Newtown Creek

Newtown Creek is Getting a New Living Dock

Working and Learning on the Living Dock. Via Newtown Creek Alliance
Working and Learning on the Living Dock. Via Newtown Creek Alliance

Do you feel alive, Greenpoint? Well, the valiant conservationists at Newtown Creek Alliance certainly do. The good folks at NCA have announced plans for a second Living Dock in Newtown Creek. The Living Dock is a “floating structure designed to provide valuable marine habitat within a heavy polluted and largely bulkheaded waterway.”

The original Living Dock was installed here in Greenpoint at the North Henry Street Public Basin in 2015, and its brand-new sister dock will be built this month and installed in the English Kills tributary of the creek.  Continue reading

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Walk This Way: Floating Bridge Proposed Between Greenpoint and LIC

A Rendering of the Timber Bridge between Greenpoint and LIC

The good folks at Creme / Jun Aizaki Architecture and Design are hoping to bridge the gap between Greenpoint and Long Island City with a floating bridge connecting Manhattan and Vernon Avenues across Newtown Creek.

Doesn’t the Pulaski Bridge already do almost exactly that? You might ask. The project, known as the Timber Bridge at LongPoint Corridor, seeks to do it better. According to the project’s Master Plan, the Timber Bridge would reduce the 12-minute trek across the Pulaski Bridge into a 2 minute jaunt.

Beyond that, the project calls for “a renovation of the street at Manhattan Landing, a pedestrian bridge across Newtown Creek, waterfront restoration and expansion on both sides of the bridge, and a pedestrian route across the LIRR railyard.”  Continue reading

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Paddle Newtown Creek, Enjoy a Waterfront Fire Pit + More: The North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Opening Bash is This Saturday!

North Brooklyn Boat Club
image via NBBC

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is truly a diamond in the rough of the polluted Newtown Creek waterway, bringing folks in our community together not only for boating and paddling but also environmental advocacy. For $40 a year you can become a member of the boat club, learn how to navigate Newtown Creek via kayak, and get access to paddling events, Boat Club parties and their shared upstate cabin. This Saturday, May 26th (from 1-6pm) is the Club’s annual opening day bash, where everyone is invited to join trained NBBC guides for free short canoe trips on Newtown Creek and out toward the East River, with stunning views of Manhattan. And you’ll be able to party on the shore with food and drinks while gathering around the fire pit. Their parties are always a fun time, and you can get to know your neighbors while taking in a unique view of the city.

North Brooklyn Boat Club Opening Day 2018 Celebration 
Saturday, May 26 | 1pm-6pm
NBBC Broadway Stages Boatyard | 51 Ash St., under the Pulaski Bridge
FREE!
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A New Vision for Newtown Creek

Just one of 85 projects in NCA’s new Long Term Vision Plan for Newtown Creek

Warm weather brings many of us out to Greenpoint’s greenest spots for a bit of sunworshiping, but for the community organization Newtown Creek Alliance, greening Greenpoint through ecological stewardship is an everyday business. NCA’s focus is not only on making Greenpoint’s most infamous/beloved creek as green as can be today, but also on looking forward to the green future in North Brooklyn. To make the most of that green future, NCA partnered with the advocacy group River Keeper to produce a Long Term Vision Plan for Newtown Creek that sees the Creek not as a polluted border between Brooklyn and Queens, but instead as “1,000 acres of opportunity,” and a 3.8 mile community asset.  Continue reading

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Walk ALL of Newtown Creek at the Newtown Creek-a-Thon This Sunday! (4/15)

newtowncreekathon

You’ve probably seen at least some of Greenpoint’s favorite waterway (and superfund site) Newtown Creek, but have you seen ALL of Newtown Creek? Sunday morning kicks off the second annual walking tour of the entire length of Newtown Creek! The all-day 14-mile tour, hosted by Mitch Waxman (Newtown Creek Alliance Historian) and Willis Elkins (Program Manager of the NCA), begins at 10am in LIC and wraps up in Greenpoint, trekking through LIC, Blissville, Maspeth, Ridgewood, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint, and stops along at the Creek’s many bridges.

The tour is FREE, but donations are welcome and the organizers ask that you RSVP in advance. There will be a lunch pitstop halfway through, and guests are welcome to come and go along the tour route as they please.
More details can be found here.

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Getting Medieval, Getting Dirty and Getting out of Town — The Hook-up (4/6)

Cafe Grumpy in Miami
Still Grumpy, even under the palms.

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! This week, the New Yorker encouraged us all to get Medieval, praising Krolewskie Jadlo (694 Manhattan Avenue), “the sole medievalist eatery in the five boroughs” for its “seriousness of culinary intent.”

Speaking of local history, The Queens Gazette offered us “The Dirty Yet Important History of Newtown Creek.”

But polluted water isn’t just a thing of the past, it’s a true concern of the present. So pressing is the question of water safety, that Curbed asked, “How worried should New Yorkers be about sewage ending up in city waterways?” Their ultimate findings: “there’s virtually no way combined-sewer overflow could affect the city’s drinking water supply.” But swimming, can be another story…

But, if you’d trade in New York’s water woes for the sparkling beaches of Miami, it looks like your not the only one. Greenpoint’s Cafe Grumpy now has a Miami outpost.

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New DEP Garbage Grabbers are cleaning Newtown Creek

via NYC Water Flickr

Here at Greenpointers, we love getting down and dirty with the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. On Tuesday, that complex kicked it up a notch further when the Department of Environmental protection unveiled 4 brand new “Newtown Creek Litter Capture Devices.” These underground garbage grabbers are designed to trap pollutants in the waterway and direct them towards the plant, where they can then be hauled to landfills. The project required three years of construction and cost the City 42 million dollars.  Continue reading

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Oil, Philanthropy, The Astral and Art: The Mixed Local Legacy of Charles Pratt

Pratt Institute

Perhaps there is no person in the long history of Greenpoint who had a bigger effect on our area than Charles Pratt. Pratt’s legacy, though is a mixed one: a philanthropist, Pratt felt a duty to use his wealth to give back to the community, but he is also heavily responsible for the massive local pollution that is a result of his business in oil refining. One thing though is sure, more than a hundred and twenty years after his death; Pratt’s long shadow still hangs over Greenpoint. Continue reading

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Call For Entries: Greenpoint Film Festival

Greenpoint Film Festival
image via Greenpoint Film Festival

Submissions for the Greenpoint Film Festival are currently being accepted. The extended deadline is March 15th, 2018. Many of last year’s films had a local environmental slant, featuring our favorite highly polluted waterway Newtown Creek. Here’s what the fest has to say, and how to enter: Continue reading

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Newtown Creek Flows all the way to Utah — The Hook-up (2/8)

Newtown Creek: The Art of Toxic Tides via Slug Magazine

The mighty waters of Newtown Creek will be in fine form this weekend, as lovebirds and sewage nerds turn out for Saturday’s tours of The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, but this week, they’ve taken the spotlight as far away as Utah.

While Utah might have the Great Salt Lake, but artist Kelly Larsen found his muse in Greenpoint, affixing a 9-foot canvas to the wall of the creek to record the ebb and flow of toxic tides.  Continue reading

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