WILLIAMSBURG – The 6th annual Greenway + Industry benefit will take place on Thursday, November 15 to welcome the organization’s new Executive Director, raise funds for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), and push for the completion of the 26-mile pedestrian and cyclist waterfront pathway.
Founded in 2004, BGI is a non-profit organization committed to the development and maintenance of an off-street, landscaped, pedestrian/cycling/running path connecting 200 acres of regional parks and several neighborhood open spaces. To date, the project has implemented an approximately 14-mile stretch between Greenpoint to Bay Ridge. When completed, the full Greenway project will consist of a 26-mile route that will extend all the way to Jamaica Bay.
The organization presented artist Elliott Arkin’s ten-foot-tall Picasso sculpture, The Spanish Gardener, on the corner of Columbia and Degraw Streets in the Columbia Street Waterfront District this past summer.
BGI recently appointed its first Executive Director, Terri Carta, who will be officially welcomed at Thursday’s event. Carta spoke with Brooklyn Based about her vision for the Brooklyn Greenway and noted that five major segments are scheduled to be completed in the next three years including: West Street in Greenpoint; Kent Avenue South in Williamsburg; Flushing Avenue along the southern edge of the Brooklyn Navy Yard; parts of the path in Sunset Park; and the connector between Sunset Park and Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge.
Along with honoring the cruise and ferry company Hornblower, operator of the NYC Ferry, with the 2018 Waterfront Connections Award for its contributions to increasing access and connectivity to underserved communities in New York City, the benefit event will offer tastings of locally crafted food, dessert, beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as a music and dancing.
Learn more about the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative at brooklyngreenway.org.
Greenway + Industry Benefit Supporting Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Thursday, November 15, 6:30pm to 11:30pm
The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Avenue (at N 10th Street), Williamsburg
Tickets starting at $75