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Brooklyn, New York

Kingsland Wildflowers Tour

Tour the thriving meadows spanning a rooftop in one of Brooklyn's most heavily industrialized neighborhoods and learn its history from Newtown Creek Alliance historian, Mitch Waxman.

Kingsland Wildflowers is a 22,000 square foot green roof designed by Alive Structures which sits atop an active movie studio owned and operated by Broadway Stages, in the most sci-fi and industrial section of North Brooklyn alongside EPA Superfund site, Newtown Creek. Non-profit and community partners include, NYC Audubon and Newtown Creek Alliance. 

The once-bare rooftop that overlooks the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s massive egg-like digester tanks is now home to 22,000 square feet of native plants, birds, bats, and insects. 

Fertile meadows of bee balm, purple aster, meadow prairie dropseed, orange butterfly weed, and wild strawberry plants overlook the scrap yards and factories of one of Brooklyn’s most heavily industrialized areas. The idyllic array of local flora and fauna that fills the sky-high meadow was bankrolled by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, an environmental grant program created with money from the $25 million settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill.

After the tour, NCA historian Mitch Waxman will give a multi-media presentation on the history of the Superfund site and the ecological preservation work being done there.

Funding for Kingsland Wildflowers is provided to NYC Audubon 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.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • The first tour will be at the green roof, which is wheelchair accessible.
  • Please dress and pack appropriately for the weather. The event will take place both indoors and outdoors.
  • Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. 
  • Advance tickets highly recommended.
  • Please arrive on time, our tour will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

QUESTIONS?

Email Lenny Platt at lenny.platt@atlasobscura.com. 

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