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SPECIAL REPORT: Our Donors Aid the Waterfront

Photographs by Ari Mintz for The Trust

The Waterfront Revival

The Waterfront Revival

The Waterfront Revival

For decades, New Yorkers avoided the waterfront as it became increasingly polluted, derelict, and even dangerous. But thanks to our donors, The Trust is helping transform miles of rusting ribbons of steel and concrete along the shore—from a Bronx boat-building workshop to dozens of waterfront parks and playgrounds.


These pages are drawn from a special report in our 2017 annual report. They show how The Trust works with generous New Yorkers like you. Our goal is to improve the environment, arts, and education along the waterfront—and everywhere else in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island.

For decades, New Yorkers avoided the waterfront as it became increasingly polluted, derelict, and even dangerous. But thanks to our donors, The Trust is helping transform miles of rusting ribbons of steel and concrete along the shore—from a Bronx boat-building workshop to dozens of waterfront parks and playgrounds.


These pages are drawn from a special report in our 2017 annual report. They show how The Trust works with generous New Yorkers like you. Our goal is to improve the environment, arts, and education along the waterfront—and everywhere else in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island.

For decades, New Yorkers avoided the waterfront as it became increasingly polluted, derelict, and even dangerous. But thanks to our donors, The Trust is helping transform miles of rusting ribbons of steel and concrete along the shore—from a Bronx boat-building workshop to dozens of waterfront parks and playgrounds.


These pages are drawn from a special report in our 2017 annual report. They show how The Trust works with generous New Yorkers like you. Our goal is to improve the environment, arts, and education along the waterfront—and everywhere else in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island.

SPECIAL REPORT: Our Donors Aid the Waterfront

Photographs by Ari Mintz for The Trust

Adjusting to Climate Change

With some climate models predicting sea levels will rise up to six feet by the year 2100, Trust support is helping the Waterfront Alliance protect threatened New York neighborhoods, like Hunters Point, Queens.


With some climate models predicting sea levels will rise up to six feet by the year 2100, Trust support is helping the Waterfront Alliance protect threatened New York neighborhoods, like Hunters Point, Queens.


With some climate models predicting sea levels will rise up to six feet by the year 2100, Trust support is helping the Waterfront Alliance protect threatened New York neighborhoods, like Hunters Point, Queens.


SPECIAL REPORT: Our Donors Aid the Waterfront

Photographs by Ari Mintz for The Trust

Restoring Biodiversity

With support from our Long Island Community Foundation, the Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery in Southampton is re-establishing native species growing oysters that will be seeded in New York Harbor and Long Island Sound. The oysters filter and purify the water.


With support from our Long Island Community Foundation, the Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery in Southampton is re-establishing native species growing oysters that will be seeded in New York Harbor and Long Island Sound. The oysters filter and purify the water.


With support from our Long Island Community Foundation, the Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery in Southampton is re-establishing native species growing oysters that will be seeded in New York Harbor and Long Island Sound. The oysters filter and purify the water.


SPECIAL REPORT: Our Donors Aid the Waterfront

Photographs by Ari Mintz for The Trust

Working Waterfront

New Yorkers are rediscovering the waterfront as a place to work as well as, play. With a grant from the Trust, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation is in the midst of its largest expansion in generations—creating an estimated 13,000 jobs on the waterfront, from manufacturing to tech.


New Yorkers are rediscovering the waterfront as a place to work as well as, play. With a grant from the Trust, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation is in the midst of its largest expansion in generations—creating an estimated 13,000 jobs on the waterfront, from manufacturing to tech.


New Yorkers are rediscovering the waterfront as a place to work as well as, play. With a grant from the Trust, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation is in the midst of its largest expansion in generations—creating an estimated 13,000 jobs on the waterfront, from manufacturing to tech.


SPECIAL REPORT: Our Donors Aid the Waterfront

Photographs by Ari Mintz for The Trust

Greening Transportation

A proposed highway along the Brooklyn waterfront spurred Milton Puryear and other volunteers to suggest a car-free alternative—The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 26-mile path, with lanes for biking, running, and walking.

A proposed highway along the Brooklyn waterfront spurred Milton Puryear and other volunteers to suggest a car-free alternative—The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 26-mile path, with lanes for biking, running, and walking.

A proposed highway along the Brooklyn waterfront spurred Milton Puryear and other volunteers to suggest a car-free alternative—The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 26-mile path, with lanes for biking, running, and walking.

SPECIAL REPORT: Our Donors Aid the Waterfront

Photographs by Ari Mintz for The Trust

Education on the Water

In the Bronx, Rocking the Boat teaches kids to build wooden boats they can row and sail on the Bronx River. Besides learning math and carpentry skills, the teens get a chance to explore and appreciate the natural world. Nearby, in Starlight Park, the Bronx River Alliance is building a new headquarters for boating, environmental studies and water-quality monitoring. Also with help from The Trust, the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance began cleaning up the river and the shoreline, and successfully campaigned to replace the poorly conceived Sheridan Expressway, which blocks residents’ access to the Bronx Riverfront.


In the Bronx, Rocking the Boat teaches kids to build wooden boats they can row and sail on the Bronx River. Besides learning math and carpentry skills, the teens get a chance to explore and appreciate the natural world. Nearby, in Starlight Park, the Bronx River Alliance is building a new headquarters for boating, environmental studies and water-quality monitoring. Also with help from The Trust, the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance began cleaning up the river and the shoreline, and successfully campaigned to replace the poorly conceived Sheridan Expressway, which blocks residents’ access to the Bronx Riverfront.


In the Bronx, Rocking the Boat teaches kids to build wooden boats they can row and sail on the Bronx River. Besides learning math and carpentry skills, the teens get a chance to explore and appreciate the natural world. Nearby, in Starlight Park, the Bronx River Alliance is building a new headquarters for boating, environmental studies and water-quality monitoring. Also with help from The Trust, the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance began cleaning up the river and the shoreline, and successfully campaigned to replace the poorly conceived Sheridan Expressway, which blocks residents’ access to the Bronx Riverfront.


SPECIAL REPORT: Our Donors Aid the Waterfront

Photographs by Ari Mintz for The Trust

Cleaning Our Waters

Our Westchester Community Foundation funds the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak to improve water quality in tributaries to the
Hudson.

Our Westchester Community Foundation funds the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak to improve water quality in tributaries to the
Hudson.

Our Westchester Community Foundation funds the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak to improve water quality in tributaries to the
Hudson.

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