Brooklyn Greenway InitiativeJune 18, 2014© Julienne Schaer

What is the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway?

The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is a 14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians, runners and cyclists and will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.

Who is Brooklyn Greenway Initiative?

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) is the 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the establishment, development and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Founded in 2004, BGI works with community, business, and governmental partners to create and fulfill a comprehensive vision for the Greenway.

When will the construction of the Greenway be completed?

NYC DOT has identified 23 distinct capital projects along the Greenway. These projects will be implemented over time and as funding is made available and street reconstructions are scheduled. As DOT works to design, fund and construct the greenway route, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and Regional Plan Association are working to create and improve new green spaces along the route and maximize the “green” in the Greenway.

When will the new green spaces be completed?

Three green spaces adjacent to the Greenway have been designed, of which the Naval Cemetery Landscape will be the first to go into construction in 2014, followed by Columbia Waterfront Park (an interim native grass planting was completed in Spring 2014) and Williamsburg Bridge Park. Additional sites along the route are being identified for future green space.

How much is the total cost to build the Greenway?

The 23 capital projects that comprise the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway range in estimated cost from $1M to $20M each. These projects will be implemented over time, as funding is made available and street reconstructions are scheduled. 5 miles of the Greenway are currently in use, and 4 additional segments are now in design and engineering.

Who will pay for the Greenway?

BGI has already secured over $20M in federal funding allocated to construction of the Greenway, and we will continue to work to secure more. NYC DOT has committed to building the Greenway as funding is made available and street reconstructions are scheduled. BGI raises the funds for its own operating budget separately – you can help by becoming a BGI member.

Can I use the Greenway today?

Yes, five miles of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway are already in place and include some of the most popular bicycle, running and pedestrian routes in the City. Altogether, this unique set of pathways, green spaces, and public programs are transforming Brooklyn’s waterfront. View a map of the Greenway.