Greenpoint Gazette

Newtown Creek Group Calls for Public Opinion on North Henry Street

BY Mason Jones

A community group is calling for residents to have their say on what should be done with of a patch of unused Greenpoint shoreline.

The Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) will hold a ‘hands on workshop’ to encourage the public to voice their opinion on how the 20,000 square feet plot could most benefit the community.

The event will include talks by NCA Program Manager Willis Elkins, artist Matej Vakula, and La Guardia Professor Dr. Sarah Durand.

Along with discussing ecological issues and shoreline restoration possibilities, the group will also take aerial photographs of the site using a balloon and a high definition camera.

The photographs will then be included in planning material that will be submitted to the City later this year.

Located on the ‘No Name’ tributary of Newtown Creek, the city-owned land at the end of North Henry Street has previously been used by contractors working on the nearby wastewater plant.

Now that the work is completed, the group is looking for ways to make the most of the shoreline.

Many residents would like to see more access to the water for leisure activities such as kayaking and canoeing.

“The waterway is shallow and is not used by commercial boats, so it could be used by the public” said Willis Elkins, a founding member of the North Brooklyn Boat Club.

The North Henry Street planning project is funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF); a joint program by the New York Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation.

The group will submit possible plans for the site based on public opinion to the City in the next few months.

The NCA hopes to see a large number of people attend the workshop, and will be at the site from 11am-3pm on April 12th.

For more information go to: www.newtowncreekalliance.org.

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