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Events

Please join us for upcoming meetings and events about Newtown Creek:

Intro to Mycology Workshop
Sunday, October 21st
12 to 3pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Join Newtown Creek Alliance and instructor Craig Trester for an introductory workshop on Mycology. Fungi are the keystone species that interconnect every facet of life in our world. This class will highlight the supreme influence these ancient and often overlooked organisms have upon our health, society, and environment and also provide a succinct peek into the Fungal Queendom from the perspectives of ecology, anthropology, pharmacology, and bioremediation. The class also features a workshop component that teaches attendees how to perform low tech and low cost mushroom cultivation techniques that can be replicated at home with upcycled materials. Reserve a spot here.

Tidal Toast: A Newtown Creek Celebration
Saturday, November 3rd
6 to 10pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Since 2002 NCA has been the voice of Newtown Creek. Working with industry, agencies, and residents alike to promote awareness, access, resilient businesses, strong networks and community support. This celebration will raise funds to support our ongoing efforts and to celebrate the Vision of the future of the waterway and all those that have contributed their time, energy and effort to it. Get full info and buy tickets here.

 
Wastewater and Nature Walk Tour
Sunday, November 18th
1 to 3pm
In honor of World Toilet Day, NYC H2O, FLUSH, and Newtown Creek Alliance are hosting a walking tour about where NYC’s water and waste go. The tour will begin in Queens, where we will explore Newtown Creek’s combined sewage overflow (CSO) outputs and nearby wetland restoration projects. We will then walk to Kingsland Wildflowers, where we will explore green infrastructure that can help mitigate stormwater runoff while admiring the treatment plants’ digester eggs. We will end the walk at Newtown Creek’s Nature Walk, enjoying the ecology around the largest Wastewater Treatment Center in the city. The tour will be approximately 3 miles on flat ground and will have restroom breaks in the middle. We recommend wearing walking shoes and preparing for cooler weather. Tickets are free, reserve a spot here.

 

Past Events:

Newtown Creek Bike + Canoe Tour! (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 7th
11:30 to 3:30pm
Join Newtown Creek Alliance and the North Brooklyn Boat Club for a unique guided tour of Newtown Creek by bike and boat!  The bike tour will stop at key locations that highlight the industrial history, pollution issues and ecological activity along the Creek. The 9 mile bike ride will end at the North Brooklyn Boat Club (Ash and McGuinness) where participants will receive on-land safety instruction before joining trained canoe guides to explore the waters aboard two 25′ canoes. The canoe trip will venture into Dutch Kills, an intimate urban waterway running through Long Island City. No paddling experience is required; all boating and safety equipment is provided. Get tickets and full info here.

Newtown Creek Superfund CAG Meeting
Wednesday, September 26th
6:30 to 8:30pm
Join the Community Advisory Group for the next meeting with the US EPA to discuss the investigation and cleanup of Newtown Creek. Meeting location TBA; full info here: https://newtowncreekcag.wordpress.com/

Kingsland Wildflowers Festival
Saturday, September 22
12 to 4pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Join us for a fun day celebrating our third season of programming, education, and
research at Kingsland Wildflowers. Visitors can explore the half-acre, green roof habitat
and native plant garden. North Brooklyn community organizations will be tabling and
featuring activities to engage families and children. The festival offers an opportunity to
learn about local environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated
to native plants and birds. No registration required; free event. Full info here.

Field Day Friday!
Friday, September 21st
4 to 7pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Join NCA for our regular open house event at the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof. A great opportunity to check out this amazing green space and help prep for the summer season. No RSVP required, follow signs downstair to the elevator.

Newtown Creek Bike + Canoe Tour!
Sunday, September 9th
11:30 to 3:30pm
Join Newtown Creek Alliance and the North Brooklyn Boat Club for a unique guided tour of Newtown Creek by bike and boat!  The bike tour will stop at key locations that highlight the industrial history, pollution issues and ecological activity along the Creek. The 9 mile bike ride will end at the North Brooklyn Boat Club (Ash and McGuinness) where participants will receive on-land safety instruction before joining trained canoe guides to explore the waters aboard two 25′ canoes. The canoe trip will venture into Dutch Kills, an intimate urban waterway running through Long Island City. No paddling experience is required; all boating and safety equipment is provided. Get tickets and full info here.

Bats on the Creek!
Sunday, August 26th
6:00 to 9:00pm
Join NCA, NYC Audubon and the North Brooklyn Boat Club for a very unique canoe trip to find and observe everyone’s favorite flying mammal, bats! Utilizing two 25′ canoes, trained canoe trip leaders will lead the group onto Newtown Creek and into two very unique tributaries: Whale Creek in Brooklyn and Dutch Kills in Queens. For the past two years, ecologists from NYC Audubon have monitored bat activity atop the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Data has shown this time of year to be the most active for local bat populations and ecologists will join the canoe expedition to help identify ideal areas for feeding and nesting. Get more info and buy tickets here.

Field Day Friday: Pt 3 of Art and Nature Series
Friday, August 17th
4 to 7pm
Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Part 3 of this summer long series run by NCA and NYC Audubon will be a Start Your Own Herbarium Class run by NCA’s own Lisa Bloodgood . Get the full details and register here.

Infrastructure Creek: A Walking Tour
Friday, August 3rd
6:30 to 8:30pm
If you want infrastructure, then join NCA historian Mitch Waxman and in just one and a half miles he’ll show you the largest and newest of NYC’s 14 sewer plants, six bridges, a Superfund site, three rail yards with trains moving at street grade, a highway that carries 32 million vehicle trips a year 106 feet over water. The highway feeds into the Queens Midtown Tunnel, and we’ll end it all at the LIC ferry landing where folks are welcome to grab a drink and enjoy watching the sunset at the East River, as it lowers behind the midtown Manhattan skyline. More Info and Tickets Here.

Newtown Creek Bike Tour
Sunday, July 22nd
11am to 1:30pm
Join NCA for a guided bike tour to see and discuss ecological and industrial activity near and along the Newtown Creek shoreline. Once a vast tidal wetland, the Creek quickly became one of the busiest waterways in the county, leaving a significant legacy of environmental destruction and contamination, leading to the ultimate designation as a federal superfund. However, improvements are underway and the past 2 decades have seen improvements to water quality and with it a returning ecology. More Info and Tickets Here.

Field Day Friday: Pt 2 of Art and Nature Series
Friday, July 20th
4 to 7pm
Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Part 2 of this summer long series run by NCA and NYC Audubon will be a botanical drawing course led by Gabriel Willow. Get the full details and register here.

Penny 2 Plank: A Walking Tour (Canceled because of rain)
Sunday, July 15th
11am to 2pm
Join NCA historian Mitch Waxman for a walk around both sides of the Creek focussing on some of the overlooked street-end areas and former bridge crossings that once traversed Newtown Creek. The tour will include traversing above the Greenpoint Oil Spill and underneath the Kosciuszko Bridge construction project. More Info and Tickets Here.

MIBA and NCA Summertime Mingle
Thursday July 12th
5 to 7pm
Location: O’Neils, 64-21 53rd Drive
Maspeth, NY
The Maspeth Industrial Business Association (MIBA) and the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) invite you to join your industrial neighbors in an informal gathering to learn about the latest happenings on our local Superfund waterway. Light refreshments will be served. The event is generously sponsored by OnForce Solar.
Event flier here / Facebook RSVP here.

Tree Care along Norman Avenue with Greening Greenpoint
Sunday, June 24th
10 to 12am
Location: Meet at the corner of Kingsland and Norman Ave
Join NCA and our partners at Greening Greenpoint for some tree care and street cleanup along Norman Avenue, between Apollo Street and Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint.. All materials provided, including food and drinks for volunteers. Stick around for a tour of Kingsland Wildflowers after the event!

The Birthplace of Mobil Oil: A Walking Tour
Friday, June 22nd
7 to 9pm
Join NCA historian Mitch Waxman and NCA’s project manager Willis Elkins for walk through the birthplace of Mobil Oil, past the DEP’s largest Wastewater Treatment Plant and to the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof. The tour will also visit NCA’s Living Dock on the way; showcasing restoration efforts adjacent to major industrial operations and in the wake of legacies of pollution and neglect. The tour will end at the 22,000 square foot Kingsland Wildflowers project, with panoramic views of the Newtown Creek and Manhattan skyline at sunset. Get Tickets Here.

Newtown Creek Superfund CAG
Tuesday, June 19th
7 to 9pm
LaGuardia Community College
E Building, Room E500
31-10 Thomson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
See map here: https://www.laguardia.edu/maps/
The next Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group meeting will include an introduction to the CAG’s new facilitator, a brief presentation by EPA and a discussion about topics of interest for the next year. Meeting is open to all, more info here.

Field Day Friday and Pt 1 of Art and Nature Series
Friday, June 15th
4 to 7pm
Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
NCA and NYC Audubon are excited to kick off the first part in a summer long series dedicated to wildflower illustrations and botanical pressings. Get the full details here.

Tree Care at Manhattan Avenue Street End with Greening Greenpoint
Sunday, June 10th
10 to 12am
Location: Manhattan Avenue Street End Park
Join NCA and our partners at Greening Greenpoint for some tree care and park improvement work at the only official park space on Newtown Creek. All materials provided, including food and drinks for volunteers.

Field Day Friday!
Friday, May 18th
4 to 7pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Join NCA for our regular open house event at the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof. A great opportunity to check out this amazing green space and help prep for the summer season. No RSVP required, follow signs downstair to the elevator.

Riverkeeper Sweep
Saturday, May 5th
11am to 3pm
Penny Bridge (End of Meeker Ave in Greenpoint)
It’s that time of year; the Riverkeeper Sweep! Come lend a hand with NCA as we clean-up this street-end site by removing debris and tending to the local plants. Register here!

UNDERSTORY
Sunday, April 29th
12pm to 4:30pm
99 Scott Ave
Brooklyn, NY
NCA is running two different workshops at this two day festival. The first is about citizen science and how folks can help out with our Creek-wide fauna survey; sign up here. The second activity is a walking tour from the venue to Newtown Creek to discuss historic and active uses as well as on-going issues with the waterway; full info here.

Earth-Day Festivities 
Sunday April 22
12pm to 4pm
Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Join NCA for a full-day of hands-on learning about the basics of healthy soils, common contaminants and ways to use natural methods in improving ecological function and better protecting human health. The day will include numerous activities for all ages, including a compost give-away and outdoor planting at a street-end in Greenpoint. Get more information and RSVP here.

Kingsland Avenue Cleanup 
Saturday, April 21st
12pm – 2pm
Join our partners at Greening Greenpoint and Broadway Stages for a cleanup event, with a focus on existing tree pits along Kingsland Avenue (from Norman to Greenpoint Avenues). 

Greenpoint Avenue Street-End Cleanup 
Friday, April 13th
12pm – 5pm
Greenpoint Avenue Spur at Newtown Creek (Brooklyn Side)
Join our partners from Evergreen and a number of local businesses for a day-long cleanup and hang-out event at this street-end. Snacks and drinks provided! See map here.

CREEK-A-THON
Sunday April 15th
All-Day
Join us for the second annual walking tour around the ENTIRE Newtown Creek. Covering some 14 miles, the tour will traverse both boroughs and every neighborhood that borders the Creek and its tributaries. More info and get tickets here!

Film Screening: Blissville Stories
Thursday, March 22nd
7:30pm
520 Kingsland Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Please join NCA as we host a screening of “Blissville Stories” a documentary film about the Queens neighborhood bounded by the Newtown Creek, the Long Island Expressway, and Calvary Cemetery. We will be joined by filmmaker Hank Linhart. More info about the film here: http://blissvillestories.org/

Newtown Creek Superfund CAG
Tuesday March 20th
6:30 to 8:30pm
Newtown Creek WWTP Visitor Center
327 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
The meeting will include updates from the EPA and potentially responsible parties about the Superfund process as well as a brief presentation from Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s office about the Superfund Enhancement Act. Meeting is open to all. More info here.

Field Day Friday!
Friday, March 16th
4 to 7pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Join NCA for the first open house of the season at Kingsland Wildflowers green roof. A great opportunity to check out this amazing green space and help prep for the coming season. No RSVP required, follow signs downstair to the elevator.

Newtown Creek Vision Plan Release
Thu, March 15, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Wythe Hotel
Join our partners at Riverkeeper and Perkins+Will for the release of the Newtown Creek Vision plan, a 150 page report chronicling priority issues and 85 proposed project to address Remediation, Restoration, Recreation and Resilience in the decades to come. Space is limited, RSVP here.

Superfun/d Series #2:
Wed. February 28th, 6 to 8pm
Windjammer Bar
552 Grandview Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385
See map here.
Join your fellow neighbors in a series of informal gatherings to learn about and discuss the latest happenings on our local superfund waterway; Newtown Creek. While this 4 mile waterway still faces significant environmental issues, there has been great progress in recent years to revitalize this largely neglected border of the boroughs. In an effort to better engage the “head of Creek” communities of Bushwick, Ridgewood and Maspeth, the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) is hosting a winter series of socially-focussed meetings. These events will include a brief presentation reviewing the current state of the Creek including larger clean-up efforts and grassroots projects; we’ll have lots of materials and background info on hand. More info here. 

Superfund CAG Technical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 20th
6:30 – 8:30pm
McCarren Park Multi-Use Room
776 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
The first technical meeting with the Newtown Creek EPA Superfund team. This meeting is an open to the public but will focus on data-heavy presentation and discussion. More info here.

Superfun/d Series
Wednesday, January 31st
6 to 8pm
Kings County Brewers Collective
381 Troutman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237

NCA Holiday Hangout
Wednesday, December 13th
6 to 8:30pm
Location: Jackson’s Eatery | Bar
10-37 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Join NCA for an informal get together in Long Island City to catch up and reminisce on your favorite 2017 moments. Watching the old K-Bridge float down the Creek? Surviving our first ever Creek-A-Thon 13 mile walking tour? Not falling into the Creek? Come share and discuss the latest happenings around and on Newtown Creek.

City Wide Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) Meeting
Wednesday, November 15th
6 to 8pm
CUNY School of Law
2 Court Square West
Queens, NY 11101
Join representatives from the NYC DEP for the annual Citywide LTCP meeting. While the City has held waterway specific meetings throughout the year, this meeting will focus on the whole CSO Program. Agenda items will include: Status updates on each LTCP including those approved by the New York State DEC; NYC Green Infrastructure Program implementation; Coordination the CSO Program and the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program. Read NCA and Riverkeeper comments on LTCP here.
More info about the event and RSVP here.

Plant Survey Training w/ Hudsonia
Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th (weather depending)
10am to 12pm
Location: Plank Road (Maspeth)
As part of our Plant Survey project with Hudsonia we are conducting the first training for volunteers interested in helping with the project. If interested in joining please email Lisa Bloodgood: lbloodgood@newtowncreekalliance.org  We will have more training sessions and post those dates here.

Smiling Hogshead Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 21st
12pm to 7pm
Location: 25-30 Skillman Avenue (Long Island City)
Come celebrate the fall seasons with our friends at the Smiling Hogshead Ranch community garden. NCA will be on hand showcasing some of our recent projects and discussing the local waterway, Dutch Kills.

GCEF Open House
Saturday, October 14th
11am to 3pm
Location: McGolrick Park (Greenpoint)
Join the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA) for the 2nd annual OpenHouseGCEF — a fun-filled day for all ages. OpenHouseGCEF will celebrate McGolrick Park as a centerpiece of life in Greenpoint and feature many of the exciting projects GCEF is funding that are making our community a healthier, safer, and “greener” place to live.

Newtown Creek Superfund CAG Meeting
Wednesday, October 11th
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Sunnyside Community Services
43-31 39th St, Sunnyside, NY 11104
This public meeting will feature an update from the US EPA regarding the Remedial Investigation into Newtown Creek. We encourage attendance from the general public and any who are interested in becoming active CAG members. Full info here.

Field Day Friday!
Friday, September 22nd
4 to 7pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Join NCA for a hands-on volunteer day helping maintain the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof. A great opportunity to check out this amazing green space and help prep for the festival on Saturday!

Kingsland Wildflowers Festival
Saturday, September 23rd
12 to 4pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
The second annual festival at the Kingsland Wildflowers Greenroof space. Activities, info, green roof tours, food, beer and much more. Get full details here.

Happy Hour with Riverkeeper
Friday, September 15th
5pm to 7pm
Location: Jackson’s Eatery | Bar
10-37 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Join Riverkeeper and Newtown Creek Alliance to hear the community vision for Newtown Creek looks like by way of remediation, recreation, restoration, and resilience. Anyone and everyone that lives, plays, works, or even have never been to Newtown Creek are welcome. Join us for a night of fun, cheer, and visioning. Jackson’s eatery offers up a wonderful happy hour for us with $6 drinks and $5 food! More info here.

Knotweed Knockout at Penny Bridge 
Saturday, September 9th and Sunday September 10th
11am to 3pm
Location: Where Meeker Avenue dead ends at Newtown Creek (Greenpoint)
See Map Here.
A continuation of our cleanup work at the Penny Bridge site, we are looking for volunteers to help us with weeding and path-making. The vicious Japanese Knotweed is once again overtaking the site and we will focus heavily on removing the plant from certain areas for pathmaking and planting of native pollinator species.  Gloves, shovels, trash bags and all other needed materials will be provided. 

Field Day Friday!
Friday, August 18th
4 to 7pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Join NCA for a hands-on volunteer day helping maintain the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof. A great opportunity to check out this amazing green space.

Curb Your Litter Greenpoint
Saturday, August 12th
10am to 2pm
203 Diamond Street
Greenpoint, BK 11222
NCA is joining with Neighbors Allied for Good Growth and the Curb Your Litter Project to help pick-up street debris that clogs street drains and pollutes Newtown Creek. We will pick up street litter in Northeast Greenpoint (east of McGuinness Boulevard and north of Norman Avenue). Come join us; all volunteers will get a free lunch as a thank you for their efforts. Please RSVP here.

Newtown Creek Superfund CAG Meeting
Tuesday, July 25th
7 to 9pm
Location: McCarren Park Rec Center
776 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
This public meeting will feature an update about the Newtown Creek Community Visioning Project from Riverkeeper and Newtown Creek Alliance and an update about the City’s Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP) from NYC Department of Environmental Protection. We encourage attendance from the general public and any who are interested in becoming active CAG members. Full info here.

Storm Drain Stenciling!
Saturday, July 15th
11 to 3pm
Location:
Falchi Bldg.
31-00 47th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
NCA, in partnership with Riverkeeper, the SWIM Coalition and Gowanus Canal Conservancy, will be painting a number of custom made stencils on local catch basins to remind people that these areas drain to Newtown Creek during rain events and bring any trash that is on the street into our already polluted waterway. This event is part of City of Water Day: In Your Neighborhood. We will have food and drinks available for volunteers!

13 Steps Around Dutch Kills – A Walking Tour with Mitch Waxman
Saturday, July 15th
10am to 1:00pm
Location: Dutch Kills
In 13 steps, Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman will be showing us 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. During this three hour tour, we will cover three miles of Brooklyn and Queens to see where the industrial revolution actually happened. Bring your camera, as the tour will be revealing an incredible landscape along this section of the troubled Newtown Creek Watershed.
Buy Tickets and get full details here.

Field Day Friday!
Friday, July 14th
4 to 7pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Join NCA for a hands-on volunteer day helping maintain the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof. A great opportunity to check out this amazing green space.

Storm Drain Stenciling!
Saturday, July 8th
11 to 3pm
Location:
Falchi Bldg.
31-00 47th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
NCA, in partnership with Riverkeeper, the SWIM Coalition and Gowanus Canal Conservancy, will be painting a number of custom made stencils on local catch basins to remind people that these areas drain to Newtown Creek during rain events and bring any trash that is on the street into our already polluted waterway. No More Pollution Please! Come lend a hand with painting and stenciling!

Street End Clean-Up: Penny Bridge (PART 4)
Saturday, June 24th
12pm to 4pm
Location: Where Meeker Avenue dead ends at Newtown Creek (Greenpoint)
NCA is running a series of public workdays at each street-end site. We are looking for volunteers to help us accomplish some simple tasks and short-term goals like trash and debris removal, planting native flora and path making. Gloves, shovels, trash bags and all other needed materials will be provided. Our cleanup will be preceeded by a guided tour underneath the new K-Bridge and potential for adjacent park space – get full details on the walk through here. 

Field Day Friday!
Friday, June 16th
4 to 7pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
Join NCA for a hands-on volunteer day helping maintain the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof.

Street End Clean-Up: Penny Bridge (PART 3)
Saturday, June 10th
11am to 3pm
Location: Where Meeker Avenue dead ends at Newtown Creek (Greenpoint)
NCA is running a series of public workdays at each street-end site. We are looking for volunteers to help us accomplish some simple tasks and short-term goals like trash and debris removal, planting native flora and path making. Gloves, shovels, trash bags and all other needed materials will be provided. Click here for full details.

Newtown Creek Community Visioning Workshop w/ Riverkeeper
Saturday, June 3rd
1 to 4pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Join Riverkeeper and NCA in creating a cohesive community vision for Newtown Creek. With a superfund cleanup and long term plan to control sewage overflows on the horizon, now is an opportune time to engage stakeholders in imagining and designing a future Newtown Creek that provides greater opportunities for restoration, remediation, recreation, and resilience. RSVP and get info here.

History of Newtown Creek and Industrial North Brooklyn
Saturday, June 3rd
5 to 7:30pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
520 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Following a tour of Kingsland Wildflowers green roof and community space, join Newtown Creek Alliance historian, Mitch Waxman, for a special presentation exploring one of the key epicenters of the Industrial Revolution: Newtown Creek. A photographer and blogger, Mitch has been documenting the area’s rich history and the environmental issues that plague the largely unknown 3.8-mile-long waterway, found at the center of New York City and recently placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Superfund site list. The presentation will photographically carry viewers from Newtown Creek’s junction with the East River all the way back to the heart of darkness found at its end in East Williamsburg. A tour of the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof will follow the presentation, offering views of this historical site. RSVP and get full info here.

Evergreen Annual Awards Honoring NCA
Wednesday, May 24th
5 to 8pm
Location: Brooklyn Winery
213 North 8th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 11211
The Annual Evergreen Celebration is a chance for local business owners to reconnect with old colleagues and friends, and meet new industrial businesses that are opening up shop in the neighborhood. It is also a chance to recognize leaders in the community who have made a difference for North Brooklyn Businesses. This year NCA is being honored with the Community Partner Award. Come celebrate with us! Get your ticket and more info on the event here.

Newtown Creek Boat Tour!  (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, May 21st
2 to 4pm
Location: Departs India Street Pier (Tickets required)
Newtown Creek Alliance invites you to take a boat ride with Historian Mitch Waxman and Program Manager Willis Elkins to learn about the rich industrial history, lasting legacy of contamination and environmental damage and on-going efforts to revitalize and restore this unique waterway in the heart of New York City. Purchase tickets and get more info here.

Field Day Friday!
Friday, May 19th
4 to 7pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers
Join NCA for a hands-on volunteer day helping maintain the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof.

Jane’s Walk
Sunday, May 7th
12:00 and 1:30pm
Join NCA’s project manager Will Elkins and NCA historian Mitch Waxman for a short walk past the birthplace of Mobil Oil; a visit to the new Broadway Stages Green Roof with its panoramic views of the Newtown Creek, the DEP’s Newtown Creek Waste Waster Treatment Plant, and the NYC skyline; and the North Henry Street project to discuss the restoration and revitalization of the Newtown Creek.
Get full info here.

Street End Clean-Up: Meeker Avenue
Saturday, May 6th
11am to 3pm
Location: Where Meeker Avenue dead ends at Newtown Creek (Greenpoint)
NCA is running a series of public workdays at each street-end site. We are looking for volunteers to help us accomplish some simple tasks and short-term goals like trash and debris removal, planting native flora and path making. Gloves, shovels, trash bags and all other needed materials will be provided. This event is part of the 2017 Riverkeeper Sweep. Click here for full details.

DEP Long Term Control Plan (LTCP): Alternatives Meeting
Wednesday, April 26
6pm to 8pm
Location: WWTP Visitor Center, 329 Greenpoint Avenue
NYC DEP has been evaluating potential CSO controls and the related water quality benefits and costs. This event will include a presentation and discussion on the various “alternatives” that have been evaluated. This is a very important opportunity for community members seeking improvements in water quality to have our voices hears. Get full info and RSVP here.

Water, Soil and Visioning for Newtown Creek
Tuesday, April 25th
7 to 9pm
Location: A/D/O, 29 Norman Avenue
Join NCA for an evening of presentations, discussion and visioning workshop. We will be distributing custom posters on bioremediation issues and techniques; presenting findings from our 2016 water quality testing and run a hands on workshop with our partners at Riverkeeper for future visions of Newtown Creek. The event is free and open to the public. More info here.

Street End Clean-Up: Meeker Avenue
Sunday, April 23rd
11am to 3pm
Location: Where Meeker Avenue dead ends at Newtown Creek (Greenpoint)
NCA is running a series of public workdays at each street-end site. We are looking for volunteers to help us accomplish some simple tasks and short-term goals like trash and debris removal, planting native flora and path making. Gloves, shovels, trash bags and all other needed materials will be provided. Click here for full details.

Kingsland Wildflowers Roof Season Kick-Off
Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day)
1pm to 3pm
Location: Kingsland Wildflowers, 520 Kingsland Avenue (Greenpoint)
Please join us at the Kingsland Wildflowers Roof and Community Space in Greenpoint for a presentation by Joyann Cirigliano, president and Atlantic Flyway projects coordinator at Four Harbors Audubon Society. Learn about the importance of backyard gardens for birds, and the ways in which utilizing native plants in landscape design will attract these feathered friends. Refreshments will be provided.
The lecture will be followed by a tour of the Kingsland Wildflowers roof.

NEWTOWN CREEK-A-THON
Sunday, April 9th
9:30am to 5:30pm
The full monty of Newtown Creek walking tours, a grueling walk covering the entire Newtown Creek in a single day. Covering some 14 miles, the tour will cover both boroughs and every neighborhood that borders the Creek and its tributaries. Get full details and reserve a spot here.

Newtown Creek Superfund CAG
Wednesday, April 5th
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location: TBA
Join the Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) as we hear from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on latest updates on the Superfund investigation and remediation of Newtown Creek.
More info at CAG website.

Street End Clean-Up: Apollo Street
Sunday, April 2nd
11am to 3pm
Location: Where Apollo Street dead ends at Newtown Creek (Greenpoint)
NCA is running a series of public workdays at each street-end site. We are looking for volunteers to help us accomplish some simple tasks and short-term goals like trash and debris removal, planting native flora and path making. Gloves, shovels, trash bags and all other needed materials will be provided. Click here for full details.

Reclaiming Our Estuary: The Newtown Creek Experience
Thursday, March 9th, 4-9 PM
LaGuardia Community College
Little Theater in Shenker Hall
31-10 Thomson Ave
Long Island City, NY
Join NCA and our partners at LaGuardia Community College for a special event about the ecology and restoration projects and possibilities in Newtown Creek. The event is open to all; see schedule here.

Waterfront Defenders Party
Tuesday March 7th, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Diamond Bar, 43 Franklin Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Diamond Bar is hosting an evening to feature local waterway stewardship organizations. All proceeds from beverage sales between 7-10pm will be donated and split evenly between the Billion Oyster Project, the Newtown Creek Alliance, and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park. Meet the guest bartenders from these great organizations.  Learn about what they do and how you can get your hands dirty! More info here.

Long Term Control Plan Meeting
Tuesday Feb 21st
6:30 pm
Newtown Creek WWTP Visitor Center
329 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Join the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection in discussion of ways to address the impacts of Combined Sewer Overflow and improve water quality in Newtown Creek. The meeting is open to all, get more info and RSVP here.

Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG)
Wednesday Feb 1st
6:30 to 8:30 pm
McCarren Park Community Room
776 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
The CAG will be joined by representatives of the US EPA to discuss updates with the cleanup of Newtown Creek, including the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment reports. The event is open to all.