Greenpoint Monitor Museum USS Monitor Park 2019-06-06T09:39:25+00:00

Project Description

Greenpoint Monitor Museum USS Monitor Park

Project Lead: The Greenpoint Monitor Museum
Project Partners: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration – USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary; P.S. 110 The Monitor School; P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont; P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry; John Ericsson M.S. 126; Saint Stanislaus Kostka School; and Oliver Tilden Camp No. 26 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Project Location: 56 Quay Street
GCEF Grant: $599,200
Matching Contribution: $208,800
Fact Sheet: Greenpoint Monitor Museum PDF
Project Status: Ongoing

In 2015, the Greenpoint Monitor Museum received a GCEF grant of $599,200 (and provided $208,800 in matching funds) to develop a final ecological design for shoreline restoration and stabilization at the proposed site of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum building, and to incorporate that environmental design process into the education programs conducted at Greenpoint schools by the Museum. Major activities being funded by GCEF include:

  • Assessing alternative natural shoreline stabilization and flood protection methods combining soft non-structural stabilization (i.e., gentle slopes) with hard shoreline protection alternatives (i.e., vegetated rip rap) based upon a site assessment
  • Integrating, as part of the assessment, projected sea-level rise for future phases of the Museum’s plans for the site including: museum construction, public access, and a dock for the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Research Vessel, and the proposed expansion of Bushwick Inlet Park
  • Evaluating the condition of the existing bulkhead
  • Conducting a bathometry assessment (e.g., assess the depth of waters near the shoreline in order to inform shoreline delineation, coastal engineering, and habitat restoration, etc.)
  • Preparing design documentation using the selected shoreline stabilization method, estimating costs of design/build methods, completing permits, and preparing plans to allow for future construction of the living shoreline
  • Conducting public meetings about the design to seek feedback
  • Delivering existing education programs at the Museum’s classroom at P.S. 110 The Monitor School, and to its other “Road Show” schools and locations, and enhancing that programming with information about the project’s environmental engineering processes

September 2016:In the spring, Monitor Museum volunteers continued delivering its existing education programs at the Museum’s classroom at P.S. 110 The Monitor School and John Ericsson M.S. 126. In July, the Monitor Museum participated in “City of Water Day,” and presented plans for its GCEF-funded project to 30 visitors at the Museum’s location on Bushwick Inlet and the East River. The Museum took part in over five other events, including introducing students and the public to the project as well as the Museum’s Annual Award Ceremony at PS110 – over 200 people attended various events.

August 2017: The Monitor Museum continues to deliver education programs, including two with NOAA that had over 40 attendees. The Museum gave a project update at the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day that included a concept design display, photos of site investigation, and sample gabion basket and sheet piles; there were 40 attendees.

Engineering and design work is also continuing; on site data collection, including borings, underwater bathymetric surveys and land surveys, were completed in fall 2016. The data that was collected was analyzed and used to modify early design concepts, for example, the geotechnical borings indicated that site soils would not properly support the weight of stacked gabion baskets as shown in the original concept drawings which would result in settlement so gabion mats and other methods are presently being considered. The Museum contacted and met with city agencies, including the Department of City Planning and the Parks Department, to obtain pertinent information, coordinate the development of the project, and discuss the preliminary site design.

February 2018: Marine and geotechnical engineers continue to review data collected during site investigations in 2017 and are working toward an engineering solution for shoreline restoration and stabilization to be reviewed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for permitting purposes under their guidelines. Representatives of The Greenpoint Monitor Museum, it’s partner Oliver Tilden Camp No. 26 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and project engineering consultant AECOM participated in the GCEF Open House event in October 2017, discussing the Museum’s GCEF project with the public and distributed a pamphlet which included updated information on the project. In December 2017, the Greenpoint Monitor Museum Road Show Award Ceremony, held at P.S. 110 The Monitor School to honor outstanding student projects, included a slide show presentation on the Museum’s GCEF project to approximately 100 students, their family, and teachers. The presentation also included an explanation of the various studies being undertaken by the project’s engineers and the impact study results make on the project design.

August 2018: A public information session on the status of the museum’s ecological shoreline project was held on June 13th. Both the Monitor Museum and AECOM presented a slide show that included the history of the museum and its activities within the community. The meeting included a presentation of the design process and current status by designers at AECOM. An informal open house style session followed the presentation, with opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback. Approximately 40 members of the community attended the event. The Monitor Museum continues to work with the appropriate government agencies to prepare and submit all necessary project permits. Monitor Museum volunteers also continue to deliver education programs at P.S. 110.

February 2019: AECOM, on behalf of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, submitted a permit application to New York City and State regulatory agencies for the placement of a living shoreline along the seaward edge of their property, within the Bushwick Inlet and along the East River. On September 22, 2018 the Greenpoint Monitor Museum and AECOM hosted approximately 40 community members at a public outreach event presenting AECOM’s shoreline restoration and stabilization design plans for the site. Greenpoint Monitor Museum volunteers also continue to deliver education programs and the Museum held its annual award ceremony honoring P.S. 110 student for outstanding projects created as part of the Monitor Museum’s school program.