The next meeting for the Newtown Creek Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) is coming up. These quarterly meetings provide residents and Creek stakeholders the opportunity to get the latest updates on the Superfund investigation and cleanup from the EPA and other relevant agencies. To learn more about the CAG, including how to officially join as a member, visit the website.
December 16th, 6:30 pm
McCarren Pool Community Room
776 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund will be hosting two days of community preferencing for the remaining large and legacy grants bringing environmental improvements to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. NCA is proud to be an active partner on three of the projects, listed below. If you are a resident within the 11222 zip code please go out and show your support for these amazing projects. Voting info at the bottom, full info about the process is available on the GCEF website.
AirCasting Greenpoint: Citizen Science for Clean Air Project Lead: HabitatMap, Inc. Project Partners: Newtown Creek Alliance, Sonoma Technology, Inc., New York University School of Medicine, and New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Project Location: Greenpoint GCEF Grant Request: $235,388 Matching Contribution: $209,208 Major Activities: • Survey Greenpoint residents regarding their air pollution concerns. • Train participants in air quality sampling, health tracking, and data analysis. • Conduct a mapping analysis to examine potential relationships between air and health. • Perform a policy analysis to identify initiatives for improving air quality in Greenpoint. • Working with community-based organizations to review potential clean air initiatives. • Organizing a workshop during which Greenpoint air quality monitors can transfer their knowledge and findings to others.
Greenpoint Healthy Homes Project Lead: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Project Partners: Newtown Creek Alliance, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Healthy Homes Program, St. Nick’s Alliance, Office of NYC Council Member Stephen Levin, The City University of New York- LaGuardia Community College, the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Mount Sinai, the Mount Sinai Community Outreach and Engagement Core, Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures, and a representative from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families GCEF Grant Request: $599,016 Matching Contribution: $256,629 Major Activities: • Deliver training programs for multilingual (Spanish, Polish, and English) community health workers to conduct baseline home environmental assessments supported by environmental pediatricians, industrial hygienists, and social workers. • Conduct baseline home environmental assessments that address indoor air quality (e.g., ventilation, water damage, presence of lead and mold). • Provide a source of professional expertise for medical professionals, public health agencies and community organizations for family referrals to environmental pediatricians, industrial hygienists, community health workers, and social workers. • Provide community-wide Healthy Homes outreach and education including distribution of Healthy Homes Toolkits, wallet cards, pamphlets, flyers, and reports. • Create a Greenpoint Healthy Homes Community Advisory Board which will include Greenpoint-based community organizations to support outreach Greenpoint-wide and to identify families in need of services. • Track project related education received by the community and evaluate impact.
Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space Project Lead: NYC Audubon Society, Inc. Project Partners: Newtown Creek Alliance, Alive Structures, Trout in the Classroom, and the Fortune Society Project Location: 520 Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint GCEF Grant Request: $971,782 Matching Contribution: $2,571,840 Major Activities: • Design and install a 21,711 intensive bird-friendly, stormwater management green roof. • Plant the roof with biologically diverse native plant species. • Conduct multi-parameter monitoring to assess green roof biodiversity characteristics and share results with the community. • Provide educational programming for elementary and middle school educators who will participate in a Trout in the Classroom conference and learn about the site as an outdoor classroom. • Conduct educational programming including tours, lectures, workshops (e.g., Weather in the Watershed), open houses, and offer public access and eco-festival community days. • Develop and implement a sustainable maintenance plan that will include creating a stewardship and volunteer network for long-term roof maintenance. • Conduct local roof installation and maintenance green-collar job training.
Thursday, November 19th
12 NOON – 2:30PM
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street
Thursday, November 19th
6:00PM – 8:30PM
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street
Saturday, November 21st
10:00AM – 3:00PM
Polish National Home “Warsaw”, 261 Driggs Avenue
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). The printed version shown above, is available to local residents and organizations at NCA sponsored events on a first-come first-served basis. Look on our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming events to get a printed copy.
NCA is teaming up with Open House New York once again this year to offer free Creek side tours and activity! The day will include two free walking tours led by NCA Historian Mitch Waxman, that will begin in East Williamsburg and arrive at Plank Road where NCA Program Manager Willis Elkins will show folks around the site and offer up some refreshments from cooler and grill (sodas and hot dogs). Visitors to the site can also help lend a hand with tasks like weeding, trash pickup and plantings. While space is limited on the walking tours, everyone is invited to stop by the Plank Road site at any point from 12 to 5pm to see the Creek, learn about it’s history and enjoy some refreshments (provided by NCA).
Plank Road is located at 58th Road and 47th Street in Maspeth, Queens.
Access Notes: Be prepared for rough terrain and possible heavy truck traffic. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. No bathrooms exist at Plank Road, or along the walking tour route.