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Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Benefit

A personal note from Aaron Naparstek:

When I first met Brian McCormick, Milton Puryear and Meg Fellerath in the spring of 2002, they were picking up trash and planting tulips alongside a Brooklyn-Queens Expressway off-ramp in Cobble Hill. I asked them what they were up to and they told me that they were working to create a waterfront greenway for Brooklyn – a linear park running from Greenpoint to Red Hook. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that they looked like a gang of juvenile delinquents paying off 40 hours of community service for shop-lifting. Clearly, these people were either insane or visionary.

At the time, Brian, Milton and Meg had no serious funding, no office and no particularly powerful allies or sponsors. They just had a great idea and a ton of persistence. They kept picking up trash, planting flowers, organizing the community and pushing their idea and today the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is a highly professional non-profit organization with capital funding from the federal government, an office on Columbia Street and all kinds of high-powered allies and sponsors. They may or may not be insane but they are definitely visionary.

BGI is hosting a benefit event on the beach. There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music. It should be really nice.

Personally, I think that the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is the most exciting community-driven development project going right now in New York City (take that, Highline). If you are not already involved in the Greenway, this is a great chance to get in on the ground floor of shaping the future of Brooklyn’s waterfront and creating a more livable city. I hope you can attend this event and will consider suppporting BGI.

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