[b]The Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space, Under Construction[/b]The Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space, Under Construction

Bird-friendly Wildflower Roof Installation in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space—20,000 square feet when complete—will be one of the larger green roofs in the City, constructed with a $971,782 legacy grant awarded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to NYC Audubon and its partners as part of a settlement with ExxonMobil. (See the spring 2016 issue of The Urban Audubon.) NYC Audubon has partnered with Alive Structures, founded by Marni Majorelle, to design and install a bird-friendly wildflower meadow. In addition to attracting wildlife and diverting runoff rainwater, the rooftop will have outdoor and indoor educational facilities, with programs throughout the year (see below).

The plants on the roof were specially selected to attract birds and other wildlife. They will be composed of species native to the Long Island Sound coastal lowlands, including native grasses such as stout blue-eyed grass and northern dropseed; heart-leaved golden Alexanders; and Asclepias tuberosa, or butterfly weed. (A host plant for monarch butterflies, butterfly weed also produces silky seed pod fibers used by orioles and goldfinches in their nests.) The current plan is for planting to begin in late August and continue through September. Work on the rest of the roof would resume in the spring and be completed in 2017.

Witness the Greening of Greenpoint this Fall!

This fall NYC Audubon will offer walks and talks at the Urban Oasis in McGolrick Park and the Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Join us!


[b]Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof Design Rendering[/b]Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof Design Rendering

Saturday, September 24, 11am-3pm The Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space

Visit our work-in-progress green roof and wildflower meadow at 520 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint (Google Map). Enjoy a fun family day, with children’s activities and expert discussions on the Green Roof habitat being created, green infrastructure, and waste water management. Organizations that will be in attendance: NYC Audubon; Newtown Creek Alliance; Riverkeeper; NYC Department of Sanitation - Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability; Department of Environmental Protection; and Broadway Stages. Broadway Stages will be providing catering. 


[b]Cedar Waxwing[/b][br]© Steve NanzCedar Waxwing
© Steve Nanz

Tuesday, October 4, 8-9am
(Rain Date Wednesday, October 5)

Meet in the southwest corner of McGolrick Park, at the corner of Russell Street and Driggs Avenue (Google Map), and join us for a citizen-science bird survey. Help us map out locations of the birds that use this urban green space during migration. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Saturday, October 8
520 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint

5-6pm: Open Roof 
6-6:45pm: Presentation by Michael McCarthy
6:45-7:30pm: Q&A and Book Signing

Join us as we host an "open roof" showing of the newly installed green roof and a special presentation from acclaimed author Michael McCarthy. Join us at 5pm to explore the newly installed green roof, enjoy light refreshments, and hear from green roof experts about the Kingsland Wildflowers Roof and Community Space project. Then, acclaimed author Michael McCarthy will present an evening lecture based on his book, The Moth Snowstorm.

Learn more about our other upcoming lectures.

Funding provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.
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