Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space
|Project Lead:||New York City Audubon Society|
|Project Partners:||Newtown Creek Alliance; Alive Structures; Trout in the Classroom; and the Fortune Society|
|Project Location:||520 Kingsland Avenue|
|2017 Budget Addition:||$162,902|
|Fact Sheet:||Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof PDF|
In 2015, the New York City Audubon Society received $971,782 (and provided $2,571,840 in matching funds) to install a 21,711-square foot (comprised of 4 different levels), bird-friendly intensive green roof to reduce polluted stormwater, provide publicly-accessible green space, and create an outdoor education classroom and related environmental education programming for Greenpoint residents at the Broadway Stages building on Kingsland Avenue. Major GCEF-funded project activities include:
- Planting the roof with biologically-diverse native plant species
- Conducting multi-parameter monitoring to assess green roof biodiversity characteristics and sharing results with the community
- Providing educational programming for elementary and middle school educators who will participate in a “Trout in the Classroom” conference, and learn about the site as an outdoor classroom
- Conducting additional educational programming, including tours, lectures, workshops (e.g., “Weather in the Watershed”), and open houses, and offering public access and eco-festival community days
- Developing and implementing a sustainable maintenance plan that will include creating a stewardship and volunteer network for long-term roof maintenance
- Conducting local “green-collar” job training in green roof installation and maintenance
In 2017, through a competitive process, the New York City Audubon Society was awarded $162,902 in additional funding to extend horticultural maintenance of the green roof and continue further programming, including the annual fall festival, lectures and presentations in the community space, school and camp visits to the roof, Newtown Creek canoe/kayak and public tours, a spring conference, and printed interpretive materials to complement this programming. Additionally, the project website and social media platforms will be enhanced and a strategic plan for the project’s continuation beyond the grant period will be developed.
The project website can be found at: KingslandWildflowers.com
Above: Photo 1 by Andrew Mass. Photos 2, 3 and 7 by Niki Jackson.
August 2016: Phase one of construction for the first 2 roofs has been completed. A combined 7,066 square feet have been installed with protective layers of plastic and felt. Both drainage systems and irrigation lines were then laid under 2 inches of gravel and an additional 5 to 8 inches of soil covering the entire roofs. Stonemasons have fashioned bluestone pathways and patios for visitor access. Based on calculations, this first phase of covered roofs has the capacity to capture over 10,740 gallons of storm water per one-inch storm. On September 24th, the new “Greenroof and Community Engagement Center” located at the Broadway Stages building was opened to the public.
August 2017: The remaining 10,000 square feet of green roof covering was installed, which finalized the 22,000 square foot green roof. Bird monitoring and data collection is ongoing. NYC Audubon hosted several programming events including a tour for the LES Ecology Center and a PS 34 Eco-Families Tour. Beginning in September, Kingsland Wildflowers presents a monthly artist lecture series featuring local Greenpoint artists who have created environmentally-focused bodies of work.
February 2018: In 2017, through a competitive process, the New York City Audubon Society was awarded $162,902 in additional funding to extend horticultural maintenance of the green roof and continue further programming, including the annual fall festival, lectures and presentations in the community space, school and camp visits to the roof, Newtown Creek canoe/kayak and public tours, a spring conference, and printed interpretive materials to complement this programming. Additionally, the project website and social media platforms will be enhanced and a strategic plan for the project’s continuation beyond the grant period will be developed.
Brooklyn’s Little-Known Kingsland Wildflowers Is a Rooftop Oasis for NYC Wildlife (Untapped Cities, January 2, 2018)
Kingsland Wildflowers (Atlas Obscura, November 23, 2017)
A rooftop urban oasis springs to life in a polluted NYC neighborhood (Inhabitat, August 25, 2017)
Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof (Open House New York, October 5, 2016)
Kingsland Wildflower Festival offers first look at new Greenpoint rooftop garden (Brooklyn Reporter, September 26, 2016)
Come to Brooklyn on Sept 24 for the Kingsland Wildflower Festival and the Grand Opening of a Green Rooftop! (Greenroofs.com, September 19, 2016)
Greenpoint rooftop is seeing some real green (Brooklyn Reporter, September 13, 2016)
This roof wants to bring butterflies and birds to the toxic sludge (Technical.ly Brooklyn, August 31, 2016)
Wildflower Roof to Bring Birds and Butterflies to Industrial Greenpoint (DNA info, August 26, 2016)