New Yorkers Bike & Hike the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Our event “Bike & Hike the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge” was a great success with a large turnout! Thanks to everyone who attended, and a big thank you to our partners, American Littoral Society, the Regional Plan Association (RPA), and Purelements.

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The Jamaica Bay Greenway links to more than 10,000 acres of parks and beaches, including regional destinations such as the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Floyd Bennett Field, Jacob Riis Park and Fort Tilden.

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Bike and Hike the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge!

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Sunday August 10, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ride with the NYC DOT and Purelements to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge!

We will ride on a combination of bike lanes, city streets, and off-street paths (including the Jamaica Bay Greenway) to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. At the Refuge, the American Littoral Society will provide a -FREE- guided tour, lasting about an hour.

For more information, and to register in advance, click here.

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Hundreds ride Greenway for Epic Ride

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Nearly 1,000 New Yorkers visited the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront on Sunday, July 27 for Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s Epic Ride. NYC DOT provided assistance at the Floyd Bennett Field rest stop, where dozens of riders stopped to learn more about the Jamaica Bay Greenway. To learn more about the Jamaica Bay Greenway, or to be notified of upcoming workshops and events, join our mailing list.


Art Ride: Guided Bicycle Tour of Rockaway!


Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
Ride with NYC DOT and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance from Firehouse 59 to Fort Tilden. At the park, we will receive a free, guided door of the Rockaway! Public Arts Festival.

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The Rockaway! Public Arts Festival has been organized by the Rockaway Artists Alliance and MoMA PS1 and is sponsored by  the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service.


Ft Tilden Beach Cleanup


Fort Tilden Beach Cleanup

Saturday August 2 at 9 a.m.

Fort Tilden Beach, Rockaway

Come join NYC H2O, Audubon and the National Park Service for our volunteer beach cleanup of Fort Tilden beach.

Protected shore birds like oystercatchers and piping plovers lay their eggs in the sand so a beach rake machine can’t be used to clean the beach. So, the trash has to be picked up by hand.

Audubon will talk to us about the variety of shore birds that make their home on our beaches.  Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. The cleanup will last 1.5 hours.

Van transportation will be provided from Manhattan.

RSVP here.

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New Yorkers Ride to the Rockaways on the Jamaica Bay Greenway!


As part of MWA’s City of Water Day, NYC DOT hosted a group ride to Rockaway Beach, starting at Brooklyn College, to highlight the Jamaica Bay Greenway (download the 2014 Guide to the Greenway, here).

NYC DOT will be hosting a series of workshops this fall and next spring to complete and enhance the Jamaica Bay Greenway. Save the dates:

  • 09.30.2014 | Canarsie/Spring Creek
  • 10.07.2014 | Howard Beach/Ozone Park
  • 10.16.2014 | Rockaway/Broad Channel
  • 10.22.2014 | Marine Park/Sheepshead Bay

To be notified of future events of upcoming workshops, sign up for our Jamaica Bay Greenway mailing list, here.

Thank you so much to our partners in making this event happen, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and Breezy’s BBQ!


Bike Parade coming to Vernon Boulevard

Check out the Queens East River Greenway and Vernon Boulevard’s awesome new seperated path. Come ride in the Long Island City Bike Parade on June 7th.  Pre-game festivities including a bike swap start at 11am at Socrates Sculpture Park and the parade starts at 3pm at the Socrates.

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East 37th Street Greenway Connector

On May 7th, DOT proposed improvements to the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway to Community Board 6. The new connector will improve access to and from the Greenway at East 37th Street, where there is currently a break in the Greenway before it resumes at East 60th Street. There is increased need for improved Greenway access at this location due to the East River Ferry, Citibike station, and upcoming improvements to Glick Park. The existing greenway connection lacks sufficient visibility, wayfinding, and pavement markings. The proposal includes improvements to the exsting path from East 34th Street to East 37th Street, installation of a two-way path on East 37th Street between the FDR Service Road and connections to Second Avenue through shared lanes on East 38th Street and East 35th Street and a two-way path on First Avenue between East 38th Street and East 37th Street. These routes increase safety by enabling cyclists to use routes that avoid the FDR Service Road and the entrance to the Midtown Tunnel. Download the presentation (pdf)

Atlantic Basin Connector Project presented to CB 6 Transportation Committee

At last night’s Community Board 6 Transportation Committee meeting, DOT presented a proposal to extend the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway from Van Brunt Street to Valentino Park, providing access to the waterfront at Atlantic Basin. The route uses Summit Street and Imlay Street, travels through the Basin from Verona Street to Conover Street, and then connects to the park via Conover Street, King/Sullivan Street, and Ferris Street.  It requires the one-way conversion of the streets along some sections of the route.  DOT also proposed the addition of shared lane markings on Van Brunt Street and potential one-way conversion of one block of Reed Street and of Beard Street in response to community requests.

The Committee voted unanimously in favor of the proposal to extend the Greenway south.

Download the presentation here:

Greenway Benefit for Sandy Recovery

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will host a benefit to support Hurricane Sandy recovery on November 12. All of the money raised at the benefit will go to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, which will support recovery efforts throughout Brooklyn. The neighborhoods along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway route are among those affected by the storm, especially Red Hook.

The benefit will include a briefing by DOT’s Greenway czar, Ted Wright, on current Greenway projects.

Learn more about the benefit