Newtown Creek Alliance

Living Dock Launch!

April 14th, 2015

All Hands on Dock! For the past month NCA has been constructing the Living Dock – a floating structure to provide much needed habitat for marine wildlife in Newtown Creek. On Sunday April 19th, we will be putting it in the water and we need as many able hands as possible to move this 180 sq foot structure to the water. Donuts and bagels for all volunteers!

April 19th
10:20 am (high tide is at 10:50am)
North Brooklyn Boat Club
51 Ash Street (@ McGuinness Blvd, under Pulaski Bridge)
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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The Living Dock is funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

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


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.

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 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. More info here.

Plank Road Work Expanded

April 13th, 2015

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Newtown Creek Alliance is pleased to announce an environmental benefit project that will expand restoration and access at the ‘Plank Road’ site in Maspeth (58th road at Newtown Creek). Building on work conducted in 2013 and 2014 (funded via the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program and NEIWPCC), we will oversee work at the street end site that includes the removal of invasive plant species, landscaping of paths, planting native salt marsh plants species, shoreline debris removal and building bird habitat structures. This environmental benefit project was facilitated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Work at the site will run from Spring 2015 into Summer 2016, with a number of volunteer days to help clean, clear and plant sections of the site. Stay posted for such dates and more information about the project by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on social media!

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About:
Please join the Newtown Creek Alliance on April 12th for a hands-on workshop as part of our North Henry Street Planning Project. The afternoon will include aerial mapping, background lectures on the ecology and conditions of the site and a workshop to envision future scenarios of public access and shoreline restoration. A key component of our planning process is input from local residents, so we want you to come and share your ideas! The events will occur outdoors on site.

Location:
North Henry Street at Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
See map here.

Schedule:
11am: Aerial Mapping of the site (with helium ballon and digital camera).
12pm: Introduction to the Site by NCA Program Manager Willis Elkins
Ecological Issues and Shoreline Restoration by LaGuardia Professor Dr. Sarah Durand
12:30 pm: Manual for Public Space Workshop, led by artist Matej Vakula
3pm: Workshop wrap-up.

Rain date TBD.

The North Henry Street Planning Project is funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

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