Friday, June 13, 2008

Support the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

There are two ways that people can support the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative in coming weeks, according to their recent newsletters:

The BGI Fundraising Event:

You’re invited to join the Board and supporters of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music along the Brooklyn waterfront – the perfect way to kick off summer! We’ll be celebrating the significant progress the Greenway has made over the past year, as well as building support for the upcoming design and construction phases of several segments along the route.

This year our Guest of Honor is Andrew Kimball, President and CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, who will be honored for his role in implementing the Greenway around the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We will also honor Teresa Toro, Community Board 1 Transportation Committee Chair, as our Community Partner of the Year for her outstanding work in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

Mark your calendars – we look forward to seeing you!

When: Wednesday, June 25th, 6:00-8:00PM (music continues until 10:30PM)

Where: On the Terrace at One Brooklyn Bridge Park (360 Furman Street, between Joralemon and Atlantic)

Don’t wait, purchase your tickets today! For more information, contact Brian McCormick at 718.522.0193 or


Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is submitting proposals for several million dollars in design and construction funds and we need letters of support! Please take a moment to write a letter to NYS DOT in support of these funding applications. Below is a model letter, which you can adapt as you wish. Just make sure to sign the letter, then fax, email, or mail it back to BGI for inclusion in our application. Please do not send directly to NYS DOT, as these letters need to be attached to our application package. Contact info: fax 718-643-6736; email:; mail: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, 145 Columbia Street, 11231. Letters must be received at BGI by Friday, June 20th.

Thanks in advance for helping to secure the next stage of construction funding for the Greenway!

Astrid C. Glynn
New York State Department of Transportation
Main Office
50 Wolf Road

, NY 12232

Dear Commissioner Glynn:

I am writing to request your approval of the application to the TEP program from NYC Department of Transportation for funding the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. This project will create a Class I bike/ped facility that will be a valued route in these waterfront areas that have little transit service. It will also take cyclists out of the street along the waterfront truck route. The greenway will include separate paths for bikes and pedestrians and continuous landscaping. It is part of the new opening up of waterfront access that has been long awaited by communities from Red Hook to Greenpoint.

The surrounding communities have been advocating and planning for this greenway segment since 1998. Their efforts have been supported by federal and state funding and New York City Government.

Please determine favorably to provide the funding needed to construct it.

Yours truly,

(full name and contact info)

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