Industrial Histories and Ecological Opportunities: A Newtown Creek Walking Tour

Janes Walk


Led By Willis Elkins, Executive Director / Newtown Creek Alliance

Beginning at the Brooklyn side of the former Vernon Avenue Bridge (now Manhattan Ave Street End Park in Greenpoint), the walk will visit a number of key industrial operations and ongoing projects that are seeking to reintroduce invaluable habitat and reconnect the surrounding communities with this historic industrial waterway. We will stop by the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, the Kingsland Wildflowers Green roofs, and Dutch Kills Tributary en route to returning to the Queens side of the former Vernon Avenue Bridge.

We ask attendees to wear sturdy shoes and prepare for industrial terrain. In total, the walk is approx. 3 miles long. There is one location with bathrooms on the route.

We will be crossing a rail line and multi-lane industrial traffic streets. These is also uneven terrain and sidewalks to manage, including areas with no curb cuts.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Sunday, May 7, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Brooklyn
Theme: Advocacy, Environment, History & Culture
Language: English
Small tankers unload on both banks of Newtown Creek. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Jim Henderson. Modifications: photo cropped.