See The Greenway Plan

January 31st, 2013 by

Want to know where the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is heading? Download Building The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway (.pdf), a comprehensive look at the whats, whys and hows of this protected pedestrian and bicycle route.

With 5 miles already in place, the Greenway has started to become a reality for walkers, joggers, bikers and other Brooklynites looking to commute along and enjoy their waterfront. Released by New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), the plan details what the 14 mile route will look like, as well as how it will be implemented. The finished route will connect communities along Brooklyn’s waterfront from Newtown Creek in Greenpoint to the beginning of the Shore Parkway Greenway in Bay Ridge.

The Greenway has developed thanks to a partnership of public agencies and private organizations, including NYC DOT, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) and Regional Plan Association (RPA). BGI and RPA have worked together for over a decade to design and build support for the Greenway.

Download Building The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway (.pdf)

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Dear Greenway Supporter,

December 21st, 2012 by

Thanks to your ongoing support, 2012 marked many milestones for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

In June, the NYC Department of Transportation released the Implementation Plan for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, after years of community-based planning and interagency coordination by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) and our partners.

This year, BGI also was able to renovate and move into a new storefront office space at 153 Columbia Street, just across from the greenway. We are thankful for the foundation capacity funding and in-kind donations that made this move possible, and we invite you to stop by and learn more about our work.

Please help us continue this momentum by making a 2012 tax-deductible year end gift to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

Brooklyn Epic Bike RidersThe Implementation Plan details 23 capital projects along the route, including future improvements to the five miles of greenway currently in use on Kent Avenue, Williamsburg Street, Flushing Avenue and Columbia Street. Three new greenway segments costing $38 million are fully funded and in design: West Street in Greenpoint, Flushing Avenue at the Navy Yard and Water Street in DUMBO.

This year Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz allocated $1.5 million in the NYC 2013 capital budget to initiate funding for the Sunset Park Connector segment from Smith Street to 39th Street and Second Avenue.

We also secured an additional $540,000 in capital funding from the NYS Department of State to build the Naval Cemetery Landscape along the greenway at WilliamsburgStreet.
This year we saw the use of greenway segments grow dramatically, with over 2,500 cyclists commuting along Flushing Avenue daily, making it one of the top three bike commuter routes in the city. Participation at our monthly cleanups, outreach events, benefits and bike tours continued to grow, with nearly 500 people joining the 4th Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride this summer.

In 2013, we will continue the development of open spaces along the greenway route and we will develop green infrastructure design guidelines so that the greenway helps reduce combined
sewer overflows of raw sewage into the East River and New York Harbor. If we succeed in securing funding, by the end of the year we will begin construction of the Naval Cemetery Landscape, nearly two acres of native plant meadows dedicated to pollinators, which will provide greenway users with an effective escape from the urban built environment.

While millions of dollars are being allocated for construction of the greenway, none of this funding supports BGI’s operating budget. We must raise these funds separately, primarily from private contributors like you.

We need your support to sustain the momentum. Our effectiveness as an organization hinges on your continued financial support.

Please include Brooklyn Greenway Initiative in your year-end giving by making a tax-deductible gift today using the enclosed form or on our secure donation page. If your company has a corporate matching gift program or you wish to make a contribution through a donor advised fund, gift of securities, or family foundation, please contact Brian McCormick at 718.522.0193 or

Thank you for your support and have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Brian McCormick, Meg Fellerath and Milton Puryear

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Critical Vote on the Greenway in Greenpoint

December 17th, 2012 by

On December 19, the CB1 Transportation Committee will be discussing and voting on plans for a section of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway along West Street in Greenpoint. A strong show of support by greenway supporters from Greenpoint and Williamsburg is critical. The meeting is at 435 Graham Avenue at 6:30pm. Please mark your calendars!

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Join BGI at the Edge for New Views 2012 on Thursday, June 21st!

June 19th, 2012 by

Please join the Board, Host Committee and supporters of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for our annual summer benefit cocktail party, featuring food and drink from Williamsburg’s distinctive eateries, including Allswell, Café Colette, El Almacén, Egg, Parish Hall, Rosarito Fish Shack, Urban Rustic…and more! Enjoy the hot-and-sweet music of Michael Arenella and his Quartet while overlooking the East River waterfront and the midtown Manhattan skyline.

Tickets are available here

All proceeds from New Views 2012: Williamsburg Bistros & Bites will support Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. BGI is the 501c3 non-profit organization that is planning for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and its long-term stewardship.

At the June 21st event, New York City will announce its Implementation Plan for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, including 24 capital projects spanning 14 miles from Greenpoint to Sunset Park. Special guests of honor will include Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez and NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Williamsburg EdgeSweet ‘n Low, One Brooklyn Bridge Park, ConEdison, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Great Jones Realty, Movers Not Shakers, Madderlake Designs, and Brownstoner. Drinks will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery, New York Distilling Company, Q Drinks and Waterfront Wines & Spirits.

Win restaurant gift certificates in our raffle! Thank you to Allswell, Café Colette, El Almacén, Marlow & Sons,  Rosarito Fish Shack and Urban Rustic for their generous donations.

Download a pdf of the invitation

Host Committee (in formation)

  • Douglas Adams
  • Marc Agger
  • Maureen Hogan & Jeff Block
  • Nancy & Anthony Bowe
  • Teresa Toro & Rolf Carle
  • Paul Gertner
  • Lisa Heller
  • John Heyer II
  • Joanne Witty & Eugene Keilin
  • Annette Lang & Scott Lundberg
  • Ken Lederer
  • Tom Pritchard & Jody Rhone
  • Jim & Eliza Rossman
  • Hon. Jo Anne Simon
  • Jessica & Joshua Trauner
  • Donna Walcavage, AECOM

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Public Meetings for Brooklyn Bridge Park Field House Begin on June 18th

June 18th, 2012 by

Field House with Velodrome?

$40 million has been secured to build a field house at Brooklyn Bridge Park that may include a velodrome for cycling and facilities for running and other sports. This is a great opportunity for cyclists and runners and you have an opportunity to weigh in on the plans for the facility at three upcoming meetings:

June 18: Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens
Long Island College Hospital
339 Hicks Street

June 20: Red Hook
South Brooklyn Community High School
173 Conover Street

June 25: Brooklyn Heights/Downtown
St. Francis College, Callahan Center
180 Remsen Street

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Save the Date: Saturday, July 28th / 4th Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride

June 13th, 2012 by

This summer’s 40-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Registration is now open. See more photos from last year’s ride here.

We are also recruiting 60 marshals and other ride support volunteers (non-riders) for this 600-person ride.  If you are an experienced cyclist, you can participate in the Epic Ride at no charge by serving as a ride marshal. Mandatory marshal training and orientation will occur the evening of July 10, 2012.  Non-riding volunteers will help with event coordination, directing riders, registration at ride starts and staffing the end of the ride.

To volunteer, please contact

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Tree Stewardship on the Greenway

June 12th, 2012 by

On Saturday, June 9th, youth from the Red Hook Community Justice Center shared the Columbia Street section of the Greenway with local community volunteers, and everyone worked to clean up litter and weed the tree pits. You can see the results below!

This much-needed stewardship event will happen on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00AM-12:00PM. All are welcome. We meet at Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s office at 153 Columbia Street. Next date is Saturday, July 14th. Please contact Marilyn Schiller for more information: Mschiller(at)

Columbia Street / BEFORE

Columbia Street / AFTER


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UPDATED to June 12 & 13: Temporary Construction Closure of Brooklyn Bridge Park Interim Greenway

June 8th, 2012 by

Please see construction notice below, as forwarded by Brooklyn Bridge Park:

On Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13, the interim greenway between Joralemon and Montague Streets in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be temporarily closed due to construction. Visitors should use Furman Street to connect to the interim greenway at Montague Street.

We will be posting this information on our website and publicizing it through our social media portals. There will also be signage posted at the site. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience.

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Future Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Bike Tour

May 25th, 2012 by

Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for our annual spring bike tour along the northern 10 miles of the planned Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway route. This is a guided ride at a family-friendly pace, with stops for restrooms and water. Make sure your bicycle is in good working order and bring a spare tube, extra water, sunscreen, snacks and a camera!

We’ll ride from Greenpoint to Red Hook, and then loop back to Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park for those who would like to attend the Governors Island Family Festival and/or tour the OpSail 2012 visiting vessels. PortSide has prepared a local guide that includes details about the ships docking on the Brooklyn piers.

To RSVP, send your full name to Ride is free but you must pre-register by Friday at 5:00pm!


Ride start: Meet at the northernmost end of Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, on the shores of Newtown Creek. Please arrive by 9:30AM to check in. Note: There are no restrooms at the ride start.
Public transit: G to Greenpoint Av (Brooklyn); 7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Av (Queens)


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