Brooklyn Greenway Fundraiser
Join the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to raise spirits and funds, and to focus on the future of open space along the Red Hook piers. Enjoy a casual evening of drinks and hors dâ€™oeuvres, hosted by BGIâ€™s Board of Directors and fellow Greenway supporters. Since last yearâ€™s inaugural fundraiser at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, BGI has made great strides toward building the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative â€“ Recent Highlights
- BGI was awarded a second round of funding by New York Stateâ€™s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, sponsored by the office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. This funding will support Greenway design work in Community Boards 2 and 6, and Greenway route selection in Community Board 1. Public design workshops will begin in 2007.
- BGI is negotiating a contract with NYC DOT to begin designing the Greenway segments around the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The design process will be funded using $188,000 in federal Transportation, Community, and System Preservation (TCSP) funding secured by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, as well as $75,000 awarded to BGI by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.
- BGI is working to change NYC EDCâ€™s proposal for development at Brooklynâ€™s Piers 7-12 by preserving the planned open space along the west side of Columbia Street. Greenway supporters have made it clear that the community wants the open space that has been threatened under EDCâ€™s plan.
- BGI hosted the final design review at Brooklyn Borough Hall for a group of graduate students from The Washington University who used the Greenway as the focus of their summer intensive design studio. Program faculty included Moji Baratloo (Columbia University) and Justin Moore (Department of City Planning).
- BGI helped produce the inaugural season of Red Hook Movies in the Parks, a series of outdoor movies shown in three of the local parks that the Greenway will connect: Coffey Park, Valentino Pier, and the Red Hook Community Farm. Project partners included the Red Hook Community Justice Center, Super Projects, Added Value and Partnerships for Parks.
- BGIâ€™s Volunteer Corps is ever-expanding, and we are grateful for the time, talent, and energy that volunteers are contributing toward building the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Thank you!
- Weâ€™ve moved! BGI has a new office â€“ 145 Columbia Street â€“ located along the future route of the Greenway. We gratefully acknowledge support from the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust in achieving this organizational milestone. Please check BGIâ€™s website for details about our upcoming Community Open House.
- And moreâ€¦please visit www.brooklyngreenway.org for Greenway updates!