Newtown Creek Trees!


One of the most constructive actions that can be taken in the Newtown Creek community is to plant trees and other greenery. This one action reduces heat, atmospheric carbon dioxide, local air pollution, noise pollution, runoff water, and combined sewage overflows. Planting also creates habitat for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Come to our May 17 tree giveaway with New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC! Register for a Serviceberry (known to local mariners are shadbush), Hackberry, American Persimmon, or a Pagoda Dogwood here:

These trees are for any neighborhood in NYC, though we hope many people within the Newtown Creek drainage area are planters!

HarborLAB Founder and Executive Director Erik Baard has been appointed to serve on the three-person citizens advisory committee of City Parks Foundation’s Newtown Creek Tree Planting and Stormwater Management Project. More about that vital component of the creek’s recovery here:

City Parks Foundation is gearing up to begin work on the final project from the primary priority list for the Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project (EBP) Fund. This project calls for tree planting and stormwater management in Long Island City, Maspeth, and Greenpoint within the EBP area (within 1/2 mile of Newtown Creek).

HarborLAB volunteers and students have made urban greening a central part of our blue water mission. We’ve coordinated tree giveaways with New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC (next one is May 17), taught seedball making to kids and educators (after learning from Seedball NYC), planted spartina under the American Littoral Society’s direction, and more. A central Newtown Creek goal is the creation of a GreenLaunch habitat restoration and community orchard and a contiguous street-end Vernon Boulevard Butterfly Bioswale (centered on swamp milkweed for Monarch Butterflies). See just a few photos of some of our greening activities in the gallery below.