July 1st, 2019
Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA), in partnership with Evergreen Exchange and Interval Projects, has completed a community-driven conceptual site plan to create public access and ecological benefit for the 12,000 square foot city-owned parcel at the corner of Greenpoint and Kingsland Avenues.
The Gateway to Greenpoint creates an entry point to adjacent open space projects, including the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof (completed in 2017), the Nature Walk (phases 2 and 3 scheduled for completion by 2021) and restoration along North Henry Street Public Basin (ongoing). The project provides a model for incorporating open space and ecological value in active industrial areas.
The design process for the Gateway to Greenpoint was guided by a series of workshops with community members and stakeholders, organized by NCA and Evergreen in 2018–2019. In these workshops, participants generated ideas for the use of the site, identified challenges presented by the current conditions in the neighborhood, and developed possible approaches to the design. The result is a public space that will address the needs and desires of the community, including Greenpoint residents, local business owners, and workers in the neighborhood. The final design allows DEP to move forward in developing the site as has been long promised to the community and we look forward to working with all project partners and stakeholders to make the project a reality.
The Gateway project was made possible with generous support from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.