History of Newtown Creek Alliance

In 1997 concerned members of the Greenpoint community began meeting to address the degraded conditions of Newtown Creek. Out of these early meetings the Newtown Creek Alliance was formed. As one of their first projects, the Alliance, working alongside Hudson Riverkeeper and CouncilMember David Yassky’s office, filed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil to address the Greenpoint Oil Spill. This spill, consisting of up to 30 million gallons of oil, is one of the largest in U.S. history. The ensuing lawsuit was settled in 2010, and has brought to Greenpoint, through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Benefit Fund 19.5 million dollars to pay for environmental projects and green infrastructure. These projects are at the core of a new and more hopeful chapter in the life of the Newtown Creek watershed.

Listen to Newtown Creek Alliance oral history with the Brooklyn Public Library.