Fall 2014 Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementatation Plan Workshops

NYC DOT, in collaboration with Regional Plan Association, the National Parks Service, and the Department of Parks and recreation, has recently hosted the second round of workshops for the Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation Plan. At the last round of workshops, DOT presented and sought feedback on alternatives for potential pedestrian and bicycle improvements (developed based on the first round of workshops, held in the spring of 2014). See each presentation below.

A third round of meetings will be held in 2015 to review a Draft Implementation Plan.

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Community workshops

Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Implementation Plan

We are pleased to announce that the final Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Implementation Plan is now available online. This plan is the culmination of years of work by a wide array of organizations and would not have been possible without their input.

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With the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, NYCDOT seeks to combine the tradition of Olmsted’s vision of leafy green tree-lined boulevards with the new paradigm of on-street bicycle and pedestrian paths. The route will pass through a variety of urban landscapes from historic neighborhoods to working industrial areas to dynamic new waterfront parks.When completed, the Greenway, will consist of 14 miles of designated off-street pathways, enhanced sidewalks, and some on-street bike lanes, connecting the waterfront neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Red Hook and Sunset Park.The designated paths for bicycles and pedestrians will allow cyclists and walkers to commute, exercise, explore, and relax along the Brooklyn waterfront from Newtown Creek to the Shore Parkway.

New connection to Canarsie Park and Jamaica Bay Greenway

This past summer, a greenways project on Paerdegat Avenue North in Brooklyn calmed traffic and created safe, new connections between the neighborhood of Canarsie, and Canarsie Park, Canarsie Pier, and the Jamaica Bay Greenway. Canarsie Park is a popular recreational destination on the waterfront of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The Jamaica Bay Greenway leads to additional popular destinations such as Floyd Bennett Field, Plumb Beach, Ft. Tilden and Riis Park, and Marine Park.

A two-way parking protected shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists was installed on Paerdegat Avenue North from Flatlands Avenue to the Canarsie Park Gate. The project also added four new crosswalks and created safer, shorter pedestrian crossings along the corridor. Learn more about the project here.

Plan your visit to Canarsie Park here, and your visit to the Jamaica Bay Greenway here.




Hundreds Run the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway!

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s event on October 19, 2014, “Brooklyn Greenway ½ and 5K” was a great success with a large turnout! Thanks to everyone who attended, and a big thank you to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and their partner South Brooklyn Running Club. The event is the only half marathon and 5K exclusively on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is a landscaped route for pedestrians, runners, and cyclists, connecting Brooklyn’s waterfront from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge along the historic East River. It leads to destinations such as Brooklyn Bridge Park, East River State Park, Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Red Hook. A map, courtesy of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, can be found here.




Photos courtesy of Will Ragozzino and Nikki Clark of Kiwi Energy



New connection to East River Greenway and Randall’s Island

Earlier this year, a greenways project on E 102nd St and E 106th St calmed traffic and created new connections between the recreational facilities of Central Park, East River Greenway and Randall’s Island. A two-way bike lane on E 102nd St east of 1st Ave provides bicycle access to the 103rd St Footbridge to the greenway and Randall’s Island. Randall’s Island is home to numerous athletic fields, waterfront and natural areas, as well as 8 miles of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian pathways.There are also bicycle and pedestrian connections to the Bronx and Queens from the island.

Plan your visit to Randall’s Island here.

On  E 106th St, the addition of a left turn bays and pedestrian islands calm traffic and make safer and shorter crossings. This project also installed bike lanes on E 106th St between 5 Ave and 1 Ave that provide an east-west route from Central Park.  Learn more about the project here.Slide1 Slide2 Slide3

Upcoming Jamaica Bay Greenway Workshops

Please join NYC Department of Transportation at the second round of community workshops to plan the future of the Jamaica Bay Greenway. Light refreshments provided.

Community workshops

Canarsie / Spring Creek Workshop
When: Tuesday September 30th, 6:30 pm
Where: Canarsie Ascend Charter High School,
9719 Flatlands Ave, Canarsie, NY 11236
RSVP for the event here.

Howard Beach / Ozone Park Workshop
When: Tuesday October 7th, 6:30 pm
Where: Old Mill Yacht Club,
16315 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY 11414
RSVP for the event here.

Rockaways / Broad Channel Workshop
When: Thursday October 16th, 6:30 pm
Where: Scholars’ Academy
320 Beach 104th St, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
RSVP for the event here.

Marine Park / Sheepshead Bay Workshop
When: Wednesday October 22nd, 6:30 pm
Where: Carmine Carro Community Center
3000 Fillmore Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234
RSVP for the event here.

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New safety enhancements in Red Hook

NYC DOT installed salvaged granite blocks (recycled from the Willis Ave Bridge) near Van Brunt and Sackett St in Red Hook Brooklyn. The block enhances safety along the recently completed extension of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway by strengthening the barrier between path users and moving vehicles. #VisionZero #BlockParty



New Yorkers Bike & Hike the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


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.