On Saturday, September 17th, guests joined us for music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and greenway conversations at the Naval Cemetery Landscape, a memorial meadow and sacred grove located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Through the Greenway Garden Party, BGI is able to raise funds to continue critical work as the catalyst for the development, establishment and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

When completed, the Greenway will connect Brooklyn’s storied and iconic waterfront, parks and open space, commercial and cultural corridors, and new tech and innovation hubs for 2.65 million Brooklyn residents, over 1.1 million employees in Brooklyn, and 15 million annual visitors from across the City and around the world. But we can’t do it without you!

At the Greenway Garden Party we Honored:

City Bike (by Lyft)

Citi Bike

Citi Bike’s massive success popularizing bike share in NYC has enabled more people than ever to choose a bike ride over a car trip. Citi Bike usage has continued to break previous records since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The expansion of the Citi Bike network has moved the needle on transit equity at an unparalleled rate, and the widespread availability of electric and classic bikes has been the tailwind behind NYC’s #bikeboom.

The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway – and greenways across the City – have experienced the same explosion in popularity since 2020, and we are thrilled to honor BGI’s long-time supporter Citi Bike and Lyft for all they do for NYC. 

Councilmembers Selvena Brooks-Powers & Carlina Rivera

Councilmembers Selvena Brooks-Powers and Carlina Rivera are the co-sponsors of the Citywide Greenway Master Plan legislation in the New York City CouncilThe bill is expected to pass this fall and will require NYC agencies to create a comprehensive and equitable master plan for the City’s Greenways, mandating regular updates and outlining needs for construction, funding, design, maintenance, and high-quality community engagement.

BGI and the NYC Greenways Coalition are excited to celebrate the progress of this legislation and toast these pioneering Councilmembers. 

Last year on September 18, 2021, BGI celebrated the first-ever Greenway Garden Party — an outdoor cocktail party benefiting BGI and our mission to create a greener, stronger, and healthier Brooklyn. It was our first in-person community gathering in almost 2 years where we celebrated to commemorated the Greenway’s role as vibrant outdoor space for transportation, recreation, and community during the pandemic. Thank you to all our sponsors, attendees, and supporters for making it a night to remember!

BGI was thrilled to honor NYC DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman for his leadership to advance greenways citywide and shape the city’s future transportation and open space landscape. During his tenure, he has established new bike lanes on the Brooklyn and Queensborough Bridges, added thousands of public bike racks on city streets, expanded the Open Streets program, and re-invigorated DOT’s long-standing commitment to the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.