local guide highlights a number of key features including various infrastructure, historic industrial sites, active maritime use, access points and even the Creek as it existed circa 1600.

The map is available as a free download for personal and education purposes* (see download link below) and we plan to run a mass printing in the coming weeks so that we can offer free copies of the map to local residents and organizations. Details on obtaining a printed version will be posted here as they become available.

Download the 24″x18″ high resolution .pdf file here.

*Unauthorized reproduction of the map for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. 

NCA historian Mitch Waxman will be leading a number of tours of Newtown Creek in 2015. We will update this page as more tour details and dates are announced.

UPCOMING:

July 12th, Glittering Realms
Hosting Organization: Newtown Creek Alliance
Cost: $20

A colonial center and 19th century industrial powerhouse, Greenpoint is a thriving neighborhood surrounded by environmental catastrophe which has been reborn in the 21st century. The walk will explore this ancient North Brooklyn neighborhood and its industrial history as we move inexorably toward the Newtown Creek. The area we will be moving through will be completely altered by real estate development in coming years, come take a look before everything changes. Buy tickers here.

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PAST/SOLD OUT:

June 7th, 13 Steps Around Dutch Kills
Hosting Organization: Newtown Creek Alliance
Cost: $20
In 13 steps, Mitch will show you the then and now of Dutch Kills tributary, once known as the “workshop of the United States.” A central maritime artery of Long Island City, Dutch Kills is surrounded by hundreds of factory buildings, titan rail yards, and crossed by century old bridges – and it’s found just a few blocks away from Queens Plaza. Buy tickets here.

May 31st, #Superfun Boat Tour
Hosting Organization: Working Harbor Committee
Cost: $30
Step aboard a Water Taxi for an on-water two hour tour leaving from Pier 11 (Wall Street) in Manhattan. SOLD OUT.

May 3rd, Down Under Pulaski Bridge Onramp
Hosting Organization: Jane’s Walk
Cost: Free
An intense exploration of Newtown Creek’s Greenpoint and Hunters Point neighborhoods, walking along the East River and over the Newtown Creek. Full info here.

May 2nd,  An Insalubrious Valley
Hosting Organization: Concrete Temple Theatre
Cost: $15
As part of their upcoming theatre production, The Bellagio Fountain has been Known to Make Me Cry, showing at Studio 301 at English Kills, The Concrete Temple Theatre is hosting a number of events related to Newtown Creek. This includes a walking tour with Mitch. Check out all the awesome weekend events and get more tour info here.

 

 

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Please join NCA and Randall Austin from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for an engaging and informative workshop on oil spills. Mr. Austin heads the DEC’s Spill Response Program that actively investigates and brings enforcement to petroleum and chemical spills cases in NY Harbor. The workshop will begin promptly at 6:30 and we strongly encourage participants to attend the full presentation. Whether you are an active user of the waterway or enjoy it from the shore is it very important for community members to be able to recognize various pollution types and properly report spills or unusual occurrences when they occur.

This event will be held at the DEC office in Long Island City:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
47-40 21 Street
Room 441
Long Island City, New York 11101

June 29th, 6:30 pm

Read more about recent spill investigations on the Creek here.

NCA Meeting, June 17th!

June 9th, 2015

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Please join NCA and the office of Council Member Antonio Reynoso for an evening of discussion and presentations about issues surrounding Newtown Creek. We will cover a number of topics pertinent to the history, contamination, current use and cleanup options with a specific focus on areas near the head of the Creek, such as English Kills.

The communities of East Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood are in close proximity to some of the most polluted sections of the Creek, but a growing interest in restoring these areas to a cleaner, more sustainable and inviting state could help transform that. Come learn more about this area (your local waterway!) and ways to create a cleaner environment in the future. Hosted by the Williamsburg Charter High School. Snacks and drinks will be provided! RSVP and share our facebook event.

June 17th, 6 to 8pm
Williamsburg Charter High School
198 Varet Street (between Bushwick Ave and White St)
Brooklyn, NY 11206
See map here.

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