In conjunction with our community environmental health and justice mapping project, NAG will be hosting a series of walking tours that will explore the rich industrial history of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. These walking tours will kick off the first weekend of May, which coincides with “Jane’s Walks.” (This is separate from our Walking Workshop series led by Parsons graduate students).
This area of North Brooklyn along the East River became a robust industrial and manufacturing center during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, as a result of the 2005 rezoning, much of these industrial uses have given way to luxury apartment buildings. Yet, many buildings still remain as homage to the area’s bustling industrial legacy.
There are many efforts to preserve these sites, but what does that mean to current residents? Often these industries have left behind much more than a pretty building. Chemical contaminants from past industrial uses are impacting the health and well-being of current residents. This tour serves not only to spark the interest of historical buffs, but also to educate residents about our neighborhood’s industrial history and its potential consequences.
We hope you can join us for some time travel!
These FREE tours will be held at the following dates and times and are approximately 2 hours in length:
The Greenpoint leg of the tour
(starts at Chelsea Fiber Mill 1175 Manhattan Ave at Commercial Street in Greenpoint)
Sat May 2nd 11:00am (part of Jane’s Walks)
Sat May 9th 11:00am
Sun May 17th 11:00am
The Williamsburg leg of the tour
(starts at Grand Ferry Park, where Grand Street meets the East River in Willimaburg)
Sun May 3rd 1:00pm (part of Jane’s Walks)
Sat May 9th 1:00pm
Sat May 16th 1:00pm (right after the BIP rally & block party)
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot on a tour.
NAG will also be hosting a FREE kickoff event for our Industrial History Walking tour series.
The kickoff event will feature a screening of SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves. The film follows efforts to prevent the extinction of wild oyster reefs in New York Harbor, the former oyster capital of the world. Oysters provide natural water filtration which can mitigate the effects of pollutants in the waterways.
There will be a short presentation about oysters in Newtown Creek by Willis Elkins of Newtown Creek Alliance.
Details for the kickoff event and screening:
April 28th, 2015 at Dirck the Norseman
(7 N 15th St at Franklin St, Brooklyn)
Drinks at 6:30pm
Presentation and Film at 7:00pm
This event is free and open to the public, and includes FREE OYSTERS!
RSVP to the April 28th kickoff event via our Facebook event page here.