North Henry Street End Restoration Planning
|Project Lead:||Newtown Creek Alliance|
|Project Partners:||Sarah Durand, Professor, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York; Allocco Recycling; and North Brooklyn Community Boathouse (formerly North Brooklyn Boat Club)|
|Project Location:||North Henry Street|
|Project Completed:||February 2016|
In 2014, through a competitive process, the Newtown Creek Alliance received a $24,735 GCEF grant (and provided $1,000 in matching funds) to research and develop a plan for transforming the end of North Henry Street into publicly-accessible and ecologically-beneficial open space and shoreline. Located on the No Name Inlet of Newtown Creek, the site consists of 20,000 square feet of city-owned upland and degraded shoreline.
With GCEF funding, Newtown Creek Alliance conducted a thorough analysis of the site characteristics, including shoreline composition, a flora and fauna survey (30 plant species and 38 animal species identified on the site), storm water runoff and contamination issues, and water quality, bathymetry, and governmental jurisdiction issues. Newtown Creek Alliance worked with neighboring entities (Allocco Recycling and New York City Department of Environmental Protection) to expedite the removal of abandoned equipment and trailers from the site. Newtown Creek Alliance also worked with community members, project partners, relevant agencies, and a landscape architecture firm to develop a vision for the site’s ecological restoration and improved use. Following the completion of the restoration plan for the end of North Henry Street, Newtown Creek Alliance has used the plan to initiate discussions with city and state agencies about implementing it, and achieving its goals of furthering ecological restoration and public access along Newtown Creek.
In 2019, the project received a design award from the New York chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The awards recognize excellence in the practice of landscape architecture. More information about the North Henry Street project can be found on the Newtown Creek Alliance website at: http://www.newtowncreekalliance.org/north-henry-street/
- Conducted a detailed study of the potential to transform 20,000 square feet of city-owned upland and degraded shoreline along Newtown Creek into publicly-accessible and ecologically-beneficial open space and shoreline
- Worked with neighboring entities to remove abandoned contractor equipment from the site
- Thoroughly analyzed and documented site characteristics for the development of a comprehensive restoration plan for the end of North Henry Street including shoreline composition, species of flora and fauna, stormwater runoff, contamination, water quality, bathymetry, and governmental jurisdiction issues
- Worked with community members, relevant city agencies and local business partner, Allocco Recycling to develop a restoration plan for the site (see project booklet above)
In Greenpoint, new waterfront parks will transform the Newtown Creek (Curbed New York, August 22, 2019)
ASLA-NY Announces 2019 Design Awards Recipients (American Society of Landscape Architects, New York (ASLA-NY), March 14, 2019)
Newtown Creek Group Calls for Public Opinion on North Henry Street (Greenpoint Gazette, April 1, 2015)