What’s happening this week -Green Shores NYC

Here is What’s Happening This Week:


Queens Green Drinks


Pachanga Patterson

33-17 31 Ave

Astoria, Queens

This month’s Queens Green Drinks is sponsored by ETHIKUS!

Ethikus is a brand new group working to help you discover local stores and restaurants that support community, employees and the environment. Come meet them and find out how they are greening businesses, one store at a time.

Together with ioby and more than 20 organizations across NYC, Ethikus has launched the Shop Your Values Week pledge. Visit ShopYourValuesWeek.com and help transform “business as usual” to “business for good” by pledging to shop locally, ethically and sustainably from May 3-10th.

What’s Queens Green Drinks again?

Very simply, it’s an informal social gathering/networking event for folks that are environmentally minded. For more information: queensgreendrinks@gmail.com

Hallets Cove


Green Shores NYC Monthly Meeting


Greater Astoria Historical Society

35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor

Long Island City, Queens

Green Shores NYC works to ensure a greener, cleaner and more accessible East River Waterfront in Queens, New York.

Please join us at our monthly meeting where you can learn how to get involved in caring for your waterfront and meet representatives from our member organizations-including: The Astoria Park Alliance, Friends of Queensbridge Park Committee, Long Island City Community Boathouse, Greater Astoria Historical Society and more!

All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Questions: greenshoresnyc@yahoo.com


Newtown Creek Alliance Meeting


Ridgewood Democratic Club

6070 Putnam Avenue

Ridgewood, Queens

This month’s Newtown Creek Alliance meeting will feature a special presentation on the “Historical Ecology of Newtown Creek” by Dr. Eric Sanderson, senior conservation ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and author of “Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City” (Abrams, 2009).

Dr. Sanderson will describe recent studies of the historical ecology of Newtown Creek, describing the original wetlands, creek channels, topography and vegetation of the area. He will show a series of 18th and 19th century maps of the watershed of the creek and discuss the process of synthesizing them into an integrated ecological picture that can be used to inform and inspire natural restoration and cultural appreciation of the Newtown Creek watershed.

This work is part of the Welikia Project (welikia.org), an investigation into the historical ecology of the five boroughs of New York City and surrounding waters, supported by the NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund.




10am to Noon

Greater Astoria Historical Society

35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor

Long Island City, Queens

YOU can be the difference in the life of a tree in your neighborhood!

· Learn how to keep trees happy and healthy.

· Receive FREE training and certification from Trees New York.

· Become part of a community caring for the trees in Western Queens.

· FREE tree care tool giveaways for all participants!

Sponsored by Green Shores NYC and Greening Western Queens!

To sign up, contact Kyle Richard at (917) 613-5724 or KRichard@CityParksFoundation.org

Please RSVP to reserve your space. First come, first served.

These trainings are a part of the GREENING WESTERN QUEENS project, bringing hundreds of new trees and many exciting tree care opportunities to Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside over the next three years. GREENING WESTERN QUEENS is a project of City Parks Foundation through the Partnerships for Parks program, in partnership with NYC Parks and New York Restoration Project and is supported by the Greening Western Queens Fund of North Star Fund.

Astoria Park Alliance Fundraising

10am to 3pm

Steinway Reformed Church

41st Street and Ditmars Blvd

Astoria, Queens

Astoria Park Alliance will have a table at Steinway Reformed Church’s Vendor Sale!

All proceeds will benefit the Astoria Park Shore Fest and other Astoria Park Alliance programming.


Greater Astoria Historical Society & Forgotten New York’s Walking Tour of Battery Park


Join Kevin Walsh and Rich Melnick for an in-depth look at Battery Park


Bowling Green, NYC’s oldest public park

one of NYC’s oldest subway station houses

the birthplace of Herman Melville

the site of a former museum holding centuries-artifacts unearthed from local excavations

a War of 1812-era fort

and the site of NYC’s first immigration gateway

Meet: pedestrian plaza in front of South Ferry Terminal. This is served by #1 and R trains, though check weekend train schedule for any service alterations.

HOW MUCH: $20, GAHS Members $15

How long: 2 hours

Rain or shine (though especially heavy rain will cancel)

For more information call: 718-278-0700


The 4th Annual Astoria Park Shore Fest is coming soon! Help make this the best Shore Fest ever by donating to the event at ioby.org today!

“One Thing That’s Green” with JetBlue and New York Restoration Project in Queensbridge Park on Saturday, April 21st was a HUGE success!

Over 80 volunteers from Friends of Gantry Neighborhood Parks and New York Cares were on hand at Gantry Plaza State Park on Saturday, April 21st for New York Cares Day Spring. The volunteers worked with surgical precision and intense focus to remove all the weeds from a large bed of ground cover that will be planted with 500 more plants to increase the density of ground cover and choke out the weeds. This project will make a big visual impact on the park. More info and photos here.

On April 22nd, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer honored community-driven environmental advocates who “think globally and act locally” in Western Queens at the Museum of the Moving Image. Congratulations to Green Shores NYC’s Vice President, Clare Doyle; Elizabeth McQueen, President of The Friends of Queensbridge Park; Helen Ho, Carlos Dall’Orso, Emilia Crotty and Sandra Robishaw!


The lawn in Astoria Park.

Astoria Park’s Great Lawn is Being Reseeded!

Have you noticed the orange fencing at the top of the lawn in Astoria Park?

Well, after heavy (and sometimes improper use) parts of the lawn have turned into a “dust bowl”.

Now, the Parks Department is in the process of reseeding the lawn and your patience is appreciated during this process.

You can learn more about how to get involved with caring for Astoria Park by following the Astoria Park Alliance on Facebook or emailing: greenshoresnyc@yahoo.com

THE QUEENS EAST RIVER GREENWAY IS COMING TO RAINEY PARK! As a result of construction, Rainey Park will be closed for the next several months.

Click on image above to see the Queens East River Greenway Master Plan.

The entrances to Rainey Park are fenced off during construction.

What is the Queens East River Greenway?

The Queens East River and North Shore Greenway is a proposed 10.6-mile urban shared-use trail, intended to provide access to the shoreline in Queens and improve non-motorized commuter options.

The proposed East River and North Shore Greenway follows the natural boundaries of the western and northern shorelines in Queens.

When completed, the Greenway will connect the neighborhoods of Long Island City, Hunters Point, Ravenswood, and Astoria in western Queens with Steinway, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst in northeastern Queens and connect four parks on the East River shoreline.

Segment 2 of the Greenway includes the stretch of waterfront from Queensbridge Park to Hallets Cove.

We will be sure to keep you updated on construction in Rainey Park and let you know when the park will be open again.

If you have additional questions, concerns or thoughts about the greenway, please email us at: greenshoresnyc@yahoo.com



On Thursday, June 16, 2011 we celebrated the release of The Waterfront Vision Plan for Astoria & Long Island City, Queens at the Noguchi Museum!

The Waterfront Vision Plan was created for the community and by the community with Green Shores NYC & The Trust for Public Land.

In the summer and fall of 2010, hundreds of Western Queens residents came together to participate in seven neighborhood listening sessions, two area-wide brainstorming sessions and a waterfront bus tour generating more than a thousand comments, ideas and solutions for creating a more connected, useful and beautiful waterfront.

You can view the Waterfront Vision Plan by visiting: www.greenshoresnyc.org




The Western Queens Compost Initiative (WQCI) works to increase capacity for, acceptance of, and participation in composting in western Queens. They provide composting infrastructure for Greenmarkets, CSA’s, community gardens, an urban farm and public events. Their compost is used to grow food, feed trees, and beautify public spaces.

WQCI’s compost is used at several community gardens, on an urban farm, and in street tree beds.

Instead of adding your food scraps to the landfill, you can drop them off at the Western Queens Compost Initiative’s weekly drop off locations:


9am to Noon

Jackson Heights Greenmarket

34th Ave at 77th Street

Jackson Heights, Queens

To learn more about the Western Queens Compost Initiative and to get involved, click here.

Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Visitor Center General Public Visiting Hours


9am to 3pm

Visitor Center at Newtown Creek

329 Greenpoint Avenue

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The Visitor Center at Newtown Creek tells the story of New York City’s water and wastewater systems. Located at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WTP), one of New York City’s 14 treatment plants, the Visitor Center features DEP employees who narrate the cycle of water from water supply to distribution, wastewater treatment, and harbor water quality. This fascinating new facility will help you learn about the one billion gallons of water New Yorkers use every day, the thousands of miles of pipes, aqueducts, and water mains, and the responsibilities, through the eyes of our dedicated workforce, to serve New Yorkers.

For more information, go here.


Green Shores NYC works to enliven the Astoria-Long Island City waterfront by caring for and advocating for safe public parks, green spaces, street trees, waterways and a waterfront greenway. Visit us online at: www.greenshoresnyc.org

To include your event on our updates and calendar, please email: greenshoresnyc@yahoo.com 
and put “EVENTS” in the subject line.

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