Over the years, NAG has been one of North Brooklyn’s leading voices for environmental justice and public access to the waterfront. For many years now we have been talking about creating a public waterfront park on the City-owned property below the Williamsburg Bridge. Just as DUMBO and Fulton Ferry have great waterfront open spaces, we think that Williamsburg deserves the same. A waterfront park at the Williamsburg Bridge would provide much needed open space for residents of the Southside, a part of community that is particularly underserved in terms of open space in general and green space in particular.
Now, thanks to a generous grant from the Citizens Committee of NYC, NAG has the resources to support our advocacy efforts for this park. Peter Kostmayer, CCNYC’s Chief Executive Officer, and Wilfredo Florentino, CCNYC’s Programs Outreach Coordinator, came out to NAG’s offices last week to present a check and kick off the year-long advocacy process.
NAG is incredibly excited about this grant and the opportunity it gives us to focus on a strong planning and advocacy effort. Stay tuned for a lot more on this issue – and if you would like to join in the planning effort, please contact us through the menu links above.
[Photo above, l to r: Peter Gillespie, NAG Executive Director; Will Florentino, CCNYC Programs Outreach Coordinator; Peter Kostmayer, CCNYC CEO; Ward Dennis and Emily Gallagher, NAG Co-Chairs; Ryan Kuonen, NAG Organizer]