Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

Owl’s Head Park Connection of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

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The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and NYC DOT presented the Final Design of the Owl’s Head Park Connection section of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway to Brooklyn Community Board 10 on Monday, October 5, 2015.
The Owl’s Head Park Connector is a critical section of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway situated at the boarder of the Sunset Park and Bay Ridge neighborhoods. The proposed route for this section is along 2nd Avenue from 58th Street to Wakeman Place, and along Wakeman Place from 2nd Avenue to Colonial Road. The goal of the design is to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, reduce congestion, increase accessibility, showcase the neighborhood character, and create a strong link to the waterfront and recreational opportunities.


For more details, check out the presentation to Brooklyn Community Board 10

Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Goes Greener

As reported today on NY 1, the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is undergoing some exciting changes. Planned investments in green infrastructure will prevent up to half a billion gallons of stormwater from entering the combined sewer system annually. This will contribute to a dramatic reduction in the release of raw sewage into the East River and New York Harbor during heavy storms. The plan also recommends approaches to protect Red Hook and Sunset Park from future coastal flooding.

Learn more at Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.


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.

Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Implementation Plan
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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.

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 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



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.


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

Composting along the Greenway

Etsy has been using the Greenway to transport about 600 pounds of compost each month.  They ride from their DUMBO headquarters to Red Hook Community Farm, where Added Value  puts the compost to good use, teaching local youth about sustainable agriculture.  Read more here.

Triathletes come to the Greenway!

There is a new pool along the Greenway.  Brooklyn Bridge Park built a temporary pool and here is the info.  The pool is located adjacent to the Greenway along the path connection Pier 2 to Pier 6.