NY/NJ Region to Celebrate City of Water Day July 13, 2019: Celebrate our waterfront at the Jamaica Bay Festival!

June 12, 2019

Roland Lewis, President and CEO, 212.935.9831 x101, rlewis@waterfrontalliance.org
Alison Simko, Media Communications, 917.929.8375, asimko@waterfrontalliance.org

New York/New Jersey Region to Celebrate City of Water Day July 13, 2019

Dozens of In Your Neighborhood Events will Offer
Free Fun at the Waterfront and Champion a Climate-Resilient Harbor

Crowd Favorites—Waterfront Festival, Cardboard Kayak Race, Free Boat Tours—Return

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New York, NY—From Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Jamaica Bay to the Muscota Marsh Dock in Inwood, Manhattan; from New Dorp Beach on Staten Island to SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, waterfront communities across the metropolitan area will host City of Water Day events on July 13, 2019, in celebration of the region’s 1,600 miles of coastline. Organized in collaboration with the New York–New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood sites this year include more than 50 free events, with nearly 100 participating organizations, across all five boroughs, Westchester County, and New Jersey. Now in its 12th year, City of Water Day is a free harbor-wide day organized by the Waterfront Alliance in partnership with the South Street Seaport Museum and HEP to get people to, on, and in the water. Activities such as free kayaking and boat tours, coastal cleanups, fishing, science experiments, music, and crafts will promote the shared goal of a climate-resilient New York Harbor.

Use this map to locate City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood events that will take place around the region on City of Water Day. HEP provided $10,000 in small grants to 19 In Your Neighborhood organizations to help support these local events. City of Water Day and the In Your Neighborhood program are also supported by the New York City Council.


With the City of Water Day Festival headquartered once again at the Seaport District in Lower Manhattan, The Howard Hughes Corporation® returns as presenting sponsor. The South Street Seaport Museum is at the helm as this year’s festival partner, organizing a sweeping array of activities and information at Piers 16 and 17 for a day of waterfront exploration, learning, and fun, including children’s activities sponsored by Disney.

The one-and-only Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race will once again be held in Lower Manhattan. In two short hours, 15 teams, from high school students to professional engineers, using nothing more than cardboard and tape, will build seaworthy vessels and then race them in the East River.

Free PortNYC Boat Tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats, will be offered at docks throughout New York City by individual boat tour operators, with additional sponsorship from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

"From the Bronx River to the Elizabeth River, from Jamaica Bay to the Hoboken waterfront, City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood programs will help people from all over the region celebrate their local waterways and learn about rising seas and the growing threat of coastal storms. Local civic organizations host these special events. The New York–New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program is proud to support City of Water Day and the In Your Neighborhood programs all over the estuary,” said Rob Pirani, HEP program director.

"It's especially fitting that the City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood event in Elizabeth, New Jersey, will be led by our organization's youth initiative program, called the Green Team. These young people are passionate about improving our environment," said Jonathan Phillips, executive director of Groundwork Elizabeth. "We expect many people to join us on City of Water Day at the Elizabeth River Trail to learn about why it's important to keep our waterways clean, accessible, and resilient. Thanks to the Waterfront Alliance for creating this event, and to the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program for organizing the In Your Neighborhood program!"

“At the second annual Jamaica Bay Festival on City of Water Day, we are partnering with more than 20 organizations and agencies to offer fun, free activities to the public, including kayaking, nature walks, bird watching, art and more. Come experience Jamaica Bay!" said Alex Zablocki, executive director of Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy. “City of Water Day helps to increase awareness of and access to the beautiful wetlands and shorelines of Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn and Queens, and it also helps us expand citizen stewardship as we work to ensure that these precious natural areas are always protected. Many thanks to our partners, the Waterfront Alliance, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program for making the Jamaica Bay Festival a success.”

"At the Coney Island Beautification Project (CIBP), we work hard to help neighbors understand our relationship and responsibility to the waters around us," said Pamela Pettyjohn, CIBP president and founder. "We've always gone all out for City of Water Day, and gathered many partner organizations to join us to offer great waterfront activities and information—and this year will be no different. Come join us at Kaiser Park to learn and play on City of Water Day!"

“We look forward to participating in our first City of Water Day as we continue to celebrate the opening of our new Pier 35 Eco-Park along the Two Bridges waterfront,” said Trever Holland, co-founder of Friends of Pier 35. “New York City continues to transform these piers into public, open spaces, allowing everyone to enjoy the waterfront in ways that were never imaginable just a few years ago. On City of Water Day, our Friends of Pier 35 event will focus on current resiliency plans for the waterfront in a fun and family friendly environment with lots of activities and games for all ages.”

“As we always do, Hoboken is coming together for a fantastic City of Water Day, one focused equally on fun and education," said Ron Hine, executive director of Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW). "In our In Your Neighborhood celebration, we'll have information about the importance of a healthy shoreline buffer; educational workshops about water quality issues, wildlife identification, and climate change; a 'Trash Free Seas' workshop to demonstrate the importance of environmental stewardship; and a BioBlitz workshop where participants survey and record species at the shore. Of course, we'll also offer free kayaking and paddle boarding, thanks to the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse, Resilience Paddle Sports, and the Ke Aloha Outrigger Canoe Club!”

“We are proud to once again sponsor City of Water Day, an impactful initiative celebrating our City’s incredible waterfronts,” said Saul Scherl, president of the New York Tri-State Region at The Howard Hughes Corporation. “With the revitalization of the Seaport District, we are pleased to be bringing New Yorkers back to this historic neighborhood to reclaim their relationship with its iconic waterfront. We look forward to welcoming New Yorkers to the Seaport throughout the summer to take advantage of all the exciting programming that will be taking place—along the waterfront and on The Rooftop at Pier 17, including the return of our Summer Concert Series set against the one-of-a-kind panoramic views of Lower Manhattan.”

“City of Water Day gives all of us a chance to focus on New York's waterways. As a city born from a port, New York has always had an important relationship with the water. The Seaport Museum is excited to offer programming and activities that reconnect us with that water and that allow us to consider the future of recreation, commerce, and resilience of this maritime city,” said Captain Jonathan Boulware, president and CEO of the South Street Seaport Museum.

“NYCEDC is proud to support City of Water Day, a citywide festival that reminds us of the region’s greatest asset, New York Harbor. We encourage all New Yorkers to partake in the day’s festivities and rediscover why New York City is the greatest maritime city in the world,” said Matthew Kwatinetz, EVP, NYCEDC. “Through our work on NYC Ferry, which continues to expand throughout all five boroughs, and PortNYC, which contains the fifth largest cruise port in the nation, we are focused on ensuring New York Harbor remains the crossroads of transportation, culture, and commerce.”

“This year on City of Water Day, as we gather at shorelines all around the metropolitan region to enjoy our beautiful waterways, let us engage in important conversations about resiliency and access,” said Roland Lewis, president and CEO of the Waterfront Alliance. “This is a day to play, and a day to acknowledge our shared responsibility. As climate change irrevocably transforms our lives, we need to address this regional, national, and global emergency together.”

City of Water Day is generously sponsored by (in formation):

Presenting Sponsor: The Howard Hughes Corporation®
Festival Partner: South Street Seaport Museum
In Your Neighborhood: New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program Children’s Activities: Disney
Cardboard Kayak Race: Con Edison
PortNYC Boat Tours: New York City Economic Development Corporation
Fleet Sponsor: United Metro Energy,
Media Partners: ABC7, FiDi Families, K-LOVE, Untapped Cities

Additional support for City of Water Day is provided by the New York City Council.
The Waterfront Alliance inspires and effects resilient, revitalized, and accessible coastlines for all communities.

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) is a collaborative effort to bring the benefits of clean water to the people who live, work, and recreate on our shared waterways. HEP is hosted by the Hudson River Foundation.

The South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the origins and growth of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor, and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities.


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Special Exhibit: 100th Anniversary of the First Transatlantic Flight - May 3 - June 2 Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun 10a-4p at @RAA116 T7 Gallery, Fort Tilden (@gatewaynps) @eric_ulrich @queenshistoric


100th Anniversary of the First Transatlantic Flight

Join NYC Council Member Eric Ulrich, the Queens Historical Society and the Rockaway Artists Alliance for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the NC-4 -- the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

May 3 - June 2, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10AM - 4PM
T7 Gallery
Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area

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#Volunteers Needed: I Love My Park Day at Canarsie Pier - Beach Clean Up #brooklyn #ilovemyparkday #canarsiepier @gatewaynps



Saturday, May 4, 2019
11 AM - 1 PM
Canarsie Pier, Brooklyn, NY

Volunteers will help clean north and south beaches at Canarsie Pier. Gloves, bags and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy, close toed shoes.

Stay after the event for free kayaking sponsored by the National Park Service.

To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteers-needed-i-love-my-park-day-at-canarsie-pier-beach-clean-up-tickets-58398701087


#Volunteers needed for a marsh and shoreline clean up at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on April 28 in honor of #EarthDay @jamaicabayguard @gatewaynps

Join Gateway National Recreation Area, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the American Littoral Society for a

Marsh & Shoreline Clean Up For
Earth Day 2019


SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019 | 10 AM - 1 PM



For questions, please call (718) 474-0896 or e-mail donriepe@gmail.com

Register here

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World Wetlands Day: Plumb Beach Marsh Cleanup - February 2 at 10am #worldwetlandsday #volunteer #Brooklyn #wetlands #KeepWetlands @RamsarConv @JamaicaBayGuard



World Wetlands Day
Saturday, February 2, 2019*
10 AM - 12 PM
Plumb Beach at Gateway National Recreation Area
Belt Parkway East, Brooklyn

*Rain Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019

Meet at the Plumb Beach parking lot

By bus, train or bike: Walk east along the Jamaica Bay Greenway from Knapp Street and Emmons Avenue approximately ½ mile to the Plumb Beach parking lot.

On World Wetlands Day 2019, join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, the American Littoral Society, National Parks Conservation Association, Assembly Member Jaime R. Williams (NYS AD 59) and Gateway National Recreation Area for a cleanup of the Plumb Beach Marsh. Volunteers will help remove large marine debris and other trash from the wetland and surrounding beach, helping to clean and protect this valuable resource.

Volunteers are asked to wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes. Hot beverages, gloves and bags will be provided.



This event is sponsored by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, American Littoral Society, National Parks Conservancy Association, Assembly Member Jaime R. Williams (NYS AD 59) and the National Park Service. World Wetlands Day is made possible by Danone Fund for Water. For more information on World Wetlands Day 2019, please visit www.worldwetlandsday.org.

Thank you for helping us improve parks in 2018! #parks #yearinreview #JamaicaBay #Rockaways

We couldn't have done it without you!

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This year we accomplished so much, together.

2018 was a great year for the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and an even better year for our parks. With your help and support, we removed thousands of pounds of trash from our shorelines, improved natural areas by removing invasive plants and introducing native grasses, shrubs and trees, and increased access to public parks and our waterfront.

This past year we:

  • Welcomed the announcement of the new Shirley Chisholm State Park at Gateway National Recreation Area, the largest state park in New York City on the Jamaica Bay shoreline, in partnership with New York State Parks, the National Park Service and the City of New York.

  • Welcomed nearly 20,000 people to Fort Tilden, along with our partners MoMA PS1, the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Park Service, for the free public art festival Rockaway! 2018 and site-specific installation of Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama.

  • Offered free public programming along the boardwalk to nearly 2,000 adults and children at Summer Fun at Rockaway Beach, with our partners, NYC Parks, the Queens Library and Friends of Rockaway Beach.

  • Expanded our partnerships with schools in Brooklyn and Queens, offering nature-based programs to students throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways.

  • Built and improved miles of new trails with our partner, the Natural Areas Conservancy, in Brooklyn and Queens parks.

  • Collected and recycled over 10 pounds of fishing line from around Jamaica Bay, in partnership with the American Littoral Society.

  • Supported and protected marsh islands and wildlife, including raptors and diamond back terrapin, through programs in partnership with the American Littoral Society.

Many thanks to our funders, governmental, non-profit and corporate partners.

We have more work to do! As we enter a new year, help us continue to improve public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways. Donate today to support our mission of expanding public access; increasing recreational and educational opportunities; fostering citizen stewardship and volunteerism; preserving and restoring natural areas, including wetland and wildlife habitat; enhancing cultural resources; and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the parklands.

Eleven abandoned cars removed from Marine Park

December 13, 2018


Part of a larger restoration effort in the Brooklyn Park


[Brooklyn, NY, December 13, 2018] Eleven burned cars were removed from the 133-acre natural area of Marine Park in Brooklyn this week. The cars were removed as part of an ongoing trail and natural habitat restoration project taking place in the Park, Brooklyn’s largest at over 800 acres.


 The cars were removed by the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC), a non-profit partner of NYC Parks. The work was made possible by a grant from The Nature Conservancy and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) to improve the park through a series of native tree and shrub plantings and trail improvements.

 “Marine Park is one of only two locations in all of New York City that contains what is known as a coastal maritime forest,” said Sarah Charlop-Powers, Executive Director of the NAC. “Maritime forests provide habitat for rare native plant species, as well as an array of native animals and birds. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help restore and protect this beautiful natural space, and grateful to our partners for their support,” Ms. Charlop-Powers said.

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 “Through a multi-year partnership with the Natural Areas Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy and NYC Parks, we are literally uncovering the natural beauty of Marine Park. As Brooklyn’s largest park, Marine Park hosts both recreational and natural areas. Over the decades, these areas have fallen victim to illegal dumping and overgrowth of invasive plants,” Alex Zablocki, Executive Director of JBRPC said. “Past work at the park has included removal of invasive plants, and planting of native shrubs and trees. Parks should be enjoyed for their natural beauty, and we are proud to partner with these fine organizations on the latest improvements to the park by removing eleven abandoned cars from the natural areas of Marine Park,” Zablocki concluded.

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 “It takes a team to do the heavy lifting for nature, and removing abandoned vehicles from Marine Park embodies that sentiment quite literally,” said Emily Nobel Maxwell, NYC Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in New York. “We are proud to partner with the Natural Areas Conservancy and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Park Conservancy on our concerted efforts to restore Marine Park as a space for all New Yorkers to enjoy and connect with nature.”

 The oldest vehicle removed this week had Florida license plates dated 1990, while the newest was a 2017 Dodge van burned on December 11, 2018.

 Created in 2012, the Natural Areas Conservancy is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with NYC Parks to improve New York City’s 10,000 acres of forest, marshes and wetlands to enhance the lives of all New Yorkers. www.naturalareasnyc.org

 The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is a public-private partnership established in 2013 that is dedicated to improving the 10,000 acres of public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula for local residents and visitors alike. With its partners at the National Park Service and NYC Parks, JBRPC works to expand public access; Increase recreational and educational opportunities; Foster citizen stewardship and volunteerism; Preserve and restore natural areas, including wetland and wildlife habitat; Enhance cultural resources; And ensure the long-term sustainability of the parklands, including the development of the Science and Resilience Institute. www.jbrpc.org

 The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

NEW DATE: Sunday, January 6 #Volunteers needed: #JamaicaBay Greenway and Plumb Beach Cleanup @jamaicabayguard @gatewaynps

Due to the weather, we have decided to change the date of this event to SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 at 10am.


Join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, American Littoral Society, National Parks Conservation Association, Assemblywoman Jaime R. Williams and the National Park Service for the first park cleanup of the new year 

10 AM – 12 PM


Meet at the Plumb Beach parking lot
Belt Parkway East, Brooklyn

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 By bus, train or bike: Walk east along the Jamaica Bay Greenway from Knapp Street and Emmons Avenue approximately ½ mile to the Plumb Beach parking lot

 Volunteers are asked to wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes. Hot beverages, gloves and bags will be provided.



Join us for a cleanup & shoreline walk on Friday, November 23 @unitedbyblue @jamaicabayguard #bluemovement #bluefriday #blackfriday

This Black Friday we will be skipping the stores and heading to shores!

 Join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy & the American Littoral Society Northeast Chapter for a shoreline cleanup and walk at Jamaica Bay Park 

Friday, November 23
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Jamaica Bay Park
28-16 Edgewater Road, Far Rockaway, Queens
(at Faber Terrace and Granada Place)

In partnership with United by Blue, this Black Friday is Blue Friday: a day of DIY cleanups with friends and family nationwide. The cleanup will be followed by a walk on our new mile-long bayside trail running from Jamaica Bay Park to Bayswater Point State Park. 

Bags, gloves and pickers will be provided to volunteers, but United by Blue have pre-assembled cleanup kits to make it easy to put one together! We encourage participants to order theirs by Thursday, November 14. Use promotional code: JBRPC at check out!

Imagine the impact we could make if all of us spent just one hour giving the outdoors some TLC on 11/23. Please RSVP by emailing us at: info@jbrpc.org.

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