North Henry Street End Restoration Planning 2021-04-02T20:50:14+00:00

Project Description

North Henry Street End Restoration Planning

Project Lead: Newtown Creek Alliance
Project Partners: Sarah Durand, Associate Professor at LaGuardia Community College; Allocco Recycling; and North Brooklyn Community Boathouse, formerly North Brooklyn Boat Club
Project Location: North Henry Street
2014 GCEF Grant: $24,735
2014 Matching Contribution: $1,000
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $25,735
2014 Project Completed: February 2016
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In 2014, through a competitive process, Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) received a $24,735 GCEF grant (and provided $1,000 in matching funds) to research and develop a restoration plan for transforming the end of North Henry Street into a publicly-accessible and ecologically-beneficial open space and shoreline. Located on the No Name Inlet of Newtown Creek, the site consisted of 20,000 square feet of city-owned upland and degraded shoreline.

NCA used the grant to conduct an analysis of the site characteristics, including: shoreline composition, flora and fauna survey, stormwater runoff and contamination issues, water quality, bathymetry, and governmental jurisdiction issues. NCA worked with neighboring property owners (Allocco Recycling and NYC Department of Environmental Protection) to expedite the removal of abandoned equipment and trailers from the site. In addition, NCA 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. Based on this visioning, and the site characteristics analysis, NCA developed a restoration plan for the North Henry Street end.

NCA then used the restoration plan to initiate discussions with city and state agencies about its potential implementation and goals to further ecological renewal and public access along Newtown Creek.

In 2019, the North Henry Street end restoration plan received a design award from the New York chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognizing excellence in the practice of landscape architecture.

For more information, visit Newtown Creek Alliance’s website: NewtownCreekAlliance.org/north-henry-street

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Developed a plan 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
  • Analyzed and documented site characteristics for the development of the restoration plan
  • Worked with community members, relevant city agencies and local business partner, Allocco Recycling in developing the site restoration plan
  • Received an award for the completed North Henry Street end from the New York chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for excellence in landscape architecture design
PROJECT PRODUCTS
RELATED MEDIA

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)