“Community advocates want to reclaim Newtown Creek by constructing a boathouse in the ground floor of the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC). The project would also include a repaired bulkhead and an esplanade along the waterfront. For boaters and the kayak-curious, it will mean storage space for non-motorized watercrafts and a training center for recreational boating. For all other visitors, it will provide a place to enjoy the waterfront, as the development would create a public gathering spot that is more of a park than a club.
If all goes according to plan, Greenpoint will have this new waterfront park by 2014.
The larger goal, according to the North Brooklyn Boat Club’s proposal, is to expand public open space, assist in the GMDC’s mission to retain and create new local jobs and create an educational facility for studying the creek and the surrounding area. It would also develop the northernmost piece of a waterfront public esplanade, which would eventually go from Manhattan Avenue Street End Park all the way down to South Williamsburg.”