Newtown Creek Alliance


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).

Tours start at 12pm and 2pm, participants must sign up via the Open House New York website.

Plank Road is located at 58th Road and 47th Street in Maspeth, Queens.
Click here for a map.
October 17th, 2015
12 to 5 pm

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.


Living Dock Celebration!

October 2nd, 2015


Join the Newtown Creek Alliance as we celebrate the completion of the Living Dock project. Funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, the Living Dock is a custom designed and built floating structure providing much needed clean habitat for various marine organisms present within Newtown Creek. We have chronicled the project on the Living Dock website, and now invite the public to come meet the fish, shrimp, salt marsh grasses, mussels and other marine organisms that call the dock home. Don’t believe such animals live in the Creek? Well, come see for yourself:

October 18th, 2015
Noon to 4pm
Kingsland Ave at North Henry Street
See map here.

Newtown Creek Map

September 9th, 2015


Click above to zoom in.

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 for upcoming events to get a printed copy.

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

Funding for this project was provided by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund via the North Brooklyn Boat Club.

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


Grey to Green Workshops!

September 7th, 2015


Grey to Green is a collaboration between Newtown Creek Alliance and Open Sewer Atlas NYC to encourage green infrastructure investment and water conservation in a crucial area in the Newtown Creek watershed. Bushwick and its surrounding neighborhoods have huge environmental impacts on water quality in Newtown Creek. As part of the project we will be running three workshops this September to engage people with issues of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), green infrastructure and how this all relates to Bushwick and Newtown Creek. Register for the events below and learn more about the project here.



Workshop 1: CSO 101 - RSVP
Sept 1 – 5:30pm @ Williamsburg Charter High School, Williamsburg
Did you know that rainfall can overwhelm the sewer system and cause a combined sewer overflow (CSO)? That means raw sewage along with pollutants like oil, heavy metals and litter to dump untreated into Newtown Creek.

Workshop 2: Green Infrastructure Grants - RSVP
Sept 8 – 5pm @ Silent Barn, Bushwick
Green roofs and other forms of green infrastructure can help capture rainfall before it enters the sewer system. You can install a green roof on your building for free with a grant from the city.

Workshop 3: Build-your-own Downspout Planter
Sept 20 – 10am @ Boerum Hill Joinery, Ridgewood
If you live in a small building, something as little as a rain barrel or planter can make a big difference. Participants in this workshop will receive materials and learn to build their own planters off the roof downspout.

Check out the Grey to Green website for more background on the project.

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