Newtown Creek Alliance

NCA Student Researchers

May 21st, 2015

NCA is pleased to be working with two very enthusiastic students this summer to expand our efforts in documenting and studying environmental conditions both on the creek as well as within the surrounding communities. See their bios and summer responsibilities below. NCA will post updates on projects Sam and Paulus are working on (including opportunities for volunteers to help out), so stay posted and come meet them both at upcoming events this summer!

Sam Wagner: Student Researcher, Waterway
Sam, a conservation biology major at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), will aid in a water quality monitoring program and wildlife observation this summer. As a former environmental studies student at LaGuardia Community College, Sam became quite intimate with the conditions of Newtown Creek. In addition to his interests in citizen science, NCA may even get some use out of Sam’s Trapping Safety Certification from the NYSDEC.

Paulus Van Horne: Student Researcher, Upland
Paulus is an environmental studies student at Oberlin College in Ohio. A Greenpoint native with prior research into the Greenpoint Oil Spills, Paulus will join us this summer to oversee a handful of environmental issues taking place within the Newtown Creek watershed. This will include our involvement with the Trees Count project, work at Plank Road and overseeing air quality monitoring.

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.


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.



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


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

Plank Road Work Expanded

April 13th, 2015


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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