December 10, 2015

BGI’S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2015

Thank you for helping us make 2015 an incredible year for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Thanks to your ongoing support, this year saw countless milestones for the greenway.

Below are some of our favorite images and stories from this year. Please help us keep up the momentum by making a 2015 tax deductible year end gift to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Our effectiveness as an organization hinges on your continued financial support.

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Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year.

January: Brooklyn Borough President Released Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Stormwater Management Plan

Borough President Eric Adams released the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Stormwater Management Plan developed by BGI to prevent up to half a billion gallons of stormwater from entering the combined sewer system annually. This will contribute to a dramatic reduction in the release of raw sewage into the East River and New York Harbor during heavy storms. The plan also recommends approaches to protect Red Hook and Sunset Park from future coastal flooding.

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April: BGI Member Tour of The Greenway

On a beautiful spring day, BGI members rode from Red Hook to Greenpoint at the annual Member’s Spring Greenway Bike Tour where they learned about Greenway developments and finished the day with free entry to the Brooklyn Hot Sauce Festival.

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May: Corporate Volunteer plantings

During May, four corporate volunteer groups from Levi’s Turner Construction, HR&A Advisors and Goldman Sachs joined us in planting, composting, building fences and sprucing up the Greenway in Red Hook and Columbia Waterfront District.

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June: New Views: Brooklyn Waterfront Tastes

On a balmy summer’s evening, 250 guests joined us at our New Views: Brooklyn Waterfront Tastes, our annual summer benefit, held at Glasserie in Greenpoint. Our vaudeville themed tasting event included performers from ventriloquists, mimes, aerial artists and tarot card readers and several musical acts. Twenty Brooklyn waterfront restaurants also served delicious tastings to our guests throughout the evening.

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July: 1500 Cyclists Rode The Epic Ride

1500 cyclists joined us at the 7th annual Epic Ride,  a 40 mile ride from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach.

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Ground Breaking at The Naval Cemetery Landscape

We broke ground on our first green space, The Naval Cemetery Landscape located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard which is accessible from Williamsburg St West. The site will open to the public in Spring 2016. For more information, click here.Building Navy Yard - Copy2

The Green School At The Naval Cemetery Landscape

At the site of the Naval Cemetery Landscape, we worked with students of The Green School on researching the transformational power of nature in urban settings. We are hypothesizing that the restoration experienced in a natural setting empowers people to feel more power, more confidence, and a greater desire to thrive. For more information, click here.Green School - Copy

August: Columbia Waterfront Park Received $500K in Funding

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams assigned  $500,000 in funding to BGI’s Columbia Waterfront Park from nearly $12 million allocated to parks across Brooklyn. The park will be a brand new two-acre space along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway on Columbia Street between Kane and Degraw Streets. Additional funds are to be secured before construction can begin, however the first phase of the park commenced in Spring 2014 when BGI volunteers planted native grasses. In 2015 BGI volunteers completed further plantings and built a fence, and DOT installed bike racks and benches. Click here for more information.

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September: Launched the country’s first Adopt-A-Greenway Program

BGI’s Adopt-a-Greenway Program assures that the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is maintained at a high standard and can continue to delight the tens of thousands of people who use it daily. Under this program BGI will provide maintenance services that city agencies will not provide, including litter removal, the development of new landscaped areas and maintenance. For more information on BGI’s Adopt-a-Greenway program, click here.

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October: Brooklyn Greenway Half + 5K

The 3rd annual Brooklyn Greenway Half & 5K tripled in size this year with over 1300 runners. The start and finish line were positioned inside the future Columbia Waterfront Park and the run took participants on a Red Hook-Greenpoint loop.

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November: Greenway + Industry

Our annual fall benefit Greenway + Industry held at 26 Bridge St in Dumbo brought together major business centers along the Brooklyn waterfront for an evening of live music, food, drinks and networking. 20151118-IMG_5735 - Copy

 

December: NY State Announces $1.8 million for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

New York State announced that BGI and the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams would receive $1,820,000 in funding to advance three resiliency and open space projects; Red Hook Integrated Flood Protection System (IFPS); Columbia Waterfront Park; and the Integrated Flood Protection for Sunset Park Industrial Areas.

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Holiday Party!

And we finished the year off with a bang with our members, volunteers and supporters at the BGI Holiday Party at The Hop Shop!