The concrete devastations of post industrial North Brooklyn are notorious, especially the areas adjoining the Newtown Creek. Newtown Creek Alliance works to reveal, restore, and revitalize the environment along the waterway, which was added to the Federal Superfund list in 2010. In an industrial pocket of Greenpoint, there are two projects NCA will share with OHNY Weekend visitors. One is the "North Henry Street Project," and the other is a brand new green roof. The Green Roof, which Newtown Creek Alliance has partnered on with NYC Audubon, Broadway Stages, and Alive Structures, is creating a 21,000-square-foot bird-friendly installation, funded by by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. A tributary of Newtown Creek called "unnamed canal" is located at Greenpoint's North Henry Street just a couple of blocks away from the Green Roof. The North Henry Street project site has been used as an oil refinery, a Municipal trash incinerator, and as a marine waste transfer station during the era of ocean dumping. Today, it sits hidden behind a sewer plant, contaminated and forgotten. NCA has begun the "North Henry Street Project" to remake and reimagine the roughly 350 feet of shoreline at unnamed canal.
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. Altogether, the tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.
Access Notes: The first half of the tour will be at the green roof, which is wheelchair accessible, however the second portion at North Henry street is not. Please dress and pack appropriately for hiking and the weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. The tour will mostly take place outdoors, and will last about 1.5 hours. This is an M1 heavy industrial zone that the walk will explore, with heavy truck traffic and airborne contaminants, if you have mobility issues or asthma, please be advised that this walk might not be for you.
Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring green roofs? You may also enjoy Brooklyn Grange, which requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.
Image Credit: Mitch Waxman