Events

Open Hours

Start date: 04/19/2024
End date: 06/28/2024
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 520 Kingsland Ave Brooklyn, NY 11222

Come join us for Open Hours at Kingsland Wildflowers – an opportunity for the public to learn about the green roofs, the native plants present, and the Newtown Creek while enjoying the golden hour from our scenic wildflower meadows. Open hours are free and open to the public and will take place every Friday from April 19th to June 30th, 2024, weather-permitting.

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Greenhouse Gang

Start date: 05/21/2024
End date: 09/17/2024
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 520 Kingsland Ave Brooklyn, NY 11222

NCA welcomes volunteers and horticulture enthusiasts to help us expand our native nursery, propagated from locally collected wild seed. Plants grown in our greenhouse are used to supplement our restoration projects around the Creek, maintain the rooftop meadows at Kingsland Wildflowers, and integrated into our Newtown Native Nursery. This is an ideal opportunity for those looking to support an attractive habitat for our local ecology.

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Off the Rails: Blissville Station

Date: 06/01/2024
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Railroad Avenue and Greenpoint Ave (Outer Rd)

Join NCA, NY & Atlantic Railway, and Sims Metal for a volunteer cleanup along the rail lines near Newtown Creek. This series seeks to engage community members with environmental stewardship in often neglected industrial spaces, while offering a glimpse into local train history and infrastructure through these unique sites.

Our first event will take place Saturday June 1st, on the Lower Montauk Branch rail line in Blissville, Long Island City, an active freight line adjacent to the main channel of Newtown Creek in Queens. This line was served by the LIRR until the late 1990’s, when most stations around the Lower Montauk were closed due to low ridership. By the early 2010’s, the line had converted to exclusive freight operations by New York and Atlantic Railway.

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Off the Rails: Bushwick Branch

Date: 06/09/2024
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Morgan Ave and Johnson Ave

Join NCA, NY & Atlantic Railway, and Sims Metal for a volunteer cleanup along the rail lines near Newtown Creek. This series seeks to engage community members with environmental stewardship in often neglected industrial spaces, while offering a glimpse into local train history and infrastructure through these unique sites.

On Sunday, June 9th, Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) is hosting our second Off the Rails Series volunteer cleanup in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This event will take place along the Bushwick Branch rail line by Morgan Avenue, an active rail line used primarily for garbage collection and transfer from nearby facilities. Historically, this line carried commuters between 1868 and 1924, after which all passenger service was discontinued. Nearby stations included Bushwick Avenue Station by Montrose Avenue and Bushwick Place, and South Side Railroad Crossing near Varick Avenue.

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Past Events

Queens Community Board Virtual Meeting

Date: 05/23/2024
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Join NCA next Thursday (5/23) from 6:30-7:30pm at the May Queens Community Board 2 Environmental Committee virtual meeting on Zoom to share your experiences with flooding in NYC.

Representatives from LaGuardia Community College and FloodNet NYC will join us to lead the discussion about flooding in NYC. FloodNet is a cooperative of communities, researchers, and NYC government agencies working to better understand the frequency, severity, and impacts of flooding in New York City, they work to gain local input on flooding issues you and your neighbors experience. 

Join via Zoom here.

Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG)

Date: 05/22/2024
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Queens Landing Community Boathouse & Environmental Center

Join the Newtown Creek Superfund Community Advisory Group for its next monthly meeting (held in person at Queens Landing Boathouse & Environmental Center and virtually over Zoom) with the US EPA to get updates on the investigation and cleanup. Full agenda and details available here: https://newtowncreekcag.org/

Walking Tour: Fenced Out in Queens

Date: 05/17/2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) for a unique walking tour to discover the lack of waterfront access along the Queens side of the waterway. The guided walk will begin at the Hunters Point Avenue 7 train station and head towards the Dutch Kills tributary before ending at the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof, where participants can join in NCA’s weekly Open Hours series to enjoy the sunset from the green roof meadows and redraw our walking path.

Along the way we will visit decommissioned rail lines, community gardens, fenced off shorelines, multiple bridge crossings, and discuss the various opportunities for creating access and environmental restoration along this long neglected and polluted waterbody. We ask that all attendees wear closed toe shoes and be prepared for walking on rugged industrial terrain. 

In total, the walk is approx. 2.25 miles long. This tour is free, space is limited, register here.

Jane’s Walk: Air Monitoring through Nature and Technology

Date: 05/04/2024
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Greenpoint and the surrounding areas around Newtown Creek were the epicenter of manufacturing in the 1800s to 1900s at a time when New York City was the manufacturing capital of the world. Our walking tour will cover the history of the neighborhood and highlight ongoing sources of air pollution. Attendees will be introduced to the AirBeam and AirCasting platform and check out air monitors from the library. We will experience real-time air quality monitoring as we move between residential, industrial, and closer to and away from major thoroughfares.

Along the way, we will examine cement, rocks, soils, and trees for LICHENS, composite organisms of fungi and cyanobacteria or algae. These natural sensors can offer insights into air quality, enhancing our understanding of environmental health. Register here.